Do You Know What Summer Camp Jon Favreau Went To?

Hey, Campers!

Everywhere you turn in Hollywood, it seems like everybody involved in ‘show biz’ attended summer camp when they were younger. I’ve written about a decent number of them, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Today I want to tell you about Jon Favreau who (like his colleagues, Zooey Deschanel, Robert Downey Jr., and Adam Levine) went to French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in his childhood. Located on a private lake called Sand Pond in the western area of the Catskill Mountains, just outside Hancock, New York, French Woods has a blast jon favreauevery summer.

If you have interest in the performing arts, French Woods is a camp for you to check out. They offer programs in dance, theater, music, film, sports, and much more. Jon enjoyed his camp stay and developed some of his acting skills while he was there too.

He didn’t stop there, though. Jon has expanded his skill set to include screenwriting as well as directing and he has also dabbled in the realm of comedy and voice work. Not everyone knows that Jon directed movies, but everyone knows the movies that Jon’s directed: there’s Elf, the Iron Man trilogy, Cowboys & Aliens, as well as Zathura.

Jon got his first taste of recognition for the short role he played on the hit sitcom, ‘Friends’. He played Pete Becker, Monica Geller’s (Courteney Cox’s) millionaire boyfriend.

It was long after that that he started working alongside stars like Vince Vaughn (with whom Jon’s become great friends) as well as with Will Ferrell, James Caan, Diane Keaton, and Jack Nicholson!

Receiving so much enjoyment and passion through his career, Jon continues to make appearances on television and in the movies. His most recent work was once again with Mr. Vince Vaughn in ‘The Break-Up’ and he played the manager of a fast-food restaurant in the show ‘My Name is Earl’.

Take a good look at where summer camp took Jon Favreau. Where will it take you?


- John

Enjoy The Moment Of Opening Day At Camp

Hey Camp Fans!

For today’s Throwback Thursday Blog post, we’re linking back to a post from nearly a year ago on June 12, written by Dr. Thurber about enjoying opening day at camp when you drop your kid off.Dr. Thurber

This post offers good pointers about savoring the moment of dropping your kid off at camp instead of worrying about getting it on video. The reason behind recording a video is to get it all on ‘tape’ so you’ll remember it forever. But really this just separates you from the moment. You won’t remember dropping your kid off at camp, you’ll remember peering through a video camera when you dropped your kid off at camp.


- John

More Homesickness Prevention Tips

Hey, Camp Preppers!

As anticipating parents, there’s so much you can do to help prevent your kid’s homesickness or even camp-related-anxiety prior to it. It can be a lot to keep in mind, but at the same time it all boils down to the same thing—painting camp in a positive light.

Last week we talked about preventing homesickness by keeping any doubts you may have as parents out of your kid’s head. Another simple key to preventing homesickness is not making the mistake of promising an early pickup.

If your kids are voicing their concerns over their upcoming camp stay, it’s often the easiest answer to tell them that if they feel TOO homesick you’ll come back early to pick them up and take them home. Most first-time campers get a bit of a cold feet feeling as their camp kid drop offstay approaches and this scenario happens more than you might think.

Lots of parents promise an early pickup and think that they handled the situation well but what they fail to realize is that in promising an early pickup, they’ve planted a seed in their camper’s head. That seed is the idea that even YOU—the camper’s parents—are not filled with absolute confidence about how the camp stay will go.

Kids typically have their own doubts. They certainly don’t need to hear a doubt from you. No matter what form it may be in (such as this seemingly helpful one), it will only have a negative effect. What you need to give kids is a positive reinforcement that they will inevitably have a GOOD TIME at summer camp and that there’s simply nothing to worry about.

Should your child pop the question to you, pointblank: “Will you come get me if I don’t like camp?” your best response is to address their concerns head-on. Say something like “Well, YOU may be worried about it by I really think you’ll love it at camp! Most kids get concerned about their camp stay, but in the end the fun overwhelms any feelings of being homesick.”

It’s also good to keep in mind that having feelings of homesickness is completely normal; we feel them because we miss the things that we love about our lives back home, teaching us to live without them.

Thanks for reading.


- John

Memorial Day Sale – Don’t miss this!

Hey, Camp Preppers!

When it comes to handling summer camp preparations, there’s a fine line between ‘running smoothly’ and ‘last minute panic’. Sometimes it can be hard to tell just which side of the line you’re standing on. Well, Everything Summer Camp is here to give you a little incentive to keep the ball moving with your camp prepping.

Now is a great time to finalize your summer camp preparations and purchases. Why, you ask? Because, in celebration of the approaching Memorial Day, Everything Summer Camp is offering great deals on camp trunks and much more. This sale is happening right now as you’re reading this post and lasts through to Tuesday, May 27.

The main part of the Everything Summer Camp Memorial Day Sale concerns our C&N camp trunks manufactured right here in our own facility. Purchase a camp trunk during the sale and you’ll get an instant $15 off. But that’s just the first part of this three-part deal.

Secondly, for each camp trunk you purchase during the sale, customers will receive a Gift Certificate for $10 that they can use on a future purchase.

Lastly, Everything Summer Camp customers will receive a Coupon Code from us for free shipping a future order over $30. Do you have last minute purchases of items that you forgot to get with your initial order? Make your order during this sale and get free shipping on small orders.

The $10 Gift Certificate and Free Shipping Coupon Code will be sent inside the camp trunk. These two items are effective after May 27 after the end of the Memorial Day sale.

Along with this deal, there are over 200 items on our Web site that are on sale for 5 to 15% off. Find great deals on excellent camping gear like sleeping bags, backpacks, duffel bags, iron-on name labels, stationery, and much more.

Thanks for reading, Camp Preppers. And Happy Memorial Day.
- John

Get To Know Juliann A Little Better

Hey, Blog Readers!

Continuing to delve deeper into the lives of the members in our Everything Summer Camp family, today I thought we’d check back in with Juliann, our Graphic Artist. Last time I told you about Juliann’s job. How it demanded a great deal of know-how, creativity, speed, and determination. And I also talked about her assortment of responsibilities.

But today I want to give you a better picture of Juliann—not just a look at what she does Juliannaround the workplace, but rather, who she is OUTSIDE of work.

To start out, Juliann grew up on a farm in the small, small town of Independence, Wisconsin. She and her three sisters all had an enjoyable childhood on the farm, taking the occasional vacation to the Wisconsin Dells and family get-togethers at her Grandma’s house.

Now that they’ve all grown up, Juliann is more than just daughter and sister; she’s become the loving aunt of two nieces as well as the wife of her adoring husband, Brent.

These two have been together for the last five years and married for half of the time. They live in Chippewa Falls (a good middle ground between their initial homes) with their two dogs: Tanner, a chocolate lab and Winter, a Golden Retriever/Yellow Lab mix.

Juliann and Brent love finding time for vacations. They make annual trips to Mexico and try to get out on the water at Lake Wissota from time to time.

Lately, the two have been dedicating the majority of their free time working on home improvement projects that range from home remodeling to landscaping. Their current project has been building retaining walls for their lawn.

Always making improvements, we’re glad to have Juliann with us here at Everything Summer Camp.

Thanks for reading, Blog Fans. Till next time.


- John

Meet the First Camp’s On Us Winner

Hey Campers!

Everything Summer Camp’s ‘Camp’s on Us’ Giveaway has been claimed by our first The First Winner of the Camp's On Us Giveawaywinner—meet 10-year-old Anne T.! As our winner for the month of April, $1000 of Anne’s summer camp tuition is on us this summer!

We were quite pleased to hear that Anne’s mother, Laura “was completely caught off guard and wonderfully surprised” to find that her daughter was the first among three winners of the ‘Camp’s on Us’ Giveaway. We hope Anne has a very special summer experience this year as she enjoys her days on horseback at Camp Rockbrook.

The drawing for our second $1000 winner was held last week. Be sure to check our blog next week to see who the lucky winner was. Our last $1000 giveaway for your camp tuition will take place in June so be sure to sign up now!  Every order placed with automatically receives ten entries!


Happy camping!

- John

The LidMate Organizer Is Exclusive To Everything Summer Camp

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

It’s time again, not to Throwback to an old post, but to an old product that we’ve carried here at Everything Summer Camp for SO long, yet it is still SO GREAT! A couple weeks ago I told you about the Deluxe Fan/Light from TexSport which went through recent revamping. We’ve carried it since 2006.

Today I’m talking about a product that we’ve been carrying for almost as long: the LidMate Organizer. This product came along two years later; while it may not be as old, its story is a little more interesting than the Deluxe Fan/Light’s. Why? you ask. Because the LidMate LMOOrganizer was designed by the President and Vice President of Everything Summer Camp—Ed and Mark!

The idea first became present when Ed and Mark would visit camps and see that kids were utilizing the space on the underside of their camp trunk by taping packing lists and photos to the inside of their trunk lid. Ed and Mark went straight to work designing something that would display pictures or packing lists as well as help keep some organization for smaller items.

This product has come a LONG way since its original design. At first it was attached with just Velcro strips which weren’t strong enough to handle the items that people wanted to keep in their LidMate. Now we use turn buckles: easier to install and able to hold anything you can fit inside the LidMate!

Securely mounting the Organizer on the inside of the trunk lid offers the use of an otherwise UNusable part of the trunk. This product has always been exclusive to C&N Manufacturing—the home of Everything Summer Camp. It took some time to work out a couple of kinks but what started out as a good product is now an amazing product that most campers can’t live without!

Over time we added more pockets and pen/pencil holders, and we’ve updated the light and mirror to be more durable so that this product is basically a built-in essential to your camp trunk. Enjoy the convenience!


- John

We Hope You Enjoy Kristy’s Mad Libs Today

Hey, Blog Buddies!

I went to Kristy for our next ‘Camp Libbing’ endeavor. Being our Lead Buyer, I thought it’d be appropriate to write a Camp Lib about packing for summer camp. I had her fill in the blanks with the appropriate parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) and now I’ll share the result with you. If you want, write down your own words for the blanks too. Just use the mad libsfollowing list of requested words and enjoy Kristy’s Camp Lib below. Enjoy!

And remember—a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea; a verb is an action word; and an adjective is a word that describes something.


1. Nonsense Word

2. Noun

3. Adjective

4. Plural Noun

5. A Number

6. Plural Noun

7. Verb

8. A Number

9. Verb ending in ‘ing’

10. Noun

11. Noun

12. Adjective

13. Noun

14. Adjective

15. Name of a Store

16. Adjective

17. Adjective

18. Noun

19. Noun

20. Noun

21. Adjective

22. Plural Noun

23. Noun

24. Exclamation

This summer I’ll be attending Camp Awesome Sauce. I just finished checking over the camp’s Ireland that they posted online. In my camp trunk I have all my beautiful clothing as well as all the mailmen I’ll want to bring along.

I’m bringing thirteen guinea pigs though I doubt I’ll have enough time to run all of them. After all, my camp stay is only five weeks long and I don’t plan on shuffling the entire time.

Of course, I’ve packed my pig, sandal, and other frilly products. And I take my stuffed Channing Tatum with me everywhere I go.

I got myself a spunky bag from Justice so it’s sure to hold up in dear weather conditions and messy nights. Then there’s my bling, grill, and princess just in case we get repulsive on a cool summer night.

I’m bringing a couple colors and a/n Olaf along too, but those are going in my duffel. Wha–what! I can’t WAIT to be at camp!



Don’t Let Your Child See Your Anxiety About Camp

Hey, Camp Fans!

Continuing our weekly visit back to the subject of homesickness, I have another excellent piece of advice for all of you anticipating parents: Keep your doubts to yourself. Whatever worries you might have about how your kid’s summer camp stay will go—those thoughts don’t need to be a part of your kid’s world.

In fact, it’s those kinds of thoughts and helpless concerning that produces homesickness. Showing your concerns about your kid’s time away at camp only plants the concept in homesicknessyour kid’s head that camp is something they need to ‘get through’ as opposed to something they can actually ENJOY!

It shouldn’t come as any surprise to learn that worry can be contagious. You’ve seen it happen plenty of times with kids of your own. Maybe you can even remember experiencing it when you were a kid. Psychological research in the late 90’s dubbed it ‘anxiety transmission’. The most common form of anxiety transmission starts with parents and gets passed on to the kid.

It’s very common for kids to suffer anxiety transmission about their school life and the same holds true for summer camp.

Anything even remotely close to a concern is something that your kid should never hear. All they should hear as the summer camp season approaches is how excited they should be and how excited you are for them. Tell them how much they’ll love camp and how you look forward to hearing about all the new experiences they’ll have had.

Now before I go on, let me just say that it’s pretty much impossible for a parent not to worry over their kid’s time away from home. You have to worry! You’re a parent! Just because you have the concern doesn’t mean your kid needs to know about it.

And just because you can’t share your worries with your kid doesn’t mean you need to bottle your feelings up and carry the weight alone. You can confide in your spouse or friend, colleague—anyone who’ll understand your concerns.

Letting your worries be heard by the right person can often leave you feeling calmer for it too which is definitely an emotion you can share with your kid! Thanks for reading!

- John

You Will Love Our New Camping Lantern

Hey, Camp Fans!

Get excited! Camp is right around the corner and Everything Summer Camp recently added our newest camping lantern to our product lineup. Boy does this little light shine! Collapsible, the Passenger 1 Watt Dynamo Powered LED Lantern from First Gear won’t take up too much space to pack up but it will certainly light up the night!

The Passenger Lantern is the top choice since it can be powered by four different passenger lanternsources: its own built-in, rechargeable battery, a Dynamo-crank, a USB cable (which comes included), or DC cable (also included).

It can throw light over 65 feet and it charges in only four hours by the USB and DC cables. But, if you don’t have access to any electricity, you can use the Dynamo Crank to power the lantern. If you crank for just one minute, this lantern will burn for eight minutes on its high level—and nearly 20 minutes on low.

This way, no matter where you are or how unprepared you may be, as long as you bring your Passenger lantern along with you, you have light. And with an LED bulb lifespan of 6,000 hours, you can rest assured that you’ll get lots of use out of this lantern!

Made of durable ABS material, the Passenger Lantern is waterproof so a little rain won’t do it any harm! More than prepared for the hard-wearing, testing lifestyle of most campers, the Passenger 1 Watt Dynamo Powered LED Lantern was made to see you through not just this season of summer camp, but many, many seasons.

Our hat’s off to the fine people at First Gear, the manufacturers of the Passenger Lantern, for making such a reliable, durable, and affordable product. It’s great to offer a product with such usefulness and practicality.

Thanks for reading!


- John