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New Year, New Plans

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Happy New Year, Camp Folks!

This holiday focuses on new beginnings and fresh starts. You’ll see lots of folks setting New Year’s Resolutions for the coming year. And we’re no different here at Everything Summer Camp! Always looking to provide our customers with the best of the best in summer camp assistance, we set standards, goals, and New Year’s resolutions for our company. And, boy!—do we have big plans in the works for 2023 here at Everything Summer Camp!

New Look
You may have noticed, just in time for the new year, we’ve updated lots of images throughout our online store. We held a photoshoot at the end of the 2022 camp season and, after sifting through them all, picking our favorites, and properly editing them, they’re now displayed on our site. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of our photoshoot by clicking here.

New Style
Along with new images, we’re bringing a whole new style to our product description pages in order to deliver a more comprehensive and complete shopping experience. But that’s not all! In the coming year, you can expect a much more interesting, inviting, and informative idea to our website with a much more detailed look at the products we offer along with random camp tips scattered throughout!

New Phone System
Everything Summer Camp isn’t some faceless stranger like you have with lots of big name retailers and overstuffed corporations like Amazon. Call in and we’ll prove it! You’ll be talking with an actual person before you know it! But we’re also re-recording our phone system to offer updated, friendlier, and more informative messages while you’re waiting. Our hope is that our new messages are so good, you’ll ask to be put back on hold!

New Returns System
ReturnGO is our new and improved return system! Start a return by clicking on ‘Customer Service’ at the top of our homepage, then select ‘Returns, Refunds, and Exchanges’, and then ‘Online Return Form’. Provide either your order number or your email, zip code, and phone number and your order will be pulled up where you can choose what you want to return or exchange. Then you’ll receive a label to return the items. We have a very generous return policy with a 60-day return to refund your original form of payment or an in-store credit as well as 61-120 days for in-store credit.

New Announcement
Tune in a few days from now on Wednesday, January 4th, when we announce a new partnership we’ve formed to provide ourselves with a simple sustainability solution as well as an important part of our business model—something that has all of us at Everything Summer Camp very excited!

Be sure you enjoy yourself this New Year’s Day and enjoy the rest of your winter break. Keep coming back to see all the cool changes we’re making this year! Happy New Year once again and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Glow Little Glow Worms

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Hey, Camp Folks!

During these cold, dark winter months of northern Wisconsin, it’s easy to get a little crazy about light. We throw them up all over our yards, the outside of our houses, and in darker corners and pockets indoors. Common at light shows, concerts, and plenty of other festivals, you’ll start seeing Glow Sticks as nighttime sets in. They’ve been around for decades, but originally weren’t used in celebratory fashion. They were military equipment.

It’s easy to see why Glow Stick technology was initially researched and developed for military use. The government contracted a chemist named Edwin Chandross in the 1960’s to investigate the process of chemicals that could emit powerful light without generating heat called ‘chemiluminescence’.

Glow Sticks need no batteries. They’re cheap. They have a long shelf life. They’re easy to dispose of. They can tolerate high pressures. They’re waterproof and weatherproof. And, in the right conditions, you can see one from a mile away. They’re also non-flammable and non-sparking, making them the only source of light safe to use in a disaster area immediately following the event. They’re used on a daily basis as markers for parachuters, landing zones, targets, as well as emergency lights.

At the same time that these new inventions were being used in their practical functionality, Glow Sticks emerged in a completely separate and surprising application. People found the aesthetics of the light from Glow Sticks had a certain appeal in a party and festival sort of setting.

Glow Sticks debuted on the music scene in 1971 at the Yale Ball in New Haven, Connecticut when a concert-goer and his friend visited the factory where his father worked assembling Glow Sticks. They filled their backpacks full of these cool lights and hauled them to the concert that night.

Within the first few songs of the show, the boys had started cracking open the Glow Sticks and handing them out to the crowd. No one had ever seen anything like it before. The awesome lights in the dark night brought the music to a stop and the whole show to a standstill. People were spellbound!

Glow Sticks remain an important part of military gear, but are certainly prevalent in places like clubs, parties, and festivals…even summer camp! Show your true colors in the Color War with a Glow Stick that never stops and get our LED Mini Glowstick from Nite Ize. We also offer the Nite Ize NiteHowl LED Necklace for hands-free lighting. Check out these and other lighting options from Nite Ize by clicking here. Thanks for reading, Camp Fans. And, as always, Happy Camping!

 

- John


Hybrid Light Your Way to 2023

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Hey, Light Lovers! 

We pride ourselves in offering the best in child-friendly camping gear so it’s no wonder that a leading brand in lighting gear such as Hybrid Light is available here at Everything Summer Camp. This brand combines brilliant quality and durable construction with a design that’s easy for kids to use. On top of that, they’re conscious of the impact they have on the environment! Always fans of sustainable methods, we knew Hybrid Light was an obvious fit for our collection of flashlights and other lighting sources in our camping gear selection. 

Take a gander at the lighting options we have from Hybrid Light: 

Pierce through the darkness and illuminate your journeys with the Hybrid Light Journey Seeker 300 Lumens or the Hybrid Light Journey 200 Lumens. Both flashlights offer the option of high or low beam. They also feature a USB port for charging mobile devices and each is equipped for travel with a Micro USB port for rapid charging as well as a built-in solar panel for charging by any light source.

Built with rugged construction, the Hybrid Light casing around the Journey 200 and the Journey Seeker 300 is compact, durable, and waterproof so it’s up to snuff for all your camp adventures whether you’re just walking back to roast a s’more over the campfire or you’re really testing the limits of an uninviting overnight in the wilderness.

Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean the adventure has to stop. Bring a little Hybrid Light along to seek out and illuminate your journeys. Get a closer look at each of these flashlights: click here for the Hybrid Light Journey 200 Lumens and click over here for the Hybrid Light Journey Seeker 300 Lumens. Thanks for reading, Camp Fans. And, as always, Happy Camping!

 

- John

 

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Guinness-Level Glass

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Hey, Students of Stained Glass!

On this Blog, we like to zero in on some of the record setters and pioneers of sports, crafts, and other summer camp activities. Last week we went over the process of creating Stained Glass. Today, I thought it’d be in the spirit of the season to set our scopes on the awe-inspiring windows of many churches and cathedrals that use stained glass for the windows of their glorious architecture.

The record for the biggest stained glass window ever goes to a couple of master masons, Jean de Chelles and Pierre de Montreuil. These two were contracted in the construction of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris—the structure that boasts the biggest window in the world: the south rose window.

This stained glass panel measures in at more than forty feet in diameter and was first built about 800 years ago in 1220 AD!

The project of the south rose window was funded by the king, King St. Louis and the stained glass panel was installed in the Notre-Dame cathedral window within the next 40 years. An exceptional piece of artwork, the window complements the glorious architecture of the 12th Century cathedral.

The south rose window is comprised of 84 glass panes and it amazingly still has most of its original glass and tracery intact! In fact, it’s another record that this window holds as the superior survival of the initial glass. This window along with many of Notre-Dame's stained glass windows have become iconic and important work of Gothic art from the 13th Century.

Be sure to appreciate any beautiful stained glass windows you encounter! They may not all be the jaw-dropping works of cymatic pattern art as the Notre-Dame cathedral south rose window, but all stained glass has an impressive effect. And thanks for reading this Blog post! Till next time.

 

- John


Mountain Time

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Hey, Camp Folks!

We love talking about a wide array of topics on this Blog, but one of our most frequent and consistent topics is to feature one of the many summer camps with whom we have the joy of working. We’re swinging our Everything Summer Camp camp spotlight over to the American Southwest, north of Lake Tahoe where we find Meadow Mountain Ranch.

A sleepaway camp for boys and girls from 7 to 16, Meadow Mountain Ranch summer camp is situated on a spacious ranch of 900 acres in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. At Meadow Mountain, they offer a traditional, classic camp program, where the Meadow Mountain philosophy lets the campers naturally form bonds and strong friendships—almost like a big family! With over 60 summers under their belt, the folks at Meadow Mountain know what they’re doing!

A magical experience, full of fresh and fun opportunities, Meadow Mountain campers learn and try their hand at Animal Care, Archery, Arts & Crafts, Campfires, Ceramics, CILT (Campers in Leadership Training), Color Wars, Drama, Fencing, Fishing, High Ropes, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Out Trips, Paintball, Photography, Riflery, Water Sports, Lagoon (the most popular spot on a hot summer day!), and plenty more!

Campers convene at mealtimes in the rustic and historical Dining Hall that feels like hanging out in a lodge. Campers are able to eat under a canopy outside as well with a great view of the campground meadows and lagoon. It’s also where they throw their camp-wide dance parties. 

Cabin groups are assigned according to age and gender. Each cabin has electricity, wall-to-wall carpeting, and is complete with its own bathroom and shower facilities. Campers are accommodated in twin-sized cozy wooden bunk beds. The bathrooms provide great shelving and countertop space. And many offer a great view from a front deck, overlooking the central meadow!

If you’re interested in spending a summer at Meadow Mountain Ranch, give them a closer look—hop over to their website by clicking right here. Maybe you’ll be going there for your next summer camp experience! Have a blast and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John