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Saving our Earth Starts Now

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.

10 Things a First-Time Camper Should Know

At our intentional summer camp program near Chicago, Illinois, we recognize that it's natural for a child to be nervous about attending summer camp. To ease a child's mind, here are ten things that every camper should know before enjoying their first sleepaway camp experience. 

1. After the first day or two of camp, you will have made new friends. new camp friends

3 Ways to Foster Independence in your Child

At our summer camp outside of Chicago, we recognize how we contribute to the growth and independence of our campers.  We also recognize that is every (okay, most) parents' dream to have a self-reliant, successful child! However;, it's also becoming more common for parents to dread the day their child leaves the nest.  What parents forget is that self-sufficiency can help a child grow tremendously.

5 ways music can help you live a happier life

Jill Suttie wrote a recent article detailing five ways that music can help you live a happier and healthier life. Click here for the full article, with bulleted takeaways below.

Reducing stress and anxiety.

100 Great Lessons to Teach Your Daughter

At our girls-only summer camp, we try to facilitate an environment where girls can maximize their growth and development.  

5 Ways to Help Kids Develop Good Money Management Habits

At our Illinois summer camp, we focus on intentionally empowering campers during our girls-only and boys-only camp sessions. We help them with the concept of economic literacy both with direct activities that help them learn the concepts, and also with their awareness and management of their limited camp store budgets—their spending money for their time at camp. We recognize, and try to help our campers recognize concepts like waiting to make purchases and choosing wisely whether to spend or save (or donate to worthy causes).

10 Reasons Why Being a Camp Counselor is the Best Job Ever!

  1. No more windowless office cubicles; your office is the great outdoors!

  2. It's not only acceptable at camp to act goofy and be unique, it's a job requirement.

  3. Kids become your biggest fans, and you become theirs.

  4. You get paid to have fun! 

  5. Singing songs at the top of your lungs (and not necessarily in tune) is expected.

What Camp Can Teach Your Child

At Camp Kupugani, whether at our girls-only camp or boys-only camp, we facilitate the empowerment and challenges that contribute to positive child development. Those who have experienced camp life at a good camp know how powerful the experience can be. For those who haven't, they may ask: Do these values really make a difference in a child's life? Can camp really impact a child during only a couple weeks being away from home? The answer is yes, they can learn many life lessons while being away at camp.

5 Boy-Friendly Tips for Maximizing Your Son's Development

During the boys-only session of our summer camp, we recognize that boys come in all shapes, temperaments, and characters. The more we can encourage them to explore and truly be themselves, the more they develop their unique characters. Blogger Lauren Knight (see her blogs at Crumb Bums shared some good tips regarding maximizing her boys' development.

5 Tips to Connect with Your Tween

At our summer camp programs west of Chicago, we have the great opportunity to have youth of all ages connect with young adults (and older adults), who have the great ability to have children listen to what they have to say and actually abide by their respectful requests.  Wouldn't it be amazing if that happened consistently in your household too?

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Questions about prepping your child for camp? Click here. Interested in some parenting tips? Click here.

First Time Camper Discount

First time campers can receive a discount when they register for girls or boys sessions!