Core Values at Camp Kupugani

Camper learning core values at Camp Kupugani

Empowering children while having fun in the Midwest at Camp Kupugani

We exist for children as they are…so they imagine the people they can become.

In keeping with our core values, we empower children and have fun while doing it!  “Kupugani” means “to raise oneself up.”  That’s exactly what we do.  Campers of varied backgrounds live, play, and work together–the best teachers of instilling bonds of friendship and trust.  We provide a safe atmosphere where they celebrate and appreciate themselves, while celebrating and appreciating others.  We give them the tools to maximize their potential. At Camp Kupugani, children have fun while changing their world.

Our Core Values

These core values guide our decisions, activities, actions, and expectations of campers and staff. Each one is connected and related to each other. They are concepts we live by everyday.

Excellence (Do Your Best)

We strive to be our best and encourage others to do the same. We have high standards and bring with us a great deal of knowledge, expertise, and commitment. Camp requires a spirit of cooperation and a positive attitude. By having a staff of caring, moral and ethical role models, as well as a program that demonstrates tolerance and acceptance while providing clear limits, we allow campers to excel.

Empowerment (Be Your Best)

At camp, everyone learns important life lessons. We plan healthy, developmentally appropriate activities and learning experiences so campers make discoveries through experiential education. There is healthy risk-taking to challenge each person as an individual. We build confidence and self-respect by providing suitable structure, strong moral and ethical role models, and opportunities to learn physical, intellectual, psychological, emotional, and social skills. Campers enhance their personal sense of security and strengthen their self-confidence as we provide opportunities for leadership and personal growth. Each child is uplifted by our youth-based empowerment practices that support autonomy and take children seriously.

Community (Show Your Best)

Camp friendships are based on honesty and a deep sense of caring. Campers and staff alike develop the most meaningful relationships–ones that last a lifetime. You learn the true meaning of community while at camp. You feel connected with others and gain respect for each person. We celebrate the uniqueness that each individual brings to camp and also recognize shared common ground. By providing caring, support, and guidance, we maintain an atmosphere that enhances supportive relationships. Every camper enjoys the opportunity to belong because we provide training for cultural competence, sensitivity to inclusion, programming that enhances cultural understanding and interaction, and recruitment practices that result in staff and campers of varied backgrounds.


Enthusiasm and a positive attitude at camp help create a fun, energetic, and spirited environment. Our staff leads the way in providing tons of contagious liveliness each day!


Safety is our top priority. We ensure both the physical and psychological safety of our campers by providing safe and health-promoting facilities, practices that increase safe peer group interaction and decrease confrontational interactions, and training to address put-downs, bullying and harassment. We model behaviors that accept and affirm all. Additionally, as an ACA-accredited camp, we comply with ACA standards for certification, as well as state and county health and safety regulations.


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 world in which we live.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde


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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.

Luci A.


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