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Give A Child An Incredible Summer Camp Experience at Camp Kupugani

Donate to the Kupugani Scholarship Fund to help a deserving camper change their world! You can write a check to the Kupugani Scholarship Fund, Inc. (a recognized IRS 501(c)(3) organization) and send it to: Kupugani Scholarship Fund Inc., 6903 W. White Eagle Rd., Leaf River, IL, 61047.

You can also click on the “donate” button below to make a secure credit card contribution via Paypal. A contribution of any amount, big or small, helps us maintain the diversity that makes the camp experience at Kupugani so fantastic.


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In the rolling hills and woods of northwest Illinois lies a haven for kids. A place of their own where they can explore the beauty of nature, the challenge of physical activity, and the joy of shared experience. As they try new things and make best friends, something wonderful happens. 

Children develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their relationship with other people. A seed of acceptance and empowerment is planted that will grow over time. The Camp Kupugani experience helps to build young people of character and compassion who will make meaningful contributions to our diverse communities and to our world. We are raising strong people for the future!

Equipping the Next Generation for Our Global Society

Donate to scholarship fund so girls can enjoy summer camp canoeing at Camp Kupugani

Girls summer camp canoeing at Camp Kupugani

For the generation of young people born after 1990, the world can be a very confusing place. This is the first truly global generation raised in the era of mass communications and the internet. There are no questions that can’t be answered by Google or Wiki, and their list of friends often includes more virtual members than those they’ve actually met in person. Kids of this serious generation watch their parents and teachers struggle to justify old prejudices and ways of doing things. This generation respects mutual respect and personal opinions more than authority and position. Children of this generation can create lasting change in our world if they are given the right tools and understanding.

Camp Kupugani was founded to provide a multicultural experience for this new diverse generation of children to equip and prepare them to lead a meaningful life in our global society. By removing the perceived barriers associated with race, ethnicity, class, and social standing, we help campers attain the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and tools they need to become active community members and agents for social change. Each summer, Camp Kupugani provides a unique summer camp program of recreation, adventure and fun.

  • We believe a summer camp should be fun and formative, exciting and supportive, challenging and rewarding.
  • We believe young people thrive when encouraged to make decisions for themselves, to engage new physical and creative activities, and to develop meaningful friendships.
  • We believe exploring nature and learning new skills helps to develop a stronger sense of self and to identify unique gifts and talents that make each individual valuable in a society.
  • We believe a quality summer camp experience depends on a highly motivated, enthusiastic and trained staff that believes in our core values and mission.
  • We believe in the unique nature of single-sex environments free from the distractions of the opposite gender. This fosters an environment where children are generally more self-confident, supportive and open to forging lasting friendships.
  • We believe the multicultural nature of our world requires a new generation of young leaders who break down social and economic barriers to address real issues that impact the common good.

We respectfully ask for your help so we can continue to reflect our mission of promoting community and empowerment among diverse children, and ensure equal access to our campers. Donor support from individuals not only tells our campers that their dreams matter, but sends an equally powerful message to corporations, foundations and other outside sources of support, that Camp Kupugani’s mission can help change the world and is one of the best investments one can make. You can also rest easy knowing that your money will be used efficiently; over 98 cents on the dollar goes directly towards tuition for a deserving child.

Camp Kupugani girls in a group circle.

Camp Kupugani girls in a group circle.

Camper Comments

Donor support has allowed our campers to comment:

  • “I love Camp Kupugani, because it gives me challenging opportunities to do better. It gives me more knowledge about life and teaches me to be brave and try new things. It gives me great and fun experiences.”
  • “I love Camp Kupugani, because we can have fun and be ourselves at the same time.”
  • “Camp Kupugani helped me communicate. It also helped me overcome obstacles and really think.”

Parent Comments

Donor support has allowed our parents to be able to make comments such as:

  • “She was challenged mentally and physically. She… was able to wrap her mind around the discussions and bring home lessons about what she learned from the girls’ stories, more about diversity, injustice, and also privilege.”
  • “The level of experience and diversity among the staff was exceptional.”
  • “I thought it was a phenomenal program and impact on my daughter.”

Heartfelt appreciations go out to those who have contributed to the Kupugani Scholarship Fund!

Thanks to These Folks for Contributions to Our 2019 Campers!


Purna Allamneni

Amazon Smile

Jon and Tricia Benjamin

Boys Session DVD Donations

Bob and Marcy Brower

Gwen Ebert

Girls Session One La Tienda Donations

Kim Goldsmith

Michelle Hanfling

Kupugani Fest Donations

Parent Child Weekend Donations

Pledgeling Foundation

Richard Simpson

Jill Soltan

Theodore Sterling

Nicole Tritthardt


Robbie Baxter

Dan and Rachel Bennett

Boys Session La Tienda Donations

Blended Session DVD Donations 

Jerry and Lyn Cape

Chicago Gender Society

John and Jackie Cunat

Denise De Mory and Vernon Grigg

Randall and Liz Dunn

Melissa Ellis

Liz Garfinkle

Girls Session One DVD Donations

Girls Session Two DVD Donations

Girls Session Two La Tienda Donations

Chris and Wendy Hainey

Ashlee Jaffe

Gordie and Laura Kaplan

Matt and Casie LaBella

Jon and Carolyn Marley

Your Cause


Peter Blacklow

Benevity Community Impact Fund

Google Inc.

Adam Hecktman

Network for Good

Suneeti Shah

Satch Slavin and Julie Hess

Supply Core



Kiersten Regelin


Brian Laeger


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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