Kupugani Blog

5 Ways to Minimize Back to School Anxiety

At our girls-only and boys-only Midwest summer camps, we recognize the importance of effective transitions in helping quell anxiety for children entering new situations. Indeed, it's already time for some, and almost time for many other children to head back to school. For some parents and children, that can be an anxious time. A recent blog by Dr. Karen Latimer details 5 tips to help quell that back to school anxiety.

After School Talk: Opening Dialogue Between Children and Parents

“So, how was school today?”

How many times do we as parents ask this question? And as parents, you’ll also know that you can probably count on the fingers of one hand the words in the response you’ll get.



Positive Girl Culture and Navigating Friendships for Teenage Girls

During the all-girls sessions of our Midwest summer camp, we bring girls together from different cliques, grades, neighborhoods and life experiences. For many, our camp is the first and sometimes only positive all-female environment they have encountered. Trust and respect is emphasized in order to model new ways to form female friendships. In an all-girl environment, youth are given opportunity to practice leadership in our cabins and teams through leading activities, actively engaging in discussions, building consensus, and setting meaningful goals collectively and individually.

One Last Goodnight

It's the final day of camp! We've loved every moment of boys session, but sadly it's time to say goodbye for now. The boys enjoyed a final morning with their teams, where they put all their new team skills to use. The growth in teamwork and communication over the session has been remarkable; we are proud of each and every one of the campers for their hard work and determination. The pool was hands down the most popular camptivity this afternoon, as all the campers took one last dip to beat the summer heat.

Olympics Sportsmanship and Teamwork

What's the name of the game?  Sportsmanship and teamwork is the name of the game at the Kupugani Olympics! The sun shone bright upon us for our boys session Kupugani Olympics. We separated the campers into 2 teams - purple and orange, where they then competed in a full afternoon of games, Kupugani style!  There was a slip n' slide relay, mud pit games, gaga, canoe races, and of course the crowd favorite - sink the counselor! The teams were graded on sportsmanship, respect, teamwork, and spirit.

Team Work Triumphs at Kupugani

It was a great morning for team work today at Kupugani! Each morning, our campers separate into four teams were they work on different initiatives to promote teamwork, communication, and co-operation.  Our 10-13 year old boys took on The Wall today, and managed to get the whole team over successfully! Other initiatives included the portal, board and block, and trolleys.

Camp Spirit in the Air!

There has been lots of camptivity fun had at Kupugani today! Both mud volleyball and playing in the water proved a great hit. The boys have invented a new game in the waterfall – posing as super heroes as all the water splashes all around them!  For our second camptivity, most of the camp took part in game of 9 square in the air, which is a new addition to camp this year.

The Amazing Race Comes to Boys Kupugani

There is only one word to describe today at Kupugani… AMAZING! This morning our campers participated in our version of the Amazing Race, which took them all over the camp and saw them take on various challenges such as water spill, giant jenga, and the two wire bridge.  Tonight, our thirteen and fourteen year old campers are off on overnight trips.

Cabin Day Celebrates Kupugani Community

It’s been an awesome first week for the Kupugani boys session; today we had Cabin Day to celebrate our Kupugani community and recharge our batteries for the second week of fun.  After last night under the stars, the whole camp enjoyed a sleep in, then spent the morning creating a skit and song to perform for the camp. In the afternoon, each cabin chose their 2 favorite activities to do all together. We had gaga, nuke ‘em, and lake play to name a few! Lastly, what Cabin Day would be complete without dinner from Mimmo’s pizza? Bellies full, our campers are ready for tomorrow’s challenges!

Soccer Saturday

The sun rose high above us in the midwestern sky; the heat was felt by everyone but all were hydrated and stayed strong...and alas, only one side could prevail in the ALL CAMP Soccer Game... Each team rallied back and forth, like a tennis match.... alas, the counselors lost their title to the tenacity and strength of the campers! 


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