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Hello, Hammock Hangers!

Such a simple contraption, hammocks are nothing more than a sling made from an assortment of fabrics which you suspend at both ends, fastening them to trees, posts, or anchored hooks. Nevertheless, these simple inventions have their own holiday: today—National Hammock Day. In past posts, I’ve covered the history of hammocks as well as a run-through of the things you can do in your hammock.

Today let’s talk about the inarguable convenience and comfort of ENO Hammocks. 

We offer awesome hammocks and hammock hanging accessories from the quality Eagles Nest Outfitters brand name. You can check out our ENO selection by clicking here. Enjoy National Hammock Day by spending some of your day in a hammock if you can. Meditate, relax, and learn some stuff while you keep cozy.

The Atlas™ Suspension System is a secure solution to hanging your hammock. No knots needed! Simply throw the adjustable end of each strap around a tree and through the loop on the strap’s other end. Then, clip the carabiners of your hammock to the most appropriate loop of the 15 adjustable points on each strap. Enjoy your easy and worry-free way to hang your ENO Hammock. The Suspension Straps are designed to never fail by slipping or falling!

ENO Hammocks are equipped with lightweight, aluminum carabiners for the easiest fastening to the ENO Atlas™ Suspension System. Once your Hammock is clipped to both suspension straps that you have looped around trees, you’re ready to situate yourself comfortably in one of these high-strength and breathable nylon nests, the rest of the world may as well disappear! For traveling convenience, ENO Hammocks fold up to fit into its own built-in pouch, not much larger than a grapefruit for super easy packing!

Crazy convenient!

Get a closer look at our available ENO Hammocks and hammock-hanging accessories by clicking right here. Sway away in your own convenient hammock and, as always, thanks for reading! 


- John

History of the Helmet

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Hey, Helmet Heads!

People have been wearing protective gear on top of their heads, one of the most vital parts of our body, for thousands of years—pretty much since the dawn of civilization. Whether they be ceremonial and symbolic or practical and effective, helmets have been around for a long time to protect our brains and heads.

Battle Helmets
Coming from ‘helm’, the Old English word for protective head covering, the job of a helmet is pretty clear. That’s why the first helmets in history were for military purposes—doing battle was the main reason from centuries ago that anyone would need to wear head protection. Knights of the Medieval Ages wore their swinging visor helmets and all other types of models for the same reason. 

It wasn’t until the 1800s that huge developments were made both in terms of helmet construction methods as well as manufacturing materials such as leather, felt, and pith. But even then, helmets remained items exclusive to the military or law enforcement along with hazardous occupations like coal mining.

High Helmet Demand
The supplies and production (and even the demand) just wasn’t there back then, though people did things all the time without a helmet for which you ought to be wearing one. From riding bicycles to climbing rocks, playing full-contact sports and riding horseback—people did it all without a helmet. Unfortunate spills and blows, however, would sometimes result in much worse consequences that could have been prevented with a helmet.

But the 1900s and mass production put an end to that. The development of highly specialized helmets for a multitude of athletic and professional applications began emerging. With new crazes beginning, like roller skating, riding motorcycles, and skateboarding—different styles of helmet were designed to give the best protection in each particular activity.

Riding Rules
1956 introduced the ‘Caliente’ helmet in the USA. Proper safety helmets crossed from racing into other equestrian fields and, in 1986, the United States Pony Club asked the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) to design a riding helmet made for equestrians. The first ASTM/SEI certified helmet was developed in 1990 just as helmet laws spread throughout the States and made helmets mandatory for riders on the road or under the age of 14.

Remember to always ride with your helmet on! Check out the helmets we have available for your horseback adventures here at Everything Summer Camp. You can click here for all our horseriding gear and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!


- John


Sun—AND SNOW—Glasses

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Hey, Cool Campers!

Easy to obtain, you can pick up a pair of sunglasses for yourself at any ol’ convenience store. Or, if your vision requires corrective lenses, splurge on a nice pair of prescription sunglasses. But things weren’t always so. Sunglasses have been around for a long time, but not forever. So when were these crafty specs invented and who were the first folks to wear these cool shades?

The Alaskan Inuits, also known as Eskimos, get the credit for the invention of sunglasses, though the very first ‘sunglasses’ didn’t look anything like a cool pair of shades that we know and love today. They made them for staring out upon the vast plains of blindingly white snow sparkling in the sunlight.

The ancient ‘snow goggle’, however, essentially worked the same way as our modern polarized sunglasses. They were typically carved out of bone or ivory, featuring a long, single slit or multiple slits for each eye to see through. Some modern sunglasses are even modeled after this style with bars running across each eye covering.

Sunlight comes down in vertical light waves, reflects off surfaces, and changes into horizontal light waves. Polarized sunglasses are designed to block horizontal light waves, cutting back on glare. The small viewing slit did the same thing. Along the same lines of squinting as well as narrowing a camera’s aperture, the science is the same as it was 2000 years ago! Learn more on the topic with this old Blog post

Chinese judges in the Middle Ages wore glasses with a smoke-colored quartz lens not for the purpose of protective eyewear, but to hide any expression that could be revealed through their eyes. For a time after that around the 16 to 1700s, darkened glasses were thought to help correct visual impairments. While the science of this was shown to be untrue, they were eventually sold as sunglasses.

It was a man named Ray Ban who made the first polarized pair of sunglasses that reduce glare from sunlight. And a commercial for Foster Grant sunglasses in 1960 skyrocketed the popularity for this product making them the cool, long-lasting fashion that they still are today. Check out the shades we’ve got available here at Everything Summer Camp and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!


- John

The Boot Scoop

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Hey, Boot Boys and Girls!

These boots are made for walking. It’s not just a catchy line in a song; it’s a fact. Boots were designed for walking through snow, shallow water, and mud while keeping your feet clean, dry, and protected. The closely stitched design of leather, rubber, and canvas (or other similar materials) keeps it so everything on the outside STAYS on the outside.

Some boots, like a hiker, have tongue and laces like your everyday tennis shoe. Other boots, like rain boots, don’t have those different parts because they seal everything out. And yet, other kinds of boots, like a winter boot, may have insulation to provide you with warmth. We’ll explore this more in a minute.

With so many styles, purposes, and functions, how did such a versatile invention get started? Well, boots evolved as new conditions were encountered. For example, people didn’t need winter boots until they started expanding their territories into colder climates. So what was the original boot? When was it made and for what purpose?

Began in Pieces
Because of depictions in cave paintings that geologists date back to about 15,000 years ago, it’s suggested that boots are at least that old. Other, historical evidence shows us that early boots were made of separate coverings: a two-piece—one piece to cover the foot and another piece for the lower leg. It was about 3000 years ago now that we see the two coverings welded together as the single unit of footwear we know today. 

Cold Feet
Back that long ago, it was common for people to just walk around barefoot for everyday activities. A trip across longer distances would maybe get sandals or wooden shoes. Boots were for journeys across rough terrain, hunting, and sports. Boots were a natural need for nomadic cultures. People traveled from Asia to China to India to Russia and pushed into colder lands. Alaskan Eskimos began wearing animal parts, lining the inside with fur as early means of insulation.

War Boots
Militaries throughout the years and all over the world supplied their soldiers with the proper footwear for battle: boots! In fact, they’re responsible for developing a number of different styles such as boots that featured thick soles and turnover tops, designed to protect soldiers on horseback. Thigh-high boots were worn by Hessian soldiers of the American Revolutionary War which brought a big influence on the iconic cowboy boots of the American West cattlemen. For commanding officers in more recent years, boots have become more of a symbol of rank as opposed to any practical purposes.

Be sure to check out the boots we have available here at everyone’s favorite online store for kids camping gear, Everything Summer Camp. Appreciate it every time you strap on your boots that you can go muck it up or trudge through hills of snow while keeping your feet perfectly comfortable. Until next time, Camp Folks! And, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

You Look Radiant Tonight

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Hey, Camp Folks!

Light is a pretty important subject at summer camp—not just for you to see, but for people to see you as well! We’re thrilled to share some of our latest additions to our lighting products from the leaders of the lighting industry, Nite Ize. Based on resourcefulness and creativity, this company brings new ideas to practical products for people who lead active lifestyles. Check out these three shining examples:

Radiant Rechargeable ShineLine
In a tent under the stars, staring up from your hammock, riding your bike after dark, or decorating your bunk area, you’re sure make it feel like home with the Radiant Rechargeable ShineLine. This technological wire is 10 feet of illumination as well as a flexible design that’s made to custom shape for whatever space you’re decorating. Check out more about it by clicking here.

Radiant 250 Headlamp
Casting 250 lumens in an adjustable beam, this headlamp is designed with only one button to operate its four different lighting modes: a white high spot, a white low spot, a white flood, and a red flood. It also features a lockout mode to prevent accidental activation as well as battery drain. Use your head for this hands-free lighting! It's impact and water-resistant (IPX4) and features a body that can be tilted up to 90° for easy beam adjustment. Learn more here.

SlapLit LED Slap Wrap
Like slap bracelets from days long past, The SlapLit from Nite Ize features that same 'slap it to snap it' construction. Nite Ize didn't stop there, though. They added the LED element to the Slap Wrap to make this bracelet light up. Durable nylon with a design, the SlapLit glows an easy-to-activate, red LED that's shining all the way down the Wrap. Hit the power button and slap this sucker around your wrist, upper arm, ankle, bicycle frame, or wherever else you can find a use for it to give yourself instant nighttime visibility for safety.

Keep your world illuminated with these amazing light products from the ever-innovative Nite Ize. Have a browse through the entire selection we offer from this brand by clicking right here and, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!


- John