Times are Swell at Robindel!

Hey, Camp Fans!

Today we’re shining our summer camp spotlight over to the east coast in New Hampshire where we’ll find Lake Winnipesaukee. Here at Everything Summer Camp, we work with more than 270 camps and we’re eager to share what excellent camps each and every one of them are. Have you heard of Camp Robindel for girls? Let me tell give you the virtual tour right now!Find yourself home away from home at Camp Robindel Girls Camp.

Nested along the Langley Cove in the northern area of Lake Winnipesaukee, Camp Robindel provides 75 acres of paradise where girls can escape the everyday and explore the world with a feeling of independence matched well with the support from a caring community of peers and awesome role models.

They say girls just want to have fun and that’s what Camp Robindel provides with awesome activities on their beautiful waterfront such as Swimming, Kayaking, Sailing, Paddle Boarding, and more. There’s also fun on the land with activities like Archery, Gymnastics, Fitness, Tennis, Basketball, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, and more.

They also offer fun Outdoor Adventures, Horseback Riding, and Ropes Courses as well as quieter (but equally fun) activities like the Here's a bird's eye view of the campgrounds.Creative and Performing Arts. These creative activities take place in the “Art Barn”—the Arts and Crafts building—while the Rec Hall is typical for theatre and gymnastics and campers have three fully-mirrored Fitness/Dance facilities.

They also have a large Dining Hall with AC, the Nature Cabin, the Health Hut, and an impressive Lodge from before the summer camp existed that features a 40-foot stone fireplace, a grand piano, a great library, and more! Robindel campers are treated to comfy living quarters who sleep in separate areas from the staff. Each of the cabins provide access to electricity, Make best friends at Camp Robindel!bathrooms with hot water showers, and screened windows.

If Camp Robindel sounds like it might be a nice fit for your camp experience, give it a closer look on their website by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John


The NO SCHTICK Black Friday Sale

Alright, Excited Shoppers!

No need to wait until after you finish that delicious Thanksgiving feast later this week—you can start your discounted shopping right now; our Black Friday Sale is upon us here at Everything Summer Camp! Take advantage of our AMAZING DEALS that we have in effect on our website starting at 5:00pm tomorrow. Build up your anticipation and read on to check out our sales details!Get a load of these amazing deals at Everything Summer Camp for Black Friday

Unlike previous years, there’s no main theme to our Black Friday Sale this time around. In the past, we’ve presented this yearly sale with “The more you spend, the more you save” in which we included a gift certificate with your order based on how much you spent. Or, last year, we gave away a Sony Playstation VR launch bundle to one lucky customer. This year, however, we’re offering the…


The discounts of this sale are so good, we don’t even need to grab your attention with some main theme giveaway or a deal where you get money back with your order. This year’s sale is just a straightforward, save a lot of money-type deal. No codes, no gift certificates, no giveaways, and no hoops to jump through! It’s just a straight sGet your Pop Up for an eye-popping price!ale with some eye-popping discounts. Check ‘em out!

Pop Up Soft Trunks
We’re knocking down our Pop Up Soft Trunk price from $129.99 to $99.99. Amazed yet?

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Get Solid Color Trunks like the ever-popular Happy Camper and Undergrad (but not including Create-Your-Own Trunks) for $30 off as well!

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Our Designer Trunks—made with printing technology that embeds the image directly into the exterior metal of the trunk—are $20 off.

Steel Pattern Trunks
You’ll have to wait for our biggest discount of the year but, come midnight on Black Friday, we’re bringing them back! Get Tie-dye, Botanical Explosion, and Zebra Pattern Don't allow yourself to become a vicitm of a Crime of Opportunity. Get yourself a C&N trunk to lock up your valuablesTrunks for $99.99—that’s $90 off!

This sale’s reach is site-wide while supplies last and offers tons of other great deals of at least 10% off on lots of great items and as much as 20% off on certain products in select departments. And all you have to do to get these deals is simply, visit our site! Have fun shopping and act fast to enjoy your savings! Supplies are limited! As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Schlemiel! Schlimazel!

Hey, Summer Campers!

Get ready to learn about another celebrity who attended summer camp when she was your age! Learning the meaning of ‘doin’ it her way’, Penny Marshall (TV’s Laverne from the 1976 ‘Happy Days’ spinoff, ‘Laverne and Shirley’) enjoyed her summer stays at a number of different summer camps.
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Working the northeast coast, she attended Camp Odetah in Connecticut, Camp Geneva in Lake Como, Pennsylvania, and Camp Edgement in Deposit, New York. She also worked as a cabin leader at Camp Diana-Dalmaqua, located in New York’s infamous Catskill Mountains.

Growing up with her father and sisters in show business, Penny was naturally interested in entering the show business. She started out in a commercial for a beautifying shampoo alongside the renowned Farrah Fawcett. Hired on to play the ‘homely’ girl with stringy, unattractive hair, Penny was saved from the ‘homely’ label by the actress who was hired to play the ‘pretty’ girl (Farrah).

It may not have been the most flattering introduction but, even so, Penny persevered and continued auditioning for acting roles wherever she could find. She got the attention she was after when she landed the recurring guest role of Myrna Turner on ‘The Odd Couple’.

After her talent in comedic timing had been revealed, she was eagerly cast one of the dates (alongside Cindy Williams—Shirley) for Fonzie and Richie in ‘Happy Days’. Thrilled with Penny and Cindy’s performance, the pair reprised their roles in the hit spinoff that was created just for them, ‘Laverne and Shirley’. Audiences fell in love with Penny and she was nominated three times for a Golden Globe award.

Over time she developed a skill for directing as well as acting and she went on to direct such features as ‘Big’ starring Tom Hanks and ‘Bewitched’ with Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1992 for ‘A League of Their Own’.

So, like Penny Marshall, go ahead and make all your dreams come true. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Sky Ranch Glee for Audrey C.

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

It was great to read all the camper submissions we received this year for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest at Everything summer Camp. 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 Audrey C., who wrote in to tell us about the best week of her entire life at Sky Ranch Camp. Here’s her submission:

“Starting out the week I was nervous that I was going to miss home but as the week went on and I grew deeper in Christ! I learned so many things about myself, and had the time of Check out Sky Ranch Camp for your fun summer stay at camp.my life doing amazing activities and learning things about myself that I would have ever learned about if I wouldn’t have gone to Sky Ranch! On Wednesday night at camp we had worship after the girls night activity and this one lady came out and started singing about Christ. And once she started singing I started to break down crying because I thought about Christ and how he died on the cross for us. Then I asked myself will Christ accept me? After worship one of my counselors came up to me and we started to talk and while we were talking Allie the sky three and four director came up and Allie and my counselor Sarah Lee and I started talking. At the end of our 45 minute conversation Allie told me that I had just accepted Christ into my life! I had given my trust to God and God had given his trust to me! As the week went on Allie and I had more one-on-ones going deeper into Bible study, and I will never forget this week of camp because this was truly the best week of my entire life!”

Audrey clearly loved her time away at Sky Ranch Camp. We’re happy to hear that your nerves calmed down early on enough that you could enjoy your time away. Readers may love it too if it’s a good match for you. Look into Sky Ranch Camp on their website by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Angela D.—Camp Employee

Hey Camp Fans!

We’ve been having a blast sharing all your great responses to our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest right here on the Everything Summer Camp Blog. After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our online store! Today’s post is from Angela D. (or should I say Wisp), who wrote in to tell us about her summer as a staff member at Camp Cahinnio. Here’s her submission:

“I recently worked as a staff member at a Girl Scout camp here in Arkansas. Located in Booneville, Camp Cahinnio is a snug little camp nestled into the woods. This was my first year working as a staff member there and it was an amazing experience. We had a week or so of pre-camp training where all the employees worked together to clean up the camp for campers and learn the essentials to caring for campers needs. Pre-camp also gave us a lot of time to bond before campers came. Each staff member whether a cook orCheck out these diamonds in the rough. a counselor had their own camp name. My camp name was Wisp. My favorite part of training week was getting to stay in the platform tents that we call Tipi. This area had wooden platforms with an open tent set on each platform. It was the first time I had really slept out in the open like that because I have only ever camped in tents before. The best part was getting to walk a few people that I worked with who had never used a latrine to the latrines. Every time they would make me giggle because of the funny things they would comment about.
         lI was a unit counselor for our BA unit, which stands for Broken Arrow. This unit housed the youngest of the girls that attended camp. The girls were usually aged six to eight years of age and they were cute to work with. Our BA girls stayed in air conditioned cabins, but they were not allowed to let the A/C go down past 70 because that would make them sick.
         lMy largest challenge came the first week we had girls at camp. Some of our girls came to us saying their was a giant spider in their cabin. Another counselor and I walked into their cabin to find this really enormous spider crawling up their wall. I was terrified because I do NOT like spiders. I took the little child sized broom and let the big spider crawl on it and then put it outside. I think it helps me to be brave when there is someone there who needs more comforting than me.
         lOverall, I had a lot of fun. I spent about five or so weeks there and it was a really great experience. Depending on what all is going on in my life next year I might sign up to be a unit counselor again. It was a growing experience and I hope that I helped to better the futures of the young girls I camped with.”

Glad to hear your camp experience as a staff member was such a great time for you—everything except the part about the spider. If any readers out there are interested in joining the Girl Scouts in Camp Cahinnio or becoming a staff member there, check it out by clicking right here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Folks!

- John

Whaddya Hear ’bout Pinemere?

Hey, Camp Fans!

Today we’re moving the summer camp spotlight at Everything Summer Camp over to the east coast in the Poconos to the very eastern border of Pennsylvania where you’ll find the beautiful campgrounds of Pinemere Camp. We’re delighted to sing the praises of such a great camp—when you work with more than 270 camps that are all great, it’s kind of hard not to share it with everyone. So allow me to give you the virtual tour of this beautiful Pinemere Camp is a fun factory for sure!summer camp right now!

Settled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains on 180 Pennsylvanian acres, Pinemere Camp has been Nature’s home away from home for kids for the past 75 years. The 100 staff members and 75 cabin leaders are dedicated year after year to giving their campers an awesome camp experience that teaches them growth and independence.

Pinemere campers are given the opportunities for Overnight Trips as well as traditional sports such as Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing Walls, Football, Street Hockey, Tennis, Volleyball, Zip Line, and more! They make a splash on the Waterfront every summer! And they have studios where sessions are held for Creative and Performing Arts such as Music Lessons, Dance, Graffiti Art, Woodworking, Ceramics, and more.

Offering comfy and inviting accommodations, Pinemere Camp’s cabins provide cots and bunk beds, shelves, screened windows, bathrooms with showers, and full electricity to make the campers feel right at home when they finally retreat back to their beds at the end of a long day at camp.

If I’ve made Pinemere Camp sound tempting enough for you, give them a closer look on their website by clicking right here—I hope it can provide your family with the perfect summer camp experience and be a great guiding path for your campers’ entry into maturation. Have fun with your search for the right camp and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Marooned With or Without a Compass…

Hey, Survivors!

I’ve written about compasses in previous Blog posts, like my History of the Compass post and my post for National Boy Scout Day, but today is Marooned Without a Compass Day and so we’ll be discussing the lack of this simple, lightweight device that features a magnetized needle on a free-rotating pivot so it can always show which direction you’re facing.

Consistently observed on November 6 every year, Marooned Without a Compass Day poses the age-old, desert island scenario in which you have to choose which friend, what favorite book, or what most valuable item you would want to have along with you in this extremely isolating predicament. Being marooned on a desert island is the pits ESPECIALLY with no compass.At first glance it seems to me that if you were Marooned Without a Compass, the number one item to choose would be a compass. But, on second thought, if you’re Marooned…then what good is a compass?

As explored in the movie ‘Castaway’, starring Tom Hanks, being marooned is something that will certainly put a damper on your day and quite possibly the rest of your life.

When you take a look at the dictionary definition of the word ‘maroon’, it’s pretty specific to say that to truly be marooned means to be deserted on an uninhabited island/coast with no hope of escaping unless fate should have it that you are rescued (this is what pirates did to crew members who didn’t obey orders, by the way. It’s basically why the word ‘maroon’ exists—unless, of course, you’re talking about the color).

So, if there’s no hope for escape on your own, what good would a compass be anyway? A compass might be helpful as you navigate the land, but there are other ways such as star position and orienteering skills to help route your exploration of the island (if the island is big enough to ‘explore’ in the first place). If you’re lucky, maybe a tree will be growing moss which only grows on the shaded, north side of a tree trunk.

So being marooned without compass isn’t the end of the world—just being marooned, period. But at least if you were marooned, you’d finally get some peace and quiet all to yourself. You could finally reread your favorite book if you happened to bring it along! You can celebrate Marooned Without a Compass Day by asking your friends what person or item they’d bring and what they would do if they were marooned without a compass.
Get your compass in case you're ever stranded on a desert island!
You can ensure that, should you ever be marooned on a desert island, you have a compass by picking out your own magnetic Compass from Everything Summer Camp and taking it with you everywhere you go! As always, thanks for reading, folks!

- John

Where did Bruce Beck do Camp?

Hey, Summer Campers!

So many of the famous celebrities we post about who were former campers like yourself get their fame in pop music or movies. But other summer camp alumni develop their name by means of entrepreneurship, sports, and broadcasting. Combine sports, broadcasting, and a history at summer camp and you have WNBC’s lead sports anchor Sports broadcasting gave Mr. Beck his name.Bruce Beck.

As a young man, Bruce enjoyed his summer escapes to Tyler Hill Camp, squared away in  Wayne County, Pennsylvania. About three hours northwest of Bruce’s home in Livingtson, New Jersey, Tyler Hill Camp showed him a gorgeous campus of 220 acres that features two large lakes, excellent athletic facilities, a nine-hole golf course, and 12 tennis courts!

After graduating grade school and high school, Bruce went on to attend Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. His studies mainly focused on science there and in just several years, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science.

Soon after his graduation, Bruce found himself employed as a staff broadcaster for the Madison Square Garden Network, hosting the coverage for the Knicks, Rangers, and Yankees and performing as the play-by-play announcer for college football as well as basketball. A few years down the road, he’d start calling professional boxing matches too—particularly the Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II matchup from June 28, 1997.

By the time he turned 38, he started hosting ‘Sportstalk’ and ‘Sports Images’, while calling college basketball games for CBS Sports as well as play-by-play announcing for select sporting events including the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Highlights of Bruce’s career include five Superbowls, three NBA Finals, six Stanley Cup Finals, six World Series, The U.S. Open Tennis Championship, The U.S. Open Golf Championship, and The NCAA Final Four. He’s also covered seven Olympics—most recently the Rio games from last year.

Bruce shot high and never looked back. Look at the heights he hit. What heights will you reach? You can check out Tyler Hill Camp for yourself if it sounds like a good fit for your family. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Aidan G. at Camp Laney

Hey, Camp Fans!

We were delighted to see such a great 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 Aidan G., whose mother wrote in to tell us about her son’s time away at Camp Laney and her experience with her first-time camper…

“I have been waiting for this summer since I found out I was pregnant for a boy in early Camp Laney for Boys is a great place to camp!2008. This year, Aidan, was finally ready to attend his first summer at Camp Laney. And boy was I excited and ready for his summer adventure!
        lTwo weeks without being able to talk to or see my boy was tough. I stalked the mailbox for mail, checked the website hourly for news and pictures… anything for a glimpse of how my son’s summer adventure was going. Nothing. Thank God for the camp website loaded with News and Photos because that’s all I knew about how he was doing. He was smiling in every picture and I knew that smile meant he was good and happy and having a great time. I am very thankful for modern technology because the mail never came. He was too busy making memories and having a great time to write to anyone, including his friends.
        lWhen I picked him up from camp after a long two weeks, he ran to me and gave me the biggest hug. Then told me how much fun he had, that he wanted to be a ‘W’ (WCIT), and then a counselor and wanted to go to Camp Laney for the rest of his life. It made my heart so happy to know that he had all of the wonderful adventures and fun that I always dreamt he would have.
        lWhat an awesome first camp experience! I’m so happy that camp lived up to everything that I thought it would. After doing eight loads of laundry, I noticed he didn’t come home with several items of clothing – two pairs of underwear, two pairs of socks, two pairs of shorts, a pair of jeans, a striped bathing suit, and a white LSU #7 jersey. The jersey is the only item that I hope is found. He either left it at camp or put in another camper’s dirty laundry bag or trunk. My only consolation is that maybe it went home with an Alabama fan and it turned them into an LSU fan.
        lUntil next year… let’s just hope he becomes a bit more responsible with keeping his clothes together.”

Sounds like Aidan really enjoyed Camp Laney! As they say, no news is good news. It’s hard enough to be away for so long, but to be away without any contact or news is certainly a taxing trial. But it always means that your camper is simply off having an amazing time. Check out Camp Laney for yourself by clicking here if you’re interested in this camping experience and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Día de los Muertos

Hey, Halloween Lovers!

There’s an autumnal chill in the air with little spirits running around laughing as they haunt the streets for tricks or treats. And everyone’s porches are decorated with bright orange pumpkins and ghoulish gourds, carved with faces. Filling today with absurd aThe Halloween Scene is different from that of Dia de los Muertos.ctivities, dreadful decorations, and creepy costumes, no other holiday embraces the morbid and macabre like celebration of Halloween…or does there?

Over the years, I’ve written a number of posts to discuss the many means of celebration for one of the world’s most popular holidays: Halloween. Always coinciding in the harvest season, another holiday is celebrated in Mexico called Día de los Muertos or, the Day of the Dead—landing very close to Halloween on the calendar. The Day of the Dead begins at midnight tonight.

Often considered something of a Mexican Halloween by those who don’t observe it, the Day of the Dead may appear as a similar celebration on the surface, but Día de los Muertos is much more meaningful to the people of Mexico than Halloween is to the folks who observe it. Dia de los Muertos has interesting cultural art.You may love Halloween—I do too!—but Día de los Muertos is about loved ones gathering to remember friends and family who have passed on. Traditions of this holiday are to construct private altars and decorations to honor the dead.

A decorated altar for Dia de los Muertos.Día de los Muertos wasn’t always so widespread in Mexico as it is nowadays. As of a few years ago, it’s gained popularity and celebrations have expanded to include live music, dancing, and parades from residential neighborhoods to cemeteries where family members can visit the gravesites of their loved ones.

With its increasing popularity, we wanted to join in the celebration of life that once was with our Seasonal Day of the Dead Storage Trunk. Featuring the festive artwork of Mexican culture, this trunk is a surprisingly colorful explosion amidst the dark abyss of death that easily inserts itself into part of your family’s altar. Keep your altar decorations inside This surprisingly colorful camp trunk is great for Dia de los Muertos!this beautifully constructed storage trunk and make the most of your Día de los Muertos celebration! And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John