Farley Forever!

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

Back in 2013, this Blog saw its beginning and ever since our heyday, I’ve been posting about celebrities who attended summer camp or at least have had a significant involvement in the community of summer camp. And since we first started posting, I’ve covered over 100 celebrities who have a past at camp! Now it’s time to backtrack a bit and retread some of the famous folks we’ve already featured.

So, as we posted five years ago on the Blog, funnyman Chris Farley was also a fan of summer camp Chris attended camp at Red Arrow nearby Minocqua, Wisconsin. It’s Chris the legend Farley.obvious that Chris had a close connection with his time away at camp since he spent many of his summers at camp and, eventually, then later as a camp counselor at the same camp!

With his over-the-top, enthusiastic and energetic charm, Chris enjoyed making people laugh from a very early age—competing with his siblings for the attention of their father. Here are a few more things about Chris that we didn’t quite get into in our first post about him:

Like Belushi, Like Farley
John Belushi was a huge role model for Chris Farley. Ironically, the two had very similar biographies with work on ‘Saturday Night Live’ (SNL), starring in films, battling obesity, and an early death at 33 because of unhealthy habits.

Almost a Cable Guy
Chris Farley was actually the original choice for the 1996 film ‘The Cable Guy’. The film’s star role ended up going to an up-and-coming Jim Carrey instead due to scheduling conflicts that left Chris Farley unable to take the role.

100 Saturdays
Discovered by a producer of the ever-so-popular sketch comedy show, SNL, Chris boomed with popularity in the years to come as he resurrected characters of his own for sketches on the show. Belonging to the SNL cast for five years, Chris appeared in 100 episodes.

The Quieter Side of Chris
Despite inner turmoil, he would attend mass services and would continue to sit after the services ended to spend quiet times alone, reflecting on his life. We’ve all heard that money won’t bring you happiness. In Chris’ own words:

“I used to think that you could get to a level of success where the laws of the universe didn’t apply. But they do. It’s still life on life’s terms, not on movie-star terms. I still have to work at relationships. I still have to work on my weight and some of my other demons.”

His passing still brings us sorrow, but he left a large body of comedy to keep us laughing as well. Keep on laughing and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Look into Camp Lonehollow!

Hey, Camp Families!

It goes without saying here at Everything Summer Camp, that we love camp. I mean…just look at our name! We truly want to ensure that each and every camper that visits our site gets the absolute most out of their summer camp experience. That’s partly on us because kids need the proper apparel and equipment with which to go camping. But a lot of that responsibility falls to the camp which is why we only work with the best of the best summer camps.

Camp Lonehollow is one of those camps.

There, they welcome kids to 3000 acres of deeply nestled Texas Hill Country—lesCelebrate the comaraderie at Camp Lonehollow and enjoy your summer stay!s than two hours west of San Antonio. With over 60 activities offered there, Camp Lonehollow shows kids an awesome summer stay.

Lonehollow campers are given the opportunities for Overnight Camping Trips as well as traditional sports such as Archery, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Sports, Fishing, Flag Football, Golf, Horseback Riding, Lacrosse, Rockwall, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, and more! They make a splash on the Waterfront every summer with activities like Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Sailing, SCUBA Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming, and more!

And they have studios where sessions are held for Camp Crafts, Ceramics, Drama, Fused Glass, Glee, Guitar, Hip-Hop Dance, Illusions, Jewelry-Making, Journalism, Leather Works, Music, Photography, Radio DJ, Sewing/Knitting, Sketching, & Painting, Weight Training, Woodworking, Videography, and more!

Campers at Lonehollow set up home base inside natural rock cabins where they sleep on custom-built cedar bunk beds with pillow-top mattresses to make for cozy nights. Designed with adequate storage space as well, Lonehollow cabins comfortably fit 15 campers or less (depending on which cabin) as well as two or three cabin leaders.

If Lonehollow sounds like it might be a good fit for you, look into it further! You can get all the details you need on their website. Give them a visit by clicking here and learn all you can about this fantastic camp and do what you can to see that your kid get the most out of the summer camp experience! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Lauren E. Loves Camping!

Hey, Summer Campers!

I told you we were through with camper submissions. I told you the last had finally been published.

I was wrong.

Enjoy reading this final camp submission from Lauren E. who wrote in to tell us about her second camp stay at Camp Tapawingo in New York. Check it out:

“My name is Lauren, and this was my second summer going to camp at Tapawingo! Give Tapawingo a try!Tapawingo means ‘Place of Joy’ and it is so cool, because it is on an island in the middle of Lake Pleasant in the Adirondacks mountains of New York.
lMy very favorite thing to do at camp is Banana Boating! That is when six campers sit on a big inflatable banana shaped float and it is towed by a really fast boat! We get whipped back and forth until everyone goes flying off!
lThe other activities I really enjoy are crafts, sailing, hiking, and drama. There are lots of different activities for us to choose from!
What I love most about going to camp are the friendships I make. I have great friends from all over the WORLD that I have met there. They become like sisters to me and I will love them forever.
lWhen I go to camp, I pack all my stuff in a large soft pop-up trunk. I love it, because it fits everything I need, and it is easy for me to move around.”

We love hearing how much you love camp, Lauren! Thanks for the shout-out to the Pop-Up Soft Trunk too—glad it can see you through your camp experience! Tapawingo sounds like a pretty magical place and Banana Boating sounds like an absolute blast! We hope Camp Tapawingo provides you with awesome summers to come!

If anybody else thinks Tapawingo sounds like a good fit for them, you can check out their website by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Magical New Trunk Designs

Hey, Footlocker Fans!

Revolutionizing the footlocker trunk, Designer Trunks from Everything Summer Camp portray an amazing print that covers the whole camp trunk to create an impression spectacle the likes of which you’ve never seen before. Choose a trunk design that speaks to you from Mermaids and Unicorns to Aquariums and Llamas—whatever you like best. We have over a hundred options and we’re adding to our collection all the time!

Constructed the same as our traditional trunks with tough birch plywood, Designer Trunks set themselves apart with a high-definition image that’s embedded into the aluminum exterior. We offer a wide selection of eye-popping designs and we’re adding new ones all the time! Get a feel for a few of our latest creations:

Let’s Be Mermaids
These beautiful sirens of the sea feature the body of a human from the torso up and a fish’s tail below.

Sparkle like a Unicorn
Magical beyond words, welcome the sparkly realm of the Unicorn—featured here on your Camp Trunk so you can enjoy it in your own realm.Check out our latest trunk designs.

Stare in aquatic wonder at the marine biology featured on this aquarium imitating Designer Trunk from Everything Summer Camp.

Close cousin to the alpaca, llamas are large, wooly wonders of the South American region. Follow the herd and get your llama Designer Trunk today.

Still busting over our invention of the Designer Trunk, we’re always excited to add more installments of new looks for our Camp Trunks. We just released twelve more Designer Trunk prints along with these four featured trunks. Take a good look at our new prints as well as all our other trunks from our always-growing selection. There’s sure to be a Designer Trunk with your name written all over it. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

This One’s for the Puppies!

Bark-Bark, Camp Folks!

We celebrate the things we appreciate and today we celebrate National Puppy Day! If you’re like me, then you already appreciate puppies quite a bit. You might need to raise your level of puppy appreciation. I like to do this by highlighting the ways puppies are different from people like you and me. Here are four different ways that you, as a person, are different from our four-pawed friends.

Physiological Development
Aside from an endless list of other things, canine length of pregnancy lasts just two months—less than a third of human gestation. And in less than three months of being born, most have gotten the hang of walking and they’re beginning to work on the finer points of their motor skills such as tail-wagging and eye coordination. It takes people three times as long before we’re even able to sit without being supported or begin crawling around.Try to learn a lesson from your best friend and enjoy life as though you were a puppy!

Sleep Receptors
Ever notice how dogs might start twitching or otherwise ‘acting funny’ in their sleep? It’s because of certain receptors in their brains not turning off as effectively as they do in a human brain during sleep states. However, some human brains have what we call a sleep disorder in which the receptors are turned off even less effectively than they are in dogs. This is what we know as sleepwalking.

Scent Receptors
Did you know that puppies are deaf and blind until two weeks after birth? It’s okay, though. They’re able to perceive and navigate this world just by their noses. The olfactory or scent-center of a dog’s brain is 40 times the size of your own. Canine noses can literally perceive the world 100 million times better than yours. They simply have that many more scent receptors than human noses. Dogs continue to rely most heavily on their sense of smell even after their eyes and ears fully develop so much that deafness and blindness impairs a dog much less than it does a person.

Speaking of the canine nose, the actual and physical outside of a dog’s nose is the equivalent of a human fingerprint in that each puppy nose bears a pattern of ridges and creases that are unique to that puppy! Like a snowflake, no two puppy noses are identical.

It would seem that Nature could have done us a few more favors, but at least we can boast a frontal lobe unrivaled in size by any other creature. Anyway, I hope you found these differences as interesting as I did, but for now, I’m done barking facts at you. Happy National Puppy Day! Go cuddle a puppy if you’re friends with one and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Wrestling up a More Hands-On Activity

Hey, Competitive Campers!

Summer camp activities range from artistic to adventurous and some challenge you in a thoughtful, contemplative manner while others bring test your abilities in a way that’s a little more hands-on. With Wrestling, you get the best of both worlds as any good wrestler must always be thinking ahead to their next step, but also physically execute a takedown of your opponent in order to claim victory.

Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat. It entails at least (and typically) two competitors or sparring partners who use grappling styles such as clinch fighting, throws, joint locks, holds, takedowns, and pins. Styles vary greatly with influence from both historic as well as modern styles. It’s at the core of a plethora of other manners of fighting such as martial arts or hand-to-hand military combat.

To achieve success, wrestlers need to build a slew of beneficial skills that include but are Wrestling is a world of exciting takedowns and pins!far from limited to their physical fitness. Here’s a breakdown of some of the things that are sharpened in the world of a wrestler:

Basic Athletic Skills—First and foremost, of course, wrestlers must be athletically equipped. Most sports feature your coordination with your arms and your legs, but Wrestling commands the taxing control of places like your neck and your back and the whole body in general.

Personal Responsibility—Wrestlers accept and assume responsible for their training, their weight, their clear-mindedness, their commitment, their score. They recognize that it’s on them to keep themselves in check on the disciplined lifestyle they need to lead.

Mental Fortitude—Wrestlers need to have the mental perseverance in order to push their body far past a state of comfort. Wrestling doesn’t feel pleasant, but a Wrestler’s mind can’t be afraid to endure the pain.

Nutritional Dieting—Good Wrestlers turn down cake and savor their fresh fruits and vegetables instead. Forget the soda pop and go for some water. Wrestlers know that the better their diet, the higher their energy. And the higher their energy, the better their performance.

Camaraderie—Bonds form quickly over the daily challenges a wrestler must face and, being a sport based in diversity itself, it unites sparring partners and competitors alike who come from all around the world.

Focus—Wrestlers have a wide array of techniques at their disposal, but learning them all isn’t necessarily the smartest route. The best wrestlers dedicate their focus to a few different moves that they master and attempt with unfailing determination in matches.

Fun—That’s it. It just is. That’s why young kids roughhouse and baby animals fight each other in play. Wrestlers increase the fun they have in their world simply by doing what makes them happy.

A beneficial sport indeed for kids to get involved with, find a summer camp that offers a wrestling program if you’re passionate about playin’ around with a developed strategy. Enjoy the journey of mastering your wrestling moves and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

The Final Three Camp Entries

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! 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. Check out these three accounts from excited campers!

First is this entry from Jacob T. who attended Camp Caraway:

This was my first overnight camp. I LOVED it! I participated in archery, go cart racing, air These kids are happy to be at Caraway!rifle, ziplining, paddleboard, and hiking. The facility was really nice! Our cabins were clean and air conditioned. The food was delicious! I like the billiard. The canteen had good snacks. My favorite part was being away from home. There were lots of things to do and lots of friends to play with me! I would like to go back to Camp Caraway next year!

Next up is a submission about Liam F. and his time at Camp Onas:

Jump in air if you're going to Camp Onas!I was a bit nervous going to camp this year for 4 weeks. I asked my mom to print out a photo of my dog Romeo. This is my first year with your “soft” trunk and it made finding my clothes easy. There is a pocket in the top to put my dogs picture – so it didn’t get wet.

It really rained a lot – we llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllenjoyed the mud on the boys llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllside.

And, lastly, we have a camp submission from Linnea P. who went to Camp Lake Hubert:

My husband attended Camp Lincoln as a child. We were in the area a few years ago and took a tour. Ever since then, my husband wanted to go to Family Camp at Camp Lake Hubert. I was reluctant to go, but I finally said yes this year.Camp Lake Hubert may be the camp you call home!

I am so glad that I did. Everyone in our family had a great time! I found out that two of my kids are really good at archery, and the other one is really good at kayaking. The activities were fun. The food was good, and the staff was top notch! We would love to go again!

And thus concludes our entries to our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest from the 2017 camp season. A huge thanks to everyone who submitted and shared your camp memories with us! It’s been great to hear from all of you. Look into these camps for yourselves if you’re interested and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Ain’t No Spring Fling

Hey, Fans of Springtime!

It’s great to come alive again after enjoying a rather hibernative state here in northwestern Wisconsin where landscapes turn a pretty white and the temperatures drastically drop in the wintertime. We Wisconsinites tend to fare well throughout a season of such scarcity, but it’s always nice to see it come to an end as we enjoy the unfolding spring and a step closer to summer camp season. And today we celebrate the arrival of the Spring season!

Today is the Vernal (or Spring) Equinox.

Right now you may be saying to yourself: Equi-what? However, if you’re an avid reader of this Blog, you may already have an idea of what this is since I posted about thSmile as nature comes back to life for 2018!e Autumnal Equinox roughly six months ago. These things occur twice a year, y’know! Like the more popularly known Summer and Winter Solstices, equinoxes mark the beginnings of the spring and fall seasons.

The word ‘equinox’ is Latin in origin: ‘aequus’, which means ‘equal’ and ‘nox’, which means ‘night’. While the solstices mark the longest and shortest days of the year, the Autumnal and Vernal Equinoxes hang in a fragile balance to mark equal day and night at 12 hours apiece all across the entire planet!

Of course, the folks who live in the Southern Hemisphere are all celebrating the Autumnal Equinox as we ring in the Spring. This is because the earth’s axis as it rotates tilts toward and away from the sun. As we tilt toward it here in Northwestern Wisconsin, folks in Southern Brazil start tilting a similar degree away.

As we continue to shake off the frost from the winter, enjoy your time outside, soak up that sunshine, and play until you’re happy! Stay equipped for the rainy days on the April horizon by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

What’s Ireland Got To Do With It?

Happy St. Patty’s to you, Lads and Lassies!

Today we parade, we feast, and—most importantly—we don our green apparel to show our Irish pride (or admiration) and the culture in which the Irish surround themselves. It’s interesting that a holiday that’s thought to be so celebratory of the Irish culture owns up to so many elements that aren’t Irish. It might sound like a sin to say, but there’s actually little to do with Ireland when it comes to this celebration.

St. Patty’s Day is GREEN. And while it may be the current color of Ireland, it actually used to be a light shade of blue. It was the shamrock itself—used by St. Patrick—that eventually, by the end of the 18th century, swayed the people to accept their Irish blood was green, despite the The lovely land of Ire...land.fact that his teachings and spreading of Christianity went on more than a thousand years prior.

Okay, so what about the man St. Patrick—the patron saint of Ireland himself. His name sounds Irish. Well, it’s actually not known where St. Patrick was born; but we do know where he wasn’t born: Ireland. While unknown, he is believed to have been Scottish; but wherever he was from, we know it wasn’t Ireland as he was brought to the island as a consequence of being bound in slavery.

Okay, okay…So the color and the celebrated figure don’t actually originate in Ireland. But the celebration itself is an Irish holiday—right? Nope. St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated on March 17, 1737 in Boston, Massachusetts as a means for Irish immigrants to commemorate their heritage. What started as a community party run by less than 30 people is now a celebration seen across the globe…but it didn’t originate in Ireland.

Even so, the holiday has everything to do with Ireland! After all, it’s the homeland that the folks who first celebrated it were honoring. And why not?! Ireland and the culture of its people is certainly worth celebrating. Happy St. Patty’s Day to all of you, whether you be from Ireland or not and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Three More Camp Entries

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! 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. Check out these three accounts from excited campers!

First is this entry from Ainsley S. who attended Camp Illahee:

I had so much fun at summer camp! It was my first time to go away. We labeled my Illahee is where you ought to be!clothes and items before I left (with stickers and stamps from Everything Summer Camp). Then I made new friends while I was there. I was able to keep everything pretty organized because of some other items my mom had ordered from your website. I can’t wait to go back next year!

Next up is a submission about Audrey S. and his time at Camp Mystic:

Camp Mystic pride is more than understandable!When I was at Camp Mystic, I went fishing. I wanted to go fishing far away from the bait table and I needed a minnow. As I walked to my fishing spot, I put it in the water. Then all of these bass came swimming up to it and then one bit it! It was a baby bass. I reeled it and got a picture. After that, I threw it back in the water! llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllWas really excited to catch lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllmy first bass.

And, lastly, we have a camp submission from Eileen S. who went to Camp Merrie Woode:

I arrive at camp. My cabin smells of wood. I get my bunk all set up and head down to the Merrie Woode is a great summer getaway!docks for a swim test. The next day I start my activities. I started with kayaking across Lake Fairfield at 10:15. Then I go to Modern Dance. Then I go to the riding stables. The one I get put on is named Nugget. Then I had a delicious lunch as always. Then I made a bulls-eye on the archery field! Then I ended the day by playing a match of tennis.

A thank you to our contributors today for sharing your camp memories with us! 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