James W. Does Year #2

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 submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our website! Today’s post is from the mother of James W., who wrote in to tell us about her son’s Check out James W.'s mother's account of the camp experience on today's Blog post.second camp stay for a couple weeks at Camp Yawgoog.

This was only the second year for my Scout to go to summer camp and his first year at sleep-a-way camp. I was a complete wreck! The one thing I did not have to worry about was how I was going to pack him up. I LOVED the trunk and am so glad I went all the way; getting all the accessories. Everything had its own place and since I had James pack it I was assured that not only would he know what he had but where he had put it. After seeing other boys with everything thrown together in one big mass of a cheap plastic tote I knew we had made the right decision. It was so easy to get everything from the car to camp and set up was a breeze. I will without a doubt be buying this all again for my youngest son when it’s his turn to go. The biggest surprise of all was how my son thrived. James had a fantastic time and even had the honor of being knighted. He was one of three Webelo Scouts from his camp week that earned the title “Knight of Akela”. James was eager to volunteer for waiter duty in the mess hall and even had the privilege of carrying his camp flag in the dress parade. I don’t mind saying that this proud Momma had tears in her eyes seeing the new confidence my son earned in just one week.

Glad to hear Sir James had so much fun and the Knight of Akela honor at Camp Yawgoog! Camp certainly is a fantastic time and congratulations to the proud Momma! Check out Camp Yawgoog to see if it might be a good match for you. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Ranch You Hear Me Knockin’?

Hey, Camp Fans!

When you work with more than 270 summer camps across the nation, it means you’ve got a lot of praises to sing! We wouldn’t have it any other way here at Everything Summer Camp. It’s our pleasure to spread the word about some fantastic places you can go in order to get a proper summer camp experience. And today, we’re swinging our spotlight over to Fort Davis, Texas where we have Prude Ranch Summer Camp!You're a part of it all when you attend Prude Ranch Summer Camp!

Measuring in at 2,500 acres, this ranch is nestled in the center of the Davis Mountains. Get a true ‘Southwest’ experience at Prude Ranch where campers encounter wide open spaces, beautiful mountains, clean air, and a look at what real life is like on a ranch. Kids have loved it ever since it first began in 1967.

Boys and girls at Prude Ranch enjoy a variety of awesome summer camp activities such as Animal Life, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Beauty Parlor, Card Games, Cheerleading, Cooking, Dodgeball, Drawing, Football, Hiking, Riflery, Roping, Swimming, Tennis, and much more. And, since Prude Ranch is indeed a working ranch, a number of their most popular activities involve horses.

In fact, Prude Ranch is special in that each camper is assigned a horse for the duration of the camp stay and responsible for the horse’s care. When pairing up campers with horses, a lot of thought is put into the process in which age and expertise (among a number of other factors) are taken into consideration.

Our groups of summer campers, be they Comanche and Apache girls or 3Bar and Triangle Bar Ranch boys, are situated in the comfortable bunkhouses. These cabins sleep 8-20 campers/cabin leaders at a time and provide their residents with multiple shower and bathroom facilities. If you think it might be a good fit for you, check out Prude Ranch Camp for your own upcoming camp experience in the next camp season by clicking here. As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Australia Trivia!

G’day, Mates!

We may not have any folks working at Everything Summer Camp who are from Australia. We may not even know anybody who knows anybody who IS AustralianCroichey! Today's post is about a whole continent!. But we still wanted to observe National Australia Day because of what a cool continent it is. And so, to recognize and honor this holiday, I compiled a small list of several interesting facts about this unique continent. Check it out.

Smaller Than The U.S.
By far the smallest of the seven continents, Australia is actually even smaller than the United States! Compare the land size of Australia up against the land size of the Australia is actually just about the same size as The United States.contiguous 48 states of the U.S. and you’ll discover that Australia is a mere seven square kilometers smaller than the States.

Exclusive Ecosystem
Over 80% of plants and animals are unique only to the continent of Australia. Some of the most well-known species of native animals include the koala, kangaroo (which is on the menu in Australia, believe it or not), dingo, echidna, Imagine running into one of these guys out on the Aussie streets.platypus, wallaby, and wombat. But, aside from zoos, these creatures don’t live anywhere else on the planet.

Penal Colony
Australia was a giant penal colony back in the day. A penal colony is a remote area of land used to exile prisoners in ultimate separation from the outside world. When building its first police force, Australian government decided to hire the best behaved convicts. And though this may seem like unusual practice, this method continues to this day.

Put another shrimp on the barbie and enjoy welcoming the Australian spirit into your very beginning. We appreciate you joining us today in saluting this very interesting land—smallest of the seven continents on the planet, across the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy celebrating National Australia Day and learning mBeautiful views of Australian lands.ore about this country-sized island. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Ella C. is Feelin’ Campy!

Hey, Camp Fans!

We were elated to receive more than 30 entries for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp. We’re super-eager to share all the entries right here on the Blog! There were seven lucky winners to our contest and everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our website! Today’s post is from Ella C., who wrote in to tell us about her first two-week camp stay at Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp.

One of my plans for the summer was to go to sleep away camp for the first half. It was Kids have fun being themselves at Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp.my first time, so I had no clue what it was going to be like. Fun, boring, exciting, all of the above? I got onto a bus with nobody I knew. The bus drive was long and boring. It was about 2 ½ hours long.

When we arrived, all the returning campers wanted to give their counselors from last year hugs. When everybody got off the bus, I went to find my counselors. We played a couple of games to help us memorize our bunk mates and counselors’ names.

After lunch we went to our bunks to get our beds assigned and unpack. It took me two full days to finish unpacking. I had the most stuff.

The next day we started our regular schedule. We could do things like swimming, gardening, basketball, and animal care. We also got to choose hobbies. I chose drama and got to perform in The Little Mermaid.

At camp, I had an amazing time and got to do so many things I have never done before and meet so many new people and friends. I can’t wait to go back next year and see my friends again. I’m sure that next year, I will be one of those kids looking for my favorite counselors.

Glad to hear you had such a good time at Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, Ella! Camp certainly is a great time full of fun and exciting activities, new experiences, and wonderful people! Check out Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp to see if it might be a good match for you. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

16 Winners of a 2018 Giveaway

Hey, Summer Camp Families!

Today concludes our ‘Top 16 Items of 2017’ Facebook Giveaway at Everything Summer Camp. We saw a great response in the form of likes and shares for our Facebook posts. After liking and sharing a post, our participants were entered into the Giveaway in wCongratulations to our Facebook Giveaway Winners!hich winners were notified that they’d been chosen to pick their preferred prize from our top 16 products of last year.

The first winner had all 16 products from which to choose while all subsequent winners could pick from the products that remained by the time they won. Congratulations to all our winners! We hope you love your prizes!

Here’s a look at who won what:

Facebook Giveaway Winners:
Happy Camper Trunk …………………………….. Leslie R. E.
Wheel Away System ………………………….…. Jennifer J. B.
LidMate Organizer …………………………….…. Rachel L. S.
Pop Up Soft Trunk ……………………………….. Emily M.U.
Undergrad Trunk …………………………………. Tammara G.
Quick Dry Shower Caddy ……………………….. Jennifer T.
Clothing Name Labels …………………………… Libby B. R.
Nylon Laundry Bag ………………………………. Whitner K.
Clothing Stamp …………………………………… Jordan B. T.
Digital Flashlight/Alarm Clock …………………… Jill S.
Slim Sonic Toothbrush …………………………… Erin L.
Crazy Creek Orginal Chair ………………………. Jeanie H.
Stick-On Name Labels ………………………..…. April A.
Camelbak Chute .75L Water Bottle ……………… Lauren R. H.
The Summer Camp Handbook ………………….. Mindy M. D.
Floor Mat – Hello Summer ……………………..… Laurie C. B.

There could only be 16 winners for this Giveaway, but we hate to disappoint here at Everything Summer Camp. So, starting tomorrow, we’re having a sale that takes 15% OFF every one of the 16 most-popular products from 2017 (listed above).

That means you can pick up a Happy Camper Trunk for a little over $150 or the Undergrad Trunk for about $160. Come back tomorrow and check out the rest of the awesome discounts we’ll have on all these popular products from Everything Summer Camp. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

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!

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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

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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