Hey, Camp Folks!

We work with more than 270 summer camps here at Everything Summer Camp and Camp Hayo-Went-Ha is one of them. Happy to feature them on the Blog today, we’re fixing our summer camp spotlight a rough 400 miles to the east of our own hometown in Boyd, Wisconsin, over to the state next to us across the beautiful Great Lake Michigan.Awesome times at Hayo-Went-Ha.

The YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha hosts a girls camp and a boys camp that are located in two different, but nearby locations. The boys camp sits on 600 acres 35 miles northeast of Traverse City while their sister camp, Camp Arbutus, boasts 80 acres 10 miles southeast of Traverse City. Both locations offer a breathtaking landscapes and the feeling of isolation from the rest of the hustle-bustle world.
Climb high at Hayo-Went-Ha.
The boys camp site at Hayo-Went-Ha is the oldest camp to stay on the same site as it’s done so for 110 years! In that time, boys have had fun participating in such activities as all sorts of sports canoeing, hiking, and biking. They have a 50’ climbing tower as well as a two-story 36’ ropes course and zipline. SCUBA lessons are offered as well as fun of all sorts in the water, plus many other fun things!

The girls at Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha have lots of similar activities like sports such as basketball, socceHappy trails on horseback at Hayo-Went-Ha!r, and tennis. They offer a 38’ ropes course and a 38’ climbing tower. They offer a prided Equestrian program in which campers can ride the lengthy trails of the campgrounds. With a plethora of water activities such as sailing, canoeing, and kayaking along with indoor activities like drama, dance, arts and crafts, and much, much more.

Both brother and sister camps offer accommodating cabins for a good night’s sleep where cabin leaders sleep at night as well so that, even at night, campers have some kind of supervision. You can look into Camp Hayo-Went-Ha for your son or daughter right here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Folks!

- John

High Rocks Camp for Boys

Hey, Happy Summer Camp Hunters!

If you’re looking for a summer camp in the western North Carolina region, check out High Rocks Camp for Boys. Located among a thousand acres of camp-owned mountain woodland and boasting an 11 acre lake, this camp has been introducing young men to a clear understanding of community, adventure, leadership, and independence for nearly 60 years—since 1958.
You can bike aas long as you like at High Rocks Camp for Boys.
Featuring a number of streams, awe-inspiring rocky outcrops, granite balds, and jaw-dropping views from an elevation of three thousand feet. High Rocks Camp borders the DuPont North Carolina State Forest which is a 10,000 acre playground of forest, waterfalls, and some of the most beautiful biking trails this country has.

The private, eleven-acre High Rock Lake offers a perfect waterfront for swimming, canoeing, kayaking—they even offer sailing. Find endless trails of beautiful nature to hike or ride horseback or mountain bike through. High Rocks has constructed 5 Appalachian Trail-style shelters that make for perfect overnight pit stops or short backpacking trips for young campers.

Get ready for awesome activities like a three-day hike, a canoe trip, or going rock climbing. Outdoor courts are ready for tenniYou'll make tons of fiends in little time at summer camp.s matches as well as basketball and volleyball games and the athletic fields are begging you to play soccer. Get skilled in other fun activities like Disc Golf, Ping Pong, Foosball, Ultimate Frisbee, Rope Swing, Ga-Ga Ball, and much, much more!

There are five to six campers accompanied by a cabin leader in each cabin. A camper and his cabin mates form an essential bond that create a happy camp experience and cabin leaders at High Rocks direct a great amount of effort toward developing their cabin group into an effective unit whose members offer each other support and understanding.

If High Rocks Camp for Boys sounds like a great fit for your summer camper, get an even better look into camp life on their website by clicking here. And, as always, thanks for reading!Get ready for hikes on High Rocks days at camp!

- John

Blue Ridge Brother and Sister

Hey, Camp Fans!

We’re shining our Everything Summer Camp summer camp spotlight on a quality brother/sister camp, very much deserving of a feature—today we’re taking a look into the world of Camp Ridgecrest for boys as well as Camp Crestridge for girls, situated up high in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Basking in the charm of the summer season, Western North CaroRidgecrest Camps are a great place for boys and girls.lina’s climate tends to see warmer temperatures that rarely exceed the mid-80’s—perfect for fun outdoor activities and incredible trips through the beautiful wilderness. Both Ridgecrest and Crestridge are treated to their own private lakes, awesome facilities, and comfortable cabins.

From Bedlam Ball (soccer with eight goals) at Ridgecrest to the Night of Chaos (a race of organized mess of chaotic events) at Crestridge, there is an incredible amount of fun waiting for you at these camps.

The camps have many shared activities like Archery, Riflery, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Horesback Riding, Guitar, and Crafts. The camps also offer exclusive activities like Sewing, Gymnastics, and Needlework at Crestridge as well as Chess, Paintball, and Rocketry at Ridgecrest. And both camps come together to participate in Carnival—giant, inflatable rides and games of skill where you can win awesome prizes for your cabin.
Crestridge is a great place to camp.
Each camp has their own welcoming and atmospheric dining hall and both campgrounds have cool, rustic buildings, fun facilities, and accommodating cabins. Crestridge campers are provided with the luxury of internal bath amenities while the boys at Ridgecrest use the private cabin bathhouses complete with shower stalls, toilets, urinals, and sinks.

Growing opportunities and great fun are happening each and every summer at Ridgecrest and Crestridge. Look in to either of these camps right here to see if they’d be a good match for your son or daughter and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Chimney Corners Camp for Girls

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

Is your kid interested in camp? A great way to investigate camps for future summer seasons is to check out all of our Summer Camp Spotlight posts that we’ve published on the Blog. Browse potential camps and get a good idea of what summer stays are like at each camp when you read these posts! Today, we’ll shine the Everything Summer Camp spotlight on a great camp in the Berkshires region of western Massachusetts—YMCA Chimney Corners Camp for girls.The Chimney Corners Camp for Girls is an excellent place to be.A sister camp to Camp Becket, Chimney Corners Camp was founded in 1931 by the loving couple Ina and Henry Gibson. These two had reached the juncture in their lives where the relief of retirement was on the horizon. In preparation for the upcoming stage, the couple came across a promising piece of property. Its main feature was a building that was falling apart around an old chimney.
I wouldn't want to mess with these girls.
Seeing its potential, the Gibsons thought to themselves that this could be the site for a summer camp for girls. They fell in love with the idea and received awesome help and support from the folks at the nearby camp—Camp Becket!

Like their brother camp, there’s a lot going on at Chimney Corners Camp. Choose from fun camp activities like Softball, Basketball, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Archery, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Horseback Riding, High/Low Ropes Course, Nature Outings, Outdoor Living Skills, and a plethora of Creative Arts like Photography, Woodshop, Music, Drama!

Two cabin leaders stay in the rustic but cozy cabins of Chimney Corners with 8 to 9 campers of the same age and grade in each cabin. Campers get a taste of simpler living with no electricity or indoor bathrooms. Cabins glow with flashlights and lanterns after sundown and each camper gets her own cubby as well as some shared space underneath the bunk and in a closet.This beautiful dining hall sets a great environment for meal times.

Standing for over a decade, the Chimney Corners Dining Hall gathers the entire camp at mealtimes and gives them all one roof under which to eat. Cabin leaders and cabin mates sit together during mealtimes. Have your daughter experience the family and fun at Chimney Corners Camp and check out their website for more details. As always, thanks for reading, llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllCamp Fans!

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Spend Summer on the Catalina Islands!

Hey, Camp People!

We can’t talk enough about all the excellent summer camps with whom we’ve developed great relationships. That’s why we post about them as often as we can and, toCatalina Island Camps is a great camp for girls.day, we’re swinging our Everything Summer Camp spotlight over to the West Coast to one of these amazing camps. Focusing our attention about 20 miles off the Southern California coast, let’s take a good look at Catalina Island Camps

Bound by glorious views and graced by ocean breezes, Catalina Island Camps is settled on Howlands Landing, a private cove downwind of the beautiful Catalina Island. Initially a boys camp when it was first founded in 1922, this camp has been open to girls as well now since the 70’s.

There are awesome water activities at Catalina IslaLots of fun goings on at the camp waterfront!nd Camps like Skin Diving, Kayaking, Sailing, Water Skiing, Wake Boarding, Tubing, Knee Boarding, and Stand Up Paddleboards. And days are filled with other activities like Arts & Crafts, Archery, Riflery, Rock Wall Climbing, Ropes Course, Outdoor Cooking, Adventure Trips, and much, much more.

Catalina Island campers find a sense of belonging to the cabin group. The activities, special events, and overall cabin life are determined by the cabin groups to which campers are assigned. Through cooperationAcquaintances become BFFs at Catalina Island Camps. in activities and shared experiences, Catalina campers learn to help their fellow cabin mates and develop friendships with one another. There is a cabin leader and an activity instructor living with typically ten campers in each cabin.

Boasting beautiful campgrounds and a lovely campus, campers believe Catalina Island Camps to be heaven on earth. Here, campers take their first steps toward a stage of maturity and self-reliance. Check out Catalina Island Camps for yourself right here if it sounds like a good camp for your camper and, as always thanks for reading!

- John

Pledge to Brown Ledge

Hey, Camp Fans!

I was just looking into a wonderful camp on the eastern coast. I’m swinging our summer camp spotlight here at Everything Summer Camp to the banks of Lake Champlain—just eight miles north of Burlington, Vermont. I’m talking about a girls camp called Brown Ledge. Here's the camp logo for Brown Ledge Camp for Girls.-

An overnight camp for girls ages from 10-18 years of age, Brown Ledge sits on Mallets Bay, the largest bay on Lake Champlain. Brown Ledge boasts 1500 feet of waterfront on the biggest bay of the biggest New England lake. A combination of fields and woods on the Brown Ledge campgrounds produce a perfect summer camp setting.

There are lots of activities to keep you busy at Brown Ledge—there’s Horseback Riding, Tennis, Archery, Riflery, Water Sports, Studio Arts & Crafts, Theater, Dance, and so much more. A very different camp, the choice of how to spend the day is up to each individual camper. You can spend all day horseback riding, or try to fit as many of the 18 available activities as you can into one day.
Get great activities into your summer days at Brown Ledge.
Brown Ledge certainly lends a remote feeling, but really, the campsite is just a 15 minute drive to civilization: Vermont’s largest city, Burlington. The state’s finest hospital and an abundance of physicians in all kinds of specialties at the University of Vermont Medical school are both extremely nearby.

Brown Ledge gives girls a clearer image of themselves—one that’s untouched by their established reputation of who they are from back home. This camp experience will give your camper more option than most other camps will which just may give her an idea of what she’s really passionate about. Or it may give her an extremely well-rounded getaway.

An excellent all girls summer camp for your daughter to attend, check out Brown Ledge Camp for yourself and, as always, thanks for reading.This could be you at Brown Ledge Camp for girls.

- John

Ride on!

Hey, ready Riders!

There are a million reasons to go to summer camp. You might love the idea of being immersed in nature, or maybe the thrill of being away from home is what interests you. There’s the chance to make a hundred friends and develop your sense of self-reliance. Or maybe it’s just all the fun you’ll have. Black River Farm & Ranch, a great place for summer camp!Fun can mean different things to different people, but if you’re a camper at Black River Farm & Ranch Camp, chances are you find the most fun when you’re riding.

Since 1962, this 360-acre farm and ranch in Croswell, Michigan has provided young women with a five acre lake, natural woodlands, a valley with a winding stream, and the fields of the River Bend Farm to give them the best of experience a camp can offer.

If you’re horse-crazy, then this is the camp for you. Black River Farm & Ranch campers regularly head out on trail rides, they take mounted and ground lessons, lessons for vaulting (a.k.a. gymnastics on horseback) and are given free riding time under supervision. With more than 85 horses, Black River Farm & Ranch offer the best ratio of horses to campers.

Shoot straight and arrow.Other fun things to do at the Farm & Ranch are Archery Tennis, Basketball, Crafts, Swimming, Paddle boats, and plenty more. After the sun goes down, crazy games and programs are held across the entire camp in order to bring everybody together for the excitement and fun.

Black River Farm & Ranch has excellent bunk houses—or, ‘cities’, as they’re called at the Farm & Ranch—each one consisting of three to four cabins. And, in each cabin, you’ll find all the amenities and bunks to comfortably house 8 to 12 girls and their belongings.

If you love, love, love horses, then look closely at Black River Farm & Ranch. It may be the right summer camp experience for you! Check out their website right here and, as always, thanks for reading!Get into the camping spirit at Black River Farm & Ranch Camp!

- John

Camp Counselor Carey

Hey, Campers!

Did you know that kids have been going to summer camp for more than a hundred years? That means there are literally millions of adults who were once summer campers just like you. Many of them have gone on to become famous folks who we all know and love. I have a great time featuring celebrities who went to summer camp—people like Drew Carey, for example!Whose Line and Price is Right host, as well as star of his own show, Drew Carey!

Drew knew what summer camp was all about, alright. He isn’t actually a former camper as he never attended at an age young enough to be a camper; he did, however, spend a summer as a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Y-Noah in Akron, Ohio.

As you may have gleaned from his TV show, he lived in Old Brooklyn, a neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio with his parents and two older brothers. He may have been the youngest, but he grew up fast. He was only eight when his father died of a brain tumor.

With a dabbling interest in music as well as comedy, Drew played the cornet as well as the trumpet in the marching band of James Ford Rhodes High School. After high school, Drew went on to study at Kent State University for some time before enlisting into the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1980 where he served for six years.

In 1985 Drew was being paid to write jokes for a friend’s radio show in Cleveland. His friend suggested he go to the library to borrow books about how to write jokes. Drew to the suggestion as actual advice and did so.

His understanding of the funny bone led him to win open mic nights and he eventually became Master of Ceremonies at the Cleveland Comedy Club. Drew started performing in comedy clubs all over Cleveland and Los Angeles. After making a name for himself in stand-up, he landed a gig on the Johnny Carson Show. His performance went over so well that Johnny invited him to sit down—a rare invitation for a guest comedian.

He made his first appearance on ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ in 1994 and he had a number of small appearances in television for a year or so after that, but all the while, he was working on something much bigger on the side with his friend Bruce Helford: ‘The Drew Carey Show’.

The show was about a fictionalized version of Drew himself and how he dealt with the stresses of life and work alongside his group of childhood friends. The show was very successful and ran for nine whole seasons, airing a total of 233 episodes.

After that, Drew got involved in the comedy sports arena—hosting the improvisational comedy show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’, which regularly featured funnymen like Colin Mockery, Wayne Brady, Ryan Stiles (who costarred in ‘The Drew Carey Show’), and a slew of other guests who would come back often in later episodes.

The show was a tremendous hit and is still in production today, though it isThe Price is Still Right after Bob Barker has left the stage. no longer hosted by Drew. Instead, Drew continued his hosting career on a different show—one you may have heard of before called ‘The Price is Right’…! The honor of carrying this infamous gameshow after the show’s original, legendary host, Bob Barker, is a great one.

Check out YMCA Camp Y-Noah in Akron, Ohio for yourself if you’re interested and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Adirondack in the Spotlight

Hey, Camp People!

You know that I absolutely love talking about all the excellent summer camps that work with us at Everything Summer Camp. I do it pretty often. Having developed some great relationships with more than 250 summer camps, we like to regularly post about them. Today we’re swinging our spotlight over to the east coast to check out Adirondack Camp.

Adirondack Camp is somewhat concealed in the heavily-forested, ancient land of the 100 years ago, people realized what a cool site they happened upon.Adirondack bedrock that—part peninsula—stretches out into the natural beauty of crystal clear, drinkable waters of Lake George in New York. For about one hundred years, Adirondack Camp has been providing a magical setting and a wonderful sense of community in which campers discover more about themselves then they otherwise would.

You’re sure to haveSo I totem to leave me alone. a blast at Adirondack with all the Land Sports they offer like Archery, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Fencing, Rock Climbing, Swimming, Snorkeling, Fishing, Canoeing, and lots of other fun water activities. Adirondack offers some great wilderness experiences involving camping trips and learning about nature. And there are awesome indoor activities too like the performing arts, creative arts, culinary arts and more.

Campers live with one another according to gender and age and they’re supervised by two to four adult cabin leaders who sleep along with the cThis camp is a peninsula. Pretty awesome being surrounded by water on three sides.ampers in their large, open-air cabins. Both sides of the cabins are lined with double-decker bunks and boast lots of open space for kids to be kids as they hang out or goof around.

Complete with a dining hall, staff house, and a multitude of sites for some of the awesome indoor activities like fencing, cooking, and video art, the Adirondack campgrounds are just the special spot for your camper to take their first steps toward a stage of maturation and independence. Check out Camp Adirondack for yourself right here and, as always thanks for reading!
Lookit where you're going!

- Noonway!

A Winning Camp—Camp Woodmont

Hey, Camp Folks!

We work with over 250 summer camps with whom we’ve developed special relationships, here at Everything Summer Camp. We’re proud of that fact and so we frequently enjoy featuring each of those camps in their own Blog post. We call them our ‘Summer Camp Spotlight’ posts and, today, we’re swinging our spotlight south on Camp Woodmont for boys and girls.Look at Camp Woodmont for your next summer camp experience!Situated on top of Lookout Mountain in Northwest Georgia, the natural setting and complimentary facilities create a wonderful camp spirit throughout all 170 acres of hardwood forests, beautiful pastures, the green, rolling meadows, along with plenty of protective shade from the sun at Camp Woodmont. These campgrounds are a giant playground for kids—made of magical beauty and the encouragement to grow.

Campers at Camp Woodmont will have a blast with an assortment of traditional activities at summer camp such as Archery, Ball Sports and Field Games, OutdGet into the camp spirit at Camp Woodmont!oor Adventuring, Ropes Course, Wall Climbing, Zip Lining, Horseback Riding, Golf, Fishing, Canoeing, Swimming, and so much more.

But Woodmont makes time to squeeze in some of their own traditional activities like Splashmat Contests, Puddle Jumping, Painting Horses, Life-Size Game of Clue, Mummy Mummy, and more!

Blessed with scenic rock formations and a small lake, Camp Woodmont has built on this land with careful consideration to work in harmony with the natural setting since they were first founded by Mr. and Mrs. “B” (Jane and Jim Bennett) in 1981. The campgrounds, now complete, with a Dining Hall, Nurse’s Clinic, Gym, Swimming Pool, Athletic Field, Mini-Golf Course, Cabins, and more provide a peaceful place where kids have the time of their lives!

All of the cabins at Woodmont Cozy cabins at Camp Woodmont.provide electricity for the campers and the bathhouses are very close by. Each Woodmont camper is assigned to a cabin based on age. The campers then select their own bunk bed and shelf for personal items. The cabins each house 6-8 campers as well as a cabin leader.

If Camp Woodmont sounds like it might just be the right camp for your kid, get a closer look at them right here on their website and, as always, thanks for reading!
Join the gang on the mountain top at Camp Woodmont and have a blast this coming summer!

- John