What’s on Mark’s mind?

Hey, Facebookers!

If you’re like nearly 60% of the U.S. population, then you likely have an account on Facebook. Y’know—Facebook, as in Facebook.com—the popular online social networking website that allows users with accounts to create profiles for themselves (as an online identity), upload pictures and videos, send messages to ‘frienMark Zuckerberg, programming genius, and youngest billionaire ever!ds’, and keep in touch relatives and colleagues whom you have ‘friended’ through the site.

Today’s Celebrity at Summer Camp Blog post focuses on someone we all know, but he isn’t the star of any movies, the member of any band, the athlete on any sports team, nor is he an artist, writer, or comic. Mark Zuckerberg is the creator of Facebook. He’s been coined an Internet Entrepreneur thanks to his wild success with Facebook. And wouldn’t you know it—he went to summer camp too!

Island Lake Camp is located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. This picturesque camp is set on 550 acres that includes two large lakes where their many water sports are played. They have lots of trails too for their Equestrian, Mountain Biking, and Pioneering programs.

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Interested in computers from a young age, his father taught him basic programming when he was in middle school. His advanced understanding got him some attention in his high school days. Jose Vargas, a writer who interviewed the young Mark Zuckerberg noted, “Some kids played computer games. Mark created them.”

With the help of roommates and friends during his time at Harvard University, Mark launched Facebook. At the time Facebook was only setup to network among Harvard’s dormitories. But its popularity quickly spread to surrounding campuses and soon stretched nationwide. As of three years ago, the number of Facebook users worldwide reached 1 billion. Mark became a billionaire by the age of 23.

Summer camp, no doubt, helped Mark somewhere along the way. How will summer camp help you?

- John

Closeout BLOWout!!!

Hey, Smart Shoppers!

When you shop at Everything Summer Camp, you’re always likely to find some pretty sweet deals! Whether we’re having holiday sales or some sort of summer camp sweepstakes, you’re sure to discover quality products whose prices have taken dives in our ‘Closeout’ category. And as the summer camp season comes winding down, it gives way to a plethora of marked-down camping gear and other supplies. Get fun camping gear on sale for up to 70% off right now at ESCTis the ‘Closeout’ season!

Most of you probably aren’t buying for camp anymore this year, but this is the best time to jump on shopping for next season or plan ahead for great holiday gifts at a low price. We’ve added well over 100 products to our Closeout category. These are items that have either been discontinued or products on which we are overstocked.

It’s very possible that some of the options of a particular product will be sold out or there may not be a complete set of sizes for particular models of brand name clothing. But neither the quality nor the style of these products plays a role in its placement in our Closeout category. They may be on discount, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with these products!

There’s a fairly wide mix of products from duffle bags to travel accessories, we have bed sheets, sleeping bags, rain gear, swim suits, footwear, stationery—we’re all ovGet this great sleeping bag for HALF the price!er the map in this year’s Closeout Blowout.

Among the 100 added products in our Closeout category, you can find amazing deals on trusted brand names like the Kelty Eclipse Sleeping Bag, marked at half off for just $33.75. Almost all oThe Aquaterra Sprite is one friendly shoe!f our footwear is somewhere between 60 to 70% off; the Merrell Aquaterra Shoe, at its original price, will cost you $54.99—get it for $16.50 now! Lastly, the Columbia Flash Back Windbreaker is now available for $18.48, nearly ten Columbia makes amazing clothing that you can find in our Closeout catergory!dollars less than its initial price, now that it’s marked with our Closeout products!

NOTE: There is no scheduled expiration date to this sale, however, supplies are limited. In order to have the best selection, you’re wisest to shop now! When it comes to certain items, chiefly clothing, we expect them to go very quickly, so keep in mind that these amazing prices are around for a limited time only.

Enjoy shopping our Closeout category and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

KIT with Social Media?

Hey Camp Fans!

The Everything Summer Camp Blog today presents a special Thurber Throwback post in which I am linking back to a past post I feel is so valuable, I want to reviewDr. Thurber it by getting it in front of you again. Today’s Throwback post goes back about a year ago to a post written by Dr. Chris Thurber—summer camp expert—about camp friends staying in touch on social media after the camp season is over.

Thurber’s post ‘Post-Camp Post’ offers excellent advice and tips about letting your kids stay in touch with camp friends online or by means of texting and other ways of staying connected via electronics. It’s all right here on Everything Summer Camp’s Blog post from July 28 of last year.

- JohnKids can be nasty behind the curtain of social media.

Hot? Get a Volcano for yourself!

Hey, Summer Lovers!

Part of loving summer means loving the heat! But you also need to figure out how to cope when the heat gets to be too much. How can you stay cool when there is no air conditioning—when you’re trying to catch some Zzz’s in your tent? That’s when Everything Summer Camp comes in with our awesome collection of battery-operated fans…
o2 Cool is a great fan brand for staying cool in the summertime!You’re sure to keep cool when it gets HOT with our new heat-fightin’ friends from o2 Cool—the 5” Volcano Fan and the Portable USB Fan. Thanks to their compact folding design, these fans make for very easy storage and result in high portabilitCheck out the 5" Volcano Fan from O2 Cool.y. Take them with you and keep a cool breeze on yourself throughout your fun adventures!

5″ Volcano Fan
The Volcano Fan can stand on pretty much any surface that isn’t vertical. Cooling you down with 5” fan blades and two speeds, you can tilt this fan to adjust the direction of the airflow as desired. It runs on two D cell batteries which are not included.

                                                                   Portable USB FanMighty portable, this fan! MIGHTY portable!
You can also keep your cabin, tent, or room cool with the 5” Portable Fan from O2 Cool. Set it on any flat surface you can find and enjoy the cool airflow. Never find yourself unable to catch a breeze—this fan offers three options for power source. You can plug it in with its AC adapter (included), use the USB cable (included), or run it off four AA batteries (not included).

Summer’s hot! Fight against those summer scorchers with fun, cooling fans. Shop Everything Summer Camp for awesome cooling aids such as the 5” Volcano Fan and the Portable USB Fan from o2 Cool and order one for yourself today! Stay cool for the rest of this hot, summer season and, as always, thanks for reading! ¬

- John

Overexposed and full of holes!

Hey, Backpackers!

At this point, most of you are probably already at summer camp if not already back from it. But just because the summer camp season may be winding down, doesn’t mean anything to these awesome, new JanSport Backpacks that are now available on our Main Everything Summer Camp website. JanSport has outdone themselves this time with these intriguing and fun styles.
JanSport has outdone themselves with these two, new packs!With the school year to follow the camp season, it’s potentially the perfect time for you to pick up a new backpack for your camper AND student. Check out JanSport’s new, inventive takes on the classic backpack with these two, new beauties:

Mesh Pack BackpackTry this interesting pack on for size.
Introducing the Mesh Pack Backpack, available in Mammoth Blue (as pictured), Fluorescent Pink, Purple Night, and Black! This lightweight pack offers one, large main compartment as well as a front utility pocket and an internal hanging pocket. Complete with a web haul handle and straight-cut, padded shoulder straps. Its polyestermesh fabric, allows its contents to breathe in this Pack. Go Mesh for your next Backpack with a capital M-E-S-H—Mesh!
Are you a zebra fan? What about Okapis? What about JanSport?

Overexposed Backpack
Working with high contrast, the zippers and pulls really pop on this Overexposed creation from JanSport. Spacious, this Backpack offers one, large main compartment along with a front utility pocket that boasts an organizer inside. Complete with a 2/3 padded back panel, web haul handle, and JanSport! What will they think of next?straight-cut shoulder straps, this pack is great for the summer camp season and into the school year. Overexposure isn’t always bad! Available in Mammoth Blue/Zebra print as well as Mammoth Blue/Fluorescent Red, get your Overexposed JanSport Backpack right here.

So have a good look at these cool, new JanSport Backpacks and, while you’re at it, take a look at our entire quality collection of Backpacks for camping and school. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Shining the Camp Spotlight

Hey, Longhorners!

Here on the Everything Summer Camp Blog site, we just can’t help but to give credit where credit is due. That’s why we’re always bragging about ourselves. But to change things up, we like to talk up some other deserving folks from time to time too. Sometimes we spotlight vendors with whom we’ve developed a connection. Other times we post about summer camps.

Today, I have the one and only Camp Longhorn on which to shine our spotlight to share with you. Camp Longhorn is unlike any other camp we’ve spotlighted on this Blog. It’s an old camp with old traditions. There may be only one Camp Longhorn, but it’s got three locations, all right next to each other, offering essentially the same awesome summer camp experience as the next. I've heard tell that Camp Longhorn invented camp.The original Camp Longhorn for boys has sat along the Colorado River in Burnet, Texas since 1939. In 1975, they expanded with a branch for girls, adding the Camp Longhorn Indian Springs nearby which sits on scenic property boasting two, private spring-fed lakes. And by next year, 2016, the third Longhorn branch, C3, open to boys AND girls, will sit beside Inks Lake, neighboring the original camp. Needless to say, these are very exciting times at Camp Longhorn.Check out Camp Longhorn in all its glory.

Each branch at Longhorn differs in certain ways, but each one delivers essentially the same kind of fun and challenges their campers to try things that may be new to them like Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Tennis, and Rifelry to SCUBA, Water-Skiing, Canoeing, Fishing, and Swimming. They have Rock-Climbing, a Ropes Course, a Putt-Putt Course, they offer Craft time, Wildlife Exploration, Cheer/Gym, Pickleball, and so much more!

Longhorn campers—and their cabin leaders too—sleep in the open-air cabins that are more-than-accommodating. A dozen campers stay in each cabin (selected according to school age) along with two to four cabin leaders. Cabin life shapes campers into close-knit circles in a home-away-from-home where friendships are formed that’ll last a lifetime!

Attawaytogo! Be sure to check out Camp Longhorn for yourself! And, as always, thanks for reading. Enjoy water and other activities at Cam

- John

Jake went to camp too…

Hey, Summer Campers!

Like so many other Hollywood stars, athletes, musicians, and other artists, guess who else among our Hollywood favorites attended summer camp when he was around your age! One of my personal favorites too—Jake Gyllenhaal! He went to the same summer camp as his equally famous, older sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal, at Camp Walt Whitman in New Hampshire. Jake Gyllenhaal, equally famous as Maggie Gyllenhaal, his sister, went to camp just like his sister did too.

Camp Walt Whitman met Jake as it did his sister as a warm and inviting summer camp community that strives year after year to give kids a wonderful summer experience, introducing them to close friends and a picture of their own self-worth. This camp was obviously nothing but a positive influence for the Gyllenhaal kids.

Born in New York City, Jake is the son of Stephen Gyllenhaal—a film director—and Naomi Gyllenhaal—a film producer and screenwriter. At an early age her family moved to Los Angeles, California. By age 11, Jake was already making his movie debut in the film ‘City Slickers’ and not too long after that, he played major roles in movies like ‘October Sky’ and the lead, title role in ‘Donnie Darko’ which really solidified the future of his acting career.

Following in his sister’s footsteps, Jake attended Harvard-Westlake prep school and graduated in 1998. He then went to Columbia University while his sister was a senior there—also the school his mother graduated from. He took a couple years there, but eventually decided to concentrate on acting alone. But even with his wild success, he’s shown interest in returning to school to complete his degree.

Since then, Jake has taken on roles that have skyrocketed him to superstardom like ‘Proof’, and thrillers like ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ and ‘Source Code’. Summer camp clearly did Jake some good as it did his sister. It was a great influence on him and Maggie, what will it do for you? As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Tell me about your summer…

Hey, Campers!

How was your summer camp stay? Here, at Everything Summer Camp, we REALLY want to know! Tell us about your accomplishments, friends that you made, any fears that you were able to overcome, or you can tell us your favorite part about your summer camp experience. Submit a written entry that will appear on this Blog and a have a chance to WIN!

You may have had so much fun and done so much at camp that you’re not really sure where to even begin. It’s understandable! There’s certainly a lot going on at camp! If this is the case for you—I’m here to help…Write about your time at camp and what it did for you.You could write about the one thing you did that was the most fun. You could tell about things you learned whether they’re athletic skills, artistic skills, thinking skills, etc. You could share stories about the great people and friends you made at camp. You could describe how it felt to be away from home. You could exercise your creative muscle and talk about the beautiful, natural surroundings you saw at camp.

Or—if none of these things spark the inspiration that you’re looking for—you could write a diary or journal-style submission, chronicling the jam-packed days of your summer camp experience as best as you can remember it.

In your submissions, we encourage you to talk about YOUR camp and why you think it’s the BEST. Please include your first name and your last name’s initial, what camp you visited, and how long you’ve been going to camp.

Whether you write something that’s 100 words or 1000, we’ll certainly accept this submission and use it on the Blog but,if you’re looking for a guideline of how long this should be, we’re looking for something around 200 words.

You have until August 31 to submit your entries.

Everybody who submits gets a $15 gift certificate to Everything Summer Camp!

Seven random winners will be chosen. Our first randomized winner will receive a $100 gift card for our website. We’ll then randomly pick two more winners to receive $50 gift cards to our site. After that, four random winners will get our $25 gift cards. Everyone else who submits will get the $15 gift cards.

We’d LOVE to hear about your time at camp! Click RIGHT HERE to submit and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Reunited and it feels so…erratic?..

Hey, Camp Parents!

Last Tuesday I gave you some pointers on making sure that you and your kid have a great visit during Visiting Days at summer camp. I focused a lot on you, giving you advice about Visiting Day—when to visit, not planning for it, giving yourself an arrival window, and what to do if you can’t make it.

Today, however, I’d like to focus more so on your kids and how they’ll react to being reunited with you.

You’re in for some curious behavior coming from them! As mentioned by summer camp experts, Chris Thurber and Jon Malinowski, in ‘The Summer Camp Handbook,’ your kids’ behavior can be so unpredictable that it helps to think of their different types of reactions in categories. Here are a couple of Chris and Jon’s categories:

The Fountain of YouthSummer camp will likely have your kid talkin' for days and days to come.
These kids are really into camp! They want to bring you up to speed about everything without taking a breath. You might be scared that your kid likes camp so much that it’s more important to them than seeing you, but these turbo-speed stories should actually be comforting; your kid knows that you’re #1 in their lives. That’s why they want to fill you in on everything immediately! Enjoy the tornado!

The Poker Face
Typically ALL kids enjoy their camp stay, but Poker Face kids are oddly quiet when you see them. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t enjoying their time at camp, it usually means that camp is really special to them and they might be a little bit depressed to see that their stay is already half over. They might not know exactly how to react when they see you. But, don’t worry! You’ll get to hear their stories sooner or later.

You can read about Chris and Jon’s other camper categories and find a plethora of other helpful advice in ‘The Summer Camp Handbook’. Visiting Day can be very emotional for campers and parents alike, so definitely be prepared for it. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Pecan’t you spare a slice of pie?

Hey there, all you Nutty Folks!

Depending on your love for pecans—as well as pie—you may already know (with a certain level of zeal) that today is National Pecan Pie Day! In honor of this day, I’ve compiled a list of five interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about pecans or pecan pie. Pecan pie is a favorite the world over----but especially so in the south!

  • Since the pecan tree is native to North America, it should come as no surprise that more than 80% of the world’s annual pecan crop comes from the U.S.
  •  BIG fans of pecan pie down south, it should be even LESS surprising that Albany, Georgia is the world’s pecan capitol. Albany alone holds claim to over 600,000 pecan trees! On average, each tree produces 45 pounds of pecans each year. That means Albany produces roughly 27 million pounds of pecans every year! That’s a LOT of pecans!

pecans are interesting and quite healthy for you.

  • An extremely heart-healthy nut, pecans deliver antioxidants, 19 vitamins and minerals, and fat—the good kind. Among other minerals, zinc is found in the pecan which is quite beneficial to the body’s testosterone production in both boys and girls.
  • Roughly 78 pecans go into the average pecan pie. There are about 57 pecans in a pound, thus the average pecan pie weighs about 1.37 pounds. What does that mean? It means that, with the amount of pecans grown in Albany, Georgia, they can make roughly 19,708,029 delicious pies every year!
  • Though the origin of pecan pie is somewhat hard to trace, many people credit it to the French who were introduced to the pecan by the Native Americans in the late 1800s. However, some have heard tell that pecan pie has been around since the early 1800s and originated in Georgia. There are no documented recipes that date back this far, but…you never know!

Enjoy a pecan pie of your own today and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John