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Leap Day Trunk Discount and Why it's Called a LEAP Year

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Hey, Leapers!

Every four years, our calendars do something extraordinary—they gain an extra day! This day, February 29th, is a rare treat! To celebrate, we’re appropriately taking $29 off our camp trunks if you purchase your trunk today on Leap Day. Take your pick from our wide selection of our Traditional Steel Trunks, Designer Trunks, and even our Pop Up Soft Trunks.

Have you ever wondered why we call it a ‘leap’ year, though? After all, it doesn't seem like we're leaping anywhere, right? So why LEAP Day?

February 29 only comes every four years. Learn about it on today's Blog post.

Well, the technical term for inserting extra time into a calendar is called ‘intercalation’—say that five times fast. I’m not even sure how to pronounce it one time! Since this word doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, people have opted to call it something a bit catchier. But how’d we land on the word ‘leap’?

Well, typically, as we move from year to year, a date will advance by one day of the week. For instance, if Christmas fell on a Sunday one year, you'd expect it to land on a Monday the next year, following a gradual, one-day progression.

During a leap year, however, something different happens. The calendar takes a bold leap ahead, advancing each date not by one, but by two days of the week! For example, this last Christmas graced us on a Monday. Fast forward to Christmas at the end of this year, 2024, and it will leap right over Tuesday and fall perfectly on a Wednesday!

From this point on in 2024, dates leap ahead two calendar days.

So, the term Leap Year is essentially a nod to this phenomenon. It highlights the calendar's dramatic jump, where dates sprint ahead by two days, instead of their usual one-day stride.

But why do we need this extra day every four years? Well, our calendars work pretty well. They’re not perfect, though. In order to keep in sync with the cycles of heavenly bodies, we add this extra day to the end of February every four years.

So, the next time you witness this rare occurrence of February 29th on your calendar, remember that it's not just any day—it's a LEAP day, when our calendar makes a jump to keep pace with the grand cosmic ballet. Thanks for reading, Camp Folks. And, as always, Happy Camping!

 

- John


Give the Band a Hand

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Hey, Camp Fans!

We have just one more camp story to share from the Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest! Your camp stories were such a fun time reading through them all and I’ve been sharing them with all our readers online for the past several months! We’ve posted each submission right here on the Blog one by one!

Today’s post features our final camp story from Jack B. who wrote in to us about his time at UTSA Band Camp. Here it is: 

Playing songs in a big band is a wonderful learning experience.

“I went to band camp, this is my second year attending. My favorite part of camp was learning the music, performing, and staying in the residence hall for a week. We went to Six Flags and that was lots of fun. I look forward to next year!”

 

Hey, Jack. Thanks for writing into us. I’m glad you enjoyed your summer at band camp. I’d love to know what you play. It’s great that you like to learn music and perform. I bet your amusement park trip was a blast on top of all the fun you had at band camp! Hope you keep having great summer camp stays in the years to come, Jack! If you might be interested in UTSA Band Camp, you can check out their website when you click right here to see if it might be the right place for you and your camper.

Well, that’s all we’ve got for all the camp stories we received this last camp season. Another ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest in the books. A big thanks to all our participants. I hope you all enjoyed getting your stories published and sharing your camp stories with our online community here at Everything Summer Camp. Until next time, thanks for reading. And, as always, Happy Camping!

 

- John


Get into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Hey, Camp Lovers!

As the sun rises over the towering peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains, a group of excited campers begins their day with a thrilling hike through one of America's most breathtaking landscapes. The crisp mountain air fills their lungs as they explore winding trails, stumble upon hidden waterfalls, and witness the vibrant wildlife that calls this place home.

A natural wonder that has been captivating adventurers for generations, the stunning Great Smoky Mountains have never failed to win over the hearts of countless nature enthusiasts. Presenting visitors with 800 miles to hike and nearly 3000 miles of streams to fish! It’s also home to 4000 plant species, diverse wildlife, as well as some of the oldest mountains on the earth.

Visit this breathtaking land and commemorate your trip with our C&N Smoky Mountain National Park Designer Trunk.

Entrance Fee? No Need!

Unlike many national parks, there's no entrance fee to explore the Great Smoky Mountains. This stems from its unique history—once privately owned, the land was donated with the condition that no toll or license fee would ever burden its visitors. So, embark on your adventure without worrying about entrance fees.

A Record-Breaker

The Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited of all the national park in the United States, and for a good reason. With an abundance of outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, and horseback riding, it offers something for everyone. Whether you're an avid adventurer or a history buff, the Smokies have it all.

Salamander Capital

Did you know the Smokies are the "Salamander Capital of the World"? With 30 different species, the park is teeming with these fascinating creatures. Keep your eyes peeled during your hikes; you might spot one of these unique residents.

 

Check out our Great Smoky Mountain National Park Designer Trunk from our national park series.

Whether you're planning a camping trip, a hike to capture stunning vistas, or a leisurely stroll through a wildflower-strewn meadow, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers an array of experiences to cherish. And what better way to cherish such an awesome trip than with a trunk from our National Parks series that features the very landscapes you traversed?

Click right here to check out our Designer Trunks from our National Parks series to find the national park that means the world to you! Thanks for reading and, as always, Happy Camping!

 

- John



Day Camp vs. Overnight Camp—Making the Right Choice

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Hey, Camp Parents!

Are you thinking of sending your child to camp but not sure if your child is ready to be away from home? Perhaps you ought to consider a day camp as opposed to an overnight camp. Both options offer unique experiences and benefits, and the choice largely depends on your child's personality, interests, and your family's needs.

In this Blog post, we'll explore the differences between day camp and overnight camp, along with the pros and cons of each, to help you make an informed decision.

Kids have a great time at both day camp as well as overnight camp.

Day Camp: The Pros and Cons

Pros:

Commute Convenience

Day camps typically involve dropping off and picking up your child daily. This convenience can be a significant factor for parents with busy schedules or those who want to be more involved in their child's daily activities.

Comfort of Home

Day campers enjoy each other's company and structured, fun days.

Your child sleeps in their own bed, reducing homesickness and providing a sense of security.

Structured Day

Day camps often have a well-organized daily schedule with specific activities, allowing children to explore various interests.

Social Interaction

Your child has the opportunity to interact with a diverse group of peers and build friendships within your local community.

Cost-Effective

Day camps are generally more affordable than overnight camps since they don't include accommodation and meals.

Cons:

Limited Immersion

Day campers miss out on the immersive experience of spending extended periods away from home, which can be character-building.

Shorter Duration

With day camps, the activities are limited to daytime hours, reducing the variety and depth of experiences.

Less Independence

Children may have fewer opportunities to develop independence and self-reliance compared to overnight campers.

 

Overnight Camp: The Pros and Cons

Campers of overnight camps have a totally different experience.

Pros:

Immersion and Independence

Overnight camps provide an immersive experience where children develop greater independence by taking care of themselves away from home.

Varied Activities

Campers have access to a broader range of activities, including outdoor adventures, arts and crafts, sports, and more.

Life Skills

Campers learn valuable life skills like decision-making, problem-solving, and teamwork in a supportive environment.

Lasting Friendships

Living together in a cabin fosters strong bonds, and camp friends often become lifelong friends.

Personal Growth

Overnight camps encourage personal growth by pushing campers outside their comfort zones and promoting resilience.

 

Cons:

Homesickness

Separation from home can trigger homesickness in some campers, although many camps have effective strategies to help kids cope.

Cost

Overnight camps tend to be more expensive due to the extended stay, but scholarships and financial aid options may be available.

Less Family Time

Families have less time together during the camp session, which can be challenging for both parents and campers.

Making the Right Choice

Overnight campers have a whole different experience of camp.

So, how do you decide between day camp and overnight camp for your child? Here are some factors to consider:

How much adventure is your camper looking for out of their summer camp experience?

Child's Age and Maturity

Younger children may be more comfortable with day camp, while older, more mature kids might benefit from the extended experience of overnight camp.

Interests and Goals

Consider your child's interests and what they hope to gain from camp. Overnight camps often offer more specialized activities and skill development.

Independence Level

Assess your child's readiness for independence. If they're eager to explore new horizons and learn self-sufficiency, overnight camp may be a good fit.

Family Dynamics

Consider your family's needs and dynamics. If you have other children at home or specific commitments, day camp may be a more practical choice.

Make sure you and your camper choose the right choice for them.

Camp's Reputation

Research the camp thoroughly. Read reviews, talk to other parents, and visit if possible to get a sense of the camp's culture and values.

Budget

Determine your budget and explore financial aid options if you're interested in overnight camp but concerned about costs.

 

In the end, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. It's essential to communicate openly with your child, involve them in the decision-making process, and choose the camp that aligns with their interests and developmental stage.

Whether day camp or overnight camp, both options offer valuable opportunities for personal growth, skill-building, and unforgettable summer memories. Make sure your camper has a great camp experience this summer. Thanks for reading and, as always, Happy Camping!

 

- John



Executing the Elements at Camp Weaver

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Hey, Camp Fans!

Your camp stories for the Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest were all so great! I had such a fun time reading through them all and have been hard at work, publishing each one of them right here on the Blog to share with all our readers! We’ve been at it for several months now, but we still have a few stories more to share.

The following entry came from Landon W. who wrote in to us to tell about his time this summer at Camp Weaver in North Carolina. Read his submission right now:

 

“My name is Landon, I am 11 years old and I went to Camp Weaver this summer. The best part of camp was meeting new people, making new friends and getting to do really cool activities. My favorite activity was ropes course. The counselors were really encouraging and I was proud of myself for doing really well on the elements. I liked getting up on the ladder, being attached to the harness, dropping and swinging.”

 

Cool, Landon! I think that the best part of summer camp is often times the people you meet! It’s great to hear that you enjoyed meeting new people and making so many good friendships. It’s really nice when there are good folks around you supporting and encouraging you through challenging activities. Nice job conquering the ropes course! Sounds like loads of fun at Camp Weaver, Landon. Thanks for sharing this submission with us.

If anybody else would like to look into attending a summer camp stay at Camp Weaver, you can look around their website when you click right here to see if it might be the right place for you and your camper. Until next time, thanks for reading. And, as always, Happy Camping!

 

- John