Time to Celebrate Hannukah

Happy Hannukah!

Sunset tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah this year! What ensues of this tradition will be eight days and nights in which its observers celebrate with latkes, dreidels, and lighting the Hanukkiah (which is the traditional candleholder that is often mistakenly called a menorah). Just what is this celebration about? Read on to delve into the subject to take a deeper look.Are you ready to celebrate the miracle?Unlike Christmas, which arrives on Dec. 25 every year, Hannukah’s date jumps around from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. It arrives consistently on the 25 of Kislev—a month of the Hebrew calendar. Unlike the Gregorian calendar which considers just the earth and the sun, the Hebrew calendar which is lunisolar because it’s based on the sun and the moon as well.

We go back to 165 B.C. to understand the history of Hanukkah, when a Jewish rebel army known as the Maccabees defeated the Syrians and rededicated their holy temple in Jerusalem. This eight-day holiday celebrates a seven-day miracle in which the Maccabees only had enough oil to light the temple’s eternal flame for a single day, but even so the lamp kept on burning for eight!

The lighting of the nine-branched candleholder—often times incorrectly referred to as a menorah—is actually called a Hanukkiah. A menorah, on the other hand, has only seven candleholders—like the lamp that was used by the Maccabees in the ancient holy temple in Jerusalem.

Hanukkiahs have nine candleholders, which designates a candle for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah as well as one more for lighting the others. If you celebrate Hanukkah, you now can educate your friends and family on the holiday you’re about to celebrate! Enjoy your traditional tasty treats, fun games and toys, and the time you spend to honor the miracle. Happy Hanukkah and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Get Your Order On Time!

Hey, Holidayers Shoppers!

We put in so much effort over the gifts that we give to one another this time of year; with so many holidays right around the corner and so many people eager to celebrate, the energy is charged in the winter air and everyone weathers the cold to fulfill their thoughtful deeds. We spend lots of time, thought, effort, (and typically money) on the things that Get your Christmas gifts on time! we gift to one another and we want the moment to be just right when the recipient of our gift opens it up!

But, unfortunately, things don’t always go the way we had planned. As crummy as late deliveries are, they happen—despite your efforts to ensure an on-time arrival. At Everything Summer Camp, we understand the importance of gift-giving and we want to help make sure that your gifting goes off without a hitch this holiday season.

Order from Everything Summer Camp and rest assured that your delivery will arrive on time; we want your gift-giving to go just the way you hoped. SO, please allow me to call your attention to our handy holiday map.Refer to this holiday map for on-time shipping this season!

This is a helpful, color-coded map to eliminate any misunderstanding about how early you need to place your order on our website to have it ship to you on time. Of course, delivery times vary throughout the country, but, personally, I don’t like procrastinating, so I like to urge people to order as early as they can—better safe than sorry!

And that’s why I’m sharing the magic numbers with you of 1:00pm on December 17. That’s the time and date for everyone in the contiguous United States to go off of for guaranteed delivery by December 24.

December 17 may be early for some of you; Everything Summer Camp is based in northwestern Wisconsin, so if you live in Wisconsin, most parts of Minnesota, or another nearby area, you have the luxury of placing your order as late as 1:00pm on December 21. Happy holidays, Everybody! Get your orders placed with us on time and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Ava R. Loves Camp So Far!

Hey, Camp Fans!

We received more than 30 entries for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp and now we’re eager to publish each one of them right here on the Blog to share with all our readers! 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 Ava R., who wrote in to tell us about her second year at Camp Chi.
Camp Chi is planning lots of fun for their campers every summer!
“I attended Camp Chi; this was my second year. I was very nervous because the first year I was very homesick. As soon as I arrived to camp, I saw the people in my cabin and we started playing games. I learned the names of my friends and my counselors and they seemed really nice. We did everything together. We went horseback riding, zip lining, water skiing and many more fun things. They had a new activity this year and it was tie dying shirts and I really enjoyed this because I like to tie dye and I like the patterns you can make. I also liked ceramics because I like to make stuff and bring it home to show my family. I also loved going into the cove. The cove is like the beach but it has trampolines in the water so you can jump from the trampolines to the water. Lots of times our cabin played games. One time we played volleyball. On the last day of camp I was really sad because I didn’t want to leave because I liked it a lot. I was really sad when I arrived home and I told my parents that I want to go for four weeks next year instead of two! I can’t wait for next summer!!!!”

Glad to hear how much you loved your time at Camp Chi, Ava! It’s great that you didn’t really get homesick either (although don’t be surprised if you should encounter it in years to come). Camp certainly is a great time! Check out Camp Chi to see if it might be a good match for you. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Get Your Stockings Stuffed in ESC Style!

Hey, Stocking Stuffers!

What’s filling your kid’s stocking this year? You may not think to find your stocking stuffers shopping our website—as the home of C&N Footlockers, EverytDo you know what's going inside your stockings this year?hing Summer Camp has the reputation of the case place, where you can find big steel trunks and bulky duffel bags. While, that certainly is what we’re all about, these items barely even scratch the surface of all the camping gear and other fun supplies we offer.

Yes, we may not be the first place you think to do your stocking shopping, but you’re in for  a surprise! We definitely have what you need to really load up that traditional piece of footwear that gets hung by the chimney with care. And you shouldn’t have to spend too much money either! See what awesome deals you can find for stocking stuffers which will remain in effect until the 24th!

Let me tell you all about it in a rapid fire round for each of our four stuffer categories:

For starters, get products like the Camp Daze Mad Libs  and our Personal Organizer
for under $5!

You can spend under $10 and still get Blackfire’s revolutionary LED Clamplight Mini as well as the fun, ice-breaking game Camp Talk.

Spend under $15 on the Slim Sonic Toothbrush as well as certain selections from our Smartwool Socks.
Get your stockings ready stuffed!
And lastly, for less than $20, you can score yourself a Mint Laundry Bag along with the wise water shoe, Showaflops.

Stuff those stockings this year with fun finds from Everything Summer Camp—putting the camp back into Christmas with fun, functional, a very cool products. Enjoy browsing our site for all these easy stuffers and let us help make Christmas a little easier! As always, thanks for reading and happy holidays!

- John

The Sky’s the Limit

Hey, Camp Fans!

Are you looking for a fantastic place for boys to spend their summer days? If you like adventure, art, sports, making friends, and most of all—FUN—then today’s spotlighted camp should pique your interest! One of the many camps with whom we’re pleased to have developed a relationship, Everything Summer Camp is more than happy to present Camp Skylemar for boys!The sky is the limit at Camp Skylemar for Boys!Camp Skylemar is found on a 200 acre wooded paradise of Naples, Maine that overlooks the White Mountains and a beautiful spring-fed lake. Every year, they’ve shown 170 young men the time of their lives since 1948! Providing its nurturing atmosphere, Skylemar features the typical summer camp experience with a gigantic emphasis on fun!

This beautiful camp features gorgeous wooded land and complimentary facilities!Offering traditional sports for camp such as Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Disc Golf, Soccer, Tennis, and more, Skylemar also pacifies the desire for adventure with Hiking, Camping Trips, Backpacking, Outdoor Education, Climbing Wall, Ropes Course, and more. They also offer a variety of non-athletic activities such as Drama, Music, Woodworking, Arts & Crafts, Photography, Graphic Design, Science, and more!

Campers also have Trickey Pond for all their waterfront fun which includes Swimming, Sailing, Water-Skiing, Wakeboarding, Wake Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Kayaking, Canoeing, Fishing, and more!

Cabin living feels like a sleepover party with 5-8 campers living alongside cabin leaders who are there to help with anything campers may need. Given a 2 to 1 camper-to-staff ratio, someone is always there to help out or teach you a new trick. Campers at Camp Skylemar have been able to learn a song on the guitar in a single night—or been taught to string a lacrosse head for the first time.

The cabin leaders are experts at doing things like inventing new games, joining in others that are currently being played, and playing music—all in the attempt to make cabin life fun. They call lights-out and read before bedtime. The cabins are designed with bathrooms inside. skylemar friends are friends forever!

Check out Camp Skylemar by clicking here if it seems like a good fit for you and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

You’re So Fam…ous. That’s Why You Know this Post is About You.

Hey, Summer Campers!

She teased the musical world with her song ‘You’re So Vain’ that had everyone begging to know just who it was she thought was so vain. Like so many other famous names we’vThe one and only Carly Simon.e discussed on the Everything Summer Camp Blog, Carly Simon is yet another celebrity singer who spent some time at summer camp in her youth!

Her story starts before camp, though—back to when she was eight years old and she developed a severe stutter. She found it hard to get any thought out and, despite psychiatric attempts to cure her stutter, Carly found that her only graceful outlet of her thoughts and feelings was through song. Naturally, she began to write songs from a very early age.

While she didn’t attend summer camp in her childhood, she did end up working at one as a cabin leader. Back in the 60’s, Carly’s career was slow to take off and she found a job at Indian Hill Summer Arts Camp in Littleton, Massachusetts—the home of Indian Hill Music, a nonprofit music education center that, among lots of other events, hosts summer activities for youth.

After summer jobs didn’t suffice, she found a position as a secretary for a TV variety show. Having attended Riverdale Country School, Carly went on to briefly attend Sarah Lawrence College, but ended up launching her music career before seeing her education through.

As a fantastic songwriter and lyricist, Carly discovered another talent and creative outlet in the form of children’s books. She’s published five kids books along with a more recent autobiographical work which you can check out by clicking here. We can all learn a lesson from Carly by turning in a new direction when life seems to be closing a door on you. As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Holi-DEALS This Holiday Season

Hey, Gift Givers!

The age-old tradition in which we exchange thoughtful tokens of goodwill, gift-giving abounds this time of year as we all take part in our altruistic and charitable nature. No matter what doctrine or belief set you belong to, gift-giving has been an awesome part of our history—impossible to overlook. Just as rewarding as receiving a gift, gift-giving is a wonderful deed that produces selflessness, connection, and joy. Get into the holiday spirit! We are!Times change but the tradition doesn’t seem to be going anywhere! Every year, shoppers get smarter and store sales compete for biggest price cuts of the year. And adding this other dimension to the adventure of gift-shopping, this creative endeavor is paired with strategy for sniffing out the best deals around and comparison shopping.

After a short break from Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday sales, lots of stores start offering friendly price cuts. And we don’t think twice, here at Everything Summer Camp, when it comes time to jump on the trending wagon. We’re happy to join in the holiday buzz and offer some Get solid color trunks for $15 off!extraordinary deals ourselves. Check ‘em out!

•    $15 off Happy Camper
•    $20 off UnderGrads and Grads
•    $20 off PUSTS
•    $10 off Designers

Camp trunks, accessories, as well as an endless list of camping supplies make for awesome and exciting Christmas gifts! This Holiday Sale lasts through Monday, December 11, however, starting this weekend, you can browse our Stocking Stuffers category for gift ideas $20 and under! Check out lots of other great deals across the whole site! And be sure to act now; you don’t want these deals passing you by! Happy shopping and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Check out NO SCHTICK Cyber Sales!

Hey, Cyber Shoppers!

We hope the deals you found on Black Friday have eliminated any holiday stress you may have had over the fun (but sometimes challenging) task of gift-giving. If not, however, don’t fear! Keeping with our tradition for the past several years, we’ve stretched our Black Friday deals through the entire week—through yesterday (Small Business Saturday), through the rest of the weekend, and all the way through Tues. Nov. 28.Get awesome deals here on all the best campoing gear!

These deals have been going since early last week with our site-wide sale marking items down from 10 to nearly 50% off on certain products! You’re not too late for great deals on quality camping gear at Everything Summer Camp!

This year, we didn’t even bother with a main feature giveaway or a certificate for money back on your order. This year we’re just relying on the mind-blowing discounts to pique your shopping interest. It’s our NO SCHTICK SALE—just a straightforward, save a lot of money-type deal. No codes, no gift certificates, no giveaways—no hoops to jump through! It’s just a straight sale with some eye-popping discounts. Check ‘em out!

EYE-POPPING DISCOUNTS:Get your Pop Up for an eye-popping price!

Pop Up Soft Trunks
We knocked down the price of our Pop Up Soft Trunk from $129.99 to $99.99. Are your eyes popping yet?

Solid Color Trunks
We’re offering our Solid Color Trunks like the ever-popular Happy Camper and Undergrad for $30 off too!

Designer Trunks
Our Designer Trunks are made with a printing technology that embeds the image directly into the exterior metal of the trunk and we’re slashing $20 off the original price!

Steel Pattern Trunksnew botanical explosion trunk
You’ll have to wait for our biggest discount of the year but, come midnight on Black Friday, we’re bringing them back! Get Tie-dye, Botanical Explosion, and Zebra Pattern Trunks for $99.99—that’s $90 off!

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These products and more will be on sale while supplies last. What do you have to do to get these great deals? Simply, visit our site! Have fun shopping and act fast to enjoy your savings! Supplies are limited! As always, thanks for reading. Now hop on over to our main site and take advantage of our Cyber Monday sales!

- John

Thankful for Good Deals

Hey, Thankful Folks!

Our Thanksgiving celebration has come a long way since the Pilgrims first made their arrival to the New World in 1620. They celebrated a day of thanksgiving (a much more common day of celebration before the official holiday came alThe menu was pretty different from the one we know and love today.ong) with a menu consisting of deer, various types of fowl (like turkey and duck), fish (like cod and bass), and flint corn. Also, there was no Macy’s Day Parade or Detroit Lions matchup.

Days of thanksgiving were once held rather frequently throughout the year as a European custom that the Pilgrims brought along with them when they came to the New World. What were they so thankful for all the time? Anything! It might have been a crop that came in really well that year, the end of a drought, or simply making it through a harsh winter.

These eats are pretty different from the first celebration!But it was Ms. Sarah Josepha Hale who eventually proposed our current feast. She also campaigned for this holiday for 20 years—she was 75 by the time she finally succeeded! She convinced Lincoln by mail that this would be a good holiday to help unify the country after the Civil War (sort of the ultimate Thanksgiving Day).

And on top of our revamped feast as well as our traditional parade and football game, Thanksgiving has been taking on a new tradition as Black Friday continues to push stores’ opening hours earlier and earlier. The shopping experience now overlaps with the Thanksgiving evening, creating what some refer to as ‘Grey Thursday’.

Lazy Thanksgiving evenings areCheck out deals going all week long at Everything Summer Camp! now designated time to prepare yourself: peruse those ads and map out your route so you’ll be ready to embark on a carefully strategized night of shopping. We know you probably have lots of plotting and planning for this night, so we like to make things easy on our customers by giving them the entire week of Black Friday sales. Check out the most amazing of our deals this year by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Times are Swell at Robindel!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Today we’re shining our summer camp spotlight over to the east coast in New Hampshire where we’ll find Lake Winnipesaukee. Here at Everything Summer Camp, we work with more than 270 camps and we’re eager to share what excellent camps each and every one of them are. Have you heard of Camp Robindel for girls? Let me tell give you the virtual tour right now!Find yourself home away from home at Camp Robindel Girls Camp.

Nested along the Langley Cove in the northern area of Lake Winnipesaukee, Camp Robindel provides 75 acres of paradise where girls can escape the everyday and explore the world with a feeling of independence matched well with the support from a caring community of peers and awesome role models.

They say girls just want to have fun and that’s what Camp Robindel provides with awesome activities on their beautiful waterfront such as Swimming, Kayaking, Sailing, Paddle Boarding, and more. There’s also fun on the land with activities like Archery, Gymnastics, Fitness, Tennis, Basketball, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, and more.

They also offer fun Outdoor Adventures, Horseback Riding, and Ropes Courses as well as quieter (but equally fun) activities like the Here's a bird's eye view of the campgrounds.Creative and Performing Arts. These creative activities take place in the “Art Barn”—the Arts and Crafts building—while the Rec Hall is typical for theatre and gymnastics and campers have three fully-mirrored Fitness/Dance facilities.

They also have a large Dining Hall with AC, the Nature Cabin, the Health Hut, and an impressive Lodge from before the summer camp existed that features a 40-foot stone fireplace, a grand piano, a great library, and more! Robindel campers are treated to comfy living quarters who sleep in separate areas from the staff. Each of the cabins provide access to electricity, Make best friends at Camp Robindel!bathrooms with hot water showers, and screened windows.

If Camp Robindel sounds like it might be a nice fit for your camp experience, give it a closer look on their website by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John