What did People Sleep on Before there were Beds?

Hey, Daydreamers!

Where’s the best place to lie down or even catch a few Zzz’s in the middle of the day? Well, the living room sofa is often a popular place. There’s also the obvious and overdone bed. Comfy recliners and rockers can be great for this situation, but even they take a backseat to one simple contraption.

Today we celebrate the best place for a quick snooze: the hammock. Swaying in a summer breeze, hammocks typically deliver an incomparable level of luxury. Its simple design can be deceiving as it’s often surprising just how comfortable you are in a hammock. Today is National Hammock Day. Swaying in a summer breeze, there are few better ways to achieve maximum relaxation. Take a deep breath in and fall asleep to the gentle sway.

Tried and true, the hammock has been around for many centuries (about a thousand years, maybe more). Evidence suggests that the hammock was conceived and created in what is now Mexico. It was the Mayan civilization of the Yucatan Peninsula that invented this simple, swaying apparatus for sleep.

Never really intended for anything but sleep and relaxation, hammocks are thought to have been the Mayan’s sole sleeping structure. While the Mayan’s may have invented hammocks, they weren’t the only ones to enjoy them. It’s surprising to discover that—even back in those days—trade routes among native tribes were so far-reaching; they stretched from Central America to Brazil.

Hammocks quickly became, not just a popular trading item, but THE thing to sleep on. You wouldn’t dream of not owning a hammock back in those days. What would you sleep on?!

Nowadays, we typically sleep through the night on our beds. Even so, hammocks haven’t Perfect for reading, there are lots of benefits to having your hammock set up inside as opposed to the traditional outdoor setting.gone away. You’ll see them randomly set up between two trees in a yard or even in the bedroom of a really cool kid.

I fondly recollect the one tied up on the solarium of my friend’s apartment building. It was large enough that my friends and I would lie sideways so four of us could fit on it, swaying back and forth and staring up at the stars.

Hammocks are magical. So, if your yard is blessed with one—go appreciate it! If not, go make friends with someone who owns one or get one for yourself. In honor of National Hammock Day, Everything Summer Camp has started to carry these ingenious sleeping mechanisms. Get them now while they’re on sale and enjoy your Hammock Day. Thanks for reading.

- John

Who’s a Fan of Junk Food Day?

Hey, Food Lovers!

Today is a day dedicated entirely to indulging ourselves in delicious dinners, desserts, and other tasty treats that are absolutely UNhealthy for us! Today is National Junk Food Day. Whether it’s a sweet tooth that you’re looking to satisfy or a scrumptious salty snack, today is definitely the day to do it!A smorgasbord of sweet treats, salty treats, some salty and sweet treats for National Junk Food Day

I don’t know about you but everyone here at Everything Summer Camp certainly gets a hankerin’ for sweet and salty treats from time to time!

Glorified, junk food certainly has a soft spot in everyone’s heart. Who can resist the call of a cool ice cream treat or the fiery desire of fast food French fries? We all know that, as far as nutritional value is concerned, junk food does absolutely nothing for us (and actually works against us); but despite our understanding, Junk Food—we still love you.

After all, would a trip to the theater be the same without your choice of popcorn, candy, or soda? Would a nightly snack be the same if it was just some stalks of celery? NO WAY, MAN! You want to walk on the wild side. You want something with some calories to it, something that’s got the potential to cause some cavities, right? I mean, what are you brushing your teeth for, anyway?

While it’s perfectly fine to indulge in junky foods from time to time, it’s important to keep these foods away from your everyday. The occasional unhealthy treat may be fun, but not so much a mouthful of cavities. Moderation is the beauty of junk food—not to mention the basic definition behind the word ‘treat’.

Just as a trip to the movies isn’t the same without junk food, junk food isn’t the same if you eat it every day. In fact, your moderation of junk food directly affects your appreciation of it. Absence makes the heart grow fonder and (in this case) the stomach grow hungrier. Treat yourself today and enjoy your junk food with moderation!

Thanks for reading.

- John

Surely You’ll Want to Read Shirley’s Camp Lib!

Hey, Libbers!

Today I’m sharing a Camp Lib I wrote just for our Production Supervisor—Shirley. Shirley, production supervisor at Everything Summer CampShirley makes camp trunks and she’s probably one of the best in the country at doing it. After 27 years of building them, we pretty much consider her an expert! You can read about how our camp trunks get made in the Camp Lib that Shirley helped fill out below (but you probably won’t learn anything from it!).

If you want, you can write down your own words for the blanks too. Just use the following list of requested words and you can make your own version of Shirley’s Camp Lib below. And remember—a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea; a verb is an action word; and an adjective is a word that describes a noun while an adverb is a word that describes a verb. Enjoy!

 

  1. Verb
  2. Adjective
  3. Verb Ending in ‘ing’
  4. Noun
  5. Noun
  6. Verb
  7. Plural Noun
  8. Past Tense Verb
  9. Verb
  10. Noun
  11. Noun
  12. Verb
  13. Plural Noun
  14. Plural Noun
  15. Noun
  16. Noun
  17. Plural Noun
  18. Noun
  19. Noun
  20. Verb Ending in ‘ing’
  21. Adverb
  22. Noun
  23. Verb Ending in ‘ing’
  24. Noun

 

Here’s the Lib:

 

When you jump out into our factory here at Everything Summer Camp (the home of C&N Footlockers), you’ll find our production crew quick at work. They’re skipping all year round to make all of our C&N camp trunks. What started out in a small garage 27 years ago now operates in a 24,000 square foot fish.

All C&N camp trunks are made from boat; so the first step is to slice the wood in our saw room. Then we cut our steel sheets with the metal husbands.

After we’ve snored the wood as well as the steel the next step is to limp one side of the wood with Durawrap paper lining. It’s grandkid-resistant, cat-free, and virtually fight-proof!

After that, we take all of the wood hikes and make footballs out of them at our Assembly shrew. Some of the boxes are shallow as they are made to be the bear of the trunk while the other, deeper boxes become the leaves of our trunks.

The next step is to attach our nickel-plated rubber duck and hardware—all of it done with a Philips head staple gun. This all happens at the swimming station.

Slowly, once all the trim, the latches, the handles, and the shoe have been attached, you’re lookin’ at the final product. The trunk then gets passed on to our Crying Department where it gets shipped out to you.

We hope you treasure your employee trunk forever!

 

Thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Get Excited about Your School Locker with Lockers 101

Hey, Locker Lovers!

At Everything Summer Camp, we appreciate your talent for interior decorating. That’s why we want to help you out as much as we can by offering awesome accessories from Three Cheers for Girls. Former costume designer for Broadway plays like Cats, Cinthia Russiyan, has shifted the focus of her talents now as the proud founder of Three Cheers for Girls.

While you can find a plethora of accessories from Three Cheers for Girls right here at Everything Summer Camp like their innovative Lap Desk and a Three Cheers Autograph Pillowcase, today I want to tell you about just one of Three Cheers’ product lines, Lockers 101.  School lockers just waiting to be decorated

Decorating your locker makes the little world inside more fun, more functional, and, of course, more YOU. Every glammed out locker starts with the Lockers 101 Wallpaper Set—but certainly doesn’t end there! Keep accessorizing with shag carpet, some flower power magnets, and a glittery locker curtain. Then you can get even glitterier with the Something to Say Glitter Word Set.

Maximize the space in your locker with the Stack it Up shelf and other easy means…like Lockers 101 for your school lockermagnets! Go with the Hang it Up Magnet Hook Set or create your own little mini-office with the Locker Essential Trio including a mini magnetic whiteboard, corkboard, and mirror. There’s also the magnetic Curving Pencil Cup.

The magnet madness doesn’t end there. You’ll have the coolest locker at school this year with a ceiling fan inside! The Light Up & Cool Down Ceiling Fan mounts to the top of your locker with a magnet.

In anticipation of the approaching back to school season, we’ve re-stocked this entire line and added a couple new mirrors to your shopping options. It may not be time to go back to school just yet, but these items are always VERY hot; they’re sure to go fast so pick up your Lockers 101 accessories TODAY!

Have fun decorating and thanks for reading, Locker Designers!

- John

Which Dumb and Dumber Star Attended Summer Camp?

Hey, Campers!

Show of hands—who here is a fan of Jeff Daniels? Obviously you can’t see it, but my hand is way up and I’m willing to bet that most other hands are raised up high too. Did you know that Jeff was a summer camper just like you when he was around your age?Jeff Daniels from Dumb and Dumber

You may remember Jeff from such films as 101 Dalmations, RV (a classic camping movie), Fly Away Home, and–of course–his calling card Dumb and Dumber.

He participated at Bruin Lake Boy Scout Camp where he learned valuable lessons to survive in the wilderness using tools and to listen to instructions. He learned about environmental conservation, community, being physically fit, academic studies, and sports.

His mother Marjorie gave birth to Jeff in Athens, Georgia in 1955. But her and her husband, Robert only stayed in Georgia for the first six weeks of Jeff’s life. After that they moved from the south and raised Jeff in Chelsea Michigan.

He went to Central Michigan University and was very involved with the theater program during his time there. When he was 21, Daniels decided to switch things up and focus solely on theater at the Eastern Michigan University drama school. There he participated in a special event called the Bicentennial Repertory program that really launched his acting career for the stage.

As for his stage acting, Jeff has been both on and off Broadway and has been nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor. He’s also been nominated four times for his performances on the screen.

He still lives in Michigan where he has founded a nonprofit theater company called the Purple Rose Theater Company. More than just an actor, Jeff is a playwright as well as a musician—a triple threat!

You can catch Jeff and his old buddy Jim Carrey as they reunite their old roles as Harry and Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber To.

Jeff learned a lot in Boy Scouts for his summer camp experience. What will yours bring you? That’s all for today, Camp Fans. Till next time.
- John

Must Read Blog Post for Fans of Fans

Hey, History Buffs!

I think one of the best sensations in life is when that perfect summer breeze comes and goes whispering past you, up against you, and, sometimes, seemingly THROUGH you. It’s great being swept away in a cool breeze or even a strong, gusting zephyr.

Since the first summer, people have always desired that feeling of airflow—a concentrated breeze. Pharos and kings were fanned with giant palms while hand fans were a cheap means of cooling yourself since ancient times. But nowadays, we have the convenience of fans run on electricity.

These days, fans are an essential summer item found in pretty much every home. But Drawing of pre-1900s motorized fanthings weren’t always so. In fact, electric fans didn’t even exist until sometime around 1883. Fans made at this time had fully-exposed blades and inner workings. They were expensive and found only in large offices or wealthy homes.

It took roughly ten years before motor enclosures and fan cages came along, not so much as a safety measure for the user but more so for the protection of the fan and its expensive blades. In another ten years they figured out how to make them oscillate back and forth.

Other improvements were made along the way, but the game-changer for the electric fan finally came along in the 1930s. Better materials became available for wrapping wire which allowed for the use of smaller wires which in turn allowed for manufacturing smaller motors. While already in some homes, this benefit brought the fan to every home.

With the onset of air conditioning, the market for fans went way down. Over the years, however, fans have remained because of their ability to adapt. Using cheaper materials like plastic instead of metal as well as introducing different shapes like the box fan for windows and tower fans for optimal air flow.

Everything Summer Camp is happy to offer such innovative shapes and designs for Deluxe Fan and light combo from Texsportpersonal fans like our Funky Flexi-Fan, the Squeeze Breeze Water Misting Fan, the Desktop Fan, and the Deluxe Fan/Light. These fun electric fans are always handy on those hot days at camp!

Thanks for reading, Fan Fans and stay cool.
- John

Embrace Your Geekness Day

Hey, Geeks!

Today is National Embrace Your Geekness Day. In this day and age, we all know that ‘geek’ isn’t the offensive old term that it used to be back in the 80’s—HECK!—it’s just about a compliment at this point, isn’t it? After all, a geek is simply someone who’s typically eccentric and an all-out enthusiast or even as cool as an expert when it comes to a particular subject, hobby, or other activity.

That’s why everyone here at Everything Summer Camp is geekin’ out about one of our latest additions to our very own, Life of Camp clothing line. We were so wowed with what Juliann (our Graphic Artist) came up with the first time around that we wanted to see what she could do with a second run at it.

We now present to you the Camp Geek Tee. Camp Geek T-Shirt from Everything Summer Camp

Accompanying our Camp Along (if you feel like that’s what you wanna do) Tee and our Campiness is the Truth Tee, we’re expecting our new Camp Geek Tee to be a major summer camp hit!

If you’re an absolute GEEK when it comes to summer camp, then this T-shirt is just for you! Let everyone at camp know who and what you are with your very own ‘Camp Geek’ shirt in white, orange, or gold. Say it loud and say it proud: “I’m a Camp Geek!”

Geeky artwork accompanied by a fun font, this shirt is sure to become a camp classic AND, in honor of Embrace Your Geekness Day, it’s on sale right now! Get your Camp Geek Tee for less than ten bucks as opposed to its full price at $14.99. If you’re a real geek when it comes to camp, you’ll want to embrace your geekness and act fast on this sale too; it ends on Tuesday, July 15.

As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!
- John

Tetris, Mario, Donkey Kong – What is your favorite video game?

Hey, Gamers!

Today is National Video Game Day. From Tetris to Mario, Donkey Kong to Madden NFL, the world of video games has exploded with booming popularity and growing possibilities. No matter what your style is, chances are there’s a video game out there that you would enjoy. Even for people who prefer a more active pastime, there are games like Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Sports for interactive and active entertainment.

video-games

So how did video games begin? Well, that’s not so easy to answer. First, you have to define what a video game is or else you might go all the way back to Goldsmith and Mann’s Cathode Ray Tube in 1947. This device used screen overlays as there wasn’t any ‘video’ back then. Other attempts were made at interactive electronic games along the way but the first real video game console was released in 1972.

Ralph Baer’s Magnavox Odyssey, by all technical terms, became the first video game console. So how come you never heard of it? Because it failed in a horrible way since the Odyssey was only compatible with Magnavox television sets and each console could only play ONE GAME!

Baer’s dream of an interactive television set may have flopped, however, it did launch the video game craze that was to follow.

In 1972, Atari Inc. was founded which led to major success in the arcades. Pong, the first arcade game to catch on caught on indeed, becoming a giant hit. Still, the wait lasted until 1977 for Atari to come out with a game console for home entertainment when the Atari 2600 was released. Up until the Atari, home consoles like the Odyssey were only able to play the one game they were programmed to play.

With incomparable sharpness in graphics and heightened possibilities, video games have grown in diversity to establish its own genres. The advancements they’ve made are impressive to say the least—it’s no wonder they’re so celebrated. With an interesting foreseeable future in virtual reality, video games are sure to continue astounding us for quite some time.

Thanks for reading, Game Fans!
- John

Everyone at Everything Summer Camp has at least dabbled in the realm of video games. Read on to see all our favorites…

Mark:
The original Legend of Zelda for Nintendo
After the game came out I was in a race with several friends to see who could finish the game first. I remember my Mom waking up around 5 am on a Saturday morning, finding me playing Zelda and being surprised that I was up so early. What she didn’t know at the time was I had never gone to bed!

Matt:
R.B.I. Baseball (NES)
I grew up playing it. I can even recite all the teams and most of the lineups from each team. From the quirky music to the unbelievable graphics this game will forever be a true classic.

Nate:
Mario Kart
I grew up playing it on SNES with my brother and neighbor; now I play it with my kids on the Wii.

Kristy:
Super Mario World for Super Nintendo.
It is my favorite because growing up my brother and I were allowed to spend Friday nights conquering as many levels as we could while eating our favorite pizza (Fatboy’s Pizza) and other junk food. I still own our Super Nintendo along with the game and will break it out once in a while. I still have to blow in the game and the Super Nintendo to get it to work!

Brian:
My current favorite game is Mario Kart 8.
It’s easy to pick up, and really fun to play with others—online, or by yourself. You can play for five minutes or five hours, so it’s very friendly to people with busy schedules.

John:
Mario 2
This game was originally a Japanese video game called “Doki Doki Panic.” The Mario makers simply placed their characters over the ones in the original game. I beat it for the first time very recently. It is my very favorite game.

Mel:
Wheel of Fortune
They’ve got Pat and Vanna on there just like the show! I also like to play Family Feud on the Wii!

Teresa:
Candy Crush
Like every owner of a smartphone, this game sucks me in every time!

Missy:
(Unable to pick a favorite, Missy offered a slew of her old favorites):
Between the arcade and the Atari, I loved playing Centipede, Asteroids, Space Invaders, Enduro, Pong, Pitfall, and Donkey Kong.

Myron:
My family used to have an Atari and the original Nintendo when they came out. I remember playing Mario—probably the first one. I don’t think I ever made it to the second level, though!

Chelsea:
Call of Duty
Currently, Black Ops 2 is my favorite to play.

Dawn:
Pacman
This is the only video game I’ve ever cared to play. Well, and Mrs. Pacman, of course.

Happy – Belated – Fried Chicken Day!

Hey, Fried Chicken Fans!

Previous Celebrity at Summer Camp, Zac Brown, says in a famous song of his, “You know I like my chicken fried.” I think this line speaks for most folks when it comes to our preference of how to make chicken, after all, there’s a day dedicated to this method of poultry preparation. Yesterday was National Fried Chicken Day.

fried-chicken

There’s something about biting through that crispy outer layer of breading and into a juicy mouthful of chicken that will always leave you wanting more. People have been frying things (like eggs, potatoes, fritters, and, of course, meats) for a very long time—at least as early as the 1st Century, yet some evidence points as far back as 9000 years ago.

Due to a lack of cooking equipment, only some cultures were able to fry foods. Many cultures had no means of extracting oil, nor did they have a vessel that could hold the oil under such extreme heat. In fact, it’s theorized that frying foods was first born along with the invention of pottery. Pottery pieces provided a container for hot oil in which to fry different foods.

As time marched on, technologies advanced frying methods and made resources that had been hard to acquire now easy to obtain. Fried foods quickly grew in popularity across the whole world and fried chicken became a fast favorite (with fried potatoes—French fries—a close second).

There’s typically a level of fear that goes along with preparing fried chicken. It can be messy, unsuccessful, and (dealing with extremely hot oil) potentially dangerous. Still there have always been people throughout time who are unafraid to rise to the task. Harland Sanders was one. But you probably know him better as the Colonel.

To make money in the desperate times of the Great Depression, Colonel Sanders started selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant, located in Corbin, Kentucky. In 1952, Sanders opened the first KFC franchise which would quickly sweep the country, offering an alternative to the already accustomed hamburger.

It’s never too late to celebrate so go grab some fried chicken for yourself today to celebrate National Fried Chicken Day. And thanks for reading.
- John

Brian’s Camp Lib

BrianHey, Camp Fans!

Since our Operations Manager, Brian had a little scare during his summer camp stay way back when, I thought I’d write him an appropriate Camp Lib in which these campers have a little incident.

If you want, you can write down your own words for the blanks too. Just use the following list of requested words and enjoy your own version of Brian’s Camp Lib below. And remember—a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea; a verb is an action word; and an adjective is a word that describes a noun while an adverb is a word that describes a verb.

 

Have Fun!

 

  1. Nonsense Word
  2. Past Tense Verb
  3. Adjective
  4. Boy’s Name
  5. A Musical Instrument
  6. Plural Food Item
  7. Plural Noun
  8. Girl’s Name
  9. Plural Noun
  10. Verb Ending in ‘ing’
  11. Noun
  12. Adjective
  13. Adverb
  14. Same Boy’s Name from #4.
  15. Adjective
  16. Verb
  17. Noun
  18. Verb Ending in ‘ing’
  19. Adjective
  20. Body Part
  21. Adjective
  22. Same Noun from #11.
  23. Same Girl’s Name from #8
  24. Same Body Part from #20
  25. Same Boy’s Name from #4
  26. Same Noun from #17
  27. Same Girl’s Name from #8
  28. Same Noun from #11
  29. Dog Breed
  30. Noun
  31. Same Body Part from #20

 

Here’s the Lib:

On the last day at Camp ­­­­­­­­­Flibberty Jibbit, after the sun farted and it got real rotund outside, we had a camp fire. Our Cabin Leader, Ryan, played his trombone while we all sat around the fire roasting Twinkies.

Everyone was having a fine time until we heard strange monkeys coming from the woods.

“What was that?!” said Kristy. “It sounded like rustling basketballs and heavy dancing! I think it’s a telephone!”

A squishy downpour put the fire out almost quickly, stranding us in the darkness. A panic fell over us all as Cabin Leader Ryan­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  reminded everyone to “keep shiny and to bite.”

I’ve got a chair here in my backpack,” he said. But as he was searching for it, we heard the leaves­­­­­­­­­­ partying­­­­ and itchy­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  breathing again.

Before I knew it, there was this warmth on my buttocks­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  and stinky­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  smell hitting my nose. I grew very nervous that this was the telephone­­­­­­­­­­­­­  that Kristy­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  had spoken of.

The hot air grew until its slobbering tongue licked my buttocks­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  and I shrieked in terror.

Cabin Leader Ryan­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  had found his chair­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  at this point, promptly revealing that Kristy’s­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  telephone­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  was actually a happy Schnauzer­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, wagging its jellyfish­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  and continuing to slobber all over my buttocks­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­.