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Accounts from Campers Themselves!

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Hey, Camp Folks!

The Everything Summer Camp ‘Share Your Camp Story’ drawing saw an excellent response last year with 60 entries! That’s why we’ve published each and every one right here on the Blog! We received a handful that weren’t long enough to qualify for our contest, but we thought we’d at least share them on the Blog. Check out these three accounts from excited campers!

First is this entry from Winnie O. who attended Camp Oneka: Get a good look at Camp Oneka.My camp is awesome because it has been around for 110 years. My grandmom, my mom, and my aunt all camp to this camp too. This was my first year and it was so much fun. Camp Oneka has the best food ever all thanks to Nancy, the cook who has been there since my mommy went to this camp 30 years ago. She cooks the most amazing mashed potatoes and I love her chocolate cake with green icing. My camp is also the best because I learned to play Newcomb, tie a square knot and go sailing. I made new friends from all over the world and can't wait to go back next year.

Next up is a submission about Aliza C. and her time at Camp Agawak: Camp Agawak is more than just talk!

Returning for my fourth summer at Agawak I knew what to expect, I didn’t want or expect change, but it was coming! First session continued as normal. Yet, when second session arrived so did change. My cabin for the past 4 years received new campers. This brought shock as the new campers didn’t know us or anything about camp. We had to show them the ropes to being a camper.

Thanks for these submissions, Winnie and Aliza! Glad to hear camp was full of fun, new experiences for the both of you! If anybody else is interested in attending one of these camps, put some time aside and look into Camp Oneka or look into Camp Agawak for yourself! And, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Camp Stories Still Comin'!

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Hey, Camp Folks!

Our ‘Share Your Camp Story’ Contest at Everything Summer Camp saw an excellent response last year with 60 entries! That’s why we’ve published each and every one right here on the Blog (and why we’re still publishing them)! We received a handful that weren’t long enough to qualify for our contest, but we thought we’d at least share them on the Blog. Check out two more accounts from excited campers right here!

First is this entry from Melanie M. who attended Camp Greystone:

Camp Greystone ran a favorite recipe contest in fall 2017. I won for my session by submitting sausage macaroni casserole and potato chip cookies. I got to cook for over 500 people at camp with one of my best friends! It was such a neat experience! I loved seeing everyone enjoy a family recipe of mine that was originally my grandfather's. This memory will last me a lifetime.

Next up is a submission from Lisa R. who wrote in to tell us about her old camp counselor from her days at Camp Natchez in the 80s.

I went to Camp Natchez from 1982-1986. The summer of 1985 there changed the course of my life forever. I was a 14 year old rather impressionable teenager just looking for a role model. The drama counselor was a beautiful college student who seemed to do everything right. Her hair was perfect, her clothes were trendy, she was very popular. I was very excited to be in the camp play that she was directing. She gave me a lead role and took me under her wing. From there on she was like my big sister. Then, in 1992 I moved to California with her, where I am still living today. She was my maid of honor in my wedding and has helped me through life since the day I met her.

Thanks for these submissions, Melanie and Lisa! That’s a great that your grandfather’s recipe was able to be shared with so many folks, Melanie. And how cool to have made such a bond with someone as much as you have with your old camp counselor, Lisa! If anybody else is interested in attending one of these camps, put some time aside and look into Camp Greystone for yourself. Camp Natchez is no longer in operation. As always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Finally One on French Woods...

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Hey, Campy Kids!

I’ve mentioned French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts a number of times before here on the Blog what with ‘Share Your Camp Story’ submissions from French Woods campers themselves as well as posts about all the celebrities who attended this camp in the past like Robert Downey Jr., Zooey Deschanel, Jon Favreau, and others. Today, however, let’s focus on just the camp and the great things going on there in the state of New York.

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts sits contently on a private lake in the western Catskill Mountains of New York State near the Delaware River on the Pennsylvania Border.

Offering individual choices for the performing arts, French Woods gives opportunities like never before for their campers as young as 7 to 17 years old. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision at French Woods, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest.

French Woods Festival of Performing Arts offers Theater, Dance, Music, Circus, Magic, Rock N’ Roll, Visual Arts, Film and Video, Sports, Tennis, Fitness, Water Sports, Skateboard, Horseback Riding, and more.

French Woods campers are provided with a spacious, comfortable, and modern home base, complete with electricity, private showers, and private toilet facilities. They’re responsible for tidying their own spaces, and the toilets and showers are cleaned daily by a professional cleaning staff. Ten campers live in each bunk, supervised by three counselors who all tuck away in the accommodating and cozy wooden bunk beds.

If you think you’d like to follow in some of the famous footsteps who have attended French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts, give this summer camp a good look for your own summer experience sometime and, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


The Birth of Bathrobes

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Hey, Loungewear Lovers!

Robes have been around for a very long time, dating back to ancient times. These long, loose-fitting garments were worn in public. They signified importance in society—not exactly the image you’d be putting out there nowadays if you donned your robe and went out to, say, pick up groceries.

These days, robes pretty much stay reserved to either ceremonial purposes or loungewear for morning and nighttime attire. And while you may one day wear a robe in a ceremony (for graduation perhaps), today we’re going to focus on the luxurious loungewear of bathrobes.

The history of this particular kind of robe begins with the dressing gown in the western world early on in the 18th Century. It was modeled after the Eastern banyan. These garments were originally intended for men as a sort of home alternative to a heavy outdoor cloak. In the early 1700s, robes were made of fabrics like silk sometimes with gold or silver thread woven in for decorative patterning. However, over time, other fabrics became common for cheaper alternatives products. Cotton robes became commonplace.

And around the 1850s, the market for women started taking advantage of these less expensive robes for morning routines. They wore robes and dressing gowns with undergarments for breakfast, for sewing, and all-around relaxing.

This made way for the bathrobe to become a hot item in the early 1900s. This craze lasted well through half the century. It became standard before very long that each member of the family would have their own robe for leisurely Saturday mornings and trips through the house from the shower to the bedroom.

As Americans adopted a faster-paced living beyond the 1950s, busier schedules allowed for less ‘hangout’ time among families in the home and robes became much less typical. They are, however, still a popular piece of apparel especially at summer camp! Check out some great robes we have available here at Everything Summer Camp from masters of comfort like Candy Pink, and Sovereign Athletics. As always, thanks for reading!

 

- John


Camp Accounts from Eileen and Colleen

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Hey, Camp Folks!

We’re still publishing some of the last submissions we received for our 'Share Your Camp Story' Contest here on the Blog! We received a handful that weren’t long enough to qualify for our contest, but we thought we’d at least share them on the Blog. Check out two more accounts from excited campers right here!

First is this entry from Eileen S. who attended Camp Merrie Woode:

Hi. My name is Eileen Stewart. I just got back from my second year of camp. I go to camp Merrie Woode in Sapphire, NC. From my perspective, camp is where you find the best of friends, and I have met mine, Catherine. And to this day, we still talk on the phone. I have made lifelong memories at camp, like winning a round of Camp Jeopardy, and midnight swimming the night before camp ends. Camp has helped me grow from a little girl, to a responsible young women, in just two years. From horseback riding across a waterfall, to hiking to the top of Old Bald Mountain, camp is an experience every child needs to go through. In the summer of 2019, I will be returning to my third summer and be going for Five weeks at Camo Merrie-Woode.

Next up is a submission from Colleen B. who wrote in to tell us about her boys’ camp experiences at Camp Highlands.

My three sons have attended Camp Highlands for Boys for the past two summers. I’ve seen such growth in all three of them. I’m amazed at what they can do! Many of their “firsts” have happened at camp. They’ve all learned to water ski, canoe, sail, standup paddle board, and so much more. The older two have taken overnight camping trips with lots of hiking, rainy & cold weather, and canoeing. This camp is turning these boys into ‘worthwhile men!’

Thanks for these submissions, Eileen and Colleen! It’s always great to hear when summer camp produces such fun experiences. Thanks for sharing! If anybody else is interested in attending one of these camps, put some time aside and look into Camp Merrie Woode and Camp Highlands for yourself! And, as always, thanks for reading!

 

- John