Victoria F. Says Camp is the Best

Hey, Camp Fans!

We saw an excellent response to our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp and now we’re eager to publish each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Victoria F., who wrote in to tell us about her exciting acrobatics at Camp Louise. Here’s her submission:Camp Louise provides activities that keep kids not just entertained but brave too!

“‘Finally!’ I said quietly. Even though it was only the third day of summer camp our bunk schedule finally said ‘Ropes Course.’ We found out yesterday, but we had been counting hours until our second activity of the day arrived. As our counselors led us downhill to the tool shed I could not help but wonder what we would be doing. One of the Outdoors staff approached us and led us to the Leap Of Faith. After she explained what to do I decided not to go first. Instead, I watched my friends climb up the twenty foot pole using the staples, hoist themselves on top of the pole, and scoot off. Nobody actually grabbed the trapeze like they were trying to. Then, it was my turn. When I made it to the top the pole shook in rhythm with the rest of my body. I triple-checked my harness and my helmet and counted in a whisper one, two, three. I couldn’t move. At least I was the first one that stood up on the pole. Without counting I bent my knees and flew off of the pole. As I extended my arms I felt the trapeze and quickly grasped the black pole. I did it! I was the first one. When I got down on the ground I heard my bunk cheering for me. I could not believe it. I look forward to activities like this all year long. Now I was positive this would be an amazing summer!”

Victoria clearly had a blast during her summer camp stay. Congrats for being the first to succeed at The Leap of Faith at Camp Louise. Check this camp out at home to see if it’s a good match for you. You can visit their site by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

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- 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

Where Pete Wentz Went to Camp

Hey, Summer Campers!

We talk about a lot of famous celebrities here on the Everything Summer Camp Blog because so many of them went to summer camp when they were closer to your age. I’ve posted about more than 100 big names whether they were on TV, in movies, play sports, or play music. And the latter is just what one Pete Wentz does as the bassist, lyricist, and backing vocalist for the American rock band known as Fall Out Boy.
Read about this music star's childhood.
A former summer camper as well, before Pete ever wrote a song he traveled north from his hometown in Wilmette, Illinois—a wealthy Chicago suburb—to Camp Chippewa nearby Bemidji, Minnesota. There he enjoyed his summer stay, taking in the enchanting beauty of the Chippewa National Forest on Cass Lake.

Pete once recounted his first musical memory to ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine—even before his time at camp. He remembers sitting in the backseat of his father’s car, listening to ‘Build Me Up, Buttercup’ by The Foundations.

After gradeschool, he went to New Trier High School as well as North Shore Country Day School, where he made a name for himself on the soccer team. He made such a name for himself, in fact, that he considered turning soccer into a professional career for a while. He eventually decided against it as he found music to be more fulfilling for him. “Music was more of a challenge,” he’s quoted for saying. “And, in the end, felt more interesting.

Pete graduated high school in 1997. He immediately found work at a Subway restaurant in Chicago and attended DePaul University, studying political science. Though he attended school for multiple years, he dropped out when he was just one quarter away from graduation as his job at Subway had gotten increasingly demanding. He’d been promoted to the store manager with a salary increase.

He turned to the Chicago music scene during this time to give himself an outlet for his creativity and social life. And after a few years of continuing to pay his dues at Subway, he ultimately ended up quitting when the opportunity presented itself to play bass full-time for a band called Fall Out Boy.

Pete now owns his own record label called DCD2 Records, the label that’s signed such bands as Panic! at the Disco and Gym Class Heroes. Pete has since found interest in other non-musical projects, including writing, acting, and fashion. It was almost 13 years ago that he founded the clothing company, Clandestine Industries. You can check out Camp Chippewa for yourself by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Josh B. Feels Campy!

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

The 30+ camper submissions we received this year for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest at Everything summer Camp were great to read. We’re happy to share them with our online community and post each submission right here on the Blog! Besides our seven lucky winners of larger prizes, all other entrants received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Josh B., who wrote in to tell us about his first year at Beber Camp. Here’s his submission:Beber Camp is awesome!“This was my first year going to camp. I am 8 years old and I was super scared to go to sleep away camp. Camp was so much fun! On the Friday before camp started we got to visit Beber. I saw the Ropes Course and said NO WAY! Then I decided to try it because my cabin friends were doing it. I loved it so much I got to do the catwalk and the climbing wall. I loved doing the zip line and the flying squirrel too. My cabin also got to visit the farm at camp and see the goats. We also got to do rock painting. The Banquet was so much fun! They served “cocktails” and “trail mix.” The music was great! I loved my field trip to the Elegant Farmer. I also got to light the torch at Maccabiah! Makor Mania was also so much fun. Camp was GREAT! It was sad leaving camp. I had great counselors and I met so many new friends. I can’t wait to go back next year!”

Josh clearly had a blast during his summer camp stay. He obviously loved Beber Camp. You may love it yourself if it’s a good match for you. Look into Beber Camp for yourself right here and as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Check Camp Olympia in Texas!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Today we’re swinging the summer camp spotlight at Everything Summer Camp way down south to the largest of the contiguous United States of America, Texas. With many options of camps to focus on in Texas, we’re zeroing in on the eastern half, located in the Texas Pines. Allow me to give you the virtual tour of Camp Olympia—one of the many (273, to be specific) summer camps with whom we’ve created strong ties. Check things out at Camp Olympia!The beautiful Camp Olympia is located on Lake Livingston in Trinity, Texas where excited boys and girls find themselves in the perfect atmosphere for fun and adventure among the East Texas pines. Inviting summer campers from ages six to 16 every summer since it first opened its doors in 1968, Camp OlymCamp Olympia campers are real into their summer stays!pia is a kid’s paradise!

There are tons of traditional sports available like Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Gymnastics, Golf, Lacrosse, Tennis, Volleyball, and more. Have fun on the land with Archery, Riflery, Rock Climbing, Fishing Biking, Horseback Riding or have fun in the water whether you’re Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Snorkeling, SCUBA Diving, Swimming, and much more. And learn fun Arts and Crafts, Drama, Dance, Photo Journalism, and other fun artistic options!

Fun times abound at Camp Olympia that boasts the proper camp facilities to provide such Camp Olympia cabins are spacious and accommodating.fun experiences. At Camp Olympia, you can also find a Dining Hall that away smells like delicious home cooking. Camp Olympia also has comfortable cabins that typically house one cabin leader for every four campers.

You can look into a summer stay at Camp Olympia with much more detail on the camp’s website by clicking here. Maybe it’s the right camp for your family’s camp experience next summer! See what summer camp has to offer your soon-to-be-camper and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John
Bye, Olympians.

Frogg Togg Blogg Post

Hey, Camp Fans!

You know, it’s pretty hard to argue, we offer some really great, fun, high-quality products here at Everything Summer Camp. And, while we’d love to, we can’t take all the credit. A lot of it, in fact, rightly goes to the businesses with whom we’ve formed a relationship and whose products we’re offering.
Get the skivvy on today's frogg togg Blog post.Due credit goes out to frogg toggs today from Everything Summer Camp. Our hat’s off to this company’s amazingly lightweight, wind and water proof, incredibly breathable, and completely affordable rainsuit design for frogg toggs Rainwear.

The folks at frogg toggs are all located in Alabama—wetter than Louisiana, wetter than Florida, THE WETTEST STATE in the country—so it’s truly no wonder that this state birthed the leading brand in rainwear and other raingear. These people certainly know what it takes to stay dry in a wet world; they’ve been making rain suits since 1996.

After nearly 20 years of business, they now offer an excellent product line consisting of assorted jacket-styles like vests and ponchos, waterproof pants, suits, footwear, fun accessories like hats and umbrellas, and more. The ticket to their success and leadership in the raingear industry: they listen to their customers.

Based completely on the promise of customer satisfaction, the people at frogg toggs are committed to ensuring that their new products will unquestionably result in demonstrating the quality of frogg toggs rainwear to their happy, dry customers.

frogg toggs target customers range from outdoor sporting event participants to simply outdoor activities in general, like picnicking or camping. For just that reason, the frogg toggs Youth Polly Wogg Rain Suit and the Ultra-Lite2 Rain Suit from frogg toggs make for great products here at Everything Summer Camp.

The pleasure is all ours, working with this chief of the raingear industry. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

And the Grand Prize Goes to…

Hey, Camp Fans!

We’re announcing the ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest Winners this week and today concludes our list of seven prize winners. Everyone who submitted receives a $15 gift certificate and seven lucky winners receive larger prizes of $25, $50, and the grand prize of $100. Find out right here and right now who the winner is of our grand prize—$100 gift certificate! And the winner is….

Delaney W.!Prude Ranch is the place to be for the summer.

Congratulations, Delaney! You’re our grand prize winner! A mother’s traditions are passed down to her daughter for summer fun at Prude Ranch. Read this mother’s account of seeing her daughter off for her own camp adventure in this entry:

This summer my daughter ventured off to her first sleep away camp. She chose to attend Prude Ranch in Ft Davis, Tx. Prude Ranch is also the camp that I attended in the 80′s. After listening to countless stories about my fabulous years at Prude, she decided she would like to go to Ft. Davis for camp. We currently live in NJ so choosing a camp in Texas for her first time away was a big deal. I could not have been more proud and also a bit nervous. Would she like it? Would she have the same great experiences? Would she make friends? My memories had gotten us to this point but it was now her turn to make memories.
l       lTwo weeks went by with only a couple of letters which seemed positive but really we had no idea how it was going. We checked the pictures every day trying to get a glimpse of her and see if we could read anything from her face. Was she smiling? Did she seem to be having fun? Finally, it was time to pick her up. I saw her walking toward me with a big smile on her face and I knew it had been a good experience. She was so excited to recount her stories, show me her bunk and introduce me to her friends. I was so relieved and so happy because she truly had made this her own adventure. It was a great experience for her. She made the right choice and is already asking to go back for longer next year. Thank you, Prude Ranch, for allowing me to introduce a great summer camp experience to a new generation of campers.

Thanks again for your submission, Delaney. We’re happy to hear that the same camp traditions will be shared between mother and daughter! For anyone else interested in Prude Ranch, you can check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

The Second $50 Prize Goes to…

Hey, Camp Fans!

The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest is in full swing for this year. We’ve been announcing our seven lucky winners and sharing their stories right here on the Blog. Everyone who submitted receives a $15 gift certificate and seven lucky winners receive larger prizes of $25, $50, and the grand prize of $100. Today’s winner of the $50 gift certificate is….

Annie M.!Nellie Huckins has a hold on its campers.

Congratulations on winning the second $50 prize, Annie! She wrote in about her summer stay from the previous year. The summer stay at Nellie Huckins obviously had a major impact on Annie. Camp has a tendency to do that—so much so that it might just squeeze the tears right out of you. Read Annie’s entry now:

Candle Light

“It was a peaceful night at the chapel and everybody from Camp Nellie Huckins was crowded there.
    Jody Skelton, the exclusive director, was giving her speech. I could hear her voice quivering and I saw a tear shed down her face and at the same time I could feel one down mine as well.
    My friend, Charlotte, was next to me and she whispered, “Are you okay?” I nodded and our eyes went back to Jody.
    Before long, I heard myself singing “Love the Life you Live,” with everybody else, followed by “Pass it On.” As Jody lit her candle and passed it on to the staff who passed it on to the campers. One by one, everybody went back to our cabin.
    Around me was silence. I could only hear the loons chirping and the booms of the fireworks. I could smell smoke surrounding me. One by one, everybody gave a compliment and a kiss to the person on their right. After giving a kiss you blew out your candle. When everyone blew out their candle except for Lindsey, everyone re-lighted their candle with Lindsey’s. Taps started with a big boom and went till the last note and, all at once, the circle lighted with candles around me became invisible.
    As we entered the cabin, tears filled my eyes and I began sobbing. Everybody around me knew it, camp was over.
    At the end of the night, my counselor, Courtney, said, “I will miss everybody here.” Camp was over and I knew it would be a long year till 2017 when it was time for camp.”

Thanks again for your submission, Annie. We’re happy to hear how much you love your time at Camp Nellie Huckins! Summer camp will often have an emotional impact on us because of how dear it is to us. Nellie Huckins must mean a whole lot to you! For anyone else interested in Nellie Huckins, you can check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Put Your Hands Together for Our First $50 Winner

Hey, Camp Fans!

The ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest is in full swing for this year. We’ve been announcing our seven lucky winners and sharing their stories right here on the Blog. Everyone who submitted receives a $15 gift certificate and seven lucky winners receive larger prizes of $25, $50, and the grand prize of $100. Today and tomorrow, I’m announcing our two winners of the $50 gift certificates! Today’s winner is….Beber Camp is Louie B.'s favorite!

Louie B.!

Congratulations, Louie! You’re our first $50 prize winner! Another returning entry, Louie has actually participated in all three years of our ‘Share Your Camp Story’, having just finished his third year at Camp Beber. Now check out Louie’s entry:

Beber Camp is a very special place in my heart. I have been going to camp for three years and I have many stories to tell. Though particularly this year’s camp story was the CRAZIEST yet!
         lThis year at camp I was surprised to get one of the same counselors and get most of the same cabin mates from my previous years. New games were played old games were played. Some of my favorite games are: Monopoly Deal, B.S., and Spit. I played those games during rest hour.
         lI had three day trips this year and I went Birding. I had a lot of fun birding, but it was really buggy. One night it was storming so hard that the middle of camp flooded! The rain continued through the morning and the total puddle depth was 2 1/2 feet deep.
         lI got to go puddle jumping in “Lake Beulah, Jr.” Puddle Jumping is sure a blast! They even had a lifeguard on duty at Lake Beulah, Jr. Lake Beulah Jr was so big that kayaks and canoes came out and paddled with the puddle jumpers! That is something we will never forget!
         lLake Beulah is a beautiful lake that is where you get to do most water activities such as: Waterskiing, Wake boarding, Aqua park, and paddle boarding. There are many more activities to do on the waterfront also. The new game nine square in the air was a blast! I can’t wait to go back to 3BC!”

Thanks again for your submission, Louie. It’s great to hear that camp taught you such a valuable lesson as positivity. It certainly is a powerful thing! For anyone else interested in Beber Camp, you can check it out right here. Tune in tomorrow to hear the other $50 winner. We’ll reveal the grand prize winner on Wednesday.  Once our winners have been announced they’ll receive an email with the gift certificate code. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

And Winner #4 of the $25 Prize is…

Hey, Camp Fans!

Continuing our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest, we’re excited to share each submission on the Blog. Everyone who submitted receives a $15 gift certificate and seven lucky winners will receive larger prizes of $25, $50, and the grand prize of $100. Today features the fourth winner of our $25 gift certificate. And the winner is….

Jacqueline B.!See what fun was had at Camp Fern this year.

Congratulations, Jacqueline! You’re our fourth $25 prize winner! Jacqueline had a great summer stay at Camp Fern this year as she took a step up into her new role as a third-year MIDI. Read all about it in her entry—chockfull of camp pride!

“Last winter, a friend mentioned that she was planning to send her 7-year-old daughter to Camp Fern over the summer and asked if I was interested in sending my daughter, as well. I was very hesitant. I’m an over-protective mom and had fears about how she would do without me there to help her.
        lI talked to the camp directors who reassured me, but, still, I struggled with the thought of her being away from me for so long. To get more information, we attended an open house at the camp in the spring and Catherine absolutely fell in love with the place and insisted on going. So, with a lump in my throat and a knot in my gut, I signed her up and started gathering her camp supplies. Then, on a Sunday morning in early June, my husband and I drove her to camp, unloaded her things, gave her a kiss, and then off we drove.
        lI cried for three days and called the director multiple times to ask if I should come get her. The director’s calm response was always the same: “She is shining. Let her shine.” So I stuck it out and poured over the pictures on the web site several times a day, just waiting for her image to pop up. When it did, there she was: smiling, laughing, working hard, having fun, and learning new things.
        lLater that month when we pulled up to her cabin for pick up, a completely different little lady ran into my arms. Camp was the BEST thing we could have done for her. She had a new confidence about her. She was proud of herself. Her limits had been pushed and she had proven that she could overcome her fears. She had become independent. She had become a leader. We learned that she had comforted the homesick campers by reading to them at rest time and helping them with their feelings.
        lShe had a different swagger about her and a connection to camp that went beyond archery, riding, and canoeing. It was a place where she could become who she didn’t realize she could be, who I didn’t realize she could be. It dawned on me quite quickly that camp was the best thing I could’ve done for ME, as well. It taught me a lot about myself as a mother and deepened my relationship with my daughter. Camp is a magical place that is hard to explain. It’s so much more than activities and crafts and camp fires. It’s about building confidence and fostering independence and opening doors and deepening relationships.
        lShe is anxiously awaiting summer 2018 so she can load up her trunk and head back to camp. Next year, she’s staying for the longer session and is planning to win the red feather for her tribe! I’m excited for her and, even though I know I’ll probably cry again after drop off, I know that those few weeks of camp will bring nothing but positives for us both! Thanks to camp for what you’ve brought to our whole family! And thanks everythingsummercamp.com for helping us get her so well stocked for her time away!”

Thanks again for your submission, Jacqueline! We’re thrilled to hear that summer camp worked its wonders on Catherine and that she enjoyed the growing experience so much. And it’s great that you were able to glean some internal wisdom from the experience as well! There’s really nothing that summer camp can’t do so we’re happy to supply the necessary gear. We’re glad it’s appreciated. For anyone else interested in Camp Fern, you can check it out right here.

Tune in next week Monday to hear who won our first $50 winner. Once our winners have been announced they’ll receive an email with the gift certificate code. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John