Norah Jones did the camp thang

Hey, Campers!

Here at Everything Summer Camp, we learn about plenty of celebrities who were once summer campers like yourselves. It’s hard not to discover them when so many went to camp! We’ve talked about tons of pop stars, actors, athletes, entrepreneurs, and more on this Blog and today, we add Norah Jones to our list of Celebrities at Summer Camp! Read all about this happy camper!

I can’t imagine anyone isn’t familiar with Norah Jones, but, in case I’m wrong, she’s that singer/songwriter and actress responsible for such hits as ‘Don’t Know Why’ and ‘Come Away With Me’. She’s won lots of awards (including nine Grammy Awards) and sold more than 50 million albums the world over.

But before any of that, she attended Interlochen Center for the Arts. Located in the beautiful northwestern region of lower Michigan, Norah spent her summer days soaking in the summer sun as it beat down on 1,200 acres of Interlochen, nestled between two lakes. But Norah Jones wasn’t her name back then. It was Geetali Norah Shankar.

And even before that, she was born in Brooklyn, but raised in Grapevine, Texas. She went to Colleyville Middle School and Grapevine High School until she later transferred to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas.

Previously she had sung at mass services during her weekly visits to church and, there, she discovered a passion for singing and so she took piano and voice lessons. But it was in her high school days that her love for music truly blossomed. She sang in the choir, participated in band, and played the alto saxophone too.

She went to the University of North Texas to further her study of music, majoring in jazz piano. She also spent her time there singing with the Jazz Singers group at the school. Fresh out of her graduation in 2002, Norah launched her solo music career with an original talent for lounge music. Every coffee shop was playing her album that year.

Norah followed her passion and look where it took her. Where will yours take you? You can check out Camp Interlochen for yourself and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

The Magic of Camp Mystic

Hey, Camp Fans!

At Everything Summer Camp, we’re always putting our latest ideas to the test and broadcasting the news about ourselves, but we know it’s good to give others a chance in the spotlight too. That’s why we always take the time to spotlight the great summer camps with whom we’ve developed solid relationships. Today, we’re shining our spotlight on Camp Mystic in Texas. Camp Mystic is a perfect place for summer camp!This all-girls private Christian summer camp is located among the native cypress, pecan, and live oak trees in the beautiful hill country of west-central Texas along the banks of the Guadalupe River. The young Mystic campers are provided with wholesome Christian values in an atmosphere that inspires development in personal qualities and self-esteem.

An abundance of fun activities await each Camp Mystic camper! They offer Archery, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Beauty Inside and Out, Campcraft, Canoeing and Kayaking, Cheerleading, Chorus, Cooking, Dance, DivinFun is an inevitability at Mystic.g, Drama, Drawing, Fishing, Golf, Guitar, Horseback Riding, Hunter Safety, Journalism, Lacrosse, Landsports, Riflery, Snorkeling, Soccer, Swimming, Yoga, and plenty more.

The scenic campgrounds at Camp Mystic are decorated with unobtrusive and attractive facilities—one of which (the historical Rec Hall) has been standing since the camp’s beginnings in 1927—including cabins that are comfortable and airy. And each is complete with their own indoor bathrooms. There’s alsHave you been bitten by the Mystic bug?o the ‘Heaven Can Wait’ infirmary, the delicious Harrison Hall for mealtimes, as well as the camp office.

But Camp Mystic is about more than just fun times and gorgeous landscapes. This camp gives girls a clearer image of themselves—away from their established reputation back home. Girls at Camp Mystic undergo a transformative experience that takes a young child and sets her on a subtle road to maturity and self-actualization.

A fantastic all girls summer camp for your daughter to attend, check out Camp Mystic for yourself and, as always, thanks for reading.Meet your best friend at Camp Mystic!

- John

Browse our HUGE Closeouts Department!

Hey Sale Seekers!

Last month I announced 60 new items to our Closeouts Department at Everything Summer Camp. These items may have been discontinued or they may be overstocked product, but in any case, it means major savings for great camping gear and camp supplies, along with awesome accessories that are excellent for back-to-school or around the home!
Get great discounted back to school gear, supplies, and other accessories.From backpacks to raingear to water bottles and Color War apparel, our Closeouts Department is chock full of products that are sure to aid you in your child’s return to the school year. Get awesome back-to-school supplies or get a jump on next year’s camp purchases with these amazing discounts of 25% to 70% off.

These items have landed in our Closeouts Department because we either overestimated the popularity of certain products or we simply bought too much. Neither the quality nor the style of these products plays a role concerning its placement in Closeouts.

I gave a detailed list of our Closeout Products in my original Closeouts post last month, but—keep in mind—it may not be accurate anymore by the time you read this. I’ll just link to it here instead of repeating the list on today’s post. Containing brand names like Columbia, Melissa & Doug, and Speedo, you can’t go wrong!

This isn’t really a sale so much as it is a simple reminder of our cheap, cheap Closeouts Section with new products and awesome discounts. Because it isn’t really a sale, there isn’t any start or end date to the absurd discounts on these products. But don’t dally! Supply is limited on these items and they’re expected to go quick!

You can check out the detailed list of products from last month’s post, but even that didn’t mention them ALL! Better to just go check out the Department for yourself! Enjoy shopping our Closeouts Department and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Closeouts Blowouts!

Hey, Smart Shoppers!

Here at Everything Summer Camp, we’re always putting out some pretty sweet deals! If we’re not having some holiday sale or a summer camp sweepstakes type deal, you’re still sure to discover quality products whose prices have taken dives in our Closeouts Department. As the summer camp season starts winding down, it gives way to a slew of marked-down products.Enjoy Shopping our Closeouts Department!Supply is limited on some items. Most of you probably aren’t buying for camp anymore this year, but this is a great chance to get a jump on next camp season or pick up a few items that could be useful for school like rain jackets and backpacks.

We’ve added over 60 new items to our Closeouts Department. These are items that have either been discontinued or products that we are overstocked on. We may have overestimated a product’s popularity or simply bought too much. Neither the quality nor the style of these products plays a role in its placement in Closeouts.

Items in our Closeouts Department are on sale for 25%-70% off. Let’s take a look at some of the new additions:Are you a smiley camper?

25% Off
Pick up the Girls Arcadia and Boys Watertight Rain Jackets from Columbia. We also have Emoji Pillows discounted as well as Insect Repellent from Repel and Cutter.

34% Off
Get the Wenzel Moose Sleeping Bag for a steal! You can also find this deal on the Camelbak Eddy Water Bottles. And try on the Columbia EvaPOURation Rain Jacket for 34% off its regular price too!

50% OffKeep warm in the chilly nights of summer.
Pay half price for several of our Color War items along with some Apparel items like T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Sweatpants, and other articles. Find Fleece Blankets half off as well!

60% Off
Our price on Autographable T-Shirts is taking a huge dive along with our basic, solid-color Pillowcases. Also, get our Light My Fire Pack-Up Bottle for a more-than-reasonable price!Drink up in this innovative water bottle

70% Off
We know, we know…we got carried away. 70% OFF?!! No we’re not kidding. Get Tote + Able Canteens for almost free! You can also get our Camp Fire Collection Necklaces & Charms for way cheap—and don’t forget about a number of our camp trunk decoration Decals.

NOTE:  Since this isn’t really a sale so much as it is an announcement that new items have been added to our Closeouts, there isn’t any start or end date to the absurd discounts on these products. But don’t dally! These items are expected to go quick!

I didn’t even get around to mentioning ALL of the items that we’ve put in our Closeouts so you should really just browse the Department yourself! Enjoy shopping our Closeouts Department and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Camp Trunk This…

Hey, Summertime Shoppers!

Epitomizing the summer season, the Fourth of July is a favorite for lots of folks. Smack dab in the heart of the camp season, this holiday is right around the corner. We can’t help but get excited about summer events here at Everything Summer Camp and we ended up going a little crazy with our discounts. Knockin’ prices down left and right, get a load of our marked down gear. It's a sale!If you’ve somehow been able to keep from purchasing your summer camp gear until now—or if your kid’s already off on their summer camp endeavor but you want to pick up gear for next year—you’re in luck! You can save on select camp gear with the Everything Summer Camp Fourth of July Sale. Check it out!

We’ll start with the big stuff! Our Traditional Steel Camp Trunks are all reduced—we’re taking 5% off of the regular price. No matter where you look youGet trunks for cheap on memorial day! won’t find better trunks than these because when you shop C&N brand, you’re shopping the best trunks in existence.

Moving along, we’re taking 10% off of our Pop Up Soft Trunk—our non-rigid alternative to a steel camp trunk. It’s got a plethora of pockets and a collapsible wire frame so it’s nearly as practical as a hard trunk. Also found on our site for 10% off are mini Mongo Flashlights as well as all of our Toiletry Bags.

We keep taking more off, going to 15% off when we visited our footwear. All Smartwool Socks and all Chaco Footwear is discounted. And we also paid a visit to our Laundry Bags Department and hit everything with our 15% off wand there as well.

Once we picked up all that momentum, we thought—why stop there?! So we graduated to 20% off, hitting every single swim suit and all of our swimming trunks from Speedo with the discount. We then moved to the Name Labels Department and made everything there 20% off too!These waterproof labels work amazingly well!We want you to stay warm on chilly summer nights and we didn’t know how to stop ourselves anymore…SO, we took 25% off of the regular price on Wenzel’s Moose Sleeping Bag. Then we gave ourselves to the Dark Side and took 25% off our Star Wars Blanket which is softer than fresh fallen snow on Hoth and warmer than twin suns on Tatooine.

I didn’t get around to mentioning EVERYthing that’s on sale because just about everything on our site is discounted. This site-wide sale starts tomorrow and runs until Wed, July 6 at 11pm CST. Have fun browsing our marked down selection and, as always, thanks for reading.And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air...

- John

Discount Patriotic Products!

Happy Memorial Day!

This weekend is a great time to finalize your summer camp preparations and make the last of your purchases. Why? Because Everything Summer Camp’s traditional Memorial Day Weekend Sale is slashing prices on hundreds of our camping gear products, camp clothing, and much, much more. Save on select gear with this excellent weekend sale. Check it out:Memorial Day Weekend Sale

First and foremost, we’re offering $15 off of all our Steel Camp Trunks—including the ever-popular Happy Camper. And the trunk fun doesn’t stop there! We ship it to you with a $10 gift certificate for Everything Summer Camp waiting inside! Maybe you’re not in the Get trunks for cheap on memorial day!market for a hard camp trunk? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that the same deal applies to our Pop-Up-Soft-Trunk—an exceptional duffel bag that performs about as well as a steel trunk!

We’re taking $5 off of our latest means of trunk decorating—Name Plax! These are contour-cut vinyl decals featuring your name in all its glory with your choice in color for font, background, and border! Removable, but not reusable, Name Plax are intended for the top of your camp trunk, but may also lookName Plax are awesome decals! good on your bedroom door, windows, and walls. Aside from fabric exterior trunks, they work on most any camp trunk you have—not just C&N brand!
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The first and last rules of summer camp packing are to label everyThese waterproof labels work amazingly well!thing! This weekend you can find all of our labeling products available for 20% of their regular prices! Also marked 20% off are our new ‘camp. Tees’ collection—an instant hit. We tapped one last department with our 20% off wand: our Color War selection of excellent Color War T-shirts and other fun accessories to celebrate your team spirit!
Get this excellent Sleeping Bag for your traveling endeavors!

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We’re cutting a bunch of prices on our camping gear by 10%. All products in our Sleeping Bags, Rain Gear, Laundry Bags, Toiletry Bags, Bedding, and Swimwear Departments can be found for 10% off!

As much as all that is, it still isn’t quite everything! In fact, this sale is stretching out to so many different departments and products that I couldn’t come close to completing the list on this Blog post. Suffice it to say there are another 150 discounted products on top of the all the others I already mentioned! Deals anywhere from 5-20% off are lurking all over our site, so don’t be afraid to browse around!
And the rocket's red glare; the bombs bursting in air..
Have fun getting ready for your Memorial Day fun and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Which Beatle was once a Boy Scout?

Hey, Camp Kids!

Here comes the sun and you all know what that means! The time to twist and shout at summer camp is right around the corner. Whether your kid is roughin’ it overnight or if they’re a day tripper—the approaching summer camp season sure is something to sing about. Would you believe that Paul McCartney of The Beatles thought so too when he was No one would have guessed this young man's music would change the world..closer to your age?

The Corf campsite has been delivering magical summers for young boys since 1937 on the Isle of Wight. The island is situated in the English Channel, four miles off the coast of Hampshire—separated from mainland. 23 acres on the west side of the island is like an infinite, rustic playground for lucky Corf Scouts like Paul was back in his early adolescence.

The first summer, Paul and his younger brother attended a week of Scouts together. Everything went fine until Paul prompted Mike to see how long he could hang from a cliff. The experiment ended in a broken arm and a visit to the infirmary, but despite the unfortunate conclusion to Paul’s bad idea his Scout leader, Arthur Evans was impressed with Paul’s overall character.

Peter Ames Carlin, a biographer, wrote in his book, ‘Paul McCartney: A Life’, about a Scout Leader of McCartney’s recalled “Paul’s enthusiastic showmanship while leading the Scouts’ nightly campfires. He’d brought his guitar, of course, so once the Scouts gathered and the flames rose, the evenings would become full-blown McCartney concerts, complete with jokes and a set list split between rock n’ roll favorites and what Evans recalled as a few McCartney originals.”

It wasn’t long after summer camp that Paul became a part of this band that was slowly forming called ‘The Beetles’. It took a little time for the ‘Fab Four’—Paul, John, George, and Ringo—to finally unite (or for the word ‘beetle’ to finally be spelled with an ‘A’), but once they did, there was no stopping them. They went on to create unique, upbeat music that the world loved and still does today.
Paul McCartney still loves making music after The Beatles.
Outlasting any pop band of the time and surpassing just about every band in popularity, The Beatles delivered hit after hit. Summer camp was a great experience where Paul discovered his love for playing his music in front of a crowd. What will you discover? As always, thanks for reading and be sure to check out Paul’s performance of a song he wrote back in his summer camp days called ‘I Lost My Little Girl’ below.

- John

Shopping made easier

Hey there, Camp Shoppers!

We’ve been hard at work over the winter season to make your shopping experience the best it can be. Among plenty of new products, including our innovative and awesome new Designer Trunks with hundreds of available options, our Customer Service crew has made some excellent changes to our website to give our customer a more convenient and considerate store. At the beginning of the month, I announced that we launched our Mobile Site.

Today, I introduce our new Shop-by-Brand feature.
This feature is found directly on our homepage.Find this handy feature directly below our ‘Most Popular Picks’ on the homepage of our website or under the main menu options in the top left corner of our mobile site. When you want to shop just a single brand, click the Shop-by-Brand feature for direct access to a page that lists our brands.View most of our available brand names with this tool.

Our online store is laid out by departments—our selections of ‘Camping Gear’, ‘Name Labels’, ‘Travel Accessories’ and five others. But the Shop-by-Brand feature is for times that you only want to look through Columbia clothing or Kelty sleeping bags as opposed to perusing our entire selection of boys and girls apparel or our plethora of sleeping bags.

Please note that not all of the brands we carry at Everything Summer Camp are represented in our Shop-by-Brand feature. Criteria to meet for This is sure to be a useful shopping tool.Shop-by-Brand membership relies on A) how many products we carry of a particular brand B) how popular they are among our customers. We included a lot, featuring just shy of 70 brands in this new website feature.

In closing, I invite you to check out our Shop-by-Brand feature to shop exclusively the brand you’re interested in and read our brief summaries of our brand overviews and histories. Enjoy your shopping our website and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

We live in your phone now too

Hey there, Camp Shoppers!

Fairly often, I post about new products and new deals on the Blog. And have I got news for you today! Overdue news as it may be, we’re very excited about itShop our site on your phone now!, nevertheless. Our Customer Service has recently launched the Everything Summer Camp mobile site so you can shop our site on your phone now.

We know, we know—better late than never, though. Right?

Now that’s not to say you couldn’t visit our online shop on your phone previously—many did, in fact. But our site wasn’t designed for phones which led to a ridiculous amount of frustrations when trying to navigate the site. You never knew if you were accurately tapping the right button and the setup was sloppy.

Now check out our mobile site! Pages load faster. Tapping is much more accurate. Our menu buttons are much easier to access. All around, it’s a much more pleasant handheld shopping experience!Check out our Mobile Site on your phone!

As happy as we are with our mobile site, it’s not perfect. There are some things to bring to your attention—things that are not available when shopping on your phone.

1.    The mobile site is not setup for wishlists
2.    There are no product reviews on our mobile site

That’s it. We plan on adding these features to the mobile site in the near future.

Our website is sure to LOOK different on your phone, but practically everything aside from our lack of wishlists and product reviews is the same. You can still search the site on your phone, you can view your camper’s packing list, and you can enter camp codes.

We hope that you enjoy the new, smooth, and improved shopping experience on your phone. Check it out for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Dec. 17—the magic number

Hey, Gift-Givers!Gift giving is for everyone this season, not just Santa!

There’s a lot of effort that goes into gift-giving this time of year; when the time comes for our loved ones to open their gifts from us, we want that moment to be perfect. This moment can be blown, however, through no fault of the gift-giver. It’s crummy, but it happens: orders sometimes aren’t delivered until after it’s too late.

Everyone here at Everything Summer Camp, appreciates the importance of gift-giving and wants to help make sure that your gifting goes off without a hitch this year. There’s nothing more irritating than making sure that you’ve placed your online order well-enough in advance and not receiving it by the time you need it!

You can make sure that this doesn’t happen to you by ordering from Everything Summer Camp!

To ensure no confusion, I’d like to call your attention to the handy-dandy holiday map that we refer to this time of year. Thanks to this helpfully color-coded map, there won’t be any confusion about how early you need to place your order with Everything Summer Camp so you can receive it in time.    The holiday map clears up all confusion of when you need to order.Of course delivery times will vary based on where you live in the country. We like the old adage, ‘Better Safe Than Sorry’. That’s why I’m giving you the magic numbers of 1:00pm on December 17. That’s the time and date that everybody in the contiguous United States can go off of for guaranteed delivery by December 24.

This time and date 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 can get away with placing your order as late as 1:00pm on December 21.

Happy holidays, Everyone. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John