Camp Medical Professional – Camp Kupugani

For Camp Medical Professional at a Multicultural Residential Summer Camp with separate girls-only and blended sessions for children ages 7 – 15!

June 23 – August 3, 2024 (for 1-6 weeks during that period)

Camp Kupugani is a multicultural residential summer camp focusing on diversity and communication skills in a fun atmosphere. We unite children of diverse backgrounds, and provide them with essential skills to empower themselves and build community in an increasingly diverse society. Children from ages seven to fifteen participate in a two-, four-, or six-week session of our unique summer camp. While typical summer camps are relatively homogeneous and do not challenge campers to stray from their comfort zones, ours focuses on addressing issues of difference and on building self-esteem and community. The children enjoy a fun, challenging camp experience, including activities like rock climbing, river walking, canoeing, playing under waterfalls, and night hikes under the stars, and special team building activities and games so that fun and personal growth coincide.

We are looking for a dynamic, warm, exuberant, experienced person who is passionate about our vision. The “Camp Nurse” will participate in an orientation with a camp director, followed by our multicultural residential summer camp program in Leaf River, IL (less than two hours west of Chicago).

Responsibilities include:

  • Stocking First Aid supplies in the Health Center and all areas of camp and controlling their outflow
  • Safeguarding the campers’ prescription medications
  • Administering the medications at the prescribed dosages and hours
  • Completing insurance forms
  • Supervising and maintaining the Center’s housekeeping standard. If necessary, a staff member can be provided to assist in the housekeeping of the Health Center.
  • The Camp Nurse can expect the Camp administration to provide whatever necessary equipment and supplies may be needed for the nurse and the Health Center.
  • The Camp Nurse is expected to be present at the registration of the camp session to check in and file the incoming health forms, record individual problems and note medications.
  • Nursing care consists of evaluating and treating campers’ minor injuries and illnesses; keeping a log of Health Center visits; giving supportive advice to counselors and other camp staff, if requested; and identifying health problems serious enough to require a physician’s attention.


  • The Camp Nurse must be licensed, and be currently registered, or have reciprocity, to practice in the state of Illinois.
  • The Camp Nurse should relate well to groups of young people and enjoy outdoor activity, fresh air, and beautiful scenery!
  • Experience and temperament should have prepared the nurse to function independently and accept the responsibility of the camp health care program.

The preferred compensation is, for each two weeks’ nurse service, to offer a full tuition waiver exchange ($2695 value) for a child ages 7-15 whom the nurse would like to have at camp. Alternatively, pay is $1200 per two-week session, from June 23 – July 6 (blended camp), July 7 – July 20 (blended camp), or July 21 – August 3 (girls camp); it is also possible to do a one-week stay as nurse. Room and Board is provided, plus Worker’s Compensation Insurance, and liability insurance. It is strongly recommended that the Camp Nurse also retain personal Medical Malpractice insurance. The Nurse is provided private quarters in the camp’s newest building, the Health Center. (If space is available, and the nurse wishes to have an additional child attend, we will regard the application giving some due consideration of camper tuition against salary. Need-based scholarship assistance is also available (to all campers).)

A beautiful summer home Nestled within 120 acres of lush forests, Camp Kupugani multicultural summer camp resides at beautiful Camp White Eagle alongside the Leaf River in northwestern Illinois. A mere two-hour drive from Chicago, this intimate setting makes for an ideal environment to develop life-skills, meet new friends and enjoy an active outdoor environment. The Camp comprises nature’s finest, including woods, trails, a swimming pool, rock climbing walls, game fields, and a 5-acre lake for swimming, a waterfall, water games, and almost a mile of canoeing through the property. Since 1951, Camp White Eagle: certified by the American Camping association, has provided for children a secure summer camp environment that encourages the discovery of self and a sense of wonder in the natural world.

The Camp Kupugani Mission
“Kupugani” is a Zulu concept meaning “to raise oneself up.” The fundamental point of Camp Kupugani is—in a residential camp setting—to expose children of varied backgrounds and ethnicities to each other. Living, playing, and working together are the best teachers of instilling bonds of friendship and trust. They represent an important step towards breaking down societal barriers that prevent positive interaction. Camp Kupugani provides a safe atmosphere where children are individually empowered via enhancing their communication skills and engaging in community building. By way of carefully selected program activities, we bestow upon them the tools to maximize their potential, free of the sometimes-limiting restrictions of school and predisposed social patterns. At Camp Kupugani, kids have fun while changing their world.

For more information, feel free to visit our website at, e-mail Kevin Gordon at or call Kevin at 815-713-4110.

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