This little light o’ mine…

Hey there, Flashlight Aficionados!

One essential item that’s sure to be on everybody’s summer camp packing list is a flashlight. Throughout the many posts on this Blog, I’ve written a lot concerning flashlights: we had National Flashlight Day, I talked about the history of the flashlight, and, of course, I wrote about the awesome Flashlights that we carry here at Everything Summer Camp.

We may already offer a handful of awesome Flashlights through our online shop, but, even so, we just couldn’t help ourselves when we saw this one. Super cool—and supeThis flashlight will blow you away, it's SO powerful! r small—the miniMongo Flashlight is certain to become a summer camp hit this approaching camp season.

It’s true what they say—big things really do come in small packages. Small enough to fit inside your pocket, the miniMongo is COMpact! But don’t let its small size fool you. This thing ain’t no joke! It’ll blast 160 Lumens of light over 150 yards without breaking a sweat. Shine this little light into the night to brighten it like you never have before!

A perfect flashlight for summer camp, the miniMongo is ready for anything that the summer camp lifestyle might throw its way. It’s durable and water-resistant so you can use it in the rain without any concern of it getting damaged.

You’re sure to love the many faces of this Flashlight; available in a handful of different styles, you can pick your favorite Flashlight style from Black, Silver, Pink, or cool Camo.

Also great for telling ghost stories around the campfire and entertaining friends with shadow puppets, the miniMongo is definitely the Flashlight for you during your camp stay. Batteries included, check this awesome Flashlight out for yourself by clicking right here.

Have fun fulfilling your summer camp’s packing list and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Celebrate Girl Scout Leader Day!

Hey there, Girl Scouts!

You know what makes Scouts so much fun? Your Girl Scout Leaders! Ever committed to leading by example, Girl Scout leaders work wonders in youth development by teaching young girls the qualities of honesty, fairness, courage, strength, resourcefulness, respecting each other, and making the world a better place.  It only makes senGirls Scout Leader Day. Celebrate it to have a day dedicated to our Girl Scout Leaders. Today is Girl Scout Leader Day.

This organization that started with just 18 Scouts and Juliette Gordon Low (or ‘Daisy’ as all the Scouts called her) took off just three years after the their original outing in 1912. Once an official organization, girls all over the nation started attending Scouts.

Nowadays, the Girl Scouts Organization spans 100 local councils across the country, headed by the Chief Executive Officer, the National Board of Directors, Headquarters Staff, Professional Staffers, and Volunteers. Thanks to these women involved in the world of Scouts, young girls get the chance to learn valuable lessons and healthy lifestyles.

Providing girls with an experience that gets them out of their routine, domestic lifestyle is what Girl Scouts are all about.  Knowing how restorative and refreshing the great outdoors are for the mind, body, and soul, Daisy had no idea that her intuitive desires would blossom into a nationwide movement. Her dream has stayed alive for all these years.

Daisy got these girls to embrace their community by giving back to it. They went hiking and camping. They played basketball, learned to tell time by looking at the sky, and studied first aid. Girl Scout Leaders are still showing young Scouts these useful skills.

Since today is Girl Scout Leader Day, celebrate by writing to your old leaders that made a difference in your life and let them know what a great job they did and where you are now! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

What’s cookin’ at Camp Zeke?

Hey, Camp Fans!

At Everything Summer Camp, we don’t like to toot our own horn. Despite that, we do it all the time on this Blog. Before we get too big-headed, we figured we better talk up somebody else for a change—like summer camps, for example. Shining our spotlight all across the country, our Camp Spotlight posts praise specific summer camps that do excellent jobs at giving their campers a great summer experienceJewish Camp Zeke's logo.

Located in Lakewood, Pennsylvania, Camp Zeke provides a beautiful setting among 560 acres of woods and the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. Campers experience a fun-filled camp stay, celebrated with healthy eating, active days, all the traditional camp activities, and much more.

Ring in the new! 2015 marks Camp Zeke’s exciting, second summer session. Zeke may be new, but its staff certainly isn’t! They’ve been at the summer camp game for a very long time; in fact, Isaac Mamaysky, Camp Zeke’s Director, worked at one of the oldest Jewish camps in the country for years!

At Camp Zeke, you can enjoy walking the many, many miles of woodsy trail and the scenic grounds including their own, private, spring-fed lake, Lake Hickory. Camp Zeke is equipped with clean and comfortable facilities and fantastic features to offer loads of summer fun! There’s something for everybody at Camp Zeke.

They’ve got a heated, outdoor swimming pool, a dance and yoga studio, several art studios, a volleyball court, basketball court, tennis courts, jogging track, a brand new work-out gym, bunk lounge rooms, a full stage and theater, outdoor pavilion, as well as a professional kitchen utilized for teaching.

You’ll start and end your days in a beautiful, air-conditioned cabin with a lake-view lounge where you can socialize with friends, join in fun group activities, or wind down after a long, jam-packed day at camp.

There’s so much to Camp Zeke but it isn’t all encompassed in the fun features and cool facilities that they have there. No, it’s a Jewish community where kids can gather to make memories, form friendships, and take healthy risks that build their strength and confidence. Look into Camp Zeke for yourself!

- JohnAre you ready to have fun Camp Zeke style?

Is there a better time?

Hello again, Camp Preppers!

Continuing our Tips and Advice posts on Mondays throughout April, today I’m offering more words concerning the involvement of your soon-to-be-camper in the planning stages of summer camp. A few weeks ago, I introduced the topic, explaining the importance in planning WITH your kid. Last week I discussed ways to solidify the length of a camp stay in your camper’s mind.

Instead of offering tips of what to do, today I’m going to give advice on a couple oRead up on Everything Summer Camp's first published book, the second editon of 'The Summer Camp Handbook'f things NOT to do.

As noted in their preparatory guidebook, ‘The Summer Camp Handbook,’ Doctors Chris Thurber and Jon Malinowski acknowledge that life outside of summer camp carries on without skipping a beat. Sometimes horrible, traumatic things occur whether we want them to or not. Other things may occur that aren’t horrible or traumatic but result in giant changes nonetheless.

Often times, these sort of things don’t really happen within our control. But, if you CAN avoid moving in the weeks prior to camp—or especially DURING—this is definitely the better choice. Making new friends at camp and getting used to new surroundings can be stressful, but camp relieves these concerns as kids quickly see how easy it is to make friends and have fun there.

However, with the stress of having to make new friends and get used to new surroundings all over again, this compound stress is likely to cloud a child’s ability to relax and enjoy themselves at camp. If moving CANNOT be avoided, make sure to introduce your kid to as much of the new place as possible. Show pictures, take visits, talk, talk, talk!

It’s important to keep your child apprised of other traumatic things as well such as leaves for military service, marital separation, or a serious illness or even death of a close friend or family member. Homesickness is liable to result from such challenging disruptions, however, a straightforward and honest approach about such topics will help reduce their feelings of worry and uncertainty.

Keep in mind for these unavoidable situations, the fewer worries kids have to deal with at camp—the better time they’re going to have at camp. Tune in next week to learn about the proper attitude to have concerning summer camp. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

From summer camper to sports writer…

Hey, Campers!

Did you know that more than 11 million people go to summer camp every year? That’s A LOT of folks! And since everybody and their mothers went to summer camp at some point, it’s not surprising to discover the loads upon loads of famous folks who were once summer campers just like you.
Mr. Gammons on ESPN's Baseball Tonight
It’s also not surprising to learn how many summer campers from back in the day have gone on to do fun, exciting work as successful, famous stars! There are some stars who achieve superstardom like Julia Roberts or Drew Brees and there are other famous people who are stars within their own field. Any sports fan, 25 or older, knows the name Peter Gammons.

Earning major awards in his field, Peter made a name for himself through his expert writing in baseball coverage. But before he became a big name sports writer, he attended summer camp at Camp Timanous in Maine.

An all-boys, overnight camp located 25 miles west of Portland on the shores of Panther Pond, Camp Timanous offers kids a fun summer stay at their magical New England setting where kids achieve a path toward self-confidence and self-reliance.

It certainly did Peter some good as he went on to attend an elite prep school and then to University of North Carolina. There he worked for the student newspaper as well as the student radio station. He began his career in journalism directly after his graduation in 1969 with The Boston Globe! And that was just the beginning!

As main journalist, covering the Boston Red Sox, Peter quickly took his claim to fame working alongside other legendary sports writers at The Boston Globe. He soon surpassed their fame, however, as he soon got work as a national baseball columnist as well. Stepping into the role of lead columnist for Sport Illustrated, he covered baseball, hockey, and college basketball.

By 1988, Peter joined the ranks of ESPN as a behind-the-scenes analyst, but come baseball season, he would appear on ‘Baseball Tonight’ and would frequently speak on ESPN radio. Voted the National Sportswriter of the Year in ’89, ’90, and ’93,

Get the most out of your summer camp stays and find out just how much good summer camp can do for you! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

How big is six million?

A Difficult Reminder:

Unlike most of the special days and other material covered on this Blog, today’s post is of the utmost grave and solemn topics as today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Stretching from the evening of April 15 to the evening of April 16, the victims of the Holocaust as well as the brave acts of resistance and heroism that were made 80 years ago are commemorated.
Today is a day to remember those six million.Today, we remember the unimaginable number of lives that were taken in the name of prejudice and senseless hatred. For over a decade the mad, German tyrant, Adolf Hitler, led Nazi Germany to methodically persecute and murder a disturbing number of Jews (and others who were seen as inferior races and creeds).

Thought to be a superior race, Aryan people, with their blond hair and blue eyes were honored by Nazi Germany and considered to be the desirable genetic makeup to be spared from this mass extermination called The Holocaust which claimed the lives of an estimated six million Jews.

This number is so immense that its reality is, understandably, a bit lost on us. How big is six million? It’s unfathomable! But I’ll try to give you SOME idea just how big of a number six million is:
You can't really even recognize earth from this far away!
1.) Here’s a striking visual. This is a photograph snapped from NASA’s Juno Spacecraft. It shows what planet Earth and our accompanying moon look like from six million miles away.

2.) If every single person in Wisconsin (that’s nearly 2 percent of the U.S. population) were to suddenly vanish, it would still be about 350,000 short of the total Holocaust victims.

3.) If you took a minute to speak the name for each Holocaust victim, it would take you over 11 YEARS to finish the list.

Please, join the rest of the world and take today to remember the unfortunate souls who were killed in this horrible event from our history… holocaust names

Pack up with this bottle and cup!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Nothing really beats the feeling you get when you’re tromping a vague trail through the woods on a hot, sunny day. The gentle breeze moving past you in the unique scenery—it all feels so good….Well, maybe not ALL of it. You’ll probably be sweating a lot and have a hikers need water along with them.thirst that requires constant quenching. But it’s worth it to make the adventure and cope with the thirst and perspiration.

You’ll NEED to bring water along and you have a few options:

1.) Hydration Backpacks are an easy means of quenching your thirst that you carry on your back.

2.) A Canteen to be sure you have enough water when you go for those long adventures on hot days.

3.) Lastly, Water Bottles are your traditional, most popular option.

But there’s a vast array of water bottles featuring the latest technological innovations available right here at Everything Summer Camp. And some of the water bottles defy what the traditional bottle says a water bottle has to be. Much in the way that our Vapur Anti-Bottles take up almost no packing space, these new Pack-up Bottles and PThe Pack-up Bottle is the convenient choice.ack-up Cups from Industrial Revolution are a light packer’s dream!

Collapsible, Pack-up Bottles are ridiculously portable—just begging to be brought along to camp. Fill it up to 23 oz. of thirst-quenching water or delectable hot chocolate for a night around the fire. Separating into three sections, this Bottle is simple to clean and easy to refill. Its cap is a standard size making it interchangeable with other mouthpieces and filters so the option is yours.

And the Pack-up Cup is just as collapsible. It comes with The Pack-up Cup is a convenient accompaniment of the Pack-up attached lid to keep the heat in warm beverages as well as internal measuring lines. It holds up to 8.8 oz.. Both the Pack-up Bottle and Cup are dishwasher and microwave safe products. Pick up a Pack-Up Bottle and Cup for yourself today! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

TI-i-I-ime is on my side—yes it is!

Hey, Camp Preppers!

I’m posting tips and advice on Mondays throughout April concerning great ways to involve your child in the planning processes of summer camp such as packing and shopping. Last week I introduced the topic and explained the importance of including your kids in the planning stages of summer camp.

Making it something they’re a part of certainly reduces some of the mystery of summer camp for them. They know a little more of what they can expect when they’re a part of the planning. Today I’ll be talking about a vital part of helping your children to prepare for their summer camp experience: solidify the length of your kid’s camp stay in their mind.

There are three ways described by authors Dr. Chris Thurber and Dr. Jon Malinowski in their preparatory guidebook, ‘The Summer Camp Handbook’, available here at Everything Summer Camp.
Make sure you mark your camp dates down.
1.) Use a family calendar to mark the dates of your child’s camp stay. Having this visual representation of when camp starts and ends will generally put a decent idea of just how long camp is in your kid’s head. Make sure the calendar is pinned up in communal areas of your home, like the kitchen refrigerator or a hallway wall.

2.) Referencing time is another way to solidify the length of your kid’s camp stay in his or her mind. Referencing time means to refer to another event of a similar amount of time. If you and your child are thinking of a two week camp stay, ask, “How long did winter break feel? That was two weeks.” What’s vastly more important than your kid’s answer is their focus on lengths of time.

3.) Lastly, you can reframe time. This means putting the length of your kid’s camp stay in perspective. If your kid’s concerned that his or her camp stay will feel too long, you can lessen how ‘LONG’ time will feel. One way to do this is to explain that summer VACATION is a whole ten weeks long. Summer camp will only be one or two weeks. That’s 10 to 20% of summer vacation. That’s NOT that long!

You can also spread out a deck of cards and say that if each card is a week, there are this many cards to one year. Flip two of the cards and say this is how many weeks out of the year you’ll be at summer camp. This visual works great for kids!try this card trick for camp prep.With these three tips, you should have no problem giving your children an accurate idea of how long their camp stay will be and how long it will feel. Tune in next Monday to learn about what you can avoid before (and during your kid’s camp stay). And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Brotherly and Sisterly Love

Hey, Brothers and Sisters!

Today is National Siblings Day. Like it or not, your siblings are some of the closest people to you. They’re right there with you as you BOTH grow up. There are often times lots of laughs, lots of fights, lots of tattling, and lots of secrets shared. May as well make the best of it. Super Siblings

Just as we have Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, today we have Siblings Day and spending the day with your sibling/s is a great way to celebrate it. What’s the point in National Siblings Day? I mean, our siblings don’t necessarily take care of us (some might, but in that scenario, only one of the siblings is doing the care-giving). AND not everyone even HAS a sibling!

So why have a day dedicated entirely to them? Well, because, unlike your friends, you can’t pick your siblings—not that there isn’t a World Friendship Day. But you’re stuck with the family to which you’re born and nothing can ever really change that. Even if you secede from your family, your siblings will still have been your siblings. You just won’t be joining them for family get-togethers anymore.

Remember these goofball siblings from the Acme Tower?Almost all siblings are going to fight once in a while, unless you’re extremely like-minded twins who are always on the same page or something like that. I’m very close to all four of my siblings and, despite that, I can say, with absolute confidence, that at some point or another I’ve fought with them all.

But just because you might fight with your younger or older brother or sister, doesn’t mean that you don’t share a deep connection with each other. Celebrate National Siblings Day today by spending some quality time with your brothers or sisters. Go for a walk. Ride your bikes. Play a game. Watch a movie. Whatever you do, you’ll be happy to be doing it together.

Happy National Siblings Day and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John


What’s NEW, Happy Camper?

Hey there, all you Happy Campers!

Here at Everything Summer Camp—the home of C&N Footlockers—we’re modest people, but there’s no getting around the facts and, in point of fact, our footlocker trunks are simply the best the whole world over. When you purchase a C&N Camp Trunk, you know you’re getting the best quality trunk available.

What makes our trunks better than any other is all in our careful construction. We don’t take any shortcuts or cut any corners in our manufacturing processes. Built using 3/8” Aspen plywood, the exterior is covered with a steel sheet that’s lead-free, scratch-free, and given a baked-on enamel finish. The interiors are lined with DuraWrap, a water-resistant, odor-free, and virtually tear-proof paper.Check out the Happy Camper in studly black trim.The most popular of our camp trunks, the Happy Camper LOVES summer camp! Spacious, this camp trunk never gave anyone any concerns over comfortably storing their belongings with security. It’s available in 22 awesome C&N colors. But none of that’s changed.

What we DID change in this NEW version of the Happy Camper is the trim color. Featuring hardware coated in a lead-free, black enamel, baked-on finish. Like adding a bold outline to your camp trunk, the new Black Trim accentuates your trunk, making it REALLY stand out now! It also includes a new, larger handle which making itself easier to carry.

Over the years, we’ve gotten so many requests for black trim on our footlocker trunks. Well, it took us a little while to get it right, but the wait is over now, here it is: The Happy Camper sporting Black Trim. Just $20 more than the standard version (which is still available too), this trunk has never looked better.

See which trim and hardware style suits you best and order your own Happy Camper online with us today. As always, thanks for reading.

- John