Where did Scott Foley go to camp?

Hey, Summer Campers!

Since SO MANY people go to summer camp every year, it should come as no surprise that people of all kinds end up attending summer camp—even big name Hollywood celebrities like Scott Foley went to camp once upon a time when they were closer to your age.
Former summer camper at Red Arrow Camp, Scott Foley is now a famous Red Arrow alumn
Maybe you know him best for his role as Bob Brown, the lead character in the television series, ‘The Unit’. Or maybe for his recurring role as Henry Burton in the television series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.  Maybe you know him best as Roman Bridger from the third ‘Scream’ movie or maybe you know him better as Sean Kelly, Elliot Reid’s boyfriend on the sitcom ‘Scrubs’.

In any case, before he ever took on any such roles mentioned above, he went to summer camp at Red Arrow Camp. Located on Trout Lake in northern Wisconsin, this boys camp was founded in 1920 and has delivered the ultimate summer camp experience to other well-known people like Tommy Bartlett and Chris Farley.

Born in Kansas City, Scott was the oldest of three boys. When he was only 15, he lost his mother. Consequently, Scott ended up spending chunks of his childhood in places like Australia and Japan, following his father on business trips as an international banker.

Scott caught his break playing the character of Noel Crane on the television series ‘Felicity’ and continued to successfully broaden his acting career. But he didn’t stop there; he also tried his hand at directing. He got some good experience in, directing single episodes of television shows like ‘Felicity’ as well as ‘Monk’. He eventually wrote and directed his own film.

Quite an accomplished figure in Hollywood, Scott Foley attended summer camp and followed his interests and dreams. What will happen to you after camp? As always, thanks for reading, Campers.

- John

MY! What cool backpacks and duffels you have!

Hey, Camp Kids!

We’re always staying on top of the latest trends and newest products here at Everything Summer Camp. That’s how we remain so hip. For our latest new product installments, we’ve started carrying a Check out this women's frame pack from High Sierrahandful of new backpacks and duffel bags from High Sierra. From frame packs to wheeled duffels, traveling for camp just continues to get easier and more convenient!

Concerning backpacks, we’re happy to offer the latest from High Sierra. Introducing the Women’s Piton 30, the Lightning 30, as well as the High Sierra Cirque. Made of You'll love the Lightning 30 Backpack from High Sierra.durable and water-resistant Ripstop fabric, these packs are built-tough. Yet, despite the solid construction, they carry with absolute comfort thanks to The High Sierra Cirque is a versatile frame packtheir mesh padding and molded foam back panels.

While you can quench your thirst with any of these Frame Packs since they’re equipped with hydration ports, the Wave Get the High Sierra Wave to quench your thirst.70 Hydration Pack was specifically made for the job. Sip a hands-free drink any time you need with your High Sierra Wave Hydration Pack. It holds a 1.5L water bag inside.

Along with our new packs, we’ve also added High Sierra’s 24” and 30” Wheel N’ Go Duffels to our stock. Boasting more convenience than ever before, you can ROLL thesTake this duffel for a stroll.e duffels on their two inline skate wheels. Transport camping gear with great ease!

If you’d rather carry it, you have the option of holding it by the comfortable carrying handle or you can convert the handles into shoulder straps and carry it as a backpack. With an easy-access pocket forRoll your way to camp with the High Sierra 30" Wheel N' Go. essentials and frequently needed items and the duffels meet all carry-on requirements for airlines. Once emptied, these duffels are able to roll right up into themselves to make for very simple, hassle-free storage.

Embrace the comfort and convenience of great summer camp gear and go with High Sierra for your backpack and duffel bag needs. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

When it’s quarter to four and there’s a knock at your door…

Hey, Camp Fans!

What do you get when you shine a bright UV light on your brush and all those germs that like to hang out on the bristle’s of your brush when you’re not using it? Answer: a clean toothbrush. Check out what Violife has been up to for the last 10 years and learn about their innovative, high-quality products available here at Everything Check out Violife's innovative products.Summer Camp.

Violife got their start a little over a decade ago in 2004. Like the early beginnings of Everything Summer Camp, they offered only one product when they first got started: the Original Countertop Sanitizer. This product came about when Violife and Philippe Starck, a world-famous designer, joined forces.

Thanks to a delicate balance of fashion and function, this toothbrush holder does so much more than hold your toothbrush! It CLEANS it! That’s right. Using UV light, it actually kills off 99.9% of germs that are living on the bristles of your brush. By the next year, this product won the desired Industrial Designers Society of America Gold Award.

One amazingly portable brush that always stays cleanSince then, Violife has expanded their oral care products with travel toothbrush holders, denture, cleaners, mouth guard cleaners. They also developed the world’s very first UV Cell Phone Sanitizer and then, directly after that, created the Slim Sonic Toothbrush, one of the two Violife toothbrushes that we offer.

The Slim Sonic is the most convenient and stylin’ toothbrush on the market. Vibrating at more than three times the speed of the fastest electric toothbrush, the Slim Sonic is the very first portable, battery-operated brush. It comes in a cool, colorful, compact case with a vented mascara-style cap so you can carry this with you wherever you go. We also carry Violife’s stylish Personal Travel Toothbrush. Violife's amazing travel toothbrushViolife is the quickest, easiest, and most efficient method of keeping your brush clean after use. Wear your best smile, campers. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Keep your Cabin Bunk COMFY!

Hey there, Sleep Aficionados!

Did you sleep well? Here at Everything Summer Camp, we know how important a good night’s rest is—especially when you’re at summer camp! There’s nothing like slipping into your comfy camp sheets after seizing a long day of fun camp activities. That’s why we’re sure to carry only the comfiest, coziest camp sheets that we can find!Solid colors of Cabin Comfort Bed Sheets.

For absolute bliss when it comes to your camp bunk, go with the Cabin Comfort Twin Bed sheet Set, new here at Everything Summer Camp. You’ll get excellent sleep when you’re wrapped up in these sheets! The Cabin Comfort Twin Bed Sheet Set includes a single flat sheet (66” x 96”), a single fitted sheet (39” x 79”), and a single standard pillowcase (20” x 30”). This Sheet Set will fit a mattress as deep as 14”.

These bed sheets cGet Cabin Comfort Bed Sheets in awesome designsome in solid colors as well as cool patterns that zig and zag and look good. Brighten your bunk with your favorite pick of our colorful Cabin Comfort Bed Sheet Sets. Then, at camp, lay these sheets down on any twin-size bunk mattress and enjoy the 100% polyester, soft microfiber that makes it extra soft for your sleeping satisfaction.

The soft microfiber is what makes this Bed Sheet Set extremely easy to care for which is certainly a blessing at summer camp. For longest-lasting quality and durability, these sheets should be machine washed in cold water with similar colors, tumble dried on low heat, and never bleached, dry-cleaned, or ironed.

There’s nothing like sleeping on new bed sheets, so go with this comfy treat during your camp stay and get the Cabin Comfort Twin Bed Sheet Set for your camp bunk. It’s sure to deliver a great night of sleep for your camper. Sleep well and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

LIVE! from Camp Tamakwa, it’s…Chevy?

Hey, Summer Campers!

Millions of kids have been attending summer camps for a very long time. Nowadays, it seems like everywhere you turn, there’s SOMEbody who went to camp when they were a kid—even celebrities—wait no, ESPECIALLY celebrites! Did you know that Hollywood Chevy Chase is probably best known for his role as Clark Griswold from the National Lampoon movieslegend Chevy Chase was a summer camper just like yourself when he was closer to your age?

Yep. Clark Griswold himself (Chevy’s serial character from the National Lampoon movies) was once a summer camper at Camp Tamakwa. There, in the beautiful environment of Algonquin Park in Canada, Chevy had a blast with fun activities, making friends, and getting know himself.

Speaking of learning more about Chevy, first things first, his real name isn’t Chevy. It’s Cornelius. Cornelius Crane Chase. Nicknamed by his grandmother, the name comes from a folk song from the 14 Century called ‘The Ballad of Chevy Chase’.

Despite how well-off Chevy’s family was, Chevy still understood a solid work ethic as he worked hard in order to support himself while pursuing a career in writing. With lots of experience to put on his resumé, Chevy waited tables, sold wine, managed a supermarket department, drove a cab, drove a truck, and worked in construction.

Chevy's latest work has been on the TV show CommunityHe caught his first big break around 1975 when he landed a writing gig on NBC’s hit show, ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Hired on only as a writer, it was during the show’s auditions that Chevy’s talents as a performer were just as valuable as his writing skills. SNL’s premiere sketch featured Chevy Chase who was then the first person to shout out, “Live from New York! It’s Saturday Night!”

Whether on an old SNL sketch, through the invention of Clark Griswold, or his latest character, Pierce Hawthorne, from the show ‘Community,’ over the years, Chevy has made us all laugh (sometimes until we cry). Summer camp did Chevy good. What will it do for you? As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Game. Set. Match.

Hey, Camp Fans!

On behalf of Everything Summer Camp for Valentine’s Day, I expressed our love for our customers. And since we love our customers so much, I told you to stay tuned in the next following weeks to hear some of our great new enhancements we’re making to our customer service.

Here’s the second enhancement: Our…

Think you can find the same thing for a better buy? Submit a Price Match request at ESC.Summer camp, while worth every penny, can get expensive. Here at Everything Summer Camp we respect and salute the smart shoppers of the world, the coupon clippers, and penny pinchers. With lots of retailers and outfitters marking up their prices exorbitantly, it takes a lot of effort in this day and age to save a buck.

We like to keep our prices at Everything Summer Camp reasonable. However, while we like to keep our prices fair, we don’t put anything past our smart shoppers. You may very well be able to find particular camping gear for a cheaper price. But when that happens, you can still shop Everything Summer Camp AND pay that lower price that you found elsewhere!

ESC logoIt’s our Price Match Guarantee. Simply said, we will not be beaten. Find a lower price somewhere else? Tell us and we’ll match it! That’s right, any identical product (which means the same size, color, style, and season) you find on an authorized retailer’s website—we’ll match the price, assuming that the product is in stock and available to purchase on our website as well as the website whose prices we’ll be matching.

Our Price Match Guarantee is just one more reason to make Everything Summer Camp your one-stop shop for all your summer camp shopping. Check out our ‘Price Match Guarantee’ page for further guidelines and easy step-by-step instructions of how to submit a Price Match request.

Happy shopping and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

I Spy…

Hey, Camp Fans!

Ever wonder about the history of your camping gear, when it was invented, and why? We do here at Everything Summer Camp. That’s why this Blog takes a day here and there to investigate the origins of specific gear and other camp supplies. Today: binoculars. Galilean Binoculars are still used frequently today!

In order to discuss the history of binoculars, however, we first need to take a good look at telescopes. Binoculars, after all, are only mini-telescopes that have been aligned and mounted together. Using lenses that people grind in particular ways, telescopes allow you to magnify your vision of faraway objects to make them appear close-up.

Glass-making and lens-grinding was already a booming industry by the late 1500s. Interestingly, the first guy to discover what two lenses can do when pointed at each other was likely just some eye-glass maker, Joe Schmoe who just happened to be fiddling around at work onThe father of the telescope as well as binoculars, Hans Lippershey was truly a great inventor.e day.

It was another eye-glass maker, a man named Hans Lippershey, who actually took this intriguing discovery and used it to invent the telescope.  And, while Hans’ telescope was immediately praised by the masses, within a few years, people wanted something you could use with both eyes. It wasn’t long before Hans went to work tweaking the telescope, shrinking it, and mounting a pair of them together.

The binoculars were born (as well as its precursor, the telescope) all within a few years of the year 1610. ‘Spyglasses,’ as they came to be called, were a huge hit that often found themselves in high demand but low on supply because of how much more intricate the work was to build a pair of them as opposed to the involvement of building a single telescope.

Despite the intensive labor involved, binoculars did not deliver a crystal clear image. Because of their small scale, it was difficult for manufacturers to grind the lenses with accurate precision. Even so, people loved using them for birdwatching, going to the opera, and simple enjoyment. Everyone thought they were good enough back then. Get your own, excellent pair of binoculars from Everything Summer Camp.

Named after the great astronomer, these binoculars are called Galilean Binoculars. We’ve been improving on binocular construction since the 1800’s creating the Prism, Porro Prism, and—the latest—Prismatic Binoculars. Binoculars are still frequently used today for stargazing, police work, and even advanced military missions.

Get your own pair of binoculars today, and thanks for reading.

- John

New Year’s…in SPRING?!

Hey, Boys and Girls!

Do you know what today is? Yes, it’s February 19—but what else? Well, it happens to be the Chinese New Year. What?! Yes! It’s true. But how can China ring in the New Year today? you might be asking yourself—it isn’t January 1! Well, it may be a little hard to believe, but the New Year hasn’t always been celebrated on this date.  The celebration of the dancing dragon is one of the highlihgts of Chinese New Year

But how can the new year change days? Well, it isn’t that the new year changed days so much as it is, people started using different calendars (or making up their own if need be). The ancient Babylonians celebrated their New Year’s Day late in March around the vernal equinox.

The first Roman calendar had only 10 months and it contained just over 300 days. Then, in the year 46 B.C., Julius Caesar first presented his Julian calendar (which closely resembles the Gregorian calendar—the one that we know and love here in the U.S.), but had to add 90 extra days just to make it all work!

The Chinese New Year is observed throughout the second new moon after the winter solstice, which is why it is also referred to as the ‘Lunar New Year’ in most Asian countries. The Chinese New Year celebration starts on the first day of the first month and goes until the moon is brightest (approximately 15 days).

Since China adopted the Western calendar in 1912, the Chinese do join in on celebrating New Year’s Day on January 1, but they also continue to recognize a shorter version of the Chinese New Year that they now call the Spring Festival.

One of the most popular traditions of the Chinese New Year is the celebration of the Dragon Dance in which performers hold a craft-dragon by poles to raise and lower it. In Chinese legend, dragons are always considered helpful, friendly creatures. They are linked to good luck, long life, and wisdom. They also perform the equally popular lion dance as seen in the video below.

Happy New Year and thanks for reading!

- John


Introducing ESC online returns!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Gather ‘round! Last week, on behalf of Everything Summer Camp for Valentine’s Day, I expressed our love for our customers. And since we love our customers so much, I told you to stay tuned in the next following weeks to hear some of our great new enhancements we’re making to our customer service.

Here’s the first enhancement.In the world of Internet shopping, it always seems easier to put things in your cart rather than take them out.

We’re updating the Everything Summer Camp return policy. We like to think that we’ve always had a fairly fair return policy—after all, we understand that sometimes, when you’re shopping for camp in advance, you don’t always realize that you need to return something until a month or two after the fact—but we have news that makes it even better!

Our return policy will remain just as flexible to customers as it always has. In fact, we aren’t changing our policy at all. We’re just making it easier. See, in the past our return policy has been hassle-free as far as what the requirements are for returning a product; people DID, however, need to call us in order to go through the returning process.

Now you can do it all online.

We call it our No Sweat Returns for two reasons. First, we don’t want you to sweat being able to return something and, secondly, because it’s so incredibly easy to do. You don’t even have to call us!—not that we don’t want to talk to you! You can certainly still call us if you prefer, we love hearing from our customers; we just feel that it shouldn’t be your only option.

Now you can call if you want, live chat, email, or simply click here.

To our knowledge, we are the first summer camp outfitter to do online returns, which gives us the most flexible return policy of any summer camp outfitter! Isn’t the camp life great? As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Suizzz Sportzzz Zzzleeping Bagzzz

Hey, Camp Fans!

Depending on the intensity of your summer camp experience, a sleeping bag can be super-important and vital to your enjoyment of your camp stay. If you’re looking for the right sleeping bag for camp, then you’re in luck as we’ve recently started carrying the K-2 Sleeping Bag from Suisse Sport right here at Everything Summer Camp.This sleeping bag is sure to keep you warm enough on a  freezing night.

This sleeping bag is perfect for taking with you out on the camp trail! Keep the cold out of your bones at night with this warm, Mummy Style Bag. Roughin’ it or not, you should be able to get a good night’s sleep. Given three pounds of fill as well as a double layer offset quilt and contoured hood, the K-2 Sleeping Bag is made for camp.

We offer the K-2 in two different temperature ratings:  0° – 5° degrees as well as 5° – 10° degrees. With a two-piece compression sack, this sleeping bag makes for incredibly easy storage and transportation so you can enjoy even the coldest nights wherever you go in your K-2 Sleeping Bag.

How does Suisse Sport make the K-2 as lightweight as 3 lbs. and yet still equipped to handle a frigid night? They fill it with Micro Tekk Z1 performance insulation and wrap the exterior in durable polyester lining. Cool summer evenings mean nothing to the K-2. Bring it on!

The K-2 also features a convenient zippered utility pocket on the outside. It’s a reliable place to keep those small items that you would normally keep at your bedside like your eyeglasses, contacts case, or travel toothbrush.

This bag can fit somebody 6’ tall and delivers a blissful night of sleep under the stars. Enjoy camping the right way in the K-2 Mummy Style Sleeping Bag from Suisse Sport. Check it out for yourself today and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John