What camp did John Cusack’s buddy attend?

Hey, Summer Campers!

It seems that no matter which way you turn in Hollywood, everybody involved in ‘show biz’ attended summer camp when they were younger. I’ve written about a decent number of them, but when I look at the vast number of celebrities who have attended summer camp, I realize that I’ve only just begun!

Another name you’ve likely heard before is Jeremy Piven. He’s yet another biJeremy Piven studied his whole life how to be a good actor.g-name in Hollywood, an American film producer and actor who went to Camp Chi during his childhood. Camp Chi is a Jewish summer camp, located in the Wisconsin Dells on Lake Blass (not all that far from Everything Summer Camp here in Boyd, Wisconsin).

Quite an accomplished and well-known actor, Jeremy has won the Golden Globe Award as well as three Emmy Awards in a row. He’s also been nominated several times for Best Supporting Actor. Maybe you’ve seen him in roles like Arny in ‘The Family Man’, a salesman in ‘Rush Hour 2’, the Timekeeper in ‘Spy Kids: All the Time in the World’, or maybe you know his voice as Harv from ‘Cars’.

Jeremy may be a big star now, but he grew up like anyone else back in Evanston, Illinois. He and his family lived in a suburb north of Chicago. After his time at summer camp, he found great interest in acting. He later attended the Harand Theater Camp in Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. During his time at the theater camp, he played Bernardo in ‘West Side Story’.

With a strong interest in acting (and a lot of support behind him), he trained alongside John Cusack at the Piven Theatre Workshop (which was founded by his parents). After that, he went on to earn his degree in theatre at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He also attended a semester at the National Theater Institute in Waterford, Connecticut.

By the time he was done with school, he was already appearing in movies with his buddy, John Cusack. Jeremy did what made him happy and look what happened to him? What makes you happy? Thanks for reading, Summer Campers!

- John

Camp with a fraction of the effort!

Hey, Summer Lovers!

Okay, okay, so the summer season may be officially over at this point—but there’s still a flood of beautiful weather to soak up here in northern Wisconsin. To follow suit with the last three Mondays on the Everything Summer Camp Blog, today I’d like to give one last idea for squeezing every last drop of fun out of our fine September weather.

I’ve already mentioned great activities like apple-picking, enjoying campfires, and going on a hike. Lastly, allow me to present you with…

Idea #4: Backyard camping. Sleepovers/slumber parties are a great way to say goodbye to the summer season. Do it up in style and break out the tent one, last time—weather (and parents) permitting—to spend the night in the outdoors before it gets too cold!   Have all the fun of camping with a fraction of the effort right in your own backyard!

Even if you don’t end up spending the whole night out there, it’ll still be well worth it to share a spooky story or a juicy game of truth or dare before falling asleep in the backyard. It offers the thrill of camping with a fraction of the effort when there’s a clean bathroom and full refrigerator a few steps away.The excellent, hands-free camping lantern from Princeton Tech

Brighten up your tent after dark with the great Camping Lantern from Princeton Tech(available right here at Everything Summer Camp) and you can play cards, Battleship, Chess, and board game you like as long as you have enough room in your tent.

Summer may be over, but you don’t have to say goodbye to camping quite yet. Since we only sleep in them occasionally, tents are inevitably fun and exciting shelters in which to spend the night. Great memories are made inside of them! Who knew the backyard could be so thrilling?

Well, that’s the last of our ideas for summertime activities in September! Good luck wringing the season dry of its fun, Summer Lovers! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Won’t you be my good neighbor?

Hi, Neighbors!

The people who live in our neighborhood make up the community to which we belong. If you’re lucky, you appreciate your neighbors, you get along with them, you might even consider them your friends. Good neighbors are there to play with, to lend us things, to give us advice, and to get our mail in when we’re on vacation. Today we celebrate the people in our communities. Happy Good Neighbor Day!As social people, we need a close-knit community and neighborliness from those who live around us.

It’s truly great to have good neighbors that you can count on which is why it’s important to recognize the two-way street of neighborliness. Good neighbors beget good neighbors so the more neighborly you are to the people around you, the more neighborly they’ll be in turn. After all, why should your neighbor lend you their lawn mower if you wouldn’t give them a cup of sugar the other day?

I know when I was growing up, we were incredibly close in particular with our next-door neighbor. We’d borrow and lend things without a second thought. Of course, because my dad had married the girl next-door, the next-door neighbor was my grandfather. I guess I REALLY lucked out with a neighbor who was MORE than just a neighbor…

But I’m not the only one who had such a lucky find! In fact, families are sort of how neighborhoods began. See, the first ‘neighborhoods’ that were formed, early in human history, were based on families sticking together. Extended families would all stay together in large numbers and move with the weather.

Celebrate National Good Neighbor Day today and enjoy the company and community of your neighbors.This was the case until people started farming on a significant scale. Such farming allowed people to occupy their time with things other than farming. They did other jobs, built cities, and settled down in communities and neighborhoods.

Things changed when cars and airplanes made traveling a simpler situation; families didn’t necessarily stick so close together anymore. That’s why it’s important to develop a relationship with the people in your neighborhood. You’re safe and supported when you know the people around you. Happy Good Neighbor Day! And thanks for reading.

- John

The Pivotal evolution of duffels is here!

Hey, Camp Fans!

The world of duffels is pretty straightforward, isn’t it? There haven’t been too many changes to the product over the years, right? Wrong! Whether they have added pockets, carrying straps, telescoping handles, or smooth-rolling wheels, duffel bags are constantly evolving to make your travels more convenient. The Pivotal Soft Case is the evolution in duffel bags and available here at Everything Summer Camp

In fact, so many modifications have been made to duffel bags that you might wonder what else they can possibly do to offer even more convenience. Where else do they have to go from here? Well, just when you thought duffels couldn’t get any better, along comes the perfect specimen for transportation of your camp gear and other valuables.

As summer camp outfitters, it’s only natural that we carry a wide selection of duffel bags here at Everything Summer Camp. Each of our duffels has its own unique charm and designating features, but none of them travel quite so easily as the duffel bags from Pivotal Gear.

Pivotal Gear has spearheaded the latest in duffel bag innovation with their patented PIVOT-GRIP handle. Rolling on two, large all-terrain wheels, the handles on Pivotal Duffel Bags will actually rotate (or pivot) 360° to follow along with your hand, cutting out any unwanted strain on your arm and wrist.

You can find the Soft Case Gear Bag from Pivotal on our online, one-stop shop. The Pivotal Case is just what you need to make your travels easy, enjoyable, and struggle-free. You’ll be traveling in style with this spacious case!
The patented PIVOT-GRIP on the Pivotal Soft Case is the next step in duffel evolution
Equipped with more than just two wheels and a cool handle, the main compartment of the Pivotal Soft Case offers a divider support system that snaps effortlessly into place to provide a separate packing section or simply folds down, providing you with the maximum packing space.

Make traveling as easy on yourself as you can make and get the Pivotal Soft Case Gear Bag. Thanks for reading, Camp Fans.

- John

Who’s your favorite superhero?

Hey there, Comic Bookers!

If you love comic books, then you’re certain to find today right up your alley! It’s National Comic Book Day! Celebrate by pulling out your favorite issue and delve into the adventure and crusading. Spider-man, Superman, Batman, or The Hulk—no matter which superhero is your favorite, you’ll have a blast losing yourself in a world of good and villainy. Superman was the original caped crusader and sent the comic book industry soaring like a bird, a plane, a...

Before superheroes ever hit the big screen, they were born in the panels of comic books. While the first comic book was printed as far back as 1842, it wasn’t until 1938 that comic books became a booming industry when Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster introduced the world to the one, the only, Superman.

This caped crusader from the planet Krypton would become the big bang to the universe of comic book superheroes. After the original Siegel and Shuster comic, other caped crusaders started making their way into the spotlight. From Captain America to the Green Lantern, Iron Man, and X-Men, the comic book world spread into explosive expansion.

You can keep your favorite superheroes close by with our self-adhesive, vinyl stickers from Everything Summer Camp. These Comic Decals work great for decorating your C&N Footlocker or bedroom walls. Each pack includes four sheets of caped crusaders and superheroes.

These stickers stick Batman decals are only the tip of the iceberg for all the superhero decals you can find at Everything Summer Camp.great to any clean, smooth, dry surface and can be repositioned without any damage or sticky residue left behind! These decals are also non-toxic and safe to use around children. Make sure to keep your heroes around with our cool Comics Wall and Trunk Decals. We’ve got all your favorites including Superman, Spider-man, The Hulk, X-Men, Batman, Iron man, Captain America, and Transformers!

So go through your stack of comic books today and give your old favorites a read over. Have a blast today and thanks for reading.

- John

Fall fun

Hey there, Fall Folks!

In case you’re unfamiliar with the Fall season (as the climate varies rather dramatically across our lovely country), this is the time of year when the leaves lose their green color and shift to a yellow, brown, orange, red, or even purple kind of color. After that they fall from the trees below to carpet the ground and blow distant in the wind.Leaves fall from the trees this time of season. It's the coolest part about fall!

Wisconsinites like all of us here at Everything Summer Camp (located in Boyd, WI) have grown accustomed to the pretty fall season, but never forget what a beautiful part of the cycle this season is! The colors are so vibrant and surreal. It’s fun to go tramping through these colorful, crunching fallen leaves. Autumn speaks loudly.

The fact that these leaves turn amazing colors and fall from their branches means that they’ve died, of course. As the temperature cools and the earth’s northern hemisphere moves away from the sun, the leaves are no longer getting the amount of sunlight they need to perform processes that are essential to their life (like photosynthesis).

Photosynthesis is the process in which leaves and other plant life obtain that lively green color. The same way that animals eat food to get their energy, leaves feast on sunlight. When the leaves don’t get enough sunlight, they can no longer obtain the energy they need for survival. But despite the certain doom this spells for leaves and other plant life, it makes for a stunningly beautiful season.

Accompanying today’s Blog post, we’ll be sharing our own fall pictures with all of you. Check out the beautiful, changing environment surrounding us here in northern Wisconsin. We hope they fill you with as much awe and inspiration as they do us. We truly do live in a beautiful world!

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

- John

Time to hit the ol’, dusty trail…

Hey, Happy Hikers!

Summer’s on its way out, but it’s not over yet! Make the best of the rest and enjoy the outdoors as much as you can! I’ve been offering ideas for outdoor activities in the month of September—last Monday, I pointed out that it’s perfect campfire weather and the Monday before that I suggested apple-picking.

Idea #3: Going on a Hike. Nothing hits the spot like an adventurous conGoing for a hike is one activity that makes you feel great almot instantly afterward.stitutional amongst the fading foliage. So strap on your trail shoes, get out there, and breathe in the crisp, autumnal air.

There are lots of things you can do to make a hike a really good time. We have a slew of hiking gear here at Everything Summer Camp to help you enjoy your outing to its max. From hiking boots to water bottles, backpacks, and Hydration packs, we’ve got everything you need.

Another thing to keep in mind for your hike is your company. I like to share hikes with a good friend or two. The more the merrier! So round up a good group and hit the trail together.

It’s smart to bring a snack along too. Apples and bananas are nice, easy treats that require no real prep work, yet they’re very satisfying. If you know you’ll be out for a longer time, pack a sandwich and trail mix too. Picnicking is fun out in the woods or a park just off the trail.

As the summer season comes to an end, the green disappears from the leaves and they fall to the ground. At least, that’s what happens here in northern Wisconsin. It’s fun to spot cool-looking leaves and collect the ones you really like.

Hiking gets your blood pumping and makes you feel good. Prepare your own journey and get the most out of your hikes. Thanks for reading, Hikers.

- John

Little CHEESE with that burger?

Hey, Burger Buffs!

There’s lots of different ways to fancy up a good ol’ fashioned burger. Some people like pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Some people say ketchup. Others swear by mustard. Sometimes there’s bacon and sometimes there’s French fries. But the most basic topping that pretty much everybody is in agreement about…is cheese. The cheeseburger is an unparalleled hurdle in burger evolution.

Who isn't a sucker for this most delicious and American of American foods?

Which is exactly why we celebrate National Cheeseburger Day yesterday! There’s something magical about this ingredient. Most popular of cheeses is processed cheese, but also frequently used are Cheddar, Swiss  Cheese, Mozzarella, Blue Cheese, and (my personal favorite) Pepper Jack.

There’s a good number of people who have tried to take claim as the inventor of the cheeseburger. It’s more than possible that multiple people from different areas started adding cheese, and, thinking they were the only ones to have done it, called themselves the inventor! Adding cheese became popular in the late-20’s to mid-30’s.

One Lionel Sternberger is said to have done it the earliest, in 1926 when he was just 16 years old, working at his dad’s sandwich shop, ‘The Rite Spot,’ in Pasadena, California. He’s said to have “experimentally dropped a slab of American Cheese on a sizzling hamburger.”

The first appearance of a Cheeseburger on a menu in a restaurant is in 1928 at O’Dell’s in Los Angeles. This restaurant served a Cheeseburger smothered in chili that cost the customer only 25 cents!

There are other contenders, but like I said, it isn’t that unlikely that multiple people started doing the same thing around the same time—especially something as simple as topping a burger with cheese. After all, it just makes sense!

We all love cheeseburgers here at Everything Summer Camp. How much do you love this most American of American foods? Celebrate Cheeseburger Day belatedly if you didn’t do it yesterday and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Looking to spice up your room?

Hey, Boys and Girls!

As the Beach Boys once said in a song, “There’s a world where I can go and tell my secrets to…in this world I lock out all my worries and my fears. In my room.” What are they talking about here? They’re saying your room is just that—it’s YOUR ROOM! It’s your safe haven, your sanctuary, the place you can go to get away from the rest of the world!

So make it your own! You can transform your room into so much more than just four walls, a closet, and a door. You have the vision and the ability. Now you just need to fill it with the right things. That’s where Everything Summer Camp comes in.
From rock n' roll and cute skull and bones, these decals aim for your alley
We have an impressive assortment of decals for your bedroom. Go nuts and decorate your room until it looks just the way you want it to. Our cool Chalkboard & Dry Erase Decals are lots of fun for wall decorating and we have classic Fun Shapes too—they’re vinyl decals like peace signs, hearts, and more.

If sports are your cup of tea, we also has NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA Teammates team logo decals from Fathead right here at Everything Summer Camp. Just pick out your favorite team’s logo decal and have the walls of your bedroom represent!

For other tastes, we haveGlow-in-the-dark stars and moon are a great way to brighten up the night in your room. Glow-In-The-Dark star decals, Mirrors, beloved characters from TV, movies, toys, and comics. We’ve got Collegiate Sports decals, Quotes, and Other Fun Stuff (which is a more generic sheet of decals).

Don’t worry about making a mistake in the application because these stickers are Show your love for college with these NCAA decals for your bedroomreusable! Just stick, unstick, and stick again—it’s that painless! All of our decals are non-toxic and easy to apply and reapply. Enjoy decorating and, most of all, have fun with it!

Thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Guess what toy used to be a wall cleaner!

Hey, Play-Doh People!

Today is National Play-Doh Day. Kids of all ages love to play with Play-Doh. The fact that 2 billion cans of the stuff have been sold since its beginnings in 1933 just goes to show what a great toy it is! Funny thing is, back then, Play-Doh wasn’t made to be a toy at all! It was actually meant to be a wallpaper cleaner. Get crazy with your molding, craft skills when you open up a can of Play-Doh!

A man named Cleo McVicker had just saved a company called Kutol from going under. His next move was telling representatives of Kroger grocery stores that he could make a wallpaper cleaner despite the fact that neither he nor anyone at Kutol knew anything about wallpaper cleaners. It was a bold, risky move, but it would eventually lead to amazing success.

At the time, coal was pretty much the only means of home heating. Therefore, wallpaper cleaner was in high demand. You couldn’t simply wash wallpaper with water the way you can today’s vinyl wallpaper. So people needed a putty-like substance that could dryly clean coal residue from their wallpaper. Cleo hired his brother Noah to help concoct the substance that would become Play-Doh.

When easy-to-wash, vinyl-based wallpaper came along, it seemed, once again, that Kutol would have to close its doors. To make matters worse, Cleo passed away. Around this time, Joe McVicker, Noah’s nephew was brought on to help fill Cleo’s role at Kutol. This move proved beneficial to the company as it was Joe’s sister-in-law, Kay Zufall who became Play-Doh’s unrecognized heroine.

It was Kay who, running a nursery school, discovered that wallpaper cleaner could be used to make cheap Christmas decorations! Aware of Kutol’s tough position, she called her brother-in-law immediately to order a bunch of wallpaper cleaner. Not only did the cleaner work great, but the kids had a great time playing with it. You can pretty much make anything you can imagine when you have enough Play-Doh!By 1955, Play-Doh was sold on the market, the same concoction as before but without the detergent. Play-Doh is easy to alter and easy to make. In fact, you can easily make your own Play-Doh. Check out these easy recipes here and thanks for reading!

- John