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No Fake at Riva Lake

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Hey, Camp Folks!

Here on the Everything Summer Camp Blog, I like to give the awesome summer camps that we work with a little time for each one to shine in the summer camp spotlight that we’re shining! Today, get a glimpse of a great girls camp featured right here, right now! Today, we’re shining our summer camp spotlight over to the state of Tennessee where we find Camp Riva-Lake.

Since 1922, Camp Riva-Lake has welcomed young ladies to the first plateau of the Cumberland Mountains in a quiet cove on Tims Ford Lake in Winchester, Tennessee. Encircled by a wealth of natural resources, this gorgeous summer camp is within minutes of some of the area's most beautiful sites for outdoor adventure (including the Elk River and Foster Falls).

While at Camp Riva-Lake, kids have fun in the water with activities like Sailing, Canoeing, and daily trips to the lake for Swimming and other fun. And on land, they’re busy building their skills in Archery, Basketball, Crafts, Dance, Tennis, and Horse-back riding every other day (weather providing).

Designed for a good time, the Riva-Lake campgrounds include Horseback Riding facilities, Tennis Courts, a multi-use Activity Court, Sports Fields, a Playhouse for indoor activities and a private cove with a one-of-a-kind floating pool and boating docks Campgrounds include.

The cabins are cozy and built within close proximity to each other in order to establish a sense of being based in a community for the campers. Campers live in cabins with one or two counselors and are supervised by the counselors. The bathhouses are conveniently close to the cabins so there’s just a short distance for trips to the shower or bathroom trips at night.

Riva-Lake strives to maintain a low camper-to-counselor ratio to give the campers more individual one-on-one attention geared toward each camper gets everyone feeling more comfortable and part of a tight-knit community in a very short span of time.

Camp Riva-Lake may very well be a great summer camp experience for you. Look into it for your next summer camp stay by clicking here to check out their website and, as always, thanks for reading, Summer Campers!


- John


No Ordinary Sunday

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Hey, Sports Fans!

Today is the culmination of the 2019 football season in which we’ll see the season’s leaders of the AFC and NFC go head-to-head. Today is Super Bowl Sunday. And, for this year—Super Bowl LIV, we have the San Francisco Forty-Niners going up against the Kansas City Chiefs. Can you feel the excitement in the air? This is ought to be a good game! Neither team has held the NFL Championship for decades!

If You’re Going to San Francisco…

The last time the Forty-Niners went to the Super Bowl was only seven years ago in 2013. They went up against the Baltimore Ravens and they didn’t get the victory. You have to go back 25 years to 1995 for the last time San Francisco won the Championship over the San Diego Chargers with the second-highest Super Bowl score in history—49 to 26. Tonight will be the sixth time the Forty-Niners are playing in the Super Bowl.

I’m Going to Kansas City…Kansas City, Here I Come

This is only the third time that Kansas City is playing in the Super Bowl. You have to go back a lot longer for the last time they went to the Super Bowl. It was 50 years ago back in 1970. But they actually won it the last time they played for the Championship (unlike San Fran), playing against the Minnesota Vikings! The Chiefs only other time in the Super Bowl was in the very first one in 1967 when they went up against our home team, the Green Bay Packers. Of course, they didn’t win that one.

You can read more about the original Super Bowl from a previous Blog post by clicking right here. Enjoy the game tonight, Everybody. And, as always, thanks for reading, Camp Fans!


- John

No One Cooler Than Coulier

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Hey, Cool Kids!

This isn’t the first time that we’ve shined our spotlight on Mr. Dave Coulier (a.k.a. Joey Gladstone on ‘Full’ and ‘Fuller House’). A number of years ago, I wrote a Blog post about him that covered things like what school was like for him, his camp years at Camp Highland right here in Wisconsin, and his work prior to ‘Full House’.

His previous post only scratched the surface about this funnyman! Let’s learn some more things about Dave and have a little ‘Full House’ talk.

Nailed It

Dave Coulier recalls his audition for ‘Full House’ as the easiest job he ever auditioned for. He said they were calling for every comic from New York and Los Angeles. He read for the part of Joey and before leaving a producer asked if he would read for the role of the father. He was in and back out in about ten minutes. He figured it meant he didn’t get the part. However, a message on his answering machine was waiting for him when he got home to let him know that he actually had landed the role of Joey.

Sleepover at Saget’s

A number of years ago before there was ever a pitch for a show called ‘Full House’, Dave made friends with a fellow comedian at a comedy show in L.A. They became really good friends. Bob would even let Dave sleep over on the couch while Dave was looking for work, trying to get his career started. The two would eventually work together on ‘Full House’ by random happenstance.

Not Just Acting

When you work as close as these guys did for all those years, you don’t have to play best friend to one another so much as you just are. Bob Saget, John Stamos, and Dave Coulier have remained good friends in the years after ‘Full House’ came to an end and each were all too happy to reprise their roles in the Netflix series sequel, ‘Fuller House’.

Thanks to Dave for making us all laugh with his hilarious impressions and goofy voices! And, as always, thanks to all of you for reading!


- John

Booger Champ Bill Watterson

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Hey, Comic Strip Lovers!

Interest in Comic Strips has held the fascination of children and adults alike throughout the decades. Summer camps know how cool comic strips are so most are sure to offer a comics program. When I set my mind to feature a Pioneer or Record Setter from the world of Comic Strips, one name immediately comes to mind: Bill Watterson. For 10 years, from 1985 to 1995, Mr. Watterson captured the essence along with the magic of childhood in his strip ‘Calvin and Hobbes’.

One record he holds is the first cartoonist to use the word ‘booger’ in a newspaper comic strip—a record he expressed that some historian would someday confirm—you’re welcome Mr. Watterson.

We’ll get to more about his record setting in a minute, but first, a personal word about my connection to this strip. As I write this post, I look up at the four panels of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ wall art I have above my computer and recall fondly all the great adventures I went on with these two lovable characters!

His artwork has an intimate attitude about it, possibly because of where he drew his inspiration. Hobbes, Calvin’s stuffed tiger, was fashioned after Watterson’s cat, Sprite. And he’s said that in the past that he never thought about all the people he was reaching with his comic but his main inspiration for writing ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was to entertain his wife, Melissa.

Bill Watterson is a hero of mine for his consistent refusal throughout the years to license ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ merchandise (despite nonstop proposals for toys, animated series, and more). He never took the ticket and his strip lives on transcending the generations!

One last interesting point to make before we move on is that Mr. Watterson’s middle name is the same as the town where Everything Summer Camp headquarters is located—Boyd. His full name is William Boyd Watterson II.

And now back to his achievements in the comic strip world! In just his second year of writing ‘Calvin and Hobbes’, Bill won the Reuben Award for ‘Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year’. That year, he became the youngest person to ever win the award! He won the award yet again in 1988.

For a strip that ran in only 35 newspapers to begin with, it grew to over 2400 newspapers at the strip’s peak! Bill’s work reached hundreds of millions of readers by newspaper alone and who knows how many by his book collections! There are plenty of book collections that explore all 3,160 published strips of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ and the sales of these books are in the tens of millions!

Easily the reigning king of comic strips, Bill Watterson, through his work, has worked his way into plenty of people’s hearts. Be sure to check out ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ if you’ve never given it much attention before and let it inspire you to make your own cartoon creation. As always, thanks for reading! See you in the funny papers.


- John





The Big Slipper

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Hey, Winter Warriors!

The temperatures have been low for a while at this point of the winter which means it’s been slipper-weather for a while now. I’m wearing mine right now! And I was very grateful to get this new pair of slippers from my mother for Christmas this year. They’re extremely comfortable and they got me wondering how long people have been wearing such luxury footwear.

The name ‘slippers’ comes from the verb ‘to slip’.  The earliest record of slippers was is in the 1100’s when the writer noted that he saw someone wearing this interesting footwear in current day Vietnam. While slippers spread across to every culture throughout the world, they originated in the east and took another 300 to 400 years before any mention of them in the West.

A custom developed around slippers in Eastern culture that called for visitors to remove their shoes and put on slippers when entering someone’s house. This custom became especially recognized in Japan. In the late 1800’s, special slippers were invented that were designed to pull over shoes as Western friends of the Japanese were not accustomed to removing their shoes.

European slippers of the mid-16th Century brought about a whole new level of style to the indoor footwear. The material used was leather, silk, or velvet. They often featured patterns that would match an outfit. And the slippers would be adorned with jewels, ribbons, and bows. They flaunted a panache and glitzy kind of style for those who were privileged to a wealthier means of living.

Queen Victoria’s reign which began in 1837 rang in what we now call the Victorian Era. During this time, her husband, Prince Albert, inspired the ‘Prince Albert Slipper’ which boasted a quilted silk lining and leather outsole on this velvet slipper—very fancy! Its style has remained and is still worn today!

We offer slippers here at Everything Summer Camp for your travel comfort as well as at home! Check them out by clicking here and, as always, thanks for reading!


- John

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