Does YOUR head light up?

Hey, Camp Fans!

An essential item that can be found on everybody’s packing list for summer camp is a reliable flashlight! As the Everything Summer Camp Flashlight Collection proves, sources of light come in all different shapes and sizes. After all, we’ve got the standard Handheld Flashlights, Digital Flashlight Clocks, Lanterns, AND Headlamps.

For those who are fed up, fumbling around with flashlights, Princeton Tec suggests that, in the fashion of a mining helmet, you simply wear a lamp on your head. For the last 40 years, Princeton Tec has managed to pave the way in the lighting industry by continuing to drive their technology forward thanks to their hard work, innovative thinking, and biomimicry—breakthroughs in technology inspired by the natural world around us.

The fearless team at Princeton Tec isn’t afraid to travel the planet by ocean, by air, by bike, or by foot in order to achieve the best possible understanding of the environment they’re attempting to brighten. Whether it means scaling mountains or walking on the ocean floor—Princeton Tec is either there or planning a trip for it.

Recently making the sixth addition to our assortment of available Princeton Tec A perfect light source for summer camp, the Princeton Tec SYNC is stylin'Headlamps, the SYNC Headlamp can now be found among the others here at Everything Summer Camp.

This Headlamp floods the night with piercing light. With settings for high and low flood, red LED, spot beam, and dual beam (for when the night goes pitch black). The Princeton Tec Sync Headlamp will burn for 75 hours at a powerful 90 Lumens. Casting a beam a maximum of nearly 200 feet, make the night bright with the Sync wrapped around your head.

Very durable and water-resistant, the SYNC Headlamp comes with the 3 AAA batteries it takes to run. Check it out for yourself right here. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Four new backpacks comin’ atcha!

Hey, Camp Fans!

A big part of summer camp is sleeping under the stars when your adventures take you too far from your cabin. Falling asleep in the great outdoors is certainly a magical experience, assuming you have the proper gear, that is. If you expect your camp outings to stretch through the night, then you’ll need to make sure you’ve got all the right gear.
The Kelty Dobler is a summer camp champ.
Before you embark on your woodsy hikes this summer, make sure you’ve got the right backpack for the job. We just started carrying FOUR, NEW backpacks from Kelty. Check ‘em out:

1.) The Kelty Dobler, with a spacious main compartment, provides a padded sleeve that can fit a laptop of 17” or provide safekeeping for any maps and books that you bring along. The Dobler is also equipped with a bungee A fan of summer camp is the Kelty Buellersystem on the outside for times when you need to carry a little more than you can fit inside.

2.) The Kelty Bueller, like the Dobler, boasts a large interior that includes a padded sleeve to offer safekeeping of maps or books that you don’t want bent. This mid-sized day pack also features a hydration sleeve (reservoir not included) as well as a convenient external water bottleThe Kelty Yukon is a no-jokes, tough guy pocket so hydration is always at your fingertips.

3.) Sling the Kelty Yukon on your shoulders. This external-framed brute won’t have any trouble packing everything you need when you head out on those long, scenic treks. Fully-armed with a reservoir sleeve (reservoir not included), mesh water bottle and other zippered side pockets, and a sleeping bag compartment, the Yukon is ready for camp.

Get the Kelty Redwing for your summer fun4.) And last, but not least, the Kelty Redwing can fit everything you need to hit a full day on the trail. Top and Side Panel Loading, it has a large front pocket featuring an organizer so you can keep your camp supplies and various, smaller items neat and orderly on your adventures. With space galore on the inside, it’s outside also offers a convenient water bottle pocket and zippered side pockets. Hydration compatible, but reservoir not included, Kelty’s got your back with the Redwing Backpack.

Be prepared on your adventures this summer with one of these choice backpacks from Kelty. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Doubting leads to pouting

Hey, Camp Preppers!

As we’ve moved through April, I’ve been posting a series of Tips and Advice every Monday about involving your soon-to-be-camper in the planning stages of summer camp.

I introduced the topic on April 6, explaining the importance of including your child. The week after that, I talked about solidifying the length of your camper’s camp stay in your their mind. And last week, was about things to avoid (if at all possible), like moving homes or any upsetting separations directly before or during your kid’s camp stay.

Today concludes this series with probably the most important part of your kid’s involvement in summer camp planning: Keeping Your Doubts to Yourself!
Quotation from the Blog post.Noted in the excellent preparatory guidebook, ‘The Summer Camp Handbook,’ Doctors Chris Thurber and Jon Malinowski discuss the proper way to reveal your attitude concerning your kid’s camp stay in front of your kid. In their book, they discuss the importance of creating an optimistic and fun approach to camp. After all, your demeanor has more effect over your child’s demeanor than you may realize.

For instance, saying something like:There's a right way and a wrong way to say things to your kid.

“I love you so much! You know I’ll miss you, but once you get to camp, you’re going to have so much fun; you won’t even have time to be homesick!”

…is better than…

“I have no idea what I’ll do without you while you’re off at camp. I’m going to miss you so much!—I don’t know how I’ll get through those two weeks.”

…which is Not so Good!

It’s also smart to give kids a few examples of your plans during their camp stay. Let them know that you’ll be keeping yourself occupied while they’re away.

Though doubts may seep into your mind from time to time, you know your kid’s going to have a blast at camp. Give them your support and remind them of a couple things—how proud they make you and that they played a hand in the decision to go to camp.

With encouragement like that, your kid shouldn’t have any worries about the approaching camp season. Enjoy the time leading up to camp and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

This little light o’ mine…

Hey there, Flashlight Aficionados!

One essential item that’s sure to be on everybody’s summer camp packing list is a flashlight. Throughout the many posts on this Blog, I’ve written a lot concerning flashlights: we had National Flashlight Day, I talked about the history of the flashlight, and, of course, I wrote about the awesome Flashlights that we carry here at Everything Summer Camp.

We may already offer a handful of awesome Flashlights through our online shop, but, even so, we just couldn’t help ourselves when we saw this one. Super cool—and supeThis flashlight will blow you away, it's SO powerful! r small—the miniMongo Flashlight is certain to become a summer camp hit this approaching camp season.

It’s true what they say—big things really do come in small packages. Small enough to fit inside your pocket, the miniMongo is COMpact! But don’t let its small size fool you. This thing ain’t no joke! It’ll blast 160 Lumens of light over 150 yards without breaking a sweat. Shine this little light into the night to brighten it like you never have before!

A perfect flashlight for summer camp, the miniMongo is ready for anything that the summer camp lifestyle might throw its way. It’s durable and water-resistant so you can use it in the rain without any concern of it getting damaged.

You’re sure to love the many faces of this Flashlight; available in a handful of different styles, you can pick your favorite Flashlight style from Black, Silver, Pink, or cool Camo.

Also great for telling ghost stories around the campfire and entertaining friends with shadow puppets, the miniMongo is definitely the Flashlight for you during your camp stay. Batteries included, check this awesome Flashlight out for yourself by clicking right here.

Have fun fulfilling your summer camp’s packing list and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Celebrate Girl Scout Leader Day!

Hey there, Girl Scouts!

You know what makes Scouts so much fun? Your Girl Scout Leaders! Ever committed to leading by example, Girl Scout leaders work wonders in youth development by teaching young girls the qualities of honesty, fairness, courage, strength, resourcefulness, respecting each other, and making the world a better place.  It only makes senGirls Scout Leader Day. Celebrate it to have a day dedicated to our Girl Scout Leaders. Today is Girl Scout Leader Day.

This organization that started with just 18 Scouts and Juliette Gordon Low (or ‘Daisy’ as all the Scouts called her) took off just three years after the their original outing in 1912. Once an official organization, girls all over the nation started attending Scouts.

Nowadays, the Girl Scouts Organization spans 100 local councils across the country, headed by the Chief Executive Officer, the National Board of Directors, Headquarters Staff, Professional Staffers, and Volunteers. Thanks to these women involved in the world of Scouts, young girls get the chance to learn valuable lessons and healthy lifestyles.

Providing girls with an experience that gets them out of their routine, domestic lifestyle is what Girl Scouts are all about.  Knowing how restorative and refreshing the great outdoors are for the mind, body, and soul, Daisy had no idea that her intuitive desires would blossom into a nationwide movement. Her dream has stayed alive for all these years.

Daisy got these girls to embrace their community by giving back to it. They went hiking and camping. They played basketball, learned to tell time by looking at the sky, and studied first aid. Girl Scout Leaders are still showing young Scouts these useful skills.

Since today is Girl Scout Leader Day, celebrate by writing to your old leaders that made a difference in your life and let them know what a great job they did and where you are now! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

What’s cookin’ at Camp Zeke?

Hey, Camp Fans!

At Everything Summer Camp, we don’t like to toot our own horn. Despite that, we do it all the time on this Blog. Before we get too big-headed, we figured we better talk up somebody else for a change—like summer camps, for example. Shining our spotlight all across the country, our Camp Spotlight posts praise specific summer camps that do excellent jobs at giving their campers a great summer experienceJewish Camp Zeke's logo.

Located in Lakewood, Pennsylvania, Camp Zeke provides a beautiful setting among 560 acres of woods and the foothills of the Pocono Mountains. Campers experience a fun-filled camp stay, celebrated with healthy eating, active days, all the traditional camp activities, and much more.

Ring in the new! 2015 marks Camp Zeke’s exciting, second summer session. Zeke may be new, but its staff certainly isn’t! They’ve been at the summer camp game for a very long time; in fact, Isaac Mamaysky, Camp Zeke’s Director, worked at one of the oldest Jewish camps in the country for years!

At Camp Zeke, you can enjoy walking the many, many miles of woodsy trail and the scenic grounds including their own, private, spring-fed lake, Lake Hickory. Camp Zeke is equipped with clean and comfortable facilities and fantastic features to offer loads of summer fun! There’s something for everybody at Camp Zeke.

They’ve got a heated, outdoor swimming pool, a dance and yoga studio, several art studios, a volleyball court, basketball court, tennis courts, jogging track, a brand new work-out gym, bunk lounge rooms, a full stage and theater, outdoor pavilion, as well as a professional kitchen utilized for teaching.

You’ll start and end your days in a beautiful, air-conditioned cabin with a lake-view lounge where you can socialize with friends, join in fun group activities, or wind down after a long, jam-packed day at camp.

There’s so much to Camp Zeke but it isn’t all encompassed in the fun features and cool facilities that they have there. No, it’s a Jewish community where kids can gather to make memories, form friendships, and take healthy risks that build their strength and confidence. Look into Camp Zeke for yourself!

- JohnAre you ready to have fun Camp Zeke style?

Is there a better time?

Hello again, Camp Preppers!

Continuing our Tips and Advice posts on Mondays throughout April, today I’m offering more words concerning the involvement of your soon-to-be-camper in the planning stages of summer camp. A few weeks ago, I introduced the topic, explaining the importance in planning WITH your kid. Last week I discussed ways to solidify the length of a camp stay in your camper’s mind.

Instead of offering tips of what to do, today I’m going to give advice on a couple oRead up on Everything Summer Camp's first published book, the second editon of 'The Summer Camp Handbook'f things NOT to do.

As noted in their preparatory guidebook, ‘The Summer Camp Handbook,’ Doctors Chris Thurber and Jon Malinowski acknowledge that life outside of summer camp carries on without skipping a beat. Sometimes horrible, traumatic things occur whether we want them to or not. Other things may occur that aren’t horrible or traumatic but result in giant changes nonetheless.

Often times, these sort of things don’t really happen within our control. But, if you CAN avoid moving in the weeks prior to camp—or especially DURING—this is definitely the better choice. Making new friends at camp and getting used to new surroundings can be stressful, but camp relieves these concerns as kids quickly see how easy it is to make friends and have fun there.

However, with the stress of having to make new friends and get used to new surroundings all over again, this compound stress is likely to cloud a child’s ability to relax and enjoy themselves at camp. If moving CANNOT be avoided, make sure to introduce your kid to as much of the new place as possible. Show pictures, take visits, talk, talk, talk!

It’s important to keep your child apprised of other traumatic things as well such as leaves for military service, marital separation, or a serious illness or even death of a close friend or family member. Homesickness is liable to result from such challenging disruptions, however, a straightforward and honest approach about such topics will help reduce their feelings of worry and uncertainty.

Keep in mind for these unavoidable situations, the fewer worries kids have to deal with at camp—the better time they’re going to have at camp. Tune in next week to learn about the proper attitude to have concerning summer camp. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

From summer camper to sports writer…

Hey, Campers!

Did you know that more than 11 million people go to summer camp every year? That’s A LOT of folks! And since everybody and their mothers went to summer camp at some point, it’s not surprising to discover the loads upon loads of famous folks who were once summer campers just like you.
Mr. Gammons on ESPN's Baseball Tonight
It’s also not surprising to learn how many summer campers from back in the day have gone on to do fun, exciting work as successful, famous stars! There are some stars who achieve superstardom like Julia Roberts or Drew Brees and there are other famous people who are stars within their own field. Any sports fan, 25 or older, knows the name Peter Gammons.

Earning major awards in his field, Peter made a name for himself through his expert writing in baseball coverage. But before he became a big name sports writer, he attended summer camp at Camp Timanous in Maine.

An all-boys, overnight camp located 25 miles west of Portland on the shores of Panther Pond, Camp Timanous offers kids a fun summer stay at their magical New England setting where kids achieve a path toward self-confidence and self-reliance.

It certainly did Peter some good as he went on to attend an elite prep school and then to University of North Carolina. There he worked for the student newspaper as well as the student radio station. He began his career in journalism directly after his graduation in 1969 with The Boston Globe! And that was just the beginning!

As main journalist, covering the Boston Red Sox, Peter quickly took his claim to fame working alongside other legendary sports writers at The Boston Globe. He soon surpassed their fame, however, as he soon got work as a national baseball columnist as well. Stepping into the role of lead columnist for Sport Illustrated, he covered baseball, hockey, and college basketball.

By 1988, Peter joined the ranks of ESPN as a behind-the-scenes analyst, but come baseball season, he would appear on ‘Baseball Tonight’ and would frequently speak on ESPN radio. Voted the National Sportswriter of the Year in ’89, ’90, and ’93,

Get the most out of your summer camp stays and find out just how much good summer camp can do for you! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

How big is six million?

A Difficult Reminder:

Unlike most of the special days and other material covered on this Blog, today’s post is of the utmost grave and solemn topics as today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Stretching from the evening of April 15 to the evening of April 16, the victims of the Holocaust as well as the brave acts of resistance and heroism that were made 80 years ago are commemorated.
Today is a day to remember those six million.Today, we remember the unimaginable number of lives that were taken in the name of prejudice and senseless hatred. For over a decade the mad, German tyrant, Adolf Hitler, led Nazi Germany to methodically persecute and murder a disturbing number of Jews (and others who were seen as inferior races and creeds).

Thought to be a superior race, Aryan people, with their blond hair and blue eyes were honored by Nazi Germany and considered to be the desirable genetic makeup to be spared from this mass extermination called The Holocaust which claimed the lives of an estimated six million Jews.

This number is so immense that its reality is, understandably, a bit lost on us. How big is six million? It’s unfathomable! But I’ll try to give you SOME idea just how big of a number six million is:
You can't really even recognize earth from this far away!
1.) Here’s a striking visual. This is a photograph snapped from NASA’s Juno Spacecraft. It shows what planet Earth and our accompanying moon look like from six million miles away.

2.) If every single person in Wisconsin (that’s nearly 2 percent of the U.S. population) were to suddenly vanish, it would still be about 350,000 short of the total Holocaust victims.

3.) If you took a minute to speak the name for each Holocaust victim, it would take you over 11 YEARS to finish the list.

Please, join the rest of the world and take today to remember the unfortunate souls who were killed in this horrible event from our history… holocaust names

Pack up with this bottle and cup!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Nothing really beats the feeling you get when you’re tromping a vague trail through the woods on a hot, sunny day. The gentle breeze moving past you in the unique scenery—it all feels so good….Well, maybe not ALL of it. You’ll probably be sweating a lot and have a hikers need water along with them.thirst that requires constant quenching. But it’s worth it to make the adventure and cope with the thirst and perspiration.

You’ll NEED to bring water along and you have a few options:

1.) Hydration Backpacks are an easy means of quenching your thirst that you carry on your back.

2.) A Canteen to be sure you have enough water when you go for those long adventures on hot days.

3.) Lastly, Water Bottles are your traditional, most popular option.

But there’s a vast array of water bottles featuring the latest technological innovations available right here at Everything Summer Camp. And some of the water bottles defy what the traditional bottle says a water bottle has to be. Much in the way that our Vapur Anti-Bottles take up almost no packing space, these new Pack-up Bottles and PThe Pack-up Bottle is the convenient choice.ack-up Cups from Industrial Revolution are a light packer’s dream!

Collapsible, Pack-up Bottles are ridiculously portable—just begging to be brought along to camp. Fill it up to 23 oz. of thirst-quenching water or delectable hot chocolate for a night around the fire. Separating into three sections, this Bottle is simple to clean and easy to refill. Its cap is a standard size making it interchangeable with other mouthpieces and filters so the option is yours.

And the Pack-up Cup is just as collapsible. It comes with The Pack-up Cup is a convenient accompaniment of the Pack-up attached lid to keep the heat in warm beverages as well as internal measuring lines. It holds up to 8.8 oz.. Both the Pack-up Bottle and Cup are dishwasher and microwave safe products. Pick up a Pack-Up Bottle and Cup for yourself today! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John