Camp Stories Winner Number One

Hey, Camp Fans!

The end of the summer season means lots of changes, but it’s still good to look back and reflect on the fun that was had. We’re happy to proceed with our third year of the Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest. We’re very excited to post the stories we received right here on the Blog. All participants receive a $15 gift certificate and seven lucky winners will receive larger prizes of $25, $50, and the grand prize of $100.

Tune in tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday to see our other $25 winners. The following week, we continue on Monday and Tuesday for our two $50 winners and then on Wednesday, we’ll announce our top prize, $100 winner. Once our winners have been announced they’ll receive an email with the gift certificate code. We’re announcing the first four winners of the $25 gift certificates this week—starting right…now! Today’s winner is….

Ella D.! Congratulations, Ella! You’re our first $25 prize winner! Ella spent some fun summer days at Gold Arrow Camp this year pushing her limits and facing some fears. Gold Arrow Camp is a fun factory, plain and simple.Read all about it in this excellent entry:

“When I woke up that morning I was ready for what I thought would be just another perfect day at Gold Arrow Camp. I threw on a shirt and jeans, ready to face the day. Little did I know, I was in for a crazy ride.
       lChattering mindlessly with my fellow campers of Cabin Zero, we made our way to the dining hall. A couple of my friends ran to the activity board eager to know what fun we were going to have that day. Would we be pontooning? Kayaking? Personally I hoped we were going to have Knee/Ski/Wake.
“Yes!!” Zoey exclaimed. She ran back over to me, grinning from ear to ear. “We have High Ropes!” She squealed. Immediately my heart sank. It was a well known fact to my cabin that I was TERRIFIED of heights. High Ropes was torture for me.
       lFor the rest of the day I worried. Through Arts and Crafts, through Mini Motor Boats, and all through lunch. By the time we left for High Ropes, I’d worked up quite a sweat. I dragged my feet all the way to the ropes course, thinking of ways to get out of doing it. When we arrived I craned my neck to look up at the course. There I saw a very flimsy wire, seemingly miles up. I gulped. There was no way I would make it out alive. I walked up to the rope ladder and started climbing.
       l“Agghhh!” I made the mistake of looking down. I had successfully gotten to the top platform, with only one more obstacle to go. The problem was, this was the worst of them all. The Wire. I had to walk across a half inch wire, with nothing to hold on to. The wire would shake and spin, so I had to somehow keep my balance, while walking to the other end. In other words, it was impossible.
       lI had no choice though, The Wire was the only way out. I tentatively placed my right foot on The Wire. It wiggled. I put my other foot on. It shook. I placed one foot in front of the other until I was halfway across. Then I slipped. “AHHHHHHH!!!!!” I squealed sounding like a dying pig. I kicked my legs franticly trying to get back on The Wire. Then I heard them.
       l“You got this, girl!” Zoey screamed. “Go Ella!” Vivi chimed in. All around me, my 11 cabin mates urged me on, giving me the strength to keep going. I swung back onto the wall, and made the rest of the journey across. Once I was on solid ground, I felt so accomplished.
       lLooking back, I am in no hurry to do it again, but it seems a little less daunting now. I’m glad I did it. I learned a lot and made great friends because of The Wire. Camp made me a stronger, better person.”

Thanks again for your submission, Ella. We’re so glad to hear how much you loved camp. But you make yourself a better person! Camp only helps. For anyone else interested in Gold Arrow Camp, you can check it out right here. And, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Superbowl LI Predictions

Hey, Football Fans!

We’re chomping at the bit for the arrival of the regular season here at Everything Summer Camp and our excitement is too much that we haven’t been able to sit idly by as we wait. In our anticipation as the summer season comes to a close, I toured the office to see what teams we expect to see play in Suberbowl LI. With our prized team in mind, we all have our fingers crossed that we made the right call.Check out who we're picking for NFL champs.

As Wisconsinites, my findings didn’t surprise me very much. After all, what kind of fan is going to throw their team under the bus? At Everything Summer Camp, our team is Green Bay through and through (except for our Shipping Manager Tim…but don’t mind him—he’s from Minnesota). The Packers are a good-lookin’ team who could definitely take it all the way this year. Lots of folks around the office are predicting to see the New England Patriots play against Green Bay for the championship.

President of the company, Ed gave his two cents, favoring the Packers to win the Superbowl against the Patriots, as did our Operations Manager, Hut Hut HikeBrian; our Graphics Department Manager, Nate; our Assistant Shipping Manager, Mike; as well as our Printing Technician, EJ.

In other offices there was a bit more variety. Our Vice President, Mark says it’s going to be a close Packer win against the Tennessee Titans while Amy, our Graphic Artist, thinks it’s the Texans that will lose to the Packers in the Superbowl. Our Sales Director Matt thinks the Packers are going to match up with the Pittsburgh Steelers and that the Steelers are going to win (apparently the kind of fan who would throw their team under the bus is Matt!).

Tim’s prediction was the only one that didn’t include the Packers. He says we’ll see the Dallas Cowboys match up with the Oakland Raiders with a win for the Cowboys.

But whether you’re a Packer fan or not, football is football and it’s back! So celebrate along with all of us at Everything Summer Camp and join in the fandfootballsom that grows more and more every year. Football appeals to a lot of people which is good because the more people you watch it with, the more fun it is! As always, thanks for reading!

- John

Wenzel You Buy a Sleeping Bag?

Hey, Everything Summer Camp Fans!

Today’s Blog post shines its spotlight on another brand whose excellent products we offer. A couple weeks ago, we took a good, close look at Troxel Performance Headgear for equestrian safety helmets. Today, I’m talking about sleeping bags—Wenzel sleeping bags to be specific. When it comes to Wenzel, there’s no better brand for your comfort on a night under the stars.Wenzel has been around for a while!

The very first summer campers as well as the early pioneers of ‘The New World’ knew Wenzel because Wenzel was around back then to supply all those brave explorers of the 19th century with the reliable gear they required for survival in the unforgiving wilderness. Wenzel has well withstood the test of time and remained a brand name synonymous with high-quality since their very beginnings in 1887.

In order to maintain their name for the past 130 years, Wenzel has had to go through incredible changes to keep up. The world was very different back in 1887. And Wenzel was different too. But with the advent of technological advances, household computers, and—now, the digital age—Wenzel has had to adapt to a society that runs on continual internet connectivity.

But while the company keeps their operation updated for efficiency by today’s standards, Wenzel is delighted to provide their customers with products that remind them about the world of yesterday. Everything Summer Camp knows just as well as Wenzel that being surrounded by the great outdoors is a healthy experience for our bodies and minds and helps develop creative thinking. A connection to Nature on some level is a basic human need.

Wenzel loves nourishing that need.

Escape, connect, and recharge with the help of Wenzel! Check out our selection from Wenzel by clicking right here and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Knock Knock Nock-a-Mixon

Hey, Camp Fans!

As you may have gathered from our name, summer camp is kind of our thing! And that’s why we’re proud to boast a great relationship with over 270 summer camps across the country. The camps with whom we’ve developed these close ties show kidGet into the Nock-a-Mixon Spirit!s the time of their lives and we love to spread the word of how great these camps really are. That’s why we like to shine our camp spotlight all around, featuring these wonderful camps.

Today, we’ll aim our camp spotlight over to eastern Pennsylvania and near the border with New Jersey to Camp Nock-a-Mixon. This traditional, co-ed, overnight summer camp is found in Bucks County where boys and girls have had the time of their lives for nearly 80 years ever since the camp first opened its doors in the summer of 1939.

Camp Nock-a-Mixon girls will be Camp Nock-a-Mixon girls.Fun times never end at Nock-a-Mixon. This camp offers all kinds of traditional sports like Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Gymnastics, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Hockey. They have a Climbing Tower, High and Low Ropes Course, Zip Line, Archery, Riflery, Wrestling. Have fun in the water Canoeing, Fishing, Swimming. You can try your skills at Ceramics, Camp Nock-a-Mixon Gentlemen.Crafts, Glass Fusion, Jewelry Making, Pottery, Cooking, Dance, Music, Photography, Rocketry, Theater, and a plethora of other fun activities!

Camp Nock-a-Mixon provides its campers with modern cabins that offer bathroom and shower stalls for the privacy you need. They have cubby space and shelving for your camper’s excess belongings. Fans and screened windows keep the cabin cool and campers sleep comfortably in their bunks. Cabins house somewhere between 10 and 14 campers along with three to four cabin leaders.

Experience the community at Camp Nock-a-Mixon with campfires, dances, karaoke, leagues, masquerade, movie nights, scavenger hunts, talent shows, and more. This camp community values each person’s individuality and provides an atmosphere where children gain independence and self confidence as they have the experience of a lifetime! Explore the Nock-a-Mixon grounds from above.Check out Camp Nock-a-Mixon for yourself by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Seth Green is My Favorite Color

Hey, Summer Campers!

Former summer campers are so widespread across the country that it come as no surprise to find out how so many celebrities and other famous folks have a history of summer camp in their childhood. I’ve written about over one hundred celebrities who once attended summer camp and today I come with yet another—the one and only, Seth Green!Seth Green is my favorite color.

Growing up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Seth didn’t travel far at all to attend summer camp at the Union for Reform Judaism Camp Harlam, situated in the foothills of the great Pocono Mountains in rural Pennsylvania. Back then, Seth ran around like all the other kids, but his childhood would quickly become anything but conventional.

At the very young age of ten years old, Seth had already debuted in his first two movies, ‘Billions for Boris’, as well as ‘The Hotel New Hampshire’. Not very much later, he played the younger brother of the lead role in ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’.

He continued making appearances in films regularly throughout his childhood and adolescence and before long, he’d made a name for himself which led to bigger roles such as Duane Cody in the family comedy ‘Rat Race’ or Chris Griffin in Fox’s long-running animated series, ‘Family Guy’.

His growing popularity and lifelong experience in the business led to him creating his own stop-motion cartoon show on Adult Swim, ‘Robot Chicken’. Aspiring to reach his dreams since he was little, Seth Green kept an incredible momentum from his time at summer camp. What will you keep from your time at camp?

If URJ Camp Harlam sounds like a place that might suit you well, you can check it out with a closer look on their website right here. Enjoy your camp experience and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Last Call, Ya’ll!

Hey, Camp Fans!

By now, I hope you’ve heard about our third annual ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest from Everything Summer Camp. That’s right! For a third year now, we’re offering $15 gift certificates for our website—or maybe more—in exchange for your camp stories! We want you talking about all those accomplishments, friends, fears that were overcome, favorite parts at camp.

August is coming to a close, which means your time is up! Get your submissions intoGet your fun stories from summer camp submitted to us before it's too late! us now—there’s only one week left until our cutoff date on August 31! If you have yours ready to go, take care of it now by clicking here.

We’ll be selecting seven randomized winners with our first-place winner receiving a $100 gift card for our website, two winners who will get $50 gift cards, and four winners who receive a $25 gift cards. Everyone else who submits will be getting a $15 gift card just for your participation!

To help you along, I offered some suggestions last month when I first announced this year’s Contest, in case some campers aren’t sure what to write about. I go into more detail in the previous post which you can read by clicking here, but here’s a short list of ideas:

l    •    Tell us about what was the most fun at camp.
l    •    Tell us some things you learned, like athletic, artistic, and thinking skills.
l    •    Tell us about all the great friends you made.
l    •    Tell us how it felt to be away from home and away from your parents.
l    •    Tell us about the inspiring beauty of the nature that surrounded you at camp.

In your submissions, be sure to mention the summer camp you attended and what you loved the most about it. Make sure you include your first name and your last name’s initial, what camp you visited, and how long you’ve been going to camp. We loved hearing about your summer for the last two years. We can’t wait to receive a fresh new collection of your summer stories from this year! As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

- John


Hey, Summer Campers!

Everything Summer Camp loves everything about summer camp! That’s why we’re good friends with about 270 camps from all across the country! And I’m happy to tell you all about what excellent camps they are. We’re sliding our swinging our spotlight over to New Hampshire for a good look at this great girls camp who’s worked with us for a quite a while now. Welcome to Nellie Huckins!

YMCA Camp Nellie Huckins Girls Camp has shown girls the time of their lives with enriching and fulfilling activities that guide them onto a path of subtle but effective maturation. Located on the shores of the lovely Lake Ossipee in the town of Freedom, New Hampshire, these beautiful, remote campgrounds has been the home away from home for girls since 1928!

From third grade to first-year high schoolers, Nellie Huckins campers experience either two or four weeks of absolute fun and serious personal growth simply by being away from parents as well as the reputation that we all carry at home.
Friends abound at Nellie Huckins.Huckins currently welcomes 1300 campers each year for awesome opportunities involving sports like Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Softball, Archery, Mountain Biking, Dance and Drama, Environmental Education, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Ropes Course, Swimming, Tennis, Waterskiing, Boating, as well as indoor fun like arts and crafts time, but indoor sports too, like basketball and street hockey or even air hockey, foosball, and ping-pong!

Ten campers are accompanied by two counselors in each of over 20 accommodating and comfortable cabins. With an excellent Dining Hall, Craftshop, Health Center, Program Office, Chapel, and more, Huckins is an attractive space to spend a portion of your summer, but even more than that—it’s a place to find yourself as well as some lifelong friends.

Enjoy checking out everything that’s so amazing about Camp Huckins for yourself. You can visit their website right here and get a good look at their map below. As always, thanks for reading!Nellie Huckins map

- John

The Tricks up Troxel’s Sleeve

Hey, Riders!

If you’re passionate about horseback riding, then you’re probably already aware of our fantastic selection of riding gear from leading brand names like Equi-Star, Ovation, and Troxel Performance Headgear. Each of these brands has their own niche in the world of riding accessories. And today, I’m talking about Troxel Riding Helmets. We carry their Spirit Riding Helmet as well as the Rebel Western Helmet for your choice in riding protection.
The Spirit Riding Helmet from Troxel will keep your cranium well-protected!
The world’s frontrunner in ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmets is Troxel. And they’re able to make this claim because Troxel has done their homework. With helmets that have involved physicians on the developing team, you can rest assured that your rider is well protected when they wear a Troxel helmet.

Having provided over three million helmets to equestrians across the world, Troxel saw that other horseback riding gear providers didn’t offer an alternative to their English Riding accessories. This left an incredible amount of western riders unprotected as well as a gaping, untapped market in the Riding Helmet business. Troxel is the first and only helmet manufacturer to provide safety helmets to both disciplines of horseback riding.

Ride like the wind with the Rebel Riding Helmet.Troxel has been celebrated worldwide not only for its physician-developed research or its all-inclusive construction, but for its original design as well. Ever since it was first established in 1898, Troxel has given the horseback riding community confidence when they go riding. Troxel’s helmet designs reduce the risk of serious injury by 80% effectiveness.

Be prepared in the case of an accident and get a Troxel Riding Helmet for your rider. The world’s leading provider for certified equestrian riding helmets, Troxel is the right brand for reassurance when your rider takes off into the sunset. Check out these protective riding helmets from Troxel by clicking right here. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

Whose Shoes?

Hey, Shoe-wearers!

You wouldn’t dream of doing hard labor in your bare feet! So why would we expect it from our horses? More than just a fun game of tossing metal shoes back and forth, the accessories of this leisure activity were originally footwear for horses. So how did the It doesn't look or sound very comfy, but horses do much better with them than without!horse shoe come to be anyway?

This was first discovered by our ancient ancestors who, as they grew more domesticated and domesticated animals, realized that working animals lived on terrains that often times led to excessive wear and tear on hooves or worse—broken limbs. Our ancestors saw that the walls and portion of the sole on the hooves of a domesticated horse needed additional protection on their feet.

Around the world, different attempts were made. An early method was to wrap the hooves in rawhide leather and other materials which was used for therapeutic purposes as well as protective. Another attempt from the Romans took a note from the common footwear of people at the time—the sandal and strapped this metal bottom around the feet of their horses.

The other methods eventually faded away as people discovered the horseshoe as the best and most efficient means of protection. After proper fitting and grooming, the horseshoe is nailed into the bottom of the hoof (don’t worry—horses of no sensation in their hooves; it’s the equivalent of snipping our fingernails).

These guys are pros, for sure!The popularization of metal horseshoes gave rise to a fun leisurely activity around the stables. Horseshoes has become an immensely widespread game—sort of a more rustic and rural version of bean bags, opposing players stand at opposite ends of the throwing area, marked by two poles sunk into the ground. The idea is to get the U-shaped shoe to wrap around and ‘ring’ a pole. Points are rewarded for touching the pole or being a shoe’s length away as well.

The game came along almost instantly after the shoe was first invented for the purpose of horse hoof protection a little more than 2000 years ago. Still a great means of entertainment today, check out or indoor version of Horseshoes by clicking here. Have a Freestyle Horseshoes makes this wild outdoor game okay for indoors as well.blast horsin’ around at camp and, as always, thanks for reading!

- John

Act Quick on Back to School Shopping

Hey, all you procrastinating Back-to-School Shoppers!

If you’re looking for all the best deals on school supplies and other related accessories that you can send your scholar off into the coming school year, don’t put it off another minute! You’d better act fast to take advantage of all the great Back to School bargains you find right here at Everything Summer Camp—these discounts won’t last very much longer.

Last call to find these deals on pieces your son or daughter might need or desperately desire for the classroom. Check out our awesome selection of school backpacks and daypacks from trusted brand names like JanSport, Columbia, and Under Armour. Get your back to school items for the coming school year right here!Eye up our items from Lockers 101: the school locker accessory selection to make your locker look like a million bucks instead of some drab, metal box. Take a look at the Wall Paper Set and the Bling it Up Decorating Set. And don’t forget the Magnetic Three-Pocket Locker Organizer for convenience on your way to class. Get a closer look at these products and click here.

Since it’s so smart to label your school clothes so your child can avoid any confusion in the locker room after gym class as well as coats, boots, and snow pants as well as other warm winter gear. Make sure your child’s school clothes come back home when the school bell rings! Personalize Clothing Name Labels for your school-bound son or daughter by clicking here.

Learn to love those rainy school days too with our eclectic selection of Rain Gear whether you need to stay dry during wet, rainy waits at the bus stop or outdoor for recess. High-quality rain gear from Columbia and other leading manufacturers such as Frogg Toggs and Red Ledge are sure to keep your kid prepared against precipitation! Our excellent Rain Gear Department is sure to keep you dry at school.

The new school year is almost upon us! Don’t dally a moment longer and get to shopping our site for all the fun and functional gear, supplies, and other accessories you can find here at Everything Summer Camp. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John