If going to summer camp is cool, then consider me Adam Sandler..

Hey, Campers!

Now that you’re back from summer camp, you probably can’t stop thinking about how much fun it was! You know who else was crazy over camp when he was closer to your age? The great Billy Madison himself—that’s right Adam Sandler was once a The one, the only, the former summer camper, Adam Sandlersummer camper too at a Union for Reform Judaism camp called Eisner Camp.

Located in Western Massachusetts, Adam spent his summer camp experience surrounded by the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, fun and instructive activities, as well as a community of camp friends. It obviously did him some good, spending time in a fresh, new, and natural environment where he was shown that he really could be anything he wanted to be.

So, he became everything he wanted to be. After his graduation from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1988, Adam went on to become a comedian, screenwriter, actor, film producer, entrepreneur, and musician. Alongside other greats like Chris Farley, Adam got a gig on Saturday Night Live (SNL). He rocked the comedy world and quickly showed the world that SNL was only the beginning.

Best known for his roles in hit comedies from the 90’s like ‘Billy Madison,’ ‘Happy Gilmore,’ ‘The Waterboy,’ ‘The Wedding Singer,’ and ‘Big Daddy,’ Adam’s gone on to perform more serious roles later in his career in films like ‘Punch-Drunk Love’ and ‘Reign Over Me’. In fact, he just put out a fresh dramedy called ‘Cobbler’ about a shoemaker who "How come I didn't get to be Willy WONKA?!"turns into other people when he tries on their shoes.

Almost the eccentric candyman, Adam was strongly considered in the early 2000’s to resurrect the role of Willy Wonka (last seen as Gene Wilder) in Tim Burton’s 2005 ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Jim Carrey was also heavily considered before Johnny Depp took the role.

With success of such magnitude, you know summer camp had a hand in helping shape Mr. Sandler somewhere along the way. How can summer camp help shape you? As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

P.S. To see roughly four of the most ridiculous minutes in Mr. Sandler’s life, click here.


In honor of Rudyard Kipling…

Hey, Camp Fans!

If you’re no rookie to this Blog, then you already know how much we love to give credit where credit is due! Which is exactly why I’m boasting about another one of the awesome camps with whom Everything Summer Camp has the pleasure of knowing—Camp Mowglis, a Summer Camp for Boys ever since 1903.
Get into the Mowglis spirit with this Blog post!Located in the heart of New England on Newfound Lake, a little south of the White Mountains in New Hampshire, Camp Mowglis spans 125 acres of pine woods, open fields, and a far-reaching shoreline.
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Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book,’ the founder of Camp Mowglis, with Kipling’s permission, of course, named programs, facilities, and activities after beloved ‘Jungle Book’ characters. The name Camp Mowglis, in fact, is taken from the man-cub protagonist himself of ‘The Jungle Book’ legend.

Baloo Cove is the Mowglis Cubs’ beach and swimming area. And you can catch your meals in the Dining Hall, attached to the back of the Jungle House. Kipling was so touched by the inspiration caused by his own story that he kept in contact with Camp Mowglis and was always interested in the development and good times generated by the camp.

During a typical day at Camp Mowglis, the campers have a structured day consisting of their own chosen ‘Industries’—which is Mowglis for ‘activities’. A seven-week camp season provides a lot of time for learning new skills that span a broad range across the physical, mental, and spiritual realms.

The Industries, including Archery, Arts & Crafts, Axemanship, Camping, Canoeing, Crew, Kayaking, Drama, Hiking, Riflery, Rowboating, Sailing, Swimming, Photography,Ttennis, Weather, Windsurfing, Woodworking, and more are all taught in small groups by staff members who have an expertise in their particular industry. After choosing their industries, the campers then work toward achieving ‘ribbons’ or ‘husky marks’ in acknowledgment of their accomplishments.

Hiking trips in the White Mountains give boys the chance to develop an appreciation for the outdoors and provide them with opportunities that teach them team work and group cooperation.
Boys will be boys at Camp Mowglis.Camp Mowglis is an awesome camp where “boys are given the opportunity to be boys, but also to become young men.” Check it out for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John