Crazy Creek – AirChair™ Plus

Hey, Camp Fans!

You are in for a surprise when you hear about what new product we started carrying at Everything Summer Camp!

Quick question—what’s better than any other chair at summer camp?

Answer: Crazy Creek’s AirChair™ Plus.

Why? Because it’s more than just a chair (hence the Plus). The AirChair™ Plus doubles as a full-length mattress pad when you need to catch some Z’s. Just unzip the shell and pull out the attached pad extension.

Crazy Creek Air Chair Plus

Crazy Creek’s really outdone themselves this time. The AirChair™ is just as portable as their original camp chair but twice as practical! It’s versatile, sit/sleep combo and easy roll-up transportation makes the AirChair™ perfect for camping out. Bring it with you wherever you go, pull it out to sit, and lay it flat at night to catch some comfortable Z’s.

Having a camping mattress can help you get much better sleep when you’re under the stars. It’s made with a rugged 210D coated Ripstop nylon outer shell that will save you from dealing with a wet ground. It also has an inner shell of comfortable 70D coated Ripstop nylon. It’s very durable and virtually unbreakable.

This chair’s got air for cushioning in its dual-chamber air pad so you can adjust the firmness of your seat as you please. You’ll be the most comfortable one sitting around the camp fire and get the best sleep when camping out.

As briefly mentioned above, this chair has very convenient straps attached that allow for you to roll up the entire chair compactly and easily! This chair couldn’t make carrying or transportation much easier on you.

The seat length is 21” by 22” along the back. Pulled out to use as an extended sleeping pad, it’s 20” by 70”. And even though it only weighs 2 lbs., 13 oz.—it can hold 250 lbs.

Who says camping can’t be comfortable? Do yourself a favor and get the Crazy Creek Air Chair for camp.

Sincerely,

John

 

 

CamelBak Hyrdation Packs

Hey, Camp Fans!

It’s obvious from the name of our company that we have everything you’ll need and could ever want while you’re away at summer camp. If you’re sure to hit the trails at camp this summer, then you should check out our Hydra Packs from Camelbak for your hydrating ease!

We now carry the Hydrobak, the women’s Charm, and the Skeeter hydration packs to make staying hydrated extremely easy. Just fill the pack’s reservoir, throw it on your back, and sip through the tube at your leisure—hands free—while you hike the camp trails around you.

They Hydrobak is made with slit mesh and its reservoir will hold a liter-and-a-half. Along with the others, this technologically-advanced pack has all the proper air ventilation that keeps the load feeling light and off your back. These packs provide you with optimum comfort and breathability.

The women’s Charm is the perfect size for campers as well as camp leaders. The Charm’s shoulder straps are cut specifically to fit women of all ages. The straps are also lined with Velvetex lining for added comfort. Durable this women’s-specific pack is made of nylon and mesh with a one and a half liter urethane reservoir. Strap this camelback hydra pack on your back this summer!CamelBak-Skeeter-Pink

With the Camelbak Skeeter, you’ll never be caught thirsty in the great outdoors again! This lightweight, mesh canteen is made for kids, ages 3 to 12. The Skeeter Backpack makes it easy to stay quenched on a hot hike—or a vicious game of Capture-the-Flag!

Camelbak’s kids backpacks also have perfected air ventilation and Quick Link System™ to give you absolute comfort and hydrating handiness.

Get your own camelback backpack to make hot hikes on a scorching day much easier to handle! Who knew staying hydrated could be so easy?

Until next time, Campers.

Sincerely,

John

 

 

 

Employee Bio: Mark

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

Our last Employee Spotlight blog post talked about our Production Supervisor, Shirley who is in charge of our camp trunk manufacturing.

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The thought with these Employee Spotlight blog posts is for you to get to know us better here at Everything Summer Camp, learn something about the people who work here, and to get a better understanding of who we are as a company.

For today’s blog post I stopped in Mark’s office and had a chat with him. Mark is the Vice President of Everything Summer Camp—not to mention a very happy guy now that his latest project (our new Web site) has recently launched.

As Vice President of the company, Mark’s job is to oversee many different aspects of the business with a primary focus on Everything Summer Camp’s Web site and Product Development. His job faces him with new challenges every day.

Knowing Mark, he wouldn’t have it any other way. “I like finding solutions that are innovative in helping campers get ready for camp—or help them while they’re at camp,” he says. He loves that his job brings something new to the table every day.

He’s had the same attitude toward his work for all of the nine years that he’s been here, starting out in Purchasing and moving up to Lead Buyer; Mark has held a variety of positions before becoming the Vice President of the company.

His involvement in Product Development constantly yields improvements in our graphics for trunk decorating, iron on labels, nameplates, and other trunk accessories. He’s always got great ideas from his own time spent at summer camp when he was a kid at no-longer-operating Camp Wowitan.

Mark sometimes summarizes his job as creating other jobs in that he’s always looking for more ways that Everything Summer Camp can branch out and grow. But what he loves best about his job is the people he works with. “It’s fun coming into work,” he says.

That’s all for now, Camp Fans. Until next time.

Sincerely,

John

Is Your Child Ready For Camp?

Hey, Camp Enthusiasts!

Parents, today I’m discussing a very important topic about summer camp: knowing whether your kid is ready for it or not. This can be a little tricky to figure out since there isn’t any exact answer or age I can give you for your camper. Everyone’s different. What I can give you is some pointers to figuring out if your kid is ready or not.

SummerCampHandbook.com thinks that seven is a good age to start, so long as your child feels comfortable with it by that point. Maybe your child is an early bloomer and was ready for it just before turning seven. Maybe your child won’t be ready until middle-school. How do you know?Look into grabbing 'The Summer Camp Handbook' for yourself right here!

Usually it’s best to leave it up to your kid to mention any interest in summer camp. Kids know what’s fun and that camp is cool.

If you think summer camp would be a good idea, yet your kid hasn’t brought it up freely, see if there’s a reason that they aren’t interested. Whether the reason be related to anxieties about making friends at camp or concerns over leaving home, make sure to address your child’s issue and not simply encourage him or her to go. Camp can be your idea, but it’s got to be your kid’s decision.

Try having your kid talk to a friend who’s already been to camp or get permission to visit a camp while in session. Both are very effective methods of easing your child’s mind about a stay at camp.

If you’re concerned about homesickness settling in, a care package is always a great way to lift your kid’s spirit. Also, remember to write! Everything Summer Camp has stationery for kids and stationery for you to make writing letters home and to camp easy and convenient.

You can also get cool and colorful name labels at Everything Summer Camp that were featured in the News recently by Nola Baby. Every camp wants everything to be labeled so that what gets brought to camp returns home. It also helps the camps that provide a laundry service to make sure the right clothing goes to the right camper.

Once your kid has decided to go to summer camp, then you just have to know how long of a stay it should be. Luckily, your kid should have a big say on this one too.

As Chris Thurber recently wrote in his March 13 post on this blog about figuring out how long to stay at camp, it “should be largely up to your child. Ownership over the decision about how many weeks to attend camp goes a long way toward promoting good adjustment to the separation from home.”

That’s all for today. Good luck, Parents. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

New! Columbia Reactor™ 35 Mummy Sleeping Bag

Hey, Camp Fans!

Looking for the right sleeping bag to take with you to summer camp? Then you’re in luck! Today I’m talking about a new sleeping bag we’ve started carrying at Everything Summer Camp: the Reactor™ 35 Mummy from Columbia.Columbia_reactor35_mummy_sleeping bag

This sleeping bag is excellent for taking out on the camp trail because you’ll only be adding an extra two pounds to your load! Imagine the advantage you’ll have just carrying less weight through the duration of a hike that lasts longer than just one day.

Don’t let its light weight fool you, though—the Reactor™ 35 Mummy is built to keep you toasty warm and give you the rest you’ll need for all the following events of the next day brings! How can a sleeping bag be so lightweight and yet, still deliver the warmth you’ll need on cool summer nights?

Well, Columbia uses its own thermal reflective technology along with heat-trapping Thermic MX insulation. Adequate for temperatures as low as 43° F and comfortable in 51°, the Reactor™ 35 Mummy certainly won’t let you down.

For added warmth and comfort, Columbia lines the inside of the Reactor™ sleeping bag with Omni-Heat®; what is Omni-Heat® you ask? It’s thermal reflective lining that’s designed to trap your body heat and recirculate it throughout the night. The lining does a great job at providing breathability too.

The Reactor™ sleeping bag’s shell is made of Omni-Shield®—a 100% nylon, 30D micro Ripstop fabric. It employs an innovative resistance to rain or condensation within the tent to ensure a good night’s sleep for you.

Another great part about the Reactor™ is the stash pocket on the side. It’s a reliable place to keep those things that you would normally keep at your bedside or close by like a container for eyeglasses or contacts, maybe your toothbrush along with a tube of toothpaste.

The Reactor™ can fit a six-foot person. It can also deliver a blissful night of sleep under the stars. Enjoy camping the right way in this Columbia sleeping bag.

Sincerely,

John

 

 

 

Kelty est. 1952

Hey there, Camp Enthusiasts!

Today’s blog post will discuss another one of the great companies whose excellent products we offer here at Everything Summer Camp. The last time we discussed such a business was with Crazy Creek. We learned about the rainy, horrible night that gave Rob Hart the idea for the Crazy Creek Chair and his good friend John who now owns the company.

Kelty Logo

This blog post features one of the coolest brands to buy since 1952! Kelty has established itself as the affordable and reliable place to go for outdoor, camping gear. Whether you’re an experienced camp buff or a nervous novice, Kelty gives everyone the confidence to really experience an involvement in nature and not have to avoid it.

For a few years in the late-forties and early-fifties, a carpenter named Dick Kelty started making packs out of his garage at home. He sold them to his friends and nearly made seven hundred dollars in his first year of business. Dick made each backpack frame by hand and welded them. His wife sewed them.

Business grew rapidly. In 1953, Kelty’s sales tripled. The next year, they doubled. A couple years after that, Dick quit his carpentry business to work on Kelty backpacks full-time.

I guess you could say that Kelty was hot from the start. It wasn’t long after that that, Kelty packs were used exclusively in an expedition for the first American ascent on the West Ridge of Mt. Everest. A couple years after that, Kelty was used again by National Geographic for an expedition in Antarctica! In 1975 they were used for the American ascent of K2.

Over the years Kelty has started offering a wider range of family and camping products like Kelty sleeping bags, kids sleeping bags, clothing, luggage, and child carriers. They’ve also revamped products. In 1974, they introduced their first internal frame backpack.

Today, Kelty continues adding to and improving upon the camping gear they offer. Most recently, in 2013, they introduced the first inflatable tent, the AirPitch™ along with DriDown™, their natural, hydrophobic down that isn’t scared of a little moisture.

Everything Summer Camp is more than happy to be doing business with a company that loves to evolve as much as we do. Thank you, Kelty.

Until next time, Campers!

Sincerely,

John

Kelty’s Revolutionary DriDown Sleeping Bag

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

As you start thinking about summer camp preparations, you’re going to need a good sleeping bag for those chilly summer nights—nights you spend underneath the stars. Make sure you’re equipped with the appropriate camping supplies.

For today’s blog post, I’ll be discussing the key differences between Kelty’s revolutionary DriDown Sleeping Bags as opposed to other Kelty sleeping bags that are insulated with regular down. I’ll start by going into what DriDown is and why it is vastly superior to an untreated, regular down or synthetic down.

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Sleeping bags that are insulated with plain down or—worse—synthetic down are certain to lose the light loft that they once had when you first got ‘em. As moisture slowly seeps inside, it adds up, and over the years, your sleeping bag becomes more or less ineffective at keeping the warmth inside where it belongs.

The worst part about it: there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

Exclusive to Kelty Sleeping Bags, like the IGNITE DriDown 20°, DriDown consists of a natural down insulation which gets treated with a polymer that works on a molecular level. This gives each and every separate plume of each and every downy feather a hydrophobic finish which prevents the down from absorbing moisture.

It’s not invincible to the affects of water—it’s not waterproof—but this down will stand up to water 10 times longer than untreated down. That should give DriDown a good ten more years than any other insulation can endure. It also retains 63% more loft after it’s been exposed to humidity and moisture.

As advertised, DriDown keeps warmer, stays drier, and dries faster—33% faster, in fact! The Kelty Ignite DriDown Sleeping Bag lets internal moisture out and keeps the warmth in. It’s good enough for temperatures that hit dew points.

It’s even environmentally friendly as opposed to sleeping bags made with a synthetic insulation that contains petroleum. DriDown is made with natural down—a renewable natural resource.

Until next time, Readers!

 

Sincerely,

John

Crazy Good Camp Chairs!

Hey, Camp Buddies!

Today’s blog post shines the spotlight on another company whose excellent product we offer. Previously, we took a look at Woolrich, discussing the products they make, their early beginnings, and the company’s longevity.

This blog post features everyone’s favorite camp chair place: Crazy Creek which has been bringing comfort to the outdoors since 1987. A very good year as it was the same one that delivered the birth of Everything Summer Camp!

It all started on a dark and stormy night in Colorado when Rob Hart and his Outward Bound campers found themselves wet, glum, and sitting on fallen logs and tree stumps. Camping is hard enough with weather that agrees, but without that weather, camping wasn’t very comfortable.

Rob knew it didn’t have to be that way, but how? He knew he wanted something better to sit on, but what? You can’t expect to go camping carrying a lawn chair on your back!

But it wasn’t long until the idea came to him, based on an old wooden canoe chair that Rob’s grandfather used to use on camping trips. Rob went straight to work creating many different designs and prototypes until he had come up with a warm, dry, and cushioned seat.crazy-creek-chair-tiedye

This was something he could relax in after a long, hard day of roughin’ it!

After quickly hiring his friend, John Elsberry as his business manager, Crazy Creek saw great success from their product. It became famous the world over. Finally!—a lightweight, portable, camping chair.

John went on to leave Crazy Creek after seeing it to such success and started a business of his own, Business Support Services. Crazy Creek then thrived for nearly a decade.

Sadly, nine years after John left the company, Rob Hart died in a tragic skiing accident. Fortunately for Rob’s family, the strong business he had created continues to support them with the help of Rob’s good friend and old business manager, John.

John and his wife, made arrangements to buy the company and with the help of everyone else at Crazy Creek, they keep up the excellent quality and service that the company started 26 years ago.

Everything Summer Camp is proud to offer these comfy camp chairs that have started such a craze! Thank you, Crazy Creek!

 

Sincerely,

John

Your child’s first sleeping bag?

Hey there, Camp Preppers!

As we move down the line of new products that we’ve recently started carrying, it’s our hope that these posts are helping you to make a more educated decision on the gear that you’re purchasing as you move down your camper’s packing list.

You’ll find this post especially helpful if you’ve got a rookie camper in need of a fun sleeping bag in a youth size. Today, we’ll be discussing the Wenzel Moose Sleeping Bag and how it just might be right for your first-timer this camp season.

I remember my first sleeping bag; I probably always will—because those are the kinds of things from our childhoods that stick with us in life.

Make the Wenzel Moose your child’s first sleeping bag. This bag will certainly be memorable for your kids and prove to keep them warm and comfortable during their camp stay as well. When it packs 2.5 lbs. of Insulated thermal fill, how could it not?

Youth sized at 26” x 66” this bag will be a big enough cocoon for your little camper to curl up within and catch all the sleep necessary for the following, adventurous day.  And the Wenzel Moose is warm enough for temperatures as low as 40°, so you know it will be sufficient for your kid this summer.

The bag weighs a total of 3 lbs. and 4 oz. so your little first-timer won’t have any problems moving the bag from the bunk to a tent or anywhere else.

Made with quality, Quilt-through construction, this kid’s sleeping bag is sure to last well-through camp and can be useful after summer camp is over whether it be on a family trip or in a friend’s backyard.

This bag can be completely unzipped to be used as a blanket and comes with a multi-use stuff sack. The bag displays a cute, simple moose print that your kid will fall in love with and remember fondly long after camp is over.

 

Sincerely,

John

From Summer Camp to Spider-Man

Hey, Blog Readers!

Just like all of you, everyone here at Everything Summer Camp has their own favorites of musicians, movie stars, and other celebrities among the many in the modern day biz. And just like all of you, all of the celebrities we feature on our Summer Camp Celebrity blog posts at some point went to summer camp.Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain and check out the great and powerful...Franco.

Today’s post will be the third summer camp celebrity blog post we’ve published. The last summer camp celebrity that we talked about was the spritely actress/musician Zooey Deschanel; and before her post, we talked about the delightful Anne Hathaway.

Today we’re talking about the one, the only, the magnificent, James Franco who attended a four-week summer program for gifted high-schoolers at Innerspark: California State Summer School for the Arts. This summer program studies the art of Theater, along with Animation, Dance, Film, Music, Visual Arts, and—my own, personal favorite—Creative Writing.

James continued to pursue his passion after his summer camp experience and spent 15 months training to be an actor. He then plugged away in Los Angeles, auditioning for parts and yielding minimal results for two years before landing work on the cult classic television series Freaks and Geek in 1999. james_franco

Two years after Freaks and Geeks which only lasted one season, James was cast to play James Dean in a biographical, made-for-TV movie. For this part, Franco really studied James Dean. He took the role so seriously the he learned to ride a motorcycle, and learned to play the guitar as well as the bongos just to better understand his character. It’s no surprise he won a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal.

With many other films along the way, James landed himself the part of Harry Osborn, the child of the evil Green Goblin in the superhero movie, Spider-Man. He then continued the role in the following, extremely (and increasingly) successful sequels in 2004 and again in 2007.

Mr. Franco continues to remain busy with his work as he is currently starring as the wizard in the Disney prequel, Oz: The Great and Powerful.

A good start in summer camp, patience, and determination is all it took for James Franco. What will it take for you?

 

Sincerely,

John