Fun and Free at Camp Illahee!

Hey, Camp Folks!

We work with more than 270 summer camps across the United States here at Everything Summer Camp so you can imagine how much we love to sing the praises of all these great camps. This Blog makes an effort to frequently shine our spotlight on the next camp—we always have more to write about. And today we’re swinging our Summer Camp Spotlight over to Western North Carolina’s mountains where we find Camp Illahee.

In the Cherokee language, the word ‘Illahee’ translates to ‘heavenly world’. A fitting name, Check out the fun everyone's having at Camp Illahee.Illahee sits on 110 acres of forested land that features mountains, a natural lake, rustic amenities, and positive atmosphere for your girl’s summer stay away from home.

Girls enjoy a slew of sports, arts, and other activities at Camp Illahee. Summers there are brimming with fun Team Sports as well as Swimming, Tennis, Horseback Riding, Marksmanship, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Gymnastics, and more. Get adventurous on Illahee’s Ropes Course, Rock Climbing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Trail Hiking, Cookouts, and Overnight Excursions. Hone your creative skills with Ceramics, Cooking, Dance, Drama, Watercolor, Weaving, Woodworking, and more!

Surveying the grounds, you’ll find the Dining Hall and McLeod Lodge front and center. Nurses nearby the cabins are next as well as a cool Wishing Well. Cabins overlook the lake and big red barn. Elsewhere, find the Outdoor Basketball Courts, Tennis Courts, Climbing Tower, Ropes Course, Riflery and Archery Range, Busy Bee Art Studio, Woodshop, Gymnasium and Rec Lodge.

Home in the summertime to thousands of young women, Camp Illahee has shown its campers what fun summers are all about for nearly 100 years! Get to know some of the awesome young women of your generation and enjoy some deeper insight into what exactly makes you tick! If Camp Illahee sounds like it’s right for you, peruse their website by clicking here and make your summer heavenly! And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Do It at Camp Stewart

Hey, Camp People!

Working with more than 270 summer camps, we here at Everything Summer Camp love to sing the praises of camps all across the nation. This Blog makes an effort to frequently shine our spotlight on the next camp. Today we’re swinging our Summer Camp Spotlight to the renowned Texas Hill Country down South.Get the most from your camp experience at Camp Stewart for Boys.

There we find Camp Stewart.

Stewart spreads over 500 acres of rugged Texas Hill Country, and include both sides of over a mile of the Guadalupe River—a spring-fed, crystal-clear river. Camp Stewart is situated on both sides of the river in a valley between both hills and limestone bluffs. Natural cedar, giant cypress, and various oaks are abundant, as well as all of the native wildlife around the area.

Stewart has a plethora of fun things to do such as Archery, Arts & Crafts, Camp Craft, Canoeing, Ceramics, Climbing Wall, Fencing, Golf, Horseback. Outdoor Cooking, Riflery, Sports, Tennis, and more! Or cool off at the waterfront with awesome ways to have fun like their Double Slide, Billy Bob Sled, Basic Water Rescue, Blob, Tarzan Rope, Water Skiing, Tubing, Zipline, as well as regular-ol’ Swimming.

Among a plethora of other attractions, Camp Stewart features Tennis Courts, Soccer Fields, a Football Field, Baseball Diamonds, Golf Greens, Riflery and Archery Ranges, Horse Stables for more than 100 beautiful beasts. And there’s also the Crafts Lodge where campers are provided a relaxing, open-air, breezy atmosphere where they can work on cool, creative projects!

Another frequented facility is the Camp Stewart Dining Hall—a comfortable environment with tables and benches to seat each and every Stewart camper for breakfast, lunch, and dinner unless it happens to be one of the weekly cookouts.

Lastly, the 23 cabins with indoor plumbing are of native rock and cedar are built in the same, familiar ‘Texas style’ to complement the beautiful facilities and majestic, natural surroundings. So how does bonding with friends, nature, and yourself sound? Get the opportunity at Camp Stewart; take a closer look by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Check Out Takajo, Bro!

What’s up, Camp Fans?!

We’re proud to spread the fact that we work with more than 270 summer camps here at Everything Summer Camp and we love singing their praises all the time. And this Blog makes the perfect venue for letting everyone know what great things are going on at the great camps with whom we’ve developed such a strong working relationship. Today we’re swinging our Summer Camp Spotlight to the Northeast Coast in Naples, Maine.Check things out at Camp Takajo!

Here we find the awesome Camp Takajo!

Since 1947, Camp Takajo for boys has existed in the Sebago Lakes region of southern Maine near the coastline. The campgrounds boast pine trees that overlook the land from a high vantage point. Takajo’s waterfront goes for a mile along the crystal clear Long Lake. The surrounding countryside is characterized by beautiful lakes and evergreen forests. Camp Takajo is a seven-week, boys’ sleep-away summer camp.

Athletic activities include Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Flag Football, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, In-line Skating, and much more! As for Water Sports, Takajo offers Swimming, Waterskiing, Sailing, and Canoeing.

Their Hobby Activities consist of Nature Study, Painting and Drawing, Crafts, Ceramics, Music, Drama, Journalism, Photography, Woodworking, and more! And on top of that, their Pioneering activities include Backpacking, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Ropes Course, and other awesome adventurous ways to learn and have fun!

You’ll also find exceptional facilities at Camp Takajo. They enjoy some delicious food in their 10,000 square foot Dining Hall which boasts awesome windows that let in the sunshine as well as the inspiring views of Long Lake! Arts & Crafts type of activities (called Hobbies at Takajo) take place in the cute Hobby Lane building.

And the MJG Playhouse (dedicated to camp founder, Morten J. Goldman) is the hub of camp—home to a number of theatrical productions, music shows, movies, dance socials, and so much more every summer.

Cabins house anywhere from seven to nine campers and two counselors. All cabins have electricity, bathrooms, and plenty of storage space for clothing! If seven weeks of bonding with friends, nature, and yourself sounds like an experience you’re interested in, give Camp Takajo a closer look by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Go Sweeney for this Summer!

Hey, Camp Families!

Everything Summer Camp is proud as well as thrilled to be working with over 270 summer camps across the nation and we’re happy to sing their praises just as often as we can. This Blog is the perfect venue to highlight these awesome places that give kids a summer escape away into the wilderness where kids discover themselves and their true potential. And today, we swing our Summer Camp Spotlight down south to Texas where we find Camp Sweeney.It's all smiles at Camp Sweeney!

Situated in the Lone Star State, just below the southern perimeter of Oklahoma, Camp Sweeney has been rooted in these southern grounds since 1950 where they have continued summer after summer to show their campers an absolutely awesome time for their summer stay!

The people at Camp Sweeney know how drastically the diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes can flip our lives around. This is a camp where having Type 1 diabetes doesn’t make you an outcast; it makes you just like everyone else. Managing diabetes takes children away from their perception of ‘normal’, but not at Camp Sweeney.

And after nineteen days of blood tests, insulin injections, and carbohydrate calculations bring the disappearance of diabetes, Sweeney campers can take pride in the knowledge that they possess the ability of overcoming this adversity.

Nineteen days may seem like a lengthy stay to some camp families, but Camp Sweeney insists this length is necessary to form healthy habits, instill confidence, and develop friendships.

Of course, campers are also treated to the typical fun activities that pack the days at any other summer camp. Sweeney campers can participate in awesome activities like Archery, Basketball, Challenge Course, Cross Country, Dance, Football, Frisbee Golf, Ultimate Frisbee, Hiking, Lacrosse, Mini Golf, Paintball, Riflery, Rock Climbing, Rocketry, Soccer, Tennis, Tumbling, Volleyball, Weightlifting, Zumba, and more!

Have fun in the water too with their impressive Water Park or go Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, and simple Swimming! Quieter, indoor activities include Arts & Crafts. Broadcasting, Music, and Video Production.

More than just a fun summer escape, Camp Sweeney is no ordinary camp; it’s a lifestyle. It’s a place where campers are taught not only how to manage their diabetes, but also motivated to do so. Sweeney campers return home with a renewed and deeper sense of self. Give your camper this opportunity and send them to Camp Sweeney this summer! Check out their website for yourself by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Head to Camp at Jameson Ranch!

Hey, Camp Families!

We work with more than 270 summer camps and we’re happy to sing their praises as much as we can. And the Blog gives us ample opportunity to highlight these awesome places away from civilization where kids discover themselves and their true potential. And that’s why we’re swinging our Summer Camp Spotlight over to the West Coast where we find the enchanting Jameson Ranch Camp.

Situated around the southern end of the Sierras, Jameson Ranch Camp has been rooted in these majestic grounds since 1934 where they have continued summer after summer to show their campers an absolutely awesome time for their summer stay!Have a blast at Jameson Ranch!

While the summer campers at Jameson Ranch are truly encouraged to develop their own autonomy and independence by choosing which awesome activities they participate in as well as choosing what food they eat, they still become part of the camp family which inevitably forms every summer.

(Speaking of the food, Jameson Ranch amazingly grows a great garden which helps feed the table with some pretty incredible food!)

Together campers partake in incredible fun with exciting activities like Animal Care, Arts & Crafts, Drama, Mountain Boarding, Horseback Gymnastics, Horseback Riding, Archery, Riflery, Swimming, Sailing, Fishing, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, and more!

Grouped with a cabin leader or two as well as peers within a tight age-range, Jameson Ranch campers sleep under outdoor shelters that really bring the idea of camping close to home. These cozy open-sided shelters don’t separate you from the sounds of crickets and nightly critters as you fall asleep.

Check out Jameson Ranch Camp to get a better idea for yourself by clicking here and see if it seems like a suitable summer camp for your camper! Make this summer a special one and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Okay, Ozark!

Hey, Camp People!

I’ve written lots of Summer Camp Spotlight posts for the last five years now, here on the Everything Summer Camp Blog—more than 75 to be specific. We really just can’t help ourselves but to sing the praises of the awesome summer camps with whom we’ve been fortunate enough to have formed excellent relationships. We love all the 270 camps across the country with whom we work!

Allow me to whisk you away to 400 beautiful acres in the forested land of the Incomparable Check out Camp Ozark for yourself!Camp Ozark in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Offering the serene waterfront of Lake Ouachita, Camp Ozark provides a truly beautiful experience for each of the 6500 campers it sees each summer!

Camp Ozark has no trouble keeping its campers busy! They offer waterfront activities like Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Water Polo, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, and more. Play land sports such as Baseball, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Disc Golf, Capture-the-Flag, and a bunch more. And they also offer Outdoor Adventures, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Ropes Course, Horseback Riding, and more!

There are Performing arts at Ozark too such as Acting, Guitar, Cheerleading, Dance, Gymnastics, and more. And they offer Creative Arts as well like String Art, Woodburning, T-Shirt Printing, Woodworking, Wax Painting, Rocketry, Pottery, Robotics, Jewelry-Making, Candlemaking, and a plethora of other creative projects.

With accommodating Summit and Pine Cabins, Camp Ozark provides campers with comfort during their summer stays. Aside from the cabins, Ozark has fine recreational facilities including three large covered pavilions for basketball, volleyball, and tennis. They have a smaller covered pavilion for gymnastics, the dance studio, a woodshop, a wrestling/weight room pavilion, and a large Arts & Crafts building which includes a pottery room.

Get a closer look at Camp Ozark for your camper if it sounds like it could be a great fit for your family. You can get a better look at summer life at Ozark by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Have a Summer Stay at Camp Nicolet

Hey, Camp Families!

Over the years, I’ve written a lot of Summer Camp Spotlight posts here on the Everything Summer Camp Blog. But to us, they aren’t so much Blog posts as they are confessions of love. Of course, we love all the camps with whom we have a working relationship equally—and that’s more than 270 across the nation!

Of course, there’s a lot to love about them. That’s why you’ll catch me singing their praises Nicolet makes for an awesome camp stay!rather frequently here on the Blog; and today, I’m singing the praises of Camp Nicolet! Allow me to whisk you away to 150 acres in the heart of Nicolet National Forest—12 miles east of Eagle River in Northern Wisconsin.

This all-star girls camp plays hard with a plethora of activities on the land, in the water, and indoors. Have a blast from your pick of fun things like water skiing, wakeboarding, swimming, sailing, canoeing, and more in the water while you sharpen your skills at Archery, Horseback Riding, Soccer, Tennis, and Volleyball, on the land. Girls have time for quieter activities too like Musical Theater as well as Arts & Crafts,

Featuring beautiful facilities, complementary to the campgrounds, where campers run amuck of the fun fields, courts, beach, a dining hall, a cool lodge, a library, ten lakefront cabins, and more, Camp Nicolet has taken pride in their camp since it was first founded in 1944.

After long, full days, Nicolet girls gather around the fireplace in their cozy cabins where lifetime friendships are cemented in the summer fun. The cabins are finished with electricity, bathrooms, screened porch, and a fireplace. Laundry is sent out to be done weekly. And the shower facility (as well as infirmary) is just a short walk from any of the cabins.

Camp Nicolet sounds like a pretty special place. If it sounds like a camp that you may be interested in, you can give them a closer look on their website by clicking here. Campers have been having the best summer of their lives for 73 consecutive seasons now. Join in the legacy of Nicolet and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Look into Camp Lonehollow!

Hey, Camp Families!

It goes without saying here at Everything Summer Camp, that we love camp. I mean…just look at our name! We truly want to ensure that each and every camper that visits our site gets the absolute most out of their summer camp experience. That’s partly on us because kids need the proper apparel and equipment with which to go camping. But a lot of that responsibility falls to the camp which is why we only work with the best of the best summer camps.

Camp Lonehollow is one of those camps.

There, they welcome kids to 3000 acres of deeply nestled Texas Hill Country—lesCelebrate the comaraderie at Camp Lonehollow and enjoy your summer stay!s than two hours west of San Antonio. With over 60 activities offered there, Camp Lonehollow shows kids an awesome summer stay.

Lonehollow campers are given the opportunities for Overnight Camping Trips as well as traditional sports such as Archery, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Sports, Fishing, Flag Football, Golf, Horseback Riding, Lacrosse, Rockwall, Soccer, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, and more! They make a splash on the Waterfront every summer with activities like Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Sailing, SCUBA Diving, Snorkeling, Swimming, and more!

And they have studios where sessions are held for Camp Crafts, Ceramics, Drama, Fused Glass, Glee, Guitar, Hip-Hop Dance, Illusions, Jewelry-Making, Journalism, Leather Works, Music, Photography, Radio DJ, Sewing/Knitting, Sketching, & Painting, Weight Training, Woodworking, Videography, and more!

Campers at Lonehollow set up home base inside natural rock cabins where they sleep on custom-built cedar bunk beds with pillow-top mattresses to make for cozy nights. Designed with adequate storage space as well, Lonehollow cabins comfortably fit 15 campers or less (depending on which cabin) as well as two or three cabin leaders.

If Lonehollow sounds like it might be a good fit for you, look into it further! You can get all the details you need on their website. Give them a visit by clicking here and learn all you can about this fantastic camp and do what you can to see that your kid get the most out of the summer camp experience! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

What’s Happenin’ at Kennolyn?

Hey, Camp Families!

I like to think of our Summer Camp Spotlight posts here on the Everything Summer Camp Blog as being less like Blog posts and more like love letters. Of course, we have a lot of loves—that’s why we work with more than 270 summer camps across the nation. And there’s a lot to love about them. That’s why I sing their praises here on the Blog; and today, I’m singing the praises of Kennolyn Camp!

Located in the Santa Cruz Mountains on 300 acres of Northern California Kids enjoy their time at Kennolyn Camp. You're sure to as well!Redwoods that overlook Monterey Bay, Kennolyn Camp got its start in 1946 (the year after the end of World War II). It was during that war, that the seed of Kennolyn Camp was born. Max served on an ammunition ship in the Pacific Ocean. He wrote to his sweetheart, Marion, “If I EVER get out of this alive, let’s start a school or a camp.”

When he got back home, that’s just what they did.

At Kennolyn Camp, you’ll fill your time with awesome activities such as Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Batting Cages, BMX Biking, Carpentry, Ceramics, Chess, Climbing, Crafts, Dance, Diving, Drama, Horseback Riding, Fencing, Forest Exploration, Gardening, Glee, Golf, Guitar, Animal Care, Cooking, Ropes Course, Ping Pong, Riflery, Ropes, Rugby, Self Defense, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, and even more than that!

Camp friendships are powerful, and living in a cabin group is one way to make lasting friendships while taking steps toward independence at the same time. With all the comforts of home, each cabin is unique with its character and its charm, and they all have electricity, windows, built-in shelves, bunk beds for up to eight campers, as well as an inviting front porch. Separate girls and boys areas lie on opposite sides of the camp.

Look into Kennolyn Camp for your own camping experience! You can peruse their website by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Folks!

- John

Love, Peace, and Compassion at Aloha Camp

Hey, Camp Families!

We work with more than 270 camps and we’re can’t help but to sing their praises, so we’re grateful to have a proper platform in this Blog for getting the word out about these fantastic camps. To add another installment in our Summer Camp Spotlight Blog posts, we aim our camp spotlight to the Upper East Coast.

Today, we swing our spotlight over to the small state of Vermont to feature the magical Check out the fun times gping on at Aloha Camp.Aloha Camp for girls! Enclosed by pine forests, sunlit meadows, and the sparkling Lake Morey, Aloha Camp grounds consist of enchanting land that’s shown girls a delightful summer stay for over a hundred years—ever since 1905.

For those who seek the simple living that nature provides, look into the fun things that will fill up your time at Aloha Camp. You’ll have fun with traditional camp activities like Archery, Arts & Crafts, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Music, Tennis, Theater, Photography, Wilderness Trips, Woodworking, and much, much more. There’s fun to be had in the water as well with Canoeing, Kayaking, Swimming, Sailing, and more.

Aloha “families” live in camp “units” with girls of all ages, participating in cookouts and overnights together, planning surprise parties for the rest of the camp, and entertaining their camp-mates in special programs and ceremonies. The girls live in either, spacious tents, on wooden platforms, or in rustic cabins. With three to five campers and one or two counselors who are carefully considered for group arrangement, camp units bond quickly.

Made up of ten tents and cabins on average, units share a wash house with hot water showers, flush toilets, and electricity as well.

If you think Aloha Camp just might be the right camp for your daughter, give them a closer look on their website by clicking here. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans! Until next time.

- John