Take Time To Enjoy Your Friends Today

Hey, Friends!

Do you have any idea how important you are?—each and every one of you. How can you say that through a Blog post? you might ask. We’ve never even met! But I assure you, if you are reading this Blog, then, whether we’ve met before or not, you are certainly a friend of mine. And friends are incredibly important!

Friends are a lot of things. Sometimes they’re plentiful, sometimes they’re hard to come by. Sometimes they’re the best and sometimes they’re not. But most of all, your friends make a friend dayare the people who accept you for who you are and enjoy your company.

Today is Make a Friend Day (though, in my opinion, it should just be called Friendship Day). Make a Friend Day is all about appreciating the people you consider to be your friends. Whether it’s your best friend since the first grade or somebody friendly that you met today, friends are important to have in your life.

All too often we’re stuck living the busy side of life that demands that we work, work, work!!! But when you finally get a break, you’re definitely going to want to bend somebody’s ear. And not just somebody, but somebody who’ll listen and care about what you have to say. Somebody you can call a friend.

When you are blessed with the gift of friends, you don’t need anything else because your friends are there to help you out.

It’s just as that good-hearted angel, Clarence Odbody from It’s a Wonderful Life says, “Every time a bell ri—” wait a minute! …That’s not the right quote. *AHEM* “No man is a failure who has friends.”

So, with those very true words, go celebrate your friends today and let them know what they mean to you!

 

Sincerely,

John

Celebrate Boy Scout Day

Hey, Scouts!

If you’re a Boy Scout or you have a kid who’s in Boy Scouts, then you more-than-likely already know that today is Boy Scout Day. Nowadays, simply the name ‘Boy Scouts’ has boy scouts of americabecome synonymous with resourcefulness, independence, and helpfulness.

Do you know what the definition of a Good Samaritan is? An adult who was in Boy Scouts when he was younger (that’s one definition anyway).

They must be doing something right to have achieved such a fantastic reputation! Boy Scouts have become one of America’s largest and most well-known organizations that focuses on the development of our youth. So how did the Boy Scouts get to be revered with such recognition and praise?

Well according to legend, it all started one foggy night in London when a newspaper man from America named W.D. Boyce found himself lost in the misty streets of the foreign town. Just as Mr. Boyce grew worrisome, he happened upon a young boy who was able to guide him back to his destination.

Wishing to repay the kid, Boyce offered the boy some money, but the child declined the offer. He identified himself as a Boy Scout and explained that he was only doing his duty; therefore no payment was necessary.

Struck by this amazing random act of kindness, Boyce felt compelled to contact the head of the Boy Scout Association, a General Robert Baden-Powell. Boyce was not only a newspaper man, but something of an entrepreneur as well; when he returned to America, he founded the Boy Scouts of America.

And so, using the British Boy Scout Association as a model, Boyce established the Boy Scouts of America in 1910—only two years after Baden-Powell founded his Boy Scout Association. Boy Scouts should be celebrated because of the good it does in helping to shape the future.

Happy Boy Scout Day, from Everything Summer Camp!

 

Sincerely,

John

It’s Game Time!

Hey, Sports Fans!

It’s been four years since the last Winter Olympics so it’s time to bust out olympicsthe bobsleds, skis, ice skates, and other fun winter sports equipment. If you’re an Olympics fan, then you probably already know that last night Sochi, Russia kicked off the start of the XXII (22nd), 2014 Olympic Winter Games. This year’s Winter Olympic Games will stretch from last night until the 23 of February.

Ever since 1924, the Winter Olympics have been celebrated every four years. There was, however, a 12-year-long interruption as World War II, for obvious reasons, put a stop to international sports competitions from 1936 to 1948.

The first Winter Olympics were incredibly successful. Held at Chamonix which is in the French Alps, spectators of the games were held in awe at the amazing skills displayed during the Ski Jump, Bobsled races, Ice Hockey, Curling, Speed Skating, and Figure Skating.

In the first year, there were only these six sporting events as opposed to today’s 15. The Winter Games now include Snowboarding, Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined (the combination of cross-country skiing and ski jumping), Freestyle Skiing, Biathlon (a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting), Alpine Skiing (which is downhill skiing), Luge and Skeleton (a couple additional sledding sports), Short Track Speed Skating, as well as the original games.

They didn’t call it the Winter Olympics back then. It was originally called the “International Winter Sports Week.” It wasn’t until 1928 that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was formed and dubbed this highly successful winter sports week the Winter Olympic Games.

Yes, quite a bit has changed over the years, but one thing that has remained all along is its own popularity and the fandom for the Olympics—winter and summer. While many countries show us amazing, gold-winning athletes, the United States is the only one to have earned the gold for each of the Games.

Enjoy the Games this year! It’ll be another four years before they’re back!

 

Sincerely,

John

John’s Favorite Chair

Hey, Blog Readers!

You may recall some time back when there was a Blog post in which yours truly made his introduction. That’s right. It’s me, John, your humble blogger. I’m the guy whose words you’ve been reading on the Everything Summer Camp Blog posts. I’m the Writer for Everything Summer Camp.

I’d say that the majority of the words you read on our Web site come from me. I work hard; but I’m not gonna lie: I get a lot of rest. Sleep is very important to me. And when I don’t get the right amount—LOOK OUT!

I’m only half joking here. But in all seriousness, sleep really is rather important to me. That’s why I’m a big fan of the AirChair Plus. I feel like Crazy Creek went and outdid air chair plusthemselves with this camp chair. It’s the ultimate sit/sleep combination. Happy camping requires a good night’s sleep and a good night’s sleep requires some sort of mattress.

The AirChair™ is far superior to any other chair that’s ever existed simply because of its easy conversion to a full-length mattress pad when you need to catch some Z’s. Just unzip the shell and pull out the attached pad extension. This chair has got air for cushioning in its dual-chamber air pad so you can adjust the firmness of your seat as you please.

Aside from camping, this chair’s great for sleepovers at friends’ houses and family visits at a relative’s house on an uninviting couch. The AirChair Plus is proof that camping doesn’t have to be uncomfortable! Get some good sleep.

 

Sincerely,

John

Guess What Celebrity Went To Cragged Mountain Farm Camp?

Hey, Summer Campers!

You’re not the only ones who enjoy the time spent at summer camp. Today, I’ve got another Celebrity at Camp to tell you about. It’s the host of his own Late Night Show himself, Conan O’ Brien. That’s right—the great Conan himself was a summer camper just like you long before he was hosting the Late Night Show on NBC.

Conan attended Cragged Mountain Farm in New Hampshire for his summer camp days. There he discovered the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle. Summer campers really find out what it means to be roughin’ it on this adventure. Cell phones, computers, television—they’re all disallowed at Cragged Mountain!

conan obrien You might call the O’ Brien family well-to-do. Conan was born in Brooklyn, Massachusetts to his father, a physician as well as Harvard professor of medicine, and his mother, a reputable attorney. Far from an only child, Conan was the third kid out of six kids.

In high school, he worked as the managing editor of the school newspaper; but it wasn’t until his senior year that he really proved himself as a writer when he won the National Council of Teachers of English writing contest for a short story of his. He graduated in 1981, the valedictorian of his class.

Conan went on then to attend Harvard where he focused on literature and history. He wrote his college thesis about the symbolism of children in pieces of literature in the writings of authors, William Faulkner and Flannery O’ Connor. After college, he went on to write for popular TV shows like The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live.

It was in 1993 that NBC gave Conan the opportunity to temporarily take over for David Letterman. Though he was basically unknown by the public, the show’s audience grew. Conan enjoyed the experience so much that he went on to create his own late show.

Summer camp sure seemed to do Conan some good. What will it do for you?

 

Sincerely,

John

Happy Groundhog’s Day

Hey, Groundhog Dayers!

Hey, Groundhog Dayers!

As you may have heard at least a couple times today, today is Groundhog Day, so get used to things happening happening with double the pleasure and double the fun! Let me repeat that: double the pleasure and DOUBLE the fun! Happy Groundhog Day, Everybody!

For anyone familiar with the classic film, Groundhog Day, you’re already aware of a portion of the day’s history. The movie revolves around this holiday in which Punxsutawney Phil, a Pennsylvanian groundhog (also known as a woodchuck) comes out of his hole to see if he casts a shadow or not. If he does, it means six more weeks of wintry weather. If not, then he predicts an early spring.

Bill Murray also finds himself in a seemingly endless, inescapable loop of reliving the same day over and over again. But that’s a whole different story. Bill Murray also finds himself in a seemingly endless, inescapable loop of reliving the same day over and over again. But that’s a whole different story.ground hog

In any case, to get to the bottom of this holiday you have to go way back. The tradition of Groundhog Day officially started 127 years ago in 1887. Local newspaper editor Clymer Freas is credited with the creation of our current celebration.

However, this 127-year-old piece of history is just the tip of the Groundhog Day iceberg.

See, there’s actually something rather meaningful about the date of Groundhog Day, February 2. It’s the halfway point between the winter solstice (shortest day of the year) and the spring equinox (when day and night are equal length). Thus, this date (with or without groundhogs) has been celebrated for thousands of years as a show of our anticipation for spring.

Originally a Pagan celebration, Christianity turned it into Candlemas. A sunny Candlemas predicted 40 more days of chilly winter weather, or so the Christians believed. It wasn’t until the Germans put their spin on the holiday, claiming that a day was only sunny if a badger could see its own shadow. Immigrants from Germany brought this tradition along with them when they settled in Pennsylvania.

But the native groundhog (also known as a woodchuck) became the new forecaster. Happy Groundhog Day, Everybody!

 

Sincerely,

John