A Monday even GARFIELD would appreciate!

Hey, Cyber Shoppers!

Since last week, Tuesday, our site has been boasting its bewildering buys and crazy deals in participation of Black Friday sales. But Black Friday deals aren’t over just yet! And there are more deals exclusively starting today in honor of Cyber Monday!

Most of our deals started last week and are still going! Spend $50 this week on our site and you can get the Wenzel Sprout for just $9.99! There are phenomenal deals peppered throughout ALL of our Camping Gear—from Rain Gear to Flashlights and everything in between! Of course, we have our C&N brand Camp Trunks discounted, especially our Pattern Trunks!

Then, you can also get great deals on the Pop Up Soft Trunk and its handy counterpart, the Piggy Back Duffel! But what hasn’t been available all week is our Duffel Bag Discount. As of today, you can score high-quality duffels for a fraction of their original price!
Get the Overnight Duffel for VERY cheap here at ESC!
Originally priced at $39.99, the Overnight Duffel is now available for the extremely low price of $7.99! You won’t find a better deal on a Duffel Bag of this size or quality—PERIOD. The Overnight Duffel Bag gives you the extra storage space you’ll need for your camping travels.

Get our very own, excellent Gear Bag for cheap today!Similar in quality, our very own Duffel—the Everything Summer Camp Gear Bag—is regularly the same price as the Overnight Duffel. Now it’s available for just $9.99. This durable Duffel is perfect for packing bulky items like sleeping bags, blankets, and alike.
Wheeled Duffels are wonderful!
Last, but not least, we have the J World Fairman Wheeled Duffel—an obvious choice already without its discount. Down from $99.99 to $39.99, this Bag is a no-brainer! Get awesome, storage space, rolling on two, silent wheels for this friendly price while it lasts!

Take advantage of all our Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals before they go away for the year! And, as always, thanks for reading, Shoppers!

- John

What did YOU do today?

Hey, Black Friday Fans!

In the last decade or so, Thanksgiving has taken on more traditions than our typical feasts that take all day to prep, the Macy’s Day Parade, and a football game on TV. As Black Friday continues to push stores’ opening hours earlier and earlier, the shopping experience is overlapping with Thanksgiving evening, creating what some refer to as ‘Grey Thursday’.

Lazy Thanksgiving evenings are now designated time to prepare yourself: peruse those Black Friday/Grey Thursday...sales last all week at Everything Summer Camp.ads and map out your route so you’ll be ready to embark on a carefully strategized night of shopping. So what are some of the traditions people have started after the leftovers get put away?

Vice President of Everything Summer Camp, Mark, and his wife, Mandy, love going out on this night to find ridiculous deals and hit up their favorite stores. To keep the tradition, they always start the night with the same store first every year.

Some folks are so into their Black Friday-ing that they skip the customary Thanksgiving meal altogether in order to dedicate all their energy to shopping instead. Many of these people will break from their epic shopping excursions at some point in the night to get a traditional bite to eat. McDonald’s is a popular stop because it’s fast and gets them right back to the shopping!People get into their Black Friday shopping!

Movies are also becoming a popular attraction for Black Friday participants. It’s become a tradition for Keisha, our receptionist, and a group of her friends to partake in a break from the shopping frenzy by taking in a fun flick.

And while some people plan routes to raid all the local stores around their area, others are driving long distances to a mall that has a little more to offer than what local malls will. Famous malls that boast their size, location, and store variety, are like magnets for some folks on Black Friday!

Whatever your Black Friday traditions are feel free to share them with us right here! We hope you have a fun, safe shopping experience. And be sure to take advantage of all the awesome deals you can find on our site from now through to December 1. As always, thanks for reading!

- JohnYou don't have to head out on Black Friday in order to reap amazing deals

Black Friday is more than just one day

Hey, Eager Shoppers!

Are you chompin’ at the bit for some sweet deals this holiday season? As the end of November approaches, so does Black Friday—the world’s BIGGEST shopping day of the year! While the vast majority of stores reserve their Black Friday deals until the day itself or the evening hours of the day before (Thanksgiving Day), OUR Black Friday deals will be running all week long!
See what deals we have waiting for you!We know that lots of people travel for their Thanksgiving traditions and so we wanted to extend our sales from tonight until December 1, giving readers a chance to jump on our deals before Black Friday really strikes. Check out all the CRAZY DEALS we have going on this week and then hop onto our main site and shop like it’s the day after Thanksgiving!


The Spend $50, Wenzel Sprout DealGet this sleeping bag for a steal of a deal!
An excellent selection for your sleeping satisfaction in summer weather—and perfect for overnights when it’s too chilly outdoors—the Wenzel Sprout is a great, versatile sleeping bag at an affordable price. Here’s the deal: if you spend $50 on our site this week, you can get the Wenzel Sprout for $9.99! That’s nearly a literal STEAL! We only have 50 of these Sleeping Bags, though, so spend fast if you want in on this awesome deal!

The Deal on All Our Camping Gear
Obviously, we offer A LOT of camping gear. And it’s ALL ON SALE this week! Find great Sleeping Bags like the Wenzel Sunward as well as awesome rain gear like the Polly Wogg. Check out our Fans including our Funky-Flexi Fan and our Flashlights—featuring the miniMongo. We’ve got quality Camping Equipment like the Light My Fire Lunch Kit and excellent Backpacks like JanSport’s Overexposed masterpiece. Find ridiculous deals scattered across all departments as well as our Water Bottles, Insect Repellent, Sunscreen, and Camp Chairs!

Our Pattern Trunks make perfect holiday gifts!Camp Trunk Discounts
As the home of C&N Footlockers, of course you can find some deals in our Trunk Department! And our Pattern Trunks make perfect presents in the holiday season. Normally priced at $189.99, Pattern Trunks are priced at $129.99 this week!

Soft Trunk and Duffel Discounts
Some camps don’t allow hard trunks. If your kid can’t use a steel trunk, wesell tThe Pop Up Soft Trunk is the best hard trunk alternativehe Pop Up Soft Trunk—which is also on sale. Get the Pop Up Soft Trunk for $30 knocked off the original price ($119.99) and $10 off its convenient counterpart, the Piggy Back Duffel, taking it from $44.99 to $34.99!

We have more deals on Duffel Bags coming up for Cyber Monday, so make sure you come back for more discounts! As, always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Ray and Louie Caught Camp Fever!

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 Ray M. as well as Louie B.! Their 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 Ray had to say about his stay at
You're sure to enjoy your time at Camp Sloane!“The funnest time for me at camp was when I got a black eye from a paddle stick. Not so much the black eye, but the paddle boarding. Because it was so much fun, the black eye at the end was worth it. I didn’t even cry. I paddled in the beautiful lake with my camp so-called friend. No name mentioned. JP and I became best friends at camp. We liked each other because we hung out and laughed a lot. My best friends at camp were JP and William. We were always hanging out together. We saw deer at camp while we were playing Frisbee. That was fun too. I like camp because I did a lot of activities that I usually don’t do. I’m hoping to win the dance-off next year.”

And here’s the entry from Louie B. about the time he spent at Beber Camp.
Beber Camp Rocks!!!!“My time at Beber was fun, it was the best EVER!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved camp. I stayed four weeks because it was super fun. I did the rookie 2 week trial and I was able to stay longer. I loved my hobbies. They were fun. My favorite hobbies were Aqua Park and Recording Studio. Next summer I want to try other hobbies like water skiing and sailing. I love Beber Camp. So much FUN!!!!!!!!!! I am going to go again next year. I loved that my camp was only Jewish. Shabbat was fun. One thing that they should have is Radio Tower, where you get to choose music for the camp radio. The cabins should have a radio speaker for the camp radio. Super Cool!!!!! LOVE BEBER CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite memory from camp was a sneak out to the library to watch a movie. We snuck Gatorade and popcorn for a goodbye party to the campers in my cabin who only stayed for 2 weeks. I can’t wait to see all my new friends next year!”

Ray, I’m glad you didn’t let the black eye spoil your time at camp. Good luck on next year’s dance-off! And, Louie, sounds like you pretty much fell in love with Beber. I’m glad it was such a hit that you stayed an extra two weeks! Way to embrace the summer camp spirit! If anyone else is interested in one of these camps, you can check out Camp Sloane YMCA right here and check out Beber Camp right here! As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Coen Campers

Hey, Campers!

11 million people go to summer camp every year; it’s certainly no surprise to discover the loads upon loads of famous folks who were once summer campers just like you. Celebrities, such as athletes, entrepreneurs, musicians, and actors, have all been spotlighted on our Blog’s ‘Celebrities at Summer Camp’ posts. Film directors are often considered celebrities as well.
This successful duo once had summer camp days.
You know what film directing duo attended summer camp? The Coen Brothers! That’s right! The makers of such popular movies as ‘Fargo’ and ‘O Brother Where Art Thou’ were once campers at Camp Herzl, a Jewish camp that sits on 120 acres in Webster, Wisconsin on the shores of Devil’s Lake. There, the boys spent a number of summers with other campers and staff from all over the country and beyond, learning about community as well as themselves.

The boys had great childhoods, growing up in St. Louis Park, a Minnesotan suburb in Minneapolis. When Ethan’s older brother, Joel, saved up enough money which he was earning from mowing lawns, he bought a Vivitar Super 8 camera for him as his brother to play with. It quickly became their new favorite toy!

They loved recreating movies they’d seen on TV, starring their neighborhood friend, Mark Zimering or “Zeimers” as they called him.

The brothers both attended and graduated from St. Louis Park High School—Joel in 1973 and Ethan in 1976. The two also attended and graduated the same college—Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. However, the seemingly inseparable duo went their separate ways after college.

Joel went off for four years in the undergraduate film program at New York University while Ethan went to Princeton University where he earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy.
After their schooling had come to an end, Joel and Ethan wrote and directed their very first commercial film together in 1984.

Making joint films, the brothers share film credits for editor under the alias ‘Roderick Jaynes’—a made-up name with no real meaning behind it. The Coen brothers have received nominations for twelve Academy Awards together, as well as individual nominations separately. They’ve won Best Original Screenplay as well as Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The Coen brothers have been into filmmaking since their childhood. What are you into? Let summer camp help find that out for you and, as always, thanks for reading.

-  John


Hey, Camp Fans!

The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing here at Everything Summer Camp brought in almost 30 entries! What a great response—which is exactly why we’re 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 features Ella B.’s camp story about her physical and spiritual summer experience at

Camp Arcadia is an awesome place!“Step after step. I pause to wipe the sweat off my brow using the back of my hand. I can hear my heart pounding, feel the blood coursing through my veins. I am so close to the summit, I can feel it. But standing between me and the top of Mt. Canon is a huge, almost perfectly vertical slab of rock, it’s cold and cruel voice mocking me. I take a deep breath and start to scale the boulder in front of me, gasping as my feet suddenly lose their grip and I plummet to the ground. I latch on to a tree on the way down, my white-knuckled hand rapidly losing hold. I use all of my strength to pull myself onto a shelf in the cliff. Once I catch my breath and the immediate threat is gone, I smile, adrenaline running through me like a drug. I scramble back on to the mountain and continue up the path. As soon as I climb to my feet, I see the summit, the sweet resting place I was looking for. I rush over, and collapse. Grinning, I reach into my backpack and grab my water bottle and throw a handful of trail mix into my mouth. The view is worth it. Not a soul in sight, with only the sky and the sweet smell of pine riding across the breeze to keep you company. The clouds lazily drift across the sky like a boat in the sea. I feel so small and so big at the same time. I close my eyes and let all my worries melt away.

‘Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.’ – John Green”

Thanks again for your submission, Ella! It’s great to hear that you had such an active camp stay that provided you with a cool connection to the great outdoors! To anyone else interested in Camp Arcadia, you can check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Fall in love with Falling Creek!

Hey, Camp Fans!

There are so many great camps to talk about—Everything Summer Camp is happy to call your attention to them, one-by-one on our Summer Camp Spotlight posts. Today, our spotlight is on a residential camp for boys in Tuxedo, North Carolina—nestled in a peaceful mountaintop cove since 1969 sits the brother camp of Camp Greystone: Falling Creek Camp.
Fall in love with Falling Creek Camp!Having purchased 545 acres in 1968, a man named Jim Miller opened for Falling Creek Camp’s first season the following summer with 110 boys for a single, seven-week session. The camp has seen a few different owners in its nearly 50 years of existence. However, despite new owners and different faces every summer, Falling Creek is steeped in their traditions and history.

Campers are shown an awesome summer of sports like Archery, Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Lacrosse, Rifelry, Soccer, and Tennis as well as outdoor adventures where you’ll go Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Backpacking, and take Canoe Trips. There’s fun in the water too and, of course, there’s lots of classic camp activities like Arts & Crafts, Pottery, Woodcrafts, and more.

Let me give you the virtual tour of Falling Creek Camp to show you what excellent, accommodating facilities await you for extraordinary summer experiences: First of all, Falling Creek boasts a multi-purpose gym where you can shoot hoops on the basketball court, kick goals for indoor soccer, or watch a performance on the stage!Look around at Falling Creek Camp.Outside, you’ll find five tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, athletic fields, and an archery/riflery range. Climb 50 feet to the top of the Falling Creek Climbing Tower or go for a serious challenge on the 200 ft., granite face at Gilbert’s Rock! They also have a studio for pottery as well as arts and crafts time, along with a blacksmithing and woodworking shop.

And for a comfortable camp stay, Falling Creek provides 39 open-air, screened cabins with electricity and private baths/showers. Boys will be boys, and develop a sense of identity while becoming part of the camp community at Falling Creek Camp. Check out this camp for your kid and, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnHave as much fun as this kid and enjoy a Falling Creek Camp stay!

Sophie Learned Swedish this Summer!

Hey, Camp Fans!

The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing here at Everything Summer Camp has brought in about 30 entries! It was a great response! That’s why we’re 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—so really everyone who submitted was a winner! Today’s post features Sophie M.’s camp entry about her productive and educational summer stay at Sjolunden Swedish Language Village:You can learn to speak Swedish too!“Through Concordia College in Moorhead Minnesota, I have had the privilege to attend their Swedish Immersion Camp in Bemidji, Minnesota for six years. This past year was my first year as a high school credit student, which means I earned high school credit for my language learning. With 180 hours of instruction in Swedish, I passed with an A! After five years of being a two-week camper, I was finally a “big kid”. Sjolunden is always the most special part of my year, but this first year filled with learning, fun, and lifelong friends will always stand out in my mind. This camp is a passion, a love, and my second home. It will always be a part of me and my childhood. This camp means the world to me, and I can’t wait to be a counselor in four years! My friends from all around the world and the counselors from all around the world make it all worth it. I love my summer camp, and can’t wait to go back next year!”

Thanks again for your submission, Sophie! It’s great to hear that you are so driven to learn! I hope you have a great time next year at Sjolunden. To anyone else interested in Sjolunden Swedish Language Village, you can check it out right here. As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Read about reading on Young Readers Day

Hey, Youthful Readers!

I write about a lot of different topics on this Blog, but today I’m talking about YOU! Today is Young Readers Day. The preferred method of relaxing for many people, reading is incredibly healthy and beneficial to your brain! All across the nation, grade school teachers encourage their students to read wherein they’ll find knowledge, success, and happiness.
Dive in to celebrate Young Readers Day
Everyone knows that reading has its benefits. But what exactly are they? How does reading help sharpen our minds? Take a look at these four points about the health that reading provides.

Habitual reading makes you smarter.
Not only does it offer you information and knowledge, but just the act of reading gives your brain the workout it needs to improve the daily functions it carries out every day. Just the same way that lifting weights builds your muscles, reading is like pumping iron for your brain!

Reading fiction increases empathy.
When you allow yourself to get lost in a work of fiction—stories that are not based in reality—you are sharpening your ability to relate to others. In fictional stories, we read about the feelings and problems that “other people” (the characters in the story) are going through. Caring about others transforms you into a more understanding, sensible person.
Who doesn't love relaxing with a good book in their favorite chair?
Reading reduces stress.
Ever wonder why it feels so good to snuggle up with a good book? It’s relaxing, isn’t it? It certainly is. In fact, it’s so relaxing that it can actually drop your stress levels by 68% (according to a study conducted by Sussex University researchers in 2009). Need to step back after a long day? Curb your stress by picking up a book!

Reading a physical book before bed aids sleep.
E-readers and other screen devices are convenient in certain ways, but they don’t help tire your eyes the same way a physical book will. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, looking at a screen before bed actually deprives you of sleep. Habitually reading a real book before bed, however, creates a nightly routine that tells your body to get ready—it’s time to fall asleep soon.

So celebrate Young Readers Day by grabbing a good book and forming a healthy reading habit today. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

New Products Galore!

Hey, Camp Fans!

We’re always finding the best products to bring in from awesome companies like Mint, Wenzel, MpowerD, and many others. We just can’t help ourselves when we see innovative and high-quality products such as these. Check out the slew of products we’ve brought on board since the end of this season’s camp sessions.
Luci Aura lights are perfect for summer camp.
First up, we have the Luci Aura Color Changing Inflatable Solar Lantern from MpowerD. Virtually indestructible and easy-to-pack, this Lantern’s perfect for summer camp. It brightens an area of 150 square feet at 50 Lumens and makes for a great toy! Staying bright for up to six hours, this Lantern charges in eight.

We recently expanded our selection from Lockers 101 with their Magnetic Storage Bin, the Dots, Stars, & Stripes Locker Trio, as well as the My Busy Life Set. Take a closer look at these great products on this Blog post from August.

You can get a closer look at the Wenzel Sprout Youth Sleeping Bag on another previous Blog post as well. Read about its practical year-round uses and affordable price on this Blog post from last month.

Also made recently avThis stylin' laundry bag is great for camp.ailable are the Mint Seersucker Laundry Bag and Toiletry Pouch. Bring hip fashion and style to your dirty camp clothes and toiletries with these cool bags from Mint.

Now you can find the canvas-covered reservoir 16 oz. Water Bottle from Tote+Able! Unlike any other rigid bottle, this 16 oz. canvas ‘Bottle’ rolls up or folds to create ease for storage or backpacking.

From Buckhead Betties, we offer the Hanging Accessory Bag for convenient storage at your camp bunk. We also have the Kids Lounge Pant and Kids Lounge Short—just as cute as they are comfortable—as well as a classy Buckhead Betties Laundry Bag.
These decals are great for camp trunks and so much more!
Lastly, take a look at our selection of ‘Trunk Decorating’ Decals. Having expanded this department with excellent vinyl decals from great brand names like Wall Pops and RoomMates, you can now find creative, reusable Message Board Decals, Dry Erase Decals, Peel & Stick Mirrors, Glitter Decals, Alphabet Letters, and more!

Get ready for next year’s camp season right NOW and shop our awesome new products today! Also, be sure to tune in next Tuesday for a big product announcement that you won’t want to miss! And as always, thanks for reading!

- John