Keep your Eyes on the Skies

Hey, Sky Watchers!

Today is a grScan the skies for zipping light tonight.eat day to keep your head up once the sun goes down—it’s Meteor Watch Day! It’s enthralling to see a speedy burst of light zip its way across the night sky! Also known as a shooting star, a meteor is often shrouded in some confusion and mystery. What are these brilliant trails of zooming light? Countless stars populate our night sky, but, aside from a little twinkling, most of them appear to sit pretty still, not sail across the sky in a fiery streak. What sets a shooting star apart from other stars?

A LOT!

I figured Meteor Watch Day is a wise time to explain just what a meteor is. Meteors are often confused with meteoroids, meteorites, asteroids, and comets, so, in order to explain what they are, let’s take a look at what they aren’t. First and foremost, they are certainly not wandering stars. Here’s the breakdown and differences among space rocks.
You don't want this thing landing in your backyard!
Asteroids
First of all, we have asteroids. These are space rocks that vary greatly in size. Some are the size of a very small planet while others are smaller than your bedroom. The asteroid belt found between the orbit of Jupiter and Mars was supposedly once a planet that couldn’t keep itself together under the extreme stress of Jupiter’s gravity!
These icy balls are beautiful in the sky!
Comets  
Comets are basically the same as asteroids except that instead of being made completely of rock, they’re made of other ingredients as well like ice, methane, and ammonia. These chemically active ingredients can create a tiny atmosphere around the comet and give it a cool tail effect.

Meteoroids
Meteoroids are small pieces of asteroids or comets. Some might be the size of a large boulder. Most are as small as a pebble.
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Meteorites
Sometimes when a meteoroid gets too close to a planet, it will quit its orbit around the sun and fall into the nearby planet instead. Every few million years or so, an asteroid or comet might do the same resulting in what happened about 66 million years ago whenUnburned Meteorites the dinosaurs went extinct. Not to worry, though—as mentioned above, meteoroids are typically the size of a pebble. If they’re big enough, however, that they can survive the hot trip through the earth’s atmosphere and land on the planet’s surface as a meteorite.

Meteors
Most meteoroids don’t survive the trip through earth’s atmosphere and they burn up leaving a bright trail behind them. The word meteor, or a shooting star, refers to the red-hot, trailing glow of space rocks in our atmosphere.
Keep your eyes peeled for meteors and know the difference of what's going on up there!
If you’re still confused about what constitutes a meteorite and a meteoroid, perhaps you’ll find the diagram to the left helpful. Check out the video below to learn even more and be sure to keep your eyes on the skies tonight. As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Camp Trunk This…

Hey, Summertime Shoppers!

Epitomizing the summer season, the Fourth of July is a favorite for lots of folks. Smack dab in the heart of the camp season, this holiday is right around the corner. We can’t help but get excited about summer events here at Everything Summer Camp and we ended up going a little crazy with our discounts. Knockin’ prices down left and right, get a load of our marked down gear. It's a sale!If you’ve somehow been able to keep from purchasing your summer camp gear until now—or if your kid’s already off on their summer camp endeavor but you want to pick up gear for next year—you’re in luck! You can save on select camp gear with the Everything Summer Camp Fourth of July Sale. Check it out!

We’ll start with the big stuff! Our Traditional Steel Camp Trunks are all reduced—we’re taking 5% off of the regular price. No matter where you look youGet trunks for cheap on memorial day! won’t find better trunks than these because when you shop C&N brand, you’re shopping the best trunks in existence.

Moving along, we’re taking 10% off of our Pop Up Soft Trunk—our non-rigid alternative to a steel camp trunk. It’s got a plethora of pockets and a collapsible wire frame so it’s nearly as practical as a hard trunk. Also found on our site for 10% off are mini Mongo Flashlights as well as all of our Toiletry Bags.

We keep taking more off, going to 15% off when we visited our footwear. All Smartwool Socks and all Chaco Footwear is discounted. And we also paid a visit to our Laundry Bags Department and hit everything with our 15% off wand there as well.

Once we picked up all that momentum, we thought—why stop there?! So we graduated to 20% off, hitting every single swim suit and all of our swimming trunks from Speedo with the discount. We then moved to the Name Labels Department and made everything there 20% off too!These waterproof labels work amazingly well!We want you to stay warm on chilly summer nights and we didn’t know how to stop ourselves anymore…SO, we took 25% off of the regular price on Wenzel’s Moose Sleeping Bag. Then we gave ourselves to the Dark Side and took 25% off our Star Wars Blanket which is softer than fresh fallen snow on Hoth and warmer than twin suns on Tatooine.

I didn’t get around to mentioning EVERYthing that’s on sale because just about everything on our site is discounted. This site-wide sale starts tomorrow and runs until Wed, July 6 at 11pm CST. Have fun browsing our marked down selection and, as always, thanks for reading.And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air...

- John

Meet Yourself at Marimeta

Hey, Camp Fans!

We absolutely love tooting our own horn here at Everything Summer Camp—and we have a lot to toot about—but there’s a lot to toot about when it comes to otherCamp Marimeta is the place for your daughter. organizations as well, be they brand names whose products we offer or fun-factory summer camps themselves. Today it’s a summer camp—Camp Marimeta to be specific—whose praises we are singing.

Settled comfortably in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin alongside Lake Meta, Camp Marimeta invites girls from age eight to age 16 to discover the opportunity that gives them the experience of a lifetime! Founded in 1946, Marimeta has been presenting young girls with a kind of education that they can’t attain through school for 70 years—and far more valuable than schSee what the Best Camp has in store for you.ool education as well.

This camp shows young girls the time of their lives with a plethora of awesome activities that may reveal some surprising insight into their character and personality. Swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, ropes course, archery, climbing wall, riding, drama, photography, dance, arts and crafts, cooking, volleyball, basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, tennis, golf, running, yoga, and so much more are all available at this impressive camp!Set the sails!.... for summer camp!Achieving more than just a good time, these activities along with the direction of camp staff and the support of all the other campers show young girls a better understanding and a clearer picture of who they are. It’s a transformative experience that takes a young child and sets them on a subtle road to maturity and self-actualization.

An excellent all girls summer camp for your daughter to attend, check out Camp Marimeta and take a look at the video below this post for a quick, virtual peak around the campgrounds. Make this summer really count and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Why don’t you call me

Hey, Camp Parents!

Last week I posted about sending emails to your camper—when it’s appropriate and how to write a good one to your camper. Today’s post, the final installment in our camp correspondence series, concentrates on the two least-used forms of communication during your kid’s summer camp stay: phone calls and care packages. Let’s talk about the telephone first.

Phone Calls
Call yo mama at summer camp.As discussed in last week’s post on email, the same is true for phone calls; all camps are different with differing views on allowing their campers to talk to their parents over the phone.

Some camps allow phone calls once a week, believing talks with parents to be helpful and supportive. But most camps discourage contact by phone and ask that calls are saved for rare emergencies. The popular philosophy is that the sound of a parents’ voice can stir a deep longing for home which is often detrimental to the chief goal of camp—independence!

Neither philosophy is wrong, but talking on the phone—an immediate means of communication—hinders independence while other means of communication (i.e. letter-writing) take whole days to be sent back and forth and, thus, foster independence—Call Mom. She knows.and support too! If your child’s camp does allow phone calls, try to keep it to a minimum so your camper gets the most out camp.

CampMinder.com or Bunk1.com are great online services that help parents schedule time to talk with their campers by way of phone. You can learn more about these services in our post from last week.

Care Packages
Campers have been known to get boxes of goodies like fun toys, cool clothes, favorite magazines, and other gifts from their parents. Care packages certainly make a kid feel great, but no parent should ever feel obligated to send one to their camper. As camp experts Chris Thurber and Jon Malinowski say in ‘The Summer Camp Handbook’, “Camp is a huge gift in itself.”

Should you decide, however, to send a care package to your camper, it’s important to follow the camp’s policy on what items campers can have. Keep in mind that your camper is part of a group. Here are some things to think about when you send a care package.

SIZE
Don’t send anything too big. A ridiculously big care package may be funny to other campers and embarrassing to yours. Remember, the point is not to spoil your child, it’s simply to put a smile on their face and remind them that you’re thinking of them.
Don't send your kid any perishable food while they're at camp.
FOOD/PERISHABLES
Send only what the camp allows. Some camps allow campers to receive food, candy, and gum. Others do not. Food can be problematic as it attracts animals and bugs. Without proper storage, food rots and becomes a health hazard. Don’t put your kid in an awkward situation.

GAMES/TOYS/BOOKS
These are great care package items—especially things that your child can share with his fellow campers like board games, Frisbees, playing cards, and fun reading material like MadLibs, Choose Your Own Adventure books, and comics. Other good items that your camper won’t have to share are a shirt, family photo, a novel, or a small stuffed animal.

So that’s all for our June series on camp correspondence. I hope these posts have been helpful for your camper’s upcoming summer camp experience. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Log Blog

Hey, Camp Fans!

Today is National Log Cabin Day—a reminder of a simpler time when life wasn’t so media-saturated or web-centric. This is a day that encourages people to get away from the incessant beeps and boops of our household appliances and electronic devices and embrace a simpler existence. People have been promoting a simpler lifestyle since our cities grew tall and heavily populated. Here are a few examples of historical figures who sought out a quieter life.
Lincoln grew up in a log cabin much like this.
Abraham Lincoln
Our nation’s 16th president was born and raised in a log cabin. Though his family moved around a lot, they went from log cabin to log cabin for nearly the first two decades of Abe’s life. You can get a much more detailed account of Lincoln’s travel from home to home with his family right here.

Henry David ThoreauThoreau built his own cabin for himself.
His most famous and celebrated essay, ‘Walden’ begins, “When I wrote the following pages, or rather the bulk of them, I lived alone, in the woods, a mile from any neighbor, in a house which I had built myself, on the shore of Walden Pond…” This ‘house’ that he speaks of was a tiny log cabin that even the humble Ralph Waldo Emerson—a friend of Thoreau’s whose land he used to build the cabin—commented on it that it looked “too small to eat in!”

Aldo Leopold
Abraham Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau lived around the same time—born within the same eight years, their lives spanAldo Leopold made a cabin for himself and his family of 5 kids and his wife.ned decades and decades of the 1800s. Born a few years after the death of Thoreau, Aldo Leopold carried on the conservationist torch. As cities grew bigger and denser, Leopold recognized that it was not the lifestyle for him. Instead of accepting societal life, he took his wife and five children to the wilderness of Madison, WI and built a cabin.

Log cabins that Lincoln or Thoreau ever lived in are no longer standing, but you can still visit the cabin that squeezed a family of seven in the 1930s. I’ve been inside Mr. Leopold’s cabin which is an unforgettable experience. Set up your own visit with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and check out his famous writings in ‘A Sand County Almanac’ which covers humankind and our relationship with nature.

Maybe you’ll get to enjoy life in a log cabin throughout your stay at summer camp! And as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Water you waiting for?

Hey, Swimmers!

Who doesn’t love a refreshing and exhilarating splash into the wet world of WATER?! You’re sure to get lots of time in the water during your summer camp stay. Swimming is the most popular activity at summer camp and since most boys and girls are like magnets to pools, I thought we’d celebrate National Swim a Lap Day on our Blog.

Obvious advocates of camp, we here at Everything Summer Camp recognize and understand the importance of swimming for summer campers all across the board. More than just a, invigorating, cool treat on a hot day—swimming is fun, it’s developmental, it’s social, and it certainly is EXERCISE!
Get into the water with Speedo this summer.
That’s right! Swimming is just as physically taxing as it is fun—especially if you’re trying to improve upon your skills. A couple months ago, I posted a tips and advice series about proper fitness exercises in preparation for the rigors of summer camp. The final installment of the series gave great exercises to try for swimming.

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Another way to spot our understanding of your love to swim is by the slew of swimwear and other accessories that we offer on our site. Dominated by Speedo, we’re proud to order such a quality selection for all your swimming needs.

Speedo uses advanced materials and designs which have been exclusively developed by themselves, giving their customers—and ours too—the freedom and speed that they need. It doesn’t matter if you’re just learning to swim or training for the Olympics, our selection of Speedo products can help you! We’ve got everything from swimming trunks and swimsuits to watershoes and goggles, and so much more.

Shop our site and exercise with our fitness tips to maximize your fun in the water this summer and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

She must be an angel…

Hey, Summer Campers!

The world is chock-full of former summer campers! They’re all over. And some are even famous celebrities now. They’re in the music business, professional sports leagues, movies, and television shows. Speaking of former summer campers/television stars, diFarrah Fawcett was always smiling.d you know that Farrah Fawcett was once a summer camper like yourselves? She went to Camp Arrowhead in Cleburne, Texas.

Situated alongside the Brazos River which runs between Glen Rose and Cleburne, Camp Arrowhead provided Farrah with 650 gorgeous acres among the rugged hills of Texas. Founded in 1934, Arrowhead is proud to have been the camp for a famous celebrity like Farrah, but camp director Sandra Schmitt has also noted, “They’re all famous to us,” in an article for D Magazine.

Born and raised in Corpus Christi Texas, Farrah had the usual family life with her parents and her one sister who was nine years older than her. Her beauty, however, was anything but usual. Attending high school at W.B. Ray High School, Farrah was voted ‘most beautiful’ by her classmates in all four years.

After high school she went on to study art at the University of Texas in Austin. In her freshman year, she was named one of ‘the ten most beautiful coeds on campus’—the first that a freshman had ever made the list. Photos of these ten, most beautiful coeds were sent to a number of Hollywood agencies where Farrah was shown great interest.

She turned down nearly immediate offers from a Hollywood agent named David Mirisch. Undeterred by her hesitation, though, David continued to call her for the following two years. After Farrah’s junior year, she finally thought she’d give Hollywood a chance.

She found work straight away in commercials and didn’t take long to start making appearances in television shows like ‘I Dream of Jeannie’, ‘The Partridge Family’, ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’, ‘The Dating Game’, and more. Possibly her biggest claim to fame came when she took the part of Jill Munroe in the television series, ‘Charlie’s Angels’.

Battling cancer for the last three years of her life, the world was saddened to see her life end at 62. But despite her hardships, “Farrah showed immense courage and grace throughout her illness and was an inspiration to those around her,” said Kate Jackson—good friend of Farrah’s and co-star on ‘Charlie’s Angels’.

Summer camp set Farrah on a journey that took her to the peak of popularity back in the 70’s. What track will you discover at summer camp? You can check out Camp Arrowhead for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnSmiling is how Farrah wanted to be remembered!

Mr. Postman, do you have an email for me?

Hey, Camp Parents!

Last week I posted tips for writing letters to your camper—the best option for communicating with your kid during their time away at camp. Today’s post focuses in on email. Lots of camps out there offer a one-way email service to provide a speedier way to communicaA wealth of knowledge lies within the pages of this excellent guidebook.te with your camper. Speedier messaging methods may be handy, but they also sacrifice the personal touch that a handwritten letter delivers.

As camp experts Chris Thurber and Jon Malinowski put it in their helpful guidebook, ‘The Summer Camp Handbook’, “Sending your child an e-mail may make her feel more like a business colleague than your own flesh and blood. There is no substitute for a handwritten letter.”

Is it ever okay to email?
Sometimes it might be your best option. If you have an urgent message or you don’t have time to write a letter, email may be the way to go. It’s smart to confirm the camp’s policy when it comes to email. All camps are different. Some allow kids to receive emails but not to send them. Some camps will send parents a PDF image of their child’s handwritten reply.

If you find yourself in a situation where email is the best route, keep in mind that it should represent a letter as much as possible. That means including a salutation, proper punctuation, paragraph breaks, and a warm closing. Mr. Postmaster, do you have an email for me?You’re sending your kid word from home, not typing out a careless office memo.

Check out CampMinder.com, a service parents can use to communicate with their camper. Parents log into their account, type out an email, and CampMinder sends your word to your kid’s camp where it’s then printed out and delivered to your child along with stationery and a pre-addressed, stamped envelope to reply.

Another similar place to visit is Bunk1.com, offering the same service as well as a fun photo platform so that parents can sneak a peek into the camp life and maybe even see the permanent smile that their kid is wearing. These sites take privacy very seriously and have taken measures to solidify the security of their sites.Check out the easy steps of how Bunk1's camp correspondence service works.

Your kid is likely out playing, having fun, and making the most of every day! They aren’t sitting in front of a computer, so don’t expect an immediate response to an email. In fact, some camps have their computers whole miles away from the cabins and, consequentially, emails are checked just once a day. In that case, email isn’t necessarily any faster form of communication than a mailed letter.

Tune in again next Monday to get a closer look at making phone calls and sending care packages to your camper. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnGet a sneak peek at camp life with CampMinder.com.

On the Docket for Dad’s Day…

Happy Fathers’ Day!

Fathers across the world are honored on this day for their dedication, unconditional love, and undying support. We certainly love our fathers here at Everything Summer Camp and are eager for the plans we have prepared. Bound to be a good time, I surveyed the office asking about people’s fun Fathers’ Day plans to share on the Blog. Check out what Peggy, Anita, and Lydia are up to today.

Peggy—Call Center RepThe most delicous time sounds like it's happening at Peggy's place.resentative
Peggy is hosting a get-together today, inviting fathers and family over for a backyard barbecue. Celebrating the day with a big family, Peggy’s three daughters will be in attendance to show their appreciation of their father and grandfather. With a dozen family members coming, get-togethers with Peggy’s family sound like a blast!

Anita—Call Center Supervisor
Anita is planning on grilling with her family as well, but it’ll be a little more intimate with a smaller family. Anita’s only brother will be there with his two sons and she was recently reunited with her daughter who’s been away with the Air Force Reserve until Friday night. Racheal wasn’t reunited with her father, John, until just last night when he got bHave a wonderful day together to Anita's family.ack home from a work trip in West Salem. Happy to rendezvous back home for Father’s Day weekend, Anita has been looking forward to this weekend for a while.

Lydia—Graphic Artist
I thought I’d introduce you all to our new Graphic Artist, Lydia. Leaving the homestead entirely, Lydia is spending her weekend with her family in Spooner, Wisconsin where they have been enjoying the lKayaking on father's day weekend, what more could a dad ask for?aidback environment of their family cabin. The middle child between her older brother and younger sister, Lydia has a blast going kayaking and paddle boarding with her parents and siblings. Who could hope for more on Father’s Day than fun, quality time with your family?!

A Happy Father’s Day to the fathers in Peggy, Anita, and Lydia’s lives and fathers everywhere. Thank you for pouring your love and support into the people you’ve brought to the world! And, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnHappy fathers day to all and to all a good night.

Go Fish!

Hey, Fishy Folks!

If you love fishing then you’re sure to love today! It’s National Go Fishing Day! Meant to be spent fishing and nothing else, today encourages everybody to pack up your poles and tackle box and spend the day casting your line out into the water. Fishing may reap the reputation of a ‘boring sport’, but when you’re out there all day, some pretty wild things are liable to happen.

Read on to learn some pretty interesting stuff about the world of fishing. Whether you’ve never been fishing before or you’re a seasoned a-FISH-ionado, you’re sure to find these facts on fish rather fantastic.

Tastiest Fish
Our first fun fact comes from delicious fish—people find fish delectable the world over.  Somewhere in our 7000 taste buds, we’ve really developed a taste for fish. But did you know that most fish wear their taste buds all over their bodies? That meansHeeeerreeeee, fishy fishy fishy. they can taste things just by coming into contact with it. I’m pretty happy with the location of my 7000 taste buds being on my tongue, but catfish make me jealous, boasting 27,000 taste buds!

Fastest fish
It was never an easy thing to tell how fast certain fish can swim until some fishermen conjured up a simple method. Here’s how it works: when you get a bite on your line and the fish takes off, measure how much of your line comes off the spool in a certain amount of seconds. Some elementary matThis is one fast fishy!hematics will calculate the speed of the fish. The fastest fish ever in the world is the sailfish which took 300 feet of line within three seconds. It swims at 68 mph. That’s one fast fish!
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Largest Fish
The largest freshwater fish, the Mekong giant catfish, measured in at 646 lbs. and nine feet in length. That’s roughly the size of aThat's one GIGANTIC catfish! fully-grown grizzly bear! That’s a big fish. But that’s nothing when considering the biggest fish ever caught including saltwater—a 3,427 pounder! It was a Great White Shark. The inspiration for Captain Quint from ‘Jaws’, one Captain Frank Mundus is responsible for reeling in the shark—the largest fish to ever be caught by rod and reel!
The Great White Shark of over 3000 pounds, caught in the 80's.
So, you see, fishing may have plenty of downtime, but when the other shoe drops, it can make for a pretty wild time! Get out there and catch the biggest fish you’ve ever caught and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John