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Quote for the week: "The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It's about what you're made of. Not the circumstances." - Unknown
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Fireside Friday: And the Mountains Echoed--"A novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations." http://ow.ly/rehx303YvWX
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Tuesday thoughts: Is it a good idea to take risks? And under what circumstances should risks be taken? This article says that the outcome might be better than you think. http://ow.ly/DZeD3046DUy
When weighing up whether to take an action that could leave us vulnerable to failing or some other form or loss (of reputation, money, social standing, pride etc), science has shown that we have an innate tendency to misjudge four core elements in assessing risk.
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”Success for me is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she is cheered on and supported.” — Sheryl Sandberg
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Travel Thursday: Here are supposedly the 10 most multicultural cities in the world. Have you been to these places? http://ow.ly/giC53049azq
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"Best place for empowering our children."
"We are a very enthusiastic Kupugani family with 5 years of camp experience."
"This camp offers more than activities, campfire songs and rustic cabins."
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Mohannad Safadi
5 months ago
I came here as a teenager with Muslim American Society and had the best time. The staff were super polite and helpful. They had a range of activities for us to do and were very welcoming hosts. My sibling would also come here lots and have the same exact words to share.
Response from the owner - 5 months ago
Thanks kindly for your review; we certainly strive to do our best to maximize the experience for everybody coming to camp!
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Jackie Gray
a year ago
This summer marks the 2nd year my daughter has attended Camp Kupugani. I found this summer camp by googling "girls+empowerment+camp." Boy did I luck out. The fact that I've sent my daughter here twice signifies that I found what I was looking for in a camp, the fact that she wants to go back next year signifies that she found what SHE was looking for in a camp. My goal was to find something that moved past the typical camp experience and would help my daughter stretch and grow in ways that our everyday life didn't. Camp is supposed to be fun, but I wanted something more for my daughter. This camp offers more than activities, campfire songs and rustic cabins. Each activity is crafted to help the campers grow and push their comfort level...it's intentional. All you have to do is ask the camper how they feel after they've accomplished something that they were previously afraid to do. The camper/counselor ratio is incredible (something like 5:1) and from what my daughter tells me, that ratio is working. Again, that's intentional. These counselors interact with the kids, working as young adult mentors. The campers feel close to the counselors and benefit tremendously from this interaction. My daughter attended another camp (aka fancy camp) that was beautiful, fun activities, etc., but the closeness-component was missing. She developed no lasting relationships with any of the campers, no bond with the almost non-existent counselors and doesn't wish to go back. In my opinion, its the growth and friend-bonding experience that stays with them...not how white the bed sheets were. I've read about costs of camps and Kupugani isn't priced like your local park district camp. Its an overnight camp (full time staff) and they employ many counselors. They strive to provide healthy food options for the kids (not just pasta and fish sticks that the fancy camps still serve). It think cost is relative and depends on how you choose to spend your money. Would you rather spend it on the superficial stuff or the meaningful stuff that lasts? I give this camp my full recommendation.
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thanks kindly for your review; we have very much enjoyed having your daughter at camp over the past two summers! We strive to continue to be a positive impact on her development, and to continue to have her (and you) be part of our Kupugani family for years to come! (To clarify, indeed the camper/counselor ratio is intentionally low, actually 3:1...)
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Jolyon Ticer-Wurr
a year ago
We are a very enthusiastic Kupugani family with 5 years of camp experience. This summer we sent our shy and sensitive son for his first Kupugani Boy's camp experience. We had the memory of sending his confident and outgoing sister to her first year at Kupugani Girl's camp four years prior. Like his sister, he LOVED every minute of camp and immediately was looking forward to returning next summer. Kupugani has been an important annual touchstone for our daughter and looks to be headed in the same direction for our son: a place to reconnect with special camp friends (including wonderful camp director/owner couple, Kevin and Natasha), make interesting new friends from around the globe, and experience a positive, multicultural environment. Kupugani features a full-range of classic camp experiences including pretty scenery with a stream and boating "lake," archery, swimming, canoeing, fishing, arts and crafts, rock climbing, playing fields, lots of great camp songs, daily outdoor games, wildlife, stars, night owls and morning birdsong. Kupugani programming is rooted in the crucially important developmental activities of experiential play, diversity, and direct interpersonal interaction. Activities are structured by gentle and wise boundaries, emphasizing independent exploration and experience, but incorporating a range of "team building" activities that are kinetic, interactional, and just plain fun for the kids. For example, working with cabin-mates to organize inline by age and height, all while remaining balanced on log. Kupugani is also "intentionally" multicultural and, for example, each year features a "show and tell" where each camper may share an object or story that represents something they value about their identity. With the camp staff, ownership, and camper community representing a broad and diverse global community, Kupugani supports and celebrates inclusion. Mealtimes at Kupugani feature balanced, simple, and generally tasty fare. For breakfast, there is always a main dish (pancakes, bagels, scrambled eggs, french toast, sausage links, etc.) as well as a bowl of fresh fruit and a cereal. Similarly, lunch and dinner include a main dish option (chicken, hamburgers, grilled cheese, vege and meat sandwiches, spaghetti, pizza, etc.) and salad, cooked and raw vegetables, and fresh fruit. Kupugani is a wooded enclave within a broader farming region and has a small, of-site farm plot where they raise some of the fruit and vegetables that make it to the table each day. For hunger between meals, an apple or a banana is always available. Both of my kids departed for camp, and returned home, well nourished and satisfied. This year, I heard another camper giving a glowing narrative of a food related "camptivity" (campers each day choose some of the activities in which they'd like to participate by selecting a "camptivity"). "Cooking with 'Tash" involved baking cookies in the big, camp kitchen alongside camp co-owner/director (and school year elementary school teacher) Natasha, the sweetest, gentlest, and most supportive camp director you could hope to encounter. The camp "cabins" are a bit fancier than those I experienced when I was a child attending a range of camps, but with similarly simple and rustic bunk-bed arrangement: geared to getting a good night's rest so as to be ready to hit the outdoors and join the main daily "camptivities." Bathrooms are close to the cabins (maybe 20 to 60 feet away, depending on the cabin) and far fancier than the latrines and cold water showers of my childhood-- the water is hot, the toilets flush, and the shower-stalls walled and curtained. The always well illuminated bathrooms are easy to find at night. My daughter has enjoyed four years of Kupugani and my son looks forward to his second year. At pick-up this year, I was impressed as campers ranging from 8 years to mid-teens seemed genuinely moved and positively impacted by two weeks of Camp Kupugani experience.
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thanks kindly for your review. We have certainly appreciated and enjoyed that you have been an integral part of our Kupugani community, and that we have been able play a part in the development of your fantastic children!
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Anne Redmoon
a year ago
My 11-year-old daughter has now attended Camp Kupugani two times and we both highly recommend it! I had searched and searched for an overnight camp that would not only be fun, but more importantly be inspiring. Camp Kupugani is truly an amazing place with a nurturing staff, a fun yet challenging curriculum, and with two camp directors/owners who treat their campers like they would their own children - with love, compassion and support. My daughter has become more empowered as a young woman and has a better understanding of how she can successfully love her unique self and make a difference in this world. I cannot say enough good things about Camp Kupugani. I guess the best way to explain it is that when I came to pick up my daughter after two weeks of camp this summer, the first thing she said was not "hi" or "missed you mom" but instead, "Can you please sign me up for next year's camp?!"
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thanks kindly for your review; we have very much enjoyed having your daughter at camp (for multiple summers)! We hope to continue to have her (and your family) be part of our Kupugani family for years to come!
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Ben Blount
11 months ago
Camp Kupugani is a treasure. We live in north suburban Chicago and were looking for a diverse and nurturing camp for our 10 year old daughter. This would be her first sleep away camp and we wanted her to have a good experience. I got a recommendation for Kupugani from a friend of mine and started my research. After checking out the website and reading the back story behind how the camp was formed, I was really excited. We showed our daughter the online videos (a great resource for first-time campers) and she was hooked. We had a great phone conversation with Kevin, the director, a few weeks before camp to answer any questions we had (like why a 2 week experience is better than just 1 week) and drove up to Leaf River to drop our girl off for her adventure. When we drove up it was such a welcoming place! The campgrounds are beautiful and the camp staff recognized our daughter from the picture we sent and knew her name. I met the parents of several returning campers and they talked about the place like it was a second home for their girls. Many of them had traveled from other states to attend the camp (one family was from Florida!). The fact that they were so happy with the experience and kept coming back year after year was a good sign. The staff was so diverse—the young women were of different races and backgrounds and from 3 or 4 different countries. After 2 weeks, (and no homesick letters!) we picked our girl up and she had a wonderful experience. She made a ton of friends, was challenged, and learned a lot about herself. If you’re looking something more than your typical camp experience I would recommend Camp Kupugani. The director is really invested, responsive to calls and emails, and really cares about the kids. He even followed up after camp to see how she enjoyed her 2 weeks there. Camp Kupugani has been a great experience for our family.
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Response from the owner - 11 months ago
Thanks kindly for your review; we certainly enjoyed having your daughter at camp last summer! Her spirit and energy were great; we hope that she will be a Kupugani girl for years to come!
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Julia Curns-Welch
a year ago
5 Stars!! Camp Kupugani/Camp White Eagle is absolutely amazing!! We just hosted our wedding at camp for an extended weekend, and it was absolutely perfect! Kevin and Natasha were detailed, thorough, and incredibly accommodating of our needs and our 100 guests - ranging from 1 to 87. They were excellent in helping us schedule camp activities (canoeing, archery, lake activities, climbing) that could accommodate a wide variety of skill levels and ensure maximum fun, while still being not-too-intimidating for those who were unfamiliar. Meals were fresh, delicious, and excellently prepared each day - including a few plates set aside for those who ran late. They also took excellent care in prepping for our guests with food allergies and vegetarian/vegan preferences. Security and welcoming of incoming guests was great. Kevin and his staff greeted people as they arrived, gave directions, and made sure everyone was on our list. The accommodations and overall aesthetic was top notch - borderline glamping from this former Girl Scout! ;) The cabins had cedar bunks, fans, lights and power, plus new hardwood floors. All were clean and in excellent condition for our guests' arrival. All in all, I can't imagine a better wedding weekend, a better outdoor experience, a better location, or anything else that would top this. Camp Kupugani/Camp White Eagle absolutely knocked it out of the park. If we could do this every weekend, we'd be back in a few days!! :)
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thanks kindly for your review; we certainly enjoyed hosting you all, and interacting with your wonderful family and friends!
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Anna Watson
a year ago
My 11 year old son attended this camp this summer. It was the first time he had been away from home for more than one night. We researched camps extensively and drive 7 hours both ways to get bim to Camp Kupagani. When we picked him up he exclaimed. "THIS WAS ONE OF THE BEST EXPRRIENCES OF MY WHOLE LIFE!" That was the best feeling as a mother to know I had made a great choice and investment in him. I was a little nervous and sad to leave himin the begining especially with no cell phone or contact for 2 weeks. Then I received a call from the Camp Director 2 days after dropping him off explaining the extrodinary measures my son was taking to call me, since I had told him I would pick him up if he was homesick. Apparently that is the worst thing to say because my son wanted to be picked up on day 1. I was so very impressed at the individual attention he received and the camps awareness of his feeelings. Kevin, the director called and explained everything to me, I felt a little helpless at first but he told me all he needed from me was to let Quin know that I was not coming to get him and he could do the rest. The confidence in his approach assured me that it was the right thing to do, plus I was comfortable after spending months finding the best place for my child. Within 24 hours there were pictures of Quin enjoying himself doing the countless mindful activities at camp. The persoanl development he achieved in just 2 weeks speaks to the great thought this camp has used in creating their program. He has faced many fears, felt independence, gained confidence, and all on his own with out me. Quin wants to return to camp already, he literally wants to go to the parent-child weekend in 2 weeks because he misses the camp and says it went too fast. If you are looking for something special for your child this is absolutely the place to be. Children come from all over the world to attend, so we feel very blessed to have the experience Camp Kupagani offers.
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thanks kindly for your review; we were impressed by your son's persevering through challenges, and emerging even better for it. We look forward to him (and your family) being part of our Kupugani family for years to come!
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Kristian May Stewart
a year ago
Our family was referred to Camp Kupugani by friends who had glowing words to say about it. They talked about how much their sons matured and developed from their Kupugani experience in the summer of 2014, and more importantly how much they enjoyed it. Upon learning about the role of culture, diversity, inclusion and teamwork that the camp integrates into its programming, we knew we had to learn more. We attended a Kupugani Reunion event in Chicago last winter (January 2015) and had an opportunity to meet warm and welcoming families who shared their experience. We also met the Directors, Kevin & Natasha, who took time to answer anxious parents questions and consistently be responsive to us as we made the decision to send our oldest son to his first overnight camp experience this summer. He returned home from his Kupugani camp experience less than a week ago and is ready for his 2016 camp experience already. As a first time camper, yes there were challenges for him (adjusting to being away from home, being in a far more rustic environment, making new friends like family for 2 weeks), but the benefits far outweighed the challenges for him. He has shared that his confidence is greater, he values his family even more after being away for 2 weeks, and he enjoys the fun and challenge of being on a team even more. We see the growth and development in our 10 year old boy and it has us beaming with pride. Kupugani Camp Director, Kevin, and his cabin counselors (Erin & Donnie) were instrumental in providing our son with the support he needed to adjust to camp life. They were also very responsive and made themselves available for regular online and live discussions (when needed) to keep us update on his transition and progress. We were very pleased to know when we picked up our son that his "experience story" matched what was shared with us by Kevin and his team. There is nothing more precious than your child and when you entrust their care to someone else you pray that they deal gently and loving with them, that they keep their best interest at heart, and challenge as well as comfort them appropriately. We are thankful to Kevin and the team at Camp Kupugani for doing exactly that on behalf of our son this summer!
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Response from the owner - a year ago
Thanks kindly for your review; your son made it through the challenges, and thrived! We look forward to him (and your family) being a valued and continued part of our Kupugani family!