Check out Chaco!

Hey, Footwear Folks!

Here at Everything Summer Camp, we love discovering the stories and histories behind the businesses with whom we work. And we love sharing those stories with our faithful customers and Blog followers. Among the excellent brands that make up our assorted footwear department, Chaco is one of these footwear companies whose shoes we are very proud to offer.
Like an amphibious creature, Chaco performance footwear walks on land and in water.
Constructing superior footwear for avid fans of the outdoors creates a very fulfilling life for the folks at Chaco. They believe their products enable people to grab hold of an enriched lifestyle that they achieve through travel, exploring their community, and going on adventures. And we believe so too.

Founded in 1989 in the village of Paonia by a Colorado river rafting guide named Mark Paigen, Chaco Footwear established a factory and immediately started manufacturing sandals, shoes, boots, and other outdoorsy accessories for folks who like roughin’ it.

They quickly separated themselves from forgettable footwear brands when they came out with their iconic Z/Sandals—designed for full adjustability and unrivaled traction on land as well as water. With this release and a continued application of simplicity, versatility, comfort, and durability, Chaco redefined themselves as leaders in performance footwear.

Kids have a tendency to go rough on their footwear—especially at summer camp. But Chaco has their recipe for premium footwear down to a science at this point. That’s why we have their Kids Z1 as well as the Kids ZX/1 Eco Tread Sandals from Chaco’s Z collection. We also offer the Kids OutCross Sport Sandal—an amphibious animal you haven’t seen the likes of before.

Check out Chaco’s innovative features that these sport sandals are sporting and get your reliable footwear and shop the rest of our excellent footwear selection on our main site. As always, thanks for reading!Chaco makes unrivaled footwear.

- John


Hey, Humans!

Since before our species was even fully developed, we’ve figured out communication methods that have allowed us to take a thought in our own mind and plant it in someone else’s. An invaluable tool, communication is the key to civilization and society as we know it.
Emojis are almost their own language. Do you speak Emoji?
In the advent of the smartphone and widespread instant messaging via texting, trending emojis have only grown in popularity since their initial creation in the late 90’s. The first 180 emojis were designed by a man named Shigetaka Kurita in Japan between 1998 and 1999 while working on a mobile Internet platform.

This is when emojis as we know them came to be, but I like to think that their history goes back longer ago than 1998—after all, this isn’t the first time people have conveyed thoughts and ideas through pictorial means. TI think I see a smiley face in the third column, there.he last time we did that was at least 5000 years ago when the Ancient Egyptians developed their hieroglyphics.

The Egyptians put meaning to these pictures and used them to express specific words, sounds, or describe something. They even built it into their system that the same symbol can take on different meanings in different contexts—much like the English language does, assigning multiple meanings to the same word.

It was actually the Egyptian hieroglyphics that led to the first alphabets. The inventors based their ideas off of hieroglyphics, but instead of using full pictures, they had the idea to just use symbols, finding the method to be much quicker for writing as well as reading. Immediate neighbors like the Phoenicians and Hebrews caught on and developed their own.

Written language has taken us to the eloquent heights of Homer, Shakespeare, Twain, and Rowling (J.K.) and done what hieroglyphics could never do. But perhaps we got rid of them too quickly. That would explain our return in the form of emojis. They really are quite convenient—words feel a bit cumbersome when all you want to do is show your happiness about something.

We embrace the emoji trend at Everything Summer Camp with cute and fun (and funny) camp trunks, plush pillows, storage cubes, and decals. You can read mWhat mood is your camp trunk in?ore about them on this previous Blog post and check out these expressive products on our website. As always thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Keep Cozy with Kelty

Hey, Camp Lovers!

The days are sure to get hot at summer camp, but the nightly foot always falls and, with it, so falls the temperature. Chilly nights and rainy days are inevitable and comfort is essential to a good night’s sleep! Stay cozy and warm with our new bedtime products from Kelty—their Bestie Blanket along with the Camp Pillow.

Kelty Camp PillowRest your head on this perfect pillow for camp.
Take the Kelty Camp Pillow along wherever you go during your camping adventures so you always have a place to rest your head. The Kelty Camp Pillow is a great companion at summer camp because it’s so easy to pack—it’s easily compressible and lightweight so it causes absolutely no hassle to bring along everywhere you go. Remain comfortable at camp and the road trips to and from. With a sleeve to store cozy pajamas or a cuddly throw, the Kelty Camp Pillow thinks ahead and does it all. Lay your head down and order your Camp Pillow here!
Keep warm and curl up with the Kelty Bestie Blanket at camp.
Kelty Bestie Blanket
When you’re talking about a best friend who’s this warm and welcoming, it’s easy to fall in love. Matched by nothing else when it comes to comfort, Kelty’s Bestie Blanket is made of a polyester taffeta shell with a poly pongee liner and CloudLoft™ Insulation. Kelty’s Bestie Blanket is great for cuddling with at night or enjoying the evening around a roaring fire on a chilly night. Get this insulated best friend of a blanket for your camp visit right here!

People love pressure. That’s why, even on a warm summer night, we’ll want to cover up with sheets and blankets for the weight just as much as the comfort and warmth. Enjoy your sleep at camp and cover up with Kelty’s Bestie Blanket with your head resting on the Kelty Camp Pillow for awesome comfort. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Punky “Who”—ster?

Hey, Summer Campers!

Famous former summer campers are all over the place. Many celebrities in the music and film industries have their own summer memories from their camp days. Some we know by their songs and others we love to watch on the big screen. Plenty of television stars have gone to summer camp as well. Soleil Moon Frye was once a summer camSoleil Moon Frye was a hit with the children audience.per just like yourselves back when she was closer to your age.

Attending Cottontail Ranch Camp in Malibu Canyon of California, Soleil—named after the sun (pronounced like So-lay)—has her own summer memories of the 2600 acres of the neighboring State Park and four-mile trips to Malibu Beach. But even before her days at camp, she was in the business.

She showed signs of interest in acting when she was only two years old and she saw her father and brother on TV. Her father got her an agent. Her mother became her manager. And by the time Soleil turned 8, she had been in five made-for-TV movies! But she really made it big when she landed the role of Penelope “Punky” Brewster at the young age of eight as well.

“Punky Brewster” never got the greatest ratings, however, the character of Punky became a huge hit with young children the world over.
Penelope "Punky" Brewster was her hit role. She attended a private high school in the San Fernando Valley as well as New School University in New York for a year.

Soleil was childhood friends with Ms. Melissa Joan Hart (a.k.a. Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and she ended up playing the role of Sabrina’s best friend, Roxie King. Aside from her successful television career, Soleil has also appeared in a number of movies. She even directed a film called “Wild Horses” and she wrote a screenplay about a group of high schoolers who have strange encounters in a cafe.

Have a blast at Cottontail Ranch Camp like Soleil! You can check it out for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Chimney Corners Camp for Girls

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

Is your kid interested in camp? A great way to investigate camps for future summer seasons is to check out all of our Summer Camp Spotlight posts that we’ve published on the Blog. Browse potential camps and get a good idea of what summer stays are like at each camp when you read these posts! Today, we’ll shine the Everything Summer Camp spotlight on a great camp in the Berkshires region of western Massachusetts—YMCA Chimney Corners Camp for girls.The Chimney Corners Camp for Girls is an excellent place to be.A sister camp to Camp Becket, Chimney Corners Camp was founded in 1931 by the loving couple Ina and Henry Gibson. These two had reached the juncture in their lives where the relief of retirement was on the horizon. In preparation for the upcoming stage, the couple came across a promising piece of property. Its main feature was a building that was falling apart around an old chimney.
I wouldn't want to mess with these girls.
Seeing its potential, the Gibsons thought to themselves that this could be the site for a summer camp for girls. They fell in love with the idea and received awesome help and support from the folks at the nearby camp—Camp Becket!

Like their brother camp, there’s a lot going on at Chimney Corners Camp. Choose from fun camp activities like Softball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Archery, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, High/Low Ropes Course, Nature Outings, Outdoor Living Skills, and a plethora of Creative Arts like Photography, Woodshop, Music, Drama!

Two cabin leaders stay in the rustic but cozy cabins of Chimney Corners with 8 to 9 campers of the same age and grade in each cabin. Campers get a taste of simpler living with no electricity or indoor bathrooms. Cabins glow with flashlights and lanterns after sundown and each camper gets her own cubby as well as some shared space underneath the bunk and in a closet.This beautiful dining hall sets a great environment for meal times.

Standing for over a decade, the Chimney Corners Dining Hall gathers the entire camp at mealtimes and gives them all one roof under which to eat. Cabin leaders and cabin mates sit together during mealtimes. Have your daughter experience the family and fun at Chimney Corners Camp and check out their website for more details. As always, thanks for reading, llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllCamp Fans!

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Columbia Mummies

Hey, Camp Preppers!

Introducing the first Sleeping Bags from the Columbia brand to be offered in our camping gear selection here at Everything Summer Camp—the Columbia Youth Mummy 30° and the Columbia Adult Mummy 20°. Get these quality bags for a great price and a great camp experience. Guaranteed to keep you comfy and cozy throughout the night, read on to learn all about these beautiful bags!
This Adult Sleepng Bag is perfect for the summer camper in you.
Youth Mummy 30°
Campers are certain to stay snug-as-a-bug in this warm Youth Mummy 30°F Sleeping Bag from Columbia! Lightweight, this sleeping bag is made of polyester that’s been given 4-hole hollow fiber polyester insulation so it’s sure to capture the warmth your kid needs at night. Featuring a full-length draft tube that does away with cold spots, this bag is like an impenetrable fortress where cold cannot enter. The heavy-duty locking position zippers help for easy and secure closing up at night. Sweet dreams.

Adult Mummy 20°This sleeping bag has all the comfort you need for a good night's sleep.
A sleeping bag ready for the most outgoing of owners, Columbia’s Adult Mummy 20°F Sleeping Bag was made for adventure. Tested in the most brutal of conditions, it stands strong with a lightweight, yet durable, 50D polyester taffeta shell as well as its 4-hole hollow fiber polyester fill. Complete with a warm-to-the-touch, polyester pongee liner, you can’t go wrong with this bag. And lastly, it can fit anyone up to 6’6” tall. Enjoy your sleep in the outdoors in this Adult Mummy Sleeping Bag from Columbia!

So as you can see, these sleeping bags aren’t messing around. They’re here to keep you cozy, safe, and warm. It’s clichéd, but it’s the truth! To see the Youth Mummy click here and check out the Adult Mummy right here. Secure a sleeping bag to enjoy your camp stay and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Don’t Whine—Line!

Hey, Camp Families!

As you likely already know, summer camp is a wild place. Sure, it’s a safe, supervised environment, but kids are encouraged at camp to expend their energy and with that energy comes a quick pace and reckless behavior. What I’m trying to say is that accidents happen at camp. Gear at Everything Summer Camp is reliable and steadfast against the summer camp lifestyle. But we have options available for added protection for certain products.

Our C&N brand camp trunks are as tough as they come, but no matter how tough we make them, the interior wood will stain from a thoughtless spill or smear as well as damaging scratches and nicks. Enter our new Footlocker Trunk Liner Bag. Dress the inside of your camp trunk for protective purposes when you bring it to camp.

Somewhat like the lining you’ll find in a suitcase, our Liner for C&N Trunks is actually thicker and more durable than your typical liner. It’s water-resistant too for protective reassurance. Made of nylon and very durable, this protective Trunk Liner attaches to the interior easily with ten simple screws.

We offer two different sizes of these Footlocker/Trunk Liner Bags—one for our Happy Camper and another which is given dual fastening locations so it’s equipped to line your UnderGrad Trunk as well as the Graduate Trunk. Just as easily as it attaches, you can remove this Liner Bag for a simple cleaning when required.

Bring convenience to keeping the interior of your camp trunk tidy and clean with our Footlocker/Trunk Liner Bag—a new addition to our Trunk Accessories. Keep the beautiful interior birch plywood out of harm’s way and treat your trunk to this protective TProtective for your trunk on the inside, get a Footlocker/Trunk Liner Bag.runk Liner! To order one for yourself, click here. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Outdoor Products for Outdoor Lifestyles

Hey, Camp Fans!

We here at Everything Summer Camp do everything we can to help you send your camper off fully prepared and ready to get the most out of the summer camp experience. While we pride ourselves greatly on the footlocker trunks we manufacture right here in our factory, we’re also proud of our awesome camping gear selection. Consisting of great brand names like Wenzel, Lewis N. Clark, and Coghlan’s, you can find the best quality camping gear right here.This brand is great for quality camping gear.Another great brand we carry that keeps us stocked with superior camping gear is Outdoor Products. Supplying our online store with an impressive assortment of duffel bags, ponchos, rain covers, and more, Outdoor Products is dedicated to manufacturing camping gear that’s certain to see you through all your summer camp adventures out in the unapologetic wilderness.This duffel is great at summer camp!

Gear that more-than-exceeds the quality avid outdoorsy folks are looking for, Outdoor Products has been wowing their customers since 1973. They’ve truly stood the test of time, offering the best in convenience and protection when it comes to roughin’ it. Do your playin' in the rain when you have a poncho from Outdoor Products!

With a passion for quality camping gear, the Outdoor Products family set out nearly 45 years ago and erected a four-story department store in Los Angeles that they dubbed, “The Famous Department Store”. Then, packing every floor of their store with high-quality gear beyond what anyone expected, it didn’t take long before they saw the need to expand.

Now an international manufacturer and distributor of camping gear and other outdoor accessories, Outdoor Products still operates out of their headquarters in their home city of L.A. Featuring practical gear, our selection from Outdoor Products is sure to provide the useful and effective gear you’ll need for your camp stay. Scope out all the excellent products in our Outdoor Products selection and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Who Picks our Products?

Hey, Fans of Everything Summer Camp!

Meet our Lead Buyer at Everything Summer Camp, Tim. An excellent part of our team, Tim keeps a running list of every single available item on our website in his head! It’s an incredibly long list made of a number of different departments and it’s constantly changing. Still, Tim manages to fulfill the needs of his job with efficiency and success.

It’s Tim’s job to scout for new brands to carry, analyze sales, and attend tradeshows to Meet Tim: Everything Summer Camp's Lead Buyer.find the current trends. And on top of all those responsibilities, he also leads the way in physically bringing in new products. From accepting shipments to putting them on our website, Tim is involved in every step along the way.

In the last three years, he has undoubtedly become an essential asset to Everything Summer Camp. He started back in the summer of 2014 when he came on as temporary help in our Shipping Department. Proving his hard work and unflinching work ethic that summer, we made the call to keep him on as our Administrative Assistant in charge of purchasing.

He excelled in that position and then proved himself as our Shipping Manager as well. Since he’s made his latest climb now as our Lead Buyer, he has only continued to provide our team at Everything Summer Camp with flawless organization and a good eye for cool new products to bring on board our online store. Down-to-earth and friendly, Tim is always there to help.

A great fit, Tim loves the work atmosphere that we’ve created here in Boyd, Wisconsin because he feels he can be himself at work. Simply put, “People just let you do your job here,” says Tim. Coming from his previous job as a nurse in Lake Wissota, the casual business environment is much appreciated.

How does Tim do it? How does he know what products will be popular? Well, simply put, he knows what kids think is cool. And now that you know what Tim does as our Lead Buyer, feel free to make a suggestion if there are any products you’d like to see that we don’t yet offer on our site. Leave him a note in the comments section below. As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Nothing Can Break This Camel’s Bak.

Hey, Flask Fans!

The superior selection in our Water Bottles Department is so good that we impress ourselves with it. All-encompassing and perfect for summer camp, we are constantly seeking out the coolest, most innovative, and newest products arriving on the market. As you browse our water bottles, I’d like to guide your attention specifically to the CamelBak Chute Vacuum 20oz Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle. This is no ordinary water bottle.

The temperature of the outdoors has nothing on your beverage within the Vacuum Stainless Steel Insulated CamelBak Water Bottle! Thanks to the double-wall, vacuum-insulated steel design, this container will keep hot drinks hot for up to six hours. And it’ll keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours! Cold is the key to a refreshing and hydrating reward throughout your journeys in the unforgiving summer wilderness.

Given a high-flow spout, the Chute Vacuum is constructed to deliver a satisfying stream that will provide you with the quenching slug you’re looking for when you’re trekking through an unforgiving terrain. Also, as you’re hiking along on your nature excursion, you can take a convenient swig, uninterrupted by some pesky cap that keeps getting in your face—this bottle’s cap fits snugly into the handle.

Unlike most water bottles you’ll find on the market today, the CamelBak Chute Vacuum 20oz is impervious to condensation and maintains its clean and classy look at all times. After all, CamelBak knows that a stylish Stainless Steel Water Bottle such as their Chute Vacuum had always ought to look its best.

A hydrated camper is a happy camper. Truly perfect for summer camp, the CamelBak Chute Vacuum is great for long trips into the wilderness. Get the 20 oz CamelBak Chute Vacuum Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle to keep your camper hydrated on their exhaustive camp excursions. Make your camper happy and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John