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Mosquito Mayhem!!!

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Buzz, Buzz, Campers!

Among a long list of great things, summer is filled with swatting away those pesky little bloodsuckers; August 20th is World Mosquito Day! Peacefully enjoying a campfire under the starry sky takes a nasty turn when you’re suddenly bombarded by a scourge of thirsty mosquitoes.

They’re masters at sniffing out the heat from warm-blooded animals like you and all your friends around the fire. Locking onto their target, they skillfully pierce through skin with their needle-like mouthparts to feast upon the blood, drawing it up through their proboscis like milk through a straw.

Prehistoric Pests

Believe it or not, mosquitoes have been buzzing around for millions of years, and they've undergone some significant transformations. In fact, their ancestors were massive in comparison to the tiny bloodsuckers we know today. Can you imagine encountering a mosquito the size of a small cat? Thank goodness they downsized!

Beneficial Bugs

But let's take a moment to appreciate the important role mosquitoes play in the ecosystem. Yes, you read that right! While they may be a nuisance to us, mosquitoes do serve a purpose. They are pollinators, just like bees and butterflies. They play a role in transferring pollen from one plant to another, contributing to the reproduction of various plant species. So, in their own buzzing way, mosquitoes are helping to maintain the balance of our natural world.

Armed Against Mosquitoes

From insect repellent sprays to wipes to bug-repellent clothing, we have everything you need to create a mosquito-free zone. Don't let those little buzzers ruin your camp experience. Arm yourself with bug protection gear and enjoy the great outdoors without worrying about itchy mosquito bites.


As we celebrate World Mosquito Day, let's remember to protect ourselves from these miniature vampires. Whether you're hiking in the woods, roasting marshmallows by the campfire, or exploring the beauty of nature, don't let mosquitoes crash the party. Stay prepared, stay protected, and make sure your summer camp experience is bug-free!

So, Campers, let's raise a can of bug spray to World Mosquito Day! May we enjoy the Great Outdoors alongside each other without them bugging us. And remember, Everything Summer Camp has your back with top-notch bug protection gear. Thanks for reading and, as always, Happy Camping!


- John

Spinning Tunes Bring us Back to the Past

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Hey, LP Lovers!

It's Vinyl Record Day—time to celebrate the bygone era when music was enjoyed through the magic of spinning records. Gliding across the vinyl, the needle rides along the surface, interpreting the indents in the vinyl as music to enjoy. Just the same as summer camp, vinyl records have proven their timeless appeal as well as their ability to connect us to the past. So, dust off your turntable and get ready to embark on a nostalgic musical journey!

Also known as LPs or albums, vinyl records were once the primary medium for listening to music. The process is simple yet enchanting. A needle, delicately placed on the grooves of the record, traces the physical indentations, translating them into sound waves—slightly similar to a music box. The needle's vibrations along the spinning record create a unique, warm sound, adding depth and character to the music.

The history of vinyl records dates back to the late 19th century, when Thomas Edison patented the phonograph, a device capable of recording and playing back sound. However, it was not until the 1940s that the modern vinyl record gained popularity. Throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, vinyl records dominated the music industry, allowing listeners to enjoy their favorite tunes in the comforts of their homes.

Vinyl records add a touch of nostalgia and authenticity to the musical experience. They remind us of simpler times and the joy of shared music. They provide a tangible connection to the past, much like the summer camp adventures you all embarked upon this season—even the warm crackle of the needle on the vinyl reminds one of the pops and hisses from logs on the campfire.

Relive the magic of spinning tunes today on Vinyl Record Day. Gather up some friends or family and enjoy some music the good ol’-fashioned way, like people used to listen to it! Thanks for reading, Everybody. And, as always, Happy Camping!


- John

Jump into Summer Fun on National Waterpark Day

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Hey, Waterpark Lovers!

It's time to celebrate National Waterpark Day, a day dedicated to the thrilling world of aquatic adventures with water slides, wave pools, and other swimming fun like I'm sure you had at summer camp! This day is all about summer fun and the joy of cooling off in the refreshing waters of a waterpark. Get ready to dive into the history of waterparks, from their humble beginnings to the thrilling attractions we know today.

Back in 1906—a bygone era when water slides were just a dream—the New Zealand International Exhibition introduced the world to a wild ride called ‘The Water Chute’ and it really made a splash. Overdressed riders would hop into specially designed boats and slide down into Victoria Lake, even skipping across the water's surface for a momentary thrill. It was a sight to behold, lettin' folks taste the thrill of sliding through the watery depths.

After the exhibition in New Zealand, the concept of water slides was further developed by Herbert Sellner in Minnesota. A fella named Herbert Sellner took inspiration from the New Zealand extravaganza and concocted his own water toboggans.

These slick contraptions would hurtle down massive slopes, gliding gracefully across bodies of water. These early designs laid the foundation for the water slides we know today. In fact, U.S. Patent Services reported that some of these toboggans reached distances exceeding 100 feet!

As time marched on, theme parks started sproutin' up like mighty oaks in the 1960s. It was ’64 when one George Millay opened the first Sea World. Taken with his aquatic theme park, he took things a step further in the following decade with the world’s first official waterpark in Orlando, Florida. It was only the beginning. Soon, water parks were poppin' up left and right, making its way beyond the United States in Central and South America.

These parks started small but grew bigger and bolder with every passing year, reaching for towering heights and hitting faster and faster speeds. Zero-depth entry pools and splash pools became popular among families with young children, while wave pools and rough water rides attracted thrill-seekers. For those seeking relaxation, lazy rivers became a beloved feature of water parks, letting the current carry them away.

So, on this National Waterpark Day, let's celebrate the incredible water attractions that bring joy to both campers and families alike. Plan your next adventure to a waterpark where you can experience the excitement of swimming and cooling off in the most exhilarating ways. Dive in, make a splash, and cherish the memories of summertime fun!

Thanks for reading, Everybody. Pick up any swimwear and other swim accessories you need from our selection of top brand names like TYR, Under Armour, and more. Happy Swimming!


- John



Summer Camp Sweetness—Embrace the Simplicity of Vanilla Ice Cream

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Hey, Camp Folks!

Ah, vanilla ice cream! This timeless delight has enchanted our taste buds for generations. Some may argue that it lacks the excitement of other, more adventurous counterparts. But let me tell you, folks, there's something special about this classic treat. Despite its reputation for being too plain, vanilla remains a popular option that most summer campers likely enjoyed during their camp stay this summer!

My favorite flavor, for sure—Vanilla Ice Cream has managed to acquire its own day. Today is National Vanilla Day. Today, let's delve into the creamy world of vanilla ice cream, uncovering the magical steps behind its creation.

Step 1: Crafting the Base

To whip up a remarkable scoop of vanilla ice cream, you need to start with a rich and velvety base. Picture a blend of milky goodness—fresh cream, pure milk, a touch of sugar, and a hint of vanilla extract. This concoction becomes the foundation of our frozen delight, ensuring a silky-smooth texture and a harmonious balance of sweetness. As this base chills in the refrigerator, let your excitement build over the frozen masterpiece this will become.

Step 2: The Transformation Begins

Once the base has chilled, it's time to transform it into the creamy goodness we know and love. The chilled mixture is poured into an ice cream machine, where the magic truly happens. This mechanism starts whirring and churning with paddles that aerate the mixture—infusing it with tiny air bubbles that give the ice cream its smooth, creamy texture. At the same time, the machine is freezing the mixture.

Step 3: A Taste of Bliss

At last, the moment arrives—the freshly churned vanilla ice cream is ready to be savored. As the golden sun sets and a gentle breeze rustles the leaves at camp, the first bite unleashes a symphony of flavors—a delicate dance of sweetness and pure vanilla essence.

In a world of extravagant flavors and elaborate desserts, vanilla ice cream remains a steadfast testament to the beauty of simplicity. Its timeless appeal and creamy allure have made it a beloved summertime treat, cherished by summer campers during their unforgettable stays. Celebrate Vanilla Ice Cream Day by enjoying this classic, simplistic dessert. Thanks for reading and, as always, Happy Camping!


- John

Celebrating National Chocolate Day

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Hey there, Sweet Tooths! (or is it Sweet Teeth?)

A crackling fire on a starry summer night and laughter all around. Who could ask for more? …except for maybe some tasty s’mores with that melted, mouth-watering chocolate bar sandwiched between graham crackers and gooey marshmallows! As we celebrate National Chocolate Day today, let's revel in the versatility of this decadent delight that adds a touch of sweetness to the summer camp life!

Indulgent, irresistible, and loved by all, chocolate holds a special place in the hearts of summer campers and dessert enthusiasts the world over. Its versatility knows no bounds, whether it takes the form of a solid bar, a drizzle, or a velvety stream cascading into a steaming cup of cocoa. Chocolate offers a world of possibilities.

The Journey of the Chocolate Bar

From the humble cacao tree to the mouth-watering candy chocolate bar, each step in the chocolate-making process plays a crucial role in creating the delightful treat we all love. It's a journey that blends science, craftsmanship, and a touch of magic to bring us the joy and indulgence of chocolate in all its delectable forms.


The journey of the chocolate bar begins with harvesting ripe cacao pods from the cacao tree. These football-shaped pods contain cocoa beans—the primary ingredient in chocolate. Using machetes or specialized tools, harvesters carefully cut the pods from the trees.


The harvested pods are then opened and the cocoa beans, surrounded by a sweet and tangy pulp, are extracted. The beans and pulp are placed in large, covered piles and left to ferment for a few days. This is a crucial step to enhance the flavor by breaking down the pulp, triggering chemical changes.


After fermentation, the beans are spread out on large trays to dry under the sun. Drying the beans reduces moisture and prepares the beans for further processing. It also contributes to the development of flavor characteristics in the cocoa beans.


The dried cocoa beans are carefully roasted to bring out their rich flavors and aromas. Depending on the desired flavor profile, the roasting process will vary. This process removes any residual moisture and develop that characteristic taste of chocolate we all know and love.



The roasted cocoa beans are ground into a paste called cocoa liquor. This process involves grinding the beans into a fine powder. Continuing to grind, it eventually transforms into a smooth liquid as the grinding process generates heat which melts the cocoa butter and coats the powder specks.  



The cocoa liquor is further refined to reduce the particle size for a super smooth consistency. This process involves passing the cocoa liquor through machinery like refining mills or conching machines. They grind away and smooth out the particles, ensuring a fine texture and uniform chocolate quality.



This step involves careful heating and cooling of the chocolate to specific temperatures. This process ensures the cocoa butter crystallizes in a stable form, giving the chocolate its desirable glossy appearance, snap, and smooth texture!


Once the chocolate has been tempered, it gets poured into molds where it finds its final shape as a candy bar, a chocolate chip, or any other desired form. The molds are then cooled to allow the chocolate to solidify and retain its shape.


After the chocolate’s cooled and solidified, it’s removed from the molds and prepped for packaging. The bars get wrapped in foil or other materials to protect them from moisture and ensure freshness. They are then labeled and ready for distribution to be enjoyed by chocolate lovers around the world.


Whether we enjoy a chocolate bar during a s'mores session at camp or savor it in other delightful forms, chocolate has the power to uplift our spirits and create moments of pure delight. So let’s honor National Chocolate Day. Grab your favorite chocolate treat, gather around the bonfire, and savor the magic of National Chocolate Day. Thanks for reading, Everybody. And, as always, Happy Camping!


- John