Super Bowl Sunday

Hey, Football Fans!

Over the course of the last 50 years, the Super Bowl has taken the nation by storm! It certainly has become a leviathan of championship sporting events. Baseball may be America’s pastime, but football has quickly become the nation’s most popular sport.The 50th Super Bowl is tonight!

Excited fans have been chomping at the bit in the post-season to see who will face off in this season’s Super Bowl. Now we know the Carolina Panthers are going up against the Denver Broncos today and the excitement is through the roof!

Super Bowl L (or 50 if you don’t know your roman numerals), is bound to be a record-setting televised event! Only seven shows in the history of television have been able to draw in over 100 million viewers: there was the M*A*S*H series finale in 1983 and the other six were all Super Bowls!

Today, the Super Bowl means a packed stadium, extravagant halftime shows, and funnier commercials than you’ve seen all year. But it may surprise you to know that the first Super Bowl was nothing like the Super Bowl that we all know and love today. No, it was VASTLY different…

Empty seats were plentiful, the halftime show was put on by marching bands and flag girls, and the game was broadcast (for the first and only time) by two different networks (CBS and NBC). It’s true! The Super Bowl just wasn’t nearly as big of a deal as it is now.

The original Super Bowl.In fact, the original tapes of the game have been lost forever (recording live broadcasts was quite expensive back then, and so the networks recorded soap operas over their tapes)—that’s how small of a deal the Super Bowl was back in 1967!

With an old recording of the game having resurfaced in a dusty attic in Pennsylvania, the NFL has recently aired it as much of the game as we have (which doesn’t include the halftime show or bits of the third quarter). But it was the very first broadcast of this game in 50 years!

With this recent airing and today being Super Bowl Sunday, the frenzied Super Bowl excitement is more than it’s ever been before! Be sure you enjoy the game tonight and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

From camp to ‘Prison….Break’

Hey, Summer Campers!

The world is certainly crazy about camp! From singer/songwriters to famous athletes and big-name Hollywood stars, it seems EVERYONE goes to camp! Wrongfully convicted inmates and their loyal little brothers are no exception either—at least the actors that play them, anyway! A few years back, I told you about ‘Prison Break’ star Paul Adelstein’s time at North Star Camp. This stud helped his brother escape his wrongful imprisonment on death row in the TV show 'Prison Break'.

Best known for his role as Agent Paul Kellerman in the TV series ‘Prison Break’, Paul isn’t the only star of the show to attend camp. The lead role of Michael Scofield is played by Wentworth Miller who went to Frost Valley, a YMCA camp, located on 5000 acres in the Catskill Mountains, just two-and-a-half hours north of New York City.

Born in England, Wentworth’s parents moved when he was just one year old and raised him in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He had a pretty normal upbringing, attending Midwood High School and later transferring to Quaker Valley Senior High School in Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1990 a straight-A student and moved on to study at Princeton University.

A cartoonist for the school paper and also baritone for the A Capella group called ‘The Princeton Tigertones’, Wentworth’s interests were all over the map. It was during Tigertones’ shows, however, that Wentworth realized he wanted to perform in front of an audience for a living. After graduating from Princeton, he moved to California, seeking out an acting career.

He made his television debut in the cult classic TV show, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and went on to make lots of appearances in shows like ‘ER’, ‘Law and Order’, ‘House’, and—most currently—‘The Flash’. ‘Prison Break’, however, is what really boosted his career. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a leading role for his lead part in the show.

Making his way to the top wasn’t always easy. In his words, it was “a long time…coming and there were a lot of upsets and a lot of failures and roadblocks, but I couldn’t walk away from it. I needed it like I needed air. It was just something I had to do.”

While he hasn’t lost interest in acting, Wentworth has been trying his hand at screenwriting and producing more so these days, writing the horror movie ‘Stoker’, released in 2013. Wentworth is obviously an individual who understands hard work and determination—two qualities that summer camp teaches.

Summer camp did good for Wentworth. What will it do for you? As always, thanks for reading, campers!

- John

Emily thinks camp is Awesome!! So do we.

Hey, Camp Fans!

Having brought in almost 30 entries The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing here at Everything Summer Camp saw a great response, making us eager to publish each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today, I post our last Camp Story from 2015 about Emily Y. and her great time at Camp

Get a load of the fun times at Camp Ton-a-Wandah“2015 TAW 2nd Session

T.A.W. did not open until 8:00 am. I got there at 6:00 am. When I unpacked, I had my lice check, and then we had a camp cookout. My dad was so hungry and he loves cookouts. There were hamburgers and cake with fruit on top. After the cookout my mom and dad left. The camp went to the gym to sign up for the activities. After, I had a swim test. I didn’t pass. Then we went to our cabins for a few hours to play. After that we had dinner and E. P. (Evening Program). In the morning I got up and did the morning routine, Then I Went to breakfast. Then we did cabin cleanup and then we would do three activities. After that we would have lunch. Then we had happy nappy my favorite. Then we did three more activities, then dinner and E. P. and I did that for three weeks. On the day before we left we pack day and night. I left the next day. I cried when I left. Camp is Awesome!!!

God Bless Ton-A-Wandah.”

Thanks for your camp submission, Emily! Sounds like camp meant a lot to you! Camp IS Awesome! Maybe you can pass your swim test next summer! To anyone else interested in Camp Ton-A-Wandah, you can check it out right here. As always, thanks for reading!

- John

The coolest Camp Trunks you’ve ever seen…

Hey, Camp Folks!

Oh boy! It’s time to get excited! ‘Why?’ you ask. Oh, geez! You haven’t heard! You have no idea what’s coming your way! Well, here it is: Everything Summer Camp is proudly introducing our coolest trunks yet—new this year—Designer TruAdventure is on the horizon with this Anchors Aweigh Camp Trunk.nks.

Unafraid of originality, Designer Trunks feature customizable designs sure to grab everyone’s attention! With over 100 options to choose from and more being added all the time, we’re guaranteed to have a design that delivers your wildest desires.

Imagine your camp trunk covered in colorful patterns like Chevron Insignias, Anchors Aweigh, Space Odyssey, Lucky Clover, and SOOO much more!

Constructed the same as our moGood luck is with you when you own our Lucky Clover Trunk!st popular Happy Camper Trunk, we swap out the steel for a durably-laminated and dazzling high-definition print. The high definition print comes off of our giant, wide-format printers and is then laminated for nearly indestructible protection. It’s then applied to the trunk before the hardware goes on.

Like all of our other camp trunks, we cover the interior with DuraWrap Liner which is water-resistant, odor-free, and virtually tear-proof while the bottom of the trunk Chevron it up in cool different zig-zagging colors!is covered with our traditional steel exterior.

Once complete, Designer Trunks are more durable than paint!

You haven’t seen the likes of this trunk before. They certainly look cool on our website, but when your own arrives on your doorstep, these stunning creations are likely to floor you. Cool, colorful, and totally YOU, get your Designer Trunk right here!

Summer camp outfitters like us knoTry this Designer Trunk on for size---the size of the solar system!!w how much our customers love to make their camp trunks into their own creations—works of art. That’s why Everything Summer Camp has conceived of, what are clearly, the coolest camp trunks with spectacular colors and awesome designs.

So get excited! Check out our awesome, new Designer Trunks on our main site and find one to fit your style. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

A very PUZZLE-ing day..

Hey, Puzzle People!

A great way to pass the time on a chilly day in January, people absolutely LOVE their jigsaw puzzles. That’s why today is National Puzzle Day. Originally designed as educational tools, puzzles were first made in the 1760’s by a mapmaker from London, named John Spilsbury. He discovered his invention one day when he placed a map oFun with puzzles is much more than just fun!n a sheet of wood and cut out pieces of the countries.

He immediately recognized the usefulness this could have for means of education.

It didn’t take schools very long to catch on to the genius of teaching children their geography by having them put together puzzles. It wasn’t until sometime in the 1820’s that puzzles left the classroom and developed a new style of market. New cardboard puzzles offered a cheap means of entertainment during the depression and gained great popularity.

But even more than an educational tool for geography or a cheap means of entertainment, puzzles are good for the mind and good for the body—a seriously healthy pastime.

When engaged in a puzzle, our brains fall into certain patterns that increase our concentration, expand our creativity, make us more alert, reduce stress, lower our heart rate, lower our breathing rate, and strengthen our visual acuity as well as our pattern recognition…WOW!

It sounds like doing puzzles is jusThe pieces of the puzzlet as important as exercising!—like jogging for your mind! What better day to pull out a fun, engaging puzzle and put your mind to work on it.

Yes, puzzles are indeed a healthy option for leisure-time activities. Check out jigsaw puzzle retailers like Puzzle Warehouse to find the best in quality and excellent range of puzzle pictures. Find a favorite of your own and order it in celebration of National Puzzle Day.

If you just can’t wait and have to do a puzzle right this minute, visit for some online puzzle-fun! Enjoy doing your puzzles today, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Learn about Tali’s Time at Camp

Hey, Camp Fans!

Having brought in nearly 30 entries The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing here at Everything Summer Camp saw a great response that made us eager to publish each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Tali R., reviewing her favorite camp memories from

Be the wild rose that you are!“These are my best (and most embarrassing) camp memories:

My 10-year-old friend Leora broke into bunk G10 and she didn’t get in any trouble. Her 13-year-old sister was in G10. She looked around and saw a bra chain and thought it was really funny. She didn’t get caught.

On the second to last day of camp I got so much canteen I literally barfed. I bought orange soda, cotton candy, razzles, corn pops, nachos, smart fries and M&M’s. My stomach still hurts thinking about it.

My most embarrassing moment was when I was answering a question in front of the whole camp and I farted. I will never forget that!!

At our overnight camp out, me and my friend Rami were in a tent together and we heard a sound and we thought it was a ghost. But really it was our friend Moo Moo outside the tent making ghost sounds.

I was on the rolling log in the lake and my friend Isabella pushed me off. I had to get out of the water and there was lake water coming out of my mouth.

For color war we had swim races but I had red makeup on my face (GO RED!) and my makeup shmeered all over my face. It made me look all bloody. I will always regret this moment. The good news is that WE WON COLOR WAR!!!!!

We went fishing with nets and I kept catching the same fish over and over. It kept on jumping back into the water. It was so funny.

The camp food was pretty horrible. Good thing I had a package of ramen noodles.

On the camp out we heard lightning and thunder, but it wasn’t really lightning and thunder!!! It was just the counselor’s ring tone on their phone.

Mom’s packages from your website [] helped make camp a lot easier and fun! Until my friend Shelly robbed my silly string!!!! At least I still have my sleeping bag, it sure made me warm in the woods. Thanks!!”

Thanks again for all the memories, Tali (as well as the laughs)! To anyone else interested in Camp Moshava, you can check it out right here. As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Boys will be boys at Camp Becket

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

If your kid has expressed interest in attending summer camp in the coming camp season, visit the Summer Camp Spotlight posts on the Blog to peruse potential camps where you can send your curious kid. I’m shining my spotlight on a great camp for boys in thCheck out a great camp like Becket for yourself.e Berkshires region of western Masachusetts. Check it out:

A YMCA camp for boys, Camp Becket (a.k.a. Camp Becket-in-the-Berkshires) was founded in 1903 by a man named George Hannum. Over a century of fun times and lifelong memories started there on Rudd Pond in Becket, Massachusetts. One of the oldest continually running summer camps in the country, Camp Becket is considered to be one of the best.

There’s a lot going on at Camp Becket. Choose from fun camp activities like Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Archery, Riflery, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking Creative Arts, Photography, Woodshop, Music, Drama, Climbing, High/Low Ropes Course, Nature, Outdoor Living Skills, and a whole lot more!

Campers go to the same three activities on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and alternate with another three activities on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday while Sundays are left open to Village events.
Look at this amazing structure on the Becket camp grounds.
Enjoy the performing arts and music classes in the jewel of Camp Becket—Gibson Hall is a magnificent sight that’s impressed campers since 1917. Campers can enjoy the quieter side of summer camp too in the Camp Becket Library, spending time reading, playing checkers and chess, or taking in a beautiful sunset. Get your meals in the boisterous Paul Dudley White Memorial Dining Hall, pray in the Chapel, and get well-rested in the accommodating cabins.

Boasting five athletic fields, courts for tennis, volleyball, and basketball, Camp Becket has archery ranges, a riflery range, a disk golf course, and so much more.

Camp Becket excels in teaching the younger generation to set their minds on traditional values and providing them with a sense of community and working together. It’s a place where boys spend their summers learning, laughing, and making long-lasting friendships.

Get acquainted with Camp Becket yourself and check it out right here. As always, thanks for reading.

- JohnEveryone makes friends with everyone at Camp Becket.

Summer Camp Style

Hey, Fashion Aficionados!

Fashion is a big deal to a lot of campers. That’s why you can always find a plethora of pretty patterns and cool designs in all of our camping gear, and other camp supplies. Not surprisingly, an extremely famous fashion designer was once a summer camper like all of you. In fact, Ralph Lauren thought camp was so nice, he went there twice (or to two different camps anyway which are both now closed).
This guy likes looking good and helps everyone else look good too!
He attended Camp Massad, located among the magical, “Lauren”tian mountains in Pennsylvania. After a summer stay there, he continued his personal growth at Camp Roosevelt in Monticello, New York in the Catskill Mountains on Lake Sackett. At these places, Ralph took his first steps into a larger and more independent world.

Like his summer camp experiences, Ralph went to two different high schools as well: the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy as well as DeWitt Clinton High School, from which he graduated in 1957. Ralph grew up admiring role models like John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Stewart so it had always been a dream of his to develop the type of persona and reputation that a movie star might have.

His fashion sense was budding early—in his high school days—when he started selling neckties to his classmates and other students. He went on to study business at Baruch College. With only a few business classes under his belt, Ralph started his own business to reprise his production of neckties.

Making minor tweaks to the skinny, plain neckties of the day, Ralph made wide ties that popped with color. His simple, new take on fashion swept Bloomingdale’s and other retailers of the time. In his first year of business, he sold $500,000 in ties! This business eventually grew into the Ralph Lauren Corporation clothing company which is now a globally recognized multi-billion-dollar venture.

Since his wild success, Ralph has noted that in his Clinton High yearbook, he put down ‘millionaire’ as one of his life goals. Last year, his wealth was estimated to be $8 billion, making him the 155th richest person the world over.

Summer camp certainly helped Ralph to see that some risks are healthy to take and, sometimes, will lead to endless success! What will summer camp teach you? As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Greyson and Nathan livin’ it up!

Hey, Camp Folks!

The Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing saw an excellent response with nearly 30 entries! That’s why we’re publishing each and every one right here on the Blog! Today I’ve got two submissions ready to go from Greyson C. as well as Nathan G.! They’re entries are both on the shorter side, but you can tell there wasn’t any shortage of fun at the camps they attended.

Here’s what Greyson had to say about his stay at Rock Eagle 4-H Center:
Have fun times at Rock Eagle 4-H center“I went to camp for the first time this year and had a great time! It was the first time I had left my parents and my mom was sad, but trying not to cry. My dad was sad, too, but not like my mom. He said go have fun and see you in a few days. Once we had my new gear packed on the bus, I decided to hop on, too. I was very excited to be going and be away from my parents for a week! We waited a long time before we got to leave and it was a long drive, but we finally made it. It was awesome! We got to swim, canoe, and hike. I also got to do archery and learned how to really clean up our cabin. It was a competition between tribes and at the end of the week, our tribe won! We were pumped! We stayed up late and got up early so when I finally got back home all I wanted to do was eat and go to bed. Of course, I had to hug my mom first. It was the best week ever!”

And here’s the entry from Nathan about the summer at
Great camps for your camper next summer!“Intro from Jason Sebell, camp director ‘Last night we had a sudden surprise in our closing campfire. A young man from Ithaca, NY tapped me on the shoulder and asked if he could say something to the entire camp. This is what he said’:

‘So this is my first summer here, and when I got here I really didn’t know anyone. I had never even been here for a visit. I wasn’t sure that I would make any friends. Then I met this kid on the bus and we sat together and I knew immediately that we were going to be friends. Once I got to camp I was amazed at how many people were nice to me, and how comfortable I felt to just be me. I get to be me here. This place really surprised me. This was the best 7 weeks of my life. I just want to say thank you to everyone for helping make this my home.’”

Greyson, it’s great to hear that you had such an awesome camp stay! It’s amazing how summer camp makes everything more fun—even cleaning your cabin! And thank you, Nathan, for your touching submission! Summer camp truly is a home away from home! If anyone else is interested in one of these camps, you can check out Rock Eagle 4-H Center right here and check out Camp Kenwood (and Evergreen) right here! As always, thanks for reading!

- John

What’s another word for Thesaurus?

Hey, Lexicon Lovers!

Boast your blooming vocabularies with us today as it’s National Thesaurus Day. What better way to flex your lexis than by referring to the handiest reference book since the Dictionary? Peter Mark Roget published the first modern Thesaurus in 1852, 46 years after Noah Webster came out with his Dictionary.
The handiest reference book since the dictionary.
Peter Roget—as in ‘Roget’s Thesaurus’—was born this day 236 years ago in 1779. His painstaking publication of wordlists categorized by synonyms has proven extremely useful throughout the years. Never having been out of print, it’s still in largely popular use today. I have one sitting on my desk, in fact, as I currently write this Blog post.

Maybe not everyone owns their own Thesaurus, but the folks at felt compelled to share a free thesaurus online as well ( Extremely helpful, visit Dictionary/ to strengthen and assist your own writing!

There’s never just one way to convey a story, an idea, or even just a single sentence. Showing a knack for finding the precise words that perfectly convey your thoughts and stories is what good writing is all about. Using a Thesaurus is a great way to expand your vocabulary and sharpen your writing skills.

Just as Native American tribes all spoke different languages and celebrated different cultures all across the land, summer camps have different names for their amenities and activities. Luckily there are lots of words that have similar meanings all throughout our language. Here’s some fun with synonyms and words associated with summer camp:

GEAR, n.
Lots of people call the stuff that they bring along camping with them their ‘gear’. While they may be more popular in other fields or activities, the following words would work just as well…You could say:
accoutrements, apparatus, equipment, kit, supplies, tackle, and trappings

Summer camps all use their own different names for their campers’ sleeping quarters. You might hear ‘cabin’ or you might here any one of the following terms:
bunks, dorms, huts, lodges, teepees, tents, and yurts

Spending time away from home, away from your parents, is a big step toward becoming a more independent person. You can express the growth promoted by summer camp with any of these words:
autonomy, freedom, individualism, maturity, personal growth, self-betterment, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency

They all have different names (and nicknames that you might have given them), but here are some other words you can use to refer to a friend:
acquaintance, ally, buddy, chum, comrade, companion, boon companion, pal, partner, and playmate

Using synonyms to substitute other words makes writing (and reading) great fun—for instance, you could say:

“My summer camp stay is sure to be fun.

Or you could say:

“My summer camp trip is bound to be a blast!

Or you could say:

“My summer camp excursion is likely to be a rollicking good time!

Next time you’re writing about your camp experiences, whether it’s in a letter home, a personal journal/diary, a submission to Everything Summer Camp, or a school project, use a Thesaurus to boost your vocabulary and turn your words into a masterpiece.

- John


fun, n. amusement, diversion, entertainment, hobby, jollity, recreation, romp, tomfoolery