Camps Kenwood and Evergreen Spotlight

Hey, Camp Fans!

I could go on and on forever about the great things going on at Everything Summer Camp—and I will. But every now and then I want to take a break; enough about us—let’s talk about a deserving summer camp organization and all the great summertime activities they have setup for their campers. Brother-sister camps, Camp Kenwood and Camp Evergreen create just such an organization.  The Kenwood and Evergreen logoCamp Kenwood (for boys) and Camp Evergreen (for girls), located on the same campus in Wilmot, New Hampshire (nearly 100 miles from Boston), where kids can enjoy 210 acres all to themselves including two beaches on Eagle Pond and excellent facilities such as tennis courts, basketball hoops, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, art studios, a music studio, a theater, a ropes course, a climbing wall, and more.Feast your eyes on the awesome Kenwood and Evergreen campgrounds

Able to offer an assortment of diverse programs and activities simultaneously, Kenwood and Evergreen offer their campers what they call their Structured Choice Program, which gives kids their pick from two to three options at each activity period.

With a plethora of activities like ceramics, photography, filmmaking, woodshop, cooking, music, dance, archery, soft/baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, and even MORE, campers are certain to receive a well-rounded, personalized day plan that’s right up their alley!

Founded by Ken Huberman, Camp Kenwood has been around since 1930, and was joined with Camp Evergreen 20 years later—founded by Bernice Huberman (Ken’s wife). Of course, these camps are under different ownership now, but they are just as influential to their campers as they were back then.

The boys and the girls of Kenwood and Evergreen are encouraged to develop their social skills and to create age-appropriate friendships with all campers—regardless of gender. A really great place to have your summer camp experience, check out Camp Kenwood and Camp Evergreen for yourself. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Happy Mothers’ Day, Kids!

Hey, Everybody!

Happy Mothers’ Day! Mothers across the world are honored on this day for their graceful selflessness and undying love and support. Last year I told you the reason why mothers are honored so and gave a brief history of this holiday, whereas today, I’m going to give you five ways you can honor your moms!Happy Mother's Day! Put a smile on your mom's face!1.) Design your own maze, word search, word jumbles or other fun paper and pen games.
Lots of Moms enjoy putting their brains to these fun, little recreational activities. They’re easy entertainment and a fun diversion. And Word Searches can be easy to design if you have some graph paper handy. Just scrawl your motherly-themed words into an allotted ‘board’ and then fill in the remaining grid squares with random letters! I used to make them all the time when I was little.

2.) Make your own card and/or Mother Coupon.
Making your own card is easy! Just fold a normal 8.5” x 11” piece of paper and voila—you have a front, an inside, and a back: a card! Write your mother a little message to express your love and gratitude to her. You can even go the extra mile and give your mom a coupon that offers her uninterrupted, quiet time, a dinner you prepared, a solid housecleaning done by yourself, or some other nice service.

3.) Draw a picture for your mother.
A picture says a thousand words and, often times, the thought of this gift alone is enough to put a tear or two in your mom’s eyes.

4.) Write your mother a poem.
You can always put your rhyming skills to action and write a Mother’s Day Poem. Express your appreciation in verse if you’re a poet and you know it.Make this craft for your mom's gift today

5.) Build your mother a craft
Lastly, nothing says ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ like the well-executed result of a creative arts and crafts project that you make. There are a bunch of great ideas out there. I found this one.

Check it out and make something nice for your mom today! Happy Mother’s Day and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Camp Lisa…

Hey, Summer Campers!

Since this Blog began back in February of 2013, I’ve been posting about celebrities who either attended summer camp when they were little or have given to summer camps in a significant way. I’ve covered nearly 50 celebrities—some of whom are more involved in the summer camp community than others. I thought it’d be good to review some of those famous folks who have REALLY got involved.  Learn all about Lisa Loeb's summer camp foundation

First, and possibly foremost, to get a second look is Lisa Loeb. Her awesome contributions to summer camps are easily her most notable claim to fame. And my post about her from two years ago only covered half the story. I talked about her time at Camp Champions, just outside Austin Texas, as well as her career which sprouted from her summer camp experience.

What I didn’t tell you about is the Camp Lisa Foundation that she started. Its mission: to help kids, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to, attend summer camp. “Summer camp was a huge part of my childhood,” Lisa has said, “Something I looked forward to, and a relief from the very demanding 11 years of all-girls school…” It’s clear that, after all these, years, Lisa has never forgotten what an impact camp played in her life.

Here’s how it works:
Lisa Loeb's camp album to help less fortunate kids to attend summer camp.
Released in 2008, Lisa’s awesome ‘Camp Lisa’ album—containing twenty-one songs, both camp classics as well as originals performed by Lisa, along with famous guest performers—is all part of the Camp Lisa Foundation. All the proceeds from ‘Camp Lisa’ benefit the foundation that she created, giving underprivileged kids the chance to go to summer camp.

Always pushing for greater awareness of the wonders camp works in youth development through having fun in natural settings, friends, activities, and becoming part of a community, the Camp Lisa Foundation is a fantastic achievement! Check out the album right here. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

New Columbia Clothes and more…

Hey, Camp Fans!

We’re going all out this season to get the best in gear, clothes, and other camp supplies so your kids can get the most out of their summer camp experience. Ever expanding our shop, we’ve recently brought on an abundance of new apparel from Columbia. I don’t have enough space to go through all of the newly added items on this post, so I just picked three to discuss for today:
A great look at summer camp, the zero rules tee is its own authority
1.) the Zero Rules Tee, 2.) the Rain-Zilla Rain Jacket, and 3.) the Bora Bora Booney.

So much more than just a t-shirt, the Zero Rules Short Sleeve Shirt helps keep you cool while you’re having your fun in the sun. Designed to deliver Omni-Shade sun protection of UPF 30, the Zero Rules t-shirt keeps you comfy with Omni-wicking technology as well as sweat-activated cooling so that the more active you make yourself, the cooler you become.

Get a great workout in this shirt and stay as comfy as you are when relaxing. Available in a Men’s design as well as a Women’s V-neck.  Summer’s hot—doesn’t mean you have to be. Cool off with Zero Rules

Keeps your little monsters dry and protected.Make the best of a rainy day with a Rain-Zilla Rain Jacket from Columbia. After all what’s more fun staying perfectly comfortable and dry while stomping around in a wet world? You’ll be like an unstoppable monster destroying whole cities stomping those puddles!

When you puddle it up with this protection, you’re untouchable. King Kong’s got nothing on you with this waterproof fabric on your back. And warm microfleece lining inside, the Rain-Zilla Jacket is perfect. Available in boys and girls designs.

Excellent for time out on the lake, take your Booney with you

Your boon companion at camp, take the Bora Bora Booney with you when you make your trips out on the lake. Available as the Bora Bora II and Jr. sizes, protect yourself out on the water with THIS fishing hat!

Stylish and protective, this high-performance fishing hat from Columbia combines UPF 50 and an Omni-Wick sweatband to keep you feeling cool and to keep sweat from getting in your eyes. It also blocks 98% of the harmful UV rays from the sun.

Check out all of our great Columbia products right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

The Summer Camp List of Goals: 1.) Have Fun!

Hey, Soon-to-be-Campers!

As we’re all getting prepped for the fast-approaching summer camp season, I’m sure the thrilling anticipation and excitement has charged the air around your home. With the school year coming to a close, impatience intensifies and we’ve all got summer camp on the brain. So, to join in the anticipation for camp, throughout the month of May, I’ll be posting about the Five Goals of Summer Camp.

Noted in their prepEvery sign at camp points to something fun.aratory guidebook, ‘The Summer Camp Handbook,’ Drs. Chris Thurber and Jon Malinowski explain what the five goals of summer camp are and why we should know them. So, what’s the first goal?

Have Fun!

This first goal is never a problem as camps are pretty much founded on having fun. It’s every kid’s first priority and any good camp’s first priority, so it works out pretty well. The director and cabin leaders at your camp are likely very skilled people who know how to make some fun out of even the most mundane activity—like tidying the cabin or gathering firewood.

You might be thinking, “My kid? Have fun cleaning? I don’t think so…”, but stranger things have happened. You’d be surprised what kind of influence a fun, positive example can have on your kid. Summer camps have been successfully working their magic for generations!

But good cabin leaders making a boring time fun is just the tip of the fun iceberg at summer camp. Skilled staff members may be able to make fun out of nothing, but camp offer a vast variety of fun activities, equipment and facilities, as well as peers. With an abundance of new people to meet and a hundred fun things to do and places to see, summer camp was made to show kids a FUN time!

Tune in next Tuesday to read about Goal #2 of summer camp: Improve athletic, artistic, and intellectual skills. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

A long time ago, in…1977…

Hey, Star Wars Fans!

Today is National Star Wars Day. May the Fourth be with you. Today is a good day to celebrate these movies that started a revolution in the moviemaking industry. Celebrate with this Blog post and watch these fantastic films today. More than just movies to many, many people, Star Wars lives!A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...For as long as I can remember, I’ve been watching Star Wars. If you DON’T know it, it’s the story of Luke Skywalker, a key member of the Rebel Alliance who helps in the stand against the evil, oppressive Empire a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

That’s how the original trilogy goes, anyway. With older brothers and my dad—an avid science fiction fan—who cherished these movies, it was pre-decided for me that I The original Star Wars, Episode IV, A New Hopewould love these movies as much as they did. And I do. It was my DEStiny! Anyway, I found it amazing that three movies that started in 1977 were still able to generate so much excitement in my youth.

When the films were rereleased as the Special Edition, the Star Wars world was all abuzz. Not so much longer after that, the prequels came out which generated an incredible amount of enthusiasm and anticipation. And we live in exciting times right NOW as a new trilogy is being filmed.

That’s right, if you haven’t heard the news yet—here it is!—Star Wars is coming back and the first movie of the new trilogy is being released on December 18 of 2015! And, despite a largely disappointed crowd of Star Wars fans after the release of the prequel movies, these new films are getting Star Wars fans excited again.

Bringing back a surprisingly great number of the original Star Wars cast including Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), and many more, these movies are set to take place some time after ‘The Return of the Jedi’ (the last film in the original trilogy).

Get excited and click the link to watch the really cool Star Wars trailer below (if you haven’t already seen it). Happy Star Wars Day and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Space—the BIGGEST place in our Universe!

Hey, Space Fans!

You’re not alone—not on planet earth anyway; lots of people are into The Cosmos. After all, we have countless books on the subject, countless movies on the subject, educational endeavors at Space Camp, and NASA. It just goes to show that the interest in the final frontier is shared so much that we now have a day dedicated to it. May 1st was National Space Day. the stars don't twinkle in outer spaceI’ve always had a passion for this incredible, mysterious expansion of space thastar clusters are beautiful groupings of starst we call The Universe. How can you not when it’s full of such beauty and wonder?

Since the dawn of man, we’ve pondered what mysteries the skies hold above us. And we finally answered some of our burning questions at the end of the Space Race when the Russians put the first person outside of the earth’s atmosphere (space!). The U.S. answered right back when we sent men to the moon.

the world-leading space exploration organizationFeats such as these have led to great discoveries and further investigations to understand what kind of environments make up our universe. We’ve come to discover a great deal of our universe through exploration and information sent back from probes. And yet, there is SO MUCH that we don’t know.

For instance all of the planets, asteroids, stars, nebulae, and other things that you can see only make up 4% of our universe. The rest is made up of stuff that cannot be seen, detected, or even understood. We call these unknowables dark energy and dark matter.

If it’s undetectable, then how do we know that it’s there? you might ask. It’s a fair question—if we can’t detect it how can we know it’s there?

Well, we live in the Milky Way galaxy. Galaxies are clusters of stars, stars which mostly all have their own collection of planets just like our Sun has its collection of eight planets (of which earth is the third one out). Just as the planets are held in their rotations aroThe Milky Way as seen from outside of itund the stars, the stars are moving about a giant black hole at the centers of galaxies!—pretty cool stuff!

But what’s more interesting than that is to discover that astronomers have done the math—they’ve calculated the total gravitational pull, all the mass of the objects in certain galaxies within our galactic neighborhood. The numbers don’t add up to keep everything tied together the way that they are. In other words, something is missing from our equation of what keeps the galaxies together.

Do dark energy and dark matter play a role in binding the stars? Someday we may discover how this works. Keep learning about the astronomical world and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John