Did you know the word ‘gullible’ isn’t in the dictionary?

Hey, Word Lovers!

If you’re anything like me, then you love flexing your vocabulary and learning new words to build your lexicon. When you have command of the English language, you possess more power than you probably realize. Why? Because if you can deliver your thoughts and ideas with precise articulation, the world understands you better. You’re more likely to be heard when you express yourself with intelligence and clarity.One of the world's oldest resource books, celebrate your dictionary today!

The dictionary is an excellent source for gaining lexical knowledge. It’s an obvious authority on words, concerning a slew of important information about them, like their spelling, definition, pronunciation, syllable count, etymology, and more. It’s no wonder we have a day like today, National Dictionary Day.

Dictionaries used to be books, but nowadays, the word ‘dictionary’ includes all technological modernizations such as CD-ROMs, applications on mobile devices, and resource sites online—like Dictionary.com. Basically, if you can use it like a dictionary, then it’s still a dictionary…unless it’s a thesaurus. Then it’s a thesaurus…the dictionary’s cousin.

We’ll celebrate Thesaurus Day in a few months.

You might not think it, but dictionaries are actually really REALLY old!Believe it or not, Noah Webster did not make the first dictionary—just the one that we all know and love. Actually, dictionaries (as far as we know) date back to 2300 B.C. The oldest dictionary ever found was a simple, bilingual wordlist of words in the Sumerian and Akkadian languages.

It took time for dictionaries to develop certain characteristics that are nothing short of customary for us nowadays. The listing order, for example, wasn’t always alphabetical. They didn’t necessarily provide such a wide assortment of information. And, thus, they had yet to yield their authoritative connotation as they do now.

We have Mr. Noah Webster to thank for his boundless efforts in creating the expanded and fully comprehensive ‘American Dictionary of the English Language’ in 1828. It took him 27 years to complete his dictionary—which isn’t really even THAT long, when you consider that he learned 26 languages in order to properly get the job done!

Have fun building your vocabularies today by looking up any words you didn’t understand in my Blog post today. I intentionally threw in some particularly big ones just for you. Thanks for reading, Blog Fans, and Happy Dictionary Day.
- John

What’s life without DESSERT?

Hey, Dessert Devotees!

Desserts are made with lots of calories, lots of butter, lots of sugar, and, nutritionally speaking, work against our general health overall; but despite our understanding, we still love them. After all, who can resist the call of a cool ice cream treat or a delicious bite of delicate cake? Today is a day dedicated entirely to indulging ourselves in those rich, dark, delectable desserts. Today is Dessert Day.

Desserts will forever be glorified. There’s a soft spot for them in each and every Everybody may be screaming for ice cream, but cake's been around much longer than that cold treatone of our hearts. That goes without question.

It may surprise you to discover just how far back it goes that people have been making desserts. Believe it or not, the ancient Egyptians were pretty good bakers. It’s true—cake is thousands of years old! And that’s not the only dessert that has a history to it.

Egyptians are respEasy as pie is a strange phrase since it's far from easy to makeonsible for pies too. Pie was the answer for the Egyptians’ need of nutritious, long-lasting, easy-to-store and easy-to-transport food items that Egyptian sailors could take on long journeys. Pies started showing up some time around 9500 BC.

The end of the 17th Century is when Italians first started experimenting with freezing drinks for desserts. HIce cream hasn't been around for as long as cake and pie, but it's definitely rocked the dessert worldot chocolate had recently become a fast-favorite, standing alongside other popular drinks like coffee and tea. These became the first three ice cream flavors.

Cake, Pie, and Ice Cream only scratch the surface of desserts, but they are the most popular and customary desserts. Celebrate Dessert Day with a dish of your favorite after-dinner treat and partake in the mouth-watering creations from many, many years ago.

Everyone here at Everything Summer Camp enjoys indulging their sweet-tooth. We all brought our own favorite dessert-creations for each other to try today. Check out these delightful dishes and thanks for reading, Dessert Lovers!

- John

Is there a furry friend in your home?

Hey, Dog Folks!

As previously discussed on this Blog in the first week of October, it is National Adopt a Dog Month! There’s certainly no shortage of dogs who could use a good home so why not adopt a dog to come live with you instead of a nervous, noisy shelter. You can make a dog’s day (and also its future) by bringing one home with you today.C'mon. Throw a dog a bone and give it a good home!Everything Summer Camp is selling our ‘live love adopt’ T-shirt and donating the proceeds to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to help spread awareness that October is a month for adopting dogs from shelters. Based in New Help us to spread the word with these cool T-shirts in support of doggie adoptionYork City since its founding in 1866 the ASPCA is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to preventing cruelty toward animals.

If dogs are dear to you and you’ve been entertaining the idea of getting a dog, make today the day you seal the deal and go find yourself a friend at your local shelter. If not today, then make sure you make October the month that you take action. Make visits to shelters and meet with the dogs there.

Going and rescuing a dog is such a great feeling.Giving a dog a good home is such a gigantic act of kindness; when you show an animal this kind of love, you’ll receive that much love in return from your new pet. They’ll be the most excited one to see you when you get home, they’ll protect you thoughtlessly, and love you unconditionally.

Get off the fence and go find a dog to bring home in celebration of National Adopt a Dog Month! And don’t be afraid to give your hesitant friend or relative the push they need to make the right decision too. Anyone can help get a good home for a dog!

As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Stop, drop—what do you do?

Hey, Fire Prevention Folks!

Are you and your family prepared against the risk of uncontrolled fire? If not, it’s the perfect time to make sure everyone in your family is aware of fire safety tips and what to do to help prevent fires. Not only is today National Fire Prevention Day, but the entire week (until Saturday) is dedicated to the awareness of preventative fire tips.  fire extinguishers are an important item to have around the house. Make sure you know where yours is.

This is a week that goes back to 1925 when the President, Calvin Coolidge, proclaimed the week of October 9th ‘Fire Prevention Week.’ This week is recognized as Fire Prevention Week due to the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. While the cause of the fire is unknown, one of Mrs. O’ Leary’s cows gets a bad rep, blamed for having kicked over a lantern in the barn.

The fire spread feverishly through Chicago, leaving death and destruction in its wake and burning for more than 24 hours. On behalf of Everything Summer Camp, I’d like to share some tips on fire safety to help spread the word of fire prevention awareness:

•    Working smoke alarms reduce the risks of fire fatality by almost 50%. You should test your smoke alarm once a month to make sure the batteries are still good and that they’re working properly. You should install smoke alarms on every level of your home and every bedroom.

•    Talk to your kids about fire safety. Tell them never to play with matches or lighters. Be sure you always keep these items up and out of reach of young children.

•    Have a plan for an emergency escape of your home in case of a fire. You should have two exits in mind and go over the plan with everyone in your family. Practicing drills like this can be just as fun as it is smart.

•    Teach your children to get low and not to panic when they hear the smoke alarm go off.

•    Never leave a hot oven, stovetop, or fry pan unattended.

Thanks for reading, Fire Preventers. Stay safe!

- John

Before Ben and Amy were born, their dad went to summer camp…

Hey, Summer Campers!

If you’re a fan of the Everything Summer Camp Blog, then you probably already realize that there’s no shortage of celebrities who attended summer camp when they were your age. It doesn’t really matter if they’re singer/songwriters, famous athletes, or big Hollywood stars. It seems like they all ended up going to summer camp when they were younger. Well-known for the very irritable Frank Costanza, Jerry Stiller has made quite a name for himself

Jerry Stiller is no exception to that notion. He went to Surprise Lake Camp in New York when he was a kid. The camp has been around since 1902, providing children with the beautiful landscape of the Cold Spring Mountains as a getaway from the rest of the world.

Firstborn of four to Bella and William Stiller in 1927, Jerry was born in the Unity Hospital in Brooklyn. Rather grounded in New York, he and his family lived in just a couple different neighborhoods. It was at some time around the early 40’s that Jerry had his fun at Surprise Lake Camp.

Soon after, the Stillers moved to the Lower East Side and Jerry graduated from grade school, moving on to Seward Park High. Developing his love for acting, once he was done with high school he went on to be a Drama Major at Syracuse University. Equipped with a Bachelor’s in Drama, Jerry first embarked on his acting career at the Phoenix Theater for their production of Coriolanus, a tragedy written by William Shakespeare.

After Jerry met his wife, Anne Meara, the two of them became their own comedy team. They were a successful duo for many years on the stage. They were invited to make appearances on variety programs like the Ed Sullivan Show. They also began a family of their own, raising two kids that followed in their parents’ footsteps, Ben and Amy Stiller.

Jerry had great success, playing roles in lots of movies and television shows. He’s probably best known for his role as Frank Costanza in the classic television series, Seinfeld. He’s also provided a good amount of voice acting for films like ‘The Lion King 1½’, ‘Fish Hooks’, ‘Foodfight!’, and, most recently, ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’.

Summer camp must have done a lot for Mr. Stiller. What will it do for you? Thanks for reading, Campers!

- John

Hello, Pencils! Hello, Books! Hello, smiling faces of friendly teachers!

Hello, Students!

Now that you’re starting to get settled into this still-fresh school year, I’ll bet it’s nice and refreshing to see those familiar faces of your school friends. Sure, it’s great to see those guys, but (sometimes) it can be just as good to see your teachers too (sometimes). Everybody has their favorite teachers from grade school, high school, college, and beyond. And since our teachers can often times play such an important role in our lives, we show our appreciation for them today, on World Teachers’ Day. Show your appreciation for your teacher today on World Teachers' DayImparting knowledge, philosophy, and wisdom—as all good teachers do—is such a noble cause, they deserve nothing short of a day dedicated solely to them. What’s really great is that Teachers’ Day is recognized in over 100 countries as teaching requires a little more travel than the conventional U.S. schoolteacher.

I don’t mean commuting either; I’m talking about teachers who travel all the way around the world to reach students in certain countries that cannot provide their own teachers.

Since 1994, World Teachers’ Day has saluted teachers and teachers’ organizations the world over. Education International is the global union federation of all professionals in the field of education everywhere in the world. The extensive recognition of World Teachers’ Day is mostly due to the public awareness campaigns launched by Education International every year that point out the contributions made from the profession of teaching.

It doesn’t matter where you receive your education, if you go to public school, private World Teachers' Day is a great day to celebrate. Make your teacher feel really good. school, if you’re home schooled, none of it matters nearly so much as the person that’s actually teaching you. Make sure that person knows just how much you appreciate their teaching and their guidance. You better double-check that you have all your homework done too!

As always, thanks for reading, School kids! On behalf of Everything Summer Camp, happy World Teachers’ Day!

- John

Why do dogs love October?

Hey, Dog Lovers!

Are dogs dear to you? Do you care for canines? Most people—especially those of us who love dogs—would agree that, specially speaking, dog is man’s best friend. But what kind of a friend is man? We have the power to be the sunshine or rain in a dog’s life; what you do with that power is up to you. Any and every dog in a shelter would be thrilled to go home with you today.

And no matter what you decide to do with that power, two things are for certain: 1.) There will always be dogs in shelters and 2.) Any and every one of those dogs would love for you to take them home with you. There’s absolutely no shortage of dogs that could use a good home. That’s why October is National Adopt a Dog Month!

As was mentioned on this Blog at the end of last August (on National Dog Day), everyone here at Everything Summer Camp is a big fan of our own canine companions. That got us to thinking, aside from adopting more dogs, what can we do as a company to help our furry friends throughout the month of October?

We landed onHelp us to spread the word with these cool T-shirts in support of doggie adoption the idea of selling our ‘live love adopt’ T-shirt and donating the proceeds to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a non-profit organization which is dedicated to preventing cruelty toward animals. The ASPCA is based in New York City and has been since it was founded in 1866.

So get your own T-shirt from Everything Summer Camp in celebration of National Adopt a Dog Month and help us spread the word to increase the awareness of this month. Give your hesitant friend or relative the push they need to make the right decision. Anyone can help get a good home for a dog!There are so many kinds and so many of them need a good home.

As always, thanks for reading, Blog fans.

- John

How will you celebrate National Custodial Worker Day?

Hey, Camp Kids!

Today is a day of thanks and recognition. Do you know what today is? It’s National Custodial Worker Day—a day dedicated to the respect and gratitude of those who take on the custodial and janitorial responsibilities of workplaces, schools buildings, and—yes—facilities at summer camps.

Custodial workers are the ones to thank for our clean office and school buildings.Custodians devote their efforts to maintaining a clean, safe, and healthy environment for us to live in. Keeping entire office buildings, school buildings, and other buildings in custodial care is no easy feat; it takes lots of time, energy, know-how, and patience. Thank goodness for the kind and constant services of our custodians.

To properly express your appreciation of your custodian’s cleaning and maintenances at the building you spend the day in, I compiled a short list of thoughtful ways to show your thanks.

•    The first, most obvious way to show your appreciation of your custodian’s services is to thank them face-to-face. Simply tell them how great of a job they do and how grateful you are of the role they play in keeping your environment clean and safe.

•    Secondly, try to keep the mess you make to a minimum. While you should do this every day, today especially, you should try and keep the areas you occupy as clean as you found them. Some people take on the attitude that it’s the job of the custodian to clean up the mess you make. This is not so. Buildings where people go to work, attend school, etc. constantly require custodial attention. They don’t need extra work from you.

•    Third, get them a card. Sure, a ‘thank you’ is nice in person, but a card really goes the extra mile. Cards are an easy way to incorporate everybody with signatures from everyone in your class.

Be sure to show your thanks to your custodian today and wish them a Happy Custodial Worker Day! Thanks for reading.

- John

What camp did John Cusack’s buddy attend?

Hey, Summer Campers!

It seems that no matter which way you turn in Hollywood, everybody involved in ‘show biz’ attended summer camp when they were younger. I’ve written about a decent number of them, but when I look at the vast number of celebrities who have attended summer camp, I realize that I’ve only just begun!

Another name you’ve likely heard before is Jeremy Piven. He’s yet another biJeremy Piven studied his whole life how to be a good actor.g-name in Hollywood, an American film producer and actor who went to Camp Chi during his childhood. Camp Chi is a Jewish summer camp, located in the Wisconsin Dells on Lake Blass (not all that far from Everything Summer Camp here in Boyd, Wisconsin).

Quite an accomplished and well-known actor, Jeremy has won the Golden Globe Award as well as three Emmy Awards in a row. He’s also been nominated several times for Best Supporting Actor. Maybe you’ve seen him in roles like Arny in ‘The Family Man’, a salesman in ‘Rush Hour 2’, the Timekeeper in ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’, or maybe you know his voice as Harv from ‘Cars’.

Jeremy may be a big star now, but he grew up like anyone else back in Evanston, Illinois. He and his family lived in a suburb north of Chicago. After his time at summer camp, he found great interest in acting. He later attended the Harand Theater Camp in Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. During his time at the theater camp, he played Bernardo in ‘West Side Story’.

With a strong interest in acting (and a lot of support behind him), he trained alongside John Cusack at the Piven Theatre Workshop (which was founded by his parents). After that, he went on to earn his degree in theatre at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He also attended a semester at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut.

By the time he was done with school, he was already appearing in movies with his buddy, John Cusack. Jeremy did what made him happy and look what happened to him? What makes you happy? Thanks for reading, Summer Campers!

- John

Camp with a fraction of the effort!

Hey, Summer Lovers!

Okay, okay, so the summer season may be officially over at this point—but there’s still a flood of beautiful weather to soak up here in northern Wisconsin. To follow suit with the last three Mondays on the Everything Summer Camp Blog, today I’d like to give one last idea for squeezing every last drop of fun out of our fine September weather.

I’ve already mentioned great activities like apple-picking, enjoying campfires, and going on a hike. Lastly, allow me to present you with…

Idea #4: Backyard camping. Sleepovers/slumber parties are a great way to say goodbye to the summer season. Do it up in style and break out the tent one, last time—weather (and parents) permitting—to spend the night in the outdoors before it gets too cold!   Have all the fun of camping with a fraction of the effort right in your own backyard!

Even if you don’t end up spending the whole night out there, it’ll still be well worth it to share a spooky story or a juicy game of truth or dare before falling asleep in the backyard. It offers the thrill of camping with a fraction of the effort when there’s a clean bathroom and full refrigerator a few steps away.The excellent, hands-free camping lantern from Princeton Tech

Brighten up your tent after dark with the great Camping Lantern from Princeton Tech(available right here at Everything Summer Camp) and you can play cards, Battleship, Chess, and board game you like as long as you have enough room in your tent.

Summer may be over, but you don’t have to say goodbye to camping quite yet. Since we only sleep in them occasionally, tents are inevitably fun and exciting shelters in which to spend the night. Great memories are made inside of them! Who knew the backyard could be so thrilling?

Well, that’s the last of our ideas for summertime activities in September! Good luck wringing the season dry of its fun, Summer Lovers! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John