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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...

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Pancake Breakfast!!!!!!!

Goood morning all!!! Its 10AM and already a super productive day for our Kupugani ladies J Earlybird 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....

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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!...

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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 it, knowing that she's already accomplished the “impossible” before at...

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10 Tips to Empower Girls Webinar Link

Here's a link to download our recent webinar about empowering young women....

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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 thinking back to the late 1980s...I advised him that: Any camp decision should be driven by the child; t...

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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....

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Challenges of Camp Standard Time

Thinking earlier today about how Camp Standard Time (CST) is a funny creature. Days seem very long yet fly 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 amazing moments where their child is thriving...largely because in those empowering times, there is no...

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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. It's acceptance rate is almost 7%, while ours is approaching 4%....

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Serious Responsibility of Caring for other Children

I had a couple of amazing moments earlier today--one a parent moment, and one a camp moment. During our staff training for rock climbing, led by our experienced instructors, Mico had his now annual opportunity to scale the limestone rock face. Belayed safely by a new staff member, he climbed his way to the top of the 50-ish feet limestone cliff, watched by smiling Mama and Papa. He was engaged and feeling great the whole way up, which was surpassed at the summit by his absolutely beaming smile and eyes gleaming, as he accomplished the feat of scaling the rock. On the way down, rappelling with ...

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Camp Kupugani is one of the 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps for Kids

Camp Kupugani has been named one of the 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps for Kids.

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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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