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Kupugani’s Version of Challenge by Choice

crate-stacking-camp-activityAt Kupugani, our child development philosophy is based in large part on the concept of “Challenge by Choice,” meaning that campers participate voluntarily in various activities and challenges of our team building program and other aspects of camp life. A camper may choose to sit out an activity, with that right respected by other campers and counselors. An integral tenet of our camp community respects the individual’s right to choose with regard to the degree of participation in any activity. Campers are empowered by taking personal responsibility for their choices; indeed, sometimes a camper can grow more by occasionally refusing to participate, rather than unthinkingly or resentfully feeling forced to participate.

That said, at the same time, a core Kupugani principle is to empower oneself by challenging oneself to stretch and grow. We generally encourage and support active engagement and giving 100% effort. So, where a skilled, experienced counselor-facilitator knows the participant well, that facilitator may make the intentional child development choice to facilitate an activity to entice the camper to participate.

A key goal of each camp session is for campers to accomplish something (could be physical, psychological, emotional, or psychosocial) that the camper wouldn’t have thought they could do before camp. By overcoming that challenge, the camper gets that gleam in their eyes, having learned firsthand that they can do what previously might have seemed impossible to them. We’re also sure to have campers approach those “impossible” situations incrementally; instead of being overwhelmed, they can experience success in stages and build themselves progressively.

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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