So and So on Shades Info

Hey, Cool Kids.

It’s plain to see that all your futures are so bright since you need shades! Sunglasses offer us a wealth of benefits protecting us from issues of the eye including Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, and Skin Cancer (10% of skin cancers are located on eyelids) among other things. They also make you look cool. Join me in discovering more about everyone’s favorite eyewear to honor today—National Sunglasses Day.Keep your eyes protected and your face looking cool!

Here are three random facts about shades:

To Brow or Not to Brow
Style is a big deal when it comes to sunglasses. But did you know that the visibility of your eyebrows can make or break it for people? For some folks, it’s preferable. For others, it should never be done. And yet, others believe whether your eyebrows stay hidden or they stand proud above your shades depends on variables such as face shape and brow thickness.

P-p-p-poker Face
For at least a few hundred years, Chinese judges in the Middle Ages wore sunglasses not so much for their protective properties but more so their masking abilities. These judges wore their shades to hide any expression that their eyes may reveal—the same purpose for which hardcore Poker players employ their sunglasses.

Just One Co.
It’s surprisingly 70% of the world’s designer sunglasses that all come from the same single company. Brand names like Burberry, Chanel, Ralph Lauren, and others all actually come from a company in Italy called Luxottica. Luxottica also owns the Ray-ban and Oakley brands.

Enjoy those brilliant days at summer camp with your own pair of sunglasses! You can find your own pair of sunglasses from the Real Kids Shades brand on the Everything Summer Camp main site! Check it out by clicking here. Make sure you’ve got your sunglasses for those bright, sun-shiny camp days and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Can You Canoe?

Hey, all you Water Fanatics!

If you simply live for time on the water, then you’re going to love today and its accompanying Blog post from yours truly. Today is National Canoe Day! If Canoeing is your thing and if you can make it happen today it sure would be nice to celebrate your love for this hobby today!

In celebration, I thought we could take a close look at the history of the Canoe and how it came to be.Enjoy your time on the water!This innovative vessel has been proven to be more than 10,000 years old in the case of the Pesse Canoe, found in the Netherlands—the world’s oldest known canoe. Way back when, people made Canoes out of materials that they had around. A natural abundance of trees offered bark and tree trunks.

Dugout Canoe
‘Canoe’ originates from the Carib word ‘kenu’ which translates to ‘dugout’. And that’s how this vessel received its name as these ancient craftsmen and craftswomen dug out trunks of trees in order to construct these hollowed-out, single units.

Birch-Bark Canoe
But Native Americans quickly developed a second design which utilized birch bark. This Canoe style was constructed right-side up. It was essentially a skeleton of wood covered in bark, lashed together with roots and then planked, ribbed, and sealed.

For thousands of years both of these Canoe styles were the kings of water transportation until very early on in the 19th Century when steam-powered engines took the reigns for bulk transit by both boat and train.

Demoted to ritual and leisure activity, transportation by means of the Canoe took a giant plunge in popularity, but has stayed *ahem* AFLOAT through fandom of the human culture that has made its imprint in the body of Canoes everywhere. The Dugout and Birch-Bark styles were replaced twice over now—first with wood and canvas for its materials and eventually (about 50 years ago), the aluminum Canoe.

No matter what materials your Canoe is made of, enjoy moving on the water in it and appreciate how long our species has used this craft as a means of transportation! Happy National Canoe Day and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Back in Stock and on Sale!

Hey, Happy Shoppers!

We love happy customers, but we realize that that isn’t all on you—so we try our best to pitch in where we can and contribute to your happiness to help keep it going! That’s why it’s my sincere pleasure to inform you that we have a sale which went into effect today and will last through Friday, the 29th.

Catch the deal behind our Pop Up Soft Trunk Sale…Pop Up your Soft Trunk with this back in stock celebratory sale!

This sale takes one of our most popular products—the Pop Up Soft Trunk—and cuts its price down from its regular price at $129.99 to $98.99. The sale is as simple as that, but I wanted to take a moment to explain just how popular this product has become over the years—the last two years in particular.

This product has become so popular that we’ve had trouble keeping it in stock. In fact, despite our desire to keep our customers happy and satisfied, we haven’t been able to keep our Pop Up Soft Trunks in stock for you. They simply fly off our shelves. We’ve gone out of stock for the last two years in a row.

Allow me to apologize on behalf of the Everything Summer Camp brand: We’re sorry that we haven’t had these in stock for you. We underestimated their demand and popularity and are first now wrapping our heads around how much we need in stock to see us through the summer season.

We hope to avoid being out of stock for the following camp season and appreciate your patience with us for any inconvenience or dissatisfaction we may have caused you. Enjoy this sale as a celebration of our Pop Up Stock up. Pick up your own by clicking right here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Kiss the Cook!

Hey, Kitchen Characters!

No matter what kind of vocation you’re interested in for yourself down the road, the craft of cooking is one that everyone can benefit by honing their skills in this art form. The kitchen may not seem like such an exciting place compared to a soccer field or hiking trail, but you might be surprised at how much you enjoy your time preparing food for you and your friends. Luckily you can try your hand at cooking with some guidance if you go to a summer camp that offers Cooking for an activity!

Coinciding with logical sense, people have been cooking for as long as we’ve mastered the art of fire-making. There are many uEnjoy honing your cooking skills at camp.nknowns about our original diet when our species had yet to leave the Fertile Crescent—but the idea is that our initial diet consisted of nuts, berries, and other fruits and vegetables which required no cooking to consume. However, evidence that we’ve been fishing since 40,000 B.C. would suggest that we’ve been cooking for as far back as that.

Self-Esteem
Cooking isn’t at all easy to master, but perseverance will show you that you can learn quickly from both your mistakes and your triumphs in the kitchen! Unlike so many things in life, Cooking is one activity that offers instant feedback based on taste-tests and reactions from others. Learning a skill like Cooking is proven to reflect your capabilities and build your confidence!

Communication
Cooking can offer you some nice time alone just as well as create a cool environment for quality time between friends and family. Unless it’s Thanksgiving Day, the kitchen tends to induce a relaxed energy, making it a great place to talk about anything you want. This is a great moment to talk with your kids, Parents!

Life Skills
Much like driving a vehicle or developing reading skills, Cooking is something you’ll use for the rest of your life. After all, one day the responsibility of providing food will land solely on them as they grow into adulthood. The younger cooking skills are introduced into your kids life, the easier that shift in responsibility is going to be later on in life.

If you know your way around the kitchen, Cooking is definitely an enjoyable activity. But the best is when you rekindle your roots and cook outdoors over an open fire. Browse our products on our online shop for outdoor food prep and storage. Look into a summer camp that offers Cooking as an activity to boost your confidence in the kitchen and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

A Few More Facts on Courteney Cox…

Hey, Friends Fans!

We all love friends (that’s what friends are for), but I was talking about the TV show. And while every lead character was pretty friendly on that show (hence the show title), I always had a soft spot in my heart for the charm of Courteney Cox. In fact, I like her so much—this isn’t the first time I’ve talked about her on the Everything Summer Camp Blog!

As I posted about her some five years back, I thought it might be time to retread some The one and only, Monica Geller--I mean, Courteney Cox!water and look at Courteney a little closer. In her previous post, I discussed how she attended Camp Mac in Munford, Alabama and some other info on her, like how she is the ‘baby’ of her family with two older sisters and one older brother.

I also covered interesting little tidbits, like how she wasn’t actually going to be Monica. She was initially offered the role of Rachel in ‘Friends’, but she turned it down. Today, however, I want to go real deep so we can attempt to really get to know this woman.

She’s a Foodie
She really loves to eat. “At a diner, I’ll get scrambled egg whites, turkey bacon, sliced tomato, cottage cheese and a scooped-out onion bagel with cream cheese,” she’s said. “My favorite meal is New York grilled steak with sautéed garlic spinach and broccoli and maybe garlic chips or garlic fries.”

She Holds an Unbreakable Record—Period
Courteney Cox was actually the first person to ever say the word ‘period’ on American television—and she wasn’t referring to the grammatical symbol. She was featured back in 1985 (almost a decade before her role as Monica) in a Tampax commercial.

She’s Not JUST a Talented Actor
You may know her for her incredibly successful acting career, but Courteney is talented in the musical department as well! She plays the piano and drums. In fact, she opened the ceremony with a drum solo at MTV’s Movie Awards in 1995.

She’s into House-Flipping
Along with her acting career and musical interest, she’s also into house-flipping for a hobby! House-Flipping is when you purchase a house that needs some fixing up, renovating it, and then putting it back on the market for more than what you initially paid.

We hope you enjoy the friendships you make at summer camp as Courteney appreciated the honest friendships throughout her summer stays. “I don’t have time for superficial friends,” she’s commented. You’re sure to make sincere friends during your camp stay. And check out Camp Mac by clicking here if it seems like a good fit for you. As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Check Out Takajo, Bro!

What’s up, Camp Fans?!

We’re proud to spread the fact that we work with more than 270 summer camps here at Everything Summer Camp and we love singing their praises all the time. And this Blog makes the perfect venue for letting everyone know what great things are going on at the great camps with whom we’ve developed such a strong working relationship. Today we’re swinging our Summer Camp Spotlight to the Northeast Coast in Naples, Maine.Check things out at Camp Takajo!

Here we find the awesome Camp Takajo!

Since 1947, Camp Takajo for boys has existed in the Sebago Lakes region of southern Maine near the coastline. The campgrounds boast pine trees that overlook the land from a high vantage point. Takajo’s waterfront goes for a mile along the crystal clear Long Lake. The surrounding countryside is characterized by beautiful lakes and evergreen forests. Camp Takajo is a seven-week, boys’ sleep-away summer camp.

Athletic activities include Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Flag Football, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, In-line Skating, and much more! As for Water Sports, Takajo offers Swimming, Waterskiing, Sailing, and Canoeing.

Their Hobby Activities consist of Nature Study, Painting and Drawing, Crafts, Ceramics, Music, Drama, Journalism, Photography, Woodworking, and more! And on top of that, their Pioneering activities include Backpacking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Ropes Course, and other awesome adventurous ways to learn and have fun!

You’ll also find exceptional facilities at Camp Takajo. They enjoy some delicious food in their 10,000 square foot Dining Hall which boasts awesome windows that let in the sunshine as well as the inspiring views of Long Lake! Arts & Crafts type of activities (called Hobbies at Takajo) take place in the cute Hobby Lane building.

And the MJG Playhouse (dedicated to camp founder, Morten J. Goldman) is the hub of camp—home to a number of theatrical productions, music shows, movies, dance socials, and so much more every summer.

Cabins house anywhere from seven to nine campers and two counselors. All cabins have electricity, bathrooms, and plenty of storage space for clothing! If seven weeks of bonding with friends, nature, and yourself sounds like an experience you’re interested in, give Camp Takajo a closer look by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Father’s Day the Proper Way

Hey, Proud Dads!

Happy Father’s Day! Today is a day set aside to honor the unconditional, loving support that fathers give to their children every day. On Father’s Days past, I’ve given out gift ideas for dear ol’ dad—things that you could either purchase or things that you could make on your own for free with items found around the house. Today, however, I’m talking about some things you can do WITH your father to make his Father’s Day feel a little more special!Spend some quality time with your father today!

Play catch
Your dad will be sure to appreciate the gesture if you ask him to go play a simple game of catch in the backyard. Dads love ‘Catch’! Whether they want to throw a baseball, a football…SCOOPball—it doesn’t matter. You’ll both enjoy the activity in the fresh air and sunshine—not to mention the quality time you get to spend together.

Catch a Movie
My dad was a movie buff for sure! See if your dad wants to throw something in from your home collection or maybe make some time to head out and catch a show at the theater! You can’t beat the big screen (or the popcorn…or the pretzels)!

Get Musical
Does your dad love music? Maybe he plays an instrument! See if he has time to show off his talents and maybe you can even join in for background accompaniment. Whether you are musically gifted or not, it can be a great bonding experience to let the harmonies and vibrations boost your spirits together!

Play a Game
I don’t know about all of your dads, but my dad and I played a zillion games back in the day. He was a Chess junkie and enjoyed a mean game of Trivial Pursuit. We played video games, card games, and dice games—whatever sort of game is up your dad’s alley, see if he’s interested in playing that tonight!

These are just some ideas that will more-than-likely make your father’s Father’s Day today. Or maybe these ideas have inspired you to go spend some quality time with your dad in some other way that the two of you can enjoy. In any case, enjoy the fun with your dad and give him the best Father’s Day you can! Happy Father’s Day to fathers everywhere and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

What—This Old Flag?

Hey, Flag Aficionados!

Today is National Flag Day—a day to put out your flag and appreciate the banner that symbolizes your country. Flags are national symbols. Every country has a flag. Yet, the first flags were flown before the world’s countries ever existed! Let’s take a look into the history of flags to better understand how we got our own U.S. Flag.

Initially used for easy identification in warfare, the people of the High and Late Middle Ages would paint their shields with patterns to show whether they were a friend or foe. It became common, then, for knights, infantry commanders, and other leaders to fly a heraldic flag on their saddle in order to grab even more eyes with even more ease.

It didn’t take long before the practice became commonplace for troops to carry their own flag out to the battlefield simply to distinguish their unit.You're a grand ol' flag, you're a high-flyin' flag!In the early 17th century, when sailing reached an all-time peak in popularity, it became the law that ships had to carry flags in order to designate their nationality.And these are the flags evolved and transformed into the national flags and maritime flags of today.

And once flags had shown their purpose at sea, they made themselves useful as a means of simple communication from across the water as well by means of interactive systems.

The earliest national flag belongs to Denmark. It is referred to as the Dannebrog and, adopted in 1219, it is the oldest national flag of any country. However, by the end of the 1700s, it was one among an incredible number. And that number didn’t stop growing until every sovereign state had a national flag.

The American Flag features 13 red and white stripes and 50 stars to symbolize the 50 states and 13 original colonies, the American Flag is an incredibly iconic image, but it hasn’t always looked the same. Our original Flag (modernly known as the Betsy-Ross Flag or Colonial Flag) has been changed more than 25 times as stars continued to be added as territories were annexed into states. We finally designed our modern flag in 1960 after Hawaii, our 50th state, was granted its statehood.

Show your appreciation for our flag today and, as always, thanks for reading, Summer Camp Fans!

- John

Check Out Real Kids Shades

Hey, Camp Fans!

We work with so many great people here at Everything Summer Camp, which is why we like to use this Blog as a platform every now and again to express our gratitude toward the awesome companies with whom we’ve formed excellent relationships! Today, we’re swinging our Vendor Spotlight over to shine on the stylish Real Kids Shades.

Slip on a pair of Real Kids Shades Glide when the summer sun is shining bright! Around since 2002, Real Kids Shades has quickly developed and strengthened their reputation with their durable and protective products. These sunglasses, available in both, boys’ and girls’ styles, keep your eyes safe behind 100% UV lenses.Helping protect kids' eyes since 2002!Starting out with a simple mission, Real Kids Shades promised affordable, high-quality, 100% UV protective sunglasses designed for kids. And in their 16 years of business, they’ve grown to offer multiple sizes to provide a proper fit and protect kids from infancy to 12 years old.

All their shades are manufactured from top-of-the-line, durable materials so they’re sure to provide a long-lasting product—after all, kids and the summer camp lifestyle have a tendency to be a little rough on camp gear and other supplies.

We’re delighted to offer Real Kids Shades’ products on our one-stop camping gear shop. We offer the Girl’s Breeze Sunglasses, available in an assortment of cool colors to complement your clothing. And we also offer Boy’s Bolt Sunglasses with two-tone coloring for a super-cool look!

Enjoy those brilliant days at camp with a pair of Real Kids Shades, found on the Everything Summer Camp main site! You can get a closer look at the girls shades by clicking here and check out the cool-looking shades for boys by clicking here. Make sure you’ve got your sunglasses for those bright, sun-shiny camp days and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Ready, Set…ReadyBrush!

Hey, Brushers!

Just like you, we want to see campers wearing their best smiles. Whether you’re home or away at camp, dental hygiene is incredibly important and linked to heart-health! But the more removed you are from the frills of modern living (indoor plumbing, for instance), the harder it can be to remember to brush! That’s why we enjoy providing novel hygienic products here at Everything Summer Camp such as the VioLife Slim Sonic Battery-Operated Brush.Brushing at camp was never easier!

But if you’re looking for an even more temporary solution to your on-the-go brushing concerns, check out our new ReadyBrush Disposable Toothbrushes! 30 Toothbrushes come in each Pack and these Toothbrushes have already had toothpaste applied to the bristles. Nothing more for your camper to do but wet the head and brush those chompers!

Alongside the standard 30-Pack, you can also get the Ortho 30-Pack ReadyBrush Disposable Toothbrushes—an alternative for kids with braces. These Toothbrushes are not only pre-pasted, but its bristles also have a V-cut to make for more effective brushing.

Kids are bound to keep up with their dental hygiene when you send them off with these Packs of  Pre-Pasted Disposable Toothbrushes. They make dental hygiene that much more convenient and help kids to remember to brush their teeth that much more! And they couldn’t be simpler to use; simply throw these Disposable Toothbrushes away after use.

Such an innovative and convenient product is sure to keep the reminder to brush fresh in your camper’s heads throughout their time away. Get the proper tools for your dental care at camp and beyond. It all starts by clicking here at Everything Summer Camp. Healthy gums lead to a healthy heart and a healthy body all-around! As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans! And definitely don’t forget to brush your teeth!

- John