What’s the Temperature?

Hey, Camp Fans!

Learning to be True to Your Heart is a great lesson that kids pick up at The Gift of summer camp. Is it any surprise that kids love going to camp ever since the mid-1800s—and Still?! Many adults nowadays are former summer campers themselves and a bunch of them have gone on to become famous icons. It’s my pleasure today to tell you about Mr. Drew Lachey of the hit group 98 Degrees. Learn about this 98 degrees member at his experience at camp.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Drew attended the Clovernook Elementary School in North College Hill—a suburb of Cincinnati. He moved on to the School for Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) in the Cincinnati, Ohio Public School District.

While he didn’t attend summer camp in his childhood, he worked at one as a cabin leader at the age of 16. He spent two fun-filled weeks on the shore of Lake Fairlee, looking after the summer campers of Camp Billings and building an appreciation for the beauty surrounding him in the green hills of Vermont.

After his time working as a cabin leader at Camp Billings, Drew got involved in several interesting career paths before finding himself in a musical group. He found work behind the counter of a delicatessen. He trained to be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and served as one in New York City. And he went on after that to be a combat medic in the U.S. Army.

Along with his older brother, Nick, and their friends Justin Jeffre, and Jeff Timmons, the four of them formed the pop group 98 Degrees and achieved nationwide success.

No stranger to television appearances, Drew showed up on one of the ‘Hollywood Squares’ in 2001 and has had a handful of guest appearances on Nick’s MTV show ‘Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica’. He was also the winner of the second season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’.

If you’re interested in Camp Billings for yourself, you can check out their website right here. Even working at summer camp is a positive experience! Maybe you’d make a great cabin leader for some local camp. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Get a Feel for Camp Lake Hubert!

Hey, Camp Fans!

You know what’s always a treat for us is when we get to talk up the excellent summer camps with whom we’ve developed solid relationships. We work with more than 250, so we post about them fairly frequently. We call them our Summer Camp Spotlight Blog posts and today, we’re fixing our spotlight on Camp Lake Hubert for girls—sister camp to Camp Lincoln in the Lake Edward Township of Minnesota.Camp Lake Hubert, sister camp to Camp LincolnLocated on beautiful land occupying the south side of Lake Hubert, these campgrounds boast a clear, spring-fed lake with a soft, sandy bottom and gradual slope. Providing more than 120 acres and a second small lake on its south border (Bass Lake), the setting at Lake Hubert for girls sets the perfect tone for a wonderful summer camp experience.

Your camper is sure to be engrossed in a number of all the available activities from options like Archery, Baseball/Softball, Crafts, Dance, Drama, Golf, Guitar, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Biking, Horse Riding, Radio, Riflery, Soccer, Tennis, Rock Climbing, High and Low Ropes Course, Day and Overnight Trips, Fishing, Kayaking, Sailing, along with a whole lot more!

Give your daughter the gift of summer camp—the gift that keeps in giving as it instills confidence in its campers and teaches them how they fit as an individual into a healthy community of camp-minded folks as well as how they fit into the natural world. Chill on a hammock at Camp Lake Hubert!

You and your daughter can choose from a two, three, four, or eight-week camp stay. All summer sessions at Camp Lake Hubert are designed to introduce your daughter to a subtle maturation, but they encourage kids to opt for the longest session-length they feel they can handle as the benefits and overall impact multiply exponentially the longer you stay.

If Lake Hubert seems like a good place for your daughter, be sure to check out their website for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading.
Boasting their beautiful waterfront, visiting Camp Lake Hubert is a must!

- John

Sing as Snowflakes Fall…

Merry Christmas to One and All!

The Christmas holiday has been celebrated for a long time and it’s come to mean a lot of things to the people who love this day of the year. Nobody’s working today at Everything Summer Camp! We’re all spending the holiday with our families, enjoying all the traditional gift-exchanging, feasting, and all-around merrymaking. I know that’s what I do every year!
Hang a shining star upon the highest bough, you guys.
Each season provides us with its own specific atmosphere and this particular season was made to be spent in the warm company of those who are dear to us. Despite the fact that it contains the coldest, darkest day of the year, we brighten the season up with our cheerfulness, our good will, and the company of our loved ones.

As did many of you, I’m sure, I traveled this year to be with my family. We always tend to really immerse ourselves in the holiday spirit, so there’s lots of smiles, laughs, and merriment here in my mom’s house. This will be the last Christmas for my mother and my siblings to gather in the home where we all grew up to celebrate our family Christmas so it means a lot to us all.

Many of our Christmas traditions like gift-giving, feasting, and bringing trees into our homes have been adopted from a varied past, originating from Pagan celebrations and re-popularized by none other than Charles Dickens with his still-famous Christmastime masterpiece, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

These traditions have been carried out for many, many a year and, as for me and my family, we’re all more-than-happy to carry on the age-old traditions and keep Christmas a warm day that unites us and brings us all joy. I wish togetherness, joy, and merriment to all of our summer camp families out there and, as always, Merry Christmas!
Keep the brightest star shining tonight.

- John

Happy Hanukkah from ESC!

Hey, Holidayers!

Sunset tonight begins the long-celebrated Jewish tradition of Hanukkah! Eight days and nights will follow in observance of this traditional Hebrew holiday which will take us right up to nightfall on New Year’s Day. Like any other holiday, Hanukkah is typically celebrated with a great assortment of festive foods, singing, playing games, and ritualistic traditions—like the lighting of the Hanukkiah (the traditional candleholder that is often confused for a menorah).

The eight days of Hanukkah don’t land consistently on the calendar the way Christmas does so steadily on December 25 every year. Instead, it jumps around seeHappy Hanukkah to our Jewish summer camp families!mingly with no rhyme or reason. But there is actually a method to the apparent madness. See, Hanukkah does abide by a consistent date on the calendar year after year—it’s just not the same calendar that we commonly use.

The Hebrews used a lunisolar calendar which is based on the sun and the moon whereas the traditional Gregorian calendar that we all know so well today only considers the sun and the time it takes the earth to move around it. While the date may jump around from year to year on the Gregorian calendar, Hanukkah consistently begins on the 25 of Kislev, a month of the Hebrew calendar.

When you and your family gather for your festivities this year and you enjoy your time together with song, games, and delicious Mandelbrot, we here at Everything Summer Camp wish you peace and warmth as you light your Hanukkiah in remembrance of the seven-day miracle that kept the Maccabees menorah burning for eight days, though they only had a day’s worth of oil.

Happy Hanukkah to all of our Jewish summer camp families. Keep warm in this wintry season with the love of your family and your faith and, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnDreidels are traditional Hanukkah presents for fun games

The Longest Night of the Year

Hey, Winter Lovers!

The winter season is certainly in full swing at this point. In fact, today marks the middle of the season. Today is the Winter Solstice. Located on the opposite side of the year from the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, the Winter Solstice is the day with the least amount of daylight.
The shortest day of the year.A magical day of the year, the Winter Solstice reminds us of how harsh and unforgiving mother nature can be. Especially in locations up north—like us at Everything Summer Camp in Northern Wisconsin—Winter Solstices are always cold, dark, and typically covered in ice and snow.

This day would strike fear into the hearts of our ancient ancestors and, without the science that we have today to explain the natural phenomenon of the Winter Solstice, they grew more and more worried in the days leading up to the Solstice that the sun would grow more and more distant until one day they would find that it disappeared completely!

Of course, today we understand this is simply the cycle of the seasons, but back then, it was something to really be scared about. And under such terrifying concern, people brought evergreens and palm trees (depending on their geographic location) into their homes—considering them good luck charms in this relentless season since they never lost their healthy, green color.

Christmas trees and the spirit of the holidays altogether mean gathering with those we hold closest to our hearts to prove that even through the thick of these long, cold, dark winter nights, we can make them feel like the warmest and the brightest of the year.

And when we all treat one another with peace and good will, the idea that these cold, dark nights can also be the warmest and the brightest becomes fact. It’s a beautiful thing that happens every year. Enjoy staying warm on this Winter SVery beautiful, this dim-lit day is always so pretty.olstice night and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Movin’ on Up

Hey, Everything Summer Camp Fans!

We’ve got big things happening over here in Boyd, Wisconsin—the small town where Everything Summer Camp is based. When we first got our start nearly 30 yeaCraig & Nancyrs ago, things were pretty different. We didn’t even go by Everything Summer Camp. We were C&N Footlockers, named after the owners, Craig and Nancy who started this company right out of their home-garage.

With unmatched construction and excellent customer service, C&N built itself for certain success from the start. Naturally, when business increased, we also increased the colors and sizes of our camp trunks. We also ended up relocating for an increase in manufacturing and storage space.

It was around this time that we changed our name. And when business kept increasing, we relocated yet again to an even bigger building—the same building that we’re still in today! The initial 12,000 square feet building is now undergoing its second expansion to bring it to 31,000     The first part of our addition.square feet.

The biggest change that our expansion has made possible is bringing our whole team together under one roof. Our printshop is the home of our Graphics Department where we make all of our personalized products like Nameplates, Name Labels, Lid Skinz, Pillowcases, along with all of our camp clothing.The beams went up pretty quickly, though.

With our Graphics Department moving to our main building as well as doubling in size, packaging orders and getting them out the door will be able to happen even faster. You can expect this change to bring about more fun, new, and personalized products in 2017!

While this expansion will make so much possible, the expansion itself would not have been possible without all of you. You have truly fueled this awesome change for us! Thank you to all our summer camp families for helping us to grow! And, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnWe're happy to have been able to expand our main building with this great addition.

Football—not—Fútbol

Hey, Summer Campers!

Summer camp is nothing new. Boatloads of kids have been attending camps for more than 150 years! So it’s really not that surprising to discover former summer campers. They’re virtually everywhere you look. That’s why it’s fun to discover famous folks who were once summer campers as well. From musicians, to actors, writers, and athleCheck out the backstory of this great football player.tes, lots of former campers have gone on to achieve great fame.

James Ihedigbo is a football player in the NFL. A sought after player, he’s made a name for himself playing for the Jets, the Patriots, the Ravens, the Lions, and now he’s been signed by the Buffalo Bills. A skilled safety, James is an obvious advantage to any team’s defense. But before he ever thought seriously about a career in football, he attended Pinebrook Camp in his home state of Massachusetts.

Located 35 miles north of Springfield, Pinebrook Camp presented James with the time of his life when he attended a summer stay there. The experience immersed him in the adventures of exploring the outdoors. In all these years, he still has the most fun when he’s playing outside. He played a lot of football back then. Wait—no, that’s not right.

Back then he played a lot of fútbol. That’s it. Soccer—as we call it in the States. He was pretty good too. And his dad loved to encourage him. But when he graduated grade school and started his enrollment at Amherst Regional High School, he took interest in a different sport.

James’ father didn’t like it when he started playing football. He wanted to see James stick with soccer. Still, like any good dad, he cheered his son on at the high school football games and it didn’t take long for him to come around to his son’s new favorite sport.

James went on to play for the University of Massachusetts from 2002 till 2006. With his performance as a UMass Minuteman, it wasn’t hard to get a professional team to sign him. Summer camp helped encourage James to find what he really enjoyed. What will summer camp show you? You can check out Pinebrook Camp for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Becca M. Found a Camp Gem!

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

We were overjoyed to get so many great submissions about the camp experience—30 submissions—for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest that we held here at Everything Summer Camp. Now we’re excited to post each of your entries right here on the Blog! To follow our seven lucky winners of larger prizes, all other entrGet into the Huckins spirit this summer!ants received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Becca M., who wrote in to tell us about her fun summer at Camp Huckins. Here’s what she had to say:

The night was clear and starry, the moon shining on our faces leading the way. We were silently walking toward the lodge for candlelight, singing our favorite songs for the last time of the year. It was all of the traditions that have brought me back. It has been the singing on the tables, the food that you just can’t stop eating, the new friends that you meet, and so much more that makes Camp Huckins so special.
             As candles lit the room, the Hucksters filed into the lodge where we were all waiting patiently. For five years they had been at camp, doing everything camp has to offer. I knew that someday I would be sitting in the triangle formation representing the YMCA getting ready for the necklace showing my loyalty of being here, to go over my head, onto my neck. I remembered all the wonderful times I’ve had here, from the first day to the last. Arriving feeling petrified that my trunk wasn’t going to be there, glancing at my new cabin mates, swimming on the clear glassy lake, rolling up to gliding on water skies with a smile breaking out on my face, and walking into the dining hall, when all jaws dropped at the wonderful decorations for banquet night. I looked at my new best friend and knew that this would be a summer I would never forget. Toward the end of candlelight, my new best friend whispered, ‘ I will miss you.’ With my heart weighing me down, I slowly trudged back to the cabin.
             At the cabin, we had to stand outside until tapps with our candles as a camp tradition. One of my friends dropped her candle on the ground and the ground caught fire! The fire was like a snowstorm, Growing and swirling. As we all held our breath, our counselors said, ‘step back we got it!’ My counselors had to stomp on the candle with all their might. All of us were anxiously waiting for the fire to go out, and some of my cabin mates wanted to jump in and help out. With all of us screaming or laughing, the fire went out and the familiar, comforting sound of tapps showing us it was time for bed, blew. But this time I felt like it was showing us that it was time to go home.
             After tapps, we went inside to the cabin. The counselors were acting suspicious. We all looked at each other and wondered what they could be hiding behind their backs. ‘Hey, NO, NO, NO looking!’ We kept trying to take a peek at what we hoped would be a wonderful surprise to celebrate the times we’ve had at camp. A few minutes later smiles broke out on all of our faces and we all ran to get the surprise we’ve been waiting for. IT WAS COOKIES!!!!! We never get to eat in the cabin so this was a great treat! As we ate our cookies, and it was time for confessions. We only did this on the last night so we could confess all that we had done. We all had to share something that we had done ‘wrong.’ My counselors went first. As they told their story, all eyes widened and faces turned red containing our laughter. After the story was over, we all erupted with laughter. Then it was our turn. None of the confessions were as entertaining or good as the counselors’.
             After confessions it was time for bed. As we slept in these beds for the last time of the year, sobs filled the cabin. As the counselors went to their meeting, all my cabin mates and I shared our favorite memories from this year, memories to never forget. As we all slowly drifted to sleep, I knew that I would be back next year, jumping off the tower screaming with joy, horseback riding through the lush trails, and making new best friends, everything about Camp Huckins will bring me back forever.

Camp Huckins sounds like a really special place, Becka! I bet you’ll be going back for years to come! Check out Nellie Huckins for yourself to get an idea of what Becka loves so much about this place. As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Fleur de Lis for You!

Hey, Camp Enthusiasts!

Here at Everything Summer Camp, we’re proud to say we work closely with about 250 summer camps from all across the country! And so we’re eager to share with our Fleur de Lis may just be the right summer camp for you. Check it out right here.customers and Blog followers what fantastic summer camps they are! This week we’re focusing our summer camp spotlight on the beautiful land of Fleur de Lis Camp for girls, in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.

Fleur de Lis Camp is situated on the shores of Laurel Lake in the same, beautiful Monadnock Region of New Hampshire where it was first founded almost 88 years ago in 1929. A quiet camp, this peaceful setting away from home encourages Fleur de Lis campers to tap into a more authentic version of their personality.

Quiet and peaceful doesn’t mean the days are dull! Far from! Campers stay busy with lots of activities to choose from like Free & Instructional Swim, Ceramics, Riflery, Archery, Canoeing, Sailing, Knitting, KayakMake the best of friends at Fleur de Lis Camp!ing, Diving, Hiking, Horseback Riding Day Trips, Special Events, Tennis, Field Sports (Soccer, LaCrosse, etc.), Arts & Crafts, Drawing, Sewing, Row-Boating, Dance, Games, Lifeguard Certification, Water Skiing, Nature, Theatre, Photo Journalism, and lots more!

The campers sleep in platform tents or cabins with bathrooms and electricity. They are assigned to different tents or cabins based on how old they are. With a cabin leader to camper ratio of 1:4, Fleur de Lis boasts an excellent system of supervision.

Set your sights on Fleur de Lis summer camp next summer! It’s a safe, supportive place for your daughter to take her first few steps toward self-discovery as well as, of course, the enjoyment of her summer days away from home. Does Fleur de Lis camp sound like it’s possibly the camp for your daughter? Check it out right here and, as always, thanks for reading!These cozy campers are happy to spend their summers at Fleur de Lis camp.

- John

Last Call for On-Time Delivery

Hey, Openhanded Holidayers!

Lots of effort goes into giving gifts this time of year—with so many holidays right around the corner and so many people eager to celebrate, the energy is charged in the winter air and everyone is out and about. People spend lots of time, thought, effort, (and typically money) on the things that they gift to one another. After all, when the time comes for gift opening, we want that moment to be just right.

Things don’t always go the way we had planned, though. Late deliveries are crummy but they happen—even when you’ve done everything in your power to make sure it arrives on time. We appreciate the importance of gift-giving here at Everything Summer Camp and we want to help make sure that your gifting goes off without a hitch this holiday season.
The holiday map clears up all confusion of when you need to order.When you order from Everything Summer Camp, you can rest assured that your delivery will be on time; we want your gift-giving to go just the way you have it planned out. That’s why I’m calling your attention to our handy holiday map.

This helpful, color-coded map eliminates any confusion about how early you need to place your order on our website so it ships to you on time. Of course, delivery times differ throughout the country. But, personally, I don’t like procrastinating, so I like to urge people to order as early as they can—better safe than sorry!

That’s why I’m sharing the magic numbers of 1:00pm on December 17. That’s the time and date for everyone in the contiguous United States to go off of for guaranteed delivery by December 24.

December 17 may be early for some of you; Everything Summer Camp is based in northwestern Wisconsin, so if you live in Wisconsin, most parts of Minnesota, or another nearby area, you have the luxury of placing your order as late as 1:00pm on December 21.

Happy holidays, Everybody! As always, thanks for reading!

- John