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A Counselor’s Journey From South Africa to Camp

My trip started with a nerve-racking drive from my home to the airport. Although I was nervous, I was just as excited for what was soon to come. The first part was a 15-hour flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta. I sat next to an American lady who was very friendly and shared some insight on what to expect when I landed. The plan eventually landed in Atlanta, where I wandered around the airport and tried all the fast food places that I had never encountered at home; this was an absolute treat. Lastly, I had the final stretch of the trip to my final destination to Chicago. Once I had landed, I to...

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Mindfulness Tips from a GPS

At Camp Kupugani, our overnight summer camp in the Midwest, we emphasize positive conflict resolution as we strive to have a peaceful community.   I was listening to a radio station the other day, where the guest (Sylvia Boorstein) was emphasizing that we always have a choice in how we react to things.  We can choose indignation or, like a GPS does when confronted with a new path, we can choose “recalculating…” We can choose to be indignant over a real or perceived slight.  Or, we can choose to try to empathize with the “other”. When something doesn’t go our way, we can take...

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Easy Ways to Help Your Teen Practice Gratitude

Camp Kupugani is our multicultural overnight summer camp where campers from across the country and the world come together to learn from one another and work together.  We’re less than two hours from the bustling cities of Chicago and Madison (two progressive, Midwest towns). Camp Kupugani is thankful for our families and friends who helped us navigate towards our 13th summer fostering world changers.  Part of that is facilitating ways to practice gratitude. We provide our 14- and 15-year-olds chances to give back by visiting nursing home residents and helping out on a local farm. If you...

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9 Helpful Things We Can Learn About Our Sons

Camp Kupugani is our overnight summer camp in Northwest Illinois in the Midwest about two hours away from both Chicago and Madison. We offer a 2-week boys only session and a 2 week blended (intentionally coed) session where we focus on the way boys can become their best selves. A recent article from Deep Roots at Home has some good tips on what we can learn about our sons.  Bullets below, with the full article here. Ours sons’ brains work differently. Boys learn with movement Give brain breaks Boys tend to think more sequentially They need to move. Boys use moveme...

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5 Easy Ways To Make Your Life Fantastic

Camp Kupugani (located close to Chicago and Madison) is a Midwest summer camp providing overnight camp experiences for kids ages 7-15. We want all of our families to live their best lives.  A recent article can help with just that. Here's How: The True Enemy Is “Reverse FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). Living too much online means missing real-life interaction Constant phone use cuts time into small increments. Too much phone time make us worse at connecting with others. Forget Lifehacks — Start with Values Use tech for good, not evil. Make a decision on how to ...

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5 Solutions to Kid’s Impatient & Entitled Attitudes

At Camp Kupugani, our overnight summer camp in beautiful small town Illinois (near Chicago and Madison), we’ve had to evolve how we engage our campers over the years. From its beginnings twelve summers ago, for sure in the last several years, we have comparatively spent more time on facilitating and developing social skills, and making kids comfortable with having to be “busy” all the time.  A recent article by Deep Roots at Home speaks to this observation; check out the full article here. Read the Summary Below: Kids get everything they want when they want it. We have evolve...

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“Boys Will Be Boys” Mentality

4 Reasons We Should Be Weary of this Stereotype At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest summer camp near Chicago and Madison, we empower each child to feel welcome and to live their best life. We do not subscribe to the “Boys will be boys” mentality. A recent article from Psychology Today elucidates why that mantra is non-positive; see below for bullets, with the full article here. It prompts children to construct gender stereotypes (read our FAQ about blended camp to see how we feel about gender stereotypes). Children should be seen as people first. There is no one way to be a boy. ...

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10 Tips for Raising Non-Materialistic Children

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest summer camp near both Chicago and Madison, we’re all about partnering with parents to give resources to help raise amazing world changers. Check out this article by Penny Pinchin' Mom and our bulleted take on how to raise non-materialistic children.  10 Great Tips Spend time with your kids Gifts can never replace your attention Don’t go overboard with presents at celebrations Make celebrations more about the memories Do breakfast in bed Dessert for breakfast Fill their room with balloons Lead by example Childr...

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8 Steps to Personal Empowerment

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest summer camp near Chicago and Madison, one of our core values is empowerment.  At camp, we empower our campers in varied ways. For adults and kids not camp, we came across an article from entrepreneur.com with some great empowerment tools.  Read our bulleted takeaways below, and/or click here to read the full article. Be open to possibilities Believe in yourself Find that place where anything and everything is possible Be open-minded Focus on who you are Try something even if you don’t think you can do it “Everyone was once...

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10 Truths Middle Schoolers Should Know

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest overnight summer camp near Chicago and Madison, we help kids become the best version of themselves through empowerment and play-based education. Away from camp, middle school can be a struggle for even the best-prepared child (and family).  We came across an article recently with some helpful tips on how to navigate those challenging middle school years. Bullets below, with the full article from Kari Kampakis here. Here's How to Navigate Those Challenges: Today’s most awkward moments will be tomorrow’s funniest memories. Keep a sense of humor whenever pos...

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Everyone…was just so, so personable, kind, and the kind of person I want
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I have never come in contact with such a wonderful group of people at a camp before. Everyone did an outstanding job, the camp was so organized, it was unbelievable.

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She absolutely loves the camp, the staff, and all the friends she makes there. I consider Kupugani to be a big influence in helping her grow and expand her mind each summer.

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