Tee-Shirts Made from 100% Unity, Appreciation and Community: Camp Kupugani, Multicultural Summer Camp Launches Tee-Shirt Design Contest

Camp Kupugani, a summer camp that focuses on multiculturalism, has announced a “Design a Uni-tee” contest to help inspire creativity among young people. Winner receives $200.

Leaf River, IL, April 05, 2012 --(PR.com)-- To kick-off the 2012 summer camp season, Camp Kupugani, an overnight camp near Chicago that focuses on diversity, has announced a “Design a Uni-tee” contest to help inspire creativity among young people. Kids and teenagers are asked to create a tee-shirt that inspires empowerment, respect and community in a unique and fun way. The contest is focused on the question: what does unity mean to you? Entries are submitted by posting a picture of the completed tee-shirt on Facebook. Participants may also submit a paragraph or create a video about why their tee-shirt deserves to win. Any creative medium is fine – markers, collage, patchwork, etc.

The winner will be selected by a small panel of diversity leaders and will receive their choice of $200 off a session at Camp Kupugani or a complimentary mother/daughter retreat weekend (retail value of $200). Winners who represent a school or community group will receive a $100 cash prize for their organization.

As children are learning more and more these days through digital media, traditional creativity become more important than ever. Studies (http://bit.ly/HtYLNq) suggest that creative self-expression helps children in at least three key areas:

· It expands their knowledge and ability to interact with the world around them
· It enhances their communication skills
· It develops their overarching identity as an individual

What better way to display these values than encouraging kids to quite literally, “wear their hearts on their sleeves?”

About Camp Kupugani

Camp Kupugani is located within 120 acres of forest along the Leaf River, about two hours from Chicago. Their programs, revolving around instilling bonds of friendship trust, and unity, include options for girls ages 7-15, a boys camp, mother/daughter weekends, team building programs, and rental facilities for retreats. Their monthly e-newsletter focuses on issues such as empowerment, diversity, bullying, self-esteem, and activities that parents/teachers can use to teach cultural appreciation. www.campkupugani.com

About Kevin Gordon, Director

A Harvard University graduate in psychology and the Canadian-born son of Jamaican immigrants, Kevin has worked with children for more the 25 years. He has worked at a number of camps, traveled throughout Europe and Africa (and wrote a book chronicling his African adventures titled Not Yet African). A graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, he also worked for a top-100 law firm to further his leadership experience.
Jacob Mergendoller
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