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What's Wood Got to Do With it?

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What’s up, Woodworkers?

Woodworking is essential to our daily existence—everyone alive likely uses something made from wood every single day! Most folks spend their days within the wooden walls of their home. It’s kind of hard to avoid! Whether you’re making a birdhouse or constructing a house for people, you’re sure to get a great sense of pride when you reach the fruits of your labor!   

People have been using wood as material to create useful tools and beautiful Woodworking just might build a little birdhouse in your soul!objects throughout all of ancient history and back into prehistoric times as well. This natural resource has stood the test of time and shown us its value even in our modern era of steel skyscrapers and plastic tools. It is, however, an artform that’s not as common as it was back in the day.

The Benefits of Woodworking for Kids:

Creative Outlet

Making a physical object with your hands gives kids a place to focus their creative efforts. It may not be thought of as a common art medium (as opposed to visual art, music, or dance), but woodworking is just as creative and artistic as any other form of art!   

Figuring It Out

The challenge of working with wood confronts kids with flaws in the design or a process of trial and error. Woodworking aids kids in sharpening their problem-solving skills and builds confidence with more hands-on experience.

Measure Twice…

There are absolutely mathematical skills involved in the art of woodworking. Making things out of wood is a great tangible way of teaching kids to counting and measuring skills.

The Right Stuff

Woodworking gives kids experience with the proper tools for carpentry such as a tape measure, a speed square, screwdriver or hammer. For most people, especially with an activity like woodworking, experiential learning is the dominating means of gaining knowledge.

If you’re passionate about Woodworking, then I recommend you look into a summer camp that offers it as an activity to boost your familiarity with woodworking. If you already have a camp in mind, call them up to ask about their program. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!


- John

Boys Will be Boy Scouts

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Hey, Scout Fans!

Today is National Boy Scouts Day! This organization has become one of America’s largest and most well-known organizations to focus on the development of our youth. We’ve looked into the Boy Scouts’ history and learned how this organization came to be a household name in America! To learn more about the past of this famous institution, click here to check out a previous post.

Here are some interesting tidbits about the Scouts:Scouts' Honor!

Norman’s Honor

For any of you youngsters who don’t know who this classic American artist is, Norman Rockwell is responsible for capturing so many slice of life moments of vintage America. A former Boy Scout himself, Norman offered his services for free to illustrate the annual Brown and Bigelow Boy Scout calendar, which he did each year from 1925 to 1976 (aside from missing a couple years).

Scout Money

In the second decade of the 20th Century, the Boy Scouts of America became the largest uniformed body across the nation. One thing that helped their rapid expansion is that they worked in partnership with the Treasury Department throughout World War I and, together, they secured approximately $352,122,973 in Liberty Bond subscriptions!

Joseph Lane’s Publication

In 1911, a former Boy Scout named Joseph Lane turned 18—the same year he published his very own Boys’ Life Magazine! One year later, the Boy Scouts ended up buying the magazine from Joseph for $6,100, the equivalent of a dollar per subscription that he had. Now Boys’ Life Magazine is distributed to roughly 1.1 million Scouts every month!

From all of us here at Everything Summer Camp, we send a proud salute to all of you Scouts out there—current and former—today on National Boy Scouts Day! Keep leading by the best of examples and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Catherine B.'s Feeling Ferny

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Hey, Camp Lovers!

We love summer camp too. That’s why we love hearing your stories from camp in our annual ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest at Everything Summer Camp. Your stories were fantastic and it’s such a fun time reading through them! Get a look at each submission as I post them one-by-one right here on the Blog!

Today’s post comes from Catherine B. who wrote in to tell us about her second year at Camp Fern in the Piney Woods of Texas. Get a look at her submission about this last summer at camp: Hear a camper's account of Camp Fern fun!I am 8 years old and this was my second year at Camp Fern! Last year I only stayed for two weeks, but this year I got to stay for a whole month and I had the best time ever in my life. I had old friends in my cabin and also new friends. My favorite activities were riding and skiing. I even got a ribbons at banquet for being the most improved in skiing and the best overall in skiing. I've never gotten awards like that before. It made me feel really good. Camp Fern is the best place in the world. They teach me so many things. They teach me about nature and how to take care of it. They teach me how to do new things. They teach me that I can do things I never thought I could. And we have lots of fun! Before I went to camp, I had never spent the night away from home. I'm so glad my mom and dad let me go to camp because now I know that I can do anything and learn anything. My counselors keep me safe and are so nice and are kind of like my mom when I get a little homesick. Camp Fern is so amazing. On the last night of camp we write our wishes down on paper and then make them into sails for little paper boats. We light candles and send our wish boats out across the lake. It is so special and beautiful when the lighted boats are out on the water. My boat made it all the way across the lake, so I know that my wishes will come true thanks to Camp Fern! When I grow up, I want to be a teacher. That way I can still come to Camp Fern as a counselor in the summer. I love Camp Fern!!!

Hey, Catherine! I’m thrilled to hear how much you love your time at Camp Fern. It’s great that you’ve been able to learn so much from all your new experiences at camp. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us, Catherine! As for anybody else interested in Camp Fern, give it a closer look for yourself some time and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Get a Look at Gold Arrow Camp

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Hey, Camp Folks!

It’s always the right time of year to start thinking about the camp you’ll be attending this upcoming summer! That’s why I like to feature the summer camps with whom we’ve formed a great relationship here at Everything Summer Camp. Today, we’re shining our summer camp spotlight to the West Coast so I can tell you about Gold Arrow Camp.

Gold Arrow Camp, located on Huntington Lake amidst the Sierra National Forest, offers a traditional boys and girls summer camp setting where kids, ages 6-14, are welcomed to make friends, make memories, and make strides forward through awesome activities such as Wake Boarding, Horseback Riding, Rock Climbing, and so much more.  Do you see yourself at Gold Arrow Camp?

In fact, let’s take a closer look at the activities available to Gold Arrow Campers! Try your hand at Archery, Riflery, Climbing Wall, Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Mountain Biking, Arts & Crafts, Ceramics, Team Building, and more! You’re sure to have fun on the water too, whether you’re Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing, Sailing, Waterskiing, Pontooning, Paddle Boarding, or another one of the many waterfront activities at Gold Arrow!

Experience rustic living with the spectacular backdrop of the National Forest and see what summer campers past have fallen in love with at this California summer home for the past 86 years! Campers sleep in tent cabins or rustic wood cabins on camp-style bunk beds. Gold Arrow insists that their campers get the personal experience away from the everyday conveniences of the modern world such as electricity and air conditioning.

Living without modern conveniences of electricity and temperature control in the cabins is an important element of our philosophy where campers get a more personal experience with the forest and develop resiliency and grit.

Join the generations of Gold Arrow Campers that have come before you and become Gold Arrow Camper yourself! If you like the way this camp sounds, look into it more by checking out their website sometime and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

Resolution Checkup

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Hey, Camp Fans!

Here we stand, one month into the new year. So, before we step any further into February, I wanted to give an update on how we’ve been doing with the resolutions we’ve set for ourselves here at Everything Summer Camp. I hope all of you are off to a wonderful start with any resolutions of your own!

Here’s how folks around our office are doing with their resolutions: Have you been sticking to your New Years Resolution?Amy resolved to reform her diet and start eating better. She told me that “Surprisingly I have been doing good and sticking to it.  I just can’t keep any sweets in the house!” I can relate to that, for sure! But when it comes to junky food, out of sight—out of mind is a real thing. Keep surprising yourself till it’s not a surprise anymore, Amy!

Anita resolved to increase her overall health with more exercise and kicking lousy habits. She was happy to report that she, “Started out great, doing the treadmill every morning for 20 minutes, then the second week of January, every morning and night for 20 to 30 minutes. Lost 4 pounds!” She also got hit with a cold in January, so she disappointed she couldn’t stick to her daily routine for a little bit, but I’m definitely calling January a win for Anita!

Diane resolved to make the world better by helping people more. “I have kept my resolution to doing one good deed a month,” she said, but she actually hit it twice as hard! “While in Roatan I gave money to a local family to buy food. I also paid for a car behind us in a fast food drive-thru. It feels so good to do these random acts of kindness.” Awesome work, Diane! I’m sure she’s making people’s days with her generosity!

Matt resolved to shed some pounds and lose weight in the coming year. When I asked how he was doing, he told me, “Good. I've lost 15 pounds—halfway to my goal. Eating right, balanced diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables. Drinking lots of water.” That’s how you do it—well done, Matthew!

Morgan, who resolved to get straight A’s in her last semester of college, responded to my checkup that, “Yes, so far so good! It’s still early in the semester and I only have 2 grades in, but all A’s! Off to a good start!” Wonderful work, Morgan!

Nate has resolved to spend more time with his family and more ‘playtime’ with his kids. “My resolution is going okay,” he said. “I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with my boys.” However, he’d still like to see more nights devoted to the whole family. “We’ve had a couple of family game/movie nights, but not every week like we want to.” This sounds far from a fail to me! Keep up the good work, Nate!

And I resolved to be less judgmental toward people to have more patience. I think I’ve done well in preventing myself from letting my thoughts spiral about other people. I would definitely have to give myself a pass through this first month.

Unfortunately, our Vice President of Everything Summer Camp, Mark, is the first to bow out of his resolution which was to get better sleep. He’s already failed in January. Too many late work nights for that guy! He says he still has full intentions to continue better sleeping patterns for himself, so best of luck to him moving forward in the year!

A good first checkup for our participators, I’m very proud of us so far—only one casualty. Straight A’s for everybody else (not just you, Morgan)! And Bob, who resolves each year not to change a bit, is still the same ol’ Bob! Keep up the good work with your own resolutions for 2019 and, as always, thanks for reading, Everybody!


- John