Sara Gilbert at Summer Camp

Hey, Camp Fans!

At Everything Summer Camp, we look far and wide to see what famous celebrities happen to also be former summer campers. So far, we’ve posted about 90 celebrities! When we discovered that Sara Gilbert had gone to camp, we knew we wanted to mention her on the Blog! She’s best know for her role as Darlene Conner on the very popular 90’s sitcom from ABC, ‘Rosanne’.Sara Gilbert from Roseanne went to summer camp.

Sara attended Interlochen Center for the Arts which is famous for graduating top students in dance, theater, music, and art. Located in the beautiful northwestern region of lower Michigan, Sara spent her summer days soaking in the summer sun as it beat down on 1,200 acres, nestled between two lakes.

One day when she was six her older sister, Melissa, got a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and she decided that day that she would be an actress. But she had talent all over the board. She developed a great interest in photography alongside her visual art. She was a skilled writer as well.

She landed some appearances in several made-for-TV-movies and she did a commercial for Kool-Aid as a kid. And by the time she was 13, she got the role of Darlene, the middle child in ‘Roseanne’. She became a crucial character in the show and Sara received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her performance. She even wrote one of the stories for an episode in the fourth season of the show.

The production of ‘Roseanne’ was happy to work around the schedule demanded by her education as she simultaneously continued her education, and eventually attending Yale University (from which she graduated in 1997 with honors, majoring in Art with an emphasis on Photography).

Since her days on ‘Roseanne’, she has gone on to make appearances on select episodes of shows like ‘The Simpsons’, ‘24’, ‘Law & Order: SVU’, ‘The Big Bang Theory’, and more. A wonderful actress, Sara had summer camp help show her her own potential. What will summer camp show you? And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

A Couple More Camp Stories

Hey, Camp Folks!

The Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing saw an excellent response with about 30 entries! That’s why we’re publishing each and every one right here on the Blog! Today is our last post to share the submissions we got from last year! We got a handful of entries that were too short to qualify, but it seemed like they had fun, so we thought we’d share their stories on today’s post.

First, is Robin H. who wrote about her time at Camp Longhorn.

What are your summer plans? Each summer for 15 years the camp experience has been mine. I have had the honor of serving as a Camp Nurse in Maine, Missouri, and Texas. My children accompanied me and when they became aware of traditions and annual reunions with cabin mates, we returned to the same camp for their remaining years. Camp Longhorn is a great place for your camp stay.
             One never knows when the common camp experience will surface. Upon entering college, my son wanted to join a certain club. Many of his peers had attended a certain camp and wondered if he was related to their ‘favorite’ Camp Nurse. My son felt this camp connectedness had some part in getting him accepted into this club.
             Things that you remember most are those that happen in your heart. Camp provides treasured experiences that one will carry for a lifetime. My children are grown now…Going to camp connects me with children of all ages… heartfelt joy that is never ending!!!

And here’s the submission from Bob D. about his experience sending his daughter to Geneva Glen Camp:

Geneva Glen Camp is a bit of a legend here. It’s only about an hour outside of the city but once you’re there it feels like you’re worlds away. I love that there’s not just kids from Colorado, but from all over the country and the world!
 Geneva Glen is a great camp.            Katie is always excited about spending weeks away from home: swimming, riding, shooting, hiking and hanging with new and old friends. In fact, she has signed letters to home with ‘Miss You (not really!)’
I have mixed emotions: I love for her to have the experiences but I miss her when she’s gone.
             What I don’t love: I seriously dread hiking up the hills of Geneva Glen with her trunk. Of course it’s big, heavy and has a clever zebra print. But, it’s a no-name trunk, purchased online and the single handle broke the first time I lugged it up the hill.
For camp next year, Katie is getting a trunk, with wheels!

There’s no network like the summer camp network! I’m glad you guys have such positive camp connectedness. If anyone else is interested in one of these camps, you can check out Camp Longhorn right here and check out Geneva Glen Camp right here! As always, thanks for reading!

- John

If “The Shoe” Fits…

Hey, Camp People!

Everything Summer Camp is proud to work closely with 250-some summer camps from all over the country. These excellent summer camps show kids the time of their lives! We love spreading the word about how great these camps really are. That’s why we like to shine our camp spotlight all around, featuring these wonderful camps.

Today, we shine our spotlight not too far from our home here in Wisconsin at Camp Horseshoe!When it comes to summer camp, Camp Horseshoe is the place.Camp Horseshoe’s sits on 140 acres of gorgeous Wisconsin Northwoods. Despite its recent resurrection by Fran and Jordan Shiner almost 15 years ago in 2003, ‘The Shoe’ sits on land that’s seen camping traditions for 75 years prior. It’s a place rich with memories and one of the finest campgrounds in the country.

Campers at Horseshoe find an awesome experience at this all-new, modern campground that offers every athletic, adventure, and waterfront activity you can think of! There’s league sports with floor hockey, tramp ball, football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. The Get into the spirit of "The Shoe".Sandy Beachfront on Lake Snowden offers Sailing, Skiing, Wakeboarding, Canoeing, and Kayaking.

In the evenings, campers might go on an intriguing Treasure Hunt, play an intense game of Capture-the-Flag, try their chances on Casino Night, enjoy socials with local girl’s camps, and so much more!

And have all the fun you wan with their 55 Ft. Climbing Tower, their 300 Ft. Zipline, Golf Facilities with Driving Range, Hitting Cage, and Putting Green, Archery Range, Riflery Range, Mountain Biking Trails, and more. Other facilities include their Fitness Center, Round-Table Dining Hall, and Health Center.

Horseshoe Campers live with eight or nine other campers in each cabin along with two or three cabin leaders. These cabin houses are comfortable and accommodating. They feature smoke detectors, electric outlets, new beds with comfortable mattresses, and a full dresser along with extra shelves for each camper. Each cabin has an pleasant view of the lake.

Escape to Camp Horseshoe this upcoming summer! If ‘The Shoe’ indeed sounds like the camp for you, check it out for your own camp experience right here. Good luck on finding the right summer camp for your family and, as always, thanks for reading!
Kids inevitably have a blast at Camp Horseshoe!

- John

Recreation Dedication

Hey, Campers!

If you live around the same latitudinal line as we do here in the small, northwestern town of Boyd, Wisconsin or higher, then there’s a good chance that you’re developing some cabin fever. It happens to the best of us. This cold, snowy weather insists that you bundle up in order to get some fresh air and exercise.

That’s the best way to beat cabin fever.

The second-best way is to make some recreational fun for yourself indoors. We have games that can be used outside as well as inside. They make great indoor fun and give you entertaining games to focus on. Check out these awesome products from our Camp Games Department.

Roll-up Magnetic Darts
Darts meet hunting on this awesome Magnetic Roll-up Sports Board with Magnetic Darts. Classic Darts or Tophy Hunter, it's all great!One side gives us the classic dart board that you see in recreational rooms and on the other side there’s a fun game called ‘Trophy Hunter’. Instructions are included to provide you with rules to lots of the traditional darts games as well as three variations for playing Trophy Hunter. With an easy magnetized surface, this game set also includes six magnetic darts in two different colors, a mesh travel bag, and a carabineer. Sharpen your hunting skills this summer and pull out a hat trick!

Backpack Table Tennis
Set up this net with adjustable posts on any smooth table top you can find. First player to 11 points wins! Choose who will Let the indoor fun begin!serve to start the game. The ball can bounce on your own side once before going over the net or it can go straight over, but it has to land on your opponent’s side in order to have the potential to make a point. For each volley that is not successfully returned, a point is made. The net should fit most tables that reach 1.75” thick. This set includes two authentic table tennis paddles, three balls, a net, and a mesh travel bag. Game on!

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

- John

Evan V. Sees Somethin’ Scary!

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

The 30 camper submissions we received for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest at Everything summer Camp were a hoot. We’ve gotten such a kick out them, that we’re posting each of the entries right here on the Blog! Besides our seven lucky winners of larger prizes, all other entrants received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Evan V., who wrote in to tell us about his time at Camp Nah Jee Wah. Here’s his submission:

So, Camp was the best time of my life and I made soooooooo many new friends. I will never forget all of the fun activities I did at camp! But, there was one night that made me jump left and right, and that night was… the BEAR! We were all coming back to the division from Shabbat when three people stopped us from going inside. We asked why, but they wouldn’t tell us yet. Our counselors told us to go into the dining hall and we sat there for about 15 minutes when my division head told us that there was a bear in our division! Well, we all freaked out but then matters got slightly worse… we had to go back into the bunks still! So we started walking into our division when a car started honking. Me and a few of my friends sprinted behind one of the bunks to take the shortcut to my bunk. So, when we got to our bunk, I scrambled up the stairs and while I was still on the porch, I looked over my shoulder and saw two beady eyes in the woods! I will never forget the beady eyes of the bear and how frightened I was. Now, whenever I am told to tell a scary story, I tell the story of the Nah Jee Wah bear. But, besides bears and scary stories, Camp was the best time I have ever had in my life!!! Color War made it really awesome. In Color War there were two teams. Gold and green. The campers are separated into the two teams and then are given tasks and events to participate in for team points. I was on the green team and we got so many points I knew we would win. But, then it really got tense when gold team started getting more and more points until I wasn’t so sure about us winning. At the end of Color War, we were about to announce the winning team and… surprisingly, we WON!!!!!!!!!!! I was so happy I had a hard time falling asleep that night. I loved camp, and I think that more people should try it so they can get the experience that I got!

Evan clearly had a blast during his summer camp stay. He obviously loved Camp Nah Jee Wah. You may love it yourself if it’s a good match for you. Look into Camp Nah Jee Wah for yourself right here and as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Burt the Beekeeper

Hey, Camp Fans!

Everything Summer Camp—we’re the home of C&N Footlockers. And while we pride ourselves on the nearly indestructible footlocker trunks we manufacture, right here out of Boyd, Wisconsin, we’re also proud to carry all of the quality products that we do from trusted brand names like Columbia, Woolrich, and Kelty. Another excellent brand you can find on our online shop is Burt’s Bees!
The logo for the company he and his bees started.
Burt’s Bees is the story of a man, Burt, and his bees. It’s about as simple as that. Except for the fact that Burt was no businessman, yet, along with his bees, Burt was creating a high quality product that was meant for the world to enjoy. Instead, he was selling his honey to friends and locals. After all, Burt had no idea how a simple apiarist like himself could reach the masses.

Enter Roxanne Quimby. Burt’s Bees was born when this artist from Maine, met Burt Shavitz who was tending to his beehives. They became fast friends and she was thrilled one day when Burt generously gifted her leftover beeswax from his hives for candle making. She added a few key ingredients and quickly had a sellaBurt's Personal Care Productsble product.

Roxanne’s candles led to a plethora of personal care products such as the infamous Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and the Herbal Insect Repellent, both of which can be found right here. Burt’s Bees took off with wild popularity and success beyond Burt’s wildest dreams!

Featuring kid-safe, quality products that are perfect for skin care at summer camp as well as the one and only, iconic Burt himself who stars as the company logo, grab these kid-friendly and chemical-free products for your camper during their camp stay this summer. For more information on the startup of Burt’s Bees, check out the video below and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Camp Counselor Carey

Hey, Campers!

Did you know that kids have been going to summer camp for more than a hundred years? That means there are literally millions of adults who were once summer campers just like you. Many of them have gone on to become famous folks who we all know and love. I have a great time featuring celebrities who went to summer camp—people like Drew Carey, for example!Whose Line and Price is Right host, as well as star of his own show, Drew Carey!

Drew knew what summer camp was all about, alright. He isn’t actually a former camper as he never attended at an age young enough to be a camper; he did, however, spend a summer as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Y-Noah in Akron, Ohio.

As you may have gleaned from his TV show, he lived in Old Brooklyn, a neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio with his parents and two older brothers. He may have been the youngest, but he grew up fast. He was only eight when his father died of a brain tumor.

With a dabbling interest in music as well as comedy, Drew played the cornet as well as the trumpet in the marching band of James Ford Rhodes High School. After high school, Drew went on to study at Kent State University for some time before enlisting into the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 where he served for six years.

In 1985 Drew was being paid to write jokes for a friend’s radio show in Cleveland. His friend suggested he go to the library to borrow books about how to write jokes. Drew to the suggestion as actual advice and did so.

His understanding of the funny bone led him to win open mic nights and he eventually became Master of Ceremonies at the Cleveland Comedy Club. Drew started performing in comedy clubs all over Cleveland and Los Angeles. After making a name for himself in stand-up, he landed a gig on the Johnny Carson Show. His performance went over so well that Johnny invited him to sit down—a rare invitation for a guest comedian.

He made his first appearance on ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ in 1994 and he had a number of small appearances in television for a year or so after that, but all the while, he was working on something much bigger on the side with his friend Bruce Helford: ‘The Drew Carey Show’.

The show was about a fictionalized version of Drew himself and how he dealt with the stresses of life and work alongside his group of childhood friends. The show was very successful and ran for nine whole seasons, airing a total of 233 episodes.

After that, Drew got involved in the comedy sports arena—hosting the improvisational comedy show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’, which regularly featured funnymen like Colin Mockery, Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles (who costarred in ‘The Drew Carey Show’), and a slew of other guests who would come back often in later episodes.

The show was a tremendous hit and is still in production today, though it isThe Price is Still Right after Bob Barker has left the stage. no longer hosted by Drew. Instead, Drew continued his hosting career on a different show—one you may have heard of before called ‘The Price is Right’…! The honor of carrying this infamous gameshow after the show’s original, legendary host, Bob Barker, is a great one.

Check out YMCA Camp Y-Noah in Akron, Ohio for yourself if you’re interested and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Ava R. is gonna go Far!

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

We’ve been entertained to no end with all the summer camp stories we received from roughly 30 campers for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest that was held at Everything Summer Camp. So we’re posting each of the entries right here on the Blog! After our Camp Chi is a wonderful Wisconsin camp. Check it out for yourself.seven lucky winners of larger prizes, all other entrants received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Ava R., who wrote in to tell us about her time at Camp Chi. She liked Camp Chi a lot:

Camp Chi was amazing. The first thing I did when we got off the bus was have fun. We started with outdoor cooking then moved to horseback riding, then had delicious food and, by then, even though I felt a little homesick, Camp Chi was overcoming my fear of overnight camp with fun. After that we had an evening program which included introducing new campers (me) to songs and games. That night our whole cabin had fun playing games, doing lanyards, and other campy stuff. About twice every night our cabin would do sneak outs, which could be from tidying to coloring socks. At Camp Chi we also had specialities which could range from pottery and horseback riding to waterskiing and ziplining!!! Camp Chi had a specific schedule and it said: FUN FUN FUN!!!!!!! Kids were never sad at camp Chi because every day was something new. We had a pool party and color wars and scavenger hunts and hikes in the river. But whatever the activity was at Camp Chi it was never boring, dull or any other bad thing. It was always adventures, fun, creative, and many more good things. So if I were to give a review to a kid about how good or bad camp Chi is, one being the worst and ten being the best I would rate it: 1,000,000,000,000!!!!!!

Ava rates Camp Chi one trillion on a scale from one to ten. She obviously loved it. You may love it yourself if it’s a good match for you. Look into Camp Chi for yourself right here and as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Adirondack in the Spotlight

Hey, Camp People!

You know that I absolutely love talking about all the excellent summer camps that work with us at Everything Summer Camp. I do it pretty often. Having developed some great relationships with more than 250 summer camps, we like to regularly post about them. Today we’re swinging our spotlight over to the east coast to check out Adirondack Camp.

Adirondack Camp is somewhat concealed in the heavily-forested, ancient land of the 100 years ago, people realized what a cool site they happened upon.Adirondack bedrock that—part peninsula—stretches out into the natural beauty of crystal clear, drinkable waters of Lake George in New York. For about one hundred years, Adirondack Camp has been providing a magical setting and a wonderful sense of community in which campers discover more about themselves then they otherwise would.

You’re sure to haveSo I totem to leave me alone. a blast at Adirondack with all the Land Sports they offer like Archery, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Fencing, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Snorkeling, Fishing, Canoeing, and lots of other fun water activities. Adirondack offers some great wilderness experiences involving camping trips and learning about nature. And there are awesome indoor activities too like the performing arts, creative arts, culinary arts and more.

Campers live with one another according to gender and age and they’re supervised by two to four adult cabin leaders who sleep along with the cThis camp is a peninsula. Pretty awesome being surrounded by water on three sides.ampers in their large, open-air cabins. Both sides of the cabins are lined with double-decker bunks and boast lots of open space for kids to be kids as they hang out or goof around.

Complete with a dining hall, staff house, and a multitude of sites for some of the awesome indoor activities like fencing, cooking, and video art, the Adirondack campgrounds are just the special spot for your camper to take their first steps toward a stage of maturation and independence. Check out Camp Adirondack for yourself right here and, as always thanks for reading!
Lookit where you're going!

- Noonway!

Macy C. Shares Camp Story

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

So happy to hear about your time at camp, we were thrilled to get so many great submissions about campers’ camp experiences. We received about 30 submissions for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest that we held here at Everything Summer CamCamp Ozark is a great camp to check out.p. So we’re enthused to post each of the entries right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners of larger prizes, all other entrants received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Macy C., who wrote in to tell us about how she got ‘got’ by the counselors at Camp Ozark. Here’s her story:

On the last night of camp, we were playing music in our cabin when our top staff came in. A top staff is the head of the cabin. She came in and told us, ‘Campers, your 3 counselors have done something unacceptable on camp grounds. We are going to have to fire 1 of them and you have to choose.’ We were all astonished. Would our counselors do something that bad? Why would they do this to us? Our top staff led us out of the cabin and onto the deck. They took us into the cabin 1 by 1 to take your pick. We would all try to think of what the counselors would of done. We were huddled in a circle crying. One girl said, ‘If this is a prank, I’m going to punch someone!’ I was one of the last people pulled into the cabin. On the cabin floor one of the 3 counselors said to me, ‘I’m sorry we have to do this to you. Do this very quietly. When we say so flip over this paper’ they hand put a paper in front of us, ‘Follow the instructions and then give them back to us.’ We flipped over the paper. It was our cabin award! Every camper gets a cabin award with their name and a quality that the counselors think you showed best. It was all a prank! We were all so happy. Then we laid down on our beds and got to watch the next person get pranked. The next girl screamed when she figured out. She was so mad! We all shushed her because the people outside don’t know yet. When the last girl entered the cabin, she was mad. The counselors told her, ‘The votes are tallied 4, 4, and 3. If you pick the counselor with 3 votes all of us would get bad consequences, but not fired. Choose wisely.’ She said, ‘Are you sure this isn’t a prank?’ This is the girl who said she was going to punch someone if it was fake. We all burst out laughing! None of it really happened! She was so glad, but also angry. It was such a good prank! Afterwards, our counselors gave us candy because they felt bad. This was quite an interesting way to end the last night of camp. That is my camp story.

What an evil trick! It was probably pretty hilarious for your counselors, though! Hope you get a good laugh about it now, Macy! Get a good look at Camp Ozark for yourself if you don’t mind a camp that gets a little pranky from time to time. As always, thanks for reading!

- John