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Melissa B. Tries to Keep her Kids Dry!

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Hey, Camp Lovers!

We love camp too. That’s why we want to hear your stories from camp in our annual ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest at Everything Summer Camp. Your stories were fantastic and it’s such a fun time reading through them! Get a look at each submission as I post them one-by-one right here on the Blog! Check out Ripple Effect where Melissa B. sends her kids!

Today’s post comes from Melissa B. who wrote in to tell us about her daughter’s time at an outdoor expeditionary camp called Ripple Effects in Maine. Set your eyes on her submission about this previous year’s camp experience right now:

The Ultimate Compliment (to a mom)

As a mom, I am always trying to prepare the kids for what they might not expect when I am not around. This year I ordered frogg toggs ultra light rain suit for my 9 year old. She was thrilled to have the gear. But, I didn't get one for my 12 year old because she immediately rejected it as "unattractive". Of course, the day came where it poured rain at Ripple Effects (Outdoor Expeditionary Camp) while they kayaked around Cow Island. According to my older daughter, her sister was the dryest kid at camp that day while everyone else suffered. The ultimate compliment came when she asked me to order her the same suit. Once rejected as unattractive, it was now revered as the source of protection and a good choice by mom. I did end up buying a suit for her -- and one for myself, too!

Fashion can’t beat functionality! Glad your older daughter came around now. Too bad she had to find out the hard way. You’re too kind to order her some raingear this time around and wise to get something for yourself! Thanks for sharing, Melissa. And for anybody else interested in Ripple Effects in Maine, give it a closer look for yourself some time and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Take a Trip to Tennessee!

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Hey, Camp Folks!

It’s always the right time of year to start thinking about the camp you’ll be attending this upcoming summer! That’s why I like to feature the summer camps with whom we’ve formed a great relationship here at Everything Summer Camp. Today, we’re shining our summer camp spotlight to the southeast so I can tell you about Camp Marymount.

Camp Marymount sits in simplicity on 340 acres of beautiful middle Tennessee land. Offering hiking trails and spring-fed streams, the campgrounds feature Lever Lake for fun in the water as well as beautiful, rustic facilities which are nothing short of complementary in this gorgeous natural setting. Camp Marymount delivers the fun in the summer!

Aside from all the Water Sports, Canoeing, Fishing, Paddle Boarding, and Trampoline fun you can have in the lake, Marymount offers a plethora of choices for the camp activities you can do such as Archery, Arts & Crafts, Nature, Wrestling, Riflery, Horseback Riding, Wilderness Awareness, Gardening, Frisbee Golf, Weird Science, Athletics, Yard Games, Tomahawk Toss, and much more!

With awesome open spaces and buildings that are accommodating for the community of campers that come and fill them up each summer, Marymount boasts excellent decks for nice gathering spots, an open-air/screened lodge with a fireplace, a pavilion with picnic tables to seat 200 during barbecues, an outdoor chapel, a great dining hall, and cabins galore!

 Altogether, Marymount has 22 cabins—4 cabins with heat and air conditioning for year round use and 18 rustic, open-air/screened cabins for campers. These cabins really bring home the romance of summer camp living!

Join the generations of Camp Marymount campers that have come before you and become a Marymount camper yourself! If you like the way this camp sounds, look into it more by checking out their website sometime and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

More About Martin

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Hey, Freedom Lovers!

Not in line with the philosophy of Napoleon Bonaparte, I certainly think that freedom is for everybody. Martin Luther King Jr. believed it too and had to confront a country that had taken freedom away from its own citizens. We all know how he worked through nonviolence to combat racist and segregating laws. Learn a few more facts about Martin Luther King Jr. in celebration of his birthday!

MICHAEL Luther King?!Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with us today!

Yeah, not a lot of people know that Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t named after his father’s original name. King Senior was born Michael King and changed his name after the death of his father-in-law (a pastor) to a historical religious leader from Germany named Martin Luther and followed in the ministry for his career. He then passed his new name to his firstborn son: Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin in the Middle

Born after his older sister and followed by his younger brother, Martin Luther King Jr. was the middle child in his family. Unlike either of his siblings, however, Martin’s birthday is the only one to be celebrated as a national holiday—in fact, he’s the only other American whose birthday is a national holiday aside from our founding father, George Washington.

Bad Boy Junior

Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested 30 times in his day. You have to understand, kids—he wasn’t arrested for being a criminal. He was arrested for nonviolently fighting against the laws of segregation that were racist and unreasonable. The words of St. Augustine put it best: “An unjust law is no law at all.”

A renowned speaker and an incredible influence to raise awareness to the injustice of the world we were living in just a little over 55 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. helped us so we can all appreciate our birthright of equality. Enjoy your birthright today and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Who Doesn't Want More Portman?!

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Hey, Natalie Fanatics!

Pretty much everybody has fallen in love with her since we all first met her. She’s America’s sweetheart and a Hollywood legend! Today I’m revisiting Natalie Portman! I posted about this beautiful actress a handful of years ago when we were first launching the Blog. Since I posted about her some five years back, I thought we’d go back in order to get to know Natalie at least a little bit better.Get ready for round 2 of posting on this beautiful actress!

In her previous post, I discussed how she attended Stage Door Manor and some other information like her most notable projects in her acting career. I also covered interesting little tidbits, like awards and nominations she’s won and other life achievements. Today, however, I want to go real deep so we can attempt to really get to understand who Natalie Portman is, not as a celebrity, but as a person:

Natalie “Not-in-the-Morning” Portman

As she confessed to Harper’s Bazaar, “If I didn’t have kids or didn’t have to go to work, I’d probably sleep till noon! But I do work and I do have kids, so I’m up and alert.” But she doesn’t like it! The leader of a well-disciplined life, Natalie has adapted to being up early, but she’s made it clear that if she had things totally her own way, she wouldn’t see much of the AM.

Like Mother, Like Daughter

We all end up at least a little bit like our parents in one way or another throughout our lives! Natalie was exactly like her mom in one very specific way from the very first day she was born. It was the day she was born—the same birthday as her mother, June 9. Isn’t that interesting?!

Psychology and Natalie

“I don’t care if [college] ruins my career; I’d rather be smart than a movie star,” Natalie was once quoted. She graduated with a Bachelors in psychology from Harvard in 2003. Of course she’s gone on to achieve a successful acting career, but she’s a legit nerd too! Her published paper, ‘Frontal Lobe Activation during Object Permanence: Data from Near-Infrared Spectroscopy’ makes my head hurt by its title alone.

Natalie has accomplished much in her life and learned so much in the process. An incredibly bright, shining star herself, a great quote of hers sums up how I always felt about my education: “I don’t love studying. I hate studying. I like learning. Learning is beautiful.” And, with that, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!


- John

Rachel N. Goes Back Again!!!

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Hey, Storytellers!

We love our annual ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest at Everything Summer Camp and with the turnout we saw from your experiences last summer, this has been the best year yet! Your stories were fantastic and it’s been great fun reading through them. Get a look at each submission as I post them one-by-one right here on the Blog!

Today’s post is from Rachel N. who wrote in to tell us about her returning year at YMCA Camp Tecumseh. Read over her summer camp story right now:This place sounds magical.

This summer I spent my second summer on staff at YMCA Camp Tecumseh, aka the best camp out there. This was my 11th summer at Tecumseh, and I am actually going to school so that I can work at a camp fulltime, so my dream is to do camp forever! This summer at Tecumseh I learned a lot about having great relationships with others. I created some of my new favorite friendships and relationships with campers. I had campers between the ages of 8 and 12 and loved getting to do life with them a week at a time. I also became friends with some incredible people who I love dearly and really believe that camp friends are the best friends. These people have become my home team and I am so excited to be able to do life with them in the future. Camp Tecumseh’s motto is to Live Third, and I think this idea is so important to live by. It states that you should be putting God first, others second, and yourself third. This is so relevant at camp because we try really hard to instill these basic Christian principles into our campers, and in return we are able to learn a lot from our campers about God’s unconditional love for us as well. I cannot express enough the love I have for Camp Tecumseh and all of the experiences that I had this summer. I will forever be in love with my time spent at Tecumseh!

Glad you had a fun return for your summer experience at Tecumseh, Rachel! I love that you continue to get so much from your time at camp—even into your eleventh year! How awesome for you to have such a constant positive influence for so many years! For anybody else interested in Camp Tecumseh, give it a closer look for yourself some time and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John