A very PUZZLE-ing day..

Hey, Puzzle People!

A great way to pass the time on a chilly day in January, people absolutely LOVE their jigsaw puzzles. That’s why today is National Puzzle Day. Originally designed as educational tools, puzzles were first made in the 1760’s by a mapmaker from London, named John Spilsbury. He discovered his invention one day when he placed a map oFun with puzzles is much more than just fun!n a sheet of wood and cut out pieces of the countries.

He immediately recognized the usefulness this could have for means of education.

It didn’t take schools very long to catch on to the genius of teaching children their geography by having them put together puzzles. It wasn’t until sometime in the 1820’s that puzzles left the classroom and developed a new style of market. New cardboard puzzles offered a cheap means of entertainment during the depression and gained great popularity.

But even more than an educational tool for geography or a cheap means of entertainment, puzzles are good for the mind and good for the body—a seriously healthy pastime.

When engaged in a puzzle, our brains fall into certain patterns that increase our concentration, expand our creativity, make us more alert, reduce stress, lower our heart rate, lower our breathing rate, and strengthen our visual acuity as well as our pattern recognition…WOW!

It sounds like doing puzzles is jusThe pieces of the puzzlet as important as exercising!—like jogging for your mind! What better day to pull out a fun, engaging puzzle and put your mind to work on it.

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Yes, puzzles are indeed a healthy option for leisure-time activities. Check out jigsaw puzzle retailers like Puzzle Warehouse to find the best in quality and excellent range of puzzle pictures. Find a favorite of your own and order it in celebration of National Puzzle Day.

If you just can’t wait and have to do a puzzle right this minute, visit jigsawplanet.com for some online puzzle-fun! Enjoy doing your puzzles today, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Learn about Tali’s Time at Camp

Hey, Camp Fans!

Having brought in nearly 30 entries The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing here at Everything Summer Camp saw a great response that made us 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! Today’s post is from Tali R., reviewing her favorite camp memories from

Be the wild rose that you are!“These are my best (and most embarrassing) camp memories:

My 10-year-old friend Leora broke into bunk G10 and she didn’t get in any trouble. Her 13-year-old sister was in G10. She looked around and saw a bra chain and thought it was really funny. She didn’t get caught.

On the second to last day of camp I got so much canteen I literally barfed. I bought orange soda, cotton candy, razzles, corn pops, nachos, smart fries and M&M’s. My stomach still hurts thinking about it.

My most embarrassing moment was when I was answering a question in front of the whole camp and I farted. I will never forget that!!

At our overnight camp out, me and my friend Rami were in a tent together and we heard a sound and we thought it was a ghost. But really it was our friend Moo Moo outside the tent making ghost sounds.

I was on the rolling log in the lake and my friend Isabella pushed me off. I had to get out of the water and there was lake water coming out of my mouth.

For color war we had swim races but I had red makeup on my face (GO RED!) and my makeup shmeered all over my face. It made me look all bloody. I will always regret this moment. The good news is that WE WON COLOR WAR!!!!!

We went fishing with nets and I kept catching the same fish over and over. It kept on jumping back into the water. It was so funny.

The camp food was pretty horrible. Good thing I had a package of ramen noodles.

On the camp out we heard lightning and thunder, but it wasn’t really lightning and thunder!!! It was just the counselor’s ring tone on their phone.

Mom’s packages from your website [everythingsummercamp.com] helped make camp a lot easier and fun! Until my friend Shelly robbed my silly string!!!! At least I still have my sleeping bag, it sure made me warm in the woods. Thanks!!”

Thanks again for all the memories, Tali (as well as the laughs)! To anyone else interested in Camp Moshava, you can check it out right here. As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Boys will be boys at Camp Becket

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

If your kid has expressed interest in attending summer camp in the coming camp season, visit the Summer Camp Spotlight posts on the Blog to peruse potential camps where you can send your curious kid. I’m shining my spotlight on a great camp for boys in thCheck out a great camp like Becket for yourself.e Berkshires region of western Masachusetts. Check it out:

A YMCA camp for boys, Camp Becket (a.k.a. Camp Becket-in-the-Berkshires) was founded in 1903 by a man named George Hannum. Over a century of fun times and lifelong memories started there on Rudd Pond in Becket, Massachusetts. One of the oldest continually running summer camps in the country, Camp Becket is considered to be one of the best.

There’s a lot going on at Camp Becket. Choose from fun camp activities like Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Archery, Riflery, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking Creative Arts, Photography, Woodshop, Music, Drama, Climbing, High/Low Ropes Course, Nature, Outdoor Living Skills, and a whole lot more!

Campers go to the same three activities on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and alternate with another three activities on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday while Sundays are left open to Village events.
Look at this amazing structure on the Becket camp grounds.
Enjoy the performing arts and music classes in the jewel of Camp Becket—Gibson Hall is a magnificent sight that’s impressed campers since 1917. Campers can enjoy the quieter side of summer camp too in the Camp Becket Library, spending time reading, playing checkers and chess, or taking in a beautiful sunset. Get your meals in the boisterous Paul Dudley White Memorial Dining Hall, pray in the Chapel, and get well-rested in the accommodating cabins.

Boasting five athletic fields, courts for tennis, volleyball, and basketball, Camp Becket has archery ranges, a riflery range, a disk golf course, and so much more.

Camp Becket excels in teaching the younger generation to set their minds on traditional values and providing them with a sense of community and working together. It’s a place where boys spend their summers learning, laughing, and making long-lasting friendships.

Get acquainted with Camp Becket yourself and check it out right here. As always, thanks for reading.

- JohnEveryone makes friends with everyone at Camp Becket.

Summer Camp Style

Hey, Fashion Aficionados!

Fashion is a big deal to a lot of campers. That’s why you can always find a plethora of pretty patterns and cool designs in all of our camping gear, and other camp supplies. Not surprisingly, an extremely famous fashion designer was once a summer camper like all of you. In fact, Ralph Lauren thought camp was so nice, he went there twice (or to two different camps anyway which are both now closed).
This guy likes looking good and helps everyone else look good too!
He attended Camp Massad, located among the magical, “Lauren”tian mountains in Pennsylvania. After a summer stay there, he continued his personal growth at Camp Roosevelt in Monticello, New York in the Catskill Mountains on Lake Sackett. At these places, Ralph took his first steps into a larger and more independent world.

Like his summer camp experiences, Ralph went to two different high schools as well: the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy as well as DeWitt Clinton High School, from which he graduated in 1957. Ralph grew up admiring role models like John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Stewart so it had always been a dream of his to develop the type of persona and reputation that a movie star might have.

His fashion sense was budding early—in his high school days—when he started selling neckties to his classmates and other students. He went on to study business at Baruch College. With only a few business classes under his belt, Ralph started his own business to reprise his production of neckties.

Making minor tweaks to the skinny, plain neckties of the day, Ralph made wide ties that popped with color. His simple, new take on fashion swept Bloomingdale’s and other retailers of the time. In his first year of business, he sold $500,000 in ties! This business eventually grew into the Ralph Lauren Corporation clothing company which is now a globally recognized multi-billion-dollar venture.

Since his wild success, Ralph has noted that in his Clinton High yearbook, he put down ‘millionaire’ as one of his life goals. Last year, his wealth was estimated to be $8 billion, making him the 155th richest person the world over.

Summer camp certainly helped Ralph to see that some risks are healthy to take and, sometimes, will lead to endless success! What will summer camp teach you? As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Greyson and Nathan livin’ it up!

Hey, Camp Folks!

The Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing saw an excellent response with nearly 30 entries! That’s why we’re publishing each and every one right here on the Blog! Today I’ve got two submissions ready to go from Greyson C. as well as Nathan G.! They’re entries are both on the shorter side, but you can tell there wasn’t any shortage of fun at the camps they attended.

Here’s what Greyson had to say about his stay at Rock Eagle 4-H Center:
Have fun times at Rock Eagle 4-H center“I went to camp for the first time this year and had a great time! It was the first time I had left my parents and my mom was sad, but trying not to cry. My dad was sad, too, but not like my mom. He said go have fun and see you in a few days. Once we had my new gear packed on the bus, I decided to hop on, too. I was very excited to be going and be away from my parents for a week! We waited a long time before we got to leave and it was a long drive, but we finally made it. It was awesome! We got to swim, canoe, and hike. I also got to do archery and learned how to really clean up our cabin. It was a competition between tribes and at the end of the week, our tribe won! We were pumped! We stayed up late and got up early so when I finally got back home all I wanted to do was eat and go to bed. Of course, I had to hug my mom first. It was the best week ever!”

And here’s the entry from Nathan about the summer at
Great camps for your camper next summer!“Intro from Jason Sebell, camp director ‘Last night we had a sudden surprise in our closing campfire. A young man from Ithaca, NY tapped me on the shoulder and asked if he could say something to the entire camp. This is what he said’:

‘So this is my first summer here, and when I got here I really didn’t know anyone. I had never even been here for a visit. I wasn’t sure that I would make any friends. Then I met this kid on the bus and we sat together and I knew immediately that we were going to be friends. Once I got to camp I was amazed at how many people were nice to me, and how comfortable I felt to just be me. I get to be me here. This place really surprised me. This was the best 7 weeks of my life. I just want to say thank you to everyone for helping make this my home.’”

Greyson, it’s great to hear that you had such an awesome camp stay! It’s amazing how summer camp makes everything more fun—even cleaning your cabin! And thank you, Nathan, for your touching submission! Summer camp truly is a home away from home! If anyone else is interested in one of these camps, you can check out Rock Eagle 4-H Center right here and check out Camp Kenwood (and Evergreen) right here! As always, thanks for reading!

- John

What’s another word for Thesaurus?

Hey, Lexicon Lovers!

Boast your blooming vocabularies with us today as it’s National Thesaurus Day. What better way to flex your lexis than by referring to the handiest reference book since the Dictionary? Peter Mark Roget published the first modern Thesaurus in 1852, 46 years after Noah Webster came out with his Dictionary.
The handiest reference book since the dictionary.
Peter Roget—as in ‘Roget’s Thesaurus’—was born this day 236 years ago in 1779. His painstaking publication of wordlists categorized by synonyms has proven extremely useful throughout the years. Never having been out of print, it’s still in largely popular use today. I have one sitting on my desk, in fact, as I currently write this Blog post.

Maybe not everyone owns their own Thesaurus, but the folks at Dicitonary.com felt compelled to share a free thesaurus online as well (Thesaurus.com). Extremely helpful, visit Dictionary/Thesaurus.com to strengthen and assist your own writing!

There’s never just one way to convey a story, an idea, or even just a single sentence. Showing a knack for finding the precise words that perfectly convey your thoughts and stories is what good writing is all about. Using a Thesaurus is a great way to expand your vocabulary and sharpen your writing skills.

Just as Native American tribes all spoke different languages and celebrated different cultures all across the land, summer camps have different names for their amenities and activities. Luckily there are lots of words that have similar meanings all throughout our language. Here’s some fun with synonyms and words associated with summer camp:

GEAR, n.
Lots of people call the stuff that they bring along camping with them their ‘gear’. While they may be more popular in other fields or activities, the following words would work just as well…You could say:
accoutrements, apparatus, equipment, kit, supplies, tackle, and trappings

CABIN, n.
Summer camps all use their own different names for their campers’ sleeping quarters. You might hear ‘cabin’ or you might here any one of the following terms:
bunks, dorms, huts, lodges, teepees, tents, and yurts

INDEPENDENCE, n.
Spending time away from home, away from your parents, is a big step toward becoming a more independent person. You can express the growth promoted by summer camp with any of these words:
autonomy, freedom, individualism, maturity, personal growth, self-betterment, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency

FRIEND, n.
They all have different names (and nicknames that you might have given them), but here are some other words you can use to refer to a friend:
acquaintance, ally, buddy, chum, comrade, companion, boon companion, pal, partner, and playmate

Using synonyms to substitute other words makes writing (and reading) great fun—for instance, you could say:

“My summer camp stay is sure to be fun.

Or you could say:

“My summer camp trip is bound to be a blast!

Or you could say:

“My summer camp excursion is likely to be a rollicking good time!

Next time you’re writing about your camp experiences, whether it’s in a letter home, a personal journal/diary, a submission to Everything Summer Camp, or a school project, use a Thesaurus to boost your vocabulary and turn your words into a masterpiece.

- John

 

fun, n. amusement, diversion, entertainment, hobby, jollity, recreation, romp, tomfoolery

Kayla N. at Camp Kohahna

Hey, Camp Fans!

The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing here at Everything Summer Camp has brought in an awesome response of about 30 entries! That’s why we’re eager to publish every single one of them here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post features Kayla N.’s camp entry about her favorite part about her summer camp stay at
Camp Kohahna. It's a magical place to spend a summer.“Saturday. At Camp Kohahna, Saturday was the big cleanup day. Not just sweeping the floors, make our beds and neatening up the clothesline. We had to do EVERYTHING! Our trunk had to be cleaned, our clothes had to be perfectly folded, our hair brush couldn’t have a single hair in it and so much more! Now maybe I’m making it sound so hard to do but. IT. WAS. SO. FUN. Yeah we were cleaning but our entire cabin was together! Saturday also was the only day we could listen to music!

‘Cleanup will be done in ten minutes’ yelled Kathleen, the Director of the Camp, on her megaphone.

‘Ahhh’ I squealed loudly, running around the cabin crazily trying to do the finishing touches on my bed. I still had to sweep the porch!

I grab the broom from the inside of the cabin and race outside. SLAM! I slammed the door behind me. Whoops!

‘A spider will land on your bed’ yelled Jules. That was a cabin inside joke. Let’s just say black widows are scary enough outside but the inside by your bed. Yikes.

‘Sorry’ I yelled, still in a panic as I sweep the shoes off the porch crazily. I was in a really big rush!

I finally finish. I take a deep breath. I walk back in the cabin as all my other cabin mates were finishing up their jobs. Lucy was double checking everyone’s square corners on their bed. Annabel was doing a quick third sweep around the cabin. Jules was double checking the indoor clothesline. Olivia was fixing the outdoor clothesline, and Katie was double checking everything. We were all doing this while singing along to pop music.

‘One more minute everyone. After cleanup everyone meet me at North Star’ yelled Kathleen.

‘I wonder why we have to meet at Northstar’ I think aloud… The only times we meet at North Star is meeting for the evening activity but obviously it wasn’t evening yet…

‘TIMES UP’ bellowed Kathleen, ‘ please come to North Star for a quick meeting about the rest of the day’.

‘Come on girls’ Lici said, trying to get us out of the cabin. Lici was one of our counselors.
Everyone walks outside and heads down to North Star. We get there just in time because Kathleen was about to speak.

‘And a hush fell over the crowd’ she said, ‘HUSH’ everyone replied. Then Kathleen began to talk.

‘Ok there is a lot of good news and a tiny bit of bad news. So I’ll start with the bad news’ Kathleen said nicely.

‘We will be having dinner about an hour late’. Everyone groaned. ‘But the good news is that I will be telling you right now what our evening activity will be’.

Everyone cheered in reply. I could tell people were getting super excited… But of course they were getting excited! Normally we have to wait till dinner to hear the evening activity!

‘Drumroll please’… ‘Your evening activity tonight will be… LIP SYNC’!!!

Everybody screams happily! Lip sync is so so much fun! We get to plan a cabin lip sync and a dance and perform it on stage! I was so EXCITED!

‘Ok girls. Settle down. Ok the thing is since our dinner time is later tonight you will practice before dinner, then we will perform right after. Ok now instead of going to beach period you guys will pick your song and practice your dance. Ok? Great now go have fun.’

Everybody races to their cabin, humming songs, and doing small dance moves excitedly.

When I get back to the cabin the cabin was already talking about what song we should do.

‘How about What makes you Beautiful by One Direction’ mentioned Jules while everyone was talking at once.

‘Girls, girls, girls’ said Lici laughing at how hyper, crazy and excited we were, ‘chill’!!

‘Yeah, girls, let’s not talk all at once. Okay Jules said What makes you Beautiful. Any other suggestions’ asked Anne. Anne was our other counselor.

‘How about Don’t Stop Believing’ said Lucy.

Lici played the song on her laptop as I dance around the cabin seeing how the choreography would go.

‘I know’ said Lici excitedly, ‘how about Classic by MKTO’.

‘Yeah’ I say jumping up and down excitedly, ‘my friends jazz dance was to that song! I love that song!!!!!!!!!!!!! We totally have to do it’ I say squealing! That song was a really fun song.

‘Looks like Kaya’s excited’ Katie laughed, ‘I do know that song and it is good and very fun. Lici do you have it on your laptop’ asked Katie.

‘Yeah I do’ said Lici enthusiastically. She plays the song once. Twice.

Everyone dances around singing and dancing to the song. Then in the middle of the third time we were listening to it Lici paused the music.

‘Okay girls’ said Anne, ‘lets vote’. ‘What do you think Olivia’ asked Anne kindly.

‘For sure Classic’ she said singing the chorus happily.

‘Annabel’ asked Lici.

‘Either Classic or Don’t Stop Believing’ she said sounding unsure.

‘How about you Kaya’ asked Anne…..

‘Hmmm…’ I thought aloud, ‘Classic or What makes you Beautiful’ I say.

‘What do you think Lucy’ asked Lici.

‘Classic’ said Lucy, nodding her head.

‘Jules’ asked Anne.

‘What makes you Beautiful.’

Okay, I thought. I know Classic is going to win for sure. I better start thinking of a dance. I could tell most of my cabin mates were thinking of the same thing.

‘Okay Katie. Last but not least. What is your vote’ asked Lici, doing a small drumroll with her fingers.

‘I think… Classic’ Katie announces happily.

‘Okay. It’s 11:20 that took us a half an hour to figure out the song’ laughed Anne. ‘Let’s go outside to the back of the cabin to do the dance.’

We only got through barely a minute of the song when the bell rang throughout the camp loudly.

‘That’s lunch girls’ said Lici…..

‘WHAT’ I say, stunned.

‘What are we going to do about the rest of the dance’ Katie said freaking out as much as I was.

‘Don’t worry about it I bet we will have more time to practice’ said Anne, sounding unsure.

‘Okay’ I say nervously.

After lunch we had rest hour. I never sleep during rest hour. I can’t! Even if I try! So even though we couldn’t get off our beds during rest hour I sat up in my bed running through the part of the dance we did practice. I felt sort of confident after that but we still didn’t finish the dance!

When the bell rang for the end of rest hour Kathleen’s voice spoke loudly on the megaphone.

‘You guys will have thirty minutes to practice your lip sync and dance’, she said calmly ‘then go to your normal morning activities.’

I took a deep breath, relieved.

So the entire cabin went behind the cabin and practiced well. During practice Kathleen went to each cabin giving them snacks so we won’t be too hungry because our late dinner.

I loved the dance and when MKTO rapped Olivia, Jules and I go closer down stage, put on sunglasses and lip synced the rap. I was so so so excited!

When the bell rang for our activities I went up to the Great House for dance. During dance we practiced a dance we were going to perform next week.

Great. I think, just another dance to remember. But both dances were actually not to hard so I tried not to worry about it.

Right after dance I went to camp crafts. In camp crafts we build fires and learn how to survive in the wild. It’s actually really fun and surprisingly I’m good at it!

We had cabin time after the activities. We just hung out around the cabin practicing our dance, talking and complaining how hungry we were. Finally the bell rang for dinner!!!!!!! Yay!

That night for dinner we had pasta. But I was too excited to eat.

After dinner we went back to the cabin and decide on what we were going to where. We finally decided on summer tank tops and denim shorts. Also the rappers had sunglasses. We changed and listened to our song one more time! I was so excited! When we went back to the Great House we sat in front of the stage. Also for some reason Lici went to the Great House early.

When we got to the Great House I didn’t see Lici. Hmm. I thought, that’s weird.

Then a voice comes from behind the curtains of the stage, everyone quiets down. Then two people in black gowns come out on stage. Right away I could tell they were counselors Jo and Doodle. Jo was the Water Director at camp and Doodle was the waterskiing counselor. But of course that’s not how they introduced themselves.

‘Hello ladies and more ladies, we will be the host of this Kohahna lip sync’ said Doodle in a French accent.

‘Yes, yes we are’ said Jo. I could tell she was trying not to laugh.

‘Well. I think it’s time to introduce the judges.’

First Lici came out on stage. That makes sense, I thought! She’s the drama counselor! She would be a perfect judge. Lici was the judge on appropriateness. When Lici came on stage and walked through the small path through the crowd to sit in her seat she was wearing black leggings, a white top and a blue, sparkly blazer. She talked in a super high pitched, sassy voice.

Second Muffin came on stage. Muffin was the ceramics counselor, she was judging the costumes. When she came out on stage and walked to her seat she was wearing a teal sequined tight, strapless dress with a black sweater over it. She was also wearing really cute sunglasses. Muffin spoke in a really sassy voice. It was really funny!

Last but not least Anna came out on stage. Anna was the trips counselor, she came out dressed as phantom of the opera! She was judging darkness! It was hilarious!!!

The judges gave us points out of five. My cabin, was the 5th cabin to go on stage. All the lip syncs and dances were so awesome!

‘Next up… Windward’ yelled Jo.

We got up and ran behind the stage. We got in position. The music started. Then we danced our hearts out!!

When the song ended we were all grinning from ear to ear! We felt really good! We walked back to our spots in the audience then look at the judges table.

First Lici went, ‘I’m going to give you a…Three and half.’

I look at her in dismay. WHAT?! I thought. What was inappropriate!

‘I loved the dance but the song was not one hundred percent appropriate’ Lici said wincing.

‘Well I loved your costumes! They were so cute! I’m going to give you a four’ said Muffin.

I smile. Thank you Muffin, I think. I looked at Olivia who was next to me and I could tell she was thinking the same thing.

After Muffin, Anna immediately started talking.

‘It didn’t have enough darkness’ she said darkly, ‘but I’ll give it a three and a half.’

I sigh. Oh well I thought. We danced our hearts out and had a lot of fun doing it! Later on the last lip sync came on. Cabin Trails end the counselors in training. They started in the audience. The music started. The song was Survivor by Destiny’s Child. The dance was so good. When the music stopped I clapped and cheered loudly. So did everyone else. Then people started chanting.

‘ENCORE, ENCORE, ENCORE then the music played again as they did their dance a second time. It was just so cool!

Each judge either gave them a five or a four and a half!

‘The winner is, drumroll please’……… ‘Trails End’!! Yelled the judges all at once! Everybody screamed happily and cheered them on!

The the two host came on stage.

‘Congratulations to the C.T’s’ Doodle said smiling and clapping. ‘But now it’s time for a….’

‘DANCE PARTY’ yelled both of the host at the same time! Everybody cheered. The first song that came on was Cheerleader by Omi and we all had a great time singing and dancing crazily.

That night I was super tired out but so so happy. The cabin had a great time and I could just tell we became closer.

This year at Camp Kohahna was probably my favorite year! The girls in the cabin of Windward were such great people and I hope to see them next year. I’m so so so grateful for Camp Kohahna!”

Thanks again for your submission, Kayla! It’s great to hear that you are had such a good time this summer and made some good friends! I hope you have a great time next year at Kohahna. To anyone else interested in Camp Kohahna (or Leelanau), you can check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

It’s a Camp Trunk! It’s a Card Table! It’s…Game Tops!!!

Hey, Camp Kids!

Here at Everything Summer Camp we’re always trying to come up with different accessories that will help to maximize the use of another product. We’ve done well in the past with products like the LidMate Organizer that allows you to use a spot in your footlocker trunk that is otherwise inaccessible or the Wheel Away System that makes for easy, rolling transportation of your camp trunk as opposed to hauling it with a moving buddy.

We now have more accessories that will provide you with even more use out of your footlocker trunk. Unlike the LidMate Organizer and the Wheel Away System, these new accessories offer more entertainment and fun than they do any kind of practical use. Get our new, magnetic Game Toppers to go on top of your camp trunk.Get your Poker on with camp friends for competition and your camp trunk as the card table!

Easily used as a sit-down bench or a step-on ladder—a nightstand for your bedside or a tabletop for games, get your camp trunk as well as your game boards right here. Pull these magnetic sheets out. Printed with checkerboards, Tic-Tac-Toe squares, Poker, and more, you’ll have tons of fun making friends and having laughs over these fun, simple games.

If thinking man's games are more up your alley, grab Checkers and Chess for assured camp fun!These Game Toppers allow for hours on top of hours of fun, playing Checkers or Chess, Tic-Tac-Toe, Poker, and other classic games with all the friends you’ll make at summer camp. Spend lazy, rainy days with fun, strategy- based games and some good competition. Have a great time right on your camp trunk when you bring these games to camp!

Our Game Toppers are easy-to-use, easy-to-pack, and fun for all. Get your own fun Game Toppers for affordable prices right here at Everything Summer Camp and slap one on top of your camp trunk to get some fun going at camp. As always, thanks for reading!

- JohnPass the time with these fun classics at summer camp.

Camp Merri-Mac—an incredible summer experience

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

At some point or another, all kids develop some interest in the idea of going to summer camp. If you’re looking for a great summer camp to send your budding camper to, then today’s Blog post is specifically for you! I’m shining my spotlight on a wonderful suMake wonderful friends at summe camp.mmer camp for girls in North Carolina today: Camp Merri-Mac—an all girls, Christian camp.

Since its founding in 1945 by Spencer Boyd, Camp Merri-Mac has shown its campers a beautiful getaway from their everyday lives. It’s located among the mountains of western North Carolina, situated in Black Mountain. Camp Merri-Mac is a place where an abundance of happy times, lifelong friendships, and unforgettable memories, are fashioned every year!

There’s always a lot to do at this summer camp. They offer all the classic camp activities like Archery, Arts & Crafts, Backpacking, Canoeing, Chorus, Climbing, Dance, Diving, Drama, Emergency Water Safety, Fencing, Guitar, Gymnastics, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Riding, Riflery, Ropes Course, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Trips, Volleyball, Waterskiing, and more.

This camp presents its young campersCheck out the Merri-Mac campgrounds! with a pristine campground in which the facilities are clean and well-maintained, the equipment is updated with high quality, the horses are looking their best and ready to ride, and the cabins are cozy enough to make the campers feel like they’re at home.

With a strong staff made up of excellent role models, the girls of Camp Merri-Mac have a fantastic time as they take their first steps into a more independent life. The girls get a clearer image of who they are, they get a better understanding of what it’s like to be a part of a community, and they develop a deeper connection between themselves and God.

With their brother camp, Camp Timberlake nearby, this could be the place for your kids next summer. Check out Camp Merri-Mac for yourself right here and Camp Timberlake right here. Make a trip to Black Mountain, North Carolina to take part in a summer of adventure, fun, and personal growth. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnHave an amazing time at Merri-Mac!

The Shark that went to Summer Camp

Hey, Campers!

Did you know that the straight-talking owner of the 2011 NBA championship Dallas Mavericks went to summer camp in his younger days? He’s also the owner of Landmark Theatres, Magnolia Pictures, and chairman of the HDTV cable network AXS TV; but you probably know him best as one of the sharks on ‘Shark Tank’—the extremely popular reality TV show on ABC—Mark Cuban.This guy knows how to make money!

An incredibly clever investor and wise businessman, Mark has worked his way up to the rungs of super-success—a ladder he started climbing when he was only 12 years old. Born to a working class family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mark understood how the world of money worked from a young age.

Mark also knew how to have a good time and still does today! He attended Emma Kaufmann Camp, a residential camp located on Cheat Lake in Morgantown, West Virginia, just 70 miles south of his hometown. His summer camp experience certainly guided him well and showed him how much fun life can be. These lessons are extremely apparent through his successful lifestyle and general comfort in his own skin.

When he was 12, Mark wanted a pair of really expensive basketball shoes. He knew they were too pricey for his parents to buy for him, so he started selling garbage bags to turn a profit. And four years later, as he learned more about the world of business, he ran Cleveland newspapers out to Pittsburgh throughout a strike of Gazette writers to take full advantage of the situation.

While attending Mount Lebanon High School he held a good number of different styles of jobs. And after his junior year, he went straight for his GED and immediately enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh. He then transferred to Indiana University one year later and, in due course, he graduated from Kelley’s School of Business—this school in particular for the sole reason that it was the cheapest option!

After his graduation in 1982, he moved to Dallas, Texas where he found work as a bartender, then as a salesperson for Your Business Software, then on of the first PC software retailers in Dallas. Eventually, he started his own company called MicroSolutions. It was successful and by 1990, he sold it for $6 million—which came out to about $2 million after taxes.

Mark Cuban is now a household name and watched with admiration as well as adoration on our TV sets. Summer camp was surely a great influence for him. How will it influence you? And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John