Conan Owl-Brien

Hey, Camp Lovers!

It was back in 2014 that I initially posted about this late night comedy king, Conan O’Brien. A character that households came to fall in love with was a former summer camper. In the previous post about Mr. O’Brien, which you can read by clicking here, I shared his history at Cragged Mountain Farm where he attended summer camp and spoke a little about his time writing for ‘The Simpsons’ before going on to host NBC Late Night Show

But I want to dig deeper to really dissect the mind of the man behind the comedy. Let’s Conan 'No-Nose' O'Brien pictured with an owlhold up the magnifying glass to take a closer look at Conan:

Who Nose?!
You wouldn’t think it to look at him, but Conan belongs to a dangerous past. Okay, not really…but he WAS attacked in a particular incident by a New York street gang when he was in high school. They beat him so badly that the nose he has now is not the one he had when he was born.

The Diet Coke Joke
As noted above, we already know that Conan wrote for ‘The Simpsons’. To spark spontaneity and create a loose atmosphere, Conan had a tendency to relieve his nervousness by opening a can of Diet Coke, pitching a joke, and then spraying himself down with his beverage no matter if his co-workers liked the joke or not. He always got a laugh.

No Support
For such a funny guy, NBC didn’t have much faith in Conan to host ‘Late Night’ when he first began. NBC even made him sign a new contract per week, expecting to lose him before long. They even went as far as to cancel the show for a day in an attempt to replace Conan. They found no one and brought him back to do the show the next day.

Call Him Coco
Presented as a reluctant nickname in a segment from an early ‘Late Night’ episode, Tom Hanks went on to perpetuate and popularize the nickname ‘Coco’. Despite Conan’s disdain for the name—or, more accurately, because of it—the nickname stuck and remains something that he will still answer to today.

Conan is still going strong and Late Night hosting as he always has before. On behalf of Everything Summer Camp, I’d like to extend a respectful nod to this funny man who, though he didn’t have much support, has had the courage to put himself out there to America and simply be a goofball! Thank you for all the laughs you’ve brought the world, Coco! And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Fun and Free at Camp Illahee!

Hey, Camp Folks!

We work with more than 270 summer camps across the United States here at Everything Summer Camp so you can imagine how much we love to sing the praises of all these great camps. This Blog makes an effort to frequently shine our spotlight on the next camp—we always have more to write about. And today we’re swinging our Summer Camp Spotlight over to Western North Carolina’s mountains where we find Camp Illahee.

In the Cherokee language, the word ‘Illahee’ translates to ‘heavenly world’. A fitting name, Check out the fun everyone's having at Camp Illahee.Illahee sits on 110 acres of forested land that features mountains, a natural lake, rustic amenities, and positive atmosphere for your girl’s summer stay away from home.

Girls enjoy a slew of sports, arts, and other activities at Camp Illahee. Summers there are brimming with fun Team Sports as well as Swimming, Tennis, Horseback Riding, Marksmanship, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Gymnastics, and more. Get adventurous on Illahee’s Ropes Course, Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Trail Hiking, Cookouts, and Overnight Excursions. Hone your creative skills with Ceramics, Cooking, Dance, Drama, Watercolor, Weaving, Woodworking, and more!

Surveying the grounds, you’ll find the Dining Hall and McLeod Lodge front and center. Nurses nearby the cabins are next as well as a cool Wishing Well. Cabins overlook the lake and big red barn. Elsewhere, find the Outdoor Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, Climbing Tower, Ropes Course, Riflery and Archery Range, Busy Bee Art Studio, Woodshop, Gymnasium and Rec Lodge.

Home in the summertime to thousands of young women, Camp Illahee has shown its campers what fun summers are all about for nearly 100 years! Get to know some of the awesome young women of your generation and enjoy some deeper insight into what exactly makes you tick! If Camp Illahee sounds like it’s right for you, peruse their website by clicking here and make your summer heavenly! And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

The Why of Fries…

Hey, Fry Fanatics!

It’s pretty obvious since this side is served at just about every fast food place around that French Fries are a favorite for a lot of folks! What beats that crispy, salty starch dipped in ketchup or whatever other condiment you prefer? And like it’s not enough that they’re served at every burger joint you go, we dedicate today to these fantastic fried potato strips. Happy French Fries Day.Picnic with some fries of your own on for celebration of French Fries Day!

Learn a thing or three about French Fries on today’s Blog post:

French, Spanish, and Belgian cultures all claim to be the home of the French Fry. Belgians hold that the snack got the word “French” in its name because the French steal all Belgian food. People of France say it was their street vendors who were first to sell them in 1789. And, even yet, the Spanish feel that, as the first European country to bring potatoes from the New World, they are the likeliest inventors of French Fries.

The Fries Have It
I know I already commented at the start of this post that French Fries are pretty much our favorite side here in the United States. Can you believe that roughly 70,000 acres of potatoes grown in the US are made to be French Fries sold from McDonald’s? And did you furthermore know that McDonald’s is responsible for more than 1/3 of all fries sold in restaurants? We reeaaally like Fries!

Presidential Potatoes
We may not know who to credit with the invention of French Fries, but we exactly who introduced them to the American people! It was Thomas Jefferson who was recorded to have served “potatoes, fried in the French manner” at dinner in the White House back in 1802!

We toast a French Fry to all of you today as we look back fondly on the last couple centuries of Fries in America and wish everyone Happy French Fries Day! Cheers. Go eat some French Fries today whether you get them from a restaurant or make some homemade Fries in the oven with some spices. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

You’ve Got The Moves!

Hey, Movers and Shakers!

If your favorite form of self-expression comes from moving your body and feeling the energy of a rhythm (or lack thereof), imagine yourself performing your art in front of an astonished audience! This could very well become a reality if you find the right summer camp! They’ll teach you a thing or two and give you the opportunity to work it and show off your talent.

Playing an important part in ceremonies, rituals, celebrations, and means of entertainment Get your moves out on the dance floor at summer camp!across the world, the art of Dance was first performed before the earliest civilizations ever existed and who knows how long before that? It’s a piece of who we are—something that’s built into us and part of our DNA. Dancing is in our blood.

More than just a fun thing to do at parties, Dance is an art form that people devote themselves to in body, mind, and spirit. Check out what people love so much about Dance! This is one art form that truly promotes healthy living! Dance comes with a laundry list of physical benefits:

  • Improved condition of your heart and lungs
  • Increased muscular strength, endurance, and motor fitness
  • Increased aerobic fitness
  • Improved muscle tone and strength
  • Weight management
  • Stronger bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • Better coordination, agility, and flexibility
  • Improved balance and spatial awareness
  • Increased physical confidence

But practicing this art form can improve some other aspects of your well-being as well…

Mental Function
Focus, Timing, Memory—there’s a lot going on in the mind of a Dancer while they produce a flawless visual show. It takes great attention to achieve the physical precision necessary to deliver the show the way it was intended to be seen.

Psychological Health
As mentioned above the list of physiological benefits, Dance promotes a healthy lifestyle. Living in a way that makes your body feel good spreads to your mind as well. Dancers dedicated to the art are typically happy and positive people.

Self-Confidence and Self-Esteem
As is the case with pretty much any Performance Art, being on stage sounds scary for many. But you’ll find that facing your stage fright and developing your courage is a strangely addictive feeling that feeds your sense of self-worth and gives you confidence!

There are lots of different styles of Dance from Ballet to Belly-dancing. What style performance are you into? Discover what makes you want to move your body and look into a camp where you can Dance as much as your heart desires such as the Long Lake Dance Camp! And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Repel to Reduce Insect Irritation!

Hey, Camp Fans!

It’s our mission here at Everything Summer Camp to help you in every way we can in sending your kids off to summer camp. Just like you, we want to ensure that they are fully prepared and ready to get the most out of the summer camp experience that lies before them. That’s why we’re proud to carry some of the best names in camping gear to give you confidence while you shop and quality while at camp. Repel those pesky bugs with Repel!

Not just a pesky reality of summer camp, but the great outdoors in general—insects have a tendency to ruin a party. Don’t let it happen. One of the best ways to protect against insects is by wearing insect repellent when venturing into the summer wilderness. For uncompromised protection and safety where it counts, there are few better brands of insect repellent than Repel.

In addition to being a general annoyance, many insect pests can also spread disease, turning them from pesky nuisance to an invasive danger. It’s important to take the necessary protective measures when you head into buggy areas whether you’re hanging out in your backyard or hiking through the deep woods.

Repel brand’s complete line of insect repellents are designed specifically for sportsmen and their families to fit any activity or terrain. Offering a variety of all-natural products as well as chemical-employed alternatives, Repel has you covered with kid-safe and high-performing products to keep the bugs away.

You can also find different sizes and levels of effectiveness, like the portable pen-size spray bottle, right here on Repel’s Brand Page on our Main Site.

Repel products are manufactured by United Industries Corporation—a leading manufacturer of value brand consumer products for the lawn & garden care and insect control.

Outdoor enthusiasts have made Repel the number one brand of insect protection in the sporting goods market. Repel is an excellent choice for any summer camper looking to stay protected from insects this summer. Order your Repel Insect Repellent by clicking here at Everything Summer Camp today and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John


Hello and Happy Fourth of July, Camp-Spirited Citizens!

Today in the United States, we celebrate our Independence Day. This annual holiday is referred to as Independence Day and each nation celebrates the specific date when it achieved its freedom. Every country the world over has its own independence day aside from Britain and Scotland since these countries were never under the rule of another government.
Liberty reigns the world over!

We’re pretty familiar with our own celebrations here in the states, but have you ever wondered how other nations across the world celebrate the days that their country achieved self-governing recognition after being under the rule of another colony or state?

Here are just a few examples of other countries independence days and how they celebrate:

Mexico – September 16, 1810
Not May 5th as so many people believe it to be, Mexico celebrates their freedom from Spain with their president ringing the historic liberty bell the previous night. Then the next day is brimming with traditional parades, dances, bullfights, and more.

India – August 15, 1947
Previously under rule from the British government, India gained its independence soon after World War II ended. Much like our American celebrations, India puts on parades and fireworks shows. They even participate in kite-flying contests.

Barbados – November 30, 1966
The island country of the West Indies, Barbados gained independence from the government of the United Kingdom. In observation of this day, Barbadians prepare their traditional seafood plates and hold art competitions throughout the entire month of their independence.

You can find lots more information about our own American independence from the rule of Britain and how we came to celebrate our Fourth of July customs on this Blog. Start your learning journey by clicking here. Have fun with your traditional celebrations today and, as always, thanks for reading! Happy Fourth, Camp Fans!

- John

Do It at Camp Stewart

Hey, Camp People!

Working with more than 270 summer camps, we here at Everything Summer Camp love to sing the praises of camps all across the nation. This Blog makes an effort to frequently shine our spotlight on the next camp. Today we’re swinging our Summer Camp Spotlight to the renowned Texas Hill Country down South.Get the most from your camp experience at Camp Stewart for Boys.

There we find Camp Stewart.

Stewart spreads over 500 acres of rugged Texas Hill Country, and include both sides of over a mile of the Guadalupe River—a spring-fed, crystal-clear river. Camp Stewart is situated on both sides of the river in a valley between both hills and limestone bluffs. Natural cedar, giant cypress, and various oaks are abundant, as well as all of the native wildlife around the area.

Stewart has a plethora of fun things to do such as Archery, Arts & Crafts, Camp Craft, Canoeing, Ceramics, Climbing Wall, Fencing, Golf, Horseback. Outdoor Cooking, Riflery, Sports, Tennis, and more! Or cool off at the waterfront with awesome ways to have fun like their Double Slide, Billy Bob Sled, Basic Water Rescue, Blob, Tarzan Rope, Water Skiing, Tubing, Zipline, as well as regular-ol’ Swimming.

Among a plethora of other attractions, Camp Stewart features Tennis Courts, Soccer Fields, a Football Field, Baseball Diamonds, Golf Greens, Riflery and Archery Ranges, Horse Stables for more than 100 beautiful beasts. And there’s also the Crafts Lodge where campers are provided a relaxing, open-air, breezy atmosphere where they can work on cool, creative projects!

Another frequented facility is the Camp Stewart Dining Hall—a comfortable environment with tables and benches to seat each and every Stewart camper for breakfast, lunch, and dinner unless it happens to be one of the weekly cookouts.

Lastly, the 23 cabins with indoor plumbing are of native rock and cedar are built in the same, familiar ‘Texas style’ to complement the beautiful facilities and majestic, natural surroundings. So how does bonding with friends, nature, and yourself sound? Get the opportunity at Camp Stewart; take a closer look by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

They Come in Peace…and Flying Saucers too

Hey, Camp Fans and Aliens alike!

Since we started walking on two legs, our species has looked up to the sky in curiosity and wondered if we’re alone in the universe. And, all too often when we look up, we end up seeing seemingly impossible motion from mysterious objects that don’t seem to be of earthly invention. UFO’s are very real, people. So real that today we celebrate National UFO Day.

UFO, if you don’t know, stands for Unidentified Flying Object; and in that sense, UFO’s What are we seeing in our skies?truly are real since an object that simply isn’t identified qualifies (it doesn’t necessarily mean an alien spaceship as so many people associate with these three letters).

Encounters with UFO’s past, however, certainly do lend themselves to the idea of visitors from another planet, but I’ll let you be the judge. Let’s take a look at several different, well-documented sightings:

Roswell, New Mexico
After the reports of a crashed ‘flying disc’ in the New Mexico desert made their way into the hands of the people on newspaper headlines, the US Military followed up with a statement that it was simply a weather balloon—a drastically different story from what was initially sighted. Since then, interest in conspiracy cover-ups have been on the rise with Area 51 and eyewitness interviews that raise skepticism.

Phoenix Lights
‘Aliens on parade’ is pretty much the best way to describe this bizarre incident. In 1997 a mass sighting occurred in which hundreds of thousands of people watched a mile-wide V formation of strange lights as they silently glided over 300 miles of Arizona and surrounding areas. Phoenix got the best show as these lights slowly dragged along the night sky for about three hours.

Declassified Navy Video
A three-year-old video from the U.S. Navy that captures a mysterious unidentified flying object was recently declassified earlier this year. The camera stays on this flying object until it zips off at an incredible speed in a fashion that no earthly aircraft can travel. One of the pilots who encountered this object said it was “Not of this world.”

Almost all scientists are in agreement that the universe is too vast a place for life NOT to exist outside our home planet. Aliens…almost undoubtedly are out there. We are not alone. However, whether or not they’ve visited our planet is still in question despite the wealth of mysterious incidents that people have reported and strange discoveries on our planet from long ago.

Have we been visited in the past? Will they visit us in the future? What will we discover should we meet? There’s no way to know if we’ll get these answers in our lifetime, but it certainly is an entertaining topic on which to meditate, especially today on UFO Day. Enjoy aliens on your brain and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Fourth Sale!!!

Happy Independence Day, Camp Fans!

If you’ve been able to hold off on your summer camp shopping until now—OR—if your kid’s already away from home for their summer camp stay, but you want to pick up gear for next year, then luck is with you today! And that luck is going to stay with you all week long—through Saturday, the 7th. You can save on select camp gear with the

Everything Summer Camp Fourth of July Sale!!!

Check it out:Save money while being patriotic!

Pop Up Soft Trunks
First and foremost, our Pop Up Soft Trunks will be on sale at 10% off which cuts $15 from the regular price! Soft Trunks are a great alternative for campers who are restricted from using a metal trunk. The wire frame inside Pop Up Trunks collapses to a conveniently compact size for storage outside of camp.

Camp. Ts
Next, check out our Camp. Ts which are marked down by 25%! What state is most home to you? Is it the one where you were born? Is it the one where your currently reside? Is it the one where your summer camp is? Pick up whichever state your heart belongs to and do it for only $13.50!

Avex FreeFlow Autoseal
And then there’s the Avex FreeFlow Autoseal Water Bottle with 25% shaved off its original price tag as well. The Fourth of July Sale leaves this superior water bottle at the price of just $13.50 too. Keep your camper hydrated at camp and do it at a discount!

Aside from our Pop Up Soft Trunks, our Camp Ts, and our Avex Autoseal, our Name Labels and Clothing Stamps are on sale at 20% off. We also have our Laundry Bags marked at 15%. And, yes, that goes for our Personalized Laundry Bags as well! And Floor Mats for your camp bunk (including personalized mats) are marked 10% off!

Other departments will have select items at 10% off, such as Insect Repellent, Sunscreen, Sleeping Bags, Speedo Swim Wear, and Flashlights. Enjoy finding great deals across our site and take advantage of our free shipping for orders over $49 as long as the sale lasts. Have fun shopping and, as always, thanks for reading! Happy Fourth!

- John