Camp Nurse – Camp Kupugani

For Camp Nurse at a Multicultural Residential Summer Camp with separate girls-only, boys-only, and blended sessions for children Ages 7 – 15!
June 25 – August 5, 2023 (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
– 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 25 – July 8 (blended camp), July 9 –
July 22 (blended camp), or July 23 – August 5 (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).)

To apply:
Please e-mail Kevin Gordon at or call 815-713-4110 for questions.
Application Form:

Location: 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.