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Smiley Smila

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Hey, Camp Fans!

Your camp stories for the Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest were all so great! I had such a fun time reading through them all and now I’m excited to be sharing them with all our readers here on the Blog! Since I’ve finished announcing our ten lucky winners who took larger prizes, I’ve moved on to the rest of your submissions and we’re posting each submission one by one!

The following video came from Smila F. who sent her two boys to the same camp that she used to attend: Camp Longhorn. Watch her video right here:

 

“Hi. Your contest said that you could also have parents that went to Camp. So my two boys went to camp for the first time this year to Camp Longhorn in Texas and that's actually where I went to Camp when I was a child growing up. So it was really super-fun to go pick them up on the last day of camp (which is called Visitor’s Day) that we got to drive up to the camp. We went to their cabins to pick them up, we got big hugs after two weeks, and then, they got to do three different activities. So I went with one child to go do his three activities and my husband went with our other son to do his activities and then we kind of swapped in the middle. But it was super-fun! It reminded me of when I was a kid. They got to do all the fun activities I did when I was there. And one of my favorite things about camp from when I was a kid—and they also said it was theirs as well—was Barney's Bacon. It was the best! You ate in a big room called the Chow Hall and it was real fun. But Camp Longhorn was awesome when I was a kid and I was really psyched that our boys got to go this year for the first time to Camp too! Bye."


You got it right, Smila! Parents and children alike are welcome to submit to the ‘Share You Camp Story’ Contest. How cool that you get to send your kids off to the same place you went to when you were their age. It sounds like you had a wonderful time reliving your camp days on pickup day. And you definitely have my mouth watering over Barney’s Bacon! Thanks for submitting this video for our contest, Smila.

If anyone else wants to look into Camp Longhorn more, click here to check out their website and have a good look around. Maybe that’s where you’ll be heading next summer. As always, thanks for reading and Happy Camping!

 

- John


Camp Laney Memory Lane

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Hey, Camp Fans!

We were happy to get the turnout that we did this year 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 and we’ve been having a blast publishing them here on the Blog to share them with all our readers online! We’re posting each submission with their own individual post right here on the Blog!

Since I’ve finished announcing our ten lucky winners who took larger prizes in September, I’ve moved on to the rest of your submissions. The following post is from Stafford H. who wrote in to tell us about his summer stay at Camp Laney in Mentone, Alabama. Check it out:

 

“In June I went to Camp Laney. I went with my friend Jake. Our cabin was called the Beehive.

My favorite thing to do at camp was bombardi. I beat a trash-talker. When we were playing we saw a snake. Everyone started laughing.

We had a lot of activities. We played pit ball. We went bouldering. It was a great week.”

 

Stafford’s camp story submission is a little light for our contest, but I still thought we could share it here on the Blog. Thanks for writing in to us, Stafford! I’m glad Camp Laney was such a big hit for you. I’m surprised your cabin mates laughed at the sight of a snake! I would have expected more running and screaming, I think! Haha. Sounds like you had an absolute blast this season at summer camp.  

For everyone else, you can give Camp Laney a closer look by clicking right here to see all the fun they have in store for their campers in summer seasons to come. And, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Sweet, Sweet Somerset

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Hey, Camp Fans!

We were delighted to see such a great response to our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp and now we’re eager to publish each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $20 gift certificate to our online store!

Today’s post is from Emily M., who has attended Camp Somerset for the last few years. Check out her story and why this year was different!

 

“For the past two years I have been at Camp Somerset. Until this summer the term second home felt foreign and unfamiliar. As a rising eighth grader my normal life is filled to the brim. The same goes for at camp, but in the most spontaneous and brilliant way. My favorite memory of this summer was when my camp directors made milk shakes with hockey sticks. Each cup that my directors filled reminded me of my friends, memories, time, laughter, and love for my second home. This experience has given me a luminescent glow that will help me stride through life. Without Camp Somerset my memories would not have been formed and my heart would not be filled. Thank you Camp Somerset for my joy, love, laughter, and my smile.”

 

What a heartwarming and camp spirited submission, Emily! Thanks for sharing this snapshot of a ridiculous memory among the collage of many that you made at Camp Somerset. How nice that you found your home away from home!

Any other interested girls can have a great time like Emily did at Camp Somerset and check it out for yourself by clicking here. As always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John


Nurse Donna

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Hey, Camp Fans!

We were delighted to see such a great response to our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest here at Everything Summer Camp and now we’re eager to publish each one right here on the Blog! After our seven lucky winners, everyone else who submitted received a $20 gift certificate to our online store!

Today’s post is from Donna J., a nurse at Riverview Camp who just purchased her THIRD Pop Up Soft Trunk from us. Check out what she has to say about her experience with Riverview Camp in Alabama!

 

“Oh my….I just ordered the Third soft duffel bag trunk!! My daughter began camping in 1988 and I was the camp nurse. I continue as the camp nurse as my 3 granddaughters now attend each summer. One has been using her soft trunk for two years and Loves it. I like it too as it has so many pockets and light weight. But goodness, I have 3 more grandchildren that are ready for camp next summer so needing more trunks. I’m giving 2 as birthday gifts this fall so they will be ready for camp in 2023. Can you tell I love being the camp nurse and get so excited? We go to Riverview Camp for girls in Mentone, Alabama”

 

Oh my, Donna! Despite never being a camper yourself, you’ve been in the camp world long enough, you may as well have been. How great to see your three granddaughters enjoy their summers at the same camp where you sent your daughter back in the day (right around the same time Everything Summer Camp was getting its start). We’re thrilled that you and your grandkids love our soft trunk as much as you do! Thanks for sharing your camp excitement with us.

For everyone else, be sure to check out Riverview Camp in Alabama for yourself by clicking here. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!

 

- John


This is Now

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Hey, Camp Fans!

We received more than 40 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's camp story submission comes from Jessica B., who wrote in to point out the differences between her daughter’s modern camp days at Camp Zeke and her own summer camp stays from the now defunct Camp Hillel.

 

“It's a whole new world of camping these days--
My day:
Packed huge bags of snacks and every kind of candy imaginable
Nowadays: No outside food allowed at camp
My day:
Camp mystery meat and bug juice
Nowadays: salad bar and make your own smoothies
My day: My mom spent hours and hours putting together packages of games and snacks to send to me
Nowadays: No packages allowed
My day: super important to have the 'right jeans' the right accessories etc
Nowadays: crocs with socks and pjs to night activity
My day: 8 weeks away was the only option
Nowadays: 1, 2, 3 and 6 week sessions
My day: making a friend a state away involved writing letters and attempting to stay in touch
Nowadays: Bunk WhatsApp groups immediately after camp
My day: peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
Nowadays: Totally nut free”

 

Summer camp certainly has changed throughout the years. Simpler times provided a more rustic, chancy, and low-tech experience than what kids are shown nowadays. Despite all the changes you can point out, though, summer camp is still summer camp—fun factories for kids where they can make plenty of friends, memories, and milestones in personal growth. Thanks for sharing, Jessica.

For anyone else, check out Zeke to see if it might be the right place for you. As always, thanks for reading!

 

- John