Wonderful Camp Waldemar

Hey, Camp Folks!

You know what I always love talking about on this Blog? It’s all the excellent summer camps that we work with at Everything Summer Camp. Having developed some great relationships with more than 250 summer camps, we like to post about them pretty often. And given the title of our ‘Summer Camp Spotlight’ Blog posts, today we’re aiming our spotlight on Camp Waldemar for girls.Waldemar is a great camp to send your girl!Situated within a 1200 acre valley in the hill country of Southwest, Texas, Waldemar graces its girls with the beautiful natural landscapes and, winding through it, the Guadalupe River framed by their many, regal cypress trees. Such majesty lends a helping hand to create an intimate setting for young women to discover who they are and how they fit in the world and their communiLook at these loving little lambs!ty.

You’re sure to have a blast at Waldemar with all the Land Sports they offer like Outdoor Adventures, Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Golf, Fencing, Gymnastics and more. Make splash this summer with fun Canoeing and Kayaking trips as well as lessons in Form Swimming and Synchronized Swimming. And you can spend quieter times learning the art of Ceramics, Drama, Dance, Drawing, Journalism, and other fun Crafts!

Nestled in the Texan hills are Waldemar’s beautiful facilities. Named with the same style of intriguing creativity as their architecture, the Bella Vista, Alamedo, and Ranch House boast a great collection of artwork from Mexican, Native American, and Old West cultures. The girls stay in cozy cabins that Waldemar campers know as ‘Kampongs’.

They’re not exactly “roughin’ it” in these excellent lodgings that include a private bathrThey won't exactly be "roughin' it".oom decorated with Spanish tile mosaics and Saltillo tile floors, a bedroom with four bunk beds, air-conditioning, and either a front porch or a courtyard that connects the other kampongs to each other. Campers are awarded daily points for keeping their clothes and belongings tidy and pitching in with housekeeping duties.

Get into the Waldemar Spirit! If it sounds like the right place for your daughter, check out their website right here. A great place to camp since 1926, talk to your camper about Camp Waldemar and, as always, thanks for reading!

Crazy fun awaits in this serene setting!
- John

History of Mad _______

Hey, Camp Fans!

When you deal with so many interesting products like we do here at Everything Summer Camp, you can’t help but get a little curious about the origin of the gear, supplies, toys, and other items that we handle on a daily basis. That’s why I’ve started writing these History posts in which we investigate the back stories behind specific gear and other products. A lot of the products we sell have histories that go way back, even to ancient times.

Today, however, we’re going back only 64 years ago, to 1953. Today we’re looking at the history of Mad Libs.Get ready to hold onto your funny bone!

This unrivaled, classic, fill-in-the-________ word game was an overnight success! By removing parts-of-speech and replacing it with a different, random noun, verb, adjective, etc., Mad Libs transform simple stories into hilarious laugh attacks. The best way to give a group a big case of the giggles is with an uproarious tale from a Mad Libs page.

The concept for Mad Libs was born that fateful night back in 1953 when their co-creator, Leonard Stern was looking for the right adjective in a script he’d been writing. After he had struggled in the search for half an hour on this single word, his best friend Roger Price walked in. Evident to Roger that his friend was in deep frustration, he asked what he could do.

Leonard confided in his friend over this elusive adjective that he could not track down for the last 30 minutes. When Leonard asked for help, his friend Roger blurted out “clumsy and naked” which, as incorrect as it was, at least made Leonard laugh. The pair almost immediately recognized the potential behind this hilarious description of somebody’s nose (as Leonard’s script had been calling for).

Leonard commenced to leave the script where it was for the rest of the night and went to work with his friend Roger writing short, page-long write-ups with key words missing. You can find awesome, camp-themed Mad Libs and other fun ones right here when you shop our website! Enjoy laughin’ it up with your friends with Mad Libs and, as always, thanks for reading.

- JohnGet these stories for a riot at summer camp.

Gracie R.—Camp Star

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

We were very happy with all the great submissions we got about the camp experience families underwent this summer. We saw somewhere around 30 submissions for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest that we had at Everything Summer Camp. Now we’re posting each of your entries on the Blog! We had seven lucky winners who got larger Camp Kanakuk was a great camp for Gracie. How about you?prizes and all other entrants received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Gracie R., who wrote in to tell us about her fun summer at Camp Kanakuk. Here’s what she had to say:

It all started with Mom saying maybe you should go to sleep-away camp this summer…then I wanted to get a trunk. I heard that everyone gets a trunk and decorates the trunk for camp so I put my ideas on paper and we painted it. It was so fun. I put hearts and my name on it. I love the colors—my favorite color is purple. I wanted to go to camp Kanakuk with my friend Everley..and she lives in Oklahoma and I live in Atlanta. I have never been to camp before and I did not know what it would be like. Everley had not been to camp either. So we went at the same time. We got on the bus in Oklahoma and I sat with her. We stopped at McDonald’s. My mom gave me $15, but I only spent 4 and then we got to Kanakuk. We got our bunks and I was barn #6 with 10 other girls. My counselors were very nice and one of them was from Atlanta! My favorite thing to do was the zip line—it was very high and fast! I had a great time and I missed my family but I was having so much fun. They sent me emails and the counselors made us write letters. I did not like the food that much. I learned that God is first, then others, then me. They call it ‘Me 3rd’. Everyone was so nice and they had parties every night. One was a glow party, one was red white and boom, there was a princess party, and a Star Wars party. I learned a lot and I made new friends and I hope to go back next year. My mom said I grew and I was only gone one week!

You had a lot of fun at camp, Gracie! From your anticipation to your arrival, zip lines and parties, sounds like your camp experience at Kanakuk was awesome! I bet you’ll be going back for years to come! Check out Camp Kanakuk see what Gracie is talking about. As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Go Back to Sleep!

Hey, Sleepyheads!

Today is the Festival of Sleep—a day for loafin’ around the house and staying warm under the blankets amidst the dead of a chilly winter. In honor of the day, last year I posted about all the different benefits a good night of sleep brings to us as people—not just in the winter, but year-round. You can check out last year’s pHibernating dormouse {Muscardinus avellanarius} curled up asleep in nest, Sussex, UKost right here.

But this year, I’d like to focus more on sleeping in the winter season—or, more appropriately, THROUGH—the winter season. I’m talking about hibernation.

Unfortunately, we people don’t hibernate—much as we feel we may want to! Our bodies just aren’t biologically designed to do it. So who DOES hibernate? Oh, lots of creatures! You have bears and bats—they’re the most popularly-known—but there are also mice, chipmunks, skunks, raccoons, groundhogs, snakes and a number of other reptiles, some amphibians, bees, and more.

Not all of these animals are true hibernators the way that bears and bats are. These guys fall asleep and will coast clear through winter and spring. Others, however, like raccoons and chipmunks, tend to wake up periodically to snack on some food that they have stored up. But even then, if they’ve run out of their food supply, they’ll go searching for more. Still, This guys ready for a long winter snooze.they sleep for much longer than you or I could ever dream.

What are these animals doing, you ask? Well, these creatures’ bodies have all adapted in one way or another to remain inactive as a means of conserving their energy. By slowing their metabolism and reducing their body temperature considerably, these creatures stay asleep for days, weeks, even months at a time.

Food gets to be hard to come by for some animals—especially bears, and so, instead of migrating or expanding their diet, these animals took the lazy route and make the bold move to sleep through this season of scarcity. The benefits of sleep for us—like boosting our mental, physical, and emotional well-being—are nothing compared to what sleep can do for these animals who essentially freeze time for themselves.

We may not be able to hibernate, but we can certainly pretend! Enjoy getting the most out of your Zzzz’s today and all winter long. And, as always, thanks for zzzz…
You dn't get cozier than this.

- John