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Hey, Camp Fans!

Today is National Log Cabin Day—a reminder of a simpler time when life wasn’t so media-saturated or web-centric. This is a day that encourages people to get away from the incessant beeps and boops of our household appliances and electronic devices and embrace a simpler existence. People have been promoting a simpler lifestyle since our cities grew tall and heavily populated. Here are a few examples of historical figures who sought out a quieter life.
Lincoln grew up in a log cabin much like this.
Abraham Lincoln
Our nation’s 16th president was born and raised in a log cabin. Though his family moved around a lot, they went from log cabin to log cabin for nearly the first two decades of Abe’s life. You can get much more detailed account of Lincoln’s travel from home to home with his family right here.

Henry David ThoreauThoreau built his own cabin for himself.
His most famous and celebrated essay, ‘Walden’ begins, “When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond…” This ‘house’ that he speaks of was a tiny log cabin that even the humble Ralph Waldo Emerson—a friend of Thoreau’s whose land he used to build the cabin—commented on it that it looked “too small to eat in!”

Aldo Leopold
Abraham Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau lived around the same time—born within the same eight years, their lives spanAldo Leopold made a cabin for himself and his family of 5 kids and his wife.ned decades and decades of the 1800s. Born a few years after the death of Thoreau, Aldo Leopold carried on the conservationist torch. As cities grew bigger and denser, Leopold recognized that it was not the lifestyle for him. Instead of accepting societal life, he took his wife and five children to the wilderness of Madison, WI and built a cabin.

Log cabins that Lincoln or Thoreau ever lived in are no longer standing, but you can still visit the cabin that squeezed a family of seven in the 1930s. I’ve been inside the Mr. Leopold’s cabin which is an unforgettable experience. Set up your own visit with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and check out his famous writings in ‘A Sand County Almanac’ which covers humankind and our relationship with nature.

Maybe you’ll get to enjoy life in a log cabin throughout your stay at summer camp! And as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Water you waiting for?

Hey, Swimmers!

Who doesn’t love a refreshing and exhilarating splash into the wet world of WATER?! You’re sure to get lots of time in the water during your summer camp stay. Swimming is the most popular activity at summer camp and since most boys and girls are like magnets to pools, I thought we’d celebrate National Swim a Lap Day on our Blog.

Obvious advocates of camp, we here at Everything Summer Camp recognize and understand the importance of swimming for summer campers all across the board. More than just a, invigorating, cool treat on a hot day—swimming is fun, it’s developmental, it’s social, and it certainly is EXERCISE!
Get into the water with Speedo this summer.
That’s right! Swimming is just as physically taxing as it is fun—especially if you’re trying to improve upon your skills. A couple months ago, I posted a tips and advice series about proper fitness exercises in preparation for the rigors of summer camp. The final installment of the series gave great exercises to try for swimming.

Another way to spot our understanding of your love to swim is by the slew of swimwear and other accessories that we offer on our site. Dominated by Speedo, we’re proud to order such a quality selection for all your swimming needs.

Speedo uses advanced materials and designs which have been exclusively developed by themselves, giving their customers—and ours too—the freedom and speed that they need. It doesn’t matter if you’re just learning to swim or training for the Olympics, our selection of Speedo products can help you! We’ve got everything from swimming trunks and swimsuits to watershoes and goggles, and so much more.

Shop our site and exercise with our fitness tips to maximize your fun in the water this summer and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

She must be an angel…

Hey, Summer Campers!

The world is chock-full of former summer campers! They’re all over. And some are even famous celebrities now. They’re in the music business, professional sports leagues, movies, and television shows. Speaking of former summer campers/television stars, diFarrah Fawcett was always smiling.d you know that Farrah Fawcett was once a summer camper like yourselves? She went to Camp Arrowhead in Cleburne, Texas.

Situated alongside the Brazos River which runs between Glen Rose and Cleburne, Camp Arrowhead provided Farrah with 650 gorgeous acres among the rugged hills of Texas. Founded in 1934, Arrowhead is proud to have been the camp for a famous celebrity like Farrah, but camp director Sandra Schmitt has also noted, “They’re all famous to us,” in an article for D Magazine.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi Texas, Farrah had the usual family life with her parents and her one sister who was nine years older than her. Her beauty, however, was anything but usual. Attending high school at W.B. Ray High School, Farrah was voted ‘most beautiful’ by her classmates in all four years.

After high school she went on to study art at the University of Texas in Austin. In her freshman year, she was named one of ‘the ten most beautiful coeds on campus’—the first that a freshman had ever made the list. Photos of these ten, most beautiful coeds were sent to a number of Hollywood agencies where Farrah was shown great interest.

She turned down nearly immediate offers from a Hollywood agent named David Mirisch. Undeterred by her hesitation, though, David continued to call her for the following two years. After Farrah’s junior year, she finally thought she’d give Hollywood a chance.

She found work straight away in commercials and didn’t take long to start making appearances in television shows like ‘I Dream of Jeannie’, ‘The Partridge Family’, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’, ‘The Dating Game’, and more. Possibly her biggest claim to fame came when she took the part of Jill Munroe in the television series, ‘Charlie’s Angels’.

Battling cancer for the last three years of her life, the world was saddened to see her life end at 62. But despite her hardships, “Farrah showed immense courage and grace throughout her illness and was an inspiration to those around her,” said Kate Jackson—good friend of Farrah’s and co-star on ‘Charlie’s Angels’.

Summer camp set Farrah on a journey that took her to the peak of popularity back in the 70’s. What track will you discover at summer camp? You can check out Camp Arrowhead for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnSmiling is how Farrah wanted to be remembered!

Mr. Postman, do you have an email for me?

Hey, Camp Parents!

Last week I posted tips for writing letters to your camper—the best option for communicating with your kid during their time away at camp. Today’s post focuses in on email. Lots of camps out there offer a one-way email service to provide a speedier way to communicaA wealth of knowledge lies within the pages of this excellent guidebook.te with your camper. Speedier messaging methods may be handy, but they also sacrifice the personal touch that a handwritten letter delivers.

As camp experts Chris Thurber and Jon Malinowski put it in their helpful guidebook, ‘The Summer Camp Handbook’, “Sending your child an e-mail may make her feel more like a business colleague than your own flesh and blood. There is no substitute for a handwritten letter.”

Is it ever okay to email?
Sometimes it might be your best option. If you have an urgent message or you don’t have time to write a letter, email may be the way to go. It’s smart to confirm the camp’s policy when it comes to email. All camps are different. Some allow kids to receive emails but not to send them. Some camps will send parents a PDF image of their child’s handwritten reply.

If you find yourself in a situation where email is the best route, keep in mind that it should represent a letter as much as possible. That means including a salutation, proper punctuation, paragraph breaks, and a warm closing. Mr. Postmaster, do you have an email for me?You’re sending your kid word from home, not typing out a careless office memo.

Check out CampMinder.com, a service parents can use to communicate with their camper. Parents log into their account, type out an email, and CampMinder sends your word to your kid’s camp where it’s then printed out and delivered to your child along with stationery and a pre-addressed, stamped envelope to reply.

Another similar place to visit is Bunk1.com, offering the same service as well as a fun photo platform so that parents can sneak a peek into the camp life and maybe even see the permanent smile that their kid is wearing. These sites take privacy very seriously and have taken measures to solidify the security of their sites.Check out the easy steps of how Bunk1's camp correspondence service works.

Your kid is likely out playing, having fun, and making the most of every day! They aren’t sitting in front of a computer, so don’t expect an immediate response to an email. In fact, some camps have their computers whole miles away from the cabins and, consequentially, emails are checked just once a day. In that case, email isn’t necessarily any faster form of communication than a mailed letter.

Tune in again next Monday to get a closer look at making phone calls and sending care packages to your camper. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnGet a sneak peek at camp life with CampMinder.com.

On the Docket for Dad’s Day…

Happy Fathers’ Day!

Fathers across the world are honored on this day for their dedication, unconditional love, and undying support. We certainly love our fathers here at Everything Summer Camp and are eager for the plans we have prepared. Bound to be a good time, I surveyed the office asking about people’s fun Fathers’ Day plans to share on the Blog. Check out what Peggy, Anita, and Lydia are up to today.

Peggy—Call Center RepThe most delicous time sounds like it's happening at Peggy's place.resentative
Peggy is hosting a get-together today, inviting fathers and family over for a backyard barbecue. Celebrating the day with a big family, Peggy’s three daughters will be in attendance to show their appreciation of their father and grandfather. With a dozen family members coming, get-togethers with Peggy’s family sound like a blast!

Anita—Call Center Supervisor
Anita is planning on grilling with her family as well, but it’ll be a little more intimate with a smaller family. Anita’s only brother will be there with his two sons and she was recently reunited with her daughter who’s been away with the Air Force Reserve until Friday night. Racheal wasn’t reunited with her father, John, until just last night when he got bHave a wonderful day together to Anita's family.ack home from a work trip in West Salem. Happy to rendezvous back home for Father’s Day weekend, Anita has been looking forward to this weekend for a while.

Lydia—Graphic Artist
I thought I’d introduce you all to our new Graphic Artist, Lydia. Leaving the homestead entirely, Lydia is spending her weekend with her family in Spooner, Wisconsin where they have been enjoying the lKayaking on father's day weekend, what more could a dad ask for?aidback environment of their family cabin. The middle child between her older brother and younger sister, Lydia has a blast going kayaking and paddle boarding with her parents and siblings. Who could hope for more on Father’s Day than fun, quality time with your family?!

A Happy Father’s Day to the fathers in Peggy, Anita, and Lydia’s lives and fathers everywhere. Thank you for pouring your love and support into the people you’ve brought to the world! And, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnHappy fathers day to all and to all a good night.

Go Fish!

Hey, Fishy Folks!

If you love fishing then you’re sure to love today! It’s National Go Fishing Day! Meant to be spent fishing and nothing else, today encourages everybody to pack up your poles and tackle box and spend the day casting your line out into the water. Fishing may reap the reputation of a ‘boring sport’, but when you’re out there all day, some pretty wild things are liable to happen.

Read on to learn some pretty interesting stuff about the world of fishing. Whether you’ve never been fishing before or you’re a seasoned a-FISH-ionado, you’re sure to find these facts on fish rather fantastic.

Tastiest Fish
Our first fun fact comes from delicious fish—people find fish delectable the world over.  Somewhere in our 7000 taste buds, we’ve really developed a taste for fish. But did you know that most fish wear their taste buds all over their bodies? That meansHeeeerreeeee, fishy fishy fishy. they can taste things just by coming into contact with it. I’m pretty happy with the location of my 7000 taste buds being on my tongue, but catfish make me jealous, boasting 27,000 taste buds!

Fastest fish
It was never an easy thing to tell how fast certain fish can swim until some fishermen conjured up a simple method. Here’s how it works: when you get a bite on your line and the fish takes off, measure how much of your line comes off the spool in a certain amount of seconds. Some elementary matThis is one fast fishy!hematics will calculate the speed of the fish. The fastest fish ever in the world is the sailfish which took 300 feet of line within three seconds. It swims at 68 mph. That’s one fast fish!

Largest Fish
The largest freshwater fish, the Mekong giant catfish, measured in at 646 lbs. and nine feet in length. That’s roughly the size of aThat's one GIGANTIC catfish! fully-grown grizzly bear! That’s a big fish. But that’s nothing when considering the biggest fish ever caught including saltwater—a 3,427 pounder! It was a Great White Shark. The inspiration for Captain Quint from ‘Jaws’, one Captain Frank Mundus is responsible for reeling in the shark—the largest fish to ever be caught by rod and reel!
The Great White Shark of over 3000 pounds, caught in the 80's.
So, you see, fishing may have plenty of downtime, but when the other shoe drops, it can make for a pretty wild time! Get out there and catch the biggest fish you’ve ever caught and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Rainy Day Lovers

Hey, Rainy Day Fans!

Get yourself prepared for stormy weather with the help of Everything Summer Camp and our great selection of rain jackets, rain pants, rain suits, and rain boots! We’re always looking to pull the best products for our summer camp shoppers. That’s why we’re proud to announce our new raingear from the best of the best in outdoor performance wear—Columbia.

Girls Explore More Rain JacketGet into the spirit of discovery with the Girls Explore More Rain Jacket from Columbia!
Sealing out the wet world is important when your camper’s out on an explorative expedition. Get her the Girls Explore More Rain Jacket. As cute as it is practical, this breathable Rain Jacket features elastic cuffs and an elastic waist to provide a hugging, snug fit as well as a cozy feel in unfavorable weather. Columbia knows that girls explore more, so get this classic Rain Jacket from the Columbia brand and help your daughter stay dry on the rainy days at camp.

Boys Evapouration Rain Jacket
Stay dry in a downpour with the EvaPOURation Rain Jacket from Columbia!You’re sure to stay dry when it POURS when you’re prepared with this Columbia Rain Jacket. Determined to provide you with the protection you need against unfortunate precipitation, this Jacket is quite lightweight and breathable too. It boasts advanced evaporating and reflective detailing as well. This thing is so lightweight that it’s packable into its own hand pocket. Perfect at camp, check it out right here!

And while these jackets are perfect at camp, they also work great after camp. Keep dry when you need to make your way to school on a rainy morning and all throughout the wet spring season! These are high quality Columbia jackets, so you certainly want more use out of them than the summer camp stay!

These jackets don’t eat up much packing space, yet they provide you with a world of comfort when the weather isn’t so welcoming. When the world turns wet, simply don your raingear! Check it all out for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

These camps are siblings!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Where are you off to this fast-approaching summer camp season? Maybe you’re attending one of the many camps that has been featured on this Blog. Or maybe—it’d be a stretch, but—maybe you’re planning to attend one of the camps that Everything Summer Camp is spotlighting today: Camp Airy for boys and Camp Louise for girls.Loads of fun await you on the Airy and Louise campgrounds.

The only brother-sister Jewish overnight camps across the nation, Camps Airy and Louise have been giving kids the summers of their lives since it was first established in 1924. Located just a few miles away from each other in the Catoctin Mountains of western Maryland, Airy and Louise both offer a refreshing setting, each of them stretching out about 400 acres of natural beauty along with their prided rustic facilities.

With lots of fun activities and skillAlways wearing a smile at Camp Airy!-building experiences, both the boys camp and the girls camp offer great opportunities like archery, basketball, soccer, tennis, beach volleyball, zip-lining, kayaking, white water rafting, caving, climbing, ropes course, campfire building, overnight camping, as well as a plethora of other activities exclusive to each camp.

Whether you’re looking for a single week stay or if you’re begging to bring on a seven-week adventure, Camp Airy and Louise offer the camp experience to a variety of ages and interests. But they’re so much more than just a fun time! ThFind out about yourself and your community at Camp Louise!ese brother-sister camps work summer magic to show your campers the full potential of who they are!

Airy as well as Louise are excellent camps where each and every camper is made to feel welcome as part of the camp community and is also given the opportunity to discover some things out about themselves that are only revealed throughout the summer camp experience.

For an excellent summer camp stay for your soon-to-be-camper, check out Camps Airy or Louise for your summer of fun! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnFind your inner awesomeness at Camp Airy or Louise!

Write—don’t Type!

Hey, Camp Parents!

Last Monday began our four-part series to share tips and advice on correspondence with your camper during their camp stay. To review, I broke down the four different options of communication, the first—and best—of the options being a handwritten letter, followed by email, phone calls, and care packages.

Borrowing great tips from Chris Thurber and Jon Malinowski’s ‘The Summer Camp Handbook’, today’s post focuses in on the first option: a handwritten letter.
Writing to your kid should have a personal touch to it!
Keep your letters newsy, upbeat, and encouraging. Try to save mildly bad news until you can talk to your child in person (we’ll cover how to break major bad news to your child in a couple weeks for our post on phone calls). Of course, you can tell your kid that you miss them, but don’t make it sound like life at home is so depressing without them around—that would be mildly bad news.

Bringing up mildly bad news is just introducing things that your kid can’t do anything about. No matter how big or how small, bad news makes campers feel helpless. And helplessness is a road that leads to darker places like homesickness, anxiety, and depression.

Write about positive news from home like the family dog having a fun trip to the dog park or how you’re catching up on your reading. Mention when you’ll write again and include lots of questions to invite a response—though you’re likely not to get one because too much fun is being had.

It’s always nice to include other bits of interest to your kid. I remember my parents sending me the comics page from the newspaper my first time at camp. You could also send photos, drawings, or anything else you can fit in an envelope that your camper will appreciate.

Your kid might write you a bad letter, but try not to let it worry you too much, things are most likely already better by the time you're reading it.What if your kid DOES write you from camp and the letter is a concentrated mess of homesick words and pleas for you to go get them. Don’t overreact—things are most likely fine and the letter was simply written in a bad mindset. A lot is sure to happen at camp in between the letter being written and you reading it.

The right move is to call the camp and talk to a counselor who can update you on how your kid is doing. Chances are that the homesick feelings are gone.

In very extreme and rare cases, your camper might require more attention, one-on-one supervision, or potentially even an early pick-up. Keep in mind that it almost never gets to that point. Calling the camp is a good move, but you should certainly address your campers homesickness in another letter that you write back. Write back as soon as you can.

Make it from the heart, but, once again, be newsy, upbeat, and encouraging. Convey that you understand how they feel in your letter. Typically, the moment your child knows that you truly understand how upset they are is typically when they start to feel better. YouWith any luck you'll be able to get a response from your kid! can check out an old Blog post from Chris Thurber himself about writing to your kid during their summer camp stay!

Tune in next Monday to learn about communicating with your camper by email and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Former Camper; Former Mouse House CEO

Hey, Summer Campers!

Just as you all will be some day, lots of famous celebrities are former summer campers themselves. From movie stars to pop musicians, athletes and a slew of other folks who achieved fame in a number of different ways, today I’m talking about someone remains behind the scenes, but we all know him for his success as a billionaire in the entertainment industry, Michael Eisner. Michael Eisner attrbutes his success to summer camp!

Though he’s now retired from the Mouse House as Disney’s CEO, Michael expanded upon the company’s enormous success for 21 years. But before he ever graced the Disney castle, he went to summer camp! He didn’t just go once or twice either. He went off time and time again. And once he was too old to be a camper, he continued going as a counselor, he loved it so!

He attended Camp Keewaydin in Salisbury, Vermont—a dedicated camp, committed to helping the youth achieve personal growth and independence by placing them in a rustic, natural environment. Michael’s summers at Keewaydin had an obviously great affect on his character as well as success as he attributes his success to his camp days in his biographical novel, ‘camp’.

Concentrated around his own journey  of growing up, Michael shares his stories from Keewaydin as well as stories from his life that wonderfully connect the influence of summer camp and how it touches so much of his life. Learn about how camp helped shape his character and read his indubitable endorsement for the institution of summer camp.

Michael did well in school, attending the Allen-Stevenson grade school in his hometown of Manhattan and then The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey. He completed his education at Denison University with a Bachelors in English.

After school, Michael got his foot in the door as an assistant at the television network NBC thanks to his father’s close friendship with the network CEO. He worked his way up the ladder at NBC and eventually moved to CBS and after, he was recruited to work at ABC. There, he climbed the ladder fast, ending his time there as the senior Vice President.

The same guy, Barry Diller, who brought Michael to ABC ended up taking him away too as he had left to become the chairman of Paramount Pictures and wanted Michael as president and CEO. When Barry left Paramount, Michael had every right to expect to take over Barry’s position as studio chief. The company passed on him, however, and he went off to look for work somewhere else.

That’s when he started lobbying for the position of The Walt Disney Company’s CEO. With all the experience he had under his belt, Disney was thrilled to bring him onboard. Bringing what they hailed as ‘The Disney Decade’, Michael oversaw such classic films as ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’. Check out his book right here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnHouse of Mouse