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We Sing the Praise of Balcones Springs

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Hey, Camp Fans!

Working with as many excellent summer camps as we do, it’s hard not to sing their praises—so we figured, why fight it?! Here at Everything Summer Camp, we work with more than 270 camps and today, we’re shining our summer camp spotlight down south to the heart of Texas where we find the beautiful Marble Falls—home of Balcones Springs summer camp. Let me show you around…

Situated across 250 rolling acres, Balcones Springs displays Lake Ted—the private 10-acre spring-fed centerpiece of the campgrounds. The summer camp experience presents campers from 7 to 17 the time of their lives, offering one of the highest counselor-to-camper ratios than any other camp.

A place with great fun, days at Balcones Springs are filled with activities like Archery, Arts & Crafts, Banana Boating, Baseball, Basketball, The Blob, Canoeing and Kayaking, Ceramics, Challenge Course, Climbing Tower, Cooking, Dance, Disc Golf, Drama, Fishing, Fitness, Football, Hiking, Horseback, Kickball, Lacrosse, Mind Games, Riflery, Soccer, Softball, Survivor Skills, Tennis, Tubing, Volleyball, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Woodworking, Zipline.

With a development that dates back less than 30 years ago, facilities were built on the campgrounds—beautiful buildings intended to enhance the natural surroundings of the property. And with over 40 air-conditioned cabins that are all provided with their own private bathroom, ceiling fans, and air conditioning, Camp Balcones Springs is certainly an accommodating and comfy place on those hot summer days!

Camp Balcones Springs is a fantastic place to spend your camp stay. If it sounds like a good match for your summer camp family, you can get a closer look at this special Texan camp by visiting them on their website which you can get to by clicking here. Enjoy planning for the next summer season and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Camp Time for Clarisa

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Hey, Camp Fans!

We received more than 30 entries for our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp and I’ve been happily plugging away at publishing each one of them right here on the Blog to share with all our readers!

Today we have our last camp story which comes from Clarisa D., who wrote in to tell us about her second year at Camp Nakanawa. Hi my name is Clarisa D. this was my 4th summer going to camp Nakanawa. This camp is my favorite part of my summer with all the activities like Horseback Riding, Archery, Diving Swimming, and many more I was never bored. This year was my favorite year because my cabin was amazing. I was with one of my best friends ever Olivia and with one of the best counselors ever Mariel. Me and Olivia have been good friend since last year when we were in the same cabin too. We have soo many inside jokes and amazing moments like one day at camp it started to pour rain and we and soo many other girls decided to put on our swimsuits and head to the tennis courts. It was soo much fun we were having the best time. I can’t wait to go back next summer and see all my friends like Olivia and Amelia OG. I can’t wait to also see Ember and Audrey. Next year will be my 6th grade summer and I can’t wait! I could be an aide, get the main roles in the operetta, celebrate my birthday with all my friends, and a possibility to be an Amazon team captain! Thank you soo much!

Glad to hear that Camp Nakanawa continues to be such a positive place in your life, Clarisa! Camp always has the best people and the coolest activities. I hope you enjoy many more summers there in the future! Thanks for sharing how great Nakanawa is, Clarisa! For everyone else, check out Nakanawa to see if it might be the right place for you. As always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Maddy K.'s Fun Camp Stay

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It makes us so happy here at Everything Summer Camp to get such a great response to our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest! Now we’re having a great time publishing each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our online store!

Today’s post features a submission from Maddy K., who wrote in to tell us all about a number of her new experiences during her fun camp stay this summer at Beber Camp. Check it out:

I went to a new camp this summer (as staff), so that was a new experience. I was nervous and scared. I made friends from all over the world. I won an award (1 of the 5 vision awards, all staff). I tried SO many things for the first time (Paintball, Hockey, Horseback riding, and Water-Skiing to name a few). I also got to help with the musicals (for the tech). (Aladdin and Mary Poppins). I also worked in the office. (I did packages and mail sorting). I also got to go to Chicago on my days off. It is a Jewish camp, so we don't do milk/meat at the same meal, so that was hard for me. The pic is me with the vision award winners. I won for pride and ownership.

Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Maddy! What an eclectic assortment of activities you got to take part in! I’m glad you enjoyed all your new experiences so much and congratulations on your Vision Award! What a great place Beber Camp sounds like! For everyone else, if Beber Camp sounds like it could be the right place for you, check it out for yourself by clicking here. As always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Power of the Right Light

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Hey, Empowered People!

Essential to every camper’s packing list, light is an important part of every overnight camper’s summer camp experience. We always want to offer the best of the best in child-friendly camping gear products and so we’re proud to offer the powerful light resources from a leading brand in quality lighting gear! MPOWERD is the relatively new brand name on the lighting scene. Check them out!

MPOWERD masterfully combines brilliant quality with a design that’s easy for kids to use. On top of that, they’re conscious of the impact they have on the environment! Always fans of sustainable methods, we knew MPOWERD was an obvious fit for our collection of flashlights and other lighting sources in our camping gear selection.

A brand name that begs the question, ‘Where’d they get that name from?’ They get that a lot. It breaks down like this: M-POWER-D and it stands for Micro Power Design. In a way, this name is a brief mission statement and description of their company goals.

‘Micro,’ because their products are meant to be simple in their portability. ‘Power’ in reference to their environmentally friendly technology. And ‘Design’ since their creations are products of form along with their function. AND, when combined, the name bears a close resemblance that describe the core values that MPOWERD was built upon: making folks feel empowered.

This brand name saw its start in 2012. That was the year when MPOWERD’s principal inventor Jason Alan Snyder created Luci, the first inflatable solar light. Since then, they’ve moved forward and mastered their craft, engineering solar powered products that can retain charge for incredible lengths!

Get a better look at these incredibly practical products by clicking right here and order the lighting sources you’ll want along for your nightly navigation throughout your camping experience! Stay bright and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Bella E. and the Camp Frenzy!

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Hey, Camp Fans!

It makes us so happy here at Everything Summer Camp to get such a great response to our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest! Now we’re having a great time publishing each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $15 gift certificate to our online store!

Today’s post features a submission from Bella E., who wrote in to tell us all about her fun summer camp stay away at Camp Newaygo. Check it out:

Hi my name is Bella and I am 11 years old. This year I went to Camp Newaygo and I had a great time. I was in Cabin 7 this year and I had the best counselors. Their names were Lauren and Audrey. At camp you do many activities. My favorites were Dark Room Photography and Volleyball. The second night that I was there we played a game called Gold Rush and my cabin got 3rd place! After that, we went back to our cabin to celebrate. The next day we had a cook out and we had foil pack dinners and they were SO good! In our free time we liked to play lots and lots of Gaga Ball. I can't wait to come back to Camp Newaygo next year to make even more memories!

Thanks for this submission, Bella! Summer camps always seem to have the best people and the most fun activities, don’t they?! It’s great to hear what a wonderful time you had during your stay at Camp Newaygo! Sounds like it was a perfect match for you! For everyone else, if Camp Newaygo sounds like it could be the right place for you, check out Camp Newaygo for yourself by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John