As the leaves dance to the ground and the holiday season beckons, our thoughts often turn to the approaching Black Friday, a day traditionally marked by consumerism and frenzied shopping. But at Camp Kupugani, where our values—Excellence, Empowerment, Community, Fun, Safety, and Environment—shape our every endeavor, we see a different vision for this day. We envision a Black Friday transformed into a day of gratitude, an opportunity for sustainable holiday shopping, and a moment to strengthen the bonds of community. Excellence In Gratitude The pursuit of excellence is a cornerstone […]
Global Eco-Protection: A Universal Concern On the 6th of November, the calendar marks a day of significance that might not involve festivities but embodies a profound global call to action: the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict. This day serves as a solemn reminder of the critical need for Global Eco-Protection, urging us to consider the environmental scars left by human conflict—scars on our water, soil, crops, animals, and forests. The Hidden Costs of Conflict War’s toll on humanity is devastating and […]
As the leaves change color and the air becomes crisp, it’s clear that fall is upon us and Halloween is just around the corner. Halloween, a favorite holiday for many, can be a joyous occasion filled with costumes, trick-or-treating, and festive gatherings. However, it’s crucial to keep in mind both our social and environmental responsibilities during this time. Here are some tips on how to make your Halloween celebrations both socially and environmentally responsible. Let’s all embody the camp values of unity, empathy, and respect in our celebrations this year! […]
At Camp Kupugani, we believe that spending time outdoors with your family is one of the best ways to grow closer and create lifelong memories. And what better way to do that than by hitting the trails and exploring the great outdoors together? Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just starting out, hiking with kids can be a fun and rewarding experience for everyone. Here are some tips to make sure your next family hike is a success: Have Fun And Be Flexible Remember that the goal of your hike […]
At Camp Kupugani, social responsibility is an integral part of who we are and what we do. As a camp, we have a unique opportunity to create a positive impact in the lives of the children who attend our programs and in the environment in which we operate. As a leader in summer camping, we are committed to promoting environmental sustainability, cultural understanding, and community engagement. We strive to create an atmosphere where children can learn and grow in a safe, inclusive, and environmentally responsible environment. Environment Sustainability We proudly […]
At Camp Kupugani, our summer camp with girls-only, boys-only, and blended sessions–located near Chicago and Madison Wisconsin, we’re nestled on 125 acres of nature’s finest, including forest, a river, and a lake. As such, we’re reminded daily of the beauty that nature offers, and the importance of preserving that beauty for current generations and those beyond. We take pride in helping our campers understand and learn what they can do to help protect our earth. In our mission (core value) and programming, we foster respect for Mother Nature, so we […]
At Camp Kupugani, our overnight summer camp that offers girls-only, boys-only, and blended (intentionally co-ed) programming, we try our best to be “green” or environmentally-conscious. We recycle, minimize water usage, and try to be cognizant of energy use. Especially as the results of our global unfriendliness to Mother Nature become increasingly apparent, it becomes more critical to have our children treat our world kindly. A recent article has some good tips on how to raise an environmentally-conscious child; check out our bullets below, with the full article here. Environment Tips […]
The recent rains at camp have brought out some new creatures to explore. Campers have spotted catfish, dragonflies, and turtles, but the favorite by far the tiny frogs found abundantly by the water. These tiny creatures are no bigger than the size of a camper’s thumb. Campers have been practicing zoological skills: catching, observing, and learning about these little animals! Keep Up to Date Have access to incredible articles and keep up to date with all Camp Kupugani life here!
As camp people, we have a vested interest in protecting our Earth’s limited resources, which are in jeopardy of being forever ruined during our lifetimes. When you have twenty minutes or so, take the time to watch the video linked here, if you haven’t yet seen it. It provides an entertaining, clear, and hopeful explanation of why the economy and world are in their current conditions. Check it out, show it to your kids, and pass it on. Maybe we can turn things around … hopefully so!
April 22 is Earth Day. It seems that with each passing year, it becomes more important not to just participate in events on that day, but to incorporate into our own lives critical practices that will allow our Earth to sustain itself for our children and their children. (For more on Earth Day generally, here’s one good link). At our multicultural camp, environmental awareness and respect for the natural environment is one of the core values that we emphasize at camp. We take seriously our relationship withtheenvironment and convey that […]
With each passing year, it becomes more important to incorporate into our own lives critical practices that will allow our Earth to sustain itself for our children and their children. At our multicultural summer camp, environmental awareness and respect for the natural environment is one of our core values. We take seriously our relationship with the environment and convey that attitude to our campers. In addition to providing learning opportunities through experiential education, we teach the campers service to the environment by modeling good practices that are respectful of the […]
Sadly enough, though I make sure that the programming and mission of our multicultural summer camp is consistently progressive and forward-thinking, my attention to my personal behavior is harder to change—although no less important. Here are a couple of recommendations for books that challenged me to think differently about our household consumption. As they did for me, they may help see the world in a new perspective. Check out Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, and A World Without Us, by Alan Weisman. Great reads, and challenging! Share what you think […]