What kind of artist are you?

Hey there, all you little Artists!

I’m sure you already know that there are a million different ways to find your creative outlet—whether you’re working with basic contour line, watercolor, charcoal, aluminum dust…Wait a minute. Aluminum dust? That can’t be right.

Well, actually, by the early 1960’s this had become a very popular medium with which to work. What is aluminum dust, you ask? It’s the stuff inside an Etch-A-Sketch, of course! I know you’re all WELL aware of the Etch-A-Sketch—one of the most popular toys of all time!  What a great toy the Etch-A-Sketch is.

In the 50’s, the Lincrusta Co. hired an electrician by the name of André Cassagnes. Lincrusta Co. was a manufacturer of wall coverings. They used aluminum powder in their processes. Installing a light-switch plate at work one day André peeled away a decal and made a couple pencil marks on its face. He was intrigued, however, when he found that the pencil marks had transferred to the other side.

The other side was covered in aluminum powder.

And so the light switch in his brain went on and he was inspired to make an erasable slate that got covered in aluminum powder. As his idea developed, he thought to give it dials that were attached to a stylus which made it possible to ‘draw.’

He called it ‘L’Ecran Magique’ which translates to ‘The Magic Screen’ in English. Showing off his invention at trade shows, André’s Magic Screen eventually generated some interest from an American manufacturing company called Ohio Art.
Etch-A-Sketch master Jeff Gagliardi does his etch rendition of the Mona Lisa
Although it was heavily marketed to kids, the Etch-A-Sketch became quite the toy for Etch-A-Sketch master Jeff Gagliardi does his etch rendition of Starry Night artists of all ages like Jeff Gagliardi who started using the toy during his adulthood in the 70’s. He mastered it and used it to create amazingly intricate sketches.

Playing itself in the Toy Story movies, the Etch-A-Sketch has certainly proven itself over the years without losing steam. As popular as ever, it seems the Etch-A-Sketch has etched a place in our hearts.

Pick up your own right here at Everything Summer Camp.Get this great mini Etch-A-Sketch for just as much fun on a smaller screen

Thanks for reading.

- John

This actor, born in 1907, used to attend Camp Dudley

Hey, Summer Campers!

You know who else was a fan of summer camp? A man named Burgess Meredith. Despite the fact that he’s said to have been “one of the most accomplished actors of the [20th] century,” I’d be surprised if any of you knew who he was as his death most likely came before most of you were even born.

It might just be me, but I think he’s probably most popular for his role as The Penguin from the original, live-action ‘Batman’ television series that starred Adam West.

By 1997, Burgess died a 90-year-old man. But born in 1907, he became a star of the Once a Broadway actor, this guy also played the Penguin from the original live-action Batman seriesstage as well as the screen from the early thirties on. He also tried his hand (rather successfully) at directing later on in his life. He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1974 for his Broadway staging of an adaptation of James Joyce’s writings.

But before he did any of that, Burgess had his humble beginnings much like all of you today—at summer camp. Camp Dudley in New York, to be specific. Camp Dudley is the oldest summer camp in America that’s still in operation today. It would have to be so old to have been the summer camp of Burgess! Everything Summer Camp is proud to work with Camp Dudley—a summer camp with a history to it.

After his camp days, Burgess graduated from his high school and then went on to study at Amherst College—Class of 1931. After his college days came to an end, he served his country in World War II as a captain of the United States Army Air Forces until 1944. At that point he was discharged to star in a war movie being made. He played the role of Ernie Pyle, war correspondent.

A versatile and very accomplished actor, Burgess Meredith was a one-of-a-kindFrom then on, Burgess stayed active in show business for over 60 years. In his time, Burgess won several Emmy Awards and became the first recipient of the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor twice. He was also nominated for a couple Academy Awards.

So be like Burgess, kids, and reach for the stars; maybe you’ll become one yourself! Thanks for reading.

- John

Who let the domesticated dogs out?

Hey, Dog Lovers!

As you likely already know, most people in the world are suckers when it comes to the canine companion. Human beings love dogs. And dogs—well—we all know that dog is man’s best friend. Of all the other domesticated animals, farming and pets, the dearest are definitely our dogs. That’s why today, we celebrate National Dog Day!Any dog is man's best friend--especially today on National Dog Day

Virtual members of the family, our dogs have a way of fitting right in, almost as if they’re one of us—probably because the domestication of dogs goes back so far that they’ve basically been ‘civilized’ since the dawn of civilization. The minute we started living in homes, we brought the dogs along too.

Lots of other pets are just as old too, like cats, but dogs were different. Dogs responded. Dogs connected. Dogs were FRIENDS!

So what makes dogs so special? Well, as dogs evolved with us, they began to read faces from left to right the way that people do when we look at one another. Other animals just stare straight at the face of another animal; people and dogs actually READ a face.

This is why it’s believed that dogs make such good company, because they can actually tell what kind of mood you’re in when they look at you. They get happier as you get happier and they console you when you’re down. This provides a connectedness between man and beast. It works on a subconscious level and its results have been extraordinary!

We love dogs here at Everything Summer Camp, soooo…in honor of National Dog Day, we thought we’d share the friendly faces of our dogs. Bet you can’t look at all of these without crackin’ a smile! Look below to see our own furry family members, and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

This is Butter, the dog of Everything Summer Camp's President, Ed.

This is Kristy's dog, Lucky LouThe world's cutest Shitzus, Charlie and Henry. They live with our Vice President

From left to right: The President of Everything Summer Camp, Ed’s dog, Butter; our Lead Buyer, Kristy’s dog, Lucky Lou, our Vice President, Mark’s two Shih tzus, Charlie and Henry; lastly, (below) there’s Wil, my hound dog.

This is Wil. He's our writer's hound dog

Don’t tell the rain to go away. Be prepared for it!

Hey there, Rainy Day People!

It’s true that April showers bring May flowers, but the rain doesn’t stop there. No, rainy days are pretty much a year-round thing. Approaching the early fall season, especially, is notorious for frequent rainfall. The end of summer into September and October usually sees quite a bit of rain.

Get yourself prepared for stormy weather with the help of Everything Summer Camp and our great selection of rain jackets, rain pants, rain suits, and rain boots!

Stay dry when the rain comes with the cool kid's Chromatech from ColumbiaWe’ve got a stylish assortment of incredible rain jackets from Columbia like the Wet Reflect Jacket, the Flow Summit II, the Wind Racer II, the Watertight in Men’s, the Arcadia Rain Jacket in Women’s, and the kids’ Chromatech. These rain jackets are all top of the line with fine detailing and quality construction.

We also have a couple Red Ledge Rain Jackets: the youth Jakuta and youth Thunderlight. These quality jackets do a great job to seal out the rain keeping you dry and comfortable. We also carry the Rainstopper youth rain suit from Red Ledge. It offers great full body protection. Otherwise, our youth-sized Vinyl Poncho is a great alternative for full body rain protection.

We’ve got some great pairs of rain pants at Everything Summer Camp to thoroughly seal out precipitation. We carry the Columbia Storm Surge Women’s Pant as well as the Regen Rain Men’s Pant—also from Columbia.

Keeping your feet comfortable and dry is important when you’ve got a long school day Shining red like the firechief himself, Get your pair to help you stay dry today!ahead of you. Check out our rain boots. We have the youth Pattern Rain Boots, youth Fire Chief Boots, and the effective Kamik Stomp! These boots are best friends with puddles!

There’s no such thing as a Rain Day where you get to stay home because it’s RAINING too much! Be prepared to wait for the bus on a rainy morning with our excellent selection of rain gear from Everything Summer Camp!

Thanks for reading!

- John

Meet Keisha, our Supervisor of the Call Center

Hey, Fans of Everything Summer Camp!

For today’s Blog post I’d like to tell you about another one of Everything Summer Camp’s excellent employees, Keisha. If you’ve placed an order over the phone for a C&N camp trunk or any other camping supplies in the last year, there’s a good chance that you spoke with Keisha.


Hired on for our seasonal help last year in the Call Center, Keisha showed exceptional skills in customer service—handling inbound calls and the occasional “problem order.” Now that the busy season at Everything Summer Camp is starting to cool down, Keisha was asked to stick around as our Call Center Supervisor.

Despite how busy we get at Everything Summer Camp, we always strive to keep our work environment fun. I think it’s safe to say that working here suits Keisha very well. She fits right in with our casual environment and diligent work style.

You can always count on Keisha for an infectious smile and a quick laugh to keep things light around the office. With a friendly attitude and an open ear, she’s always good to talk to (which is so clearly why she is now our Call Center Supervisor—we want all of you to get to talk to her as well)!

Nowadays they say nobody reads the newspaper anymore. But Keisha does. And that worked out well for us because that’s how she found us after her temporary position at United Health Care came to an end. Living in the small town of Thorp has made her drive to work much shorter and she enjoys the friendlier atmosphere here too.

More than happy to have received such a down-to-earth, hard-working employee as Keisha, we urge you to give us a call and maybe you can talk to Keisha too! Thanks for reading, everyone!

- John

Read up about the radio on National Radio Day!

Hey, Music Lovers!

Do you know what today is? It’s National Radio Day! If it wasn’t for radio, music certainly wouldn’t be what it’s become today! Radio has been around for so long, it may be surprising to realize that it hasn’t always been here. But it’s true—the radio wasn’t invented  until 1895.Radio Waves are used for much more than the radio but thanks to that great invention we have so much more wireless technology today

In the age of the internet and HD screens, it might not seem like such a fantastic invention anymore. But if you start learning about it, you’ll begin to see that so much of our modern technology relies on radio waves! Most wireless technology today uses them: internet, cell phones, they’re even used for satellite communications.

While there were many contributing scientists who all played a part in this invention, there is one of them who stands out of the crowd. Rarely given the credit he deserves, I think it’s The undercelebrated Nikola Tesla was genius beyond most people's capacity for understanding!only fair that we cede the invention of the radio to one Mr. Nikola Tesla.

It may have been the German scientist Heinrich Hertz who proved that radio waves exist and are naturally-occurring. And it was Gugliemo Marconi who invented the wireless telegraph using radio waves while experimenting in the attic of his parents’ house.

But it was Tesla who invented the standard means of transmitting radio signals through the air. And that wasn’t the only thing this guy did—he also invented alternating current for the light bulb (which is what we use today—not the direct current that Thomas Edison wanted everyone to use!).

Vastly beyond his time, the people of the early 1900s didn’t really know what to make of Tesla coils managed to easilty conduct massive amounts of electricity.Tesla. His Tesla coil was a bit of a scary image and he had ideas of tapping into the earth’s ionosphere, granting free electricity to the entire world. If people had listened to Tesla, we wouldn’t need to plug our toasters in, they’d just use the freely flowing supply of electricity!

Check out more about Tesla in the video underneath. A happy Radio Day to all and thanks for reading!

- John

Grab Speedo swimwear for school

Hey, Swimmers!

There’s a lot of learning that goes on at school. Lots of it comes out of a textbook. But sometimes you learn at school without a book. In fact, some classes don’t even require one! After all, what good would a book do you in, say, swim class? The pages would get all wet!

Instead of a book, your school’s swim class has other requirements you’ll have to meet. You’ll at least need swim trunks or a bathing suit, a towel, and water shoes. And, depending on the intensity of your class, you may need other swim gear too.

Are you ready for your swim class at school? If not, have no fear—Everything Summer Camp offers a plethora of swimming gear and other swim accessories available to both boys and girls.

As for boys swimwear, we have the Marina in Men’s, the Velocity Splice, and the men’s The Speedo Mariner Men's Swim Trunk are a great pair of swim trunks for school Wave Splice Volley Swim Trunks—all of them from Speedo. And we also carry a short sleeve Swim Tee for boys from Speedo.

Speedo's Fusion Splice Ultraback Women's is great for your school pool!Our swimwear for girls includes the Speedo Racer Logo Splice, a single-piece swimsuit, the Speedo Love Burst three-piece Rashguard Set, including a two-piece swimsuit and then a matching rashguard, and the Speedo Girl’s Speedry Short—it uses VaporPLUS® technology to repel H2O in no time flat!

We also carry a large selection of footwear for you to wear around the pool or walking to the locker room. We have aqua socks from Speedo like the ZipWalker as well as the SurfWalker and other water-resistant shoes from Teva and Northside.

All of this fancy footwear is made to give you the extra traction that you’ll need when you’re walking on a typically slippery floor like the walk from the pool to the locker certainly will be! Stay safe and keep swimming!

Thanks for reading.

- John

Don’t shoot! Chute with the CamelBak Chute Water Bottle!

Hey, Hydrators!

Having your own handy-dandy water bottle at your side throughout the school day is a wise move that only helps make you wiser—or at least it can help make you smarter. ‘How can my water bottle make me smarter?’ you ask? It’s true! And that’s why Everything Summer Camp is proud to offer a wide assortment of water bottles that work just as great during the school day as they do on a camping trip.

The latest addition to our water bottle collection is the CamelBak Chute .75 L bottle. Made The CamelBak Chute .75 L Water Bottle is great company on the go!with maximum efficiency, the cap is leak-proof and its threads are inside the spout for an inviting lip seal while you’re drinking.

The spout is specially designed for a concentrated flow providing you with a quenching stream. Simply twist the cap off and snap it into the handle for a drink. You won’t spill on your class notes drinking out of this water bottle.

And you’ll stay sharp with the CamelBak Chute too. See, when you keep your water bottle around you throughout the day, it just makes it that much easier to supply yourself with a sip. Few people actually drink their recommended daily amount of water. But having your water bottle at your side makes that recommendation so much more achievable.

Your recommended water intake is different for everyone depending on how active you are, how healthy your diet is, and where you live. Chances are you could use to increase your daily water intake.

Just like a well-oiled machine, your body needs water to run properly. Good hydration habits will certainly have a positive effect on your performance as a student just the same way that it has a positive effect your athletic performance.

When you keep yourself properly hydrated, you’ll retain your school lessons better and become all the wiser for it! Thank your CamelBak Chute Water Bottle for being so smooth and keeping you sharp.

Thanks for reading.

- John

Give me a break! A JanSport Superbreak for back-to-school!

Hey, Back-to-Schoolers!

Around this time in the month of August, most people are still in the full swing of summer, enjoying grill outs for dinner, daylight in the evenings, and campfires at night. But despite these seemingly endless summer days, the back-to-school shopping season is already upon us!

I’m sure that your kids, department stores, and now online camp-outfitter blogs refuse to let you forget that the new school year is right around the corner. Nevertheless, I want to tell you about one of the most essential pieces in your back-to-school prepping: the back-to-school backpack!

If you’re looking for the perfect school pack to take along on your back every weekday, Everything Summer Camp offers just the ticket. It’s the JanSport Superbreak. Bringing ‘vintage’ back in style, this classic pack is the original JanSport backpack. In fact, it’s the #1 backpack in the entire world! The JanSport Superbreak is a great traditional-style school backpack.

Weighing in at only 12 oz., this lightweight pack has one large main compartment and a front zippered pocket to help keep essentials and small items handy. While it can work as the perfect day pack for summer camp hiking, school is really its cup of tea. It’s more than spacious enough for all your heavy textbooks and school supplies you’ll need to transport.

Get all your friends at school and other classmates to see you sporting this fashionable JanSport backpack. Available in cool colors and fun designs, the Superbreak looks great on boys as well as girls. Just pick your favorite of the seven options!

Stitched with 600 Denier polyester this backpack is very durable. It’s easy to care for too—simply wipe it clean and let it air dry. With 1550 cubic inches of storage, the Superbreak stands at 8.5″ D x 13″ W x 16.7″ H. And, of course, like all JanSport bags, the Superbreak is guaranteed for life.

Thanks for reading, Preppers!

- John

Guess who went to the Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp!

Hey there, Summer Campers!

It wouldn’t be surprising to find out that everyone reading this Everything Summer Camp Blog post is also a big fan of Norah Jones. Who isn’t, right? Like many other singers, songwriters, actors and actresses, and lots of celebrities in general, Norah was a summer camper herself when she was closer to your age. Take a look at Norah Jones and the events that led up to her stardom.

Within just a few years (and maybe at the same time) of American singer-songwriter, Jewel’s attendance of the same summer camp, Norah went to the Interlochen Center for the Arts Camp in northwest Michigan for a number of summers. This arts camp hosts concerts and events to show what their students can do. We all know Norah’s talent!

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Norah was raised by her father, Pandit Ravi Shankar, an Indian sitar player and her mother, Sue Jones, an American concert producer. When Norah was seven, her parents separated and she went with her mother to live in Grapevine, Texas.

There she went to school and became involved in a number of school activities like singing in the choir and playing the alto saxophone in Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts’ band. She also sang in church and took piano lessons when she was a kid.

When she was 16, Norah got her parents’ permission to have her name officially changed simply to Norah Jones (before then, she was Geetali Norah Jones Shankar) During high school, Norah won the “DownBeat” student music awards for Best Jazz Vocalist and Best Original Composition (awards she would win again in the next year.

She went to college at the University of North Texas. There she majored in jazz piano and focused on singing as well. It was during her college years that she met her friend Jess Harris. After college, her and Harris started a band together which resulted in her success.

Look where summer camp took Norah Jones. Where will it take you? Thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John