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How to Enhance Your Daughter's Future

Our son Mico had a soccer game yesterday (in which he and his team played very well...but that's not the point). His team is coached by a now-sixteen year-old girl, who has been coaching his team for several years now, since she was thirteen. (Her little sister also plays on the team.) She is confident, assertive, caring, great with the kids on the team who play very hard, practice very hard, learn a lot, and have a ton of fun. Clearly, her parents avoided doing any of the child development behaviors below! (We also try to accomplish the same goals during our girls camps!)

Importance of Girls Camps Given Societal Issues

If you're an NFL fan at all, lately there has been a lot of attention surrounding the league's treatment of players with allegations of domestic violence. While the controversy has had potential good points, like the increased attention regarding the dearth of women in decision-making positions in the league, it has highlighted just how far the league, and American society generally, has in regards to issues that significantly impact women.

Why We Need to Be Inclusive and Culturally Competent

Everyday, it's easy to pick an example of a stereotype being perpetuated; we seem to continually forget the lessons of history and repeat discriminatory behavior—and rationalize to ourselves why it's okay. Today it's Muslims and homosexuals, yesterday (in historical terms) it was blacks and Jews, the day before interracial couples and Protestants, you get the drift...

20 Things a Father Should Tell His Son

Here's a fun slash useful post regarding 20 things that a father should tell a son.  Some of my favorites are below...so listen up Mico! 

How to Raise a Hero

As my eight year-old son returns to school for the beginning of the school year, it reminds me of the importance of providing an environment where he is challenged to be the best person he can be.

helping children through transitions

Late summer brings with it many transitions for families--kids coming home from camp or other summer activities and getting ready for school; families with young adults getting set to head away from home or to college.  Just like at camp, parents should be careful when considering "rescuing" their children who are undergoing tough times, whether the child is anxious, homesick, or lonely.

6 Things Every Optimist Believes

Good things are going to happen.  Gratitude makes you stronger.  Forgiveness is key to a happier life.focusing on happiness is key

And So It Goes...

Boys camp came and went in the blink of an eye; and after two weeks, campers created some strong bonds. Not only with each other, but also with their counselors. It was a transformative experience for them all and we are looking forward to next summer already! 

 

Kupu-lympics!

Even as our boys session winds down, excitement and enthusiasm is peaking here at Camp Kupugani! The thoughts of going home are somewhere in boys' minds, but the fun and activities we are having are at the forefront! Today was exceptionally fun as we had our Kupugani Olympics! Starting the Olympics was a traditional ceremony where teams come up with a chant to shout with the mightiest of voices! Then campers wasted no time beginning with a game of Sand Volleyball/Newcomb, then Relays which include sack races, a three-legged race and great fun with a slip and slide!

And the Winner Is...

Today was another day full of joy and wonder with our boy campers. The boys challenged themselves today with Camptivities like Rock Climbing, Challenge Hike, Slacklining, Cratestacking, Pool, Canoeing, and our special Engineeritivity- Stomp Rockets! An extra soccer match was added to the agenda following the camper vs. counselor game this previous Saturday...this time with the cabins enjoying good sportsmanship and spirited play representing their cabin groups.  Fun!

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