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

What Does He Look Like? Some Kinda Jerk?

Hey, Funny Fans!

You know who’s a funny guy?—Steve Martin! This is a name that might not be so familiar to a number of the younger generations, but likely anyone in their 20’s has at least heard the name and if you’re my age, then you understand this name is interchangeable with comedy genius! Steve Martin rings to true as classic comedy thanks to his philisophical approach.

Defunct in the modern day, Steve spent some beautiful summer weeks of his youth soaking in the sun at Camp Osceola on the West Coast. Though he was born in Waco, Texas, 1945, his family moved when he was young and he grew up in Inglewood, California where he didn’t travel far for his trip to camp.

He got his first job when he was 10. He worked sold guidebooks at Disneyland where he would work during his summer breaks from school as well as weekends. While working one day, he was captured on film in the background of somebody’s home movie which went on to be made into a short film called ‘Disneyland Dream’. This happily accounts for Steve’s first film appearance!

He attended Garden Grove High School and after graduating high school he went on to study at the Santa Ana College where he focused on theater and poetry. With a girlfriend’s helpful networking, Steve got a job quickly after college as a writer for ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’.

He also started to make a name for himself in stand-up. Continuing to grind away, his work eventually landed him appearances on ‘Saturday Night Live’. And it didn’t take long for him to hit the big screen. Steve can be seen in the hit film, ‘The Muppet Movie’ and made it real big when he landed his own feature film—the 1979 comedy classic, ‘The Jerk’.

Well known for his role in the ‘Father of the Bride’ movies as well, Steve made a big name for himself. Other talents of his always found their way into his comedy like his great musical inclination and proficiency. An accomplished author, playwright, pianist, and banjo player as well, Steve has actually gone on to embrace his musical passion these days.

Check him out singing with the great Bernadette Peters in this great scene from ‘The Jerk’ below and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Folks!

- John

Give Anita a Call!

Hey, Camp Preppers!

As we end the month of May and embark on what’s obviously our busiest season here at Everything Summer Camp, it’s imperative that we keep our Call Center packed with The best picture available of Anita Semankocompetent and helpful representatives who we like to think of as our gear counselors. With the proper management, our Call Center operates like a well-oiled machine: taking calls, placing orders, answering questions, and handling the occasional ‘problem order’.

This department requires a knowledgeable, dedicated head that can keep things running smoothly on a day-to-day basis and that’s where our Call Center Supervisor Anita comes in. Hired on for our seasonal help last year in the Call Center, Anita showed exceptional skills in customer service and it wasn’t long until we could see her in the supervisor position for our Call Center.

With technology taking over, the Call Center has seen a considerable decrease of in-bound calls. While they still receive a decent amount throughout the day, Anita estimates that 75% of customers contact us by either email or LiveChat as opposed to talking to us on the phone. But no matter what mode of communication our customers choose, “Nobody treats their customers as well as we do here,” comments Anita.

A mother herself as well as her own in-home daycare previous to her employment at Everything Summer Camp, it’s nothing short of fitting that she should have found a place for herself here at Everything Summer Camp where she continues to play a role of encouraging children as they grow up.

Bailing hay in the summers on the farm, Anita had no time for summer camp, but she and her husband of 24 years, John, have given their children a different upbringing, sending their younger daughter, Rachel to the Girl Scouts for a number of different summers in the Chippewa Valley and going for family camping trips with Rachel and their older son Robert.

Their children are older now, but back in the day Anita and John had a nice camper that the family and their yellow lab, Tubby Jo Semanko, would stay in during weekend camping trips where they would enjoy campfire pizzas and scrambled eggs in the morning with orange peel muffins.

Everything Summer Camp is more than happy to have such a diligent, warm employee as Anita. I love talking to Anita. Give us a call and maybe you can talk to her too! Enjoy your summer experience and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Hayo-Went…huh?

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

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

Memorial Day Sale! ALL WEEK LONG!!!

Hey, Summer Shoppers!

Popularly perceived as an unofficial first day of summer, Memorial Day is a nice, little reminder for folks to kick their camp prep into full gear! Camp is directly around the corner and it’s time to finish all the loose ends that have been put off until now. Enjoy your Memorial Day by relieving yourself of your remaining camp prep and breathe a breath of relaxation!
Happy Memorial Day...week..In our own excitement, we’re starting our Memorial Day sale today at 5pm CST and extending it through next week WednesWe aren't trunking around. day—an entire week of sales for our shoppers!

For our main feature, our Memorial Day Sale slashes the price of our C&N Camp Trunks which we manufacture right here in our own facility. Purchase a camp trunk during the sale and you’ll get an instant $20 off! This discount is extended to all of our camp trunks aside from the Companion and Create-Your-Own-Footlockers.

We’ve also discounted our Crazy Creek Camping Chairs for $5 off as well as our personalizable Name Plax which are vinyl decal decorations featuring your name for your camp trunk or bedroom wall, window, door—pretty much anywhere.

By now I’m sure everyone knows the cardinal rule of summer camp packing: Label. Label your school clothes---it's a good idea!Everything. In the following week, you can find all of our labeling products available for 20% of their regular prices! And our ‘camp. Tees’ are another exciting collection marked 20% off.

Keep warm in the chilly nights of summer.Shop our entire Bedding Category with items marked 15% off. From mattress pads to Woolrich Throws, get your essential bedding products for summer camp at a discount in the coming week. Make sure your child has the bedding they’ll need for comfy, restful camp nights.

We’re cutting a bunch of prices on our camping gear by 10%. Shop all products Take this classy pack back to school!in our Travel Accessories Department as well as our entire selection of Backpacks. And select brands of Duffel Bags like Piton, Columbia Summit Trail, and Cloz! That being said, you can find a plethora of other discounted products that I didn’t get around to mentioning all over our site, so browse around to find your own good deals and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Save the Earth with MaskIT Pouches!

Hey, Happy Campers!

Standing alongside such trusted brands like GoGirl, Burt’s Bees, and Clean Trek, we’re proud to now offer the brand in today’s Everything Summer Camp spotlight—MaskIT LLC. This addition to our Toiletries Department not only brings convenience to camp, but brings a less-wasteful, earth-friendly alternative to toilet paper when it comes to disposing pads or tampons. MaskIT!!Environmentally-conscious and responsible for their ecological footprint, MaskIT creates products made from a compostable Biofilm that aims to reduce the amount of toilet paper that accompanies the 20 billion pads and tampons that wind up in American landfills each year.

Being the environmentally-minded person that she is, Shallan Ramsey—mother of three girls and founder of MaskIT LLC—hated the wastefulness of using toilet paper to dispose of her pads and tampons. Once she started thinking that there must be a better way, she set out to devise her own method.

MaskIT Pouches eliminate the need for toilet paper, as you can use the ‘puppet method’ with your hand inside the Pouch which starts out already “inside-out”. The pouches seal This is how we do it...shut with an  adhesive closure that guarantees no leaking. These Pouches are super practical with their soft-to-the-touch material, easy-use, and sanitation. They block all odor and are watertight. They’re completely opaque too, so the contents in the pouch remain unseen.

All packaging from MaskIT is produced by Imperial Box Company from Gardena, California who creates paper using the most environmentally-conscious methods and prints using soy-based ink with water-based aqueous coatings. MaskIT packaging is 100% recyclable.

As much good as MaskIT does for the planet, they try to do just as much for the people of the community as well by giving back to them and spreading good. You can check out more about these fine folks on their own website right here or send a message directly to Buy these products!them by clicking here. Get MaskIT for your camper’s convenience at summer camp and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Mister Wolf Blitzer

Hey, Summer Campers!

We all get our news from one source if not another. Some people still do the old school method of reading a newspaper while lots of other folks have turned to reading their news online in the last 10 to 20 years. Still, televised news remains America’s most popular means of catching the news around the world along with the local weather report. To anyone who regularly tunes into the prominent news network CNN, you’ll likely recognize today’s summer camp celebrity—Wolf Blitzer.Get your Blitz on with who else but the Wolf!

Wolf attended summer camp at Camp Ramah in the Poconos. The same camp that Marta Kauffman attended—the co-creator of the hit 90’s sitcom ‘Friends’—Camp Ramah is just south of the eastern New York and Pennsylvania border. It’s sat on 90 acres of northeastern Pennsylvania for nearly 70 years. This mountainous and woodsy setting provided Wolf with a space to expand his experiences that develop personal growth.

Born to Holocaust survivors, Cesia and David Blitzer, Wolf’s parents were Auschwitz refugees.  Though he was born in Augsburg, Germany, Wolf was raised in Buffalo, New York. Having graduated from Kenmore West Senior High School and then attended and graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in history.

Wolf’s education didn’t end there, however. He went on to attend the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies where he received a Master of Arts in international relations. During his time there, he studied abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and learned the Hebrew language.

Now with his Masters degree, Wolf began his journalism career immediately after completing his education, working for a news agency where his talents did not go unnoticed. He eventually continued on to other places of employment, but his writing focused on a Middle East affairs from a United States foreign policy perspective. Bringing great changes throughout his career, Wolf actually inspired the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty in 1979.

While many assume that Wolf’s name is a pseudonym for television, the truth is that his last name dates back for generations and he actually shares his first name with his grandfather from his mother’s side. Find the same kind of experiences that led to Wolf Blitzer’s personal growth in his youth when you head off to summer camp and check out Camp Ramah for yourself right here. As always, thanks for reading, Everybody!

- 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

Packs for your Backs

Hey, Backpackers!

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:

HustleThe Under Armour Hustle Backpack.
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. The Under Armour Scrimmage Backpack for summer camp.

Scrimmage
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.

Undeniable SackpackThe Under Armour Sackpack is a great option for a lighter summer camp experience.
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!

- John