Marooned With or Without a Compass…

Hey, Survivors!

I’ve written about compasses in previous Blog posts, like my History of the Compass post and my post for National Boy Scout Day, but today is Marooned Without a Compass Day and so we’ll be discussing the lack of this simple, lightweight device that features a magnetized needle on a free-rotating pivot so it can always show which direction you’re facing.

Consistently observed on November 6 every year, Marooned Without a Compass Day poses the age-old, desert island scenario in which you have to choose which friend, what favorite book, or what most valuable item you would want to have along with you in this extremely isolating predicament. Being marooned on a desert island is the pits ESPECIALLY with no compass.At first glance it seems to me that if you were Marooned Without a Compass, the number one item to choose would be a compass. But, on second thought, if you’re Marooned…then what good is a compass?

As explored in the movie ‘Castaway’, starring Tom Hanks, being marooned is something that will certainly put a damper on your day and quite possibly the rest of your life.

When you take a look at the dictionary definition of the word ‘maroon’, it’s pretty specific to say that to truly be marooned means to be deserted on an uninhabited island/coast with no hope of escaping unless fate should have it that you are rescued (this is what pirates did to crew members who didn’t obey orders, by the way. It’s basically why the word ‘maroon’ exists—unless, of course, you’re talking about the color).

So, if there’s no hope for escape on your own, what good would a compass be anyway? A compass might be helpful as you navigate the land, but there are other ways such as star position and orienteering skills to help route your exploration of the island (if the island is big enough to ‘explore’ in the first place). If you’re lucky, maybe a tree will be growing moss which only grows on the shaded, north side of a tree trunk.

So being marooned without compass isn’t the end of the world—just being marooned, period. But at least if you were marooned, you’d finally get some peace and quiet all to yourself. You could finally reread your favorite book if you happened to bring it along! You can celebrate Marooned Without a Compass Day by asking your friends what person or item they’d bring and what they would do if they were marooned without a compass.
Get your compass in case you're ever stranded on a desert island!
You can ensure that, should you ever be marooned on a desert island, you have a compass by picking out your own magnetic Compass from Everything Summer Camp and taking it with you everywhere you go! As always, thanks for reading, folks!

- John

Tutu History

Hey, Dancers!

When you’re talking about the art of gracefully moving your body to a rhythm (or lack thereof), it’s very important that the attire you select will allow for the freedom of movement you require to perform your art. From leotards to tights and capris to ballet slippers, there are many items of dance wear to consider, but of all the countless options available, none are so iconic as the tutu.  Hardly recognizable were the original tutus.

Tutus have become an essential part of the ballet scene with a world of different styles and alterations. They have been made of materials such as tarlatan, muslin, silk, gauze, nylon, and a material called tulle—the most commonly used material at one time. Nobody knows quite where this flashy dance skirt got its appropriately flashy name, but it’s theorized to have derived from the word ‘tulle’, the material from which it was made.

In the Paris Opera, 1832, a ballet dancer by the name of Marie Taglioni debuted a gauzy white skirt that cut off at her ankles and, thanks to its bell shape, allowed for the freedom of movement she needed to perform. It was made by French designer of the Romantic Period, Eugene Lami.

There have been a number of differeThe tutu we all know and love today.nt takes on the general tutu design since its first creation. Fashion designers from like Cecil Beaton from England, Christian Lacroix from France, and Isaac Mizrahi from the United States have all designed their own look for the tutu. This garment has undergone a number of revisions that have continued to shorten the length until the arriving at the Classical tutu design which reveals the entire leg.

For those who aspire to be a ballet dancer as well, shop Everything Summer Camp to find a tutu for you…uh—yourself. Check it out by clicking right here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Terrifying Trunks

Spooky salutations, Readers!

Take a peek if you dare at our Halloween footlockers for the Harvest season. Keep the spirit of Halloween alive all year long within these spooky trunks—they’re great for storing all of your Halloween decorations, costumes, pumpkin-carving tools, etc. … until next year, that is, when you empty the tomb—err trunk!

Allow me to introduce you to our festive and terrifying collection for the Harvest season.

From cute to creepy to festive and freaky, these stunning decorative Trunks are sure to set the proper atmosphere for a party that’s a hauntingly good time! We released six deadly designs last year and have only added onto our collection this year with another nine!Keep this camp trunk out on display for the harvest season.

Choose among the options of festive Chevrons like the Candy Corn, Fall, and Pumpkin designs. We also offer trunks with iconic Halloween images like a wicked witch in flight or a murder of crows. But then, you can always go over-the-top scary with our Trunks like Bloody Hands, Dead Walking, or Creep Show. The choice, as chilling as it may be, is up to you.

Our Seasonal Trunks make for awesome storage pieces—they’re great for safeholding all Don't mess with a murder of crows at sundown!your Harvest decorations for the fall season—but these trunks aren’t just for holding things! They’re eye-drawing pieces of decorative furniture as well. And when the season closes, you can pack up all your fake spider webs and lawn ghouls and trick or treating baskets and pumpkin-carving tools and keep them organized in one, tidy trunk.

These seasonal footlockers are constructed the same as our steel trunks except that we swap out the steel for aluminum that has the frightful, high-definition print embedded directly into its surface. If these trunks don’t scare you too much, order one for your home right here and, as always, thanks for reading!Bring Halloween to your home with the Flying Witch Camp Trunk.

- John

Shop Back to School Right Here!

Hey, Back-to-School Shoppers!

We may be a summer camp shop, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find plenty of the The Superbreak. It's like a superhero.school accessories you’ll need when your children return for the upcoming school year.

We have an excellent selection of school backpacks and daypacks from trusted brand names like JanSport, Columbia, and Under Armour. And, coming soon, we’ll be offering embroidery on our JanSport Superbreak Backpacks so your backpack can feature your own individuality. Pick your choice of style and color to make your Superbreak really feel like your own!

Lockers 101 makes your locker fun!We’ve also made some recent additions to our lovely Lockers 101 selection to make your school locker look fantastic! Dress up the drab metal locker at your school with Lockers 101 Wall Paper Set and the Bling it Up Decorating Set. And don’t forget the Magnetic Three-Pocket Locker Organizer for convenience on your way to class. Get a closer look at these products and click here.

It’s a wise move to label your school clothes so that there’s no confusion in the locker Label your school clothes---it's a good idea!room after gym class as well as jackets, footwear, and snow pants/other winter gear. A surefire way to ensure that your child’s school clothes return home at the end of the day (and don’t go home with the wrong kid), Clothing Name Labels can be personalized by clicking here.

Handy and effective rain gear keeps you dry when the weather gets wet.Also, take a look at our inclusive selection of Rain Gear for wet, rainy waits at the bus stop or outdoor for recess. Top quality rain gear from Columbia and other leading manufacturers like Frogg Toggs and Red Ledge is certain to keep your kid prepared against precipitation. Stay dry at school with our excellent Rain Gear Department.

The new school year is approaching fast, so don’t wait start shopping and find the fun and functional gear, supplies, and other accessories we offer here at Everything Summer Camp. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

A History Piece on the Poncho

Hey, Curious Campers!

If you get curious about the history of some of your camping gear as we do, then check out the history of the poncho! We carry a handful of ponchos from an assortment of brand names such as Outdoor Products, Red Ledge, and Coghlan’s. But how long hPonchos pre-date Hispanic Central America belonging to the ancient Paracas tribe of South/Central American natives.ave these effective pieces of rain gear been in existence and how did they come to be?

These outer garments were developed for protection from wind, sandstorms, and keeping you warm. We’ve traced the history of the poncho back to 500 B.C. along the Andes Mountains. The natives known as the Paracas were from South America from lands such as modern day Bolivia and Peru. Over hundreds of years, they slowly made their way into Mexican land.

Just a simple large sheet of fabric with a hole in its center for your head, ponchos have developed a few more features over the years. By the 1800s, ponchos were made with fasteners so that the sides could close around your body to provide better effectiveness. They also grew hoods that were added to the top of the center hole for further protection. By the 1800s everyone was wearing a poncho!And just 50 years after that, ponchos were adopted by the U.S. military. They started making their ponchos out of a latex-coated cloth that was waterproof and it became part of popular attire The military has become big fans of the poncho too.for soldiers in the Civil War. Not only would they use it for clothing, but they proved handy as a ground sheet to sleep on as well.

While ponchos are nowadays still strongly associated with the Americas and the natives who first created them, they have made a comeback in modern fashion as well. Designed as articles of Ponchos are a point of fashion nowadays.fashion, the simple sheet shape hasn’t changed, but the material of these fashionable ponchos are typically knit from wool or yarn.

Take a look at the ponchos in our Rain Gear Department which you can look at by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Bulls Eye!

Hey, Gamers!

Games are always a surefire way to get some fun going between you a friend, a bunch of friends, or even a bunch of strangers—like all the new kids you meet at camp. In an attempt to pass the time, have fun, and relax, people have played games as far back as history can show us. Chess came around in the 500s and Backgammon was about 2000 One of the first games ever invented.years before that! Even older is a game called Senet that they played in Predynastic Egypt which makes it the oldest game as far as we know.

Games have taken on a number of different forms and even media—from board games to card games to sports games and video games. A number of games have positioned themselves on the fine line between game and sport with activities like Ping Pong and Billiards. Another ambiguous leisure activity is Darts.

Darts aren’t nearly as old as Senet or even Chess, but its history is an interesting one anyway. The game is rumored to have originated in medieval times (in the 1500s) when Henry VIII told his archers that he wanted them keeping their skills sharp year round. To avoid the cold weather, they maintained their aim by throwing their arrows indoors instead of shooting them. The arrows were eventually shortened for indoor use.

Darts was once played with your mouth.Since then, darts seem to have been a common game found in pubs across the European continent, yet, we only need to travel back less than 200 years for what we know to be the official start for the game of Darts. Records have been found as early as 1837 in which an adaptation of Darts was developed called “Puff and Dart”. The game involved a hollow cylinder and much lighter darts that were blown at a target instead of thrown.

Any Dart games prior to “Puff and Dart” are assumed to have had the same style point system as indicated by an archery target. The scoring system of “Puff and Dart” was based on the number of “puffs” a player took to hit a certain number (along the lines of strokes in a golf game). But things changed drastically after “Puff and Dart”.

The “Puff and Dart” game did not have a lasting stay as accidental sucking instead of blowing brought about a number of deaths. But that didn’t mean the end of Darts! People reverted back to throwing heavier darts. And, in 1896, an Englishman named Brian Gamlin designed the modern dartboard with the numbering layout that’s now well known today.
Fun for campers and safe at camp, get your Magnetic Darts Set from Everything Summer Camp.
Fans of the game of Darts ourselves, we’re happy to offer this kid-friendly Magnetic Darts and Dartboard Game Set here at Everything Summer Camp. Check it out right here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

How’s My Hair?

Hey, Camp Fans!

The history of things is interesting. Learning the origin and purpose of our own inventions typically says a great deal about who we are as a collective people. The history of the hairbrush tells us that we’re a crafty people with a universal desire to always be lookin’ good! And we’ve pretty much always been this way.
Combs are the predecessor to hairbrushes and they've been around much longer.
In fact, archeological digs for ancient artifacts in Egypt have revealed that combs—not to be confused with hairbrushes—have existed in primitive form as early back as 5500 B.C. Our Egyptian ancestors knew that the design of a comb would work best for untangling and straightening hair.

If a comb is like shampoo, then the hairbrush is like conditioner. Hairbrushes aren’t any help when it comes to tangled hair. You need to run a comb through it first. The comb makes your hair manageable. Now it’s ready for brushing—designed to massage your scalp, enhance circulation, and induce your scalp to release its natural oils.This thing is from the early 1800s.

While combs go back over 7000 years and maybe longer, hairbrushes have only been around for 240. A man named William Kent began making them by hand in England, 1777. He crafted them in the same fashion as the original toothbrushes (which you can read about by clicking here). He made his brushes with the hair of boars—which is still what they’re typically made of today.

Hairbrushes were initially only for the upper class that could afford products of such luxury. Of course, nowadays, most households are entitled to the luxury of hairbrushes. Pack one along for your summer camp stay and grab the Folding Brush with Mirror here at Everything Summer Camp. Keep your head feeling clean and looking good!
The hairbrush for your camp stay is right here at Everything Summer Camp.
You can get a closer look at the Folding Hairbrush on our website by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Need Some Light? Use Your Head!

Hey, Shining Summer Campers!

You’re sure to find flashlights as essential items on everybody’s packing list for summer camp. The world has no shortage of flashlights—from the kinds you’ll find in any given household to tactical flashlights made for military use—so shop the Everything Summer Camp Flashlights Department where we offer the best flashlights specifically for summer campers.

Rising to steep popularity, headlamps are an excellent means of hands-free alternative light sources. Our latest headlamp added to our Flashlights Department is the Black Diamond Astro Headlamp. The Black Diamond family is made up of adventuresome folks who see climbing and skiing as a way of life. And along with the lifestyles they live, they need proper lighting.Get this headlamp for your summer camp adventures...it can handle it!Hip to the quality that Black Diamond has been producing since 1957, we here at Everything Summer Camp knew we needed to offer their headlamps. In addition to the Wiz, we now have the Black Diamond Astro Headlamp.

The hands-free alternative to a traditional flashlight is mandatory for climbing or skiing in dim evening (or early morning) light. And while it may not necessarily be mandatory for a myriad of other fun activities, it’s certainly more convenient than the handheld option.

Head into the night with 150 powerful lumens to light up your path. Featuring a smooth, contemporary housing, this LED headlamp is highly weather-resistant and made to survive even the roughest of camp stays. Lasting you as long as 40 hours on its highest setting, this Headlamp illuminates up to 40 meters down a dark trail. Light the way with the Black Diamond Astro.

Get a good look at the Astro Headlamp by clicking here. Or, have a gander at all the kid-friendly options available in our Flashlight Department right here. And remember—when you need some light, use your head! As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Get Clean on the Go!

Hey, Hygienic Hikers!

The folks that founded Clean Trek are fans of the outdoors themselves. They loved spending entire days outside, but recognized that they didn’t need to smell as though they had. They devised a solution for taking care of your body and camping gear odor when you’re roughin’ it with no water available. Clean Trek keeps you clean at camp.

We’re excited to offer our own selection of Clean Trek’s sprays, cleansers, towels, wipes, and more. With a line-up of eco-friendly and very efficient odor control products, we’re happy to support and offer this environmentally responsible and extremely innovativKeep your gear smelling fresh with this great Gear Spray.e brand.

Gear Spray
We Gear Spray in a 12oz bottle to keep your gear from getting too stinky after continuous use in the gritty, natural world of roughin’ it at summer camp. Keep your gear smelling clean throughout your camp stay.

lThis stuff is great for keeping yourself clean when you're at camp!
Foaming Cleansers
We also offer Clean Trek’s Foaming Cleansers in an 8oz containers. This cleanser will keep you smelling brand new no matter how deep into the wilderness Keep yourself clean and smelling good at summer camp with Clean Trek Body Wash available at Everything Summer Camp.your camp adventures take you.

Body Wash                                                              l We all start feeling sweaty and gross when we’re out in the wilderness for too long without any way to wash up. Clean yourself up with Clean Trek’s Odor Control 3oz container of Body Wash. Keep yourself smelling fresh when you’re out roughin’ it this summer!

Body Towels and WipesBody Wipes are the best means for staying clean when there's no water available.
Lastly, we brought the Body Wipes and Towels on board from Clean Trek’s Odor Control products. These packs of pre-moistenedClean Trek Towels keep you smelling fresh when you need it the most---no water needed! towels or wipes are an easy way to stay clean during an otherwise inopportune time—no water needed! Removing odors, these wipes and towels are soothing with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E.

We’re proud to represent the Clean Trek brand, offering their awesome and innovative camp hygiene products. Feast your eyes on our squeaky-clean selection right here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Sit Still—I’m Trying to Take Your Picture..

Hey, can you take my picture?

This is a question that wasn’t always thrown around so casually; after all, there used to be a lot more involved in capturing an image than just the simple push of a button that it is nowadays. For a very long time, the request to immortalize your imageJust a wooden box with a hole in it, these were the original cameras. demanded the skill of an oil painter and carefully still patience from you. And even after the birth of photographic technology, the task still demanded that the subject of a picture remain quite still for quite a long time.

It may be a surprise to find out that the history of the camera goes back all the way to the days of the ancient Greeks (or possibly even further back than that!) with the Camera Obscura. It was Aristotle who first recorded a natural phenomenon he noticed in which images appear inverted when cast through a tiny hole into darkened enclosures. This natural phenomenon, the Camera Obscura, has been a point of interest for many years.
This naturally occuring phenomenon is responsible for the camera.Announcements of photographic technology weren’t made public until 1839, however, a French inventor named Joseph Nicéphore Niépce began experimenting with photography out of his own personal interests in 1816.

It was an entire decade later that he was able to produce the first semi-successful photograph. He coated a piece of paper with sliver chloride to use for the photograph. In the chemistry world, silver chloride is known for its crafty conversion to silver when illuminated or exposed to heat. It darkens when exposed to light. He placed the papeHere is the first photograph ever created.r in his darkened enclosure and…voila…. As you can see in this shot outside his window, the results needed some improvements.

Before Mr. Niépce, could produce crisper results from his photographic experiments, a new process came along called daguerreotypy that took just as much effort and time to produce an image, but it did so with much more clarity and the subjects of photographs only had to sit still for a maximum of five minutes but as little as half a minute. This method only lasted about 15 years, however, until it was outdated by newer, cheaper processes that produced even clearer and more readily-viewable pictures.

Starting as a low-tech wooden box with a hole in it, what have come to be known as cameras transformed into ‘handheld’ picture-taking computers! From disposable to digital, This waterproof Fujifilm camera is perfect at camp.you can find great cameras for your summer adventures right here at Everything Summer Camp. Treasure your camp memories forever in our fantastic Three Cheers Photo Book or the appropriate Summer Camp Photo Frame. Check it all out right here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John