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Hey, Camp Fans!

The world is certainly camp crazy. From singer/songwriters to famous athletes and big-name Hollywood stars, it seems EVERYONE goes to camp! Writers—such as myself—are no exception. I, however, am not famous. Marta Kauffman, on the other hand, is a name that lots of people know. Co-creator of the hit sitcom ‘Friends’, Marta Kauffman is responsible for a cultural craze that became popular the world over.

Check out where this Friend of everyone's went to summer camp.Long before Marta joined forces with David Crane—her co-creator of ‘Friends’—she attended summer camp at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. This camp has sat on 90 acres of northeastern Pennsylvania for nearly 70 years as it saw its beginning as a camp site in the year 1950. This mountainous and woodsy setting provided Marta with a space where she work on personal growth by means of fun activities and adventures, as well as friends to share the experiences.

She went to school at Marple Newtown High School near Philadelphia and became incredibly interested in acting—so much so that in her senior year, she directed her school’s production of ‘Our Town’, a play from 1938 by Thornton Wilder. She enjoyed her own independent studies when it came to the works of playwrights and had a great appreciation for the talent for acting.

After high school, she attended Brandeis University where she continued her dedicated study to the Theater. And after four years of hard work and relentless studying, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree and went on to pursue a writing career in the world of television.

Starting with a single episode of ‘Everything’s Relative’ in 1987, Marta continued to work on quick single-episode jobs as well as co-creating a few different series. It took her seven years in TV until she and David Crane launched their breakthrough series, ‘Friends’. Their show reached enormous popularity and ran for an entire decade before hitting their widely-celebrated finale.

Marta kept up her writing career after ‘Friends’ and has remained busy to the present day with her current TV show ‘Grace and Frankie’. Camp Ramah put Marta on an awesome and determined path that stuck with her all throughout her life. Perhaps Camp Ramah sounds like a good match for your soon-to-be-camper. Check them out on their website right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Smart Art

Hey, Everything Summer Camp Fans!

It’s a little tricky, hanging a name on Art’s position at Everything Summer Camp. I guess you could say he’s our Handyman/Maintenance guy but he does much more than that. For the last five years, he’s been doing everything from fixing the flash dryer in our screen printing shop to mowing the grass on the company’s property.
Art is our handy maintenance guy at Everything Summer Camp.
Ask Art to build you something—anything—and he’ll come back with a piece of equipment that drops your jaw. He’s fixed my riding lawn mower for me as well as my two push mowers lickety-split!

Not too far from Everything Summer Camp, Art lives in Stanley, Wisconsin but he was born all the way on the other side of the country in Fresno, California. So how did he come to settle down in Stanley? Well, to answer that question, allow me to simply delve into some facts about the guy.

I’m not trying to say that Art’s old, but he definitely has more history under his belt that anyone else at Everything Summer Camp.

Just as he’s had every conceivable job under the sun, he’s been to every single one of the 48, contiguous United States. When choosing an area in which to settle, he didn’t look around the neighborhood, he looked at the U.S. map.

He chose northwestern Wisconsin because it was a place that suited him and his wife, Pat. Art met his wife in the military, as Art served as a Marine in the Viet Nam war. Together they raised three boys—Art II, Jeremy, and Sean. With their boys all grown up, Art and Pat share a simple life together with the house all to themselves—no kids or even animals. “Wife, kids, grandchildren—no pets,” he says.

Aside from a Marine, he’s also been a police officer, a meteorologist (in Viet Nam), a tool and die maker, and (an avid skier), he’s also worked Ski Patrol which entails skiing out to treat injured skiers on the scene. Remember when I said he’s done a lot of different jobs? I wasn’t makin’ it up. When going down the list, a line from one of Sinatra’s songs comes to mind:

I’ve been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a pawn, and a king. That’s all for today, Camp Fans. Thanks for reading.

- John

Pledge to Brown Ledge

Hey, Camp Fans!

I was just looking into a wonderful camp on the eastern coast. I’m swinging our summer camp spotlight here at Everything Summer Camp to the banks of Lake Champlain—just eight miles north of Burlington, Vermont. I’m talking about a girls camp called Brown Ledge. Here's the camp logo for Brown Ledge Camp for Girls.-

An overnight camp for girls ages from 10-18 years of age, Brown Ledge sits on Mallets Bay, the largest bay on Lake Champlain. Brown Ledge boasts 1500 feet of waterfront on the biggest bay of the biggest New England lake. A combination of fields and woods on the Brown Ledge campgrounds produce a perfect summer camp setting.

There are lots of activities to keep you busy at Brown Ledge—there’s Horseback Riding, Tennis, Archery, Riflery, Water Sports, Studio Arts & Crafts, Theater, Dance, and so much more. A very different camp, the choice of how to spend the day is up to each individual camper. You can spend all day horseback riding, or try to fit as many of the 18 available activities as you can into one day.
Get great activities into your summer days at Brown Ledge.
Brown Ledge certainly lends a remote feeling, but really, the campsite is just a 15 minute drive to civilization: Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. The state’s finest hospital and an abundance of physicians in all kinds of specialties at the University of Vermont Medical school are both extremely nearby.

Brown Ledge gives girls a clearer image of themselves—one that’s untouched by their established reputation of who they are from back home. This camp experience will give your camper more option than most other camps will which just may give her an idea of what she’s really passionate about. Or it may give her an extremely well-rounded getaway.

An excellent all girls summer camp for your daughter to attend, check out Brown Ledge Camp for yourself and, as always, thanks for reading.This could be you at Brown Ledge Camp for girls.

- John

Play Some Games Freestyle

Hey, Campers!

As we inch our way toward warmer weather here in the northwestern area of Wisconsin—the place where Everything Summer Camp is based—we get more and more excited about all of our outdoor items. While we sell a few toys, games, or activity books that make for entertaining indoor use, most of what we sell has to deal with camping gear in the great outdoors.

This time of year, the weather tends to be a little shaky—60° one week and snow in the next. Well, you can take the fun outside or keep it in with the Freestyle Bocce and Freestyle Horseshoe Set.

Freestyle BocceIndoor Bocce is a blast! Play it outside too!
This game set includes six, nylon throwing balls and one target ball filled with pellets. There’s also a cinch-shut mesh nylon pouch. The Target Ball is randomly thrown and players then take turns to toss their Throwing Balls and aiming as close to the Target Ball as they can get. The scoring system is simple: one point for each bocce ball that’s closer to the Target Ball than your opponent’s closest ball. If you’re talented enough to toss a Throwing Ball with enough accuracy that it creeps up and rolls to a stop and touches the Target Ball, that counts for two points.

Freestyle HorseshoePlay it inside, play it outside---it's all good.
A longstanding classic, this set of Freestyle Horseshoes includes four full-size rubber horseshoes, two rubber mats, two indoor stakes, two outdoor stakes, and a carrying bag with instructions. Game play is simple: players take turns tossing their horseshoes, trying to ring one around a stake. If a horseshoe lands within six inches of a stake, it counts as one point, if both of your horseshoes are closer than your opponents’ you get two points, and if you ring a stake with your horseshoe, it counts as three points.

Get your games for affordable prices right here at Everything Summer Camp to get some fun whether your stuck indoors or the sun is shining! They’re easy-to-use, easy-to-pack, and fun for all! Bring the games with you when you head off to summer camp where the fun never stops and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

O2 Cool’s AC Adapter 10″ Camping Fan

Hey, all of you oh-too-cool Camp People!

Summertime means time for shorts and tee shirts, time for fun in the water, and time for summer camp! Inevitably, summertime also means getting HOT! Look for fun and easy ways to stay cool throughout this roaster of a season. You can always find some easy and breezy fans at Everything Summer Camp—check out one of our latest additions: the 10” Camping Fan with AC Adapter from O2 Cool.

The ultimate leaders in the personal cooling industry, O2 Cool has established themselves The fan for electricity and battery-operated power.as the trusted brand name when summer scorchers get to be too much to handle. Their compact design for the 10” Camping Fan with AC Adapter makes it easy to pack, and store away in seasons with cooler temperatures. And its convenient built-in handle makes it easy to take with you wherever you go!

This Camping Fan runs on 6 D Batteries which tends to give you about 20 hours of use on the high speed or 50 hours on the low speed. Plug into a wall and use electricity whenever it’s available with the AC adapter. It’s reliance on two different power sources will really stretch out the lifespan of your batteries.

Run your 10” Camping Fan with its AC Adapter in the comforts of available electricity or run it off batteries in the farthest reaches away from civilization—it works like a charm no matter where you are.  It boasts a powerful breeze ranging from low to high speeds that give you full blast or a quieter cooling session.

Its compact folding design makes it great for travel and gives you easy-carrying and allows for easy storage. It also makes for a stands up securely as the fan pops up from its stable base in the shape of a horseshoe. You can also tilt it at any angle you need so the airflow gets directed where you want it.

Pick yours up right here and be sure to stay cool with the O2 Cool 10” Camping Fan with AC Adapter or check out their selection of other awesome portable cooling devices! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

How Well Can You See in the Dark?

Hey, Camp Fans!

We strive to carry the best brands of the best products for all the camping gear we carry here at Everything Summer Camp. That’s why we’re sharp on scouting for the newest trending brand names. We look for brand names that stand out like the innovative brand called Nite Ize. These leaders in the lighting industry question what a flashlight really needs to be.
Check out the story of this great Nite Ize product.Endowed with resourceful and creative minds, this company introduces new ideas to practical products for people who lead active lifestyles—perfect for the routines that keep kids on their feet at summer camp.

The idea first hit the founder of Nite Ize, Rick Case, when he was hiking a mountain with a friend and their poor quality headlights from the 80’s started to fail them in the darkness of the wee hours of the morning. Luckily, Rick remembered a small flashlight he had in his pocket. He took it out and held up to the side of his head.

These flashsticks are great for summer camp convenience!That’s when he had the thought, “Why not just turn this into a headlamp?”

When Rick first launched Nite Ize, it certainly saw humble beginnings. It was 1989 when the company first started their operation, working from a small cabin—only 500 square feet somewhere off away in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado.

But this company grew itself quickly and has made a name for themselves in the less-than-30 years that they’ve been around. They proudly developed their business, making an addition to their initial facility. They now have another building in Boulder—their 90,000 square foot Global Distribution Center.Nite Ize Flashlights are crazy powerful!

Creating quality products with a healthy glow—Nite Ize can brighten the darkness at summer camp! And we’re happy to supply our customers with the 3 in 1 LED FlashStick as well as the 3 in 1 LED Flashlight from this excellent brand name. Check out this flashlight and glowstick and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

More—Trunk Designs Galore!

Hey, Footlocker Fans!

Revolutionary to the footlocker trunk, Designer Trunks are completely covered in an awesome print, creating a trunk like you’ve never seen before. Choose a trunk design and print option that speaks to you from Camo to Tie Dye Rays and Electric Lava—whatever you like best. We have over a hundred options and we’re adding to our collection all the time!

Constructed the same as our traditional trunks with tough birch plywood, Designer Trunks set themselves apart with a high-definition image that’s embedded into the aluminum exterior. We offer a wide selection of eye popping designs and we’re always adding new designs!

Wild HorsesWild horses couldn't keep you away from this camp trunk.
The trunk for any equestrian, our Horses Designer Trunk presents these majestic creatures—your favorite uneven-toed ungulate as they go dashing across a powdery landscape of fresh snow. Pay some attention to this trunk if you’re a little horse-crazy.

Are you nostalgic for the 80's whether you were there or not? Turntable Boombox
Rock it like it’s the 80’s again with the Boombox Designer Trunk. Depicting this old-school transistor radio with a cassette tape, CD player, and turntable, this trunk is iconic of an era. Keep it around for a nostalgia beyond your time.

 

RadioactiveSomething went seriously awry with the atomic nuclei inside this trunk.
Order this trunk at your own risk—the material inside may or may not contain atomic nuclei of unstable environments. Be sure to dress in the proper protective equipment when exposing yourself to nuclear decay; hazard mask not included.

Skater
Some people skateboard as a recrDo you have the skateboardin' bone? eational activity. Others consider it an art form. It’s a career for some and for others, it’s simply a means of transportation. No matter what skateboarding is to you, this trunk delivers the right attitude: cool. Celebrate your favorite sport with this cool camp trunk!

There’s sure to be a Designer Trunk with your name written all over it. Have a closer look at each one of these trunks or check out the others from our always-growing selection. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Another French Woods Alum

Hey, Summer Campers!

Summer camps have been showing kids the time of their lives for generations upon generations—over a hundred years. That means that there are literally millions of adults  out there who were once summer campers like you. It’s not really surprising then, to think that there are lots of celebrities whom we all know and love today who went to summer camp themselves. Natasha Lyonne is a talented lady.

Natasha Lyonne is one of those famous people who attended summer camp. Like a number of her contemporaries like Jon Favreau, Robert Downy Jr., Adam Levine, and Zooey Deschanel, she went to French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in the western Catskills—possibly even at the same time as these other alumni.

She was born in New York City and raised Orthodox Jewish. Natasha’s grandparents on her mother’s side were Hungarian Jewish and—both—Holocaust survivors.

Her parents started her at 6 years old in business with the Ford Modeling Agency and she made her way into TV and films. She was cast as Opal for six episodes of ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’ and went on to make appearances in movies like ‘Heartburn,’ ‘A Man Called Sarge,’ and ‘Dennis the Menace’.

In retrospect, she disagrees with her parents’ choice to start her in business at such a young age, but it didn’t last long. Two years later, they moved from Great Neck, New York to Israel and they lived there for a year and a half.

She never cared for growing up on the Upper East Side, so when she came back to the states with her family, they settled in Miami. She was an excellent student enrolled in honor classes, but when her parents got a divorce, it had a horribly negative effect on her school life resulting in eventual expulsion. She did, however, graduate from Miami Country Day School.

With other appearances on TV like her camp mate’s show ‘New Girl’ as well as ‘Will and Grace’ and ‘Law & Order’. She’s even dabbled in some voice work for an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ as well as Cartoon Network’s hit show ‘Steven Universe’. She flexed her voice work back in 2005 as Loretta Geargrinder for the feature film ‘Robots’.

Having received a nomination for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Natasha has really shown her acting muscle and the world recognizes her talent.

Throughout struggles and hardships in her life, she’s seen her way to the road for success. Summer camp can help you do that. How will summer camp help you? You can check out French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Ride on!

Hey, ready Riders!

There are a million reasons to go to summer camp. You might love the idea of being immersed in nature, or maybe the thrill of being away from home is what interests you. There’s the chance to make a hundred friends and develop your sense of self-reliance. Or maybe it’s just all the fun you’ll have. Black River Farm & Ranch, a great place for summer camp!Fun can mean different things to different people, but if you’re a camper at Black River Farm & Ranch Camp, chances are you find the most fun when you’re riding.

Since 1962, this 360-acre farm and ranch in Croswell, Michigan has provided young women with a five acre lake, natural woodlands, a valley with a winding stream, and the fields of the River Bend Farm to give them the best of experience a camp can offer.

If you’re horse-crazy, then this is the camp for you. Black River Farm & Ranch campers regularly head out on trail rides, they take mounted and ground lessons, lessons for vaulting (a.k.a. gymnastics on horseback) and are given free riding time under supervision. With more than 85 horses, Black River Farm & Ranch offer the best ratio of horses to campers.

Shoot straight and arrow.Other fun things to do at the Farm & Ranch are Archery Tennis, Basketball, Crafts, Swimming, Paddle boats, and plenty more. After the sun goes down, crazy games and programs are held across the entire camp in order to bring everybody together for the excitement and fun.

Black River Farm & Ranch has excellent bunk houses—or, ‘cities’, as they’re called at the Farm & Ranch—each one consisting of three to four cabins. And, in each cabin, you’ll find all the amenities and bunks to comfortably house 8 to 12 girls and their belongings.

If you love, love, love horses, then look closely at Black River Farm & Ranch. It may be the right summer camp experience for you! Check out their website right here and, as always, thanks for reading!Get into the camping spirit at Black River Farm & Ranch Camp!

- John

Not Your Ordinary Straw

Hey, Hydrators!

We offer a handful of innovative water bottles—ones that are leak-proof, ones that are insulated, ones that use a filtration system, and more. Today we’re featuring something you can drink from that isn’t a water bottle at all! Actually, it’s just a straw. Yet, it can deliver more clean water than any bottle can hold. Get the handy dandy LifeStraw for your personal filtered hydration when you're trekking the great outdoors.

The world is your water bottle with the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter! Wherever there’s water, you can drink it through this inventive filtering straw from a company based in Switzerland called Vestergaard. Drink up anytime and anywhere with this awarding-winning ultra light water filter! The LifeStraw is made to provide you with safe, clean drinking water whether your source is a running stream or a muddy pond.

Using advanced technology that involves hollow fiber membranes. LifeStraw filters out 99.9999% of all bacteria and 99.99% of protozoa without the use of any chemicals like iodine and without batteries or moving parts.

Just place your LifeStraw, dipping the filtration end into your water source, wait a few moments for the water to soak up membranes, and suck the water through. This small, portable straw will supply you with 264 gallons of clean drinking water—that’s an entire year’s worth of the average person’s water intake.

It has removable caps that you can choose to keep on if you’re using your LifeStraw all throughout the day or you leave it open if you want it to dry out.
Removable caps provide secure seal and easy drying.The LifeStraw is made for avid fans of the outdoors, giving them a reliable tool that transforms the sandiest or muddiest of waters into clean water of excellent purity! Water, water everywhere—and all of it you can drink when you have the one, the only…the LifeStraw.

Revolutionize your drinking habits this summer and save on space when you pack up for your trips into the wilderness. Enjoy your hydration and, as always, thanks for reading.
Drink from any water source you can find through the LifeStraw for clean hydration!

- John