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How To Be Resilient: 4 Steps To Success When Life Gets Hard

At Camp Kupugani, our Midwest summer camp, we role model and help our campers develop grit and resilience. Here is an article on how to make the most of things when life gets tough. Check out the article by Barking Up the Wrong Tree here  (https://www.bakadesuyo.com/2021/07/resilient-3/) and see a quick summary below.

  • First world problems” [“champagne problems” as we prefer to call them]: Playing discomfort Whac-A-Mole just moves the goalposts and makes you see less threatening things as threatening. Deliberate discomfort keeps small problems small.

  • Boredom is a motivation state: Don’t feed it the junk food of phone time, let it propel you toward creative accomplishment.

  • Think about death: Imagining the Grim Reaper standing next to you, looking at his watch and humming “Time is on my side” — is not fun. But a little reminder than death will come tells you this life is not a dress rehearsal and makes you appreciate it all the more.

  • Misogi”: There is nothing like the hot-buttered satisfaction of doing something you thought you couldn’t do. Deliberate challenges on “hard mode” put everyday life on “easy mode.”

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.

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Everyone…was just so, so personable, kind, and the kind of person I want
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Laura V.

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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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