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 have 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. 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 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 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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
You can get a closer look at the Folding Hairbrush on our website by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!
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.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!
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.
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 innovative brand.
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.
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 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 Wipes
Lastly, we brought the Body Wipes and Towels on board from Clean Trek’s Odor Control products. These packs of pre-moistened 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!
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 image 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.
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 paper 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, 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!
Backpacks are important to us at Everything Summer Camp. We carry a diverse selection because we know how the things that you need from your backpack will vary by the longevity and intensity of your camp stay and we want to make sure we can supply a backpack to a camper of every kind of need! We’ve recently brought on several new backpacks from the quality brand name of Under Armour. Take a look at what we have:
With lots of space inside, the Hustle is lined with soft fabric for all-purpose carrying—secure for laptops, photography equipment, etc. And, while its interior is protective, the exterior is an impenetrable fortress! Storm technology is Under Armour’s signature performance fabric—water and snow-resistant so its safe in all conditions. Gifted with a strong bottom, its tough panel is a shock absorber to eliminate damage to contents from being thrown down or dropped. Provided you with Under Armour’s Adjustable HeatGear® shoulder straps to give added carrying comfort, this pack is complete with a gusseted front laundry pocket, another front pocket that’s water-repellent, and two mesh side pockets for water bottles.
Featuring a soft-lined laptop sleeve in one of the two zip-shut main compartments, a quick-stash pocket in the front, and mesh pockets for water bottles on either side, this backpack offers excellent space for packing. Receive full comfort with its padded back panel and adjustable straps—also given Under Armour’s HeatGear® technology! You can always grab it by the top grip handle as well.
A compact cinch sack such as this belongs at summer camp. Get the Undeniable Sackpack from Under Armour. Complete with cording that’s easy to adjust and cinch shut, pockets in the front to give you organizational storage room, and a sternum clip. The perfect thing for all the wilderness adventures and beach trips you’ll go on at camp.
You can order any one of these backpacks by clicking the links above. Be prepared for whatever summer camp has in store for you and, as always, thanks for reading!
Backpacks are essential to any fun expedition into the wilderness; after all, the fun will come to a stop pretty quickly once you find yourself in a situation that you aren’t prepared for. That’s why every camper needs a reliable backpack that will be able to fit everything they’ll need for those fun woodsy adventures.
Of course, you could always go with an alternative option like the Tokopah 3 Liter Lumbar Pack from High Sierra. It’s more than sufficient for a simple day hike or it can be used as excellent accessory to a backpack to add a little extra packing space for an extended outdoors excursion.
Just one look and you know that High Sierra designed the Tokopah Pack to stand its ground against the elements you’re likely to encounter when you’re roughin’ it ing the great outdoors. And, with a large main compartment and secondary zippered accessory pocket, this Lumbar Pack offers the packing space you need when you hit the trail.
The Tokopah Pack shows up prepared with preloaded dual side pockets that carry two 500 ml, soft-touch, BPA-free water bottles because High Sierra knows that the most important part of being prepared means being hydrated. Water is absolutely the most important thing that you’ll pack for your hiking adventures.
This convenient Lumbar Pack wears comfortably as it’s made of high quality Ripstop polyester material. And it also promotes safety with reflective accent piping to give yourself easy visibility in the dark. It’s got a top web grab handle so you can snatch it up quickly when you’re excited to get on with the hike. And its waist belt is adjustable for hands-free carrying.
Check out the Tokopah 3 Liter Lumbar Pack right here at Everything Summer Camp and order one for your hiking preparedness. Check out our excellent selection of backpacks while you’re at it and, as always, thanks for reading!
Ideal for summer camp, duffel bags are absolutely the perfect alternative to a traditional steel camp trunk. Being your one-stop shop for everything you need for summer camp, Everything Summer Camp has an excellent selection of soft trunk alternatives and we’re always adding to it! Our most recent additions come from High Sierra—the Ultimate Access 2.0 Wheeled Duffels. We carry the 26” and 30” duffel bags.
Guaranteed to roll smoothly and silently on oversized skate-style wheels, these Ultimate Access 2.0 Wheeled Duffels make travel easy no matter how rocky the terrain may get at summer camp. These duffels also feature a recessed telescoping handle system for your rolling ease.
And, while these duffels are experts at rolling along, you can also carry it by the webbed handle so you can carry it up or down stairs with ease OR carry it in the style of a backpack using the comfortably padded shoulder straps that are hidden behind the zippered padded bottom panel.
Packing couldn’t be any easier when you have an Ultimate Access 2.0 Duffel Bag. Load the main compartment on these duffels through the easy-access U-shaped opening to pack the majority of your camping gear. You can pack other camp supplies in the two top-loading compartments on either end of these duffels and there’s a zippered front accessory pocket for quick access
Travel in style with your camp gear when you make your way to summer camp. Grab the 26” Ultimate Access 2.0 Duffel or the 30” Duffel if you think you might need some more packing space for your upcoming summer stay. Make the right choice for you summer visit and order the duffel best suited for your camper today! Get ultimate access when you arrive at camp and, as always, thanks for reading!
What’s up, Campers?!
At Everything Summer Camp, we’re the home of C&N Footlockers so, of course, we pride ourselves the most on our traditional (as well as our innovative Designer) trunks. And we’re also proud to offer our Wheel Away System—the easiest way to transport your camp trunk.
These large, 4″ PVC wheels are a revolutionary solution for summer campers who have struggled with a fully-packed footlocker. But camp trunk transportation isn’t the first thing that the wheel has revolutionized! Let’s take a look at the origins of this round invention!
Contrary to popular opinion, the wheel was not invented with transportation in mind. It wasn’t invented by cavemen either. It was the ancient Sumerians, actually—one of the earliest civilizations in recorded history—and they invented it roughly 3500 BC.
The first wheels were flat disks made of either wood or clay that was left out to bake in the sun. If not for transportation, what were these wheels used for? They were potter’s wheels—rotated by hand and used for shaping clay into rounded pieces of cookware, vases, and other pieces of ceramic art.
The wheel was very useful in the world of pottery, but it would be another 300 years until people realized the full potential of this invention. Wheelbarrows were one of the first wheeled vessels which then gave way to a flood of coming inventions on wheels.
The plow followed soon after the wheelbarrow, but it wasn’t until the wheel found its home underneath a chariot that the transportation train started moving. Wheels have been used for purposes besides transportation since 3000 BC like converting energy in watermills and creating a delightful ride as a Ferris Wheel, but transportation is still its main thing.
Wheels started as objects made of clay and wood, but nowadays, they’re commonly made from rubber as we see on our motor vehicles and bicycles. Some other modern wheels are made of hard plastics like skateboard wheels as well as the removable beauties that pop on and off of our Wheel Away System. Let it roll! And, as always, thanks for reading!