Rob Revisited

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

We get a kick out of posting about celebrities who attended summer camp back in the day. And since I first started posting in 2013, I’ve covered over 100 celebrities who have been involved with summer camp somehow in their past. Having covered so many celebrities, it seems appropriate to backtrack and retread some of the famous folks we’ve already featured to take a deeper look.

So, as we posted five years ago on the Blog, Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. was also a fan of summer camp as he attended French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts located in Hancock, New York as well as Stage Door Manor in Massachusetts.

Get to know Robert Downey Jr. just a little bit better on today's Blog post.Despite a difficult upbringing, Robert Downey Jr. was able to get his life on the right track of success and responsibility. Winner of a Golden Globe Award and star of Marvel’s Iron Man movies as Tony Stark, here are some more facts about Robert Downy Jr. that we didn’t quite get into in our first post:

Robert isn’t just an actor. He released his debut album “The Futurist” in 2004. The album sales were not so great but he was at least able to give this other artistic side of himself an outlet for the world to hear.

At the age of only 17, Robert Downey Jr. moved to New York and struggled through part-time jobs, busing tables, performing in off-Broadway shows, and one time he was even hired as a piece of living art in a New York City nightclub.

Growing up, Robert’s family was constantly moving all over the world as a result of his father’s career in filmmaking. He lived in New York, Connecticut, Woodstock, California, London, and Paris. Yeesh!

Trained in the Martial Arts
Robert Downey Jr. has been a devout martial artist for the last 18 years, spending much of his time in the practice of Wing Chun—a concept-based Chinese martial art and form of self-defense.

The world celebrates Robert as he expands his health and self betterment in his current years. Despite his difficult upbringing, he seems to have no real regrets. “I think you end up doing the stuff you were supposed to do at the time you were supposed to do it,” Robert Downy Jr. has said.

Enjoy whatever stuff you are supposed to be doing once you’re done reading this Blog post and, as always, thanks for reading it!

- John

Memorial Day Sale ALL WEEK LONG!

Hey, Summer Shoppers!

Memorial Day is right around the corner and as we inch closer and closer to this federal holiday,  the summer season ramps up for its unofficial first day of summer. Memorial Day is a day to remember the soldiers who have fallen while in service to their country but you can also use it to remind yourself to kick your camp prep into full gear!

Enjoy your Memorial Day by relieving yourself of your remaining camp prep and take advantage of our awesome Memorial Day Week Sale here at Everything Summer Camp. In our own excitement, we’re starting our Memorial Day sale tomorrow and extending it through next week Thursday! That’s over a week of sales for our shoppers!Get your camp prep wrapped up with this weeklong Memorial Day sale!

Check out the sale:
Crazy Creek Chairs
We’ve also discounted our Crazy Creek Camping Chairs for $5 off. You got the best seat in the house when you have Crazy Creek Chairs to make any area good for a sit-down.

camp. T’s
Our ‘camp. T’s’ are another exciting collection that we’ve discounted for this sale. Get any Tee we offer for $4 off the regular price.

New Summer Camp Greeting Cards
Camper correspondence is imperative for your kids to know that you’re thinking of them while they’re away. Pick the Set of 5 Cards best from our Summer Camp Greeting Cards for your camper and save $2 while this sale lasts!

The sales don’t end there! We’re cutting a bunch of prices on our camping gear by 10%. Shop SELECT Duffle Bags, Floor Mats, Toiletry Bags, Rain Gear, and Stationery for discounted prices. You can also get 15% off all Bedding and 20% off of all Name Labels! Knock your camp preparations out of the park with these awesome deals and breathe a sigh of relaxation for the summer season! As always, thanks for reading and Happy Memorial Day!

- John

Head to Camp at Jameson Ranch!

Hey, Camp Families!

We work with more than 270 summer camps and we’re happy to sing their praises as much as we can. And the Blog gives us ample opportunity to highlight these awesome places away from civilization where kids discover themselves and their true potential. And that’s why we’re swinging our Summer Camp Spotlight over to the West Coast where we find the enchanting Jameson Ranch Camp.

Situated around the southern end of the Sierras, Jameson Ranch Camp has been rooted in these majestic grounds since 1934 where they have continued summer after summer to show their campers an absolutely awesome time for their summer stay!Have a blast at Jameson Ranch!

While the summer campers at Jameson Ranch are truly encouraged to develop their own autonomy and independence by choosing which awesome activities they participate in as well as choosing what food they eat, they still become part of the camp family which inevitably forms every summer.

(Speaking of the food, Jameson Ranch amazingly grows a great garden which helps feed the table with some pretty incredible food!)

Together campers partake in incredible fun with exciting activities like Animal Care, Arts & Crafts, Drama, Mountain Boarding, Horseback Gymnastics, Horseback Riding, Archery, Riflery, Swimming, Sailing, Fishing, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, and more!

Grouped with a cabin leader or two as well as peers within a tight age-range, Jameson Ranch campers sleep under outdoor shelters that really bring the idea of camping close to home. These cozy open-sided shelters don’t separate you from the sounds of crickets and nightly critters as you fall asleep.

Check out Jameson Ranch Camp to get a better idea for yourself by clicking here and see if it seems like a suitable summer camp for your camper! Make this summer a special one and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Berry of Mis-STRAW-ry

Hey, Berry Pickers!

Harvesting your own berries one pluck at a time is a wonderful feeling that reminds us of just from where exactly it is that our food comes! And today, we celebrate specifically strawberries as it’s National Pick Strawberries Day. It was some years back when I first posted about this day, here on the Blog—we learned that strawberries aren’t actually berries, but closely related to the elegant Rose, as well as the fact that the so-called “seeds” on the outside are in actuality, tiny fruits.

I could tell you more facts that we know about strawberries like how each one has a rough Strawberry Picking is a fantastic way to pass the time today!count of 200 so-called seeds on the outside. Or that the average American eats three and a half pounds of strawberries every year. Or that strawberries are excellent sources of vitamins such as C, B6, and K. However, instead of continuing to deliver these strawberry stats, I’d like to discuss what we don’t know about them…

One thing we don’t know is why we call strawberries ‘strawberries’.

Yes, the name of this (technical aggregate accessory) fruit, is actually totally unknown to us in the modern day, now long-forgotten why we ever called this thing which is not a berry nor is it related to straw a ‘strawberry’. While many believe the reason to be that the strawberry plant is grown in straw, but these plants have had their name for well-over a thousand years—long before they were included in farming or gardening as they were named by folks who happened upon these wild patches!

Nobody knows for sure, but we have theories:

Strung on Straw
Some say the woodland pickers strung them on straw pieces for convenient transportation to market.

Stuck with Straw
Others maintain that the fruit appears as though it’s had bits of straw embedded into the surface.

Straw…n About
Some even think ‘straw’ refers to the Old English meaning to strew. Since the plant runners stray in chaotic fashion, some say they look strewn about the ground.

I don’t know…. All these theories seem pretty weak to me. But they’re kind of the best we’ve got. But whether it makes any sense or not, I like the sound of ‘strawberry’ and I like the taste of them too! Cheers to everyone today with this so-called berry and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Are You Climbing at Camp?

Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

If you’re a regular climbin’ Simon, then you’re no stranger to the strength, endurance, and overall health that goes hand in hand with the climbing life. You can imagine that there’s really no telling just how old Rock Climbing is; people have been climbing rock for as long as it has stood in our way. We’ve been doing it out of necessity since the expansion of our species when we first encountered towering rock formations that had to be surmounted.

Rock Climbing as a sport, however, is something that came along in the late 1800s, gradually growing in popularity as it changed its face from its origin of necessity to an athletic accomplishment. So why do people choose to get into Climbing when it’s no It's a good timin' for climbin' when you head to summer camp!longer a necessity? Well, like all activities at summer camp, it promotes a happy, healthy lifestyle.

Check out just a few of the benefits that Rock Climbing brings with it:

Valuable Life Skills
Rock Climbing may feel like an incredibly physical sort of activity—and it is! But don’t let that take away from the character-building traits that this sport can instill in you. Along with Rock Climbing comes strength, determination, perseverance, stamina, and more.

Reduces Stress
While the process in itself is certainly no stroll in the park, Climbers often experience the equivalence of a runner’s high once they’ve hit their summit, resulting in a lightness and almost invincible sort of feeling. Ella B. gave us a Climbing account for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest a couple years back saying, I feel so small and so big at the same time. I close my eyes and let all my worries melt away.” Check out the whole submission by clicking here (

Builds Muscle and Endurance
It goes without saying that Climbing takes incredible upper body strength in order to hoist one’s own body into higher and higher places. Other times, Climbers need to use their legs to push themselves upward to the next position. I posted a number of years back about training techniques Climbers can utilize before they hit the wall (or real rock) Check it out by clicking here (

Boosts Brain Function
More than muscle strength, flexibility, and finger dexterity, Climbing calls upon constant consideration and problem-solving skills. Climbing a route requires body awareness and extreme focus to know where your next grab is going to be and where you can place your foot.

And, as Ella’s camp submission alludes, the cherry on top of all these Climbing benefits spending your time in the outdoors (assuming your climbing rock). Simply spending time outside shows signs of decreasing ADHD symptoms, improving memory, boosting creativity, and more. Always take the proper safety precautions when Climbing and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

This Product is Turning Heads…

Hey, Brushers!

Whether you’re home or away at camp, dental hygiene is incredibly important and linked to heart-health. VioLife’s Slim Sonic is the quickest, easiest, and most efficient method of keeping your brush clean after use.

Just like you, we want to see campers wearing their best smiles. That’s why we offer VioLife products for the convenience of your campers when they’re away from home. And now, we’re pleased to announce that you can find Replacement Slim Sonic Brush Heads right here on our online shop.

This sleek, compact, lightweight brush works great at summer camp. Unlike any Get your Extra Brush Heads 4-Pack from Everything Summer Camp!toothbrush you’ve seen before, this toothbrush vibrates at more than three times the speed of the fastest electric toothbrush on the market! And it’s the very first portable, battery-operated brush. It’s ALMOST all you need!

But be sure to remember when you order your Slim Sonic Toothbrush from VioLife to pick up your own extra Brush Heads in this pack of four as well! It’s wise to have a replacement on hand in case the brush head you’re using gets contaminated in whatever way. You certainly don’t want to clean your teeth with a brush that fell on the floor!

And even if you don’t end up needing a replacement Brush Head in a pinch after an unfortunate accident, this 4-pack is sure not to go to waste; after all, dentists recommend that people change toothbrushes (or brush heads) every three months!

So whether you’re getting a pack so that your camper is better safe than sorry or getting a year-long supply for a fresh, effective clean, or both, this 4-pack is definitely a wise buy!

Get the proper tools for your dental care at camp and beyond. It all starts by clicking here at Everything Summer Camp. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans! And don’t forget to brush your teeth!

- John

Hip to the Chip

Hey, Chocoholics!

We’re all fans of chocolate and whatever genius thought to make tiny chips out of this blessing from nature! Invented for the sheer purpose of chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chips were created the same day as the cookie in 1937. The baker Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn in the town of Whitman, Massachusetts cut up chunks of a semi-sweet chocolate bar and added the chunks to a cookie recipe.Chips of chocolate are a stroke of genius!

And with that, a classic was born.

Chocolate is certainly a gift from Mother Nature to mankind with many health benefits and interesting things about it. For instance—a typical cacao bean contains less than 1/20th of the caffeine found in a coffee bean. Here are some other points about this amazing vegetable—that’s right—vegetable:

The Dark Side of Chocolate
Like many things (including water) too much of something can be bad—even deadly. Chocolate is no different. If you were to eat 6 kilograms (≈ a gallon of solid dark chocolate), you’d likely keel over from heart failure and kidney damage. Too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing! It’s a good lesson.

Chocolate—the Medicinal Drink
As I’ve covered in a previous Blog post, chocolate was initially consumed as a beverage like hot chocolate. Only it wasn’t the sweet, sugary hot chocolate we know today with marshmallows floating in the mug. Ancient Mayans drank a bitter drink of a creamy milk with cocoa melted inside and it was eventually advertised as a cure-all drink in the 15th Century.

Chocolate chips are delici—wait a minute! I wasn’t talking about THOSE kinds of chips! It was five years ago when the Lay’s company thought to combine chocolate with potato chips and, lo and behold…it sells. My niece enjoys this daring dessert snack. I don’t so much.

Chocolate is an interesting part of our world. It has health benefits, it has caffeine, it goes well with salty snacks…apparently. Anyway, no matter how I feel about certain sweet and salty snacks, enjoy some chocolate in whatever way you prefer today—but it’d be best if you had some good ol’ fashioned chocolate chip cookies! And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Bring Peace to Mothers’ Day!

Happy Mothers’ Day, Summer Campers!

Today is a day intended to celebrate Mothers all across the world. We honor them this day for their selflessness and unconditional love that they show us. On Mothers’ Days past, I’ve posted on this Blog about the history of this day and I’ve given ideas of what to do to celebrate your love for your mother.
Bring a sense of peace and love to Mothers' Day thsi year!Today, I’m going to give you a few pointers on what NOT to do:

Fight with Your Siblings
Dealing with bickering siblings is probably your mom’s least favorite thing to hear and (unless you have the healthiest relationship in the world with your siblings) chances are you guys bicker often enough. Give it a rest for the day and give your mom some peace!

Track Mud through the House
This point is more-or-less symbolic; while you literally shouldn’t track mud throughout your house, what I’m really getting at is to clean up after yourself. Keeping a clean household is on everybody, so make sure you do your part—especially today!

Show More Attention to your Dad
Of course, Dad’s great! And you certainly don’t have to treat him like chopped liver or anything like that, but this day is about Mom; make sure she knows it! Besides—Dad will get his own day in June.

Insult Your Mother’s Cooking
It’s impolite on any day to knit-pick at the culinary abilities of your mother, but today especially, you ought to keep your comments on her cooking positive and complimentary and—wait a minute! Just what are you doing making your mom cook on Mothers’ Day?! Roll up your sleeves in the kitchen and (get help if you need) to make a nice meal for your mother instead of the other way around!

Give your mother the gift of not giving her a job for the day! She’ll appreciate the break from the typical family maintenance that she deals with on a daily basis. Wish her a happy Mothers’ Day and give her something nice. You can develop some easy ideas for her on this Blog post from the past—check it out by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

I’m No O2 Fool!

Hey, Camp Fans!

We work with so many great people here at Everything Summer Camp, it’s important to us to use this Blog as a platform from time to time so we can share our gratitude toward the awesome companies with whom we’ve formed excellent relationships! And today, we’re fixing our Vendor Spotlight on the Chicago, Illinois area to shine our gratitude on O2 Cool, the cooling products company!

Keep yourself cool with this O2 Cool tool!O2 Cool was started over 25 years ago in 1992 by a woman named Linda M. Usher. She set out to launch this company with the mission to develop and market portable, battery-operated fans. And now, the ultimate leaders in the personal cooling industry, O2 Cool has established themselves as the trusted brand name when it comes to staying cool on those summer scorchers when they get to be too much!

Our selection of O2 Cool Fans gives you three desktop fans to choose from as well as the Water-Misting Fan—the finest portable fan around. We see how cool these fans are and so do a lot of camps all across the country! You can be sure that many of O2 Cool’s customer accounts are made up of camps! You can check out the fans available on our website by clicking here.

Fans make your camp memories perfect with a cool breeze in the summer heat to provide relief on those bright, sunny days. Get the Deluxe Water Misting Fan for the most efficient way of cooling off. They’re great for a kid on a hot day! We knew we had to offer fans as cool as these on our store online. Have a blast at camp and stay cool with O2 Cool cooling products! And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Feel a little Neil?

Hey, Camp Lovers!

In 2013, I first started posting about famous folks who have a history at summer camp and lately I’ve been having fun returning to previously featured celebrities to learn more about these famous folks. In Neil Diamond’s original post, which you can see by clicking here, we talked about how he attended Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, New York and how he went on to become a culturally celebrated singer/songwriter of great recognition!

But we didn’t get around to looking at some interesting details about Mr. Diamond. So, let’s give Neil a closer look right now:

And no one heard at all, not even the chair.NOT…Diamond?
Little known fact: Neil Diamond was considering a stage name before eventually deciding against it and going with his real name. Among other aliases he had considered, he had thrown around ‘Ice Charry’ for some time as well as ‘Noah Kaminsky’. Good call stickin’ with Neil, Neil.

Who’s Caroline?
It was actually the president’s daughter that inspired Neil Diamond’s smash hit “Sweet Caroline”. Sweet Caroline is Caroline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy’s daughter who planted the seed for this famous song in Neil’s head. Having kept it a mystery who this song referenced for many years, he eventually revealed the song came to him after seeing Ms. Kennedy on the cover of Life Magazine in an equestrian riding outfit.

High School Buds
Many people can tell you that Neil Diamond performed the hit song ‘You Don’t Bring Me Flowers’ as a duet, partnered with Barbara Streisand. What’s lesser known, however, is that Neil and his duet partner were friends in the All City Choir at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn! Let’s hear it for the Class of 1958!

The Music Man
The man has become a legend in his own time where the music industry is concerned. Neil Diamond has secured himself 11 Grammy nominations as well as various honorary awards like being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He was also honored at the Kennedy Center. Oh yeah—and he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Today, at the wise age of 77, Neil continues enjoying his life and he’s still making music as he’s just released a new Christmas album a couple years ago. On behalf of Everything Summer Camp, I’d like to extend a respectful nod to one of America’s greatest singer/songwriters! Thank you for such excellent music, Mr. Diamond! And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John