Father’s Day the Proper Way

Hey, Proud Dads!

Happy Father’s Day! Today is a day set aside to honor the unconditional, loving support that fathers give to their children every day. On Father’s Days past, I’ve given out gift ideas for dear ol’ dad—things that you could either purchase or things that you could make on your own for free with items found around the house. Today, however, I’m talking about some things you can do WITH your father to make his Father’s Day feel a little more special!Spend some quality time with your father today!

Play catch
Your dad will be sure to appreciate the gesture if you ask him to go play a simple game of catch in the backyard. Dads love ‘Catch’! Whether they want to throw a baseball, a football…SCOOPball—it doesn’t matter. You’ll both enjoy the activity in the fresh air and sunshine—not to mention the quality time you get to spend together.

Catch a Movie
My dad was a movie buff for sure! See if your dad wants to throw something in from your home collection or maybe make some time to head out and catch a show at the theater! You can’t beat the big screen (or the popcorn…or the pretzels)!

Get Musical
Does your dad love music? Maybe he plays an instrument! See if he has time to show off his talents and maybe you can even join in for background accompaniment. Whether you are musically gifted or not, it can be a great bonding experience to let the harmonies and vibrations boost your spirits together!

Play a Game
I don’t know about all of your dads, but my dad and I played a zillion games back in the day. He was a Chess junkie and enjoyed a mean game of Trivial Pursuit. We played video games, card games, and dice games—whatever sort of game is up your dad’s alley, see if he’s interested in playing that tonight!

These are just some ideas that will more-than-likely make your father’s Father’s Day today. Or maybe these ideas have inspired you to go spend some quality time with your dad in some other way that the two of you can enjoy. In any case, enjoy the fun with your dad and give him the best Father’s Day you can! Happy Father’s Day to fathers everywhere and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

What—This Old Flag?

Hey, Flag Aficionados!

Today is National Flag Day—a day to put out your flag and appreciate the banner that symbolizes your country. Flags are national symbols. Every country has a flag. Yet, the first flags were flown before the world’s countries ever existed! Let’s take a look into the history of flags to better understand how we got our own U.S. Flag.

Initially used for easy identification in warfare, the people of the High and Late Middle Ages would paint their shields with patterns to show whether they were a friend or foe. It became common, then, for knights, infantry commanders, and other leaders to fly a heraldic flag on their saddle in order to grab even more eyes with even more ease.

It didn’t take long before the practice became commonplace for troops to carry their own flag out to the battlefield simply to distinguish their unit.You're a grand ol' flag, you're a high-flyin' flag!In the early 17th century, when sailing reached an all-time peak in popularity, it became the law that ships had to carry flags in order to designate their nationality.And these are the flags evolved and transformed into the national flags and maritime flags of today.

And once flags had shown their purpose at sea, they made themselves useful as a means of simple communication from across the water as well by means of interactive systems.

The earliest national flag belongs to Denmark. It is referred to as the Dannebrog and, adopted in 1219, it is the oldest national flag of any country. However, by the end of the 1700s, it was one among an incredible number. And that number didn’t stop growing until every sovereign state had a national flag.

The American Flag features 13 red and white stripes and 50 stars to symbolize the 50 states and 13 original colonies, the American Flag is an incredibly iconic image, but it hasn’t always looked the same. Our original Flag (modernly known as the Betsy-Ross Flag or Colonial Flag) has been changed more than 25 times as stars continued to be added as territories were annexed into states. We finally designed our modern flag in 1960 after Hawaii, our 50th state, was granted its statehood.

Show your appreciation for our flag today and, as always, thanks for reading, Summer Camp Fans!

- John

Check Out Real Kids Shades

Hey, Camp Fans!

We work with so many great people here at Everything Summer Camp, which is why we like to use this Blog as a platform every now and again to express our gratitude toward the awesome companies with whom we’ve formed excellent relationships! Today, we’re swinging our Vendor Spotlight over to shine on the stylish Real Kids Shades.

Slip on a pair of Real Kids Shades Glide when the summer sun is shining bright! Around since 2002, Real Kids Shades has quickly developed and strengthened their reputation with their durable and protective products. These sunglasses, available in both, boys’ and girls’ styles, keep your eyes safe behind 100% UV lenses.Helping protect kids' eyes since 2002!Starting out with a simple mission, Real Kids Shades promised affordable, high-quality, 100% UV protective sunglasses designed for kids. And in their 16 years of business, they’ve grown to offer multiple sizes to provide a proper fit and protect kids from infancy to 12 years old.

All their shades are manufactured from top-of-the-line, durable materials so they’re sure to provide a long-lasting product—after all, kids and the summer camp lifestyle have a tendency to be a little rough on camp gear and other supplies.

We’re delighted to offer Real Kids Shades’ products on our one-stop camping gear shop. We offer the Girl’s Breeze Sunglasses, available in an assortment of cool colors to complement your clothing. And we also offer Boy’s Bolt Sunglasses with two-tone coloring for a super-cool look!

Enjoy those brilliant days at camp with a pair of Real Kids Shades, found on the Everything Summer Camp main site! You can get a closer look at the girls shades by clicking here and check out the cool-looking shades for boys by clicking here. Make sure you’ve got your sunglasses for those bright, sun-shiny camp days and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Ready, Set…ReadyBrush!

Hey, Brushers!

Just like you, we want to see campers wearing their best smiles. Whether you’re home or away at camp, dental hygiene is incredibly important and linked to heart-health! But the more removed you are from the frills of modern living (indoor plumbing, for instance), the harder it can be to remember to brush! That’s why we enjoy providing novel hygienic products here at Everything Summer Camp such as the VioLife Slim Sonic Battery-Operated Brush.Brushing at camp was never easier!

But if you’re looking for an even more temporary solution to your on-the-go brushing concerns, check out our new ReadyBrush Disposable Toothbrushes! 30 Toothbrushes come in each Pack and these Toothbrushes have already had toothpaste applied to the bristles. Nothing more for your camper to do but wet the head and brush those chompers!

Alongside the standard 30-Pack, you can also get the Ortho 30-Pack ReadyBrush Disposable Toothbrushes—an alternative for kids with braces. These Toothbrushes are not only pre-pasted, but its bristles also have a V-cut to make for more effective brushing.

Kids are bound to keep up with their dental hygiene when you send them off with these Packs of  Pre-Pasted Disposable Toothbrushes. They make dental hygiene that much more convenient and help kids to remember to brush their teeth that much more! And they couldn’t be simpler to use; simply throw these Disposable Toothbrushes away after use.

Such an innovative and convenient product is sure to keep the reminder to brush fresh in your camper’s heads throughout their time away. Get the proper tools for your dental care at camp and beyond. It all starts by clicking here at Everything Summer Camp. Healthy gums lead to a healthy heart and a healthy body all-around! As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans! And definitely don’t forget to brush your teeth!

- John

BeCOB we Love Corn

Hey, Corny Kids!

Today is Corn on the Cob Day. Did you know that all corn grows on the cob? It may seem like an obvious statement, but I had to look it up to be sure. And did you also know that corn is the only thing that grows on a cob? That one should be pretty obvious too; I didn’t look it up. But I wanted to go over some lesser obvious points about corn for today’s Blog post in celebration the day.This interesting and popular vegetable is a treat across the nation.

Here are some facts on the cob comin’ your way:

Corncobs are Edible
The cob is the part of the ear on which the kernels grow. Did you know you can actually eat the cob that corn grows on? It needs to be baby corn, but it can be consumed. You’ll find whole cobs of baby corn most commonly in delicious stir fries! As the corn plant matures, however, the cob transforms into a tough inedible hunk of organic material.

Cobs Enabled a Dirty Habit
Once a corncob reaches maturity it may no longer be edible, but that doesn’t mean it goes to waste. It can be used for industrial use as organic compound or livestock bedding—even fuel. But probably most-widely known, corncobs were used to make tobacco smoking pipes some decades ago.

Pop Corncob
Though you always see the loose kernels bagged in plastic or tucked away in microwave-ready packages, popcorn kernels—like all corn kernels (as mentioned in the third sentence)—grow on the cob. It’s pretty cool! You can actually order popcorn cobs in microwave bags and the kernels pop right off the cob. It’s fun to see.

This isn’t the first time I’ve discussed popcorn on this Blog. Check out a previous Blog post that breaks down the popping process of popcorn by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Water, Water Everywhere

Hey, Water-Lovers!

Many of us feel a sense of liberation and affinity when we’re in the water! It’s no surprise that waterfront activities are some of the most popular at summer camps across the country. Water is certainly a major part of our world. For starters, it’s essential to life on this planet. Our bodies are made of roughly 60% water. And 71% of our planet surface itself is covered in water.Enjoy the ocean today if you can.

It’s kind of a big deal…

And because it’s such a big deal, we dedicate a day—this day—to the oceans of the world; today is Ocean Day. Featuring more water than it does dry land, the earth presents to us a handful of oceans. An ocean is the term we hold for the largest body of water.

There are four to seven oceans on our planet (depending on who you ask). The numbers aren’t changing so much as our classifications. When I attended grade school, I was taught that there were four oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic.

The Pacific and Atlantic are the biggest oceans and have both been unofficially split up by northern and southern hemispheres which, to some perspectives, adds two more oceans to the count; so the list looks like this: North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic (coming in at six).

It was 18 years ago in 2000 when the Southern Ocean was officially recognized as the world’s latest ocean. Constituted of the all the earth’s water below the 60° latitude line, the Southern Ocean brings the count to either five or seven depending on how you feel about splitting up the Pacific and Atlantic.

I myself don’t understand why we want to adjust our count of the oceans—after all, even the count of four that I’m familiar with is really just one. All of these gigantic bodies connect to one another. None of them are actually divided by anything aside from human designation. There’s nothing stopping Atlantic Ocean water from flowing into the Pacific territory.

And at certain points throughout the earth’s history, the ocean waters were even less obviously divided than they are today due to supercontinent formations such as Pangea and Gondwana.

Enjoy looking into this subject matter for yourself and put in your own two cents. Do you think we should have kept it to four oceans? Does the Southern Ocean make a sensical fifth ocean for earth? Maybe you agree with splitting them up into seven OR maybe you’re with me and think we should call it all one. Just…The Ocean. Let us know what you think. Happy Ocean Day and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

A Liking for Hiking

Hey, Happy Hikers!

Summer’s just arriving. Time to get out and hit your local nature trails! Nothing hits the spot like a vigorous walk on a lush, woodsy adventure or the sights along a rocky terrain. And nobody knows this better than summer camps. So strap on your trail shoes when you head off for your summer stay this year! And in the meantime, learn a little about this great hobby and fun camp activity right now.

Hit a local trail today and enjoy the outdoors!The history of Hiking is as old as humans, really. Since our days of hunting and gathering as nomadic cultures we wandered the planet in search of ever-moving food sources giving us a natural means of cardio maintenance. And the incentive of survival forced us to traverse rough terrain despite the efforts required.

Hiking gets your blood pumping and makes you feel good. Here’s a quick look at the benefits that Hiking offers us.

Hiking Makes You Happy
Delivering an aspect of physical exertion that treadmills and exercise bikes cannot, trails incorporate beautiful winding turns that feature new landscapes and provide a treat for your eyes. Trails provide an abundance of mental health benefits as well; the air you breathe in is much crisper and brings a fresh supply of oxygen to your brain, resulting in a happier you.

Magic Healer
The physical exertion you put out works wonders for your body. Not only does it reduce your risk of heart disease, it also lowers your blood pressure—a pair of unwanted issues among some leading health problems in our modern world.

Hiking: The Jogging Equivalent
Hiking—especially hiking uphill—is similarly efficient exercise for burning calories as jogging is and helps you lose weight. The pressure that hiking puts on your bones helps to strengthen your bone structure and helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis. It tones your muscles and does good things for your cardiovascular system too. Really, it just increases your overall fitness.

There are lots of things you can do to make a hike a really good time. We have a slew of hiking gear here at Everything Summer Camp to help you enjoy your outing to its max. From hiking boots to water bottles, backpacks, and Hydration packs, we’ve got everything you need. Have fun Hiking at camp and, as always, thanks for reading, Hikers.

- John

Bat Affleck

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

We love featuring celebrities who are former summer campers from back in the day. I first started posting about celebrities who had attended camp in 2013 and, since then, I’ve covered over 100 celebrities on this Blog. Having covered so much ground, it seems appropriate to backtrack and retread some of the famous folks who were already featured to take a deeper look.Ben has become Batsy since we last talked about him.

So, as we posted five years ago on the Blog, as he had yet to don the black cape of the Dark Knight in his role as Batman in ‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’, we revisit Bat—I mean, Ben Affleck who we learned attended Crossroads for Kids in Massachusetts.

Lesser known by his full name, Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt, I thought it might be fun to go over some other points about Mr. Affleck that you might not have known that we didn’t quite get around to in our first post:

What’s in a Name?
A simplification of his name for the stage and stardom is common among celebrities and, as we just covered, ‘Ben Affleck’ is not this celebrity’s full name. His full name is Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt. ‘Boldt’ is his mother’s last name and ‘Geza’ is his middle name in honor of a family friend who was a Hungarian Holocaust survivor.

Playin’ with Damon
Life-long friends Ben and Matt Damon first met as neighborhood pals when Ben was only 8 and Matt was 10. They attended school together and it was Ben who would eventually spark Mr. Damon’s interest in an acting career. After Ben’s appearance in an educational drama and a Burger King commercial, Matt finally joined his friend as an extra in ‘Field of Dreams’ before the two decided to write their own script, ‘Good Will Hunting’.

Triple Threat
Ben has now portrayed three different superheroes as he took on the role of Daredevil from the imagination of Stan Lee in 2003. In the 2006 film ‘Hollywoodland’, Ben played George Reeve, an actor from the 1950’s who starred as Superman in the television series ‘Adventures of Superman’. And now that he has put on the bat-suit, he has become the only major actor to have worn both Batman and Superman costumes on screen.

Good Will Cleaning
Ben and his buddy Matt caught their big break when they stopped looking for roles and created their own by writing ‘Good Will Hunting’. The story of a janitor at MIT whose unrecognized, self-taught genius is finally discovered. There’s an element of truth to this character as Ben’s father was a janitor at the Ivy League Institution.

I’m sure we’ll all enjoy watching the rest of Mr. Affleck’s career unfold as there seems to be no stopping this bright actor. “It doesn’t matter how you get knocked down in life,” he has said. “Because that’s going to happen. All that matters is that you got to get up.” Try living by these simple yet powerful words and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Go Sweeney for this Summer!

Hey, Camp Families!

Everything Summer Camp is proud as well as thrilled to be working with over 270 summer camps across the nation and we’re happy to sing their praises just as often as we can. This Blog is the perfect venue to highlight these awesome places that give kids a summer escape away into the wilderness where kids discover themselves and their true potential. And today, we swing our Summer Camp Spotlight down south to Texas where we find Camp Sweeney.It's all smiles at Camp Sweeney!

Situated in the Lone Star State, just below the southern perimeter of Oklahoma, Camp Sweeney has been rooted in these southern grounds since 1950 where they have continued summer after summer to show their campers an absolutely awesome time for their summer stay!

The people at Camp Sweeney know how drastically the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes can flip our lives around. This is a camp where having Type 1 diabetes doesn’t make you an outcast; it makes you just like everyone else. Managing diabetes takes children away from their perception of ‘normal’, but not at Camp Sweeney.

And after nineteen days of blood tests, insulin injections, and carbohydrate calculations bring the disappearance of diabetes, Sweeney campers can take pride in the knowledge that they possess the ability of overcoming this adversity.

Nineteen days may seem like a lengthy stay to some camp families, but Camp Sweeney insists this length is necessary to form healthy habits, instill confidence, and develop friendships.

Of course, campers are also treated to the typical fun activities that pack the days at any other summer camp. Sweeney campers can participate in awesome activities like Archery, Basketball, Challenge Course, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Frisbee Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Hiking, Lacrosse, Mini Golf, Paintball, Riflery, Rock Climbing, Rocketry, Soccer, Tennis, Tumbling, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Zumba, and more!

Have fun in the water too with their impressive Water Park or go Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, and simple Swimming! Quieter, indoor activities include Arts & Crafts. Broadcasting, Music, and Video Production.

More than just a fun summer escape, Camp Sweeney is no ordinary camp; it’s a lifestyle. It’s a place where campers are taught not only how to manage their diabetes, but also motivated to do so. Sweeney campers return home with a renewed and deeper sense of self. Give your camper this opportunity and send them to Camp Sweeney this summer! Check out their website for yourself by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

A Trail Tale

Hey, Camp Fans!

Today is National Trails Day! So once you’re done reading this post, lace up your boots and go take a hike! Nature trails offer an awesome venue for folks with all kinds of interests—from hiking to biking, or bird watching to horse riding! No matter what you’re into, there’s bound to be a nearby trail for you to enjoy Trails Day!

Just as summer camp offers a lengthy summer stay away from our media-saturated world, park trails and other footpaths give us miniature escapes from the bustling city life and virtual world in which so many of us spend so many hours. Meanwhile, the natural world offers us fresh air, exercise, and peace.Trails almost always lead you to beautiful places.

Immerse yourself in the scenic landscape of the natural world today!

But I’ve already run down the laundry list of healthy benefits that result from you hitting a trail in a previous Blog post which you can check out by clicking here. But today, I’m more interested in discussing how nature trails and other footpaths have come to be. Nature didn’t just provide us with a convenient, winding path through her majestic wilderness.

The world’s vast majority of trails are created through wear and tear of frequent usage. Aside from deer trails or frequented, worn-down paths of other animals, trails are obviously man-made. And even the trails that appear the roughest and most basic took an incredible amount of effort and energy and do take a good amount of maintenance.

If trails pass across flat, dry areas, all of the brush, tree limbs, and undergrowth are cleared away to make a suitable trail for the activities intended to take place on the trail. Of course, paved trails and otherwise constructed paths require specific and complex design as well as a comprehensive skill set.

Bridges (or other alternatives such as culverts, stepping stones, or shallow fords) are built when creek streams or rivers are deep enough that a means to cross is required.

Appreciate the nature around you and be sure to take great advantage of the hard work and maintenance that went into the winding paths that snake through your area. Hit a local trail today and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John