Paul “ButterKup” Kupferman

Catalina Sea Camp Summer Operations Director

Catalina Sea Camp…provided me confidence I could take home and apply to my daily academic and social life. I am proud to say that my job is to give youth the same experience I benefited from many years ago.” Read more about Paul ButterKup Kupferman and his lifetime with CIMI outdoor education.

Paul has been involved with Guided Discoveries since 1986, first as a camper, then Counselor, Head Counselor, Summer Camp Director and his recent post as Summer Operations Director.

He spent his formative years in Costa Mesa, California. He moved to landlocked St. Louis, Missouri, when he was 13, but his parents allowed him to fly out each summer and return to his beloved island paradise of Catalina Sea Camp, where he participated in many of the same activities that he brings to your children today.

Because of Paul’s love for camp, he couldn’t have imagined any better choice for his career than remaining at Catalina and inspiring youth in much of the same manner by which the ocean dazzled him as a camper. He is passionate the independence and resilience that the camp experience fosters in children.

Paul holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is a board member for the Western Association of Independent Camps. He is also actively involved in the American Camp Association. Paul has received the Paul Somers Golden Acorn Award honoring his contributions to the field of organized camping.

Contact Paul at or 909.625.6194 (winter) or 310.510.1622 (summer)

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