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Hey, Backpackers!

Lucky for you, we just brought some of the best packs in the world onboard our great camping gear selection available on our online shop! Responsible for some of the best packs in the world, get a quick look at some of our latest in adventure packs for your exciting expeditions during your summer camp stay from the famous brand name Osprey!Osprey is a fantastic brand name.

Along with these five backpacks—highlighted here—we also just brought on two new Osprey Duffel Bags as well as a convenient Packing Cube Set from them! Look into these practical products and enjoy the following rundown of our new Osprey Packs!

First up—Ace it

We have our 50 Liter and 75 Liter sizes. Made using Osprey’s award-winning LightWire frame, these Packs offer you balance and load stability! These Packs have hipbelts for additional carrying support and provide perfect back panel ventilation to keep you from getting to warm or sweaty while carrying your pack.

Next…Gotta Jet!

A compact Pack, the Osprey Jet holds 18 Liters and is designed wisely to maximize the storage space of this simple kids backpack. A daypack gives you all-day comfort with a mesh back panel that creates ventilation. The shoulder harness is lined with fleece for cushion.

Last, Viva la Volt

Made in particular for girls, the Osprey Viva 50 flaunts a design of simplicity and ordered design. Taking on a pared-down shape, this Backpack for girls is not only durable, but comfortable too. And never feel insufficiently prepared when you hit the woodsy, winding trails this summer with the Osprey Volt 60 Backpack! This amazing backpack is sure to withstand the tribulations of outdoor adventures!

You can order any one of these backpacks by clicking the links above. Be prepared for whatever summer camp has in store for you and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Emma and Maya's Summer Camp Stories

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Hey, Camp Folks!

The Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing saw an excellent response from last year’s camp experience with 60 entries! That’s why we’re publishing each and every one right here on the Blog! Today I’ve got two submissions ready to go from Emma C. as well as Maya C.! They’re entries are both on the shorter side, but you can tell there wasn’t any shortage of fun at the camps they attended!

First, take a look at what Emma said about her stay at Pine Cove Camp: Check out this Pine Cove account!

All About Camp

Pine Cove was fun, awesome and amazing. I wish camp was longer because I loved it. My favorite thing at camp was making friends. My favorite activity was swimming. My counselors name was Double Chocolate Trip. My cabin was Wild Flower. I liked Bible study and the jumping pillow. I also liked playing with my friends. My favorite theme night was super hero night.

On the last day, it was sad to leave camp but I still have memories and friends from camp. I look forward to camp next year. I like my new friends. They are like sisters to me.

And here’s the submission from Maya about her experience at French Woods Sports and Arts Center:

Find comraderie at French Woods!I was that camper who cried on day one and cried on the last day because I didn’t want to leave. I fell in love with riding horses and playing piano at. camp. I made friends with girls my age from all over the world China, Spain, Argentina, England and Scotland! There was so much to choose from so I tried archery, live action role play we ran around using foam swords it was really fun. I already asked my mom if I could go back to the winter reunion. I want to go back next year! I heart FWSA.

I’m glad you two had such positive summers last year! If anyone else is interested in one of these camps, check out Pine Cove Camp or look into French Woods Sports and Arts for yourself sometime! And, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Ride on!

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Hello, Riders!

Do you know where you’re heading to camp this summer? If horseback riding is your passion, then perhaps today’s Blog post will introduce you to your next summer camp experience. We’re shining our summer camp spotlight over to the eastern border in the state of New York where we can focus in on Forrestel Riding Camp.

Get those thrills this summer at Forrestel Riding Camp.This beautiful institution sits on an 800-acre, working farm near the western tip of upstate New York—just an hour away from Niagara Falls. There, horse aficionados are provided with miles upon miles of cross-country trails to ride. Enjoy hours of exploration among the birds and the deer and oak trees!

With an obvious focus on horseback riding, Forrestel’s riding facilities include a gorgeous historic barn complex, multiple schooling rings with well-maintained grass footing, a sand ring, a wonderful outdoor hunt course, an exciting cross country-course, and a spacious indoor arena. Expect to do lots of riding when you sign up for a summer stay at Forrestel!

But this camp has more than horses! Offering a slew of traditional summer camp activities besides horseback riding, you can also enjoy Archery, Arts and Crafts, Canoeing/Kayaking, Drawing, Fishing, Pottery, Mountain Biking, Baking, Small Animal Care, Rocketry, Stable Management, Team Sports, Tennis, Woodworking, and more.

Food at Forrestel is grown directly from the farm and cooked on site! You can’t get any more fresh than that! Lunches and dinners have salads and vegetables as well as plenty of meat, pasta, milk, and juice. Cold milk and fresh fruit are offered nightly as a pre-bedtime snack!

Girls at Forrestel Riding Camp sleep in large cabin-like tents that are set up on wooden platforms raised off the ground. Typically, tents house six campers and two counselors. Bathroom and showers are nearby. Look into Forrestel Riding Camp for Girls further for your own summer escape and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

The Art of Gardening

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Good times, Green Thumbs!

Gardening is an age-old skill that’s been passed down through the generations as something that’s always been and always will be an incredibly useful skill—essential to our survival! Understanding how to work alongside Nature to reap the nourishment of the Earth is an incredibly rewarding experience that teaches us patience, diligence, and responsibility.

Gardening seems to have first been not so much a result as much as the catalystHave you ever seen so much green? for the first steps away from nomadic living—giving way to the first settlements and cities. It was first practiced in forests where food-producing vines and trees were cultivated in groups. Eventually, the garden space was brought to more domestic means with a purpose more ornamental than nourishing. But its practical means returned within the Middle Ages which eventually led to personal plots in backyards.  

The Benefits of Gardening:

Good for the Mind

Simply being in these beautiful spots gives us quiet time to ourselves to think—or to not think! People will often grow gardens to have easy access to homegrown food, but gardens are enjoyable simply for the beautiful spots they occupy. It’s nice to walk among the new growth, appreciating the fresh sights and smells of plant life.

Good for the Body

Keeping a garden gives you the daily chore of care-taking after the life you’re growing. Tilling the soil, planting the seeds, weeding the area, and more—taking care of a garden is taxing, physical work! You’ll fit in some decent exercise just by taking care of your daily gardening chores!  

Good for the Soul

The plants have a way of bringing peace close to us. Cultivate a calm within yourself to put your soul at ease. Watering your plants and coming out to harvest them when your efforts have come to fruition is a fantastic feeling that goes beyond the senses!

If you’re passionate about Gardening, then I recommend you look into a summer camp that offers it as an activity to boost your familiarity with the skillset. If you already have a camp in mind, call them up to ask about their program. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!


- John

Summer Brees

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Hey, Football Fans!

Who doesn’t love a nice Brees? Drew Brees, that is! We definitely do, here at Everything Summer Camp—after all, Drew was a summer camper himself back in the day! I posted about this beloved quarterback and how he attended Camp Champions in Marble Falls. I disclosed that information on the last Blog post I wrote about him from a number of years ago. A serious winner, get a load of Mr. Drew Brees here and learn a thing or two or three about him!

You can read the previous Blog post I wrote about him by clicking right here. But, since it’s been so long since his last post, I thought we could revisit Drew to get to know him a little bit better.

Brees-y, You Were Born This Way!

When he was a young boy, Drew was teased because of a birthmark he had on his right cheek. He was given the option to have his mark removed, but he decided—despite the adversity it brought—to keep his mark. It’s brought him adversity, yes—but it also brought him a sense of individuality and character.

Born to Quarterback!

Brees’ success in football seems to track the generations in his family. His mother’s brother, Uncle Marty Akins, was a quarterback with the Texas Longhorns and his grandfather from his mother’s side, Ray Akins, was a Texas High School football coach. And both of Drew’s parents were interested in athleticism to a certain degree as well and encouraged Drew’s investment in the world of sports.

Determination Does You Good

By his second year playing as high school quarterback at Westlake School, Brees wanted to quit football because he didn’t have faith in his skills as an athlete. Baseball was a passion of his as well and he thought he had a better shot in Baseball than he did Football. His friends and family encouraged him to stick with football and he ended up earning varsity letterman in basketball, football, AND baseball! And look at him now!

We love the true-to-self style of Drew and I hope these facts were new for all of you about this fantastic football player and former summer camper. If you have interest in checking out his old stomping grounds at Camp Champions, give them a closer look some time. And, as always, thanks for reading.


- John