Another French Woods Alum

Hey, Summer Campers!

Summer camps have been showing kids the time of their lives for generations upon generations—over a hundred years. That means that there are literally millions of adults  out there who were once summer campers like you. It’s not really surprising then, to think that there are lots of celebrities whom we all know and love today who went to summer camp themselves. Natasha Lyonne is a talented lady.

Natasha Lyonne is one of those famous people who attended summer camp. Like a number of her contemporaries like Jon Favreau, Robert Downy Jr., Adam Levine, and Zooey Deschanel, she went to French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts in the western Catskills—possibly even at the same time as these other alumni.

She was born in New York City and raised Orthodox Jewish. Natasha’s grandparents on her mother’s side were Hungarian Jewish and—both—Holocaust survivors.

Her parents started her at 6 years old in business with the Ford Modeling Agency and she made her way into TV and films. She was cast as Opal for six episodes of ‘Pee-Wee’s Playhouse’ and went on to make appearances in movies like ‘Heartburn,’ ‘A Man Called Sarge,’ and ‘Dennis the Menace’.

In retrospect, she disagrees with her parents’ choice to start her in business at such a young age, but it didn’t last long. Two years later, they moved from Great Neck, New York to Israel and they lived there for a year and a half.

She never cared for growing up on the Upper East Side, so when she came back to the states with her family, they settled in Miami. She was an excellent student enrolled in honor classes, but when her parents got a divorce, it had a horribly negative effect on her school life resulting in eventual expulsion. She did, however, graduate from Miami Country Day School.

With other appearances on TV like her camp mate’s show ‘New Girl’ as well as ‘Will and Grace’ and ‘Law & Order’. She’s even dabbled in some voice work for an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ as well as Cartoon Network’s hit show ‘Steven Universe’. She flexed her voice work back in 2005 as Loretta Geargrinder for the feature film ‘Robots’.

Having received a nomination for the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Natasha has really shown her acting muscle and the world recognizes her talent.

Throughout struggles and hardships in her life, she’s seen her way to the road for success. Summer camp can help you do that. How will summer camp help you? You can check out French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Ride on!

Hey, ready Riders!

There are a million reasons to go to summer camp. You might love the idea of being immersed in nature, or maybe the thrill of being away from home is what interests you. There’s the chance to make a hundred friends and develop your sense of self-reliance. Or maybe it’s just all the fun you’ll have. Black River Farm & Ranch, a great place for summer camp!Fun can mean different things to different people, but if you’re a camper at Black River Farm & Ranch Camp, chances are you find the most fun when you’re riding.

Since 1962, this 360-acre farm and ranch in Croswell, Michigan has provided young women with a five acre lake, natural woodlands, a valley with a winding stream, and the fields of the River Bend Farm to give them the best of experience a camp can offer.

If you’re horse-crazy, then this is the camp for you. Black River Farm & Ranch campers regularly head out on trail rides, they take mounted and ground lessons, lessons for vaulting (a.k.a. gymnastics on horseback) and are given free riding time under supervision. With more than 85 horses, Black River Farm & Ranch offer the best ratio of horses to campers.

Shoot straight and arrow.Other fun things to do at the Farm & Ranch are Archery Tennis, Basketball, Crafts, Swimming, Paddle boats, and plenty more. After the sun goes down, crazy games and programs are held across the entire camp in order to bring everybody together for the excitement and fun.

Black River Farm & Ranch has excellent bunk houses—or, ‘cities’, as they’re called at the Farm & Ranch—each one consisting of three to four cabins. And, in each cabin, you’ll find all the amenities and bunks to comfortably house 8 to 12 girls and their belongings.

If you love, love, love horses, then look closely at Black River Farm & Ranch. It may be the right summer camp experience for you! Check out their website right here and, as always, thanks for reading!Get into the camping spirit at Black River Farm & Ranch Camp!

- John

Not Your Ordinary Straw

Hey, Hydrators!

We offer a handful of innovative water bottles—ones that are leak-proof, ones that are insulated, ones that use a filtration system, and more. Today we’re featuring something you can drink from that isn’t a water bottle at all! Actually, it’s just a straw. Yet, it can deliver more clean water than any bottle can hold. Get the handy dandy LifeStraw for your personal filtered hydration when you're trekking the great outdoors.

The world is your water bottle with the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter! Wherever there’s water, you can drink it through this inventive filtering straw from a company based in Switzerland called Vestergaard. Drink up anytime and anywhere with this awarding-winning ultra light water filter! The LifeStraw is made to provide you with safe, clean drinking water whether your source is a running stream or a muddy pond.

Using advanced technology that involves hollow fiber membranes. LifeStraw filters out 99.9999% of all bacteria and 99.99% of protozoa without the use of any chemicals like iodine and without batteries or moving parts.

Just place your LifeStraw, dipping the filtration end into your water source, wait a few moments for the water to soak up membranes, and suck the water through. This small, portable straw will supply you with 264 gallons of clean drinking water—that’s an entire year’s worth of the average person’s water intake.

It has removable caps that you can choose to keep on if you’re using your LifeStraw all throughout the day or you leave it open if you want it to dry out.
Removable caps provide secure seal and easy drying.The LifeStraw is made for avid fans of the outdoors, giving them a reliable tool that transforms the sandiest or muddiest of waters into clean water of excellent purity! Water, water everywhere—and all of it you can drink when you have the one, the only…the LifeStraw.

Revolutionize your drinking habits this summer and save on space when you pack up for your trips into the wilderness. Enjoy your hydration and, as always, thanks for reading.
Drink from any water source you can find through the LifeStraw for clean hydration!

- John

Camp Story Leftovers

Hey, Camp Folks!

The Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing saw an excellent response with about 30 entries! That’s why we’ve published each and every one right here on the Blog! Today I’m posting the last of our submissions. We received a handful that weren’t long enough to qualify for our contest, but we thought we’d at least share them on the Blog.

First is this entry from Cassie S. who attended Wisconsin Badger Camp:

I enjoyed participating in nature, arts & crafts, swimming, music, caCheck out Wisconsin Badger Camp for your fun camp songs, going on a Camp out, going for hayrides, badger ball, meeting new friends and my old friends and meeting all the new staff and the staff that was at camp last summer! I had so much fun at camp during week 10 that I didn’t want to leave. I cried when it was time for me to leave to go home.

Next up is a submission about Caleb S. and his time at Canadian Camp Ramah:

I am writing this on behalf of my 9 year old son. His name is Caleb and he had an amazing month at camp this summer! The hCamp Ramah may be the summer camp for you.ighlight for him was learning how to waterski. He was able to get up on two skis and to cross over the wake. He also made some great new friends and showed incredible independence. It was such a pleasure and honor to be able to welcome him home after such a transformative summer. There is absolutely no experience outside of summer camp that brings kids together as friends for a lifetime. Thanks Camp Ramah in Canada!

Then we got word from Avery B.’s mother about her daughter’s time at Camp Greystone:

1610 miles in 2 ½ days to pick Avery up at camp was totally worth every second in the Greystone Camp is a great camp to attend in the when she talks about how much closer she feels to God and how awesome her counselor’s devotions were! Thank you, Camp Greystone for loving my baby and helping her grow in her faith as well as so many other ways. Maybe next year she will run up and hug me, instead f crying that she doesn’t want to leave…but I’m not holding my breath!

We also heard froB'nai B'rith, you happy campers!m Louie B. who attended Camp Beber:

My favorite thing of camp was hobbies. I love hobbies because you get to do what you want. I liked to do waterskiing and aqua park. I liked the cabin activities also; those were fun. I liked Makor Mania. The best part was the camp out! I can’t wait for next year at Beber Camp and three day trips!

Mia I. wrote in to us to tell us about her big swing at Camp JCA Shalom:JCA Shalom...the logo isn't green.

I was afraid I would fall. So high up. I was ready to pull, that red rope. Finally,123…tug. There! I did it. I did not regret it. The giant swing was soooooooo fun. I am definitely doing that again.

The Pines is an impeccable camp to check out for yourself!And, last but not least, we have a camp submission from Lainee A. who went to The Pines Catholic Camp:

On the blob I went with my legs straight and I was supposed to a L Jump and then I landed on my Nose.

A thank you to everyone for submitting and sharing your camp memories with us, Camp Fans! It’s great to hear from all of you. Look into these camps for yourselves if you’re interested and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John