Will It Help to Attend Camp with a Friend?

How Kids Answer this Perennial Question Might Surprise You

Dr. Chris ThurberLet’s reveal the most surprising fact first: Having a friend from home at camp does nothing to diminish the intensity of homesickness. Although everyone experiences feelings of missing home, only 20% of boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 16 are bothered by these feelings. Surprisingly, having a friend from home attend camp at the same time does not determine whether a child is in the mild or moderate homesickness group.

There are probably several reasons for this. First, if a child is intensely homesick, he or she is likely missing his parents most of all. The friend from home is not an adequate substitute. Fun, yes, but simply not mom or dad.

Second, if a child his having a tough time with the adjustment to summer camp, he or she is likely to be struggling socially. At camp, that boils down to making new friends. Having an established friendship from home may be a temporary comfort, but it’s the rare friend who takes an active role in garnering new connections for a lonely peer.

Third, if a child is struggling to fit in, he or she may not be much fun to play with. Children are most attracted to happy peers, not dour ones. Moreover, it’s a tall order to say to one child, “Your pal is feeling sad and left out. Stop having fun and do what you can to connect him with the rest of the group.” Some mature and astute children can do this kind of social engineering; most can’t.

All of this is simply to say that signing up for camp with a friend from home does nothing to stave off feelings of homesickness and may do little to promote social adjustment. However, for those children whose adjustment to camp is generally smooth, it may be lots of fun to share camp with an established chum. It may also be wonderful to share memories of camp with a local buddy. In sum, a friend from home may be a pleasant addition to a camp experience, but it’s not an antidote to anything.

Finally, when it comes to attending camp with a friend, parents should involve their child in the decision. Like so many other big and small choices, giving children some ownership over the parameters of their experience promotes good adjustment.

Curiously, the number-one thing that children say they love about camp is not the friends or the activities. Those are the number two and number three assets, respectively. What young people say they love most is that at camp they get to be themselves. In part, this means young people get to shed the reputation they have at school and in the neighborhood—maybe even at home, too—and let more of their authentic personality shine.

Sometimes, shedding an old reputation and donning a new personality is hampered by reminders and trappings of home, including the presence of an established friend. For this reason, many young people prefer to attend a camp where no one else from their grade or school is present. Talk with your son or daughter to get a sense of where they stand on the issue. Their answer may surprise you.

Of course, if the staff are doing their job, every child will have some new friends within a few hours of arriving. And if your child’s experience is typical, some of those new friendships will last a lifetime.

Enjoy the summer!

Dr. Christopher Thurber

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New Horse Riding Apparel for Camp

Hey, Camp Fans!

If you’re planning on going horseback riding this summer, then you’ll definitely want to make sure that you have the proper horse riding apparel. On today’s post, I’ll be going over five separate articles of clothing from English Riding Supply specifically designed for horseback riding.

Ovation Euro Tight

Our first item of riding apparel is the EQ Athlete Polo. Made of cotton/spandex jersey, this polo is fashionable, cute, and comfortable. It bears an Athlete print on the left chest and a full horse crest print on the back. You’re sure to remain comfortable while riding in this athletic fabric!

Another great riding top to consider is the EQ Style Polo. Like the EQ Athlete, the EQ Style too is made of cotton/spandex jersey. Unlike the other polo, this one is not printed but embroidered on the left chest and on the back with the Equestrian Style design. Aside from the embroidery, these shirts are two toned with a complimentary-colored collar and bottoms of the sleeves.

And now onto the Euro Tight—it’s made of a mid-weight cotton/spandex blend. Another two-tone garment, the stylish Euro Tight goes well with the EQ Style Pro—no matter what color combination you go with. This tight has star-shaped rivets, a wide smooth-fit waistband, belt loops, and coin pocket OV.

Or you could go with the Horseshoe Jean Breech. Also made of a mid-weight cotton/spandex blend, this breech mimics the classic jean look with contrast stitching and wide a smooth-fit waistband with belt loops. Given embroidered horseshoe designs on both back pockets, the Jean Breech is as close to jeans as you can get in a pair of horse riding pants.

Lastly, I’ll talk about the Elite Half Chaps. These half chaps are made of a lightweight, soft Amara. They bear an embroidered pony design and have stretch panels that are sure to make for a close fit. They have snap closures on the top and bottom along with hidden zippers to help keep dirt out!

Now that you know what to wear, you can finish preparing for some comfortable and stylish horseback riding this summer!




Camp Spotlight: Camp Alleghany

Steeped in Traditions

Camp Alleghany is an all-girls’ overnight summer camp located in the Alleghany Mountains in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Girls 1st through 10th grades spend three weeks at a time on the beautiful and peaceful banks of the Greenbrier River, away from the many distractions of the school year.

Girls having fun at Camp AlleghanyAs the oldest girls’ camp in the Virginias, Alleghany has continually upheld the purposes established by her founders more than 80 years ago.  Camp Alleghany educates young women in the principles of sportsmanship, citizenship, cooperation, consideration for others, the Honor System, and meaningful appreciation of cultural and spiritual traditions. These goals are achieved in a lively, relaxed, and fun setting, allowing the girls to enhance their self-esteem and boost their confidence while growing in maturity and responsibility.

Alleghany’s philosophy is that when young women spend time together in a structured yet fun setting, away from their male friends, school, peer pressure, and academic expectations, they gain confidence and leadership potential. Alleghany offers a chance to experience new activities, to express one’s self, and to broaden one’s abilities without the pressures of our fast-paced society. Living under an honor system and in the safety of the wilderness away from the distractions of modern technology, the girls build new skills, lasting friendships, and solid self-confidence.


Keep it rolling – Moose Wheeled Duffel Bag

Hey, Camp Fans,

We all know what fun summer camp is. And we also know what kind of a hassle it can be to get yourself and all your summer camp gear there and back in one piece. That’s where we come in with the J World Moose Wheeled Duffel BagJWorld-Moose Wheeled Duffel.

You can trust this duffel to make a trip to camp a lot easier on you. It’s got plenty of room inside to fit lots of the gear you’ll need at camp. The Moose has padding inside for absolute safety of all your valuables as well as no shortage of pockets and compartments for easy and organized storage.

It may be a long, bumpy road to your camp, but you can rest assured that all your belongings will be safe inside your J World Moose and look the same as when you first packed it all up and started your journey.

The J World Moose is made with two soft and silent wheels that work great for smoothly traversing a hectic airport where quick turns and pivoting can be necessary amongst the crowds. And the Moose also rolls great on a terrain that is much rougher than that of an airport floor; say, like your unpaved campgrounds!

The bottom of this wheeled duffel bag is ABS molded with inner padding that guarantees the protection of all your valuables inside.

Whether you’re taking your Moose along with you to go on a hike, going to the beach, or simply moving your gear to and from camp, the Moose is made to keep up with your eventful summer. It will deliver all the durability and convenience you could want in a rolling duffel bag.

The Moose has a full-sized, U-shaped, zippered opening for easy packing as well as zippered mesh and a pocket that can hold your shoes or anything you have that’s gotten wet—all of which makes this duffel bag easily accessible and perfect for your summer camp experience.

Let this wheeled Moose keep camp convenient and care-free.




New Horse Riding Helmets – Giddy Up!

Giddy up, Camp Preppers!

As we post about our new products, it’s our hope that you are coming across items and gear that will be of interest to you for your specific summer camping activities.

If you have a deep-seeded appreciation, love, and respect for horses and horseback riding, then you’ll find this particular blog post invaluably beneficial for the coming camp season. Today, I’ll be discussing The Ovation™ Deluxe Schooler Helmet as well as a fun way to dress it up with cool Helmet Zocks!—the best way to cover and decorate your helmet in awesome, bright designs.

The Deluxe Schooler from English Riding Supply is the right helmet for any entry Ovation_schooler_purplelevel rider because of its many, many conveniences. No rider, let alone a lesser experienced one should have to deal with a heavy helmet that fits too tight and makes riding hot, sweaty, and overall uncomfortable.

A rider who is equipped with the Schooler Helmet won’t have to worry about any of this unpleasantness. Because this helmet is ventilated and lightweight, it will wear comfortably and keep your head cool. Then, for even more comfort and added protection, the interior is mesh-padded.

The Schooler also features a removable breakaway visor along with a dial fit system and a leather and nylon adjustable harness so that it not only meets your personal riding preferences, but is sure to meet the specific size of your head. This helmet delivers maximum comfort!

ASTM F1163-04a/SEI Certified, this helmet is more-than-suitable for riding but also good enough to use as a show helmet!

Zocks-Lime with Purple Dots

It’s given a rubberized finish for a very sleek look, but if you really want to ride in your own style, Ovation™ Helmet Zocks are the way to go! Helmet Zocks, socks for your riding helmet, not only cloak your helmet in your preferred design, but also provides your helmet with protection–avoiding scratches or getting marked up in any way.

Arrive at riding camp wearing the Ovation™ Deluxe Schooler Helmet and sporting a great Zocks cover! Are you ready to ride?




Employee Bio: Shirley

Hey, Camp Folks!

At the beginning of the month, we had our first Employee Bio blog post about Kristy, Everything Summer Camp’s Lead Buyer.

The hope with these particular blog posts is for you to get to know us better here at Everything Summer Camp, learn a thing or two about the people who work here, andShirley, production supervisor at Everything Summer Camp have a better understanding of who we are as a company.

Today marks our second Employee Bio post about our Production Supervisor, Shirley. She plays a very vital role in the construction of our camp trunks. As the Supervisor, Shirley coordinates the scheduling for production based on the orders for camp trunks that we get from you.

She also keeps her eye on inventory levels and assigns daily goals for her crew. Together, they get everyone’s camp trunk made, custom to what you ordered and we ship it out to you in plenty of time before summer camp starts!

A camp trunk, a foot locker, locker trunks—it doesn’t really matter what you call them; in any case, Shirley makes them and she’s probably one of the best in the country at doing it. After almost 26 years of building them, we pretty much consider her an expert at this point!

If you’re all brushed-up on your Everything Summer Camp trivia, you may already realize that Shirley has been working here ever since this company first got going—that’s pretty impressive. The length of her employment just goes to show how much she likes her job.

What’s kept her here for so long? “I enjoy the people that I work with and take satisfaction in the products we make,” she says. Having started out as a Production Worker, Shirley’s come to have an exceptional understanding of what durable trunk construction is and how to achieve it on every single one she builds.

So, after reading this post and learning a little about Shirley, aren’t you glad we have her in charge of making your camp trunk?

Until next time, Campers.



This Session Length is Juuuuuuuust Right

What Goldilocks Can Teach Us about How Long to Stay at Camp?

Dr. Chris ThurberGoldilocks did three things right when selecting her preferred chair, porridge and bed: She kept an open mind, she experimented and she was involved in making her own choices. Wise parents adopt the Goldilocks model when deciding on session length. Let’s talk through each of these three factors.

First, you and your child should keep an open mind. Some eight-year-olds are ready for a seven-week stay; some 14-year-olds will struggle with a two-week stay. Generally speaking, younger children and first-year campers begin with shorter session lengths (one or two-weeks) and build up to a month or more. However, there are plenty of exceptions. Ultimately, you’re trying match the camp and session length to your child’s interests, abilities and developmental level, rather than link any parameter of his or her stay to chronological age.

Second, experiment a bit. Arrange for your child to spend a few overnights and long weekends with friends or relatives. Let them get a sense of what they miss. (Everyone misses something.) Talk with them after this practice time away from home about how they coped with their normal pangs of homesickness. Coach them on the best ways to adjust to the separation from home. If they claim to have sailed through the separation with nary a thought of home, they are probably lying but still showing healthy confidence.

(Note: Most parents are committed to preventing severe homesickness. That’s why the American Camp Association created a 25-minute homesickness prevention DVD. The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success is actually a DVD-CD set that lowers the intensity of first-year campers’ homesickness by 50%, on average. Consider making this $10 investment in your child’s happiness. The set is for sale on EverythingSummerCamp.com or by calling (800) 535-2057.)

Third, involve your son or daughter in the decision about how long to stay at camp. Some of the choice will be dictated by family finances, of course. Whatever flexibility is left 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. Said differently, children who feel forced to spend a certain amount of time away from home are more likely to become intensely homesick.

Of course, Goldilocks didn’t get it all right. After all, she broke into someone else’s house without permission, a fact not taken lightly by the three bears. Camp has an entirely different premise. Not only are the chairs, meals and beds perfect for kids of all shapes and sizes, the staff will welcome their presence and work diligently to help them feel part of the family.

Enjoy the summer!

Dr. Christopher Thurber

Look into grabbing 'The Summer Camp Handbook' for yourself right here!


Atlas Twin Blanket from Woolrich

Hey, Camp Enthusiasts!

A couple days ago we discussed the Fawn Grove Throw from Woolrich—the warmth, the weight, the look, and the feel. So today we’re going to take a look at the Woolrich Atlas Twin Blanket, the Fawn Grove Throw’s cousin as an alternative blanket for summer camping.

This post discusses the differences in both of these Woolrich classics so that you can best decide for yourself which one you want to cover up with for a chilly camp night.

Just like the Fawn Grove Throw, the Atlas Twin is more than big enough in which to wrap yourself up or to share with your camp friend while the both of you sit half-blanketed, reading a book or enjoying the warm atmosphere around a fire.

Woolrich Atlas Twin Blanket

The Woolrich Atlas Twin Blanket is nice and comfy and, above all, warm!

Unlike its cousin, on the other hand, the Woolrich Atlas is meant to be a heavier type of blanket. It isn’t going to deliver the same kind of soft, fluffy feeling that the throw will. However, the blanket is much more effective for layering than the throw could ever be.

The Woolrich Atlas Twin is also a larger blanket than the Fawn Grove Throw. Woolrich adds 6” to one end and 10” to the other to make the Atlas 60” wide and 80” long.

Keep in mind that when you buy a Woolrich quality blanket, you’re not just picking one out for camp! The Atlas Twin Blanket is especially long-lasting thanks to its bulkier feel. It’s made of 80% reprocessed wool and 20% nylon.

The Atlas Twin Blanket is a blanket you’ll enjoy for the rest of your entire life!

The color on the Atlas Twin are solid colors and not designs, naturally, the colors on the Atlas are deeper and fuller than the softer approach of the plaid designs that you see on the throw.

Well, that just about covers it, everybody. Hopefully this gave you a clearer idea of what blanket types the two of these are and maybe even which one you’ll want for your camper.





From humble beginnings to global success: Woolrich

Hey, Camp Fans!

Just a few days ago we made a post on this blog about cool and interesting stories from companies with whom we do business. The other day’s blog post was about Kamik—the outdoor footwear and clothing place that got their start in 1932.


Today we’ll be taking a look at a company that got started over a hundred years earlier in 1830 by a man named John Rich who came to the United States from England and built his first woolen mill in Plum Run, Pennsylvania.

It’s funny to speak of Woolrich’s modest start—the company whose name has become globally synonymous with quality—but the company’s first sales came from men at the surrounding lumber camps. Rich would sell them socks, coverlets, and yarn from out of his mule cart.

Pretty humble beginnings.

But in the next fifteen years, he had built a new mill further down the road which still stands today in the little town of Woolrich, Pennsylvania which expanded the company’s products and sales. As people’s lifestyles changed along with the ever-changing world around them, Woolrich never failed to find new means of production and advancements in technology, keeping itself a healthy, thriving company.

Woolrich has witnessed a lot: the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, The Great Depression, both World Wars, the Cold War, the Space Race, and the emergence of the Digital Age—all of which influenced the changes and growth of Woolrich.

From wool bathing suits to hunting coats to vehicle robes and steamer rugs, Woolrich has certainly expanded its trade. They were even contracted by the government in the late thirties to outfit a three-year, Antarctic expedition led by Admiral Byrd.

Along the way, Woolrich has come to perfect their recipe of wool, cotton, and manmade fibers with their excellent clothing and heavenly bedding! Everything Summer Camp is more than happy to be working with a company that has so much history; it’s great to offer blankets from the same company that blanketed soldiers in the Civil War.

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




New! Woolrich Fawn Grove Throw Blanket

Hi, Camp Shoppers!

Moving along through March I’m sure that for many of you, summer camp preparations are starting to dwell heavier and heavier on your mind. There’s so much you need to get before camp starts, so let posts like these help give you a better idea of what you’re getting with our new products.

As hot as the days get at summer camp, the other foot always falls and with it, so does the temperature. Chilly nights and rainy days are inevitable; so, Parents, make sure your kids are prepared with the Fawn Grove Throw from Woolrich.

Woolrich Fawn Grove Throw

This blanket takes the chill out of a chilly night. It is as amazing as they come. You’ll have absolutely no problems staying warm when you cover up with this throw.

The great thing about the Fawn Grove Throw is its weight distribution. It’s the perfect balance between a bulky blanket and a light throw. You’re sure to fall asleep as you fall in love with this single-ply, warm, wool blanket.

Surprisingly lightweight and soft for 100% wool, there is so much to admire about the Fawn Grove Throw:

At 54” wide and 70” long, this blanket is certainly big enough to snuggle up in or use for two to share, covering their legs.

Whether it’s the stitching around the borders of the throw—a subtle and impressive touch—or simply the soft, plaid design, these beautiful blankets will likely hold you spellbound. That’s how you know the quality is real and definitely made in the Woolrich Woolen Mills.

The Fawn Grove Throw is available in a variety of diverse, dreamy colors so make sure you know in which one your camper will want to wrap up.

For a sneak peek of what you’re buying, I’d suggest using the zoom feature on our site. It’ll allow you to get real up close and personal with these throws. I think you’ll be happy to find that even extremely close up, the Fawn Grove Throw is the perfect summer camp blanket.

Dry clean for best care.