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Alanna G. is No Camp Rookie!

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Hey, Camp Fans!

Thanks for giving us our best turnout for the Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest yet! Your camp stories were great! I had a great time readingBeber Camp is awesome! through them all and now I’m excited to share them with all our readers online and post each submission right here on the Blog!

I’ve finished announcing our ten lucky winners who took larger prizes and moved on now to the rest of your submissions. The following post is from Alanna G. who wrote in to tell us about her camp experience. This is her submission:

'From the outside looking in, you can't understand. But from the inside looking out, you can't explain"

There is no better quote to describe camp then the one above. For the past eight summers, I turn onto Highway J, see The Elegant Farmer and proceed down the hill and as I'm greeted with smiles in every direction I turn. I spend the next month or two, arms distance from my best friends, making memories, living every day to the fullest. Fast forward to the end of camp, the last night, singing camp songs and reminiscing on the amazing summer, a line strikes me, "Take it home, and share it with a friend." The next morning I wake up with tears streaming from my eyes as I squeeze my friends one last time. Arriving home soon becomes the worst feeling of all; it sinks in that camp is actually over. Post camp depression is something that always hurts. This year, I arrived home, actually excited to see my friends, I was excited to talk about my summer. I could spend days talking about how impactful my summer was, the kids I met and the activities I tried. Camp has provided me with countless life lessons and to imagine never going to camp makes me wonder where I would actually be today since camp has changed me for the better!

Camp is certainly a tough goodbye, Alanna! Glad you have had such a great experience from all your time there! Love the quote! If anybody else is interested in Beber Camp, you can give it a closer look by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

It's Dictionary Day!

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Hey, Die-Hard Dictionary Lovers—

The dictionary is an excellent resource for gaining confidence in your vocabulary and recruiting new words for the refining and precision of the language you use. Exclusive to book form before computers and Internet digitized the world of print, dictionaries have proven their resilience going forward into the modern world. Bust out your dictionary when you need some help with your verbage!

I covered a brief history of the dictionary in our previous post for National Dictionary Day which you can check out by clicking right here. In observation this year, however, I thought I’d mention a number of interesting tidbits about dictionaries you’re not likely to have known…

50 Years and 26 Languages Later…

Noah Webster’s amazing efforts to create the expanded and fully comprehensive ‘American Dictionary of the English Language’ in 1828 took him 27 years to complete and it would be another 23 years before it reached publication. What’s crazier is that he learned 26 languages in his 27 years of working on the dictionary—just under one language per year!

Long Words, Loooong Words

Dictionaries as we know them today aim to be all encompassing, listing a definition for each and every word—including the word the. But publications before the time of Webster only bothered to list the complex words.

Merriam Trickster

Did you know that not all words in the dictionary are real words?!! More often than not, you can trust your dictionary, but these publications are not impermeable to missing hyphens or typos. Some dictionaries even include fake words as a means of protecting their copyright! Such was the case with The New Oxford American Dictionary’s entry ‘esquivalience’.

Dictionaries are incredibly handy resources to utilize in today’s world when it comes to reading as well as writing. Enjoy observing National Dictionary Day in whatever way you decide—hopefully you learned a thing or two on today’s Blog post. As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!


- John

Light Whose Fire?

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Hey, Camp Fans!

We here at Everything Summer Camp do everything we can to help you send your camper off fully prepared and ready to get the most out of the summer camp experience. While we pride ourselves greatly on the footlocker trunks that are expertly manufactured right here in our factory, we’re also proud of our awesome camping gear selection. Consisting of great brand names like Lewis N Clark, Outdoor Products, and Coghlan’s, you can find the best quality camping gear right here.

Another brand name present on our website is Light My Fire—a great name Convenient for outdoor eating, the Light My Fire products at Everything Summer Camp are fantastic!underneath the parent company Industrial Revolution. Their story begins back in 1971 in Redmond, Washington when a group of outdoor enthusiasts started manufacturing their own camping lanterns among other products.

The Industrial Revolution/Light My Fire family consists of people who feel a draw toward wilderness activities of all sorts including hiking, camping, biking, boating, and more! Light My Fire became a part of Industrial Revolution in 2005 and since then the brand has skyrocketed in popularity among camp fans!

You know Light My Fire is a name you can trust by the way they perceive their company duties: manufacturing high-quality products, running a reliable service for brand dealers (like Everything Summer Camp), and making sure their employees are well cared for. As if that isn’t enough, the Industrial Revolution team is always looking for ways to improve the sustainability, efficiency, and the precision of their production and overall business.

Aware of this outfits high standard of business, we here at Everything Summer Camp have been sure to include them in our Vendor Spotlights and make Light My Fire products available on our online camping gear store! Find the Light My Fire LunchKit that includes two high-edged plates, two different sizes of waterproof SnapBoxes, and a combination spoon-fork-knife for a variety of food storage as well as their 23 oz., collapsible, Pack-up Bottle.

Shop only the best brands for your camping gear and other summer camp supplies throughout the excellent selections on our online store and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Mary H.C. Gets Campy!

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Hey, Camp Fans!

We’re celebrating our best year yet for the ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest at Everything Summer Camp. Your camp stories were great! It was such fun reading through them all. Now I’m eager to share them with our online community and post each submission right here on the Blog!

I’ve finished announcing our ten lucky winners who took larger prizes and now I’m sharing the rest of your submissions. The following post is from Mary H.C. who wrote in to tell us about her camp experience. Here’s her submission:Mary says it's time to go-go to Camp DeSoto!

My Time at Camp DeSoto

Have you ever been to camp before? Well, I just went to Camp DeSoto for a month. Can you believe it was a month? I was shocked I even survived a month at camp with no friends or family.

I’d like to share my story about it with you. At Camp DeSoto we got to do super cool and fun activities I don’t get to do at home like archery, canoeing, rock climbing and much more. But I guess that’s what any old camp would do, so I’m going to tell you why Camp DeSoto is very special. At camp we get to do fun night activities like Christmas in July and Olympics. Some activities are horseback riding, huckleberry, swimming, and canoeing.

One of the best two days at camp were Palooza day and Christmas. During Palooza day the whole day was backwards and in the morning we got dinner which was pizza and soda. We also did all our activities backwards. At Christmas in July, we got to decorate the whole gym and put Christmas decorations everywhere. We also had a secret Santa and made gifts for them. It was a blast to see everyone so happy.

The most memorable thing about camp was the memories that I made with my friends and that I got to experience the same camp tradition my mom did. I hope I can go back to camp next year!

Thank you so much for this great entry, Mary! Palooza Day sounds like it was !GNIZAMA and—you’re right—Christmas in July makes Camp DeSoto sound like a pretty special place! Glad you had such a great time! If anybody else is interested in Camp DeSoto, you can give it a closer look by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Yola! Camp Shohola!

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Hey, Camp Fans!

Here at Everything Summer Camp, we work with more than 270 camps and we’re eager to share what excellent camps each and every one of them is. Today we’re shining our summer camp spotlight over some good, classic Pennsylvanian land. Perhaps you’re familiar with Camp Shohola? Let me give you the virtual tour…

In the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, the beautiful natural setting of camp abounds at Camp Shohola. Showing 160 boys the time of their lives each summer keeps Camp Shohola a nice, small camp where everybody knows one another.Fun times at Camp Shohola are sure to be a roll-a

Between adventure and sports, there’s lots of fun on the Shohola land with activities like Archery, Backpacking, Baseball/Softball, Basketball, Conditioning, Flag Football, Golf, Equestrian Horse Riding, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Mountain Biking, Outdoor Biking, Riflery, Rock Climbing, Roller Hockey, Rugby, Skateboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Wrestling, and more!

Fun abounds in the water of the beautiful 70-acre Lake Greeley where campers can exercise their Swimming skills and have fun with Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Kayaking, Lifeguarding, Sailing, Waterskiing, and Windsurfing.

Shohola campers also get to try their hand at cool artistic activities including Cartooning, Murals, Painting, Pottery, Rock Band, Rocketry, Stained Glass, Silver Shop, as well as Woodshop. And they offer a pretty cool tech program that they call CommTech. Pick up cool experience with Computer Programming, Photography, Radio Broadcasting, Robotics, Video Production, Web Design, and much more!

The campground at Shohola is a complementary campus of well-maintained facilities that accentuate the beauty of the natural surroundings. Just about every day is framed on “The Hill” at the center of camp—the cabin grove most campers (except for the Working Seniors) and counselors reside for the camp stay.

Camp Shohola is the brother camp to Netimus whose camp spotlight has already been published—check it out by clicking here. And to get a closer look at Camp Shohola, check out their website by clicking here. And, as always, thanks for reading!


- John