Surely You’ll Want to Read Shirley’s Camp Lib!

Hey, Libbers!

Today I’m sharing a Camp Lib I wrote just for our Production Supervisor—Shirley. Shirley, production supervisor at Everything Summer CampShirley makes camp trunks and she’s probably one of the best in the country at doing it. After 27 years of building them, we pretty much consider her an expert! You can read about how our camp trunks get made in the Camp Lib that Shirley helped fill out below (but you probably won’t learn anything from it!).

If you want, you can write down your own words for the blanks too. Just use the following list of requested words and you can make your own version of Shirley’s Camp Lib below. And remember—a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea; a verb is an action word; and an adjective is a word that describes a noun while an adverb is a word that describes a verb. Enjoy!

 

  1. Verb
  2. Adjective
  3. Verb Ending in ‘ing’
  4. Noun
  5. Noun
  6. Verb
  7. Plural Noun
  8. Past Tense Verb
  9. Verb
  10. Noun
  11. Noun
  12. Verb
  13. Plural Noun
  14. Plural Noun
  15. Noun
  16. Noun
  17. Plural Noun
  18. Noun
  19. Noun
  20. Verb Ending in ‘ing’
  21. Adverb
  22. Noun
  23. Verb Ending in ‘ing’
  24. Noun

 

Here’s the Lib:

 

When you jump out into our factory here at Everything Summer Camp (the home of C&N Footlockers), you’ll find our production crew quick at work. They’re skipping all year round to make all of our C&N camp trunks. What started out in a small garage 27 years ago now operates in a 24,000 square foot fish.

All C&N camp trunks are made from boat; so the first step is to slice the wood in our saw room. Then we cut our steel sheets with the metal husbands.

After we’ve snored the wood as well as the steel the next step is to limp one side of the wood with Durawrap paper lining. It’s grandkid-resistant, cat-free, and virtually fight-proof!

After that, we take all of the wood hikes and make footballs out of them at our Assembly shrew. Some of the boxes are shallow as they are made to be the bear of the trunk while the other, deeper boxes become the leaves of our trunks.

The next step is to attach our nickel-plated rubber duck and hardware—all of it done with a Philips head staple gun. This all happens at the swimming station.

Slowly, once all the trim, the latches, the handles, and the shoe have been attached, you’re lookin’ at the final product. The trunk then gets passed on to our Crying Department where it gets shipped out to you.

We hope you treasure your employee trunk forever!

 

Thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Brian’s Camp Lib

BrianHey, Camp Fans!

Since our Operations Manager, Brian had a little scare during his summer camp stay way back when, I thought I’d write him an appropriate Camp Lib in which these campers have a little incident.

If you want, you can write down your own words for the blanks too. Just use the following list of requested words and enjoy your own version of Brian’s Camp Lib below. And remember—a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea; a verb is an action word; and an adjective is a word that describes a noun while an adverb is a word that describes a verb.

 

Have Fun!

 

  1. Nonsense Word
  2. Past Tense Verb
  3. Adjective
  4. Boy’s Name
  5. A Musical Instrument
  6. Plural Food Item
  7. Plural Noun
  8. Girl’s Name
  9. Plural Noun
  10. Verb Ending in ‘ing’
  11. Noun
  12. Adjective
  13. Adverb
  14. Same Boy’s Name from #4.
  15. Adjective
  16. Verb
  17. Noun
  18. Verb Ending in ‘ing’
  19. Adjective
  20. Body Part
  21. Adjective
  22. Same Noun from #11.
  23. Same Girl’s Name from #8
  24. Same Body Part from #20
  25. Same Boy’s Name from #4
  26. Same Noun from #17
  27. Same Girl’s Name from #8
  28. Same Noun from #11
  29. Dog Breed
  30. Noun
  31. Same Body Part from #20

 

Here’s the Lib:

On the last day at Camp ­­­­­­­­­Flibberty Jibbit, after the sun farted and it got real rotund outside, we had a camp fire. Our Cabin Leader, Ryan, played his trombone while we all sat around the fire roasting Twinkies.

Everyone was having a fine time until we heard strange monkeys coming from the woods.

“What was that?!” said Kristy. “It sounded like rustling basketballs and heavy dancing! I think it’s a telephone!”

A squishy downpour put the fire out almost quickly, stranding us in the darkness. A panic fell over us all as Cabin Leader Ryan­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  reminded everyone to “keep shiny and to bite.”

I’ve got a chair here in my backpack,” he said. But as he was searching for it, we heard the leaves­­­­­­­­­­ partying­­­­ and itchy­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  breathing again.

Before I knew it, there was this warmth on my buttocks­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  and stinky­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  smell hitting my nose. I grew very nervous that this was the telephone­­­­­­­­­­­­­  that Kristy­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  had spoken of.

The hot air grew until its slobbering tongue licked my buttocks­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  and I shrieked in terror.

Cabin Leader Ryan­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  had found his chair­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  at this point, promptly revealing that Kristy’s­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  telephone­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  was actually a happy Schnauzer­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, wagging its jellyfish­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­  and continuing to slobber all over my buttocks­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­.

Ummm… What Goes Here Again?

forgot-dayHey, Forgetful Friends!

Today is…umm…oh shoot! What day is it again? I forgot. Wait a minute—that’s it. Today is I Forgot Day. We all have rough days where everything seems to slip our mind. These are the days where you walk into the other room for something and once you’re there…you…can’t quite…remember what it was you…meant to grab.

These days can range from frustrating, to devastating, to unbelievable. For instance, I’d much rather forget my purpose in walking into another room than forget my mother’s birthday (February 15). But I’d gladly forget either of those things as opposed to forgetting my pants when I go into the office at work.

Though my memory is stupendous, I am one of the most forgetful people I know. That sounds like a paradox, but it’s not. See, I can recall things that impress and sometimes baffle other people; yet, I swear, I hold the record for trips to the grocery store made WITHOUT bringing my wallet along…

But I digress. Anyway, what was I talking about again?

Ah, yes! Forgetting things! It’s easy to do which is why there’s an entire day dedicated to us forgetful folks. Today is meant for those poor saps out there who forgot their mother’s birthday or something even worse (if there is anything worse).

I don’t know if it’s worse than your mom’s b-day, but forgetting camp clothes and other essential items at summer camp can be a real nuisance. That’s why, as most camps already suggest, you should label EVERYTHING.

Our Clothing Name Labels and Stick-On Name Labels from Everything Summer Camp are sure to help you remember your belongings. After all, It’s a lot harder to forget about something when it’s got your name on it! Our full color iron-on name labels will take care of your clothes and you can tag your toothbrush, water bottle, shoes, and other camp gear with our colorful and durable Stick-Ons.

Thanks for reading, Camp Fans. And don’t forget to…uh…uhh…hmm. What was I about to say?
- John

We Hope You Enjoy Matt’s Mad Lib

Hey, Camp Libbers!

For today’s Blog post I wrote another Camp Lib and had Mr. Matthew DeMuth fill in the blanks. As the Sales Director of Everything Summer Camp, Matt, perOur sales person Mattsonally, does a lot of business with the camps that work with us. Therefore, I thought it’d be appropriate to give him a Camp Lib about a kid’s camp.

If you want, you can write down your own words for the blanks too. Just use the following list of requested words and enjoy Matt’s Camp Lib below. And remember—a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea; a verb is an action word; and an adjective is a word that describes something.

Enjoy!

 

1. Nonsense Word

2. A Number

3. An Adjective

4. A Geographical Location

5. An Adjective

6. A Landmark/Monument

7. An Adjective

8. Noun

9. ‘Ing’ Verb

10. A Number

11. An Adjective

12. Plural Noun

13. A Verb

14. Plural Noun

15. An Adjective

16. A Sport

17. Another Sport

18. Plural Noun

19. Same Nonsense Word from the Top

20. The Name of a Room in a House

21. A Body Part

22. ‘Ing’ Verb

23. Noun

24. Plural Noun

25. Noun

 

Ready? Here’s the Lib:

 

This summer I’m going to Camp Skibbidy-Bap. I can’t wait! It’s located on 21 slippery acres just outside of Yuma and offers a quick view of the Hoover Dam.

The cabins are lovely and completely wired, with garbage and working water. I don’t know what I’d do if I couldn’t use a toilet or take a shower for seven weeks!

All the cabin leaders at my camp are really clear and the other staff ducks really care that their campers talk their camp stay.

Separate pickles at the camp are set up for darling activities like their curling diamond, the fencing courts, and the Volleyball elbows.

You could never go hungry at Camp Skibbidy-Bap! One whiff in the mancave will have your earlobe watering and stomach driving for delicious ear wax.

With all these great tacos and fun activities, my summer is sure to be a desk at camp!

 

Thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John

 

Meet the First Camp’s On Us Winner

Hey Campers!

Everything Summer Camp’s ‘Camp’s on Us’ Giveaway has been claimed by our first The First Winner of the Camp's On Us Giveawaywinner—meet 10-year-old Anne T.! As our winner for the month of April, $1000 of Anne’s summer camp tuition is on us this summer!

We were quite pleased to hear that Anne’s mother, Laura “was completely caught off guard and wonderfully surprised” to find that her daughter was the first among three winners of the ‘Camp’s on Us’ Giveaway. We hope Anne has a very special summer experience this year as she enjoys her days on horseback at Camp Rockbrook.

The drawing for our second $1000 winner was held last week. Be sure to check our blog next week to see who the lucky winner was. Our last $1000 giveaway for your camp tuition will take place in June so be sure to sign up now!  Every order placed with EverythingSummerCamp.com automatically receives ten entries!

 

Happy camping!

- John

We Hope You Enjoy Kristy’s Mad Libs Today

Hey, Blog Buddies!

I went to Kristy for our next ‘Camp Libbing’ endeavor. Being our Lead Buyer, I thought it’d be appropriate to write a Camp Lib about packing for summer camp. I had her fill in the blanks with the appropriate parts of speech (noun, verb, adjective, etc.) and now I’ll share the result with you. If you want, write down your own words for the blanks too. Just use the mad libsfollowing list of requested words and enjoy Kristy’s Camp Lib below. Enjoy!

And remember—a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea; a verb is an action word; and an adjective is a word that describes something.

 

1. Nonsense Word

2. Noun

3. Adjective

4. Plural Noun

5. A Number

6. Plural Noun

7. Verb

8. A Number

9. Verb ending in ‘ing’

10. Noun

11. Noun

12. Adjective

13. Noun

14. Adjective

15. Name of a Store

16. Adjective

17. Adjective

18. Noun

19. Noun

20. Noun

21. Adjective

22. Plural Noun

23. Noun

24. Exclamation

This summer I’ll be attending Camp Awesome Sauce. I just finished checking over the camp’s Ireland that they posted online. In my camp trunk I have all my beautiful clothing as well as all the mailmen I’ll want to bring along.

I’m bringing thirteen guinea pigs though I doubt I’ll have enough time to run all of them. After all, my camp stay is only five weeks long and I don’t plan on shuffling the entire time.

Of course, I’ve packed my pig, sandal, and other frilly products. And I take my stuffed Channing Tatum with me everywhere I go.

I got myself a spunky bag from Justice so it’s sure to hold up in dear weather conditions and messy nights. Then there’s my bling, grill, and princess just in case we get repulsive on a cool summer night.

I’m bringing a couple colors and a/n Olaf along too, but those are going in my duffel. Wha–what! I can’t WAIT to be at camp!

 

-John

Send Us Your Scary Story

Hey, Scary Story Lovers!

You probably recall near the beginning of the month when I told you about how today is Tell a Story Day. Telling stories has been a treasured pastime ever since we developed the sufficient communication skills to perform such a feat. Just about everybody enjoys hearing a good story which is why there’s a whole day dedicated to the art of oral story telling.

Tell a Story Day is typically celebrated by libraries and grade schools. Every culture has their own traditions of oral storytelling for educational purposes as well as entertainment, cultural preservation, and for teaching morals.

And since telling stories around a campfire is such an essential part of summer camp, it seemed like it was only right that we here at Everything Summer Camp create a contest shaped after this national day.

camp fire storiesRequesting not just any kind of story, but for spooky summer camp stories that you’d likely share with everyone around a campfire. We asked for the kind that send shivers down spines and put goose bumps on skin. We asked that they were invented inside our contestants’ own warped imaginations, video recorded, and then uploaded to YouTube.

Today was the final day for submissions. Entries needed to be submitted and videos uploaded by 1:00p.m. CST. Unfortunately we not have much interest in this contest.  Maybe we were just asking for a little too much work in order to participate.  We only received two entries for the contest.  Since we planned to award two winners there really is no need to go through the process of voting.  Both of our contestants have been awarded with One-Hundred Dollar Gift Certificates for Everything Summer Camp.  You can check out their videos below:

The above video was submitted by Jesus C.

The above video was submitted by Hayden W.

 

Now for the conclusion of the scary story that started tell you back on April 4th. To read the beginning of the story visit the old blog post here.  To finish the story read on:

The crisp crackling of the burning logs inside the brick fire pit filled the silence for a moment until Craig broke it saying, “Well, OKAY, then. If you insist…” He drew in a deep breath and let it out slowly. He closed his eyes, slowly opened them back up, and then he began.

“Did you guys know that Camp O-Phaz-Ma is one of the earliest summer camps to ever be founded? Its history dates back all the way to 1887.  You probably didn’t know that this camp’s first year of operation kicked things off with a pretty dark start.

Unfortunately, there was an accident that happened here that year. One of the campers shot an arrow from her bow without intending to let it go. The arrow went flying and hit another camper who was sitting on this very ledge of this very fire pit. He was sitting here, reading when the arrow got him directly in his heart and killed him instantaneously.”

“That’s where we read,” Angie said quietly to Sid, but mostly to herself.

“Apparently the blow of the arrow sent the boy’s body falling back into the fire pit where his blood stained the floor inside there,” Craig said pointing into the pit. “The boy’s blood permanently stained the floor of the pit.

Some say that on the nights that this pit gets used, the soul of that boy rises from the fire and walks the earth again in search of the girl that shot the arrow. They say he wants to forgive her. They call him Sid.”

“Hey,” Angie laughed. “Like you,” she said, craning her head to look at her friend Sid, but he was no longer there. He didn’t show up for the rest of the night either. In fact, she never saw Sid again.

THE END

 

Sincerely,

John

Egg Counting Contest

Hey Egg Counters!

There’s lots of fun things you can do with colorful, plastic eggs. Fill them with treats, hide them for others to find. Just last week, everyone here at Everything Summer Camp held a rather intense Egg Hunt.

So much fun was had that we just couldn’t stop there so we thought we’d play another game with eggs, but this time we wanted to involve all of you!

And so the Everything Summer Camp ‘Egg Count Contest’ was born. Reminiscent of the trunk with eggs‘Candy Corn Contest’ we held nearly six months ago in which we asked our readers to guess how many pieces of Candy Corn were in our glass jar, this year we want you to guess at how many eggs are filling one of our camp trunks.

The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate for Everything Summer Camp. You definitely want to take your time in answering—give a good, educated guess; but don’t take too long, the contest will close at noon on April 22. The winner of our Egg Count Contest will be announced on the following day. Click here to enter.

As any proud owner of a C&N Footlocker will tell you, there’s a lot that can fit inside one of our camp trunks! I wonder just how many eggs one of our trunks will hold! I can’t wait to find out! Till next time, Camp Fans!

 

Sincerely,

John

The Great Egg Hunt

Hey, Egg Hunters!

Like you, we here at Everything Summer Camp can’t help ourselves this time of year. Whenever springtime rolls around bringing green grass, we always get antsy to go looking for some hidden eggs around the workplace.

We held a pretty intense Hunt here yesterday in anticipation of the coming holiday. With so much action happening all at once, hardly anyone can give me an accurate account of the day’s actual events. Good thing I was there, in the middle of all the action.

Most people put a couple jelly beans or some other fun treats inside the eggs they hide, but yesterday, we were given a little more incentive to find our eggs. We had a good handful of candy prizes, but we also had ticket prizes to movies and other events, certificates for hours of Paid Time Off, and cold, hard cash (ranging from two dollars to 50 bucks)!

If no one found the $50 egg, the prize was to be given to a random winner among all participants.

The eggs were placed in the hallways of the offices, the Call Center, the bathrooms, our large Production Workshop where our footlockers are made, and—of course—the break room. All the eggs were readily available and visually hidden—in other words, you didn’t need to “go through” anything to find an egg.

Also, each participant was limited to finding just two eggs so you really had to choose wisely. In some cases, it might have been smarter to pass on collecting a found egg if it doesn’t look like a really good one.

If I had just one word to describe yesterday’s Egg Hunt, I think my best choice would be ‘melee’! Everyone had been gathered into the break room where the rules and boundaries of the hunt were given. And after that it was simply—“GO!”

With that, the majority of the 20 participants made a mad dash exiting through the front and back doors in desperate search of the “Golden Egg” that held the grand prize of $50. But a few wise ones hung back in the break room. Their strategy was more composed. I was one of them.

I spotted a small purple egg sitting on a purple flyswatter on top of the refrigerator but it didn’t look all that special.

Bill, a seasonal hand in our shipping department, made the comment that probably no one would find the Golden Egg and the prize would end up going to some random winner. This seemed like smart reasoning to me so I took the purple egg and left the break room.

I then walked out into the production area. It was all abuzz of speedily moving, efficiently searching, rampantly rummaging egg hunters. While I was out there I saw Ryan, Manager of our Shipping Department, as he spotted his only find cleverly hidden underneath a spray sink.

The Production area began to clear out when I discovered my second egg—a bigger, more special-looking egg. Could this be the $50 prize? I thought. It was green (which wasn’t a good sign), but I thought I’d better take what I could get. With both my eggs, I thought I’d scope the pandemonium that had moved to the offices. I’d never seen the place look THAT busy before.

Our president, Ed, was quietly tucked away in his office.

“Did you already find both your eggs?” I asked. He had grabbed a small egg on a production palette and another bigger one that he said he found behind our receptionist, Missy’s desk.

“I just want to stay safe in here until it’s over out there,” he said with a smile.

As I continued my way down our office’s corridor, I saw Pam, our seasonal help in the Graphic Arts Department, spot her egg between a storage rack and a wall. That egg awarded her an hour of Paid Time Off!

It was right after that when I heard the announcement from Shirley, our Production Supervisor, that the Golden Egg had been discovered. I rushed passed everyone in the Call Center, back to the break room where Myron, one of our guy’s in Production, sat with the Golden Egg and a big grin.

“Where was it?” I asked him. He said it was placed in between hanging coats on a rack against the wall.

“I never even left the room,” he said.

Well, Myron may have taken home the grand prize, but everyone won SOMETHING and I’m pretty sure fun was had by all. I, for instance, had a great time and took home five dollars as well as a tasty bag of candy that I’m enjoying right now.

Happy Hunting, Everybody!
Sincerely,
John

Get Your Scary Camp Stories Ready

Hey, Story Lovers!

People have been telling stories ever since we developed sufficient communication skills. Who doesn’t love to hear a well-spun yarn? Just about everybody enjoys hearing a good story which is why there’s a whole day dedicated to the art of oral story telling. April 27 is Tell a Story Day.

So—how come we’re telling you about this twenty-three days in advance? Well, because telling stories around a campfire is such an essential part of summer camp, it only seems natural that we here at Everything Summer Camp create a contest shaped after this camp storiesnational day.

But we don’t want just any kind of story—we want scary summer camp stories—spooky stories that you share while everyone’s sitting around a campfire. The kind that send shivers down spines and put goose bumps on skin. These should be tales that you’ve come up with from your own warped imagination.

After you’ve crafted your story, we want you to make a video recording of yourself telling your chilling tale. Your video may be as simple as holding a flashlight underneath your chin or as grandiose as involving a small cast and props to make your own mini-movie! Then upload your spooky video to YouTube.

Video entries should be no longer than 10 minutes long and, of course, the content of this video should be appropriate for all ages. Make sure to keep your stories clean! If you couldn’t tell it at summer camp, then we don’t want you telling it here.

Submit your video and contest entry information on our customer sign up page by April 27 and enter for your chance to be a winner. Two winners will be chosen—each will win a $100 gift certificate to Everything Summer Camp.

One winner will be chosen by public votes. How many people can you get to vote for your video? The more people you know, the better your odds are of winning. The other winner will be chosen by us—our esteemed judges within Everything Summer Camp.

Here’s the beginning of a little story I’m working on along with you guys–enjoy!

 

Fire Pit

Sid was the first kid that Angie met at summer camp. When he first approached her he confessed that he was a rather shy boy. But being on the shy side herself, this sat well with Angie and the two became quick friends. They sat with each other throughout mealtimes and during conversation times with the counselors. On hikes they would walk together. They’d even sit and read together on the ledge of the camp’s fire pit. It seemed they were side-by-side the entire time and before either one of them realized it, their camp stay was coming to a close.

They found themselves eating the last dinner they would have at summer camp this season. Angie couldn’t help but to feel a little sad about the fast-approaching end. She’d had so much fun in the last few weeks! But Sid reminded Angie to cheer up—“We still have a whole night left at camp,” he told her.

The campers of O-Phaz-Ma would end their camp stay with the traditional campfire on the last night. And, of course, Sid and Angie sat next to each other.

Everybody joked around for a while, roasting marshmallows by the roaring fire and enjoying each other’s company one last time for the summer. But it didn’t take long for Craig, the primary counselor to flip on a flashlight and pass it off to Daniel, sitting next to him.

“Let’s get some stories, going, huh?” said Craig.

“Oh, um, okay,” said Daniel, unprepared. He went on with a humorous story about a monster with a hook, not for a hand, but for a foot. It got a lot of laughs, but Craig was unsatisfied.

“C’mon, Danny! SCARE US!” he said.

“Well, if you want a scary story so bad why don’t YOU tell one?” Daniel proposed giving the flashlight back to Craig.

“Oh, I don’t know if you guys could handle a scary story from ME!” Craig warned as he turned off the flashlight. But this was received with a band of sarcastic laughing and much jeering. The kids all continued with their discordant chatter in unison until Craig turned the flashlight back on and held it underneath his chin and everyone grew silent again.

The crisp crackling of the burning logs inside the brick fire pit filled the silence for a moment until Craig broke it saying, “Well, OKAY, then. If you insist…”

 

***Tune in for the second half of this story on April 27th, National Tell a Story Day.***