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Hey, Camp Fans!

Things have changed fast with nationwide closures of stores, restaurants, sporting events, schools, and more. It means that we all have a little more time at home with our family. It also means boredom and sloth could be setting in for kids who would typically be in school. In response to this situation, we here at Everything Summer Camp thought we’d switch things up to give kids something to do. And maybe even win some cash! 

Our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest at Everything Summer Camp has been an annual contest we’ve held for the past five years and it’s always seen great success! We tend to announce it around the end of July when summer camp sessions come to an end. But we figure, with all this time off at home, why not start right now?!

Right now is a great time to get your minds off the current affairs and put some positive thoughts down on paper. Tell us about your favorite story from last year, your best friend you met at camp, what your favorite activity was, or how much you loved your camp! Maybe you’re feeling super optimistic about this upcoming camp season and want to share what you’re most excited about. We’re all ears!

All Entries are Winners!

For this contest, we’ll pick a $100 winner and a $25 winner of Everything Summer Camp Gift Cards. Everyone else who submits will get 1000 S’more Bucks (the campy equivalent to reward points). You have until Thursday, April 30 to submit. Submissions must be 150 words to qualify, but we’d prefer that they be closer to 250. Submit your written entry by clicking here. And visit our Official Rules page by clicking here if you have further questions.

There is no entry fee. If you're under the age of 18, you'll need permission from your parent or guardian to participate in this Contest. And speaking of parents—we certainly love hearing from you as well; so don’t hesitate to enter your own submission if you’d like to share your own thoughts! So get writing, folks! We’re looking forward to getting word from you. And, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

The Whole Marmot Lot

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Hey, Camp Fanatics!

Today’s Blog post shines its spotlight on another brand that’s a new addition to our camping gear collection here at Everything Summer Camp. We’re thrilled to now be able to say we offer Marmot. A great brand to give you the comfort you want for a night under the stars, learn a good deal on the story behind the brand name right here.

Students of the University of California Santa Cruz, Eric Reynolds and Dave Huntley, were on a school Glaciology project when Marmot Club was first suggested. Marmots are highly social ground squirrels that live in the mountainous regions of the world and they adopted this name with the rule that in order to become a Marmot one had to climb a glaciated peak with another Marmot.

That summer and for the next two years, Eric and Dave started making prototypes of down products in their dorm room. These two original Marmots joined forces after an ascensions of the Grand Teton with one Tomb Boyce of Grand Junction, Colorado.

Together, the three opened a rental and retail shop under the name of Marmot Mountain Works. The company was launched into high demand when 20th Century Fox requested 108 puffy jackets for a Clint Eastwood flick.

After their Hollywood premiere, Marmot saw further fortune with a ground floor introduction to the new concept of Gore-Tex. Always growing, but never outgrowing their quality, become a Marmot yourself with the latest from this trailblazing brand.

Escape, connect, and recharge with our awesome collection from Marmot. Get a look at everything we offer of this brand when you click right here and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Summer Break at Skylake!

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Hey, Camp Fans!

This week we’re fixing our summer camp spotlight westerly over to the coast in the heart of California where we find a very special place, just a short trip south of Yosemite National Park. Showing campers fantastic summer fun for the past 75 years since 1945, we’re excited to share the highlights of this summer camp that’s developed a great relationship with us here at Everything Summer Camp.

Skylake Yosemite Camp is located in the middle of the Sierra National Forest among hundreds of acres of woodsy trails and beautiful surrounding nature! Skylake shows its campers a dream location in the mountains, on the gorgeous Bass Lake, with the majesty of Yosemite for a backyard! A private dock and the lake offer Canoeing, Kayaking, Paddleboarding, Swimming, and more! On land, activities include Horse Riding, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Ropes Course, and Climbing Wall, and miles of Mountain Biking trails to explore. Arts & Crafts, Drama, Music, Ceramics, Outdoor Cooking and lodge activities are also available for those looking to mix up their routine or for a slower paced activity.

The 6500 square foot main lodge at Skylake provides a large dining room, the rec. room, trading post, ceramics shop, and video room. Also, the lakeside porch runs along the length of the lodge for a fantastic view across Bass Lake to the surrounding mountains. The Skylake campus also provides its campers with facilities like the climbing wall, tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball courts, tetherball, ropes course, riding ring, ball field, Private Waterfront, Shower Houses, Health Center, and more.

There are 32 small cabins at Skylake. Each cabin has four sets of bunk beds for seven campers and one staff member to get a good night of sleep. The girl’s cabins are named after trees like Cedar, Lupine, Oak, and Ponderosa while the boy’s cabins are named for Native American tribes such as Mojave, Miwok, Pomo, and Maidus.

If Skylake Yosemite Camp sounds like it could be the special place you’re looking for to spend a summer in a new environment, take a closer look at this camp on their website by clicking right here. Enjoy finding the right fitting summer camp for you and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

When You Wish Upon our Site

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Hey, Camp Wishers!

The Internet presents a world of online shops that aren’t necessarily geared so much to kids in terms of navigation or comprehension and children are typically discouraged from doing any shopping online.  But shopping isn’t just for the adults when you come to our website here at Everything Summer Camp. In fact, we recommend that kids peruse our online store themselves!

After all, sometimes they know best what camping gear they need to pick up, what they need more of, and what worked best from previous years.

Here at Everything Summer Camp, kids are welcome to pick out the things they think they need and they can put it all on the Wishlist tool on our site. Shop around for the gear and all the fun stuff we have without actually buying anything!

Our Wishlist tool works like a glorified catalog online! Instead of paging through a printed catalog and ‘circling’ all the goodies you find, simply click ‘Add to Wishlist’ on the product page of all the products you want. Beyond that, you can save your personalized designs for Trunks, Lid Skinz, Labels, Name Plax, Laundry Bags, and a bunch of other customizable products available on our website.

After you create your account with our website, you can save your Wishlist whenever you please. Hop on our site later on and continue adding to your list! You can even share your Wishlist with others so they can check out everything you picked out and maybe, if you play your cards right, they’ll treat you to a piece of gear or two—maybe your parents or Grandma and Grandpa perhaps (hint, hint).

Have a blast as you browse our website and collect all the gear you want to get on our handy Wishlist! Happy shopping and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

What was up Reeve's Sleeves

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Hey, Summer Camp Fans!

More than five years ago, I posted on this Blog about the man of steel. You know, the guy who dresses in the blue suit and the red cape. You know…*Ahem*…Clark. Kent. In case you’re not picking up what I’m putting down, let me spell it out for you. I’m talking about Superma—I mean…Christopher Reeve.

In his previous post, we learned that Christopher went to camp along Squam Lake amidst the White Mountains of New Hampshire at Camp Deerwood. But we only scratched the surface in that last Blog post. Let’s dig a little deeper and talk some more about former summer camper Christopher Reeve right now:

Super (skinny) Man
Chris was rejected time and again by the casting director for the role of Superman. He had a good look and he played the part well, but the chief reason for his rejections was his weight. At a mere 170 lbs., they dismissed him three times over. He was tall, but he was a string bean. He couldn’t possibly be Superman, they thought. But Chris eventually won them over as they came to realize that, while he wasn’t bulky enough yet, they could bulk him up.

Superman gets Beefed up by Darth Vader
Chris went through a rigorous bodybuilding regime in order to acquire the shredded body like Superman. In walks his training supervisor: David Prowse. Queue the ‘Imperial Death March’. David Prowse is the actor wearing the dark suit of the Sith Lord Darth Vader from the original Star Wars trilogy. A rather hulking presence himself, David Prowse whipped Christopher right into shape, helping him bulk up from 170 pounds to 212 by the time they began filming!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s…a Hang Glider
With the film’s tagline being “You’ll believe a man can fly,” it was important to the filmmakers that the flying scenes were convincing. Chris, being an experienced hang glider, brought his familiarity with the feeling of flying through the air to the screen. Even so, they spent $2 million dollars just failed flying tests.

What a life when you get to play Superman on the big screen! Unfortunately, Chris’ life was cut rather short. He passed away at the young age of 52 after a spinal cord injury caused complications. His indomitable spirit lives on as his determination can still inspire us today! Get your own summer camp experience. Check out Camp Deerwood by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John