Thank You To All Of Our Veterans

Hey, Readers!

Today is Veterans Day. What are we celebrating when we honor Veterans Day? We’re showing our appreciation of those who have served their country in the armed services. We call those people veterans. Everything Summer Camp extends immense gratitude to those who have fought for our freedom.

Here’s something you might not have known about Veterans Day. This American holiday shares the same date as two other holidays that are recognized in other areas around the world. Those holidays are Armistice Day and Remembrance Day. What’s special about these three holidays? Why do they all share the same date?

November 11 marks the end of World War I (five years shy of a century ago) when a truce was made with Germany. Veterans Day is pretty much the American celebration of Veterans DayArmistice or Remembrance Day. Although, our intentions are to honor all veterans—not just those from the first World War.

The holiday started out as Armistice Day, proclaimed by Woodrow Wilson in 1919. Seven years later, the holiday was made official with appropriate ceremonies and dedicated to world peace. Nearly 20 years after that in 1945, Raymond Weeks, a veteran of World War II, thought to expand the celebration to include all veterans instead of only honoring those from World War I.

Veterans Day can sometimes be confused with Memorial Day. While they ARE similar to each other, Memorial Day restricts who is being honored. It is a day meant to remember those who have fought and died while serving their country. Veterans Day is meant to honor both those who have fallen and the ones who survived.

It’s taken a long time for the holiday to become what it has come to be. So appreciate those around you that you may know who have served in the armed services for your country and wish them a Happy Veterans Day.

 

Sincerely,

John

Art Tells You Why He Likes The Everywhere Camp Chair

Hey there, Camp Fans!

Let me tell you about a great employee and a good man whom I have the pleasure of working with here at Everything Summer Camp. His name is Art. It’s sort of hard to hang a name on Art as far as what you might call his job. He’s been our handyman and the maintenance guy at Everything Summer Camp for the last four years. Ask Art to build you something—anything—and he’ll come back with a piece of equipment that drops your jaw.

So what does a man of his qualities fancy at a summer camp store for kids?

Well, he’s actually a giant fan of the Everywhere Camp Chair from Crazy Creek. With this brilliantly convenient chair, you can feel free to take a seat here, there, and everywhere! Obviously, this chair is great for camp. You can take it on a trail for a snack break or use it by the campfire while you tell ghost stories.everywhere camp chair

Art doesn’t use it much for camping, though. He’s got plenty of other uses for it. “I use my Everywhere Camp Chair at all the sporting events that I go to like Auto Racing, High School Football games, and NFL games,” says Art.

Bring it along wherever; the Everywhere Camp Chair has all the features and convenience of the Original Crazy Creek Chair and it’s considerably less expensive. This chair provides you with thick foam padding, a mesh zippered pocket, and a water bottle holder on the back. There’s also a four-pocket fold down flap that can hold bug spray, sunglasses, binoculars, or whatever else you need it for.

Just fold this chair flat and secure it with its Velcro strap closures and convenient handle. Bring it along and take it everywhere! “It works great!” says Art with a smile.

Till next time, Camp Fans!

 

Sincerely,

John

Check Out The Winning Costumes From Our Contest

Hey, Costumed Creatures!

It’s fun to dress up like something you’re not, isn’t it? Especially when you go around showing your costume off to your neighbors around the block in exchange for some tasty treats! I hope you all scored big while Trick or Treating and gave all your neighbors something to scream about (I know I had a few good scares when I opened my door on Halloween night!)

It wasn’t just Trick or Treaters in my own neighborhood that I saw either. There were lots of great, creative costumes for the Everything Summer Camp SPOOKtacular Halloween Costume Contest as well! It was a great fright—er sight to see so many crafty costumes that you guys dressed in for Halloween!

1st place winner

Submitted by: Alice C.

Everything Summer Camp’s SPOOKtacular Halloween Costume Contest yielded two 1st Place Winners who will each receive a $100 Everything Summer Camp Gift Card as well as two 2nd Place Winners who will each receive a $50 Everything Summer Camp Gift Card. Our winners were randomly chosen.

Our first, first place winner dressed up as the valiant elf, Link from the popular video game–Zelda. She’s ready for battle holding Link’s shield for her protection and his sword as her weapon.

1st place winner

Submitted by: Claire B.

 

 

 

Our other 1st Place Winner, on the other hand, traveled not nearly so far back in time to a decade called the 60’s. In her Hippie costume, she looks like she would fit right in at Woodstock.

 

2nd place winner

Submitted by: Caroline E.

 

 

As for our 2nd Place Winners, first we have a favorite witch, Hermione. Watch what you say while she’s dressed in Hermione’s black robes, scarf, and crooked wand. She may turn you into something unnatural.

2nd place winner

Submitted by: Addison K.

 

And lastly, we have Mr. Jack Sparrow! A convincing Jack Sparrow at that! This costume has the hat, the hair, the eye makeup—everything!

Nice costumes, Kids! And congratulations to all of our winners! Happy Halloween!

 

 

 

Sincerely,

John

It’s Amazing To Think How Long Candy Has Been Around!

Hey there, Sweet Tooths! (Or is it Sweet Teeth?)

Either way, there’s no getting around it. Candy is one tasty side of life! I love it. You love it. Everything Summer Camp loves it. And there’s no better day to celebrate your love for candy than today—National Candy Day!

When we saw that National Candy Day was coming up, everyone here at Everything Summer Camp started talking about our favorite kinds of candy. We all found that our favorites happened to be the old stuff, the stuff you don’t see in the corner convenient store anymore. I’m talking vintage.

Most candy is already pretty old. In fact, the majority of it is actually old enough to be considered “vintage.” See, the rules of how old something has to be in order to be considered a vintage piece are a little blurry. I’d say a fair age for something would be 50 years before you could safely call it vintage. By those rules, any candy that was made before 1954 counts as vintage candy.

That’s A LOT of candy!

M&Ms, for instance, started being manufactured by the Mars company in 1941. And the extremely popular Snickers bar is 11 years older than M&Ms—introduced in 1930. But that’s just the tip of the vintage candy iceberg.tootsie roll

Now don’t get me wrong. Snickers and M&Ms are definitely old candies. I’m just saying there’s other candy that’s REALLY old. One easy example would be the Tootsie Roll, manufactured by the company Tootsie Roll Industries. In 1896, this became the first penny candy (candy that cost only a penny) to be individually wrapped. Tootsie Rolls predate M&Ms by almost 60 years.

But if you think that’s old, get a load of (my personal favorite) Ribbon Candy! This stuff makes M&Ms look brand new! Ribbon Candy is ancient in the candy business. Nearly a hundred years older than M&Ms, this candy was being manufactured as early as 1856—maybe even earlier.

Click here to see what our favorite vintage candy is. What’s your favorite candy and how old do you think it is?

 

Sincerely,

John