Leaplings are HOW old?!

Hey, 2016ers!

Today is a day that comes along just once every four years! No, it’s not the premiere of the Olympics. It’s February 29. But wait a minute!—In Leap Years, we throw in a whole extra day!aren’t there only supposed to be 28 days in February? Typically, yes. There are only 28 days in February. Every four years, however, we hang an extra day off the end of February and call it a ‘leap year’. What does THAT mean?

Well, let’s head to outer space for a moment to get our answer. Here’s how leap year works: we say that 365 days equates to a typical year. But REALLY, it takes the earth 365 days and one quarter (six hours extra) to complete its annual orbit. These six extra hours of our solar year are put on the Math.backburner for three years and then on the fourth year we throw in a whole extra day (6hrs. x 4 = 24) to make up for it all. Thus, February 29 is commonly referred to as ‘Leap Day’.

It may seem a little odd, but it works!

Yet, while February 29 fixes our problem of an inefficient year that doesn’t account for the extra six hours our planet takes to orbit the sun, it also leaves an anomaly for roughly 4 million people in the world who were born on this date. People who were born on Leap Day are known as ‘leaplings’ and their birthdays are constantly in question (which always brings their age into question as well).

That’s right. You can never know just how old a leapling is. See, some leaplings celebrate their birthdays on February 28 for three years until the next leap year. February 29 is the 60th day of the year which is otherwise March 1 in non-leap years which is why you’ll find many other leaplings celebrating their birthdays on March 1.

My suggestion is that leaplings embrace their distinctiveness and observe only their authentic birthdays. Sure it means less cake and presents, but—hey, when your friends are all in their 80s, you can say that you’re just turning 20! Happy birthday to all leaplings today and, as always, thanks for reading!Leap, baby!

- John

Keep it..comin’, love! Keep it..comin’, love…

Hey, Trunk Lovers!

To begin February on the Blog, I posted about our new Designer Trunks—camp trunks that sport a design of your choice with over a hundred options to choose from! Designer Trunks are made with the same rugged and detailed construction as is given to all C&N Footlockers, except the traddesigner-camp-trunks-for-girls-aztec-stripes-kiwi-strawberryitional steel exterior is swapped out for a durably-laminated and dazzling high-definition print.

In my last post about Designer Trunks, I told you that on top of the hundred-plus options that are already available, we’re adding more all the time! Well, make way! As we now approach the end of February, I thought I’d post again about the new patterns we’ve added focool-camp-trunks-for-kids-paisley-explosion-midnightr our Designer Trunks since the month began.

Recently adding a sequel to our Aztec Designer Trunk—inspired by the minds of the native people in ancient Mexico—we now offer Aztec Stripes. Cousin to our Botanical Explosion Pattern Trunk, the Paisley Explosiodesigner-camp-trunk-for-kids-bubbles-blueberryn Designer Trunk is a celebratory spray of floral designs growing wild. We’ve also added a work of whimsy with our Bubbles Trunk. Float away on these enchanting hollow spheres as they journey across this Designer Trunk.

We also added our Cubic Weave Trunk which features cube under and over and under and over and under and over other cubes. designer-trunk-footlocker-cubic-weave-goldTaken in as a whole, it makes for a neat-looking camp trunk. Lastly, our Floating Circles Trunk is included in this current batch of new trunks. Abstract dots orbiting each other in white air, Floating Dots makes for an eye-catching, mesmerizing, and colorful Designer Trunk.
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We only continue adding to our collection of Designer Trunks, and most of our trunk designs have multiple color options. With so many options adding up quickly, our Designer Trunks are certain to deliver a trunk that strikes your fancy.

Once complete, Designer Trunks are more durable than paint! So what are you waiting for? Click here to check them out and order your own! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Camp at Belknap for Boys!

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

Since it first became a thing back in the late 1800s, billions of kids have flocked to summer camps to reap the benefit of community living amongst their peers and beautiful nature. There are so many different camps you can choose from, which is why we like to spotlight some of the great camps with whom we, here at Everything Summer Camp, have the pleasure of working.Beautiful surroundings.

Today, I’m shining our spotlight on a camp that has a lot of history behind it. More than a hundred years in operation, Camp Belknap for boys was established back in 1903 in olden days. These were the times of Thomas Edison when horse-drawn carriages rolled through the streets and ‘The Wizard of Oz’ just been written!

Found on 267 acres of fields, forest and shoreline along the beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, Camp Belknap is much, much more than just a gorgeous place. Tons of fun  awaits you! Campers spend their days swimming, sailing, canoeing, playing baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football, volleyball, golf, and tennis! And they all try their hand at archery, riflery, low ropes, arts, crafts, nature and conservation, photography, moviemaking, and more.
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The campers of YMCA Camp Belknap are given their choice of activities based on the things they like, their athletic abilities and other skills, as well as their eagerness to learn. Camp Belknap keeps all if its athletic equipment wonderfully maintained, updated, and easily accessible to the campers.

Belknap’s beautiful campgrounds boast a waterfront area with a natural sandy beach, 9 tennis courts, 3 basketball courts, 3 large athletic fields, and modern lodges and cabins for all the campers. They have everything you need to have an awesome time this summer! Not to mention, great people to hang out with and a chance to learn about yourself and how you fit in among a community of people.

If you’re interested in sending your kid to YMCA Camp Belknap for boys, click here to visit their website and learn more. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- Johnbelknap trees

Happy Birthday, Mr. Washington!

Hey, Camp Fans!

February is the month in which we celebrate President’s Day—this holiday landed on the 15th. The day was conceived as a way to combine both presidential birthdays that fall in February: Abraham Lincoln’s and George Washington’s. I posted about Abraham Lincoln on his birthday earlier this month. Today is George Washington’s birthday, or the day we celebrate, anyway.
The man of many sicknesses.
Why don’t we celebrate on Washington’s actual birthday? Well, he was born on February 11, 1731—as it fell on the Julian calendar. However, the colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar (the one we all know and love today) which displaced his birthday to February 22. The date of New Year’s Day shifted as well, changing his birthday to February 22, 1732.

Washington was one hard-hitting president—the kind of leader America needed to stand up to the British and take our independence! Yes, General Washington certainly fought the good fight and won. He did it all in the face of adversity too. He had a number of health problems—not to mention, he saw his fair share of the action. Check out a few of the things he was up against:

1.) He didn’t have wooden teeth as many people believe. He did, however, have some pretty horrible dental issues. Dealing with the terrible pain of incessant toothaches starting in his mid-20s, Washington started having his teeth pulled and started losing about a tooth per year.

George Washington wore these uncomfortable dentures in his mouth for a solid chunk of his life.By the time he was 57, he had just one, lonely tooth left in his head which was eventually pulled and led him to the need for dentures. Dental health is extremely important to overall health and specifically linked to the condition of a person’s heart. Brush your teeth, kids!

2.) He was the sickest president in the history of the White House. Poor George got hit with a slew of illnesses that left him bedridden. He was sick with diphtheria, tuberculosis, smallpox, dysentery, malaria, something similar to tonsillitis, carbuncle, pneumonia, and epiglottitis. Luckily, modern day vaccines have eliminated most of these illnesses for us, but Washington was not so lucky.

3.) Probably one of his most serious brushes with mortal danger happened when he was 23 and seemingly haunted him till the end of his days. Aide to the British General who was leading an expedition against the French in Pennsylvania at the time, Washington was so ill he was ordered to stay behind. He followed anyway, tying pillows to his saddle to reduce the pain of traveling.

That day, Washington found himself in a battle that neither he, nor the troop he was with were ready for. And despite his hat getting shot off and four bullets tearing through his coat, Washington came away from the battle unharmed, leading the 40-mile retreat. He did, however, suffered continuous attacks of fever and dysentery for the rest of that year—sicknesses from which he never fully healed.There wasn't much stopping George Washington!Whether you celebrate Presidents’ Day or Washington’s birthday, be sure to look into the very interesting and very amazing life of Mr. Washington. We can all learn a lesson or two from our nation’s first president and founding father. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Fitzgerald to Fitzgerald

Hey, Camp Fans!

Lots of people go to camp. Others send their kids to camp. And SOME people do both. And celebrated American author of the beloved novel ‘The Great Gatsby’, F. Scott This handsome devil attended summer camp in his youth.Fitzgerald is one of those individuals. It’s no longer in operation now, but Fitzgerald enjoyed a month-long stay at a Camp Chatham, located in Orillia, Ontario in 1907.

Fitzgerald must have well understood what a momentous time camp is for children. When he sent his 11-year-old daughter, Frances Fitzgerald to summer camp in 1933, he wrote to her a rather ‘grown up’ letter with some strong advice for her. Here are his words to her:

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DEAR PIE:

I feel very strongly about you doing duty. Would you give me a little more documentation about your reading in French? I am glad you are happy– but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either. Those are things you see on the stage or the screen or the printed page, they never really happen to you in life.

All I believe in in life is the rewards for virtue (according to your talents) and the punishments for not fulfilling your duties, which are doubly costly. If there is such a volume in the camp library, will you ask Mrs. Tyson to let you look up a sonnet of Shakespeare’s in which the line occurs Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds…

I think of you, and always pleasantly, but I am going to take the White Cat out and beat his bottom hard, six times for every time you are impertinent. Do you react to that?…
Half-wit, I will conclude.

Things to worry about:
 •    Worry about courage
•    Worry about cleanliness
•    Worry about efficiency
•    Worry about horsemanship…

Things not to worry about:
•    Don’t worry about popular opinion
•    Don’t worry about dolls
•    Don’t worry about the past
•    Don’t worry about the future
•    Don’t worry about growing up
•    Don’t worry about anybody getting ahead of you
•    Don’t worry about triumph
•    Don’t worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
•    Don’t worry about mosquitoes
•    Don’t worry about flies
•    Don’t worry about insects in general
•    Don’t worry about parents
•    Don’t worry about boys
•    Don’t worry about disappointments
•    Don’t worry about pleasures
•    Don’t worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:
•    What am I really aiming at?
•    How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:
        (a) Scholarship
        (b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
        (c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,
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Giving a wonderful sense of his terse, yet compassionate fathering, this letter illustrates the honest relationship between the two. No wonder, Frances Fitzgerald followed in her father’s footsteps and saw great success as a writer as well.

We carry great products that encourage convenience for parents to stay in touch with their campers while they’re away. Check it out right here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

M&D fun for everyone!

Hey, Fun Fans!

If you’re a fan of fun, then this Blog post is sure to tickle your fancy! It’s no surprise that Melissa & Doug is so popular among the kiddies! Their games, toys, and other lines of kid products are always instant hits! Very aware of Melissa & Doug’s fandom, we figured it only makes sense to offer their fun games and other fun accessories at our shop. Check out these great new products we’ve recently added to our Melissa & Doug selectimelissa-and-doug-sketch-padon:

Artist Sketch Pad
Within this coil-bound pad, there are 50 sheets of acid free, white paper as well as countless hours of enjoyment and leisure. Encourage imagination and artistic skills with this 9” x 12” Sketch Pad.

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This game increases brain power and shows you just whose pants are the smartest. Awesomely educational, this game is jam-packed with trivia, puzzles, activities, facts, and other fun methods of entertainment and education. Containing colorful, funny cards that will pique interest and exude education, this game keeps kids giggling away and excited to learn. Single and multi-player.

Scratch Art Padmelissa-and-doug-scratch-art-sketch-pad
A perfect Art Pad for summer camp, Melissa & Doug’s Scratch Art Pad gives you a dozen pages to draw or trace on and experience stunning effects shining through. This spiral–bound artist’s 8″ x 10.5” book is easy fun for kids to enjoy and it comes with a wooden stylus and stencil sheet. Flip the Scratch Art Pad open to begin dazzling fun for yourself!

Jacks
An old recess classic and relaxing afternoons of summer vacation, Jacks is a timeless pastime. Get your stylish Jacks set for summer camp right here in our selection from Melissa & Doug. Including five silver jacks and five gold as well as two rubber balls, these pieces fit snug inside a practical pouch which then fits neatly within a quality wooden boxMighty fun time with such an old game!    with a sliding lid and instructions for game play.

Camp is all about having a good time so be sure to bring some fun along with you and take your pick from our excellent selection of camp games from Melissa & Doug! And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Have no fear—the new, ESC Deluxe Laundry Bag is Here!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Any camper knows that a quality laundry bag is essential to a convenient and clean summer camp stay. You can find some very cool laundry bags at Everything Summer Camp; we carry a variety of fabrics, styles, and brand names like Mint, Trendy Collections, Buckhead Betties, Three Cheers, and more! And now we’ve added the biggest, baddest laundry bag yet!
Get this laundry bag to handle your camp clothing needs during your summer stay!
Mint and the other fashion laundry bags are very stylish and very cool with fun colors and complimentary patterns, but the new Deluxe Laundry Bag from Everything Summer Camp is certainly the most practical! Constructed of high quality, this is the perfect laundry bag for summer camp wear and tear.

Made of stitched nylon, this sturdy bag features an adjustable shoulder strap for easy and comfortable carrying to the laundry room and back. It’s unique design and color can help identify your bag too, which makes things easier on the laundry service at your summer camp.

Everything Summer Camp’s Deluxe Laundry Bag also boasts mesh side panels for adequate ventilation and speedier drying than a full nylon bag. Combined with the bottom drainage hole, camp clothes won’t stay wet for very long in the Deluxe Laundry Bag.

Available in a handful of fun colors, your Deluxe Laundry Bag is a top choice in laundry bags for your camp clothing and, unlike the fun, pattern and style laundry bags, this laundry bag doesn’t sacrifice dryability and breathability for your clothing. It will hold twice as much as they can too.

And the best part is that, once you start filling the Deluxe Laundry Bag with your camp clothes, it stands upright and open on its own! Get the Deluxe Laundry Bag for your camp stay! 32″ tall x 24″ wide. Pick up yours right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnGet your ESC Laundry Bag right here!

Honest Abraham

Hey, Blog Buddies!

Today is February 12. It was 206 years ago today that the 16th president of the United States was born in a little town called Hodgenville, Kentucky. There’s a lot that we know about this former president from a much earlier time in our nation’s life. Pretty much everybody knows that his picture is on the penny, that he abolished slavery, or that he was an avid (and skilled) wrestler in his youth.Get honest Abe's two cents...or just one, anyway..

In observance of his birthday, however, I’d like to tell you three things that not a lot of people know about Mr. Abraham Lincoln.

1.) We all get away with calling him Honest Abe today, but if he ever caught any of us referring to him using that name, he would have put us in an arm bar (the good wrestler that he was). Well, maybe he’d go easier than that, but truth be told, he did not appreciate ‘Abe’ as a nickname.

2.) He was crazy about cats! Absolutely obsessed with them, Lincoln had an affinity with all animals, but cats above all. He was fascinated by felines and while he was in office, the official cat of the White House was named Tabby.

3.) Maybe you already knew that Lincoln was the first president to wear a beard. But did you know that he grew it at the request of an 11-year-old girl named Grace Bedell who wrote him during his campaign for presidency?

“…if you let your whiskAlways a stoic figure, those whiskers were the suggestion of an 11-year-old girl.ers grow I will try and get the rest of [my brothers] to vote for you,” she tells him. “You would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. All the ladies like whiskers and they would tease their husbands to vote for you and then you would be President.” Lincoln wrote the girl back and promptly began growing out his now-iconic beard.

I guess it just goes to show that sometimes the best advice comes from sources that you’d least expect! Happy, birthday Abe…err…I mean, Mr. Lincoln! And, as always, thanks for reading, camp fans!

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Life is loco at Camp DeSoto!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Our Summer Camp Spotlights are great introductions to some of the breathtaking camps with whom we, here at Everything Summer Camp, have developed a relationship. We love telling about the fun times and the community spirit of these camps. Shining the spotlight on camps across the country at random, today we’re shining a spotlight on Camp DeSoto all girls camp.
Camp DeSoto is a wonderful place to send your camper.
Located in northern Alabama in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Camp DeSoto is a home away from home, nestled among 185 acres of woods on the crest of Lookout Mountain. From 8 to 16 years old, girls find friendship, foresight, and—of course—fun at Camp DeSoto for a full month of summer.

DeSoto certainly knows how to make your camp experience an unforgettable time. Activities vary by the age of the campers, including: Archery, Canoeing, Climbing, Crafts, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Guitar, Horseback Riding, Photography, Riflery, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Tumbling, It's always a good time at Camp DeSoto!Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Wilderness, and a much, much more.

Campers are also given the option to take one period of unstructured free time for themselves each day—time that they can soak up the summer camp lifestyle for themselves however they please.

Camp DeSoto campers feel right at home in their accommodating facilities. Life is better in the woods! Simple cabins offer comfort and convenience. Made up of wooden walls, screened windows, and metal cots, Camp DeSoto cabins deliver the perfect atmosphere for their campers’ summer visits. Sinks, toilets, and showers are always accessible and well-maintained.These beautiful, comfortable cabins are a home away from home for DeSoto campers!At Camp DeSoto, girls are encouraged to learn from each other and develop their relationships with themselves, others, and God. If you’re interested in Camp DeSoto for your summer camper, further look into it by checking out their website right here. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Super Bowl Sunday

Hey, Football Fans!

Over the course of the last 50 years, the Super Bowl has taken the nation by storm! It certainly has become a leviathan of championship sporting events. Baseball may be America’s pastime, but football has quickly become the nation’s most popular sport.The 50th Super Bowl is tonight!

Excited fans have been chomping at the bit in the post-season to see who will face off in this season’s Super Bowl. Now we know the Carolina Panthers are going up against the Denver Broncos today and the excitement is through the roof!

Super Bowl L (or 50 if you don’t know your roman numerals), is bound to be a record-setting televised event! Only seven shows in the history of television have been able to draw in over 100 million viewers: there was the M*A*S*H series finale in 1983 and the other six were all Super Bowls!

Today, the Super Bowl means a packed stadium, extravagant halftime shows, and funnier commercials than you’ve seen all year. But it may surprise you to know that the first Super Bowl was nothing like the Super Bowl that we all know and love today. No, it was VASTLY different…

Empty seats were plentiful, the halftime show was put on by marching bands and flag girls, and the game was broadcast (for the first and only time) by two different networks (CBS and NBC). It’s true! The Super Bowl just wasn’t nearly as big of a deal as it is now.

The original Super Bowl.In fact, the original tapes of the game have been lost forever (recording live broadcasts was quite expensive back then, and so the networks recorded soap operas over their tapes)—that’s how small of a deal the Super Bowl was back in 1967!

With an old recording of the game having resurfaced in a dusty attic in Pennsylvania, the NFL has recently aired it as much of the game as we have (which doesn’t include the halftime show or bits of the third quarter). But it was the very first broadcast of this game in 50 years!

With this recent airing and today being Super Bowl Sunday, the frenzied Super Bowl excitement is more than it’s ever been before! Be sure you enjoy the game tonight and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John