Chopstick Etiquette

Hey, Silverware Users!

Along with the majority of the world, you’ve likely grown accustomed to the handheld utensils we have for eating like the always-handy fork, the aiding knife, and the ever-helpful spoon. But today, I’m talking about the alternative to silverware—a much older method oDo you know how to use chopsticks?f handling food without one’s hands. I’m talking about chopsticks, of course, as it only seems appropriate on National Chopsticks Day!

A much older means of eating utensils, chopsticks have cutlery beat by many a millennium. It’s hard to say just how long since chopsticks have their roots in all the way back in ancient times. We can say with absolute certainty that they’ve been around for about the last 3500 years. But chances are they go back much further than that.

Using chopsticks as opposed to traditional silverware is quite a foreign experience if you’ve never done it before. But even for those of you who are rather handy with a pair of chopsticks, I’ve put together a short list of chopstick etiquette with which you may not be familiar.

Left or Right?
We all know (or were taught anyway) that your dinner fork is set on the left of your plate, but where do you put your chopsticks? Turns out they go in the same spot as the fork (though, below the plate is also acceptable in Chinese table setting).

Don’t Knock It
If you want to show your level of class, you’ll definitely resist your urges to knock on bowls or other dishes with your chopsticks. This act is associated in China as beggar behavior.

No Digging 
It’s considered impolite to “dig” for a preferred ingredient. This notion comes from the regular practice of taking food from a common dish—the idea being that the people with whom you are dining will be made to feel like they’re eating the food you rejected.

Straight Up
It’s not a good idea to stick your chopsticks so they stand up in a bowl of rice. It’s considered offensive since it is a traditional Chinese practice to stick burning incense in rice when honoring their dead.

Don’t Cross Me!
Much the same here in the States that the √ symbol signifies approval while an × means denial, this notion lands on the Chinese dinner table; laying your chopsticks down so they are crossing one another could be taken as an offense to your dining company so it’s best to avoid it.

So, now that you have some guidance on the etiquette, try putting down the fork and your other eating utensils today and pick up a pair of timeless chopsticks! You may find you prefer them to the silverware you’ve always known. Happy Chopsticks Day and, as always, thanks for reading, everybody!

- John

What We Think of Candy Pink

Hey, Camp Aficionados!

We believe we run a pretty cool camp supplies store here at Everything Summer Camp. It’s not that we’ve got big heads about the matter or anything like that, but we ARE a one-stop online shop for everything you might want or need throughout your summer camp stay. Without tooting our own horn too loudly, we think that’s pretty cool. But to be fair, we can’t take all the credit.Here's what we think of Candy Pink here at Everything Summer Camp.

After all, our own success relies somewhat on the cool companies whose awesome products are available at Everything Summer Camp. Some of them have rich histories and interesting stories. Setting out to provide girls with some glitzy premium pajamas and more, Candy Pink focuses on fashionably cute, sugar-spice-and-everything-nice sort of prints on their cozy clothes and other loungewear or accessories.

What Candy Pink has done is develop a truly top-of-the-line, plush fleece fabric that’s perfect to wrap up in whether you’re putting on pajamas, wearing a robe, or curled up in a blanket. Add the cutest designs you’ve ever seen and it’s a magical combination! How does Candy Pink get such beautiful and colorful prints? They work with designers and other artists who are looking to shoFind your favorite Candy Pink products right here!wcase their wonderfully girlish work.

Candy Pink’s whole philosophy is that when girls dress in their pretty, cheerful, and super-soft bedtime apparel, they’re bound to have as good of a time as they feel! Imagine framing your camp days living in luxury. Every time you sink into a Candy Pink Robe or their Fleece pajama bottoms and you’re sure to bring you sweet dreams and beauty sleep throughout summer camp or afterward, at home.

We’re proud to have formed such a tight relationship with people who deal in such high-quality, comfortable clothing as the folks at Candy Pink. Wrap yourself in complete comfort and fall in love with your own cozy, fleecy sleepwear that you can find right here! Get a look at the products available from Candy Pink on our website by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Like What We’ve Done with the Place?

Hello, Loyal Readers!

Notice anything different about us? You know, back on our main site. Well, maybe it’s been a while since you’ve been on our site. We’ve got a brand new look that we think you’re going to like! Yes, we’re rather excited to announce our new web design. Check out all the great things about it, highlighted below!Welcome to our new website!

We’ve been using our previous web design for the last five years, making small changes all along the way. We think of it as having lived in the same house, but throughout the five years, giving the rooms a nice paint-job and replacing the carpet in the living room. Well, we’ve built a new home now, so welcome to our new abode!

The fun of summer camp was all the inspiration we needed for the new site. Whenever we visit camps we see all these signs of fun and life. But when we came back to our website, we didn’t think it reflected that excitement that we saw at camp. That’s when we knew it was time for a change.

The most apparent change now when you visit our site is all the photos of kids having fun at camp. It’s a nice change from products on white backgrounds.

The other biggest change is that the site is given an equal emphasis on finding your camp and your camp’s packing list as there is to shopping. There’s always a certain amount of anxiety as you’re getting ready for camp. But with your packing list found so simply, the new site should help alleviate some of that anxiety and speed along the shopping experience.

You’ll also find much more videos on our website now. Videos truly deliver a better sense for the product that you’re thinking about buying. We had videos on our site five years ago too, however, the videos were off to the side with a tiny play button and they were scarce. Now videos are a focal point of each product page—front and center!

But now that you’ve heard about it from me, go chEnjoy shopping our website with a whole new feel!eck it out for yourself by clicking right here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

James W. Does Year #2

Hey, Camp Fans!

We were elated to receive over 30 entries for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp. We’re super eager to share with all our readers by publishing each one of the submissions right here on the Blog! There were seven lucky winners to our contest and everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our website! Today’s post is from the mother of James W., who wrote in to tell us about her son’s Check out James W.'s mother's account of the camp experience on today's Blog post.second camp stay for a couple weeks at Camp Yawgoog.

This was only the second year for my Scout to go to summer camp and his first year at sleep-a-way camp. I was a complete wreck! The one thing I did not have to worry about was how I was going to pack him up. I LOVED the trunk and am so glad I went all the way; getting all the accessories. Everything had its own place and since I had James pack it I was assured that not only would he know what he had but where he had put it. After seeing other boys with everything thrown together in one big mass of a cheap plastic tote I knew we had made the right decision. It was so easy to get everything from the car to camp and set up was a breeze. I will without a doubt be buying this all again for my youngest son when it’s his turn to go. The biggest surprise of all was how my son thrived. James had a fantastic time and even had the honor of being knighted. He was one of three Webelo Scouts from his camp week that earned the title “Knight of Akela”. James was eager to volunteer for waiter duty in the mess hall and even had the privilege of carrying his camp flag in the dress parade. I don’t mind saying that this proud Momma had tears in her eyes seeing the new confidence my son earned in just one week.

Glad to hear Sir James had so much fun and the Knight of Akela honor at Camp Yawgoog! Camp certainly is a fantastic time and congratulations to the proud Momma! Check out Camp Yawgoog to see if it might be a good match for you. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Ranch You Hear Me Knockin’?

Hey, Camp Fans!

When you work with more than 270 summer camps across the nation, it means you’ve got a lot of praises to sing! We wouldn’t have it any other way here at Everything Summer Camp. It’s our pleasure to spread the word about some fantastic places you can go in order to get a proper summer camp experience. And today, we’re swinging our spotlight over to Fort Davis, Texas where we have Prude Ranch Summer Camp!You're a part of it all when you attend Prude Ranch Summer Camp!

Measuring in at 2,500 acres, this ranch is nestled in the center of the Davis Mountains. Get a true ‘Southwest’ experience at Prude Ranch where campers encounter wide open spaces, beautiful mountains, clean air, and a look at what real life is like on a ranch. Kids have loved it ever since it first began in 1967.

Boys and girls at Prude Ranch enjoy a variety of awesome summer camp activities such as Animal Life, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Basketball, Beauty Parlor, Card Games, Cheerleading, Cooking, Dodgeball, Drawing, Football, Hiking, Riflery, Roping, Swimming, Tennis, and much more. And, since Prude Ranch is indeed a working ranch, a number of their most popular activities involve horses.

In fact, Prude Ranch is special in that each camper is assigned a horse for the duration of the camp stay and responsible for the horse’s care. When pairing up campers with horses, a lot of thought is put into the process in which age and expertise (among a number of other factors) are taken into consideration.

Our groups of summer campers, be they Comanche and Apache girls or 3Bar and Triangle Bar Ranch boys, are situated in the comfortable bunkhouses. These cabins sleep 8-20 campers/cabin leaders at a time and provide their residents with multiple shower and bathroom facilities. If you think it might be a good fit for you, check out Prude Ranch Camp for your own upcoming camp experience in the next camp season by clicking here. As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Australia Trivia!

G’day, Mates!

We may not have any folks working at Everything Summer Camp who are from Australia. We may not even know anybody who knows anybody who IS AustralianCroichey! Today's post is about a whole continent!. But we still wanted to observe National Australia Day because of what a cool continent it is. And so, to recognize and honor this holiday, I compiled a small list of several interesting facts about this unique continent. Check it out.

Smaller Than The U.S.
By far the smallest of the seven continents, Australia is actually even smaller than the United States! Compare the land size of Australia up against the land size of the Australia is actually just about the same size as The United States.contiguous 48 states of the U.S. and you’ll discover that Australia is a mere seven square kilometers smaller than the States.

Exclusive Ecosystem
Over 80% of plants and animals are unique only to the continent of Australia. Some of the most well-known species of native animals include the koala, kangaroo (which is on the menu in Australia, believe it or not), dingo, echidna, Imagine running into one of these guys out on the Aussie streets.platypus, wallaby, and wombat. But, aside from zoos, these creatures don’t live anywhere else on the planet.

Penal Colony
Australia was a giant penal colony back in the day. A penal colony is a remote area of land used to exile prisoners in ultimate separation from the outside world. When building its first police force, Australian government decided to hire the best behaved convicts. And though this may seem like unusual practice, this method continues to this day.

Put another shrimp on the barbie and enjoy welcoming the Australian spirit into your very beginning. We appreciate you joining us today in saluting this very interesting land—smallest of the seven continents on the planet, across the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy celebrating National Australia Day and learning mBeautiful views of Australian lands.ore about this country-sized island. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Ella C. is Feelin’ Campy!

Hey, Camp Fans!

We were elated to receive more than 30 entries for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp. We’re super-eager to share all the entries right here on the Blog! There were seven lucky winners to our contest and everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our website! Today’s post is from Ella C., who wrote in to tell us about her first two-week camp stay at Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp.

One of my plans for the summer was to go to sleep away camp for the first half. It was Kids have fun being themselves at Berkshire Hills Eisenberg first time, so I had no clue what it was going to be like. Fun, boring, exciting, all of the above? I got onto a bus with nobody I knew. The bus drive was long and boring. It was about 2 ½ hours long.

When we arrived, all the returning campers wanted to give their counselors from last year hugs. When everybody got off the bus, I went to find my counselors. We played a couple of games to help us memorize our bunk mates and counselors’ names.

After lunch we went to our bunks to get our beds assigned and unpack. It took me two full days to finish unpacking. I had the most stuff.

The next day we started our regular schedule. We could do things like swimming, gardening, basketball, and animal care. We also got to choose hobbies. I chose drama and got to perform in The Little Mermaid.

At camp, I had an amazing time and got to do so many things I have never done before and meet so many new people and friends. I can’t wait to go back next year and see my friends again. I’m sure that next year, I will be one of those kids looking for my favorite counselors.

Glad to hear you had such a good time at Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp, Ella! Camp certainly is a great time full of fun and exciting activities, new experiences, and wonderful people! Check out Berkshire Hills Eisenberg Camp to see if it might be a good match for you. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

16 Winners of a 2018 Giveaway

Hey, Summer Camp Families!

Today concludes our ‘Top 16 Items of 2017’ Facebook Giveaway at Everything Summer Camp. We saw a great response in the form of likes and shares for our Facebook posts. After liking and sharing a post, our participants were entered into the Giveaway in wCongratulations to our Facebook Giveaway Winners!hich winners were notified that they’d been chosen to pick their preferred prize from our top 16 products of last year.

The first winner had all 16 products from which to choose while all subsequent winners could pick from the products that remained by the time they won. Congratulations to all our winners! We hope you love your prizes!

Here’s a look at who won what:

Facebook Giveaway Winners:
Happy Camper Trunk …………………………….. Leslie R. E.
Wheel Away System ………………………….…. Jennifer J. B.
LidMate Organizer …………………………….…. Rachel L. S.
Pop Up Soft Trunk ……………………………….. Emily M.U.
Undergrad Trunk …………………………………. Tammara G.
Quick Dry Shower Caddy ……………………….. Jennifer T.
Clothing Name Labels …………………………… Libby B. R.
Nylon Laundry Bag ………………………………. Whitner K.
Clothing Stamp …………………………………… Jordan B. T.
Digital Flashlight/Alarm Clock …………………… Jill S.
Slim Sonic Toothbrush …………………………… Erin L.
Crazy Creek Orginal Chair ………………………. Jeanie H.
Stick-On Name Labels ………………………..…. April A.
Camelbak Chute .75L Water Bottle ……………… Lauren R. H.
The Summer Camp Handbook ………………….. Mindy M. D.
Floor Mat – Hello Summer ……………………..… Laurie C. B.

There could only be 16 winners for this Giveaway, but we hate to disappoint here at Everything Summer Camp. So, starting tomorrow, we’re having a sale that takes 15% OFF every one of the 16 most-popular products from 2017 (listed above).

That means you can pick up a Happy Camper Trunk for a little over $150 or the Undergrad Trunk for about $160. Come back tomorrow and check out the rest of the awesome discounts we’ll have on all these popular products from Everything Summer Camp. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Winnie the WHO?

Hey, Fans of Pooh Bear!

Deep in the hundred-acre woods where Christopher Robin Milne played is where the inspiration came for everybody’s favorite honey-loving bear—Winnie the Pooh! Okay, so maybe it wasn’t in the Hundred-Acre Woods. It was more like the Ashdown Forest which currently covers ten square miles or roughly 6000 acres (a bit bigger than its fictionalized likeness).Happy Birthday, A. A. Milne!

Lucky for today’s birthday boy—A. A. Milne, the author who brought us Winnie-the-Pooh—he lived on the northern edge of Ashdown Forest where he would take frequent walks with his young son, Christopher Robin.

But his son and the Ashdown Forest weren’t the only means of inspiration for Mr. Milne, however. The character of Pooh Bear himself was actually his son’s favorite stuffed teddy along with a plush piglet, a tiger, a couple kangaroos, and a donkey who had seen better days (all of whom can still be seen at the New York Public Library except for Every one of Christopher Robin's old toys (except for Roo who was lost in the 30's).Roo who was lost in the 30’s as well as Owl and Rabbit who were imagined solely for the books).

A. A. Milne was born 136 years ago in 1882. In his younger years, he was taught by the great British author H.G. Wells—writer of many timeless classics such as ‘The Time Machine’ and ‘War of the Worlds’. Milne also played on an amateur ‘Cricket’ team alongside the celebrated author who created Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle. By the time his education had ended, time soon came for Milne to join the British Army and fight in the first World War.

When he returned home from the war, Milne was married to his wife, Dorothy and they had their son, Christopher. But as history would have it, he was called away yet again when World War II began in 1939. After the war, his life saw a number of unfortunate changes. A stroke, for one instance, left him in a wheelchair until the day he died at the age of 74.

But this celebrated author once commented that “A writer wants something more than money for his work: he wants permanence.” Mr. A. A. Milne certainly has been granted the permanence of which he spoke through the lasting love people have for “Winnie the Pooh” and the adventures he penned in the Hundred-Acre Woods. Happy Birthday, A. A.

If you’re ever lucky enough to see Ashdown Forest near London, you can check out this site for tourism information and, as always, thanks for reading!

- JohnWinnie the Pooh after his Disney-fication.

Brianna B. Feels Campy!

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 Brianna B., who wrote in to tell us about her time away at Pinecove Camp and the fun summer stay she had…


Hi. My name is Brianna B. and I have been going to Pinecove camp in Palestine, TX for two years now! I love Pinecove because it allows me to learn about GOD and how he made each one of us different. I think Pinecove is the best because there is a week of fun activities, but they are all related back to GOD and that is what Pinecove is all about! I was so organized at camp all thanks to my trunk from EVERYTHING SUMMER CAMP, I also a had an awesome organizer (FROM EVERYTHING SUMMER CAMP) at the top of my trunk in which I could have my Bible in, my note pad and pens, and much more, and all my bunk mates said next year they wanted one too! I learned at camp that we should be focused on GOD more than anything else, and that GOD made you the way he wanted you to be. One of my favorite activities was the ZIPLINE, at first, I was really scared to do it because it was super high, but all my bunk mates cheered me on and I had the courage to do it. The thrill of the zipline was amazing, you could feel the wind in your hair and the scenery was beautiful! It felt like a once in a lifetime experience, and was a remarkable adventure in the sky! In the morning, we would always have 20-30 minutes where the whole camp had to be quiet and everyone would take out their bible and focus on GOD only (FUN FACT-THAT WAS THE ONLY TIME THE CAMP WAS EVER QUIET, THE REST OF THE DAY SOUNDED LIKE CHAOS!!) At the end of every day we would go to Worship at the “C.L.U.B”, where we would sing for 30 minutes and then pray after. Then we would do our Bible study and talk about what our pastor was saying that night. Then we would go outside get a bedPretty nice people at the Pine Covetime snack and head back to our cabins for a shower and then bed. My favorite thing at camp was the camp store, there was so much stuff. I bought 4 shirts, a wrist band, and many more things!! I think the overall thing I enjoyed most was meeting new friends and knowing GOD wanted me to meet them!!

Thanks for the shout-out, Brianna! Glad we could make you so happy with your C&N Camp Trunk and other camp accessories. And, more importantly, we’re glad to hear that you got so much out of your camp experience! It feels great to expand your network of friendships as well as your own spirituality! If you’re interested in this kind of a camping experience, check out Pinecove Camp for yourself by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John