Wring out the old; ring in the new!

Hey, New Year Lads and Lasses!

New Years Eve Day is upon us and everyone is getting ready to ring in the new year! At 12 o’ clock tonight, we shake the dust of 2015 off our shoes and celebrate the arrival of 2016! At first glance, there isn’t much to explain about the New Years Eve tradition—stay up until midnight and countdown the hours, minutes, and seconds to the beginning of the coming year.Wring out the old; ring in the new!

One might not expect such straightforward traditions to have changed much throughout the last 4000 years, however, that’s quite a long time to keep a tradition going exactly the same way that it had started. Things were bound to change a little, right?

Well, yes and no. See, the tradition of staying up until midnight has always been the New Years tradition. So if the tradition didn’t change, what did?

The date.

What?!! How can that be? How does the date of the new year get changed? Well, it’s not so much that the new year changed days as much as it was that people started using different calendars (and even making up their own). For instance, the ancient Babylonians used to celebrate their New Year’s Day late in March around the vernal equinox.

Originally, the Roman calendar only had 10 months and consisted of slightly over 300 days. But in the year 46 B.C., when Julius Caeser first introduced his Julian calendar (which most resembles the Gregorian calendar that we all know and love these days), he had to add 90 extra days just to make it all work!

But no matter whether people based their calendars off of earthly matters or the motion and arrangement of heavenly bodies, the important thing is that we continue to celebrate the passing of the old year and the coming of the new one with warm hearts and the company of those we love.

From Everything Summer Camp—Happy New Year’s, Everybody! And as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnHappy New Year to everyone!

The Times…They Have a-Changed

Hey, Campers!

Who went to summer camp at Herzl Camp in the summer of 1957 and was discovered sitting on top of a cabin roof strumming his guitar? The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, but you can also find it right here on today’s Everything Summer Camp Blog post. It was Bob Dylan who made his way up there nearly 60 years ago at Herzl Camp.

Herzl Camp welcomes their campers to 120 acres in Webster, Wisconsin on the shores of Devils Lake. Just two hours north of the Twin Cities, this beautiful land is where Bob Dylan took his first steps towards independence. But he wasn’t called Bob Dylan back then.
Bob Dylan at summer camp, Herzl CampHe was born Robert Allen Zimmerman, but just because he wasn’t always known as Bob Dylan doesn’t mean that he wasn’t interested in music from an early age (as the image of him playing guitar on a Herzl cabin rooftop). He listened to a lot of radio when he was little, gathering an eclectic taste for blues, country, and rock and roll.

He formed a few bands in high school and, during a talent show performance of Danny & the Junior’s ‘Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay’ at Hibbing High School, he and the band played so loud the principal cut the microphone in the middle of the song!

It must have been pretty loud!

He moved to Minneapolis after his high school graduation and enrolled at the University of Minnesota. Though he had been very drawn to rock and roll in his teen years, his college days introduced him to American folk and he began writing his own folk songs that offered more depth and dimension than most songs of the time were able to convey.

He started performing at a coffeehouse nearby campus called the Ten O’Clock Scholar. It was a popular place for college One of America's most influential songwriters.students to hang out and it quickly proved to be the perfect venue. His popularity expanded fast. Always wanting to travel, he went to New York City where his popularity grew even more as he appeared in clubs and discovered a network of other folk singers.

Not always appreciated for his voice which is commonly considered “scratchy” and “raw”—Bob Dylan himself would begin his shows by excusing himself for his voice. However, his highly influential, innovative songwriting brought fame and success to the young star and his music is still celebrated today. Unlike most of the pop music you’ll hear on the radio today, Bob Dylan wrote extremely honest music.They times they are...umm, have changed.

Bob Dylan explored and discovered the work he was capable of contributing to the world. With roots in summer camp, what will you be capable of? And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Alpine Camp for Boys

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

With so many great summer camps to highlight, I’m talking about them year-round, even in the dead of winter! Everything Summer Camp has enjoyed the relationship we’ve grown with Alpine Camp for Boys just as all their campers grow to appreciate and enjoy the relationship they form with Alpine. Let me tell you about this great camp.Boys will be boys at Alpine Camp for boys.

In operation since 1959, Alpine Camp sits high on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama. Boys will be boys. They’re encouraged to be at Camp Alpine where campers are given the opportunity to go on adventures and explore the massive rocks, rushing waterfalls, and deep woods that abound on the campgrounds.

Alpine Camp for Boys is a Christian summer camp first and foremost. This is a place where campers are encouraged to seek out not just their own personal growth, but their own, personal connection with God too.

And all the activities at Alpine Camp are geared to help their campers achieve these goals. More than just beautiful land, the amazing staff members at Alpine Camp are the best of the best. They’re invoAlpine Camp for Boys, what a great camp!lved with daily activities like Ropes Courses, Music and Art, Horseback Riding, Tennis, Watersports, Mountain Biking, Archery and Riflery, Fly Fishing, Wilderness Camping, Lacrosse, Golf, and so much more!

And where there are awesome activities, you can always find equally awesome facilities. The screened-in, open air cabins at Alpine can accommodate up to 10 campers. Each cabin shares central bath houses that provide showers, toilets, and sinks. Summers are jam-packed with fun in their open air gym, athletic field, tennis courts, and sand volleyball courts.

For a wonderful sense of comradery, maturation, and closer spiritual connection, Alpine Camp for Boys is a great place to make it all happen! Look into it for your camper and, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnThe happy camp crew at Alpine Camp.

Happy Christmas to all and to all a goodnight…

Hey, Jolly Holidayers!

Christmastime is here. And with the season comes a wish of warmth and togetherness— time spent in the company of those we love. Though the days are short and dark and the nights aren’t fit for man nor beast, we brighten up the holidays with our laughter and light hearts. It’s easier to fill the days with cheer when we’re with ouDoes this plant really have magical powers or is it just a fun game to kiss underneath it?r families and close friends.

I’ll be traveling to Milwaukee this weekend for my extended family Christmas get-together. My immediate family and I already celebrated our gathering, so this weekend is dedicated to seeing my cousins, aunts, and uncles. That’s why I’m taking the next few days off.

Every family has their own holiday traditions and, while any tradition is liable to change from time to time, some never will. It had always been my family’s holiday tradition to gather all cousins, aunts, and uncles at my grandfather’s house for general visitation, dinner, and a gift exchange that always resulted in a pretty wicked wrapping paper fight. We created lifelong memories in that house and so many great times.

Christmas deals galore here at Everything Summer Camp.But times have changed now. We’re unable to gather at my grandfather’s house anymore, but we still get together to make Christmas special. We all tend to get pretty into the holiday spirit, so there’s sure to be lots of food, festivities, and laughs! What’s most important, however, is that we all stop our busy lives for at least this one day and we celebrate with the people we love.

From everyone here at Everything Summer Camp, here’s wishing you nothing but the warmest wishes for you and your families’ holiday traditions. Enjoy this merry season and be sure to make it bright. As always, thanks for reading. I’ll be back next Monday with a brand new camp spotlight!

Christmas trees are essential.


- John

Running low on gift ideas?

Hey, Scrambling Gifters!

As the holiday season tends to sneak up on us, this is usually the time of season when people start to get hit with what they call, ‘holiday stress’. Appropriately coined, it can be a daunting, stressful experience trying to gather everyone’s Christmas gifts. It’s always fun until it gets to be too close and then, if you’re like me, you start sweating bullets.

But ready or not, we rise to thGift card certificates from Everything Summer Camp make for a great gift!e challenge because gift-giving is a wonderful way to let the people close to us know that we are thinking of them. Getting gifts, when accomplished in advance and leisurely, is fun, satisfying, and, sometimes, even easy. But some people are never easy to shop for. There’s one in every family.

When you find yourself in this situation, gift cards are extraordinarily handy! A gift card to a cool place like Everything Summer Camp can work just as well as a gift that’s right on the money. With a suggestion like our store and a nice amount of money, our virtual gift card certificates can make the perfect gift. Kids spend hours on our website, shopping our departments and finding what they like most.

Here at Everything Summer Camp we have a massive assortment of not only fun camp supplies that kids can enjoy, but practical and quality camping gear as well. Our C&N Footlockers make great presents for all ages! For all kids with summer camp on the horizon, students entering college, or simply for a family member’s attractive-looking storage unit around the house, our camp trunks make classy gifts.

I still remember when I got my C&N Footlocker for Christmas so many years ago! And I still get great use out of it! Give a campy gift this year with a virtual gift card certificate to Everything Summer Camp. Happy Holidays, Readers! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Tis the season to be jolly!

Jingle Bells! Jingle Bells! Jingle all the way!

Hope the holiday spirit is creating joy and good cheer for each and every one of you this winter season. One of the best ways to put yourself into a great, jolly mood is by singing Singing carols is popular this time of year.your favorite Christmas songs. As Buddy the Elf would say, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is by singing loud for all to hear!”

We all know them—Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls, and Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town—however, there’s probably a decent amount about caroling that is unfamiliar, so, because today is National Caroling Day, I compiled a short list of things that you likely don’t know about carols. Caroling is a tradition that goes back so far that the word actually changes meanings!

The Word ‘carole’ in Old French referred to dancing.
That’s right—the word carol doesn’t even mean what it used to. In fact, ‘carols’ used to be dances as well as songs. The word originates from Old French and refers to a dance that’s accompanied by a song. But by the end of the 14th Century, the word was no longer used to suggest any dancing.

Door-to-door caroling was a big party in the 1600s.
It’s no joke! With mistletoe hanging above front doors, there was typically lots of kissing involved. There was also traditionally a lot of drinking from communal bowls filled with spiced cider or ale. They called it ‘drinking from the Wassail Bowl’ after an Old English toast: ‘Wæs hæl’, which means ‘your health’. This explains the title of ‘The Wassail Song’.

Not all Christmas carols were meant for Christmas.
You wouldn’t think it was possible, but it’s true, some Christmas carols weren’t even about Christmas originally. ‘Deck the Halls’ was actually written about New Year’s Eve—which makes sense considering the lyric ‘Hail the new year lads and lasses.’ But if you think THAT’s weird—‘Jingle Bells’ was actually a Thanksgiving song!—originally titled ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’.Sing your heart's song this time of season!

In any case, have fun with these holiday favorites from various artists and sing along to put yourself into the Christmas spirit. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Han Solo went to a Wisconsin camp!

Hey, Ford Fans!

I’m not talking about the car company—I’m talking about Indiana Jones and Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford—recognized the world over for such extremely famous roles. Born in Chicago, Harrison attended summer camp not too far from home (aThis guy loved his time at summer camp.nd not too far from Everything Summer Camp) at Camp Napowan in Wisconisn.

Sandwiched between two beautiful lakes in the Pine Woods of Central Wisconsin, the excellent Camp Napowan has offered its campers the beautiful scenery of piney foliage and serene bodies of water for the last 65 years. Harrison’s camp experience focused on outdoor education. He was rather active in the Boy Scouts of America and ended up receiving the second-highest rank there is, Life Scout.

After his time at camp and his education—completed at Ripon College in Wisconsin—he went on to pursue a career as an actor. He moved to Los Angeles in 1964 looking for work. For a long time, he didn’t have much luck, but he collected a slew of bit parts on his résumé.

He was hired by George Lucas, creator of ‘Star Wars’ to read lines with the actors who were auditioning for parts in the original Star Wars films. George Lucas eventually realized the talents in Harrison as well as those auditioning. He was cast as Han Solo.
Catching a lucky break, Harrison Ford played Han Solo and achieved almot instant worldwide fame.Starring in each of the original trilogy films of Star Wars, Harrison is surprisingly reprising his role as Han Solo in the new Star Wars movie, ‘The Force Awakens’! Harrison isn’t the only returning cast member from the old movies, though—these films will also star Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO). Harrison Ford reprises his role as the infamous smuggler Han Solo.But back to Harrison—along with a whole bunch of other films, he also stars as the rugged archeologist, Indiana Jones in the ‘Indiana Jones’ trilogy, a split project between George Lucas and director, Steven Spielberg. While his role in Star Wars declared him a star, his role as Indiana confirmed his superstardom.

Camp did Harrison good. What will it do for you? Enjoy the trailer for ‘The Force Awakens’ below and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John


ESC—for the holidays

Hey, Everything Summer Camp Fans!Find out what ESC folks are doing for Christmas.

Here at Everything Summer Camp I like to post about the people who work for our company so that our Blog readers get a clearer understanding of who we are—not just as a company, but as a group of people.

Everyone around here celebrates Christmas, so I went around the office asking what people’s plans were for the holiday. People around the office here are certainly in full swing of the Christmas season. Their plans are set and their presents are wrapped.

First, I made a trip over to the printshop to talk to our Graphics manager, Nate. Nate told me that his Christmas plan was driving…essentially. He’s making trips out across the state to see his grandparents as well as his wife’s grandparents on Christmas Eve. It’s a tradition he and his wife look forward to, but it makes for a long day.

They’re happy to share the day at home on Christmas morning with their three kids as they tear open their presents from Santa.

Next, I journeyed over to the main building. Art, our maintenance guy was outside on a ladder, replacing outdoor bulbs. He told me about the Christmas party he’s attending with his wife’s family. Pat’s got a big family; roughly 45 of Art’s in-laws attend this shindig at Pat’s sister’s house. They eat and have a gift exchange. His mother-in-law buys something for EVERYbody!

Sounds pretty Christmasy to me!

Lastly, I went to go see one of our newest faces, Gunnar, our Graphic Artist for the Everything Summer Camp website. He and his family always make a trip to his grandmother’s where they have their Christmas dinner together. Gunnar enjoys his family’s Christmas celebration, but, in a whisper, expressed his superior excitement to go see the new Star Wars movie.

No matter what your traditions are and who you celebrate the holidays with, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy times in the company of those you love. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John Enjoy your Christmas, whatever you do!

One last sale this month…

Hey, Holiday Shoppers!

We’ve had a number of sales going on since the week of Black Friday. In December we began our December Deals sale and last week we announced our sale on all Stocking Stuffers. But the merry madness isn’t over just yet for Everything Summer Camp—we still have a new sale that’s just starting today and going through to Wednesday!

It’s the Everything Summer Camp Last-Minute Trunk Sale!
Get solid color trunks for $15 off!
Celebrate Christmas in style with an excellent C&N Camp Trunk. Camp trunks make awesome presents! Get solid color camp trunks for $20 off and Patterned Camp Trunks for $50 off!

Like the toy factory in the very merry North Pole, Everything Summer Camp too has a happy footlocker factory where all of our C&N brand name camp trunks are constructed. All C&N Footlockers are made with top-of-the-line construction.

Made from 3/8” aspen plywood, we sandwich our solid wooden trunks between a secure steel sheet for the exterior and water, odor, and tear-resistant DuraWrap paper to line the interior. Once we add the hardware, our trunks pop with personality and character. Spacious, C&N Trunks offer ample room for storing holiday decorations, gift wrapping supplies, and whatnot.

You know what’s jolly about being an Everything Summer Camp customer? Well, it’s ALL great, but one notable element is the Lifetime Free Warranty we have on all of our C&N Footlockers. That means we’ll repair any and every damaged footlocker you send us—free of charge. And that’s guaranteed for life!

That’s right! Should your camp trunk from Everything Summer Camp—despite its unquestionably solid construction—somehow meet with some unfortunate accident, we’ll repair any damaged footlocker for you—for free, for life. That’s what you get when you shop a trusted store like Everything Summer Camp. As always, thanks for reading. And happy holidays!

- JohnA great camp trunk for camp as well as holiday decoration storage.

Dec. 17—the magic number

Hey, Gift-Givers!Gift giving is for everyone this season, not just Santa!

There’s a lot of effort that goes into gift-giving this time of year; when the time comes for our loved ones to open their gifts from us, we want that moment to be perfect. This moment can be blown, however, through no fault of the gift-giver. It’s crummy, but it happens: orders sometimes aren’t delivered until after it’s too late.

Everyone here at Everything Summer Camp, appreciates the importance of gift-giving and wants to help make sure that your gifting goes off without a hitch this year. There’s nothing more irritating than making sure that you’ve placed your online order well-enough in advance and not receiving it by the time you need it!

You can make sure that this doesn’t happen to you by ordering from Everything Summer Camp!

To ensure no confusion, I’d like to call your attention to the handy-dandy holiday map that we refer to this time of year. Thanks to this helpfully color-coded map, there won’t be any confusion about how early you need to place your order with Everything Summer Camp so you can receive it in time.    The holiday map clears up all confusion of when you need to order.Of course delivery times will vary based on where you live in the country. We like the old adage, ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’. That’s why I’m giving you the magic numbers of 1:00pm on December 17. That’s the time and date that everybody in the contiguous United States can go off of for guaranteed delivery by December 24.

This time and date may be early for some of you. Everything Summer Camp is based in northwestern Wisconsin, so if you live in Wisconsin, most parts of Minnesota, or another nearby area, you can get away with placing your order as late as 1:00pm on December 21.

Happy holidays, Everyone. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John