This Giant Light of Mine…

Hey, Lighthouse Lovers!

Not only picturesque buildings, but symbols of hope, lighthouses are beautiful towers designed to emit light great distances with the purpose of helping pilots at sea navigate their ships through dangerous waters in the blanket of night. With radio, GPS, and other means of modern communication, lighthouses are now more-Beautiful giants create epic landscapes.or-less poetic relics of our technology preceding the digital age, but still they stand like gentle giants peering out to the distant horizon.

Today we celebrate Lighthouse Day. Trips to visit a local lighthouse are a popular family activity in the summertime—not to mention a great way to observe Lighthouse Day! I recall a handful of trips my family made to check out lighthouses in our surrounding area. It was an awesome experience each time.

To celebrate on the Blog today, let’s explore the past for a little history lesson on lighthouses. As is the case with many things, the history of the lighthouse goes back farther than you likely expect. The very first lighthouse was built around 280 B.C. in ancient Egypt. An enormous bonfire was lit each night at the very top of the tower which stood taller than 450 feet! The beacon was visible from over 30 miles away!

This Egyptian Lighthouse was so big that it was included as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was toppled by an earthquake in 1303 A.D.

Since ancient times, people have experimented with the materials to use in lighthouse construction. Early American lighthouses were short for towers and made out of wood or stone. The bulk of the towers built before 1800 have either fallen or caught fire. It was understood that lighthouses would have to be made sturdier and the 17th Century started building tall towers like they had in ancient times.

Gentle giants of the coast, they were made of brick and cut stone. It became customary for a lighthouse to include living quarters for the keeper of a lighthouse—after all, somebody had to be there day after day to light the lantern and perform all the general maintenance duties to keep the lighthouse in operation!
Eventually, lighthouse towers were constructed from iron and concrete and automated signals have done away with the need for a keeper or those quiet days they used to live along the shore.

Lots of lighthouses still remain in operation as the only tangible and reliable means of navigation—whereas radio or GPS signals can be lost—but a growing number of towers are being decommissioned and their lights are going out.

Lack of funds has led to lack of maintenance and lighthouse structures have been left to weather the elements without the help of human hands. Rough weather over time has already toppled abandoned lighthouses and these towers will continue to fall as time wears on their neglected foundations.

In short, lighthouses will certainly span your lifetime, but they won’t be around forever. Appreciate the opportunity to explore these interesting towers of our history and, as always, thanks for reading!
Beautiful beacons in the night.
- John

In Memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Hey, Summer Campers!

Summer camp has been around since 1861, so it goes without saying that there are a lot of former summer campers out there in the world today. Some have gone on to become famous celebrities. Former summer campers have populated the music business, professional sports leagues, television and movies, etc. Remembered forever in oPhilip Seymour Hoffman will truly be missed!ur hearts, today we’re talking about a movie star who the world lost earlier this year: Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Yes, in his younger days, Philip enjoyed summer stays among the 122 acres at Ontario County’s 4-H Camp Bristol Hills in New York. 4-H Camp Bristol Hills is a division of the Cornell Cooperative Extension on Ontario County. He went to camp alongside his younger siblings Gordy and Emily in the 80’s. And by 1987 he worked as a camp counselor.

Rather active as a kid, Philip had a great time playing sports at camp, especially his favorites, baseball and wrestling. When he went to see a stage production Arthur Miller’s play ‘All My Sons’, however, Philip realized his true passion was the theater. “I was changed—permanently changed—by that experience,” Philip later recounted. “It was like a miracle to me.”

He was chosen to attend the New York State Summer School of the Arts when he was 17 and it was there that he befriended people with whom he would later collaborate on important projects that shaped his acting career. One of his colleagues, a Bennet Miller, is quoted for noting, “We were attracted to the fact that he was genuinely serious about what he was doing. Even then, he was passionate.”

After receiving his drama degree from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1989, Philip started appearing in supporting roles all throughout the following decade. He eventually made a reputation for himself as the actor who only did supporting roles—he’s in a lot of movies! But as he stepped into leading roles, he blew audiences away with his portray of author Truman Capote in the 2005 film, ‘Capote’ which landed him an Academy Award for Best Actor.

He only continued to impress audiences as he really grew into his career. Unfortunately, his career and life were cut short due to heart failure in February earlier this year. The world is sure to miss his charming presence on the big screen.

- John

Happy WHAT-ermelon Day!

Hey, Watermelon Lovers!

Does your mouth start watering at the mention of this melon—the juiciest of all other melons? It’s no surprise if your answer is yes. Few people would argue that watermThis is one healthy slice despite it basic makeup of sugar-water!elon is one of the most refreshing summertime treats known to the human palette. That’s why we have today: National Watermelon Day to celebrate our love! And in our celebration on this Blog, today’s post offers up three rather surprising facts about watermelons!


1.) Did you know that the stuff that gives watermelon its red tint is the same stuff that makes tomatoes that radiant red hue? It’s called lycopene—an essential nutrient for human consumption and very higJust as Strawberries are related to roses, so tomatoes share some traits with watermelons.h in antioxidant activity. And there’s a lot more of packed away in every bite of watermelon that what tomatoes deliver.

2.) The rules get pretty funky when we venture into the realm of classifying melons. A watermelon is sweet with seeds on the inside—that’s a fruit. However, watermelon is of the same family as cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash. It’s actually part vegetable and part fruit. When it comes to classifying identifying our fruits and veggies, we haven’t got a clue! Did you know strawberries aren’t even berries?!

3.) The parts you spit out and throw away are not only edible, Slice of ripe watermelon with scattered seeds over white backgroundbut actually the healthiest part of the watermelon! That’s right. Contrary to what I was always told as I child, the black seeds are actually very healthy for you, containing iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. They will not start growing a watermelon inside your stomach. And the watermelon rind—a great source of citrulline—is apparently a delicious treat when you put it in a blender with a little lime.

I have one last bonus fact about watermelons for you, but it’s not very surprising. Still, it’s fun to know—watermelons are comprised of more than 91% water! No wonder it makes such a refreshing treat! Enjoy some watermelon for yourself today and, as always, thanks for reading!
Watermelons are amazing!

- John

Do the Storm Hustle

Hey, Returning Students!

Moving up in grades means an increase in schoolwork and responsibilities—and that almost always means a bigger backpack! Good thing we’re on the ball here at Everything Summer Camp. We always take the back-to-school season into consideration since it’s so close to the end of the camp season. Take a look at our latest backpack, an Under Armour creation dubbed the Storm Hustle II Backpack.

The folks at Under Armour outdid themselves with this backpack! Sequel to their original Storm Hustle, they’ve made a few important upgrades to this beast of a backpack! The superfluous space inside is lined with soft fabric that makes this bag perfect for all-purpose carrying—secure for laptops, photography equipment, and other valuables.

Its interior is protective, but the exterior is an impenetrable fortress. Under Armour’s exclusive Storm technology is thTake this classy pack back to school!eir signature performance fabric which is extremely water and snow-resistant leaving the Storm Hustle II safe and dry in all weather conditions.

Gifted with a strong bottom, its tough panel works as a shock absorber to eliminate damage to contents from being thrown down after a long woodsy trek or an exhausting school day! This pack also provides you with Under Armour’s Adjustable HeatGear® shoulder straps to give added carrying comfort and lessen the strain of all those heavy books.

Complete with a gusseted front laundry pocket, another front pocket that’s water-repellent, and two mesh side pockets for water bottles, put this pack on your back for the summer season and keep it there when you head back to school!

Built tough, this Storm Bag will stand up to all weather conditions and hold its ground so it’s sure to span the grades alongside you as you move up, maybe all the way to college! It’s durable and can take the weight of those hefty textbooks. Enjoy your return to the school year and as always, thanks for reading!

- John