The beautiful Camp Merrie-Woode

Hey, Camp Folks!

Everything Summer Camp has the itch to spread the word about how great the camps are with whom we’ve formed great relationships. It should be no surprise we love them so much—we work with over 240 of them! Today I want to tell you about a camp that’s been with us for years—Camp Merrie-Woode for girls!
You can be proud when you attend Camp Merrie-Woode in the summer.Settled beneath Old Bald Lighthouse alongside Fairfield Lake in Sapphire, North Carolina, Camp Merrie-Woode sits on beautiful land which is registered as a U.S. National Heritage Area because of the nearby Northern Red Oak Forest and two historic grassy balds.

Remaining the Camp Director for almost the first 30 years since 1919, the founder, Mrs. Jonathon C. Day (or Dammie as many called her) brought traditions, honor, and an appreciation for simple living to the young women of her time.
Lots of fun is sure to be had a Camp Merrie-WoodeOffering a wide range of activities that balance tradition with exciting camp adventures, find fun in a variety of sports such as Archery, Tennis, Soccer, Kickball, a number of performing arts such as Drama and Dance; they have Visual Arts, Arts & Crafts, Sewing, Weaving, Photography, Ceramics, Horseback Riding, Hiking, and a great deal more options from which campers can choose.

The cabins at Merrie-Woode are rustic buildings made of wood. Most cabins only house four to six campers and one or two counselors. Older campers live in larger groups of eight to ten campers. Very accommodating and comfortabGet a load of Mt. Merrie Woode!le, girls who share cabins develop very close-knit communities and special friendships.

Awesome summer experiences are taking place every year at Camp Merrie-Woode just as they have for nearly the last hundred years. Be sure to check it out for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

P.S. Check out their really cool map right here!

Mmmm! Hand me some more … Scroggin?!

Hey, Trail Mixers!

If this ultimate treat for the road is one of your favorites, then today’s Blog is definitely right up your alley. I’m posting about ‘Trail Mix Day’ in advance today in order to give you enough preparation time before August 31 arrives. Be sure to get to the store for all your ingredients ahead of time so you can have your trail mix made up and ready to enjoy ON National Trail Mix Day.
Trail mix has been the perfect snack for centuries.You might hear a bunch about when it was invented or who gave trail mix its name. You might see dates that go back to 1968 or even 1910, but, truthfully, trail mix is ANCIENT!

Ideal for any outing, from hikers to soldiers, this lightweight, long-lasting, easy-to-store, protein-packed, nutritious, and tasty snack has been a popular favorite among nomadic tribes thousands of years ago. It wasn’t called Trail Mix back then, but it was essentially the same thing. From scouts to pioneers, hunters and cowboys, people have always put their own spin on this ancient high-energy Travel Snack.

Requiring no special storage nor cooking preparation, many different cultures resorted to this snack as it was the easiest method of storing food for long periods of time. Native Americans had an interesting spin on this snack. They called it pemmican: dried buffalo, moose, and caribou meat along with berries. It lasted the Natives months and delivered lots of energy in a tasty and satisfying, little snack.
Get your hands on this healthy and irresistable snack.
You’ll find a wide range of trail mix variations. The snack has gathered a number of names as well. Here are just a few:

If you wanted trail mix and you lived somewhere like New Zealand or the United Kingdom, you would ask for some ‘Scroggin’.

German for ‘student feed,’ this snack is not only popular for hikers, it’s also known to be a cheap snack among on-the-go students who are looking for an affordable, yet nutritional, snack.

It’s been called GORP by many, which according to some, stands for Good Ol’ Raisins and Peanuts—OR—Granola Oats, Raisins, and Peanuts—OR—Gobs Of Raw Protein. But then, it’s also been said that Scroggin stands for Sultanas, Carob, Raisins, Orange peel, Grains, Glucose, Imagination, and Nuts.

However, trail mix likely gets its name Gorp from the verb listed in The Oxford English Dictionary which means, ‘to eat greedily.’

No matter what you call it, be sure you to find some for yourself whether you get creative and make your own or if you just enjoy a packaged mix from the store. Click here for the creative inspiration of over 80 trail mix recipes! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Get your submissions to us THIS WEEK!

Hey, Campers!

Here at Everything Summer Camp, we really want to know how your summer camp stay went! That’s why we’re asking for submissions about your summer camp stay. In mid-July, I asked you to send us letters about your accomplishments, friends, fears that were overcome, favorite parts of camp, or a diary/journal-style submission that chronicles the jam-packed days of your camp experience. We urge you! Tell us about your time at camp! Did you love it? We want to know!And now, at the end of August, there’s no time to dally anymore! Only six days left, the deadline for these summer camp submissions is next week Monday! Get ‘em in now!

In case you forgot: 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.

As I advised last month when first announcing these children’s submissions, if you should find it difficult to single in on just one part of camp among all the fun the likely stretched from the beginning of camp to the end, here are some ideas:

Write about the one thing you did that was the most fun. Tell about things you learned whether they’re athletic skills, artistic skills, thinking skills, etc. Share stories about the great people and friends you made at camp. Describe how it felt to be away from home. Exercise your creative muscle and talk about the beautiful, natural surroundings you saw at camp.

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.

We would love to hear about your time at camp, so click RIGHT HERE to submit and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

How Mt. Vesuvius froze time…

Hey, Camp Fans!

Today is Mount Vesuvius Day, commemorating the terrible tragedy that took place nearly 2000 years ago in a place near Naples, Italy. After sitting dormant for centuries, one of the most deadly volcanoes erupted on August 24, in the year 79 AD. Volcanic ash filled the sky, blocking out daylight and raining down six inches of ash every hour. By the end of the eruption, roughly 15 feet of ash had Take a look at the world's most deadly volcano there is!accumulated.

The eruption destroyed the two Roman cities Pompeii (as well as the lesser known Herculaneum). Pompeii always steals the spotlight because four-times more people lived in Pompeii and also because of the peculiar way in which it was destroyed.

The ash rained down in such a way that it preserved everything perfectly when it buried the city in large amounts of ash and solidified lava. There were many buildings, remnants of the city, and most of all PEOPLE who were well-preserved and ‘frozen’ in time, just the way they were during their sudden and scary deaths!

Herculaneum, on the other hand, saw the death of 5000 (compared to Pompeii’s 20,000) people who were buried under 60 feet of not just ash and volcanic materials, but lots of MUD too!Body cast of victim of Pompeii eruption. The Roman city of Pompeii, located in the Bay of Naples, Italy, was ruined and buried under thick layers of ash during an eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. Many of those buried under the ash were killed by falling buildings or other causes, such as poisonous fumes. The city was rediscovered and excavated in the 18th and 19th centuries. The remains and impressions of over 1000 human victims have been found. Plaster casts of the voids left in the ash by the bodies show their poses, and are sometimes detailed enough to show facial expressions at the time of death.

I leave you with these three facts concerning Mount Vesuvius and its violent wrath:

1.) The people in Pompeii and Herculaneum truly did not see their deaths coming. They were very surprised when they looked up to see the frightful sight of this mountain spitting molten rock and other volcanic emissions. They didn’t know better than to take heed from the series of massive earthquakes that had been shaking the region—as we now would know.

It happened before. It could happen again.2.) We know that the terrible tragedy from 2000 years ago was not the first eruption from Mount Vesuvius and that it had previously erupted at least two other times. Recent excavations have pointed to the belief that it erupted almost another 2000 years before 79 AD. (1800 BC), again destroying large settlements of people in that region.

3.) Mount Vesuvius is still active! It last erupted in 1944 and experts say that it poses a threat to the 2 million people who now live in the area. According to them, it’s due for an eruption some time in the not-too-distant future.

If you happen to live in Naples or know someone there, tell them to beware warning earthquakes and hot lava! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John


Jonah Hill….Feldstein—WHO?

Hey, Summer Campers!

There are lots and lots of kids who attend summer camps every year. So many, in fact, you’re more likely to find adults who went to camp as kids than you are to find adults who DIDN’T. A crazy amount of celebrities are known to have spent a week or two at camp. It seems everywhere you turn in Hollywood there’s another former summer camper! arrives at the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.

Jonah Hill Feldstein—or, since you likely know him better as just, Jonah Hill—is an actor who has really shaped a strong career for himself. With some passion for writing and a LOT of it for acting, Jonah loved to do both his whole life. He was encouraged throughout his home life, school, and his days at Indian Head Summer Camp.

Spending those summer days in the splendor of the Endless Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania, Indian Head Camp certainly played a role in encouraging Jonah that, when he grew up, he could be anything he wanted to be.

During his college days, Jonah started to write plays that he performed at a bar in New York City. When his plays started to develop a returning audience, he realizes his calling in life was to be an actor. Friends with the kids of Dustin Hoffman, Jonah was introduced to their dad, Dustin, who then advised Jonah to audition for a role in a film called ‘I Heart Huckabees’. It ended up being Jonah’s film debut!

Since then, Jonah’s acting career was on fire! He’s in lots of films as well as guest starring on random appearances here and there like his voice work in an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ in which he plays an immature prankster.

Starring alongside other funny, former summer campers such as Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen, Jonah played a role in Judd Appatow’s ‘Funny People’. With wild success in comedies like ‘Superbad’ and ’21 Jump Street’ as well as his more serious roles in films like ‘Moneyball’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, Jonah has been nominated twice for Academy Awards and has nowhere to go but up.

Your path could be a similar one to success like Jonah’s. The summer camp can only help! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

I believe I can fly

Hey, Flight Fans!

If there’s no greater thrill for you than taking off in a giant piece of metal that goes soaring through the sky, you’re not alone. Lots of people think flying is the greatest. Planes are undeniably awesome. In fact, the Blue Angels just performed a show on the Fourth of July weekend this summer—they’re a hit! That’s why we have National Aviation Day. They did it!

In celebration of this awesome holiday, I thought I’d give you these five little-known-facts involving the Wright Brothers—the fathers of Human Aviation.

1.) Did you know that inspiration and obsession with flight was instilled in the Wright Brothers from a young age in 1878 when their father gifted them with a flying model helicopter made out of cork, paper, bamboo, and powered by a rubber band. The boys were hooked.

2.) In an issue of The New York Times from 1903, the paper published their prediction that building a flying machine would not be possible for another 1 to 10 million years. Later in 1903, the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk.
This is it---the original Wright flyer!3.) The Wright Brothers flew together just once in 1910. Scared to lose his sons to flying accidents, Milton Wright (the Wright father) made his sons promise to never fly together. Milton, however, allowed them to fly together one beautiful day in May. He too, at 82 years old, went for a ride with his son Orville piloting. As they gained elevation, Milton’s said to have shouted, “Higher, Orville, higher!”

4.) The Wright Flyer from 1903 flew for one day and never again. Four flights were made in the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903. Before taking the Flyer up for one last flight for the day, a heavy wind tossed the aircraft around, flipping it over several times. The damage done to their aircraft was irreparable and it was never flown again. aviation was one small step for mankind that led to one gigantic step.

5.) Neil Armstrong, like the Wright family was from Ohio. Standing on the Wright shoulders of human aviation, Armstrong took a piece of wood from the original 1903 Wright Flyer’s left propeller to the moon with him, honoring Orville and Wilbur who helped to make space travel possible.

As #2 insinuates, outlook was not good in the early 1900s concerning human aviation. We had little to no idea what we were talking about. One thing’s for sure—we certainly wouldn’t be where we are today without the Wright Brothers and their dedication/obsession with conquering the ability of flight.

Enjoy the video below depicting many early, failing attempts of flight. Happy Aviation Day and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Check out the fun at Camp Riverview

Hey, Camp Fans!

Looking for a great summer camp for your daughter? Well, it just so happens I have an amazing all girls summer camp to brag about. Everything Summer Camp is more-than-happy to present Camp Riverview for girls with whom we have the pleasure of working.
Go to Camp Riverview for a fantastic summer experience!
Located in Mentone, Alabama, Riverview Campgrounds are nestled away off the Desoto Parkway. Bearing lovely surroundings like Lookout Mountain, the clear, green waters of Little River, and the awe-inspiring rock formations of Mentone, Riverview is surrounded by beautiful, privately-owned woodlands. It’s a fine place for a young girl to spend her summer.

They offer a plethora of great activities like Horseback Riding, Swimming, Ropes Course, Tennis, Canoeing, Golf, Basketball, Gymnastics, Dance, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Living Skills, Rope Swing, Volleyball, Soccer, Riflery, Knitting, Drama, Counselors in Training, Climbing Tower, River Water Blob, Cheerleading, Flag Twirling, Riverview Refinement, Voice and Music, and so much more!
They don't call it Riverview for nothing.Much more than just a beautiful campground with lots of things to do, Camp Riverview has been a camp rich with traditions since 1926. Enjoy summer night programs like Camper Talent Night, Cabin Fun Night, or Riverview Olympics during the day.

Staying in modest, but beautiful, rustic cabins, equipped with all the modern conveniences that make camp comfortable, Riverview campers start out in ‘Deer Hollow’ and, as they get older, they eventually make their way to ‘The Reservation’, and after that, ‘Arapaho’, a spacious lodge with a very large lobby for senior campers.
Riverview is a fantastic girls camp where each and every camper is made to feel welcome as part of the Riverview community and is also given the opportunity to discover some things out about themselves that may never have learned without the summer camp experience.

For an excellent summer camp experience yourself, check out Camp Riverview for yourself and, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnSee the friendly faces and thriving community at Camp Riverview!

Three new locker luxuries!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Always finding the coolest products to bring in from awesome vendors like Woolrich, Columbia, JanSport, and many others, we just can’t help ourselves when we see great products. Check out these three Lockers 101 products from Three Cheers for Girls, now available here at Everything Summer Camp!
lockers 101 storage bin
Magnetic Bin 
Keep all your little things tidy and together with this wire mesh Magnetic Storage Bin. Hang it on the outside of your footlocker at summer camp and in your locker when school starts up again. A great means of organization, this attractive wire mesh Bin is a girl’s best friend! It’s 4.75″ long by 3.5″ tall, and 2″ deep.

                                                                                     Dots, Stars & Stripes Trio Set
Go with the most populockers 101 dss triolar Lockers 101 set—the Dots, Stars & Stripes Trio Set. First, it has a magnetic dry erase board including a marker and three magnets. Second, there’s a glitter pin board that includes three pushpins for decorative pinning on your locker interior. And third, you’ll love the view with the polka dot-framed mirror. A great set for any camper and/or student, the Dots, Stars & Stripes Trio brings ease and usefulness to your locker life.


My Busy Life Set
As its popularity will tell you, the Dots, Stars & Stripes Trio is GREAT! But if you really like to take life in the fast lane, then the My Busy Life Set from Lockers 101 is the way to gLockers 101 for your locker conveniencing needs.o for your fast-paced lifestyle! Fill all 160 pages of the Busy Life hard cover journal and keep your meetings and plans organized with the 24 sheet monthly desk planner. You’ll also find hundreds of sticky notes, flags, sheets of stickers, a page marker, and a ball point pen in this awesome Set to help keep your busy schedule organized and manageable! Packaged inside a durable and reusable storage tray, they really thought of everything at Lockers 101 for this Set! Organize your hectic lifestyle with My Busy Life Set for your organizational convenience.

Accessorize your trunks and school lockers with these practical and convenient products from Lockers 101 and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Are you Ready 2 Fish?

Hey there, Fishermen and Women!

Did you do any fishing this summer during your time away at camp? Well, camp may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pack a lot more fishing into this summer. Talk to your folks about taking you fishing or helping you locate safe and proper areas where you can fish on your own. It’s a great way to spend an easy summer morning, afternoon, or even evening! Catch you later, Fish Fans!You can spend the rest of your summer ‘gone fishing’ with these excellent, two, new Fishing Poles that are now available at Everything Summer Camp—the Telescopic Pole and the All Species Pole from Ready 2 Fish. Check ‘em out:
Get this easily transportable Fishing Pole for your summer days when the fish are biting.
Telescopic Pole
Measuring in at 5’ 6” when fully extended, this medium/light Fishing Rod is a smart  choice since you’ll never have to worry about breaking the rod tip during transportation! Complete with a telescopic rod blank with ceramic guides, a full EVA Grip Rod Handle, and pre-spooled, reusable spincast reel, this is a great pole for any kid. Don’t be left with a broken pole on those summer days when the fish are bitin’! Go with the Ready 2 Fish Telescopic Pole! Check it out for yourself right here.


All Species PoleAll species pole
Fish with your friends this summer using the All Species Pole from Ready 2 Fish. This 5’ 6” medium/light spincast rod has greatly reduced chance of breaking as it separates into two  separate pieces. With a fiberglass rod blank that boasts ceramic guides as well as a Split Grip Rod Handle, the All Species Pole is ready for some action this summer. Check out one for yourself right here.

You may also want to check out other items we carry like bug spray and sunscreen if you’re planning on being outdoors, out on the water, for long periods of time. Staying protected makes for happy fishing! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Even GARFIELD would like THIS Monday!

Hey, you Lazy Loafers!

Don’t worry!—I’m not trying to call you out on it. In fact, I’m here to encourage your laziness today! That’s right. Shove your chores aside! Stretch out! Put the recliner back and the footrest up! Today was meant for anyone and everyone who’s ever been bit by the lazy bug or born with a lazy bone; today is National Lazy Day.
This dog is the queen of laze
Unlike my sister’s adorable, but lethargic, Chihuahua—Tilly—National Lazy Day comes just once a year for folks like you and me (at least, only once on such an official level as this). So, just for today, let’s all embrace our laziness and live it up like Tilly and all her apathetic Chihuahua friends.

Tilly doesn't do anything on National Lazy Day!But a day of such lethargy and slothfulness has given me pause and created a dilemma for me. After all, how should a day of such indifference be observed on this Blog? Is it right to advertise and campaign in favor of such languor and inertia? Or does it fly in the face of the very thesis that National Lazy Day stands for?—Inactivity! Inattentiveness! And ABOVE ALL Arrested Productivity!

I apologize…. Allow me to take a step back; I’m getting a little too passionate here for a day like today…

To write today’s post, I first sat down with a focus on the origins of National Lazy Day. I thought we could discover what historical events took place, paving the way for this day to be put into motion. But then, thought, no. That sounds like learning. And learning just sounds like too much work today.

So, then I thought, maybe I’ll compile a list of appropriate ways to display your laziness for today, y’know—sleep in until noon…watch cartoons all day…take a nap. But then I started to worry that lists go hand-in-hand with productivity which is NOT in the spirit of this holiday. I’m here to tell you to relax, not assign you a ‘To-Do’ list (as lazy as it may be).

And so it was that I lazily came to this final conclusion:

There is NOTHING I can say to advocate National Lazy Day without thereby defying it. In other words, enjoy National Lazy Day…y’know…if you feel like it…

As for myself, I’ve decided to simply quit…the Blog, my job, perhaps my personal hygiene—just for today. I’m really gonna do Lazy Day up in style. I’ll seek ouDo or do not. Just whatever you do, don't try!t the true nature of laziness as Luke Skywalker sought out the ways of The Force from the great, Jedi Master, Yoda.… I’ll pursue an apprenticeship for myself under the Master of True Laze herself…Tilly.

- John

Oh yeah—and, y’know, as always, thanks for reading…I guess..

Go back to sleep, I will.