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2020 Games in 2021

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Hey, Sports Fans!

Queue the symphonic masterpiece of the Olympic Musical Theme. The extra-long awaited 2020 Summer Olympics officially begin today and spans the next couple weeks, out to August 8. Some events like the softball and the men’s and women’s soccer tournaments have already begun a couple days back, but the official beginning of the Games is today.

The Olympic Games are performed every four years and were set to fall last summer. Due to the coronavirus, however, the Games were postponed a year out and we’re now treated to them this year, hosted in the Japanese capital of Tokyo.

While summer camp is about so much more than athletics—fun, friends, nature, self-identity—improving your athletic ability is a really big part of camp. And nearly everything they do in the Summer Olympics is a sport or activity (or at least something in a similar field) that you can participate in during your summer camp stay. From team sports to sports for individual performance on land and in the water, the Olympics is like the worldwide exhibition of the sports of summer camp!

They’ve got Archery. They’ve got Gymnastics. They’ve got Swimming. They’ve got Badminton. There’s Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, BMX Freestyle, BMX Racing, Boxing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Diving, Equestrian Riding, Fencing, Football, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Mountain Biking, Road Cycling, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Skateboarding, Sport Climbing, Surfing, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Trampoline, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Wrestling, and more.

While the Summer Games are taking place in Tokyo this year, they were meant to be played last year. It’s been agreed upon that the Games this summer will still be referred to as the 2020 Olympics. Whatever they call it, enjoy tuning into this year’s summer installment of the Olympic Games to make up for last year. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John

 


Crazy Convenience

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Hello, Hammock Hangers!

Such a simple contraption, hammocks are nothing more than a sling made from an assortment of fabrics which you suspend at both ends, fastening them to trees, posts, or anchored hooks. Nevertheless, these simple inventions have their own holiday: today—National Hammock Day. In past posts, I’ve covered the history of hammocks as well as a run-through of the things you can do in your hammock.

Today let’s talk about the inarguable convenience and comfort of ENO Hammocks. 

We offer awesome hammocks and hammock hanging accessories from the quality Eagles Nest Outfitters brand name. You can check out our ENO selection by clicking here. Enjoy National Hammock Day by spending some of your day in a hammock if you can. Meditate, relax, and learn some stuff while you keep cozy.

The Atlas™ Suspension System is a secure solution to hanging your hammock. No knots needed! Simply throw the adjustable end of each strap around a tree and through the loop on the strap’s other end. Then, clip the carabiners of your hammock to the most appropriate loop of the 15 adjustable points on each strap. Enjoy your easy and worry-free way to hang your ENO Hammock. The Suspension Straps are designed to never fail by slipping or falling!

ENO Hammocks are equipped with lightweight, aluminum carabiners for the easiest fastening to the ENO Atlas™ Suspension System. Once your Hammock is clipped to both suspension straps that you have looped around trees, you’re ready to situate yourself comfortably in one of these high-strength and breathable nylon nests, the rest of the world may as well disappear! For traveling convenience, ENO Hammocks fold up to fit into its own built-in pouch, not much larger than a grapefruit for super easy packing!

Crazy convenient!

Get a closer look at our available ENO Hammocks and hammock-hanging accessories by clicking right here. Sway away in your own convenient hammock and, as always, thanks for reading! 

 

- John


The Value of Colvig Silver

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Hey, Camp Fans!

We here at Everything Summer Camp are proud to work with nearly 300 summer camps across the nation! We’re their recommended camp outfitter and, in return, we love singing the praises of the many camps with whom we’ve developed a wonderful working relationship. That’s why today I’m shining our camp spotlight on the pristine land in the southwest Colorado. 

In the Red Creek Valley at the foot of the rugged San Juan Mountains Colvig Silver Camps lies all beautiful 600 acres to the Colvig Silver name. The Cottonwood valley, open hay fields, and Ponderosa forest, the campgrounds range from 7,200 to 8,000’ in elevation. The camp is bordered on three sides by the San Juan National Forest and provides access to some of the most pristine, beautiful, and diverse wilderness on the earth. They see 300 sunny days a year with a cool, clear, dry climate—perfect for summer camp!

Choices are very important when it comes to summer camp. At Colvig Silver, campers get to choose their activities and trips on a daily basis for an extremely unique experience. You want to go horseback riding, go horseback riding. You want to go rock climbing, go rock climbing. You want to kayak in the lake, go kayak in the lake. You can climb a 14,000 foot peak, explore ancient ruins, discover a crystal clear alpine lake, lead an improv game at the campfire, the options are endless!

Campers live in cabins with one or two counselors and four to six campers. The cabins differ throughout camp, but all are cozy structures that have comfy beds and mattresses, windows, and nearby bathrooms and common areas. Campers have their own bunk (choose top or bottom bunk) and they’re welcome and encouraged to bring things like family pictures, posters, or a treasured blanket to make the cabin and bunk feel like home.

Colvig Silver Camp has seen great success in kick-starting kids on an awesome path through life. Check out their website for a closer look by clicking right here and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John

 


Show Sssome Resssssspect

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Hey, Camp Folksssss.

Did you know that today is World Snake Day? While there are definitely those, like my niece, who LOVE snakes, these carnivorous reptiles generally have a bad reputation and—no offense, Tessa—but it’s easy to understand why. After all, these legless creatures slither around and wrap and bite and can potentially kill you. Then again, it’s only about 17% of snake species that are venomous and less than 6% that pose a considerable risk to your life. World Snake Day was created with the intention of encouraging people to learn more about snakes and how they contribute to the world.

Keeping the Balance since 190 Million B.C.
For the fact there are so many snakes (almost 3500 species) that live in any biome on every continent (except Antarctica) and have done so for such a long time, snakes have been one of the most important creatures in maintaining a balance of nature in the world’s ecosystems!

Freaky Creature’s Features
Whether you love them or hate them, everyone can agree that snakes are fascinating! For instance, the world’s longest snake, the Reticulated Python, kills its prey by strangling it. They shed their skin. Without legs they’re able to swim incredibly fast and capable of crossing pretty much any terrain. And, of course, one of the freakiest things about snakes is that they unhinge their jaws to consume their food. 

Nice to Snake your Acquaintance
As I acknowledged above, snakes may not be the right pet for everyone, but if you have an innate interest in these animals like my niece Tessa, you should consider getting a snake. It’d be a great way to celebrate World Snake Day. And many snakes make good pets because they are easy to care for and inexpensive to feed (unless it’s a big boa or python!). But all in all, snakes are clean, quiet, and odor-free. Do some research to make them happy and enjoy their company! They may even be allowed in your college dorm room when that time comes.

Yes, snakes have had a bad reputation since the beginning of time! Since the Garden of Eden. But that doesn’t mean snakes are bad! They’re cool pets for those who like them. I know my niece loves her snake, Qbelios. Have fun learning more about snakes today and look into having one as a pet. As always, thanksssss for reading!

 

- John


Adventure Island Camp

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Hey, Camp Fans!

Door County was full of summer campers in the 1920s. Chock full of forests, fields, and bays, that Wisconsin State Legislature designated for preservation in 1909, the Peninsula State Park offers a breathtaking view looking northwest: the chain of Strawberry Islands as they skip through the Green Bay water. A world of fun was had here by children in the Midwest area who attended camps in this gorgeous part of beautiful Wisconsin such as the rustic Adventure Island Camp off the shores of Ephraim on the thumb of the state.

Check it out! 

It was a man from Illinois, Charles “Skipper” Kinney who spearheaded a boys camp on the largest of the Strawberry Islands (initially named Big Strawberry Island and renamed Adventure Island) in 1925. He kept dominion over the land and summer operations season after season, and remained true to the original purpose the camp was founded upon—“The Spirit of Adventure which is inherent in practically every boy.”  

Adventure Island Camp was truly a self-made camp. Aside from the cooking, all the work at Adventure Island Camp was done by the campers. They did it all and they did it without electricity or running water. In the very beginning, work included the construction of the camp’s cabins and other structures.

To compensate the boys, Skipper gave them incredible freedom. Every day, he would ask them individually what they wanted to do for the day and, as you weren’t going to kill yourself doing it, he provided the material and guidance for them to achieve their goals.  

The 7 to 14 year old boys would venture out on solo treks for overnights in the woods or build their own wooden kayaks. One year, the kids constructed their own Viking ship and named it ‘Serpent of the Sea’. They took it on a five-day cruise, a voyage off to distant lands like Escanaba and Marinette!

To make the freedom that much freer, the boys could even bring their dogs for the summer. The freedoms taught the campers invaluable lessons. They found that they were ‘free’ not to do their dishes, but then must eat on dirty plates. They were ‘free’ to stay up at night, but had to be up and at ‘em with the sun.

With further establishment in later days, the camp came to offer a baseball league, stamp club, journalism, orchestra, and shooting range to expand the activities, the boys created for themselves. A true inspiration to the very heart of why we have summer camp, the Skipper was a wonderful influence on the youth of his day. The camp stayed in operation until 1952.

There were a handful of other historic camps that operated in close proximity to Adventure Island such as Meenahga Girls camp and the Cherry Camp. I’ll cover these camps and more in future Blog posts. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John