In it to Pin it!

Hey, Camp Packers!

I’m here to break exciting news over the Blog today! It’s our Pinterest Packing List Sweepstakes! Get on board with this fun way to share all the cool stuff you’re going to be taking as well as a chance at winning an awesomeGot interest in Pinterest? Then, have we got the sweepstakes for you! gift certificate to Everything Summer Camp!

We’ll be selecting our three, lucky winners by random. The three prizes for this drawing are as follows: a $100 in-store gift card, a $200 in-store gift card, and a $300 in-store gift card. Participate in our Pinterest Packing List Sweepstakes by following the three simple steps below (the fourth one isn’t a real step).

Step 1
Log into your Pinterest account and find Everything Summer Camp to ensure you’re following us. If not, click the ‘follow’ button.

Step 2
Create a board of an ideal summer camp packing list with a minimum of 12 pins, four of which MUST be from the Everything Summer Camp website in order to be eligible for the contest. Then, name the board using your child’s first name only (Please DO NOT use last names) and add ‘Packing List’ to the end (i.e. – Jane’s Packing List).

Step 3
Once completed, click on your board, click on the plus sign, and select Everything Summer Camp to invite us to your board!

Step 4
That’s it, folks. Submit at any time—Everything Summer Camp will accept the boards by the end of the next business day. At that time, you will be automatically entered into our drawing.

We’ll be messaging the three winners through Pinterest on November 10, so be sure to stay tuned! Enjoy sharing your summer camp packing list and fingers crossed for you to win one of the juicy sweepstake prizes! As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

This Pnterest Contest is sure to pique some interest!
- John

Lamb Chop out of Camp Louise!

Hey, Camp Kids!

At Everything Summer Camp, we look far and wide to see what famous folks also turn out to be former summer campers and, so far, we’ve posted about more than 80 people! Shari Lewis was a definite must when we saw she a former camper! Her name may not be immediately recognizable to everyone, but we all know her for her adorable sock puppet character, Lamb Chop!Shari Lewis will forever live on in our hearts!

A professional children’s entertainer all her life—before embarking on her road to fame and fortune, she spent her summer days at Camp Louise of Airy & Louise. Located just a few miles away from each other in the Catoctin Mountains of western Maryland, Airy and Louise, each camp stretches out about 400 acres that display natural beauty along with the camps’ prided rustic facilities.

Shari was encouraged from a very young age to practice in the performing trade. Her father, who practiced as an incredibly successful magician, taught her magic tricks when she was 13. But she didn’t stop there. She also learned a bit in acrobatics, juggling, ice-skating, baton-twirling, and she learned to play piano as well as violin. It was an instructor name John W. Cooper who taught her the art of ventriloquism.

She went on to study piano and violin at New York’s High School of Music and Art and she took dance classes at the American School of Ballet. She also took acting classes with a group called Sanford Meisner in the ‘Neighborhood Playhouse’ association. After she finished high school, she registered for a classes at Barnard College, but she only stayed a year.

Instead of continuing school, she took her chance then and there to pursue a career in show business. When she was 19, she won first prize for a talent show on CBS’ ‘Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts’. This launched her into gigs hosting a handful of children’s television series in New York.

It didn’t take long before Lamb Chop was introduced to the world on an episode of ‘Captain Kangaroo’. With a number of other characters in her stockpile, Shari was ready to debut her very own kids show—‘The Shari Lewis Show’ in 1960. It replaced ‘The Howdy Doody Show’.

She appeared in lots of other shows among the years, but she finally hit it big in the early 90’s with her Emmy-winning show ‘Lamb Chop’s Play Along’ on PBS. She passed away in the summer of 1998. The world misses Shari Lewis and the wonderful talent and hysterical antics she brought to the world of children’s entertainment. You can check out Camp Louise right here. Check out a clip of ‘The Shari Lewis Show’ below and, as always, thanks for reading!

-    John

Jennifer M. Does Camp Again!

Hey, Camp Fans!

We were glad to receive such a great response to our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest we put on here at Everything Summer Camp—roughly 30 entries! Of course, we’re eager, now, to share each entry right here on the Blog! After seven lucky winners of the bigger prizes, all other submissions got a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Jennifer M., who wrote in to tell us about her daughter’s summer stay at Camp Wise. Camp Wise is the wise camp for you.Overnight camp had been a discussion in our house for years. There was only one camp we were considering and knew that it would be a great choice for our daughter if she went to overnight camp. We are a very close family and wanted to make sure she was ready to be away from home. Then she felt 100% sure she wanted to try it, and the decision was made!
             lEvery day, Camp posted over 100 photos of kids. That was certainly not something my parents got when I went to overnight camp! We knew we were lucky as we saw photos of her every day. Every night after dinner, it was an eagerly anticipated event to check the photos. When we picked her up, we learned the camp photographer lived in her cabin, so the photographer’s familiarity of our daughter must have helped! It was a little odd to see her wearing a pajama top as a shirt in the photos more than once, but hey, as long as she was safe and happy, who cared, and it was a funny story and we teased her about it when she got home.
             lThe second summer our daughter went was much easier on all of us – we all knew what to expect. She knew she was going to return to all the great activities, great friends, great counselors, and a very special time away from home. We saw a lot fewer pictures of her, but we knew she was having a blast. In one photo, when I saw her shirt didn’t quite match her shorts, again, I reasoned, she’s safe and happy, it’s okay. It would have been nice if her letter telling us who was in her cabin and what her activities were arrived more than 15 hours before she got home, when the activities were of course all over, but, she was apparently having too much fun to write it any sooner!

Camp is fun, but it’s chaos, for sure! Mismatching outfits and pajama tops in the daytime are more or less normal in a place like summer camp—just go with it! Glad she loves her time at camp so much! You can check out Camp Wise for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Make Buddies at Camp Dudley!

Hey, Camp People!

Here at Everything Summer Camp we’re proud to work closely with about 250 summer camps across the nation. And it’s my pleasure to tell you about what fantastic camps they are! That’s why we shine our summer camp spotlight on those with whom we’ve developed great relationships. Today, our spotlight shifts northeast, up the east coast to shine on our friends at Camp Dudley!
Camp Dudley is the boys camp for you...if you're a boy.
Camp Dudley for boys is located in the small town of Westport, New York on 500 acres in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains along the shores of Lake Champlain. The owners of Dudley have been developing their complimentary campus and maintaining the beautiful grounds where they landed for the past 108 years.

Dudley campers find awesome opportunities to sharpen their skills in sports like Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Baseball, Flag Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Archery, Riflery, Golf, Tennis, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Fishing, and Snorkeling. There’s also multi-day Hikes, Arts & Crafts, Drama, Music, Photography, and much, much more.

All these great activities are waiting for you at Dudley—let me give you a virtual tour: your camper will find a comfortable and a-A camp that sticks to its traditions, Dudley has history!ccommodating living space in one of the 41 cabins that sit along the shoreline.

The biggest buildings at Camp Dudley are the Beckman Dining Hall and the auditorium, Witherbee Hall with Sommer Hall (the gymnasium) coming in third. They have playing fields, the Brodie Arts and Crafts studio, the Avery boathouse and a lot more.

Escape to Camp Dudley this upcoming summer! It’s a great place for boys to take their first few subtle steps toward maturity.

If Camp Dudley sounds like a camp that you’d like to check out for your own summer camping experience, you can do so right here. Enjoy your search for a good matching camp that’s suitable for your child and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John
What a beautiful camp this is!