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National Take a Hike Day

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Hey, Hikers!

We’re in full autumnal swing by this point. The colors may have already exploded among the tree limbs, but the brisk temperature creates the perfect condition for going on a hike! I suppose that’s why they made today National Take a Hike Day. Take the advice of this national holiday and go hit a local trail! Hit the trail for a fun celebration of National Take a Hike Day and take a hike!

An invaluable hobby, hiking has become my go-to activity when those beautiful days call my name to get some fresh air outside. With a handful of trails all within the area I try to get out at least a few times each week.

My brother and I did an overnight hiking trip just a couple months back on a section of the North Country Trail (one of the longest trails in the country that stretches from North Dakota to New York). We only did about 13 miles.

While we agreed that we both felt the sensation of an autopilot sort of take over that kept one foot going in front of the other, we were both very happy to find our campsite and give our legs a break. Hauling 30 to 40 pounds in our packs is an exhausting feat that certainly makes every step a little more difficult.

With our recent experience in mind, our hats are off to all adventurers who challenge themselves to an overnight camping experience! Well worth it—even just for a night—it’s certainly not easy to immerse yourself in the wilderness.

How through-hikers muster the energy, I have no idea. Through-Hikers are insane people who tackle a long-distance trail, end-to-end, all in one go. They set up camp along the trail every night and hike further as much as they can each day. You got to hand it to people of that nature! They may be crazy but they’ve certainly got stamina!

 Some day I’d like to put myself to a really extensive challenge of that sort, but until that day, I’ll keep on getting out on those local trails. Have fun finding your own in your neighborhood! Happy Take a Hike Day and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John  

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Lucy D. has Nor'Wester Glee!

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How goes it, Camp Folks?!

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 Camp Norwester keeps the good times rolling summer after summer!moved on to the rest of your submissions. The following post is from Lucy D. who wrote in to tell us about her summer days at Camp Nor'Wester. Check it out:

“This summer was my second year at Camp Norwester which is in the San Juan Islands in Washington State near Canada. I was an Archer. My best friend from camp last year is Octavia and she is from Berlin. We wrote letters to each other all year and my parents surprised me with a visit to Berlin in June so we could see each other. Spending a month with her at camp again was the best. She is a true friend. Besides Octavia, my favorite part of camp is Potlatch where each camper gives a handmade gift to another camp. It's secret for the whole month until the weekend before camp ends. I used the woodshed to make a mountain which represents my friend Marina's love of hiking. I was given a blue plaid fleece blanket which reminds me of our times by the campfire and at musicale where we are encouraged to sing and play instruments. I have only been home a week and I miss camp and my camp friends already. I can't wait to go back and be a Mariner next July!”

Keep counting down the days, Lucy! Summer camp truly is a special place. It’s wonderful to hear just what kind of impact it is in your life. Next summer will come, but not nearly quick enough. In the meantime, to anybody else who’s interested in Camp Nor'Wester, you can give it a closer look by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John

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Thank You, Veterans

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Hello, Camp People!

Today is Veteran’s Day. It’s a day we set aside to commemorate our veterans—our heroes. It’s a day to remind us about our gratitude to those in the armed services who fought for our country and our freedom. Everything Summer Camp extends immense gratitude to those who have fought so bravely. Thank you.

You can check out some of the posts I’ve written about Veterans Days past. Click here to read one with advice on how you can celebrate this federal holiday. And click here to look at a post that covers the origin of this day. This year, I thought I’d just cover some random facts about Veterans Day. Check them out: Catch some lesser known facts about Veterans Day and what we're observing today.

Difference in Days

Veterans Day, Remembrance Day…Memorial Day?! What’s what here? There’s some confusion as to what each of these holidays is observing. Remembrance Day lands on today as well, celebrated in Canada for those who have died in military service. In the U.S., Veterans Day is a day to recognize all vets, living and dead. Memorial Day is the U.S. holiday in which we recognize those in the armed services who fought and died.

War Stories

The Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress American Folklife Center has compiled a collection of over 65,000 war stories (including audiotape, videotape, written memoirs, letters, and other visual materials), all from individual veterans—some of which date back to the first world war!

U.S. Vets Today

As of two years ago, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the U.S. population of vets stands at about 20 million—that’s 6.25% of the people in our country today! Let’s all make sure that we support those in our lives and in our world who have fought for our country.

In general, be sure to honor veterans, not just today, but all throughout the year. You can thank them with a simple note, a tasty treat, or a warm hug. Happy Veterans Day and thanks for reading!

 

- John

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Makers of Mad Libs!

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Hello, _______ Fans!

We’re proud of the selection of books we have to offer here at our Everything Summer Camp online shop. We have a sizable collection of installments from the Camp Confidential Series as well as an excellent assortment of the famed ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ books. But nothing beats the classic and undeniably brilliant, fill-in-the-________, word game known as Mad Libs. Get laugh after laugh until your face hurts with these simple stories with blanks for you to fill in!

The perfect fun activity around the campfire or hanging out in the cabin before it’s time for ‘lights out’, Mad Libs requests random parts-of-speech with a different, random noun, verb, adjective, etc., turning the simple story into a ridiculous riot.

So, how did this brand name begin? Well, the concept for Mad Libs was born one fateful night back in 1953 when their co-creator, Leonard Stern was looking for the right adjective in a script he’d been writing. After he had struggled in the search for half an hour on this single word, his best friend Roger Price walked in. Evident to Roger that his friend was in deep frustration, he asked what he could do.

Leonard told his friend about his struggle with the elusive adjective he’d been trying to pin for the previous 30 minutes. He asked for help to which his friend Roger blurted out “clumsy and naked” which, as incorrect as it was, at least made Leonard laugh. The pair almost immediately recognized the potential behind this hilarious description of somebody’s nose (as Leonard’s script had been calling for).

Leonard commenced to leave the script where it was for the rest of the night and went to work with his friend Roger writing short, page-long write-ups with key words missing. You can find awesome, camp-themed Mad Libs and other fun ones right here when you shop our website! Enjoy laughin’ it up with your friends with Mad Libs and, as always, thanks for reading.

Create hysterical memories with your camp friends and find awesome Camp Mad Libs as well as full Box Sets when you get your Mad Libs.  Full of holes, these hilarious stories are not only hilarious, but educational too, flexing your grammar muscle and identifying the eight different parts of speech to play.

A very welcome addition to the fun and entertaining, camp-oriented activity books, games, and other supplies, Mad Libs holds a special place in our hearts as well as our funny bones! We salute these brilliantly interactive stories and, as always, thanks for ________, Camp Folks!

 

- John


Merrill T. Goes to Barry!

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Hey, Camp Fans!

I’m thrilled to say that we had our best turnout yet for our annual Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest! 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’veGo to Barry Conservation Camp like Merrill and see how you like it for yourself! moved on to the rest of your submissions. The following post is from Merrill T. who wrote in to tell us about her summer days at Barry Conservation Camp. Here it is:

“The first time pulling up to camp was different than what I was expecting. Once we turned on to the winding forest lined road I was excited about what I would see. I knew there was a trout hatchery right next door to camp but I wasn’t expecting to see about ten hatchery tents lining the road to get there. Once finding out I was in Bobcat lair we pulled into the parking lot, got all my things out from our car, walked past a few cabins, and walked up the stairs to my cabin. Once everyone was there we met our counselors, cabin mates and had dinner. It was a much smaller camp then I had been to in the past but I still liked it very much. It was only a week long camp so the first few days flew by.

By midweek we decided if we wanted to go on the overnight hike, or canoe trip. A day went by and near the end we started packing for our trips. I chose the hike because everyone who had been there in the past said it was a very good experience. The next day we had breakfast then were on our way to our trips.

We hiked a trail called Unknown Pond trail. It was a 3.3 mile hike, but it was steep, rocky, and muddy, which made things slippery. About three hours later we got to Unknown Pond to have lunch. Once lunch was over we took an hour to filter water for people’s water bottles, then we dropped our bags near where we had lunch, and went on another hike up to the horn, which is the top of a mountain. We stayed up there for a little while, came back down, grabbed our bags and hiked to our campsite. Our campsite was right near a ledge where we got to watch the sunset. It was foggy, cold, and raining a little, but totally worth it. Later we had hot dogs over the fire, and s'mores, then went to bed.

The next morning we were up bright and early to hike down. It was the same trail as going up but even more slippery as the day before. We got down in a short two hours, took a break by the entrance of the trail, then walked the two miles back to camp. The bus drove us to our starting point the day before, so we didn’t know how far it really was.

Though in those 48 hours we hiked over 12 miles, this camp was an amazing experience that I will never forget and I hope to come back for years to come.”

What a great summer stay, Merrill! I’m pleased to hear that you had such a positive experience—right up my alley (I love to hike!). If anybody else is interested in Barry Conservation Camp, you can give it a closer look by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John

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