Zach Braff on the Summer Stage

Hey, Campers!

Bringing life to John Dorian—better known as ‘J.D.’ from the medical sitcom ‘Scrubs’—who doesn’t love a little Zach Braff? I mean, how can you not love this guy? He’s a great actor, accomplished writer and director, he’s got good taste in music, and he can really make you laugh! It’s also known that Mr. Braff was a summer camper as well, once-upon-a-time when he was closer to your age.A huge fan of summer camp, read about Zach Braff and his love for the stage.

Attending Stage Door Manor in New York, Zach isn’t the only celebrity to attend Stage Door Manor; hungry for the stage from a young age as well, Natalie Portman also went to summer camp at this unique place too.

What’s unique about Stage Door Manor? Well, it’s just like any other camp, aside from the heavy concentration on theater involvement and the performing arts that they offer in their camp program. It was a magnet for Zach. Since his early childhood, his life dream was to be a filmmaker.

Diagnosed at 10, he learned to cope with obsessive-compulsive disorder from a young age. But he didn’t let it hold him back at all. He did well in school and studied at the Northwestern University School of Communication.

Landing his first major role in ‘Scrubs’, Zach showed the world he had nowhere to go but up. He was nominated for three Golden Globes as well as an Emmy for his part on the show. Having directed a number of episodes and serving as an executive producer, he had really made a name for himself by the end of the show.

An incredible undertaking, he wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the movie ‘Garden State’ which he wrote in six months. He won a Grammy for his ‘mixtape’ Soundtrack Album for his movie.

Zach recalls about his time at camp, “It was there I met Michael Larsen, the musical director of the camp. He told me that I wasn’t just a camper having fun, but that I also had talent.” Words of encouragement like that can go a long way. What words will you hear about yourself during your camp stay?

Check out the awesome performing arts summer camp, Stage Door Manor, if a life on the stage interests you! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Flannery’s Scary Camp Encounter

Hey, Camp Fans!

The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing here at Everything Summer Camp has brought in nearly 30 entries! What a great turn out! We’re eager to publish each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our online store—so really everyone who submitted was a winner! Today’s post features Flannery P.’s camp story about a wild encounter during her summer camp stay at
Camp DeSoto is a great camp for your summer stay!A letter from camp:

“Dear Mom and Dad,

Let me tell you a scary story.

It was a dark, stormy night. Okay, so it wasn’t actually dark, but it was raining. I had just gotten back from the overnight backpacking trip the eighth graders take that morning. We had less than an hour until supper, but I was about to leave the cabin. I picked up my raincoat that was still on my bed from backpacking. I was sticking my arm inside one of You never know what you might find at summer camp!the sleeves when I felt a little prick. Earlier, when I was unpacking the tent, I was poked by a small piece of wood, so, thinking it was just another splinter, I pulled out my arm to check. What I saw was not a woodchip, but an actual, CONFIRMED BY THE HEAD COUNSELOR, scorpion. That’s right, A SCORPION.

I dropped my jacket with the scorpion on it in horror. One of my cabin mates yelled to the head counselor, and I started to freak out, not because it hurt, but because I thought it stung me and that I was going to die. I may have overreacted a little bit, considering it didn’t actually sting me, but it’s your fault for giving me a book called ‘House of The Scorpions’ for Christmas a few years ago. And how was I supposed to know the deadly ones are only in Texas and Mexico and stuff? Anyway, I survived. Thought you might want to know.


Thanks again for your submission, Flannery! It’s great to hear that you survived your summer camp stay despite your scary encounter! I’d throw away your copy of ‘House of The Scorpions’ if I were you! To anyone else who dare attends Camp DeSoto, you can check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John


Former Logging Camp—Red Arrow!

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

Last month, I shined our spotlight on Camp Eagle Ridge—a camp in our virtual backyard, not too far from our headquarters, here at Everything Summer Camp. Today, I want to take a trip to the opposite end of the state, from the bottom to the top, to sing the praises of Red Arrow Camp in Woodruff along the shores of Trout Lake in Wisconsin’s beautiful Northwoods.

This is a camp that appreciates its history and sticks to its traditions. How could you not when your cabins and other facilities are nearly 100 years old and built with full log construction?! The Dining Hall and Rec Hall are both from the mid-1800’s when Red Arrow was a lumberjack logging camp.Set in a beautfiul landscape, Red Arrow Camp offers beautfiul facilities!Another tradition that Red Arrow has always implemented is the seven-week-stay—that’s almost TWO MONTHS at summer camp. It’s definitely for campers who know they’re in it for the long haul. While lots of other camps go for the route of multiple, shorter sessions, Red Arrow Camp strongly believes in the importance of a prolonged, uninterrupted camp stay.

Showing kids an honestly life-trans-The summer camp experience at Red Arrow is unlike most others!formative summer since 1920, they certainly know what boys find fun! They offer a classic collection of camp activities like Archery, Football, Soccer, Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Lacrosse, Track & Field, Wrestling, Trapshooting, Nature/Ecology, Weights & Fitness, English Riding, Woodworking, Drama, Rifle, Swimming, Waterskiing, Canoeing, Sailing, Boardsailing, SCUBA, and more!

Year after year, Red Arrow is excited to give kids a summer that they’ll never forget. They impart experiences that only such an extended stay can deliver and, every year, they see the positive impact all of those experiences have on their happy campers. If you and your kid are interested in Red Arrow Camp for yourself, check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnBoys will be boys at Red Arrow.