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Another Day of Growth

Woo! Another great day at camp! We started the day with our morning circle. We had French Toast for breakfast. After breakfast, we did camp chores, and then teams. We did many different activities in teams including a favorite, Zip Zap Zop. After Teams, we did Nature Search and Swatch. We had chicken sandwiches for lunch. Then siesta and another afternoon of camptivities. We had rock climbing, tie-dying, crate stacking, sand volleyball, archery, and gaga. We cleaned up for a dinner of tater-tot casserole. For evening activities we did RoShamBo Read more…

Wacky-Tacky Wednesday!

It’s wacky-tacky Wednesday!  Today, we showed off our crazy hairstyles.  We had bagels for breakfast.  Then we did morning chores.  After that, we split up into our Teams for more team- and self-empowerment activities.  Then we had our first Free to Learn time down in Walnut Grove.  MacNCheese for lunch.  Then we had Siesta time, followed by some camptivities, yay!  Some campers did archery.  Some went fishing.  While horse riders did their thing.  We had our La Tienda time then another camptivity with the options available being pool, river walk, Read more…

Not Quite Taco Tuesday…But Enchiladas!

Today, we had pancakes for breakfast.  After breakfast, we had some team building and then Camptivities.  Some people fished, some did arts and crafts, and some played 9-square, even besting camp director Kevin, denying him his 9-square throne.  We had hot dogs for lunch and got mail, woo!  After siesta, we had more camptivities–cratestacking, riverwalking, rock climbing, canoeing, pool, and a challenge hike.  We cleaned up after a busy day and got ready for dinner, enchiladas!  After dinner, we played Diversity Bingo then went to the cabins for some cabin Read more…

A Great First Full Day of Boys Camp

It’s been a busy day here at Kupugani. We had muffins all the way from England for breakfast, as well as eggs, bacon, and cereal.  After breakfast, we split into teams for a variety of introduction and team building activities.  Then we played an all Camp Gaga game as a whole group (Kevin came so close to being a champ), before heading off to lunch where we had sloppy joes.  After a relaxing Siesta, we had swim evals, then La Tienda, then an all camp Pool Party!  Natasha’s delicious chicken Read more…

A nice first day for boys session

Woo hoo! The 2019 camp season has begun! Our boys-session campers arrived early this afternoon, enjoying a fun potluck. Then we had our welcome circle introducing our fantastic campers and families. After the welcome circle, the campers moved into the cabins and said goodbye to their families. We had a delicious spaghetti meal for dinner from the fabulous Miss Natasha. After dinner, we played some big group games on the top field, before ending a great first day with a campfire. Go Kupugani boys! 


We started the day with our usual community gathering followed by Tash’s camper favorite of coffee cake (and cereal) for breakfast. We then moved into some team building activities to make our friendships and bonding even stronger. We enjoyed some delicious BBQ chicken sandwiches for lunch and had some relaxing time during siesta. But the day wasn’t any ordinary day; instead of normal camptivities, we had our KUPUGANI OLYMPICS! The first part of our Olympics consisted of a full camp gaga game, a relay involving potato sack racing, three legged Read more…

Confessions of a First Time Counselor

I didn’t know counselor training could be this fulfilling. I’ve met a lot of people here at Camp Kupugani, all the way from people from halfway around the world to people from my own backyard, and it’s been only three days! I have several more weeks to go and I haven’t even met the campers yet. When I was a camper, I met a lot of people, too. Now, I can’t say I’ll remember everyone’s name, but I will certainly look back fondly on my time and experiences here at Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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…

Kupugani touches on all the core values and enrichment that we hope to instill in our [child]. My husband and I absolutely love Camp Kupugani. Our [child] gained immensely from camp.

Lisa G.

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

Laura V.

[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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