Love the Feel-a at Lanakila!

Hey, Camp People!

We love all the 270 summer camps across the country with whom we’ve formed fantastic relationships! I’ve written about a lot of these camps but, still, I’ve only scratched the surface! Today we’re swinging our summer camp spotlight over to Fairlee, Vermont to check out the majestic grounds at Lanakila Boys Camp.

Enjoy being part of the camp family at Lanakila Camp for Boys.

Located at the northern tip of Lake Morey, on nearly 350 acres, Lanakila campgrounds extend up the hillside to the west. Since the camp was first founded in 1922 on the grounds of a 19th-century farm property, Lanakila has been showing boys fantastic summer stays for the last 95 years!

If you love sports, art, adventure, crafts, and plenty more summer fun, then you’re sure to have a blast at Lanakila Camp. It’s hard not to have a good time with all the activities Lanakila offers like Archery, Baseball, Biking, Tennis, Riflery, Street Hockey, Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, Swimming, Performing Arts, Drama, Arts Department, Woodshop, Photography, Music, and more!

When those long, busy days come to a close, Lanakila campers retreat either to their spacious tents set up on wooden platforms or rustic cabins with three to five carefully grouped campers and one or two cabin leaders to each group. Units of ten tents or cabins share a washhouse with hot water showers and flush toilets.

Other complementary facilities pepper the gorgeous grounds like the Main Office, the Boat Shed, Craft Building, Infirmary, Chapel, and a handful of buildings and structures that were built by past campers who have left their footprint on the land of Lanakila!

If you like the sound of Lanakila, check it out further by clicking here and take your chance to disconnect from the distractions of the media-saturated of 21st-century lifestyle and discover the best ‘you’ you can be when you’re away from it all. You’re sure to fall in love with Lanakila Camp. Enjoy your summer and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Get Your Fix for Toiletry Kits

Hey, Summer Camp Families!

Just as you must be, we too here at Everything Summer Camp are getting excited and gearing up for the approaching summer camp season. And when it comes to getting ready for summer camp, there’s no better shop than our online store which you can peruse when you click the link right here—we’ve got everything under the sun that you could need for heading off to camp.

We carry all sorts of containers—from camp trunks to toiletry kits—and we’re proud to Enjoy your trips to the shower at camp with these Toiletry Kits.provide our camping customers with precisely what they’ll need throughout their summer journey! And today, we’re featuring our updated Toiletry Kits for Boys and Girls with shampoo and conditioner, soap and a dish, toothbrush, toothpaste, and more inside.

As you embark on crazy, adventurous days jam-packed with athletic and energetic activities in the summer heat, keeping up with personal hygiene is an extremely important part of your summer stay. Be sure to have your Toiletry Kit for all the individual hygienic items you’ll want to have with you for your time at summer camp.

As opposed to a mesh bag, these Toiletry Kit items now come in cool and cute-looking waffle-style Toiletry Bags—a much fancier upgrade! And inside, you’ll find shampoo and conditioner, soap and a dish, toothbrush, toothpaste, and more. Note: Individual products may change based on availability, however, any items changed will be replaced with a similar item.

Keep all your toiletries in a single easy to carry bag to make your trips to the shower simple and convenient. Make it easy to keep up with your daily hygiene at camp so you enjoy your time there in comfort. You can check out the Girls Toiletry Kit by clicking right here as well as the Boys Toiletry Kit, which you can see by clicking here. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Of Superheroes and Supervillains

Hey, Comic Book Fans!

Today is National Comic Book Day! Love comic books? Then you ought to love today’s Blog post! In celebration of a time LONG before there was a Marvel Cinematic Universe and before superheroes ever hit the big screen at all, today’s Blog post goes into the nitty-gritty of origin tales involving our favorite characters whether they prescribe to good or villainy.

I went digging into the deep past to see how these guys got their start, looking to uncover some things you might not have known. Appropriately, we’ll start with the guy who began it all, Superman:Relax and grab a comic book today!

Superman was Bald
A telepathic individual, obsessed with his own powers and bent on world domination, Superman underwent a six-year process from his first designs to his first publication. By the time the comic came to print, the drafts had been so heavily altered which resulted in the role of ‘Superman’ being a handsome hero with a full head of hair and left the role of the bald-headed man to the main villain, Lex Luthor.

Don’t make me Grey; You wouldn’t like me when I’m Grey
Did you know that in The Hulk’s very first appearance in 1962, he was grey? It wasn’t a coloring mistake either. Stan Lee intended it to be this way. It wasn’t long before the consistency of grey printing left the creator frustrated and dissatisfied. One of the most consistent printing colors in the early 60’s was green, so green it was for The Hulk (though he’s returned in grey a few different times, not to mention it was brainstormed that he maybe appear red in the cinematic world!).

Wolverine was almost ‘The Badger’
Created to oppose The Incredible Hulk, Wolverine made his debut in 1974. Early conception art depicted the claws, the yellow and blue getup, as well as the pointy-eared mask that we all know and love. But creator Len Wein was undecided on the name. Trying to popularize the character in Canada, Wein wanted to base him off a Canadian animal: a wolverine or a badger. Luckily, his editor steered him away from ‘The Badger’.

The Joker Dodges Death
Plotted to die in the same issue as his introduction, Bob Kane, creator of Batman, had most of the Dark Knight’s early villains meet their demise by means of some fatal accident. The Joker was no different. In an attempt to stab that darn ol’ Batsy, Mr. J proves to be no match and accidentally stabs himself. Once again, it was the editor who saw too much potential in this villain and forced Kane to include an additional panel that revealed the evil jester was still alive.

Happy Comic Book Day to all you Comic Book lovers out there! I hope you found today’s Blog post interesting and educational for the stories on how some of those classic Comic Book figures got there beginning. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

The Facts of Acting

Hey, Thespians!

To be or not to be: that is the question. Well, it’s A question, anyway. I guess my question is more so, do you have a passion for Acting?  Y’know—drama, stage performance, the theatre! If you love attention, if you have a passion for storytelling, and if you are fascinated with breathing life into fictional characters, then you certainly belong on the stage!

Folks have been flexing their Acting muscle since ancient times. The oldest surviving play that we’re aware of would be ‘The Persians’, a tragedy from the playwright Aeschylus—first performed back in 472 BC. Perhaps there were other productions that precede this, but there is no existing evidence of one. In any case, people have been acting for thousands of years!
Lights! Stage! Action!More than just a career, people devote themselves to truly building and becoming all sorts of characters. Check out what people get out of the Acting experience and why they love it so much:

Develops Confidence
Performing in front of an audience can seem daunting to some people (I know it would make me sweat)! But if you can muster up the courage to see yourself through your first production, you’re likely to find yourself hooked on the limelight!

Teaches Empathy
Acting IS putting yourself in another person’s shoes. Actors quickly develop their abilities to understand what other people are going through—a trait of maturity that some people never attain.

Builds Memory
Memorizing lines—not to mention, the rundown of entire productions—certainly helps keep your mind sharp and your memory keen! Exercise your memory; you never know if you can commit all your character lines to memory until you try!

Thinking outside the Box
Philosophies behind acting can often lead to profound, paradigm-shifting concepts that end up tweaking our perception of life. For instance, many people believe Acting to be about pretending to be a different person while a good actor knows it’s about finding and magnifying the part of you that’s similar to your character.

Enjoy developing the actor in you during your summer camp experience. Don’t be afraid to ask camps about the level of focus they have on theatre productions so you know if it will be suitable for the level that you’re seeking for your kid. Break a leg this summer and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Wash Up with these Colorful Washcloths

Hey, Summer Camp Families!

Summer camp season is on the horizon. Now is prime time to be getting your family ready for summer camp as the season quickly approaches! It’s important to be fully prepared so that you send your camper off right—with everything they’ll need to get the most out of their camp stay. That’s why we’re proud to offer everything under the sun that your kid may need at summer camp.Get these colorful Washcloths for your showers at camp!

And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING!!

We provide everything from the commonly considered camp trunk right down to items less thought of like Washcloths. But despite that they may not be the first item to come to mind concerning your summer camp packing list, they’re an incredibly important item to bring along for your summer camp stay.

Exceptionally soft and absorbent, you’ll be impressed with the quality of these 100% cotton Washcloths. This colorful package of six Washcloths is the perfect item to ensure your kid keeps up with personal hygiene throughout their stay at camp. These colorful Washcloths are sure to call attention to themselves and keep your kid’s attention focused on his or her own cleanliness as well!

Orange, fuchsia, yellow, teal, lime green, and purple are the colors you’ll get when you order your own package of Deluxe Assorted Washcloths from your favorite one-stop camping gear shop, Everything Summer Camp. Get your money’s worth with this set of 12″ x 12″ Washcloths. Check them out further by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Get All Your Gear from Us and Save!

Hey, Camp Families!

As you can probably tell from our name, we pride ourselves here at Everything Summer Camp by providing campers with not only the best quality camping gear around but also providing everything under the sun that kids are going to need or want in order to get the most out of their camp experience.

And we’re celebrating that fact straight through Wednesday with our “Get All Your Gear from Us and Save” sale.

We certainly recommend that you use this sale to take advantage of our sale by grabbing yourself a C&N brand Camp Trunk or one of the many duffel bags we offer. But, being the stellar one-stop shop that we are, don’t stop there! Get everything you want at camp while this awesome sale is still going!Shop for trunks, duffles, and everything else you'll need for camp.

So how’s this sale work? Here’s how:

Save as you Spend
First of all, the more you spend, the more you save. Spend $200 and get an instant savings of $15; spend $300 and you’ll instantly save $25; if you spend $400, you’ll save $35, and so on.

Reduced Free Shipping
We’re happy to offer free shipping on orders that hit or exceed $99 on an ordinary day. Through the duration of this sale, however, we’re covering shipping when your order hits $49!

Sale AND Code
The More You Spend, the More You Save aspect of this sale works in addition to a Camp Code, so can save on top of your savings!

So hop on over to our main site by clicking here so you can shop for all the summer camp gear and other camping supplies you’ll want along for your stay. Enjoy shopping our one-stop camping gear shop and let your savings make you smile! As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Adding More Under Armour!

Hey, Camp Fans!

It can obviously go without saying that camping gear is very important to us at Everything Summer Camp. We carry a wide array of pretty much everything under the sun that kids are going to need for those long days of the summer camp lifestyle! Take a look at the latest quality camp gear we’ve brought on from the renowned brand name Under Armour. Here’s what we have:

New ApparelHave a blast at camp with the right apparel and gear!
New lightweight Rain Jackets, the Sack Pack for Boys and Sack It for Girls are constructed of Under Armour’s Storm technology—made to repel water at no cost to its breathability. We also have the Tech Big Logo Long Sleeve Tee which is quick-to-dry, super soft, and incredibly natural-feeling. Don’t forget our Boys Shorts, the Stunt Printed Short as well as the Tech Prototype 2.0 from Under Armour make for awesome shorts for all those active camp activities.

New Backpack
The Hustle 3.0 is constructed with Under Armour’s Storm technology to provide hard-wearing, water-resistant, and incredibly durable backpack with a plethora of handy pockets and other features.

New Duffle
Give your camper the extra baggage that’s sure to be needed and bring your remaining belongings along to camp in this new Undeniable Duffle 3.0 Mid-Sized Bag. It’s treated with Storm technology finish from Under Armour to give this bag resistance to water and whatever else the elements throw at it.

New Backpack/Duffle
Whether you’re in need of a backpack, a duffle, or a backpack/duffle, the Contain 3.0 creation from Under Armour is sure to do the trick. You can carry it by the top grab handle like you would with a standard duffle bag or throw it on your back with its adjustable, padded, HeatGear shoulder straps. It’s water-resistant with tons of storage room and pockets galore!

Feast your eyes on our entire Under Armour collection by clicking here for your camper’s fashion, comfort, and gear. Enjoy all that Under Armour has to offer you and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Beam Me Up, Veggies

Hey, Camp Fans!

In 2013, this Blog was first launched and ever since the start, I’ve posted about famous folks who have a history at summer camp or those who have at least had significant ties within the camp community. And covering over 100 celebrities who’ve had a past at camp since the beginning of this Blog five years ago, it’s now time to review some of these big names who were previously featured already with a bit of a deeper look this time around.

In William Shatner’s original post, which you can see by clicking here, we talked aboCaptain Kirk in all his glory.ut how he attended Camp Massad in his home country, Canada, featuring 20 acres of private forest, just north of Winnipeg, in Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba.

Contributing his legendary role to the science fiction genre, check out further interesting facts about Mr. Shatner that we didn’t quite get around to in the initial post about the captain of the starship, Enterprise:

Multi-lingual
Yes, William has learned to speak more than just the English language, but French too as well as the rare Esperanto language that comes from no country but is rather a language invented for two differently speaking people who can communicate while still holding onto their native tongue—something of a global language. It’s no Klingon, but still pretty cool.

Calcium Deposits of Gold
When you’re known as the great Captain Kirk, everything you touch automatically goes up in value. In 2006, Shatner sold something that he not only touched, but something that he created himself. This item went for $75,000. The item: a kidney stone he passed. Shatner donated the money a Louisiana charity housing complex.

Not Horsin’ Around
William Shatner loves horses! He owns 360 acres in Kentucky dedicated to saddlebred horses that he breeds. A believer in the therapeutic effects of horseback riding—something you can read more about in this recent Blog post about equestrian benefits–he provides support for those seeking therapy on the back of a horse.

The Captain is Vegetarian
A longterm vegetarian, William Shatner is dedicated to the frontier of the food he eats, cutting out the consumption of animals. An admirable position to hold on the proper diet, perhaps we can all look to the Captain for a dietary role model.

Forever seen as Captain Kirk, we thank William Shatner for the job he did to portray this icon of science fiction storytelling. About his time in the series, he’s said, “’Star Trek’ never really caught on with audiences, ran for three seasons, and was canceled. I wish I had taken notes at the time, because you people sure do have a lot of questions about it.”

We appreciate Mr. Shatner’s acceptance of this eventually embraced role that he played six decades ago. Click here to check out Camp Massad to see if it the Captain’s old camp might be a good fit for you and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Okay, Ozark!

Hey, Camp People!

I’ve written lots of Summer Camp Spotlight posts for the last five years now, here on the Everything Summer Camp Blog—more than 75 to be specific. We really just can’t help ourselves but to sing the praises of the awesome summer camps with whom we’ve been fortunate enough to have formed excellent relationships. We love all the 270 camps across the country with whom we work!

Allow me to whisk you away to 400 beautiful acres in the forested land of the Incomparable Check out Camp Ozark for yourself!Camp Ozark in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Offering the serene waterfront of Lake Ouachita, Camp Ozark provides a truly beautiful experience for each of the 6500 campers it sees each summer!

Camp Ozark has no trouble keeping its campers busy! They offer waterfront activities like Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Water Polo, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, and more. Play land sports such as Baseball, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Disc Golf, Capture-the-Flag, and a bunch more. And they also offer Outdoor Adventures, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Ropes Course, Horseback Riding, and more!

There are Performing arts at Ozark too such as Acting, Guitar, Cheerleading, Dance, Gymnastics, and more. And they offer Creative Arts as well like String Art, Woodburning, T-Shirt Printing, Woodworking, Wax Painting, Rocketry, Pottery, Robotics, Jewelry-Making, Candlemaking, and a plethora of other creative projects.

With accommodating Summit and Pine Cabins, Camp Ozark provides campers with comfort during their summer stays. Aside from the cabins, Ozark has fine recreational facilities including three large covered pavilions for basketball, volleyball, and tennis. They have a smaller covered pavilion for gymnastics, the dance studio, a woodshop, a wrestling/weight room pavilion, and a large Arts & Crafts building which includes a pottery room.

Get a closer look at Camp Ozark for your camper if it sounds like it could be a great fit for your family. You can get a better look at summer life at Ozark by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Mean Beans

Hey, Spring-Lovers!

In the aftermath of Easter, today we have National Jelly Bean Day to show our appreciation to these little candies that have become springtime favorites. To celebrate this holiday, I brought our work team together to compete for $20 by eating Jelly Bean treats. However, these were not your ordinary beans; I brought Bean-Boozled Beans! The recipients roll a color die, and pick a Jelly Bean according to their roll.

Bean-Boozled Beans are a mixture of sugary treats and revolting flavors. And all the beans are paired to look identical to a certain other flavors so players don’t know if they’re about to eat a Buttered Popcorn Bean or a Rotten Egg…Close up of assorted multicolored jelly beans.

It’s a pretty awful game.

But with $20 on the line we gathered a crowd of brave souls who weren’t afraid to stomach the potential flavor of Boogers, Spoiled Milk, Dead Fish, or worse! Some folks hoped they might luck out and see their way through the competition with the good flavors—pulling beans like Berry Blue, Chocolate Pudding, or Tuitti-Fruitti.

The rules were simple: If you make a face at the flavor, you’re out. If you make it to the end, you win.

Our Vice President, Mark, was the first to bow out as the taste of Canned Dog Food did not sit well with his palette. But Brian, Matt, Nate, Deb, Sara, Mike, and Bob all carried on until Bob quit in the third round when he hit a Barf flavor bean. “I’m out!” He exclaimed.

The numbers dwindled one by one after that. Brian couldn’t choke down the Dead Fish flavor. A Moldy Cheese bean got the best of Deb while the Spoiled Milk flavor made Sara cringe.

And then there were three.

Nate, Matt, and Mike passed round after round with a little bit of luck and lot more perseverance until Matt hit a bean that tasted like a Stinky Sock that took him right out of commission. His eyes watered and he went beet-red. Only Nate and Mike remained. The two matched each other swallowing some terrible tastes but holding back their frowns and gag reflexes.

After a handful of rounds, we upped the ante, making it so each of them had to eat a combo of flavors. “The Toothpaste is sort of overpowering whatever the other one is,” said Mike. Meanwhile, Nate just shook his head. “I don’t know what this is,” he said. “It’s not good.” But despite their struggles, the two powered through and moved up to three beans in the next round.

Eventually, the remainder of the beans were divided in half which left about ten for Nate and ten for Mike. The two bid one another good luck and with an anxious called out “Cheers!” And then—down the hatch! You could see the pain behind their straight faces as they chewed and chewed their mystery hodgepodge of nasty corn syrup creations. But neither of them would cave.

With these two left standing, it seemed only right that they split the prize money after such equal displays of bravery and valor. More than just $10 each, these two won National Jelly Bean Day! Congratulations two Nate and Mike for this disgusting accomplishment. Please, see the video below to catch a moment or two from this cringey contest and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John