Enjoy hygienic hikes with Clean Trek

Howdy, Camp Folks!

We’re proud to carry such excellent brand names as Burt’s Bees, Coghlan’s, and VioLife. Today, we’re spotlighting our latest addition of brands to our Toiletries Department—Clean Trek—a brand dedicated to personal hygiene products that create some convenience for summer campers during their wilderness adventures. The Clean Trek Logo--these guys mean business!

Fans of the outdoors themselves, the folks that built Clean Trek from the ground up—their passion for outdoor adventures is what led them to founding their brand. They loved spending entire days outside. But they didn’t like smelling as though they had. And so they were inspired to devise a solution for taking care of your body odor when you’re trekking the wilderness and there’s no shower available.

Introducing a line of products that tend to one’s cleanliness as well as skin nutrition, Clean Trek went into business when they created their solution. With a line-up of gear spray, body wash, body wipes, and more, Clean Trek has built their products on eco-friendlinThese wipes are way convenient when you're on the ol' dusty trails.ess and lasting odor elimination.

Found on the Everything Summer Camp online store, we offer the Odor Control Body Wipes 24 Pack. These wonderful little wipes are durable and effective! Giving campers and adventurers of all different walks of life the ability to make themselves clean without requiring running water—or any water, for that matter—Clean Trek Body Wipes are certainly a must-have for campers who plan on multi-day hikes.

Leaving your skin feeling fresh and smooth, each wipe contains Clean Trek’s proven formula that acts to get rid of body odor and keep unpleasant odors from returning. While removing body and other odors, the wipes will soothe the skin with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E. We’re proud to represent the Clean Trek brand, offering their innovative hygienic products. Order a pack for your camper and, as always, thanks for reading.Have fresh-scented fun in the wilderness!

- John

Trustful Duffels

Hey, Travelers!

Ideal for summer camp, duffel bags are absolutely the perfect alternative to a traditional steel camp trunk. Being your one-stop shop for everything you need for summer camp, Everything Summer Camp has an excellent selection of soft trunk alternatives and we’re always adding to it! Our most recent additions come from High Sierra—the Ultimate Access 2.0 Wheeled Duffels. We carry the 26” and 30” duffel bags.

Guaranteed to roll smoothly and silently on oversized skate-style wheels, these Ultimate Get this 30" Ultimate Access 2.0 Duffel Bag from High Sierra!Access 2.0 Wheeled Duffels make travel easy no matter how rocky the terrain may get at summer camp. These duffels also feature a recessed telescoping handle system for your rolling ease.

And, while these duffels are experts at rolling along, you can also carry it by the webbed handle so you can carry it up or down stairs with ease OR carry it in the style of a backpack using the comfortably padded shoulder straps that are hidden behind the zippered padded bottom panel.

Move this duffel with ease directly to your summer camp site!Packing couldn’t be any easier when you have an Ultimate Access 2.0 Duffel Bag. Load the main compartment on these duffels through the easy-access U-shaped opening to pack the majority of your camping gear. You can pack other camp supplies in the two top-loading compartments on either end of these duffels and there’s a zippered front accessory pocket for quick access

Travel in style with your camp gear when you make your way to summer camp. Grab the 26” Ultimate Access 2.0 Duffel or the 30” Duffel if you think you might need some more packing space for your upcoming summer stay. Make the right choice for you summer visit and order the duffel best suited for your camper today! Get ultimate access when you arrive at camp and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

What Comes Around Goes Around

What’s up, Campers?!

At Everything Summer Camp, we’re the home of C&N Footlockers so, of course, we pride ourselves the most on our traditional (as well as our innovative Designer) trunks. And we’re also proud to offer our Wheel Away System—the easiest way to transport your camp trunk.
These are our 4"PVC Wheel Away System wheels.
These large, 4″ PVC wheels are a revolutionary solution for summer campers who have struggled with a fully-packed footlocker. But camp trunk transportation isn’t the first thing that the wheel has revolutionized! Let’s take a look at the origins of this round invention!

Contrary to popular opinion, the wheel was not invented with transportation in mind. It wasn’t invented by cavemen either. It was the ancient Sumerians, actually—one of the earliest civilizations in recorded history—and they invented it roughly 3500 BC.

The first wheels were flat disks mThe first wheels were actually used for pottery, not transportation.ade of either wood or clay that was left out to bake in the sun. If not for transportation, what were these wheels used for? They were potter’s wheels—rotated by hand and used for shaping clay into rounded pieces of cookware, vases, and other pieces of ceramic art.

The wheel was very useful in the world of pottery, but it would be another 300 years until people realized the full potential of this invention. Wheelbarrows were one of the first wheeled vessels which then gave way to a flood of coming inventions on wheels.

The plow followed soon after the wheelbarrow, but it wasn’t until the wheel found its home Wheelbarrows were one of the first inventions to travel by wheel and they're still used today!underneath a chariot that the transportation train started moving. Wheels have been used for purposes besides transportation since 3000 BC like converting energy in watermills and creating a delightful ride as a Ferris Wheel, but transportation is still its main thing.

Wheels started as objects made of clay and wood, but nowadays, they’re commonly made from rubber as we see on our motor vehicles and bicycles. Some other modern wheels are made of hard plastics like skateboard wheels as well as the removable beauties that pop on and off of our Wheel Away System. Let it roll! And, as always, thanks for reading!Get your wheels on when you head to summer camp!

- John

Cohen went to Camp

Hey, Camp People!

Lots of folks who were once summer campers like yourselves have gone on to become celebrities whose names are popular in our very own households. I’ve written about nearly 100 famous folks so far who have roots in the summer camp community. Another name to add to our ongoing list is Leonard Cohen. I was waiting for the miracle to come.

He was 10 years old when he set off for his summer camp stay at Camp Hiawatha near Montreal. There he had a fine time in the mid 1940’s running around among the Canadian wilderness and enjoying friends that were his age. And even back then, Leonard had taken an interest in writing.

Born and raised in the Canadian town of Westmount, Quebec, Leonard, throughout his life, would become a singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. And, though he is most known for his musical career, he aimed to be a poet and novelist from his days as a teenager until his early 30’s. In fact, he didn’t do anything with music until he turned 33 years old.

He completed his elementary and high school education throughout enrollment in three different schools—the Roslyn Elementary School, Herzliah High School, as well as Westmount High School. He was very involved in extra-curricular activities in his later days of high school and he developed a great interest in studying music as well as poetry.

By 1951, Leonard started college at McGill University, where he became president of the debate team. He also won the Chester MacNaghten Literary Competition for his poems “Sparrows” and “Thoughts of a Landsman.” He published his first poems in a magazine by the spring of 1954. Around this time, he also taught himself to play acoustic guitar and he formed a folk group called ‘Buckskin Boys’.

Things went on this way for more than ten years, using writing for his main source of income and playing music for fun. But Leonard, becoming increasingly discouraged with his low income as a writer, decided one day in 1967 that he would move to the United States in an attempt to pursue a career as a folk music singer/songwriter.

Consequently, Leonard’s writing started to diminish with fewer publications and long gaps between them as he concentrated more and more of his energy on writing and recording songs. Networking with other big names of the time like Lou Reed and David Bowie, Leonard discovered a certain amount of marketability for his own music and it wasn’t long until he created an image and a name for himself.

With his own roots in summer camp, patience and desire brought Leonard Cohen a life of fulfillment that the world can now enjoy. What will grow from the roots you stretch at summer camp? As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Blue Ridge Brother and Sister

Hey, Camp Fans!

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

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

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

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

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

- John

Sleep at Camp Kelty Style

Hey, Camp Folks!

Here come our latest Sleeping Bags from Kelty to expand our selection of this quality brand. The Tru.Comfort Kids 35° and the Tru.Comfort Kids 20°. Very affordable, grab these quality summer camp sleeping bags to help deliver the best rest for your camper. Both of these mummy bags are made to give you great comfort—it’s in the name—but they provide different temperature ratings for camps of different climates. The Kelty 35 Sleeping Bag is going to keep you comfy at night.

Kelty Tru.Comfort Kids 35° Sleeping Bag
The Tru. Comfort Kids 35° Sleeping Bag will give your camper a night of sleep like they’re own bed at home! It has a 35° temperature rating and it’s filled with 28 oz. of CloudLoft™ Insulation. Designed to keep your camper snug as a bug, the built-in, two layer, mummy-fit blanket provides perfect temperature control for a sound night of sleep—no tossing and turning at camp in this Sleeping Bag.
Stay even warmer in the 20 degree kelty bag.

 

Kelty Tru.Comfort Kids 20° Sleeping Bag
If your camper is staying in a location with a cooler climate, go for this sleeping bag with a 20° temperature rating. Tested to stand up to temperatures as low as 20° Fahrenheit, this bag is given a eight more ounces of CloudLoft™ Insulation than the 35° bag, coming in at 36 oz. On top of its basic construction, it boasts a built-in, two-layer, mummy fit blanket for easy temperature control. Tru. Comfort Kids makes for happy campers.

These sleeping bags are serious about sleep and they’re here to keep you as cozy as you can be during your summer camp and overnight trips into the wilderness! A good night of sleep makes for a happy camper, so once you know what kind of temperatures your camper will be seeing at night, get one of these bags for your kid’s comfort! Check out the Tru. Comfort Kids 35° Sleeping Bag right here and, to see the Tru.Comfort Kids 20° Sleeping Bag, click here. Enjoy your sleep at summer camp and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Check out Chaco!

Hey, Footwear Folks!

Here at Everything Summer Camp, we love discovering the stories and histories behind the businesses with whom we work. And we love sharing those stories with our faithful customers and Blog followers. Among the excellent brands that make up our assorted footwear department, Chaco is one of these footwear companies whose shoes we are very proud to offer.
Like an amphibious creature, Chaco performance footwear walks on land and in water.
Constructing superior footwear for avid fans of the outdoors creates a very fulfilling life for the folks at Chaco. They believe their products enable people to grab hold of an enriched lifestyle that they achieve through travel, exploring their community, and going on adventures. And we believe so too.

Founded in 1989 in the village of Paonia by a Colorado river rafting guide named Mark Paigen, Chaco Footwear established a factory and immediately started manufacturing sandals, shoes, boots, and other outdoorsy accessories for folks who like roughin’ it.

They quickly separated themselves from forgettable footwear brands when they came out with their iconic Z/Sandals—designed for full adjustability and unrivaled traction on land as well as water. With this release and a continued application of simplicity, versatility, comfort, and durability, Chaco redefined themselves as leaders in performance footwear.

Kids have a tendency to go rough on their footwear—especially at summer camp. But Chaco has their recipe for premium footwear down to a science at this point. That’s why we have their Kids Z1 as well as the Kids ZX/1 Eco Tread Sandals from Chaco’s Z collection. We also offer the Kids OutCross Sport Sandal—an amphibious animal you haven’t seen the likes of before.

Check out Chaco’s innovative features that these sport sandals are sporting and get your reliable footwear and shop the rest of our excellent footwear selection on our main site. As always, thanks for reading!Chaco makes unrivaled footwear.

- John

Emojiglyphics

Hey, Humans!

Since before our species was even fully developed, we’ve figured out communication methods that have allowed us to take a thought in our own mind and plant it in someone else’s. An invaluable tool, communication is the key to civilization and society as we know it.
Emojis are almost their own language. Do you speak Emoji?
In the advent of the smartphone and widespread instant messaging via texting, trending emojis have only grown in popularity since their initial creation in the late 90’s. The first 180 emojis were designed by a man named Shigetaka Kurita in Japan between 1998 and 1999 while working on a mobile Internet platform.

This is when emojis as we know them came to be, but I like to think that their history goes back longer ago than 1998—after all, this isn’t the first time people have conveyed thoughts and ideas through pictorial means. TI think I see a smiley face in the third column, there.he last time we did that was at least 5000 years ago when the Ancient Egyptians developed their hieroglyphics.

The Egyptians put meaning to these pictures and used them to express specific words, sounds, or describe something. They even built it into their system that the same symbol can take on different meanings in different contexts—much like the English language does, assigning multiple meanings to the same word.

It was actually the Egyptian hieroglyphics that led to the first alphabets. The inventors based their ideas off of hieroglyphics, but instead of using full pictures, they had the idea to just use symbols, finding the method to be much quicker for writing as well as reading. Immediate neighbors like the Phoenicians and Hebrews caught on and developed their own.

Written language has taken us to the eloquent heights of Homer, Shakespeare, Twain, and Rowling (J.K.) and done what hieroglyphics could never do. But perhaps we got rid of them too quickly. That would explain our return in the form of emojis. They really are quite convenient—words feel a bit cumbersome when all you want to do is show your happiness about something.

We embrace the emoji trend at Everything Summer Camp with cute and fun (and funny) camp trunks, plush pillows, storage cubes, and decals. You can read mWhat mood is your camp trunk in?ore about them on this previous Blog post and check out these expressive products on our website. As always thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John

Keep Cozy with Kelty

Hey, Camp Lovers!

The days are sure to get hot at summer camp, but the nightly foot always falls and, with it, so falls the temperature. Chilly nights and rainy days are inevitable and comfort is essential to a good night’s sleep! Stay cozy and warm with our new bedtime products from Kelty—their Bestie Blanket along with the Camp Pillow.

Kelty Camp PillowRest your head on this perfect pillow for camp.
Take the Kelty Camp Pillow along wherever you go during your camping adventures so you always have a place to rest your head. The Kelty Camp Pillow is a great companion at summer camp because it’s so easy to pack—it’s easily compressible and lightweight so it causes absolutely no hassle to bring along everywhere you go. Remain comfortable at camp and the road trips to and from. With a sleeve to store cozy pajamas or a cuddly throw, the Kelty Camp Pillow thinks ahead and does it all. Lay your head down and order your Camp Pillow here!
Keep warm and curl up with the Kelty Bestie Blanket at camp.
Kelty Bestie Blanket
When you’re talking about a best friend who’s this warm and welcoming, it’s easy to fall in love. Matched by nothing else when it comes to comfort, Kelty’s Bestie Blanket is made of a polyester taffeta shell with a poly pongee liner and CloudLoft™ Insulation. Kelty’s Bestie Blanket is great for cuddling with at night or enjoying the evening around a roaring fire on a chilly night. Get this insulated best friend of a blanket for your camp visit right here!

People love pressure. That’s why, even on a warm summer night, we’ll want to cover up with sheets and blankets for the weight just as much as the comfort and warmth. Enjoy your sleep at camp and cover up with Kelty’s Bestie Blanket with your head resting on the Kelty Camp Pillow for awesome comfort. As always, thanks for reading.

- John

Punky “Who”—ster?

Hey, Summer Campers!

Famous former summer campers are all over the place. Many celebrities in the music and film industries have their own summer memories from their camp days. Some we know by their songs and others we love to watch on the big screen. Plenty of television stars have gone to summer camp as well. Soleil Moon Frye was once a summer camSoleil Moon Frye was a hit with the children audience.per just like yourselves back when she was closer to your age.

Attending Cottontail Ranch Camp in Malibu Canyon of California, Soleil—named after the sun (pronounced like So-lay)—has her own summer memories of the 2600 acres of the neighboring State Park and four-mile trips to Malibu Beach. But even before her days at camp, she was in the business.

She showed signs of interest in acting when she was only two years old and she saw her father and brother on TV. Her father got her an agent. Her mother became her manager. And by the time Soleil turned 8, she had been in five made-for-TV movies! But she really made it big when she landed the role of Penelope “Punky” Brewster at the young age of eight as well.

“Punky Brewster” never got the greatest ratings, however, the character of Punky became a huge hit with young children the world over.
Penelope "Punky" Brewster was her hit role. She attended a private high school in the San Fernando Valley as well as New School University in New York for a year.

Soleil was childhood friends with Ms. Melissa Joan Hart (a.k.a. Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and she ended up playing the role of Sabrina’s best friend, Roxie King. Aside from her successful television career, Soleil has also appeared in a number of movies. She even directed a film called “Wild Horses” and she wrote a screenplay about a group of high schoolers who have strange encounters in a cafe.

Have a blast at Cottontail Ranch Camp like Soleil! You can check it out for yourself right here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John