Rico stays a surprise week!

Hey, Camp Fans!

The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing here at Everything Summer Camp was a success! With an awesome response of nearly 30 entries, we’re happy 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 includes Rico L.’s camp story about his summer days at an n2 Overnight Camp:

“I am an only child so going away to camp was hard for me, especially not knowing anyone. My mom didn’t want me to worry about camp. She just told me it would go by quick and that I would make lots of friends. Well, originally, my mom told me 2 weeks which was fine at first. BUT when I got to camp and they told me “Well, this is going to be the best 3 fun-filled weeks,” I started to tear up!..my mom had signed me up for 3 weeks and didn’t know it. I was sad the first week, because I didn’t think I belonged or fit in. But it was my counselor and my camp mates that made me feel better. The first week was my birthday, I thought then I could have escaped and get to go home, to celebrate my birthday. Nope!! But I was happy that I got to talk with my parents on the phone. The best part was when the counselors woke me up at 1:00 am to celebrate my birthday, which made me feel even better. After this I knew I wanted to stay! We had cake and CANDY!! 12:00am birthday cake is always the best!YES SUGAR! My counselor and friends made me feel special. The best part about camp is the FREEDOM. We got to choose what we wanted to do each day. I like playing Rico shoots hoops with his camp friendsbasketball, which I played a lot with my friends. I actually had fun at camp, I am looking forward to next year and told my mom to sign me up for 4 weeks this time!”

Thanks again for your submission, Rico! Glad to hear that you stuck it out despite the surprise extra week you had. Though I was unable to find which specific camp Rico attended, it sounds like n2 overnight was great for him! And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

What KIND of day?

Hello, Good Folks out there!

Kindness is a pretty big deal. Everyone appreciates it, it spreads its goodness everywhere it goes, and it benefits the doer of the kind deed as well as the deed’s recipient by delivering a well-deserved feeling of self-satisfaction. It’s no wonder that there are so many days on the calendar for the celebration of kindness.
You're all so NICE!!!Not only is today ‘Do Something Nice Day’, but there are four other days on the matter—three of which we’ve posted about on this Blog! January 24 is ‘Compliment Day’, a great day to spread your natural sunshine by saying something nice about someone. February 17 is ‘Random Acts of Kindness Day’ in which you do something nice for someone. There’s also ‘Make Someone’s Day Day’ on October 29 and ‘World Kindness Day’ just a couple weeks later on November 13.

For the Blog post I wrote on World Kindness Day, I put together a list of good deeds people Everyone can be super nice!can do for one another. For the ‘Make Someone’s Day Day’, I discussed altruism and how a selfless act can actually benefit not just the recipient, but you as well (as the doer of the good deed).

To touch on another, somewhat self-serving benefit of kindness for today’s post, treating others with kindness will typically return to you. It’s true! You can call it Karma if you like, but really it only makes sense to think that if you treat someone kindly, they’ll respond with kindness—treat everyone kindly and you’ll receive nothing but kindness back!

What goes around certainly does come around, so make today of all days, a kind day and see what you get back in return! It’s a great incentive to doing something nice! Happy ‘Do Something Nice Day’ and, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnDo unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Jive Clive Davis

Hey, Campers!

Over 11 million people attend summer camp every year; it comes as no surprise to discover that tons of famous folks went to summer camp, just like you. From actorsBig-time music executive, learn how Clive got into jive to athletes as well as artists and business executives like musicians and record producers, a plethora of familiar, famous names were once summer campers like yourself.

Clive Davis—a record producer and executive in the music industry—was affiliated with summer camp. Having lost both his parents as a teenager, Clive learned from a young age that he had to work hard in order to take care of himself. He worked at Camp Equinunk as a waiter for two summers while making his way through law school.

Equinunk sits alongside its sister camp, Blue Ridge, on more than 400 acres of fields and woodsy trails as well as a 75-acre private, spring fed lake in Pennsylvania—just a few hours outside the New York and Philadelphia area.

He’s been called the Man with Golden Ears: Clive has won five Grammy Awards and has been inducted (as a non-performer) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s worked with everyone including a wide range like Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to artists of more modern times like Whitney Houston and Kelly Clarkson.

But before he ever dreamed of reaching such wild success in the music industry, Clive was a lawyer. He landed a job at Columbia Records and, over time, made his way up to president. After signing major successes, he went on to found Arista Records in which he was president and after that, he founded J Records. He is currently still a major player in the careers of popular artists today such as Aretha Franklin, Leona Lewis, and Jennifer Hudson.

Clive Davis discovered the successful results of hard work and determination. What wild successes will your hard work result in? As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Grace and Samantha on camp

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 campers’ submissions comin’ atcha. Read about the great time Grace K. had at Camp Lurecrest:
Lurecrest creates awesome changes“Hi! I’m Grace and I am 10 years old. I went to summer camp for the first time this summer. It was called Camp Lurecrest and I had so much fun. They picked us up on a big bus to drive us to camp. I had 4 friends in my cabin and met lots of new friends too. My favorite activities were tubing in the lake and zip lining and worship time. It was like a big sleepover for a week. The food was yummy too. I was worried I would not like it. They have a dessert called cookie mush- it was my favorite!! The counselors were so nice and funny. We did devotional every day together! I can’t wait to go again next summer.”

And here’s the entry from Samantha G. who had a wonderful time at Camp Eisner:Learn awesome things at Camp Eisner.“This was my first summer away at sleep away camp. I loved it. One of my counselors was named Ofek and was from Israel. She was doing a tick check on me one day and she told me to lift one arm, then the other, then she said, ‘let me see your poopick’. I laughed and said ‘what’. She said bellybutton, turns out poopick is Hebrew for bellybutton. At camp I tried lots of new things such as self-defense and lots of new foods like Israeli couscous. We went on trips to amusement parks and I loved making lots of new friends. My Olim buddy, Maddie, was awesome. She was so nice and took such good care of me. Now I have a new ‘big sister’ I cannot wait until next summer when I can go back the ‘bubble’ for more fun!”

Thanks for these submissions, ladies! It’s really great to hear that you two had such great summer camp experiences. To anyone else who may be interested in Camp Lurecrest or Camp Eisner, check them out for yourself. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Camp Netimus for your camper!

Hey, Happy Campers!

Everybody loves talking about themselves—and we’re certainly no exception here at Everything Summer Camp! I could go on forever about the great camping gear that we sell here, our solid customer service, or our awesome team. Instead, I’ll talk about a deserving summer camp. Today we’re shining the Everything Summer Camp spotlight on the beautiful Camp Netimus for girls.
Camp Netimus welcomes you.Situated in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Camp Netimus is the home for 7-16-year-old girls from all over the country (or even the world) as well as over 80 staff members every summer. Showing the young generation of women a fun summer since 1930, Netimus offers an unforgettable experience!

The philosophy of the directors at Camp Netimus is that their campers get real value just by letting them have fun. So they have a lot of it there. How could they not? They offer all the traditional sports like volleyball, basketball, softball, archery, and more. They have all the water activities you could want, along with outdoor adventurous trips, horseback riding, rock climbing, and more. And they have an excellent performing arts as well as arts and crafts programs.

Founded by the Moore family in Philadelphia, Camp Netimus was named after a Native Chief from Delaware in the 18 Century. Its opening summer, 85 years ago, saw just 16 campers and a small fraction of the facilities that can be found there today.

Today, you’ll find enough facilities to accommodate 145 campers, but Netimus is about so much more than their comfortable cabins and other campus buildings. AlwaCheck this colorful map from Netimusys succeeding in showing their campers a fun time, Netimus girls gain a world more than just a good time. They discover their individuality as well as their part in a community.

Check out Camp Netimus for your daughter so she can have the same experience. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

What’s in a Native American Name?

Hey, Camp Fans!

Today is the fourth Friday of September: Native American Day—the day we set aside in honor of the Natives of this country, the original American settlers. With a long past to their culture and peoples, it’s important to understand their history. Summer camps all over the country embrace Native American history and culture by adopting Native names.

Commonly referred to as American Indians due to a mistake made by Christopher Totem poles are a native american tradition.Columbus (having thought himself to be in India when he met them), Native Americans have a plethora of names from which to borrow. Why is that?

Because: the Native Americans were spread out across the entire North and South American continents; to say, ‘The Natives’ spans a vast number of similar people who all had different languages, customs, and beliefs among themselves. The Natives lived in small, spread-out ‘neighborhoods’ that were more like separate nations. A slew of tribes and varieties among them spawned many different names.

At Keystone Camp, you’re an Apache, Cherokee, Shawnee, or Seminole. Camp Ton-A-Wandah (which means ‘by the fall of water’) splits its campers into three tribes: the Cherokee, Navajo, and Mohawk tribes. Camp Netimus itself is named after an 18 century Indian chief of Delaware.

So why do summer camps use so many Native names? It’s a tribute and a desire to emulate the Native Americans. After all, they were the first campers! They camped before camping even existed! Back then it was just how they lived, roughin’ it and living off the land—all day, every day.

It just goes to show that even though everyone lives in houses now, it’s still a vital and deeply essential skill to be able to survive off the land. To Natives all across the land, Everything Summer Camp and summer camps across the country honor you today. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Parker takes a chance on camp!

Hey, Camp Fans!

The Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing saw an excellent response with nearly 30 entries, so we’re happily publishing each and every 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 includes Parker P.’s camp story about his summer days at Camp Ridgecrest:
Get your camp on at Camp Ridgecrest for boys and girls.“When I was four, my mom read me a story called The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp. I was fascinated with the idea of going to camp and began asking when I could go. She was surprised that as such a young child I would express an interest in camp, but I loved the idea of the outdoors, the adventure, and the excitement. Over the next couple of years, my mom became aware of Camp Ridgecrest for Boys and as soon as I entered first grade, she registered me to attend the next summer. I didn’t know anyone. She didn’t know anyone whose child had been. She drove me to camp. Helped me set up my bed and trunk area, and headed to her car to depart. I was a little overwhelmed and so was she. Neither of us anticipated how hard it would be to separate that first summer, but I am so glad that she trusted the plan and the camp staff. All throughout the week, she watched online for pictures of me. I don’t really like to be in pictures, so she was worried that I wasn’t having fun. When she picked me up and we got back in the car, she asked me about the experience. I said that I was glad I went. I was glad she was back to pick me up and go home. I was looking forward to coming back the next year for two weeks, and I asked if I could go for four weeks when I was older. I had immediately fallen in love with camp. Now after seven years at camp, I continue to look forward to camp as it’s the highlight of my summer. I hope to one day be a Little Chief (a camp honor) and then continue as a counselor after I am too old to be a camper.”

Thanks again for your submission, Parker! It’s great to hear that you and your mother put your trust into summer camp and that it ended up being such an enjoyable time for you! To anyone else who may be interested in Camp Ridgecrest, you can check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

So…what if I didn’t like camp?

Hey, Unhappy Campers.

Did the summer camp season leave you disappointed and unimpressed? All the good things everyone had to say about camp and everything you read about it (including posts on THIS Blog) led you to believe that your kid’s summer camp experience would be nothing short of amazing. What went wrong? bad camping experiences don't mean you must hate camp.While this certainly isn’t the norm, it’s not unheard of for children to have an unpleasant summer camp experience. However, I cannot stress this next point enough—just because your kid didn’t like their summer camp, doesn’t mean that they don’t like SUMMER CAMP.

If you didn’t pick the right camp for your kid, there’s still hope to find a different one that your kid will enjoy next year. Finding a dud camp stinks for that summer visit, but in the long run, it’s a bad taste in your mouth that goes away petty quick.

Even the summer camp experts who wrote the literal book on camp, ‘The Summer Camp Handbook’, didn’t fall in love with the summer camp experience at first sight. Both of their initial camp stays were chaotic and ungainful. But it wasn’t enough to deter them from pursuing better camps that offered a little more organization and fun. Now they can’t get enough of summer camp!

Tune into thiRead up on Everything Summer Camp's first published book, the second editon of 'The Summer Camp Handbook's Blog next month (October 12) to read a post contributed to us by one of the authors of ‘The Summer Camp Handbook’, Dr. Chris Thurber. Chris will take the reins on this topic and give you great advice for giving your kids a healthy, unforceful push back into the summer camp direction despite their recent disenchantment.

So, if your kid didn’t enjoy their time at summer camp this season, don’t despair—just come back to the Everything Summer Camp Blog for excellent advice on the subject. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Gwyneth Paltrow was once a summer camper…

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

You know at this point that there are a LOT of summer camp fans out there. That includes kids, teenagers, and even grown-ups. Lots of grown-ups today were once summer campers like yourself. Some of them went on to become famous Gwyneth Paltrow, former summer camper.people. There are musicians, athletes, actors and actresses, and all kinds of celebrities who were once summer campers!

Gwyneth Paltrow was a summer camper back when she was little. She went to Brown Ledge Camp in Vermont. On the banks of Lake Champlain a little ways away from Burlington, Brown Ledge Camp is a residential, overnight girls’ camp.

Though she was born in Los Angeles, California, she enrolled in a private school for girls in New York City. During her enrollment at Spence School is when she had the opportunity to go to camp and it certainly was a positive influence that affected her throughout her life.

She spent some time in Spain as an exchange student around the age of 15. She learned to speak Spanish and stayed with the Lazaro-Ruiz family in a town near Toledo. She’s returned a number of times out of her love of the country and the people she knows there. Julia Ruiz is quoted in an article for the online journal, El Mundo, “She was very warm from the first day, and ever since, we have maintained a good relationship.”

She went on to attend the University of California where she studied in anthropology. Once acting took hold, however, she became fully vested in pursuing a career with it. She hit it hard when she was just 19 in a movie called ‘Hook’—the story of Peter Pan, all grown up. Since then, she’s been in dozens of blockbuster hits including all three ‘Iron Man’ movies.

She also attended the same camp of young, Arden Hauck, whose camp story I posted last week, Friday. Check it out right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

No-electronics Alanna

Hey, Camp Fans!

In the middle of July, I asked you guys to share your camp stories. We got a great response with nearly 30 entries so we’re happily publishing each and every submission right here on the Blog! Everyone who submitted got $15 gift certificates and seven lucky winners got larger prizes of $25, $50, and the grand prize of $100. Today I’m announcing our Grand Prize Winner! Drumroll, please……….

Alanna G.! Congratulations! You’re our first place winner! Alanna spent her summer at Beber Camp where she made great friends and got in touch with herself, leaving her phone, tablet, and other electronics behind. Check out what she had to say about camp in this honest entry from Alanna:
Alanna loved Beber, how 'bout you?“‘The journey of 1000 smiles starts with 72 steps.’ I have attended B’nai B’rith Beber Camp for 5 years. There is no place I’d rather be. You make so many friends, new and old! The friends you make aren’t just with campers. You develop bonds with the staff. They come from near and far with so many different and unique talents.

Phones are a HUGE part of teenagers’ lives today. However, at Beber, there is a ‘no screen’ policy. So, there are no phones. From personal experience, it is so amazing to be without my phone and learn to appreciate the people that I don’t get to see every day. It also helps me define who I am as a person. I have learned so many new things about myself and others.

The traditions at camp are so amazing and special. No matter if we are all at flagpole chanting ‘Tucked Away’, or if we are singing our hearts out at a Friday night song session it is always fun and memorable!

Lastly, my favorite time at camp is havdalah. The whole camp gathers together in the amphitheater and every cabin shares something special about their week and then we conclude with havdalah, the lighting of the candle and the end of the Sabbath.

But… there is more than just that. It’s the community coming together! Everyone cares for each other at camp and it is really special to say that I go to Beber Camp!

In conclusion, there is no place better than B’nai B’rith Beber Camp. People work so hard to make sure we are having fun, and they do an AMAZING job!!

(love, health, and happiness)”

Thanks again for your submission, Alanna. We’re happy to hear that your summer was such a success! For anyone else interested in Camp Beber, you can check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John