Winnie the WHO?

Hey, Fans of Pooh Bear!

Deep in the hundred-acre woods where Christopher Robin Milne played is where the inspiration came for everybody’s favorite honey-loving bear—Winnie the Pooh! Okay, so maybe it wasn’t in the Hundred-Acre Woods. It was more like the Ashdown Forest which currently covers ten square miles or roughly 6000 acres (a bit bigger than its fictionalized likeness).Happy Birthday, A. A. Milne!

Lucky for today’s birthday boy—A. A. Milne, the author who brought us Winnie-the-Pooh—he lived on the northern edge of Ashdown Forest where he would take frequent walks with his young son, Christopher Robin.

But his son and the Ashdown Forest weren’t the only means of inspiration for Mr. Milne, however. The character of Pooh Bear himself was actually his son’s favorite stuffed teddy along with a plush piglet, a tiger, a couple kangaroos, and a donkey who had seen better days (all of whom can still be seen at the New York Public Library except for Every one of Christopher Robin's old toys (except for Roo who was lost in the 30's).Roo who was lost in the 30’s as well as Owl and Rabbit who were imagined solely for the books).

A. A. Milne was born 136 years ago in 1882. In his younger years, he was taught by the great British author H.G. Wells—writer of many timeless classics such as ‘The Time Machine’ and ‘War of the Worlds’. Milne also played on an amateur ‘Cricket’ team alongside the celebrated author who created Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle. By the time his education had ended, time soon came for Milne to join the British Army and fight in the first World War.

When he returned home from the war, Milne was married to his wife, Dorothy and they had their son, Christopher. But as history would have it, he was called away yet again when World War II began in 1939. After the war, his life saw a number of unfortunate changes. A stroke, for one instance, left him in a wheelchair until the day he died at the age of 74.

But this celebrated author once commented that “A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence.” Mr. A. A. Milne certainly has been granted the permanence of which he spoke through the lasting love people have for “Winnie the Pooh” and the adventures he penned in the Hundred-Acre Woods. Happy Birthday, A. A.

If you’re ever lucky enough to see Ashdown Forest near London, you can check out this site for tourism information and, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnWinnie the Pooh after his Disney-fication.

Brianna B. Feels Campy!

Hey, Camp Fans!

We were delighted to see such a great response to our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp and now we’re eager to publish each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Brianna B., who wrote in to tell us about her time away at Pinecove Camp and the fun summer stay she had…


Hi. My name is Brianna B. and I have been going to Pinecove camp in Palestine, TX for two years now! I love Pinecove because it allows me to learn about GOD and how he made each one of us different. I think Pinecove is the best because there is a week of fun activities, but they are all related back to GOD and that is what Pinecove is all about! I was so organized at camp all thanks to my trunk from EVERYTHING SUMMER CAMP, I also a had an awesome organizer (FROM EVERYTHING SUMMER CAMP) at the top of my trunk in which I could have my Bible in, my note pad and pens, and much more, and all my bunk mates said next year they wanted one too! I learned at camp that we should be focused on GOD more than anything else, and that GOD made you the way he wanted you to be. One of my favorite activities was the ZIPLINE, at first, I was really scared to do it because it was super high, but all my bunk mates cheered me on and I had the courage to do it. The thrill of the zipline was amazing, you could feel the wind in your hair and the scenery was beautiful! It felt like a once in a lifetime experience, and was a remarkable adventure in the sky! In the morning, we would always have 20-30 minutes where the whole camp had to be quiet and everyone would take out their bible and focus on GOD only (FUN FACT-THAT WAS THE ONLY TIME THE CAMP WAS EVER QUIET, THE REST OF THE DAY SOUNDED LIKE CHAOS!!) At the end of every day we would go to Worship at the “C.L.U.B”, where we would sing for 30 minutes and then pray after. Then we would do our Bible study and talk about what our pastor was saying that night. Then we would go outside get a bedPretty nice people at the Pine Covetime snack and head back to our cabins for a shower and then bed. My favorite thing at camp was the camp store, there was so much stuff. I bought 4 shirts, a wrist band, and many more things!! I think the overall thing I enjoyed most was meeting new friends and knowing GOD wanted me to meet them!!

Thanks for the shout-out, Brianna! Glad we could make you so happy with your C&N Camp Trunk and other camp accessories. And, more importantly, we’re glad to hear that you got so much out of your camp experience! It feels great to expand your network of friendships as well as your own spirituality! If you’re interested in this kind of a camping experience, check out Pinecove Camp for yourself by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John


A Rockin’ Summer at Rocky River Ranch

Hey, Camp Folks!

Here at Everything Summer Camp, we’ve developed some great relationships with over 270 camps and we love singing their praises every chance we get. Luckily, I have this Blog—a fantastic platform to reach camp families like you and fill you in on some of the top camps across the country. Today we’re delighted to swing our spotlight south to shine down on the Rocky River Ranch summer camp for girls in Texas.Girls from Rocky River Ranch

Found in the heart of the beautiful Texas hill country in Wimberley, about halfway between Austin and San Antonio, Rocky River Ranch has shown young women the time of their lives since 1953. And with jam-packed summer days of adventuresome and educational activities, Rocky River Ranch campers grow in the best of ways.

Over the summer, they’re treated to awesome activities like Archery, Climbing Wall, Dance, Drama and Tech Theater, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Rappelling, Tennis, Yoga, and Zip Line. They also have fun in the water with games and sports for the pool as well as the River. And girls enjoy the quieter activities as well such as Baking, Crafts, Doll Making, Drawing, Gardening, Painting, Sewing, Singing, Storybook, and lots more that I’m not mentioning here!

The beautiful, natural environment of the campgrounds is combined with complimentary facilities that lend the charm of an old western town. Eat at The Grubstake Dining Hall and catch a talent show at the Forty Niner Activity Center. Other amenities like the Gold Nugget (the camp store) and The Lucky Strike Arts and Crafts Center add their own personality.

The bunkhouses are also enchantingly rustic with accommodating spaces and cute campy names with dormitory-style setup and bathrooms. Get a good look at Rocky River Ranch for your own consideration by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Summer Camp Inspired ‘Camp Confidential’

Hey, Bookworms!

We’re sure to offer a wonderful selection of books for all the summer camp kids who absolutely love to read. We have our ‘Great Titles’ section which includes a couple books under the ‘Vampire Academy’ series. And it also has a couple children’s boDive into the world of summer camp with the Camp Confidential series!oks about camp by Elliot Sloyer. We also offer a slew of titles from the ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ collection. And—who could forget—we have the essential summer camp collection, the ‘Camp Confidential’ series.

We have every one of the 26 installments in Ms. Melissa J. Morgan’s campy series! These books tell of the misadventures and secrets that the lovable girls attending Camp Lakeview and, eventually, Camp Walla Walla. How is it that Ms. Morgan has been able to capture such a charming and accurate depiction of summer camp life?

Well, it all started at summer camp!

Melissa J. Morgan had her first year at overnight camp when she was eight years old. She loved summer camp so much that she didn’t stop attending until she got her first job after grad school and they refused her request for eight weeks off in the summer. She decided to use her years of treasured experience at summer camp to launch her career as a full-time author. Melissa lives in New York with her husband and Bugle, their Chocolate Lab.

You’ll struggle to put these books down as you learn more about these lovable characters and turn page after page of plot twists, setbacks, and hilarious moments. Discover who your favorite character is, which camp you’d rather go to, and if Natalie can make things work with Simon.

Get yourself into the summer camp spirit and stay entertained for days as you delve into these great summer camp paperbacks! Peruse the series by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Camp’s all Fun for Andrea C.’s Son

Hey, Camp Fans!

We were elated with all the great submissions we got about the experience our camp families underwent this last summer! We saw more than 30 submissions for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest that we had at Everything Summer Camp and we’re still posting each of your entries on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners who got larger prizes, all other entrants received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! And today’s post is from Check out Falling Creek Camp for your camp experience!Andrea C., who wrote in to tell us about her son’s rookie year at Falling Creek Camp.

My son went to camp for the first time this summer. As a new nine-year-old (his birthday was the first day of camp), he was ready for his new adventure. He had a few friends from home at camp with him but was really looking forward to meeting new friends.

On Day One, he literally threw his bag onto his bunk, shouted “Bye Mom!” and was running off with boys to play games. There were no tearful goodbyes, no send off with positive words, no reminding him of the videos and shows he had watched about camp, and no goodbye kiss to Mom (I did make him come back and accomplish that!). He seemed ready. His father and I looked at each other and shrugged. We proceeded to walk back to the car to head out. First impressions? Camp was going to be a good fit.

As the week went on, I anxiously read the daily blog and looked for him in the photos. I missed him, of course, but knew that he was having fun. Before I knew it, it was time to pick him up. Had he been homesick? Will he want to go back? Was I more excited about his camp experience than he was?

There was no need for me to worry. Pickup day was pouring down rain. I had planned to have him show me around, take some photos, and hear all about his week. Instead, we waded through mud and water and loaded the van with a trunk full of wet, stinky, gear. He didn’t even notice the rain or the mud. I had an umbrella but he was just walking in the rain, not noticing it. It seemed that after spending a week in the rain, playing, camping, and having a good time, he realized that it is just part of nature. He seemed to have a sense of confidence that it was just a little water. He talked non-stop about his week, his friends, who was homesick, and who was the best at whatever activity. Whew…..

Camp was great for my son. He is looking forward to going to a longer session next summer. He is already starting to think about activities and trips he wants to do. The confidence and independence he gained in such a short period was notable. Boys get very few opportunities in today’s society to be independent and make their own decisions. Camp is such a place. I cannot wait to see how he comes home next summer. I guess I am now a CAMP MOM!

Congratulations, Andrea (a.k.a. Camp Mom)! We’re so happy that your son’s first year was so easy yet influential! Summer camp certainly is a powerful experience for those who attend it. We hope to hear back from you on how Year Number Two goes! For the rest of you, check out Falling Creek Camp for Boys to see if it might be a good match for your son. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

You Deserve Green River Preserve!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Entering into the new year means we have a fresh set of summer camps from around the country who deserve our praises. It’s our pleasure here at Everything Summer Camp to spread the word about some of the fantastic places where you might just end up sending your summer camper this for camp this year. Let’s swing our spotlight over to Western North Carolina where we’ll find Green River Preserve!The folks at Green River Preserve welcome you!

Set on 3,400 acres of a beautiful wildlife Preserve in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Green River Preserve is a summer camp where kids are encouraged to discover a deeper understanding of themselves, their environment, and their communities.

Green River Preserve presents young people activities and skill sets such as Yoga, Woodburning, Theater, Tae Kwon Do, Pottery, Arts and Crafts, Outdoor Skills, Mountain Biking, Ropes Course, Knitting, Fly Fishing, Field Games, Fencing, Music, Drawing and Painting, Dance, Creative Writing, Climbing Tower, Canoeing, BB Skeet, Archery, and more.

The campgrounds provide open fields alongside freshwater springs, vast forested areas, a fishing pond, swimming hole, multiple waterfalls, and the headwaters of the Green River. And the gorgeous natural elements are met with complimentary facilities like the main lodge and dining hall, the infirmary, a craft hut, cordwood cottage, and the staff lodge.

Green River Preserve also boasts two spring-fed ponds, large playing fields, a stream-side pavilion, organic gardens, an apple orchard, as well as a climbing tower built custom for the camp.

The cabins are tucked a bit into the woods where campers live in groups of up to six along with their respective counselors. The campers sleep on bunk beds. Each cabin is a set of two living groups that are joined by a central bathroom.

If you think it might be a good fit for you, you can check out Green River Preserve for your own upcoming camp experience in the next camp season by clicking here. Enjoy putting your summer plans together and, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnFigure out where you're going!

Like and Share…and WIN!

Hey, Summer Camp Families!

We’re very excited to announce that we are holding the Everything Summer Camp ‘Top 16 Items of 2017’ Facebook Giveaway. Starting next week on Monday (January 8th), this contest invites our summer camp families to visit us on Facebook to like and share our post. Lasting more than two full weeks, this contest ends on Tuesday, January 23.Get on board our Facebook Giveaway and see what you might win!

Here’s how it works: When you like a post and share it, you are then entered into our Facebook Giveaway. If you are a winner, you will receive a notification. If you’re the first person who gets notified, you get to pick your prize from the list of products below; all subsequent winners will get to pick their prize from the remaining products.

Here’s the list of our TOP 16 of 2017 items:

  • Happy Camper Trunk
  • Wheel Away System
  • LidMate Organizer
  • Pop Up Soft Trunk
  • Undergrad Trunk
  • Quick Dry Shower Caddy
  • Clothing Name Labels
  • Nylon Laundry Bag
  • Clothing Stamp
  • Digital Flashlight/Alarm Clock
  • Slim Sonic Toothbrush
  • Crazy Creek Orginal Chair
  • Stick-On Name Labels
  • Camelbak Chute .75L Water Bottle
  • The Summer Camp Handbook
  • Floor Mat – Hello Summer

As you can see, we’re not messing around! The Happy Camper has always been our #1 product and, typically found for $179.99, you can get it for free if you’re a winner and it’s still available! Of course, the Wheel Away System is on the list because they’re the easiest accessory and work wonders in transportation. And wheels work on every trunk! The Pop Up Soft Trunk is the best alternative to a metal trunk if you’ve got your eyes set on a container that’s a little more collapsible. If you win, it could be yours!

So check back in with us on Monday when I’ll provide a quick link for our Facebook post. And, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Fun Ensues for Ailey W.

Hey, Camp Fans!

We were elated to receive over 30 entries for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp. We’re super eager to share with all our readers by publishing each one of the submissions right here on the Blog! There were seven lucky winners to our contest and everyone else who submCamp Mystic girls get out for adventure!itted received a $15 gift certificate to our website! Today’s post is from Ailey W., who wrote in to tell us about her first two-week camp stay at Camp Mystic.

This Summer I went to camp at Camp Mystic in Hunt, Texas. It was my first time to go to a two week long camp. For my birthday I got a beautiful, new trunk from Everything Summer Camp Store. When I got to camp there was no air conditioning. The camp had two tribes called Tonkawas & Kiowas. I drew out of a hat to pick my tribe and I got Tonkawa. I got to pick five activities and I chose Camp Craft, Archery, Fishing, Swimming & Horseback Riding. My favorite was Fishing. On the first day I caught a Bass and on the second day I caught a small fish. One day I even caught a seven pound catfish, but it broke the line. Another thing I enjoyed was watching a movie one rainy night. We watched Shark Boy & Lava Girl. It was so good but I didn’t get to see all of the movie so I was disappointed but I am fine with it now. Thank you Everything Summer Camp store for getting me ready for camp!

Glad to hear you had so much fun at Camp Mystic Ailey! Sounds like you’re pretty good at fishing. I’m sure you’ll be telling the tale of the catfish who got away for years from now. Camp certainly is a great time! Check out Camp Mystic to see if it might be a good match for you. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

The New Year is Here!

Happy New Year!

Today it’s time to wring out the old and ring in the new! Here we are in 2018, leaving the good and the bad of the previous year behind us and eager to build on an entire, fresh year that’s rolling out before our feet! From everyone here at Everything SummWring out the old and ring in the new!er Camp, we hope your New Year’s Eve celebration gave a warm welcome to 2018 and that you’re having a wonderful start to this new year!

While there are no real set traditions for the “common” festivities that we typically partake in on New Year’s Day, we all tend to celebrate in a similar fashion. Families are likely to get together and might have a nice meal. The day is usually taken in a laidback approach with lots of snacks indoor games or televised football events. After all, lots of folks are tired from the midnight celebration from the night before as it’s tradition to countdown at 11:59pm.

It’s no surprise that New Years Day ends up more or less of a lazy day. In fact, a good number of people do absolutely nothing! And that means literally, NOT a THING! It can be nice, enjoying a day that way.

For many folks, New Year’s Day is a holiday in which it’s perfectly acceptable to stay in your bathrobe until the afternoon, when everyone in your house takes a nap, and snacking on treats and junk food goes on throughout your waking hours. In other words, New Year’s Day is a giant break from the previously hectic season!

It may not have the thematic qualities of other holidays, but it’s typically one of the most relaxed ones. Be sure you enjoy yourself this new year and enjoy the last of your days off before your winter break comes to an end. Happy New Year once again and, as always, thanks for reading.


- John