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Jolly Ol' St. Nicholas

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Hey, all you good girls and boys!

Today is St. Nick’s Day—a sort of precursor to Christmas Eve in which this jolly ol’ elf makes a visit to our houses and leaves a small gift. It’s typically a bowl of ripe produce like apples and oranges and maybe a couple of tasty chocolate treats too. But I think it’s mostly just about getting kids of all ages excited about the coming Christmas visit that he’ll make!

More than 1700 years ago, before he was known as Santa Claus or he got the nickname Kris Kringle, he was known as Nicholas. As a young man who lost the both of his parents to sickness, Nicholas used his inheritance from his parents to give to the poor and help the sick people in his community.jolly ol' St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way!

Even in a society that rarely sought justice, Nicholas went through the trouble and risk of imprisonment in order to continue helping those in need. He even thought of sneaking on rooftops and dropping gold coins or medicine or toys down folks’ chimneys. 

Despite his deeds of goodwill—or more so because of his deeds of goodwill—St. Nicholas eventually was imprisoned. A law that claimed he could not help out his fellow man was something that he could not abide and so he rebelled against it by continuing his acts of goodwill. For this, he was made to spend 20 years in jail.

When finally released from prison, the Roman government had shifted its views on Christianity and Nicholas simply continued the life of goodwill he had started before his imprisonment. He was eventually made into a saint for his unending generosity. Since he’s never stopped his tradition of giving, to this day, girls and boys find presents magically waiting for them on Christmas morning.

Happy St. Nicholas Day and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Get a Good Look at Camp Nor'Wester

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Hey, Camp People!

We here at Everything Summer Camp consider ourselves more than just your summer camp gear supplier and we hope that you feel the same. After all, we do our best to go above and beyond simply selling summer camp gear; we want to help point you in the right direction of what you can get out of the summer camp experience, we try to give you a glimpse of what the summer camp lifestyle is like, and we try to introduce you to camps that are potentially a great fit for your camper in particular.C&N Camp Trunks are certainly the camp container of choice!

One way we try to help is through posting these Summer Camp Spotlights on the Blog. These posts give a virtual, little tour of the great camps with whom we’ve created helpful relationships! And today, we’re swinging our spotlight over to the West Coast on John’s Island in Washington State to show you around Camp Nor'Wester.

Their one-of-a-kind property features 135 acres of breathtaking landscapes. With more than 10,000 feet of saltwater shoreline, the area includes wetlands, open meadows, and diverse forests. The old Nell Robinson Ranch at the west end of Johns Island, in the San Juan Islands of Washington State, Camp Nor’Wester now proudly sits on this ancestral land of specific Native tribes. With respect, the camp  acknowledges the previous owners of the land and shows its gratitude for their stewardship.

With great facilities on their land, Camp Nor’Wester offers a slew of cool activities! Take advantage of their great waterfront with fun activities like Swimming and Sailing. Test your adventurous side with their Ropes Course and Climbing Wall. You can test your skills in Archery and get competitive with games like Soccer, Frisbee, and Capture the Flag. And enjoy quieter activities like Watercolor in the Craftshop or Nature Journaling in some peaceful outdoor setting.

Nor’Wester is more than accommodating for their campers, offering them the awesome experience of living in a canvas tent. Nor’Wester tipis and tents are built upon wooden platforms and house four campers each. Campers are shown proper means of maintaining tidiness and comfort in their canvas homes and are provided nearby shower houses with a heavy push for sustainability.

If Nor’Wester Camp sounds like it could be a good fit, be sure to check it out for your own summer camp experience  and get a better look on their website. Enjoy looking forward to your next summer camp excursion and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Holiday Sales Around the Corner

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Hey, Smart Shoppers!

Our Black Friday Sales are over. Another successful Cyber Monday has come and gone. But we’re not through with our seasonal sales just yet! You can still save and SAVE BIG with certain products on our site. Camp trunks and other camping gear make for awesome and exciting Christmas gifts!

When we have a sale, we like to stick to that sale for a while. We don’t want to make our customers feel too rushed about getting the great deals they want. This year’s holiday sale extends from Tuesday, Dec. 4th to Monday, the 10th, giving our customers an entire week to take advantage of everything we’ve marked down!

You can enjoy browsing our site in which you’re sure to find hundreds of items marked at 10 to 20% off. But read on to get a convenient, little breakdown of our hottest deals and click right over to that particular product page on our site!Check out the discount available to you when you find your camp and enter your code!


First and definitely foremost, get any C&N Camp Trunk or a Pop-Up-Soft-Trunk for $10 off…now that alone, may not sound like the hottest deal, but then, if you select your camp through the homepage on our site and enter in your camp code, you’ll get an additional $10 off!  


Secondly, we have new Candy Pink Holiday Apparel which we’re putting at a staggering 35% off! Find fleece pajama pants, onesies, robes, and blankets printed with cute Christmas and Chanukah themes.


Lastly, as mentioned above, there are going to be literally hundreds of items on sale for 10 to 20% off on our website. To find a number of these discount items in no time-flat, click on the following links to our Crazy Creek Chairs, our Sleeping Bags, as well as our Laundry Bags.

Check out lots of other great deals across the whole site! And, while our sale does last the week, don’t dally! You don’t want these deals passing you by! Happy shopping and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John


Louie B. Loves Beber!

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Hey, Camp Kids!

We asked how camp went and we were thrilled with the response. We had our best turnout yet this year for our annual ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest at Everything Summer Camp! Your camp stories were great! I had such a fun time reading through them all and now I’m excited to share them with all our readers online! We’re posting each submission right here on the Blog!

Since I’ve finished announcing our ten lucky winners who took larger prizes, I’ve It's Camp Beber for Louie B. again! See if you have as much fun as he does and check it out yourself!moved on to the rest of your submissions. The following post is from Louie B. who wrote in to tell us about his fourth year at Camp Beber. Read all about now:

“Camp was awesome! I loved it! This was my 4th year at camp and I am waiting for summer 2019! Part of what makes Beber so great is that we get to have so many choices. I am able to choose the hobbies I like. My favorite hobbies are on the waterfront, aqua park and waterskiing. The aqua park was even bigger this year. It was so much fun running around the inflatable obstacle course in Lake Beulah. In Kesher, you get to go on a 3 day camping trip. This year I chose the biking trip. It was out of this world! I got to go through tunnels and go on bike paths over 45 miles! We learned about railroad history in central Wisconsin. It was really cool biking on a railroad path. I highly recommend it! Another thing that makes camp great is the Israeli Dancing. It is so much fun and I love to do it. You get to sing and dance and do all other fun stuff!”

Glad to hear that camp continues to be a success for you, Louie! Real happy to see that the ‘Share Your Camp Story’ is becoming a summer tradition for you as well! Can’t wait to hear what kind of fun next year is for you! Next summer will come, but not nearly quick enough. In the meantime, to anybody else interested in Camp Beber, you can give it a closer look by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Make the Most with French Toast!

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Hey, French Toast Fanatics!

You don’t have to be French in order to love this genius invention of sweet breakfast options. This eggy bread is celebrated across the country today as it’s National French Toast Day! Whip up some batter and heat up the fry pan! I’m sure you all know how delicious and exciting French Toast is, but here are some things you may not have known about this soppy, sweet creation.  

Has this Bread Gone Bad?French Toast is a fantastic sweet dish for breakfast, brunch, even lunch or dinner!

Yes. In France, this bread is known as ‘pain perdu’ which translates to ‘lost bread’. Traditionally made from stale bread, French Toast was originally made as a means of making stale bread palatable so it didn’t go to waste. Soaking it in a milky, eggy batter, frying it up, and serving it drenched in syrup with assorted berries and nuts has always done the trick!

Not French?

Yes, like so many things, the title does not necessarily indicate the origin. French toast was actually around for even longer than France was a country. We’re not sure exactly where French Toast was first made, but we do know that before the recipe we know as French Toast was called Spanish Toast as well as German Toast before it got its French name.

Old Toast!

It’s true that no one knows exactly who invented French Toast or just quite where it came from, but mention of this recipe has been traced back all the way to the 4th Century,  more than 1700 years ago in ancient Roman records!

Pour syrup over it. Douse it in powdered sugar. Melt butter on top. Sprinkle berries and walnut pieces over it. However you best like to eat your French Toast, do it up right on a day that’s made just for the celebration of this awesome bread-saving dish! Happy French Toast Day to everyone and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John