212.582.5300 Contact Us

RSSOur Blog

News, Press & More from Everything Summer

For press inquiries please contact

« Back to TV, National Media, and Other Press

Taking Summer Skills Into The New School Year

The new experiences, learning stages and growth from a child’s summer do not have to end once the seasons change. We believe the progress your child made over the last 8+ weeks can easily transition into your son or daughter’s classroom. Whether your child/teen was successful with communication skills, leadership lessons or from unplugging, you can set up your children for a successful school year by reminding them how successful they were just a few weeks ago.

Communication: Consider the times this summer when your child/teen was at camp and had to do an activity with a peer he/she wouldn’t ordinarily choose to do an activity. Little did your child know that they had to utilize communication skills that may not always come so easily to them? Maybe they were working together on a field or in an art room, maybe they were explaining something to a new counselor or new camper. Teenagers this summer were likely learning how to navigate new campuses and uncharted territories. They had to come together to determine where to go and how to get there. They maybe had to ask a native of the campus for city directions. These simple communication skills can easily be implemented into the classroom during group projects or assignments.

Leadership: Leadership is often juxtaposed with the image of the starting quarterback, but really, leadership is equally as powerful in the smaller roles and doses. When your child volunteered “to go first” when no one else would this summer, that’s a sign of leadership. Whether it be the first one to dive into the lake, the first one to climb the rock wall, or the first one to speak up in an organized seminar or debate, those are all signs of growth from your child’s summer. Remind your child that he or she should feel the same comfort in the classroom that they felt in the summer environment so that they can continue these leadership skills.

Unplug: When a summer program or camp sets strict technology boundaries and policies, it forces campers and teenagers to learn how to socialize and entertain themselves (again). Putting down the tablets and games over the summer is very healthy for social and emotional intelligence and development. Your child was able to get caught up in activities and hardly miss, or think about, the latest apps at home. This lesson of all three might be the most difficult one to overcome this school year, encouraging less use of their laptops and tablets.

By creating good habits these first few weeks of the daily routine of school, your child can become more engaged in academics and other kinds of projects, sports or activities.

The Final Chapter of Summer 2015

Tomorrow, desk and home decorative calendars will turn their pages to September 2015. Some may consider tomorrow’s date as the first day of Hogwarts, others may view tomorrow’s date as the official end of summer. Despite the anticipated high temperatures for Tuesday, our minds are geared to back to school, fall foliage and yes, pumpkin flavored treats.

In a fast paced society, we’re always thinking what lays ahead, what’s next. We seldom take the time to reflect. How can we mark the end to our summer 2015 chapter?

Some would argue that the summer ends when the campers and teens return home. But I disagree. You have to account for the camp “mourning” period, especially when the older boys and girls go into end-of-summer denial. How did it go by so quickly? How did I go from living in a bunk with my best friends to my lonely bedroom at home? I still consider these moments, and feelings, as a significant part of summer. Some could argue that the summer ends once you’ve unpacked. Gathering all of your clothes, matching missing socks with one another, doing an extra wash of sheets and towels to get rid of the “camping” smells. Everything’s put away so some could say it’s the end. But of course, I still disagree.

Our summer ends when school and “the real world” begin. Because that’s one of the greatest gifts of summer camp, living in a safe bubble which is disconnected from society (in a healthy way). Summer is the carefree season. It’s the season of celebration, warm weather, and reading for pleasure. It’s the season where it’s okay to forget. I feel because it’s my favorite season that it comes and goes in a blink of an eye. And here comes fall, knocking on our door and totally uninvited.

We can’t change the fast paced world in a day. But you can change your objective for this evening. Unwind your evening with some of your favorite memories. Recall the time when it was blissfully okay to forget what was happening in the local and global news. Write or call a friend and remind them how much they’ve affected your summer. Reflect on the times that you got caught up in the moments, and were oblivious to “the real world”.

I can’t lie about the fact that I’m excited that boot season, as well as football, is right around the corner. But I’ll wake up a little bit sad that August is no longer a part of my daily routine. I’ll still wear a dress tomorrow and act as though summer wasn’t taken away from me. I’ll just pretend I’m boarding the Hogwarts Express, while getting on the L train, and maybe for a moment September won’t be so bad after all.

Camp Is Timeless: How Camp Skills Are Relevant In My 20s

My camper and counselor days are long gone, but that doesn’t mean my connection to camp has to be.

This past weekend my friends and I drove up to Maine to visit our summer home. I was reminded of the longevity of camp in my life. To summarize, I was a camper for eight summers and then a counselor for four more. My first year on the ballot, I was elected as a color war captain. I lived 10 months for two. For twelve summers of my childhood, I was in heaven.

Now in my early 20s, working my first full time job after graduating from college, I’m experiencing new benefits to camp that I’ve never had before. The first, networking. After graduating from school, I reached out to my former counselors, my camp directors, my friends’ parents, and my campers’ parents for advice and useful connections. My camp name acted like another alumni association. From working at camp while I was in high school and college, I had more contacts within my camp network than if I had worked at a random company in the city. My camp contributed to my brand.

Next, being a camp counselor taught me communication skills. At camp orientation, I learned from my directors and through attending professional seminars how to communicate with young people and children. These are skills that cannot be taught in a textbook nor in a lecture hall. I found myself using some of these techniques my freshman year when I was living with my college roommate.

I’m at the age where my campers are now counselors at camp. I call this, “being a camp grandma”. When I meet my camper’s campers it makes me feel old but at the same time it is so rewarding. I had the opportunity to speak with two of my former campers over the weekend. They were so excited to tell me about their experiences this summer. They told me funny stories about their campers in the bunk, and how it reminded them of laughs we once shared. I listened to their frustrations and challenges, and I was happy I was able to offer them advice. It made me feel current in the way my dad feels when he uses Facebook.

Before graduating from college, I of course worked and was an intern at other institutions. It was important to me to gain different work experiences outside of camp, and important for my resume. But none of those coworkers or managers provided me with the emotional connection I felt while working as a camp counselor. They didn’t take the time to explain the meanings and values of their companies (Aha! Another benefit I learned, how to be a great manager, from my camp directors). So in going forward, I want to end with a quote from former Harvard University President Charles W. Eliot. “The organized summer camp is the most important step in education that America has given the world.” Camp will continue to teach me valuable lessons in work and in life, and I anticipate this camp education to continue to impact me throughout the upcoming decades in my life.

Camp Visiting Day

When I look at the calendar and see it’s already the 3rd week of July, I can’t help but think about camps around the country preparing for visiting day weekends. The physical landscapes of camps are being groomed with lawn mowers, fresh mulch and last minute paint touch ups. Campers and counselors spend extra time cleaning up their bunks. Activity departments are making sure they can accommodate for any request a parent may have, like taking out kayaks out on the lake, or going out to watch their son or daughter waterski. It’s an exciting day for directors, staff and campers to show off their magnificent camps.

The Kentucky Derby is advertised as, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes of Sports;” and you could compare this to the moment when parents arrive at camp. Campers wait anxiously at their designated areas, whether it be at their first period activity or by their bunk. If siblings are at camp together, they’d typically wait together and debate who got to hug their mom or dad first. Parents are held in the allocated parking lots and areas of camp, checking their cell/smart phones and watches in hopes time moves quickly to 9:30am, the popular/official start to Visiting Day. So when the clock finally strikes 9:30am and the daily bugle announces itself on the sound system across campgrounds, it’s like the horses are released from the starting gates at the derby. Mothers are excitedly looking out to find the first glimpse of her children; fathers are following behind carrying shopping bags of goodies (some essential, others considered must favorites from home to bring to camp).

But when the moment comes when parents finally find their son or daughter, it’s like the world has stopped and life is utopia. The visiting day jitters, stress, and anxiety melt away when parents embrace in their son or daughter’s hugs. There is something so special, so sweet, about that very moment finding each other after living apart for several weeks. It’s magical.

Looking back (and into the future), memories last forever of Visiting Day. Making the most of the time together; listening, talking or not. Just being together and seeing your child’s summer world, is what matters.

We wish all of our camp families a happy and safe Visiting Day weekend! Create and repeat traditions, and take lots of pictures and videos!

Role Models Take Home Women's World Cup

Yesterday, Sunday, July 5, 2015 is historic; the US women’s soccer team dominated the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in a 5-2 victory over Japan. In 2011, the last Women’s World Cup, the US lost to the Japanese, making last Sunday’s finals a chance at redemption. The game drew 25.4 million viewers, the most viewed soccer game ever in the US (men included).

The win over Japan could not have come at a more perfect time. It was a great weekend for Americans and their pride for their country. We celebrated independence, American freedom, spent time with family and friends. And what better way to cap off the weekend than with taking home the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Unlike the men’s division, which was founded in 1930, the Women’s FIFA World Cup competition began in 1991. It’s a unique parallel since the women who likely played in 1991 were, “the baby boomers” of Title IX. There have only been 7 Women’s World Cup tournaments, and the US women have won three. America, and the rest of the globe, has come a long way since Title IX to the World Cup tournament earning primetime slots on FOX.

What’s even more important than the win is that young girls across the world watched well respected female role models take home a championship. Especially after the New England Patriots scandal from the postseason coming out after their Super Bowl win, it’s refreshing to see humble athletes take home the championship for once.

Though most kids at summer camp were likely not watching the games live, the news will live on. Newspaper clippings will be attached from letters home. Parents will narrate the exciting win by describing the historic first goal scored by the US with just under 3 minutes of play in. Camps will likely restructure their activities and add a supplemental “world cup” round in their Olympic and color war games. Girls across the nation can dream to become a part of the next generations’ US women’s soccer team. Their sports heroes can now become Carli Lloyd and Abby Wambach.

I’ve always had a passion for team sports. It builds character. Team sports teach kids how to communicate, collaborate and bond. Winning is fun, but there’s a lot to be learned when you lose too. The women’s world cup win will hopefully increase awareness of women’s sports, how it can be just as entertaining as men’s, and inspire America’s youth to play team sports. And what better place than camp to learn the skills and sportsmanship that stay with you for life. Let’s just say that girls ruled yesterday and we think there is way more positive outcomes that are forthcoming, and we can’t wait to see and hear more young girls trying to become the next Carli Lloyd (even if in spirit).

View newer or posts.