Black Friday Come Early

Hey, Excited Shoppers!

The shopping event of the year that has crept into hours so early they don’t even wait for Friday to start, Black Friday is waiting for you right after your Thanksgiving feast! But, despite how Black Friday hours start earlier and earlier every year, we’re just too excited to wait until the end of the week here at Everything Summer Camp!

That’s why you can find discounts on our website starting tomorrow! From November 22 through to the 29—Tuesday of next week—our Black Friday sales will be in effect! We’ll have over 200 items on sale between 10% and 50% off throughout this monstrous sale. Let’s run down what that means:

First of all…
It means you’ll find sales all throughout our website. For instance, prices on katie plaxour trunk accessories are dropping—our exciting Trunk Name Plax have dropped more than seven bucks!  We also have discounts in our sleeping bags department for our quality Wenzel brand bags, the Wenzel Moose and the Lakeside 40°. We have lowered prices on a JanSport backpack and activity books, as well as plushy pillows and wool blankets.

Nothing like a good ol' camp trunk for your camper's summer camp stay!Second…
You can also find of our Traditional Steel C&N Camp Trunks on sale—$25 off throughout the week and, of course, offering free shipping on each one that you order. This sale applies to our Happy Camper, our UnderGrad, and our Graduate footlocker trunks.

Third (and definitely most exciting)…Place an order with us for a chance to win a free Sony Playstation VR Launch Bundle!
For each order that gets placed during this sales week, our customers will have a chance to win a Sony Playstation VR! Are you a virtual fan? We’re offering the launch bundle which comes with everything you’ll need to escape to a virtual reality (aside from the PS4 console).

Enjoy the savings and keep your fingers crossed that the Playstation VR is yours! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

In it to Pin it!

Hey, Camp Packers!

I’m here to break exciting news over the Blog today! It’s our Pinterest Packing List Sweepstakes! Get on board with this fun way to share all the cool stuff you’re going to be taking as well as a chance at winning an awesomeGot interest in Pinterest? Then, have we got the sweepstakes for you! gift certificate to Everything Summer Camp!

We’ll be selecting our three, lucky winners by random. The three prizes for this drawing are as follows: a $100 in-store gift card, a $200 in-store gift card, and a $300 in-store gift card. Participate in our Pinterest Packing List Sweepstakes by following the three simple steps below (the fourth one isn’t a real step).

Step 1
Log into your Pinterest account and find Everything Summer Camp to ensure you’re following us. If not, click the ‘follow’ button.

Step 2
Create a board of an ideal summer camp packing list with a minimum of 12 pins, four of which MUST be from the Everything Summer Camp website in order to be eligible for the contest. Then, name the board using your child’s first name only (Please DO NOT use last names) and add ‘Packing List’ to the end (i.e. – Jane’s Packing List).

Step 3
Once completed, click on your board, click on the plus sign, and select Everything Summer Camp to invite us to your board!

Step 4
That’s it, folks. Submit at any time—Everything Summer Camp will accept the boards by the end of the next business day. At that time, you will be automatically entered into our drawing.

We’ll be messaging the three winners through Pinterest on November 10, so be sure to stay tuned! Enjoy sharing your summer camp packing list and fingers crossed for you to win one of the juicy sweepstake prizes! As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

This Pnterest Contest is sure to pique some interest!
- John

Visit Huckins for a Happy Summer!

Hey, Summer Campers!

Everything Summer Camp loves everything about summer camp! That’s why we’re good friends with about 250 camps from all across the country! And I’m happy to tell you all about what excellent camps they are. We’re sliding our swinging our spotlight over to New Hampshire for a good look at this great girls camp who’s worked with us for a quite a while now.
Get into the Huckins spirit this summer!YMCA Camp Nellie Huckins Girls Camp has shown girls the time of their lives with enriching and fulfilling activities that guide them onto a path of subtle but effective maturation. Located on the shores of the lovely Lake Ossipee in the town of Freedom, New Hampshire, these beautiful, remote campgrounds has been the home away from home for girls since 1928!

From third grade to first-year high schoolers, Nellie Huckins campers experience either two or four weeks of absolute fun and serious personal growth simply by being away from parents as well as the reputation that we all carry at home.

Huckins currently welcomes 1300 campers each year for awesome opportunities involving sports like Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Softball, Archery, Mountain Biking, Dance and Drama, Environmental Education, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Ropes Course, Swimming, Tennis, Waterskiing, Boating, as well as indoor fun like arts and crafts time, but indoor sports too, like basketball and street hockey or even air hockey, foosball, and ping-pong!

Ten campers are accompanied by two counselors in each of over 20 accommodating and comfortable cabins. With an excellent Dining Hall, Craftshop, Health Center, Program Office, Chapel, and more, Huckins is an attractive space to spend a portion of your summer, but even more than that—it’s a place to find yourself as well as some lifelong friends.

Enjoy checking out everything that’s so amazing about Camp Huckins for yourself. You can visit their website right here and get a good look at their map below. As always, thanks for reading!Check out their cool camp map.

- John

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