Show Your Kids How Absolutely Incredible They Are Today

Hey, Incredible People!

Today is Absolutely Incredible Kids Day. Celebrated annually on the third Thursday in March, this day is intended to make kids feel as special as they actually are to us. If you’re reading this post, chances are that you’ve got at least one kid in your life. And typically, when there’s a kid in your life, that kid is just absolutely incredible to you, right?incredible kids day

I don’t have kids, myself, but I’m the delighted uncle of three amazing little ladies! And that’s one of the great things about today. Whether you’re a parent, an older sibling or cousin, an uncle or aunt, a grandparent, or family friend, Absolutely Incredible Kids Day is a great day to celebrate the little ones in your life.

Established by a youth development organization called Camp Fire, this day is meant to boost and inspire the kids that we have in our lives. It’s extremely important that kids hear encouragement from the people they look up to. And an act as simple as telling a kid how great they are and what they mean to you can go a very long way for him or her.

While telling a kid face-to-face how absolutely incredible he or she is as well as communicating the message through some form of social media are perfectly good methods, there is another way that’s recommended before any other—writing a letter.

Letters are best because they are a hard copy of your written words. They’re personal and more-or-less permanent. Writing your thoughts down usually allows you to organize your words and say everything that you really want to say—things that you might hold back to say in conversation. And sometimes, a conversation of this sort, is enough to kind of embarrass a kid.

However you know the kids in your life, be sure to tell them what they mean to you and just how absolutely incredible they are! Happy Absolutely Incredible Kids Day!




Get To Know Our Company VP

Hey, Fans of Everything Summer Camp!

Perhaps you remember meeting our esteemed Vice President here at Everything Summer Camp, Mark, about a year ago with the Blog post from March 2013. And now that you’ve virtually shook his hand, let’s dig a little deeper and learn just what Mark’s life looks like.

First of all, Mark lives in Eau Claire, WI though he grew up in Milwaukee (nearly 250 miles away). He was in college when he met a girl who had lived in northern Wisconsin and when she wanted to move back closer to home, Mark followed her to Eau Claire. Things didn’t work out with the girl, but Mark found a new home in Eau Claire.

Even though, he missed his family, his friends, and the Milwaukee Brewers, he fell in love Markwith the warm atmosphere of the small town (in comparison to Milwaukee).

Mark is now married. He and his wife, Mandy, have two daughters, Maddy, 13, and Ally, 9. Maddy enjoys playing volleyball and basketball. “She also spends a lot of time connecting with friends through social media,” says Mark. Ally, on the other hand, has her interests a little more narrowed. “She loves gymnastics, gymnastics, and gymnastics,” says Mark.

Back in his Milwaukee days, Mark grew up with four siblings—two brothers and two sisters. Both of his brothers and one of his sisters have moved to Eau Claire while his parents and other sister are still in Milwaukee. “We are still a very close family and we spend a lot of time together,” he says.

As for his fun times now, he and his family make lots of small trips on the weekends. They like going to the Mall of America or the waterparks at Wisconsin Dells and always make it into Milwaukee a handful of times throughout the year.

Mark’s favorite family vacation was about one year ago in Orlando. They saw Cocoa Beach, went to Sea World and Disney World, and ate a bunch of tasty seafood. “I think the best part was getting away from our cold Wisconsin winter and spending some time in the Florida sun!”

“Outside of trips we try to eat dinners as a family most nights and we all enjoy lying around, watching movies together.”

Just a year and a half ago Mark and Mandy added two more additions to their family. They fit right in as they enjoy lying around and watching movies! Charlie and Henry are their pet Shih Tzus—brothers from the same litter. “We only planned to get Charlie,” said Mark. “But when we went to pick him up, we fell in love with Henry too. We just couldn’t separate them. It was a great decision because together they are very entertaining!”

Keep coming back to hear more about us here at Everything Summer Camp!




Welcome To Throwback Thursdays

Hey, Fans of Everything Summer Camp!

Introducing Throwback Thursdays! On these days, we’ll be linking back to an old Blog post that we feel is so helpful in summer camp prepping that we want to get it in front of our readers again. Throwback Thursdays are all about reviewing the extremely valuablDr. Thurbere information in specific old posts (not to mention, giving ME a break!).

So ‘throwback’ with us today and take a look at our post from one year ago by Dr. Christopher Thurber to help you determine how long of a camp stay is appropriate for your camper!

- John

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Enjoyed Summer Camp

Hey, Campers!

You know how much you love your summer camp experience? Well, your favorite celebrities loved their camp experiences just as much when they were your age as you love yours now. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for instance, had a blast during her time away at summer camp.

Julia went to the Sidwell Friends Tennis Camp where she picked up on some impressive skills handling a racket and found some summer camp friends along the way. Lots of kids julia louis dreyfusenjoy being able to get a laugh out of their friends. Julia loved it! Comedy had always been a passion of hers.

She performed in the Second City Theater (which should sound familiar to you if you read the Everything Summer Camp Blog post about Chris Farley as he too performed at this theater, as did other famous comedians like Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, and Shelley Long to name just a few).

In one night’s fortunate performance in 1982, Julia was eventually asked to join the cast of the national TV show “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) on NBC. At this point she was only 21 years old which made her the youngest female member of the cast throughout the program’s history since 1975.

On SNL, Julia worked alongside up and coming contemporaries like Eddie Murphy, Jim Belushi, Billy Crystal, and Martin Short. She also worked with a writer named Larry David who wrote for SNL at the time, co-creator of the breakthrough sitcom “Seinfeld,” also on NBC. Larry cast Julia in 1989 for her own breakthrough part—Elaine Benes.

More recently, Julia played Christine Campbell in “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” as well as Selina Meyer in “Veep”. Julia has received three Emmy’s, along with a Golden Globe Award, and five Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Julia is passionate about comedy. What are you passionate about?




Celebrate National Girl Scout Day Tomorrow

Hey, Scouts!

Tomorrow is National Girl Scout Day! This organization’s popularity has skyrocketed since its small beginnings a little over a century ago and has become an essential part of summer to many little girls all across the country. First Lady, Michelle Obama, was a Girl Scout when she was little and, not that long ago, childhood star, Dakota Fanning earned her badges in the Scouts.

HECK! I’ve got a niece who’s in Scouts right now—HI, Tess!

Just to give you an idea of how large this organization has become, here are just a couple numbers: currently, there are over 3 million members of the American Girl Scouts Organization. Over the years, the Girl Scouts girl scoutshave amassed 59 million alumnae and counting. They’re EVERYWHERE!—which is a good thing because their cookies are amazing!

But what’s even more impressive than their current numbers, is just how small the Girl Scouts were back in 1912 when the first Girl Scout meeting was assembled. The entrepreneurial-spirited Juliette Gordon Low (or ‘Daisy’ as all the Scouts called her) gathered 18—only 18 girls in Georgia.

Daisy’s purpose in gathering these original 18 Scouts was to give them an experience that would get them out of the house and away from the routine of a domestic lifestyle. In doing so, Daisy knew that the girls would develop into their own selves. She knew how good the great outdoors are for a girl’s mind, body, and soul.

Daisy got these girls to embrace their community by giving back to it. They went hiking and camping. They would play basketball, learn to tell the time by looking at the sky, and study first aid.

By 1915, the American Girls Scouts Organization was officially formed and it didn’t take very long for Daisy’s idea to takeoff. Soon, girls all over the country would become Scouts! Maybe it’s time for you to join the millions and understand just how great the Scout experience is.

Happy, Girl Scout Day, Scouts!




We Should All Thank Nicole Levine

Hey, Silent Sleepers!

Unfortunately, while you’re sound asleep every night, bed bugs are making their claim on the same mattress where you catch your zzz’s. Is there no way to stop the little buggers? Well, there is Bed Bug 911. Available here at Everything Summer Camp is the Hybrid Mattress Encasement as well as the Vinyl Mattress Cover from Bed Bug 911bed bug 911.

What is Bed Bug 911? They’re a leading manufacturer of products concerning bed bugs. But their services don’t end there. Bed Bug 911 also offers their services as bed bug exterminators. What they do is they offer everything you need (be it product or service) in order to get rid of your bed bugs forever!

Founded in 2005, when New York began to panic over their epidemic of bed bugs. Before its existence, president of Bed Bug 911, Nicole Levine was the owner of a different company called Home Clean Home (HCH)—catchy name, huh? Well, this company was soon overwhelmed with customer requests for bed bug treatment. Customers of HCH—residential and commercial—were seeing bed bug infestation like no one had since the 1950’s.

Nicole Levine was aware of the side effects people had to the chemicals and insecticides used for bed bug extermination, causing bad allergic reactions and, in some much more extreme cases, cancer and neurotoxicity. Nicole went straight to work developing an organic line of bed bug sprays and other means of preventing bed bug infestation.

Three years ago, she was celebrated as the Businesswoman of the Year by the New Independent Democrats. She credits her company’s unprecedented success to the importance it places on customer service. We here at Everything Summer Camp are proud to offer products from Bed Bug 911 to make your kid’s summer safe and bed bug-free.




Happy Employee Appreciation Day

Hey, Members of the Workforce!

While I’m writing about it today, there is no actual date to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day. The strategy behind this, of course, is to make it an extremely flexible holiday—very easy to work some kind of recognition around the busy schedule of a business. In other words, Employee Appreciation Day is any day you make it!employee appreciation day

The actual beginning of Employee Appreciation Day is somewhat of a mystery; however, most people logically suspect that it was formed as a means of bringing balance to October 16. National Boss’ Day was registered by a woman named Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958. But as the day’s popularity rose and rose, employers began Employee Appreciation Day to return the favor.

Here at Everything Summer Camp, our employees do everything in their power to ensure the products we manufacture are of high quality and that the service our customers receive is to their utmost satisfaction and helpfulness.

That’s the reason why we pride ourselves on being the best summer camp retailer there is—because our employees pull together to make sure campers have a great camp experience. Our smooth collaboration between departments (especially in our busy season) is the key to our success in continuing to make happy customers.

From our trunk manufacturers in the Production Department to our devoted crew in shipping and, of course, the *AHEM* extremely talented Blog writer, Everything Summer Camp employees always aim for perfection.

“Everyone at Everything Summer Camp knows how important it is that campers have their camp gear with them,” says our company president, Ed. “That’s why our employees are willing to do whatever it takes to get our gear to our customers—even if it means an employee is running one customer’s order directly to UPS after hours.”

So if you work for someone, Happy Employee Appreciation Day and thank you for your services.




Facebook Fridays Are Back!

Hey, Facebook Fans!

Offering a connection to friends and family that you don’t get to see very often or a fix to your addiction to Farmville, Facebook has become one popular medium. Nowadays, everybody’s a fan of Facebook. And you know what else everybody’s a fan of? Fridays! Put them together and it’s a match made in heaven. That’s why we at Everything Summer Camp have brought back Facebook Fridays!

Facebook Fridays, if you don’t know how it used to go, worked like this: we picked a random winner from the names of people that ‘liked’ us on Facebook. The winner received a $25 Gift Certificate to use at Everything Summer Camp.

If Facebook Fridays were so cool, then why did you stop doing them, you might ask?

Well, it turns out that (without our knowing, of course) Facebook Fridays were illegal within the rules and guidelines of Facebook. But we’ve brought them back now and operate within full compliance of Facebook regulations.facebook friday

Here’s how they work now: At 1:00 p.m. CST on Fridays we’ll post a link that will allow you to sign up to win a $25 Gift Certificate. Simply give us your name, email address, and Facebook username. You will have until 1:30 p.m. CST to sign up for that week’s drawing. After 1:30 p.m. CST we will no longer accept entry forms.

Next, using randomizer software we’ll pick a new winner at about 1:45 p.m. CST.  The winner will be notified via the email address they provided. At 2:00 p.m. CST, we’ll post that week’s winner on Facebook.

If you get picked as a winner of Facebook Friday, then you can’t win again in 2014. Sorry!  You are, however, still eligible for other sweepstakes and contests here at Everything Summer Camp such as our Camp’s On Us Contest in which we’re giving away $1000 to go toward your summer camp tuition.

But for now, enjoy your Fridays and visit us on Facebook for your chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate for Everything Summer Camp.




Wenzel Makes A Great Sleeping Bag

Hey, Camp Fans!

One essential piece of camping gear for any camper is a sleeping bag. At Everything Summer Camp, we keep a wide assortment of sleeping bag styles and temperature ratings because we know how much of a variable a sleeping bag can be.

The type of sleeping bag that’s right for your camper depends on so much: the location of the camp, the length of your camper’s stay, the intensity of your camper’s camp stay….wenzel backyard mummy

In order to provide for so many different needs, it’s necessary that we have the wide selection. And we just added four more quilt-through construction sleeping bags from Wenzel. They all have outer shells of 190T Polyester filled with Insul-Therm insulation.

First is the Rectangle style Wenzel Summer Camp Bag. When the 26” x 66” bag is fully unzipped, it converts to a 52” x 66” blanket. With a 40° F temperature rating, this polyester bag is filled with 2.5 lbs. of insulation. Few bags say summer camp quite like this one!

We also added the Wenzel Mummy style Backyard Bag to our collection. This bag features a drawstring hood for extra warmth. It measures 26” x 66” and has a temperature rating of 30 ° F. Filled with 2 lbs. of Insul-Therm, this bag is made for someone who’s really roughin’ it.

The third bag that we now offer, the Wenzel Sunward, is another Rectangle style bag that also converts to a blanket when fully unzipped. It measures 33” x 78” and has a temperature rating of 30 ° F. Stuffed with 4 lbs. of Insul-Therm Fill inside. This bag isn’t kiddin’ around.

And our fourth installment, the Wenzel Lakeside is yet another Rectangle style sleeping bag. It’s made of Rubber Ring and also converts to a blanket when unzipped. Given a temperature rating of 40 ° F, this bag is filled with 3 lbs. of insulation. This bag is better for slightly cool nights or indoor use.

Good luck finding the best sleeping bag for your camper!




Sing The National Anthem To Celebrate Today

Hey, Patriots!

Oh, say!—can you see that today is National Anthem Day? I think it’s safe to say that The Star-Spangled Banner is one song that every American knows word for word. Originally a poem, written in 1814 by a lawyer named Francis Scott Key at 35, his words have been sung from the mouths of every American generation since.

star spangled bannerFrancis never considered himself much of a poet, yet his words have lived on now for 200 years! Titled, “Defense of Fort McHenry,” his poem was about an assault of British ships on Fort McHenry that he’d seen during a battle in the War of 1812.

The words of his poem were set to the tune of “The Anacreon in Heaven” a popular British song written by John Stafford Smith in the 1760’s for the Anacreontic Society, a club of amateur musicians. It didn’t take long after the marriage of words and music that the piece was renamed and popularized.

Another thing that few people know about the National Anthem is that it’s actually got four verses—the poem had four stanzas anyway. I think it’s safe to say at this point that they aren’t really part of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” though people used to sing every verse. The first verse is the only one that anyone ever sings.

While it gained popularity quickly, it wasn’t recognized for official use as our national anthem until 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson brought it to the attention of men in Congress. Even then, it wasn’t officially made our country’s anthem until March 3 of 1931!

Before that, “Hail, Columbia” usually filled the role of America’s ‘anthem.’ Now “Hail, Columbia is the song we use to honor the Vice President. Also in the competition for national anthem was “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”

Oh yeah, and “The Star-Spangled Banner”—especially with all four verses—isn’t the easiest song to sing. See if you can sing all four verses without any trouble!