Camp Kupugani Blog

Good Morning Good Morning the Little Bird Said…

Hellllllooo! Well, what a great night’s sleep…..I hope the campers enjoyed theirs as much as I did 🙂 I’m sure many of them did on super comfy new 5-inch mattresses! And now our awesome facilities manager Brian has put the cool nets up over our new mud volleyball and new sand volleyball courts, and also prepared some great building ideas for camp building projects like super cool Kupugani benches, and also some sweet bat boxes. We’ll try to add some pics of the ladies building away when they do those Read more…

Another Great Day in the Books!

Hola! Bonjour! Ciao! Hallo! Just saying hello in a few of the different languages we have had here at Kupugani 🙂 Well today has been awesome– amazing weather and the camp family has been shining just as hot as the sun!! A productive morning learning about conflict resolution using “I statements” went super well–skills they can bring home for when they get frustrated because they are not at camp any more 😉 Shrinky dinks at arts and crafts, mud volleyball gathered more followers, and then the kitchen staff made an Read more…

Wednesday Fun Day 🙂

Announcement time…announcement time…listen to Kupugani, it’s announcement time!!! Wednesday morning already? Wow, camp is going so fast! Earlybird animal and bird watch was super popular 🙂 and there is already talk about who is going where for activities…mud volleyball and arts and crafts may be a popular choice for this afternoon maybe! Well, team time is about to start, so off to enjoy the girls empowering themselves in the morning! Yaaaaaay camp!

Activities and Campfires Make Our Day!!

Hey…does anyone know where I can rock climb, crate stack, go on a challenge hike, play mud volleyball and then chill at the pool? I do! Camp Kupugani…these days just get better and better, no wonder we all love camp and its awesomeness. And, after our fantastic farm fresh hamburgers at lunch and amazing spaghetti dinner, we all continued our personal development journey with a great “My People Are” evening activity, followed by our talented camp guitarist and a moving campfire. Time for bed! J Catch you all tomorrow xxx

Pancake Breakfast!!!!!!!

Goood morning all!!! Its 10AM and already a super productive day for our Kupugani ladies J Earlybpird volleyball? Check. Community gathering? Check. Delicious pancake breakfast? Check. Camp chores to keep camp beautiful and instill responsibility? Check. I can hear “Little Sally Walker” being played in the rec hall, which means it must be time to break up into our morning teams! More later.

It’s CAMP Time 🙂

WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! Camp Kupugani 2011 has begun; the campers have arrived and have moved into their summer homes 🙂 The Camp Kupugani flag is flying high (literally). We have already nearly finished our first full day, and the campers have already been super busy…tacos for dinner; campfire last night. Today, there have been swim evals, riverwalks, canoeing, pool time and morning and evening group activities. Super fun! Camp is back and better than ever!

Spring in the Air, and Empowerment on the Way!

Now that the grass is greening, the birds are returning, and the smells of spring are in the air, it gets more and more exciting to prepare for camp. It’s really magic contemplating what will happen this summer. What child will experience the first-time joy of doing something she didn’t think she otherwise could do…from the “I can’t” to the “I did!”. And carrying that over to her life—whether it’s 5 days, 5 months, or 5 years forward, when another “impossible” task arises, and she has the confidence to attack Read more…

When a Child is “Ready” for Camp

A good friend asked me today when he and his wife would “know” that their daughter is ready for sleepaway camp. There is a certain level of surreality to the situation. I think back to us 20 years ago in college, as roommates. Certainly, the two decades-later prospect of me as a camp professional seriously advising him as a parent would have been a ludicrous one. Flash forward to today, with that being a critically important aspect of my job as camp director. With only a small trace of irony Read more…

The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In

Checked out an interesting article about the ramifications of parenting while plugged in. Nothing too earth shattering that we didn’t already apply at camp, i.e. recognizing that human interaction is valuable–but maybe a little bit of a wake up call for certain parents.

Challenges of Camp Standard Time

Thinking earlier today about how Camp Standard Time (CST) is a funny creature. Days seem very long yet fly by…as do the weeks of camp. Before you know it, the girls are gone. Also the CST time lag that underscores the trust that our camper parents have in us. If/when there are times when a camper has a difficult transition, those down moments are the ones that result in the letter home that makes parents wonder if their babies are okay. Meanwhile, the parents don’t necessarily get to see the Read more…

Our Camp Staffing Process More Selective Than Harvard

We’ve been enjoying a camp week with the 4H-ers at camp. Our camp staff is amazing, as expected, especially since they’ve been culled from almost 250 applicants. On top of their being just generally awesome, it’s fun to note that our staffing process is even more selective than Harvard. Its acceptance rate is almost 7%, while ours is approaching 4%.

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.

Luci A.

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