Camp Kupugani Blog

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

“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 Read more…

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 Children learn by Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

5 Ways Camp Helps with Character Development

Summer camps have long been connected with the personal growth of children.  Many of today’s young adults struggle with the transition from home to college.  Camp Kupugani, our overnight summer camp in the Midwest, can help prep your child for a good transition (and hopefully not to return to live in your basement in their middle age).  See below for how our camp specifically can help your child(ren) be more successful in this transition period; read the full article here. Read the Summary Below: Helps your child use community resources Read more…

Help Develop a Healthy Understanding of Sex

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest overnight summer camp near Chicago and Madison, we strive to empower our campers by having them get reliable life information from good sources.  As a recent Washington Post article (at this link) posited: “In a culture where abstinence-only programs have taken the place of real sex education, and where many teens lack the resources to prevent pregnancies or STIs, let alone the ability to deal with these situations if they occur, it is common for teens to feel shame, fear and anxiety about sexuality. And Read more…

Help Kids Understand Consent & Prevent Sexual Assault

Camp Director Kevin Gordon recently read Chessy Prout’s I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor’s Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope, documenting her title story.  It raised for Kevin the issue of the importance of people of ages learning about and respecting the issue of consent. Indeed, at Camp Kupugani, our overnight summer camp about two hours west of Chicago and 90 minutes south of Madison, a top priority is the safety of our campers.  Safety relates to physical and emotional safety, and the autonomy and respect Read more…

10 Ways to Positively Influence Your Teen

At Camp Kupugani, our lovely summer camp in the Midwest (about 2 hours from Chicago and 90 minutes from Madison, Wisconsin), we care about children of all ages and want each child to be the best version of themselves.  We also know that–if parents and teens are each doing their jobs as parents and teens–it can be challenging for each to connect positively. It is critical for any child, and especially with teens, especially that they feel heard and respected. A couple of good articles from the good folks at Read more…

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Everyone…was just so, so personable, kind, and the kind of person I want
my [child] looking up to and spending time with.

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[My daughter’s] face lights up when she speaks about camp, it’s a priceless experience.

Kenya P.

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.

Joe M.

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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