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The Sandy Man Can

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Hey, Sandler Fans!

The last time we talked about Adam Sandler (about five years back), we discussed Eisner Camp—part of the Union for Reform Judaism—the camp he attended, we discussed his SNL days, and we talked about his film career which includes ‘Bedtime Stories’, ‘Hotel Transylvania’, ‘Pixels’, countless other classic comedies, and almost the candyman himself in 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

This time around, let’s dig a little deeper to see who this classic comedian is at his core!

No Joke
Adam Sandler has been performing as a Stand-up Comedian since he was 17 years old. And it’s certainly no putdown when I say that he’s rumored to have never written a joke. How can that be? Well, Sandler is the type of comedian who has a natural humor about him. He prefers not to have written or rehearsed material when he gets on stage. Instead he just sort of wings it while he’s up there.

Schmoozing Roomies
Before their names were known, Adam Sandler and Judd Appatow were roommates while they were new in L.A. and looking for work. Sandler slept on a mattress on the floor. It took them up until 2009 to make their first movie together.

Cool Cameos
Adam Sandler isn’t afraid to have some fun with the casting in his movies. In ‘Hotel Transylvania’, mentioned above, Sandler’s wife and daughter were recorded for the early appearances of Dracula’s wife and baby. Also mentioned above, the movie ‘Pixels’ had an arcade machine repair guy played by the creator of Pac-Man—Toru Iwatani.  

So hopefully that gives you a better idea of who Adam Sandler is, not as an actor, not as a comedian, but as a roommate. I hope you enjoyed learning more about this funny guy. Check out his previous post to learn more. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Folks!


- John

Not Your Father's Football

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Hey, Football Fans!

American Football is the only sport I know where the offense and the defense collide like on a medieval battlefield. Our nation’s most popular sport, Football is likely to be offered at just about any summer camp where you stay. If you’re fanatical over football, then you likely already know the ins and outs of the way the game is played. But what about the history of the sport? How did it develop into the National Football League that we know and love today?

The earliest traces of Football go all the way back to a popular sport in Ancient Greece called Episkyros (Eh-pisk-ear-roce). This game involved throwing a ball past a scrimmage line and avoiding being tackled. Football was first developed as a hybrid sport that sort of combined Rugby and Soccer. Both of these games have their origin in medieval sports which may explain where Football gets its resemblance to medieval warfare.  

Beyond Ancient history, townsfolk of the Dark Ages started developing a number of archaic forms of football. In general, they involved teams lining up against each other in scrimmage formation and moving the “ball” (which was traditionally an inflated pig bladder) toward a goal.

Old versions of football—typically referred to as the blanket term of Mob Football—would be played between an entire town or village against the folks of the next town over. Games of Mob Football allowed for an unlimited number of players who would clash in the streets and highways with the objective of moving the ball to the markers of each town.

Players were allowed to move the ball by any means necessary short of killing other players. This was a much more brutal game than our modern televised events. Deemed too dangerous for civilization, versions of Mob Football were put to bed with the Highway Act of 1835 which banned football from being played on public highways.  

However, in order not to throw out the baby with the bathwater, protective helmets were brought to the scene and the game was played in designated areas. More protective measures were slowly introduced as this much tamer version of football was established and it soon became an organized sport that drew audiences. Check out a previous Blog post to learn more about the history of the NFL by clicking here. And, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Escape to Camp Ozark

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Hey, Camp Folks!

Here is our last submission from our August ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest entries. The coronavirus has had a huge impact on everyone—camp included. And, though many kids were unable to attend camp this summer, we still wanted to hear from you. We asked to hear from kids who weren’t able to attend camp this season to record this very unusual time in our world.

This last submission for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest comes from Kathryn M. who sent her two kids to Camp Ozark. Here’s her submission:

“Our 2 week epic family vacation was cancelled as a result of COVID and so finding something to fill summer while being safe was difficult. We felt at ease with all the precautions and testing that Ozark planned to do and were able to sign our two kids up last minute as a result of so many cancellations. It was the first time at sleep away camp and they LOVED it. To have time to play and celebrate with new friends and forget about the global pandemic for a few days was such a blessing. Aidan & Cavan came home raving about their experiences and talking about all the future years they will be able to go to Ozark - Bleed Blue (they were assigned the Osage team...for life!)”

This pandemic certainly has put the kibosh on a lot of typical summer fun that families look forward to each year. I’m sorry that your epic family vacation turned out less than epic, but it’s very cool that you were able to send your kids to sleepaway camp before it was too late! That’s great that Aidan and Cavan are now registered 'bluebloods' and that they had such a positive experience for their first summer camp stay! Hopefully next year your family can fit in an epic vacation and Camp Ozark for your children! Thanks for the sharing your story, Kathryn!

If anybody else is interested in Camp Ozark for a future camp stay, you can visit their website by clicking right here. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!


- John

Ocean Breeze if You Please

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Hey, Cool Kids!

We use this Blog to highlight all kinds of camp related things from camp activities to summer camps themselves. But how about the folks who supply us with the awesome selection of camp gear?! We like to highlight them too, so today we’re showing our respect and gratitude to one of the many brands with whom we’ve formed a great relationship: Treva.

It’s good throughout your summer travels to have some kind of portable fan nearby to help you stay cool when the days get hot! That's why we are proud to offer a wide selection of fan products from one of the industry's top brand names: Treva. Featuring traditional fans as well as hand-held fans, Treva fans supply you with the cooling you need at camp.

Designed for performance and innovation, Treva products are perfect for those summer scorchers (trust us, when the heat strikes, you'll want your trusty fan around to bring you much-needed cooling relief). For the best selection of Treva cooling and products at some of the industry's lowest prices, shop right here at Everything Summer Camp.

Reminiscent of a cool ocean breeze, this brand named themselves after the cooling effect that their fans bring. Treva means ‘home by the sea’. Browse our selection of high-quality, battery-powered fans from the Treva brand by clicking right here and place your order with us today!

Fans make your camp memories perfect with a cool breeze in the summer heat to provide relief on those bright, sunny days. Get the best of the best with the portable, mighty fans for the most efficient way of cooling off. They’re great for a kid on a hot day! Have a blast throughout your summer travels and stay cool with Treva cooling products! And, as always, thanks for reading!


- John


Buggin' Out!

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Hey, Folks!

We’ve been thrilled to hear from our participants for our August ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest. Though some were, many kids weren’t able to attend camp this year. Nevertheless, we still wanted to hear from kids to see what their experiences have been this year.

Our next submission for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest comes from Jonah N. who wrote in to tell us about his virtual camp experience with the Tin Mountain Conservation Center. Jonah is our grand prize winner of a $200 gift certificate to Everything Summer Camp. Here’s his submission:

“I really wanted to go back to New England Frontier Camp, but it was closed so my mom found a nearby virtual camp. All we had to do was drive up every Monday morning (it was about 30 minutes away so my little sister Noelle and I would play eye spy out the window a ton) and find a box of stuff on the Tin Mountain Conservation Center's porch with our name on it. The awesome part was that the STUFF had bug nets to find macroinvertebrates in our NH and ME streams, ponds, and yup, puddles! Another week we had a bag of mustard seed powder and sprinkled it to do a worm survey in our yard. The coolest thing was the awesome video we'd watch that the counselors made up for us about it all each week. We even got my cousins from PA into doing the activities. Bug Olympics was one of my favorites. I guess you can have fun and not actually be at camp, but learn stuff and feel like a bigger team member. The summer ended with things to build our own solar oven to make s'mores. Now, that is what I call camp. I'd even talk with my friends on the phone about it, and we were all trying to help learn about the environment and see who found more creepy crawlies and other weird stuff none of us knew was in our own back yards! So thanks to COVID I learned so much. Next summer I'll need to do both camps...Yikes! How long is summer anyways?”

Cool submission, Jonah! And way to find the silver lining in a situation as crummy as the coronavirus pandemic! That’s awesome that you got to learn so much and have fun doing it through this virtual camp program from the Tin Mountain Conservation Center! I’m sure it wasn’t quite the New England Frontier Camp experience that you’re used to, but the Bug Olympics sounds like it was a really cool and educational summer activity!

For folks interested in the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, check them out by clicking right here. Or visit the website of New England Frontier Camp for your own future camp stay. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!


- John