Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Questions you never asked but wanted to know about our Stone Peak Varsity Clothing*

*Well... we're assuming you wanted to know. And we're pretty proud of the program, so we're going to tell you regardless.

We've carried the Stone Peak Varsity hoods and tees since 1997, but they have never looked so good as they do today! Favorite schools like the University of Michigan, or relative newcomers to the program like the University of California, Berkeley are both super popular, and we are constantly looking to add new schools to our lineup!

Where else can I get these?

The super-soft Stone Peak hoodies are built right here in Canada,  exclusively for Camp Connection. If you want any of the Stone Peak Clothing or Supplies, you'll need to drop into the store, or order on-line!

Why don't you carry MY School?

Licensing. We hold distribution licenses for all of these Universities and Colleges and sometimes getting a particular school on board simply isn't possible. It might also be that we have not been in contact with your school. Send us an email and tell us which one you'd like to see us add next!

Why are some schools not available to ship into the United States?

Licensing. Again.  Some of our distribution rights exclude us from selling into the U.S. Sorry.

Are all of the schools you carry in-store available on-line?

Almost.  There are a couple prints that we just have not gotten to yet - whenever we add a new school or update the program it takes us some time to get them posted. 

What else does Stone Peak make?

You'll be glad you asked!  We carry the Stone Peak flannel pants (These are the best! I am never far from mine!), boxers, watch caps, and the Camp Connection staple - the cotton work socks. (Woolies, to those in the know)

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Now Hiring!

We're looking for Staff!

Our sales associates are enthusiastic and ambitious people who enjoy working within a team.

We need people to provide exceptional client service while working towards achieving group sales goals. We value leadership skills and detail oriented people who can help maintain store standards. You will need to develop working relationships with customers, learn what their needs are and provide effective and creative ways to meet them.

These Part time and full time positions have flexible hours and are ideal for students who can be available both daytime and evening hours.

If this sounds like you, please email us at info @ - we hope to hear from you soon!

Thursday, 18 August 2016

5 Reasons Our Customers Choose Herschel Packs and Accessories!

We’re well into ‘Back-To-School’ mode here. Lunch bags, ice packs, socks, underwear and dorm trunks are flying out the door.  We have a backpack wall that is 20 feet tall, and it’s loaded with all kinds of day and hiking packs, from all different brands.  They are all excellent -we wouldn’t carry them otherwise-  but our Herschel packs (and accessories) seem to be a customer favorite.  Let’s look at why:

   1.       Simplicity
These packs are built clean.  No extra dongles and dangly bits. Not a lot of bells and whistles that no-one uses, just simple organizing and storage features that make sense. And even these are tucked away out of sight to keep that clean look.
    2.       Style
With that simplicity of design comes killer style.  Uncluttered, simple style.  Herschel chooses colours and patterns carefully, and ensures they are always on trend. The bags are sleek and subtle with only a quiet brand tag to denote Herschel, so you’re not buying a walking advertisement.

3.       Details
Herschel pays attention to the design details!  Everything from their signature red-and-white lining to the contrasts (or not) of design features.  Stitching is where it should be, laptop / tablet sleeves are soft-lined, and organizing pockets are easily accessible and well laid out.

4.       Quality
When you pay attention to the details, the quality speaks for itself. These bags are tough, the zippers are strong, the stitching is reinforced where it should be, and the quality control is un-matched. 

5.       Warrantee
When you are as confident as Herschel about your quality control, you can do things like offer a ‘Limited Lifetime Warranty’ on manufacturing and material defects. If you have Herschel on your back, Herschel’s got your back!

If you need more reasons to look at a Herschel pack, how about the fact that they are a Canadian company? Or that they are named after a town of 30 people? How cool is that? Whatever your reasons, you can’t go wrong in considering one of these bags to get you through the coming school year – check ‘em out!

Monday, 8 August 2016

365 Rewards Go Digital, With Stocard!

Don’t want to haul around another loyalty card? (or any cards at all, for that matter?)  We’ve got a solution for our in-store shoppers:  Check out the Stocard app!
We’ve partnered with Stocard - now all you need to collect our 365 Rewards when you shop in-store, is your smart phone. If you’re like me, you ALWAYS have that with you.

How it Works:
If you are currently collecting 365 Rewards, then you likely have everything you need already: A rewards card and a smartphone.    If you’re looking to start collecting, you’ll need to get signed up for the Rewards program with your next in-store purchase. Our Staff will get some basic information, you’ll get a shiny new card and be ready to go.

1.    Find, download and install the Stocard app (Sorry BlackBerry and Nokia users – Stocard is not currently supported by your platform).

2.    Once you’re up and running with Stocard, touch ‘Add Card’ and
      search for Camp Connection.  

3.    Scan the Card with your Phone’s camera, or enter the barcode
      digits manually.

4.       Go Shopping, and flash your Stocard barcode at checkout!

Have multiple 365 Rewards cards to work around that pesky 15-day activation? No problem, just set up another card!  You can even give them a nickname to keep them straight.
The best part about Stocard – you can put ALL your loyalty cards on it.  No more wallet loaded with plastic junk!  Get your app downloaded and start saving today!
(If you’re a Camp Connection On-line shopper, don’t feel left out; You’re already collecting: Check it!)

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Head's up! Canada Post work stoppage might affect your Label order.

Update (11:30 AM 08/26/2016)

The Canada Post Labor Dispute has once again heated up, and it is possible that there will be some kind of work action by the Union side before Monday.  We are recommending you select FedEx shipping for any Label-only orders to ensure delivery.

Update (5:00 PM 07/11/2016)
At this time Canada Post regular mail is moving as normal, and there are no outstanding lock-out or strike notices. We are currently offering the Free Shipping of Label-only orders via Canada Post lettermail. We will be watching this situation carefully, so as to not have anyone’s order trapped in transit in the event of a breakdown in talks.   We still recommend choosing the FedEx Ground option if your order is urgent, as we cannot guarantee the Canada Post situation.

Most of our orders ship via FedEx ground, and the timing and delivery of these orders should not be affected by a lock out at Canada Post.

However, any name-label-only orders are usually shipped out free of charge via Canada Post lettermail.  At this time, (and until the labour dispute is settled) we will not be offering the Canada Post option for label-only orders.  We don't want your labels to be super delayed, or even lost in the mail!

If you need iron-on or stick-on labels, and are close enough to the store to make the trip practical, we recommend dropping in. The staff will print the labels you need on the spot in about 45 seconds.

If your label need is urgent, we also offer FedEx Ground service for a reasonable flat rate: $12.99 within Canada, $19.99 into the U.S.

Here's hoping the folks over at Canada Post can get their differences settled soon and then we can get back to sending your labels by mail, free of charge. 


Sunday, 22 May 2016

War on Bugs

bugsThe War on Bugs is a big deal in the semi-wilderness where most summer camps, cottages and camp-grounds reside.  Anyone who spends any time at all outdoors is constantly in search of some way to keep the bugs off. We’re all on the front lines, and people have tried everything and anything to deter the enemy - flies, bees, ticks, chiggers, and especially Mosquitoes. There are some pretty strange ideas out there, so here’s some researched facts to set the record straight.
            Insect Basics.
  • Mosquitoes are most active at Dawn or Dusk, try planning your outdoor activities when the bugs are least active.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, full length pants and closed shoes if you are outdoors when mosquitos are active or where ticks might be found.
  • If you are in an area where ticks might be found, you should also tuck your shirt into your pants and pull socks up over your pant legs. This will help keep ticks away from your bare skin.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, which will help reduce your overall attractiveness to mosquitos and allow you to see ticks more easily.
  • Don't wear scented deodorant, soaps or perfumes if you are in an area with a high bug population.
  • Yes they are attracted to Carbon Dioxide, but standing perfectly still and not brushing them away isn’t going to help.  They also use wind currents, odors and intuition to find you.  Swat away.
            More advanced defence.
Bug Jacket           Bug Nets, Jackets, Pants and Hats are relatively inexpensive and very effective, but they tend to be hot and butt ugly. The theory is that if the mosquito can’t get to your skin - they can’t bite you.  My opinion? Jeans, and a lightweight long sleeve shirt will do the job effectively in most cases (If you are fighting Black Flies, be sure to have the cuffs snugged).  A bug hat and a light pair of gloves would be a good addition in extreme cases.

            Going on the Offence.
            So the ideal weapon against bugs would be one that deterred mosquitoes, was non-toxic, not greasy, odor free, easy to apply, and only need to be applied once.  Many companies have been experimenting nonstop to find this holy grail of bug repellents. The biggest problem?  Too many variables.  Everyone has slightly different body chemistry, and every mosquito has a different favorite flavour.  Repellent that mixes well with your sweat and phermones may not work for the guy next door.  What might turn off the Mosquitoes in the Florida Everglades may not even phase the ones in northern BC.  
            Each repellent has an ‘active ingredient’ - that’s the stuff the repellent is based on that does all the actual repelling. The most common Active Ingredient bases, and their pros and cons are listed below:

            Deet (Muskol) 
Muskol            DEET, a registered pesticide, is short for N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide. It is the most proven active ingredient available.  It is approved by both the Canadian and US Military, and having been used by millions of people worldwide for 40 years, DEET has a remarkable safety profile. 
Deet is NOT Considered a possible Carcinogen, and is the recommended active ingredient in insect repellents - when properly applied.  Excessive exposure to Deet (levels only obtained by ingestion or injection) has been linked to problems with the central nervous system in test subjects, as well as problems with musculature co-ordination. These instances are so rare as to be virtually non-existent. Most recorded issues have arisen when DEET is accidentally sprayed into the eyes.
            Health Canada completed a review in 2001, which was also supported by the Canadian Paediatric Society.  Registered products containing DEET, when used as directed, are acceptable for use.
            Repellents containing DEET must be carefully applied because they can damage plastics (such as watch crystals and eyeglasses frames), rayon, spandex, other synthetic fabrics, leather, and painted or varnished surfaces. DEET does not damage natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, and has no effect on nylon. 
            The higher the DEET concentration in the repellent formula, the longer it provides protection.  More Saturation does not mean stronger protection, just longer. It’s kind of like Sunscreen in that regard. If the user is concerned about health effects, Deet based repellents can effectively be applied to clothing, but note that it only protects the surface to which it is applied.  Mosquitoes will land within 4 inches of a Deet treated area, though they will avoid the actual treated surface.
            Health Canada has approved the following concentrations for different age groups. Prolonged use should be avoided in children under the age of 12.
  • Up to 30% concentration of DEET for adults and children over 12 years of age. One application of 30% DEET should be effective for six hours against mosquitos.
  • Up to 10% concentration for children aged two to 12, applied up to three times daily. One application of 10% DEET should be effective for three hours against mosquitos.
  • Up to 10% concentration for children aged six months to two years, applied no more than once daily. One application of 10% DEET offers three hours of protection against mosquitos.
            Do not use personal insect repellents containing DEET on infants under six months of age. Use a mosquito net when the child is outdoors in a crib, playpen or stroller.
            Citronella (Druide)
Druide            In 2004, Health Canada completed a review of the available information on citronella-based personal insect repellents that are applied directly to the skin. There was a lack of safety data to support continued registration. However, since Health Canada did not identify any imminent health risks, citronella-based personal insect repellents will remain on the market.
            Registered products containing citronella protect people against mosquito bites from 30 minutes to two hours. To remain effective, Citronella based repellents need to be constantly refreshed.  They should be re-applied every 30-60 minutes.  As with most essential oils, these products should not be used on infants and toddlers.
Certain products containing citronella have a limit on the number of applications allowed per day. Read the product label before using.
            P-menthane 3,8-diol
            Products containing this active ingredient are registered in Canada. They provide up to 2 hours of protection against mosquitos and up to 5 hours of protection against blackflies, but should not be used on children under three years of age. These products can be applied up to two times per day.
            Soybean Oil
            Soybean oil, 2% blocker repellent is another personal insect repellent that provides protection for 3.5 hours against mosquitos and for up to 8 hours for blackflies. There are no age restrictions or limitations on frequency of use with these products.
            Sunscreen and Personal Insect Repellents
            Sunscreen and personal insect repellents can be used safely at the same time. Follow the instructions on the package for proper application of each product. Apply the sunscreen first, and follow with the insect repellent.
            Do not use/Does not work.
DOnt Use            Original Skin-so-Soft – It was never marketed as a repellent, but it is commonly believed to be highly effective.  It has been clinically proven to have almost zero effect at repelling mosquitos.
            The following products are not recommended by Health Canada for a variety of reasons. They are on this list for any number of reasons: they may not be very effective or long-lasting, and may have the potential to be harmful to human health.
  • Electronic or ultrasonic devices
  • Electrocuting devices, such as bug zappers
  • Wristbands, neckbands and ankle bands impregnated with repellents
  • Odor-baited mosquito traps
  • Citrosa houseplants
  • Vitamin B1 taken orally, or in liquid, cream or patch form.
  • Skin moisturizers and insect repellent-combination products are not approved for use by Health Canada. Use separate products simultaneously when required.                       
            Given the amount of information available (both good info and un-vetted rumors), it is understandable for anyone to be wary of anything that purports to banish insects for good.  The best solution to any problem – this one included - is usually the simplest.  Do your best to avoid heavily infested areas and wear the appropriate clothing.  Otherwise, whatever works best for you is the way to go.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Let's Talk Duffel Bags!

If you are sending someone to summer camp (or going yourself!) the chances are that you’re packing all of the campers-list mandated ‘stuff’ into a duffel (Unless you are going to one of those few camps that require trunks).
The questions we’re most often asked are 1. ‘How many duffels should I send to camp?’ followed closely by 2.‘How big should they be?’

1.Campers need Two Duffels.* Almost always, the answer is that all of your camp-bound gear, clothes, bedding and personal effects should fit into two duffel bags. Most camps will not allow more, and would like you to send less if you can manage it. Space on busses, trucks and in cabins is always tight.

2. If you are sending a first-time young camper, or just packing for a 1 week (or less) trip you likely can get away with our Medium sized duffel. (38”X18”X18”).  Generally, campers going for longer need to pack into our Large duffels (40”x20”x20”). In extreme cases (pronounced ‘too much stuff’) you’ll want to send one Large and one Extra-Large (42” x 22” x 22”) duffel. The majority of campers we outfit go with two Large duffels,*
*Both answers do have a caveat: Check with your particular camp. The rules do vary from place to place

A question we are sometimes asked is:  Are the duffels waterproof?  Yes, and no.   All of our duffel bags are built with fabrics that are lined or coated with a waterproof layer.  This is there for strength, durability, and protection against a rainy pick-up or drop-off day, when they might have to sit outside for a little while.   The stitching and zippers are not waterproof, so the duffel is not going to help keep your stuff dry if you dump it overboard into the lake. 

Howabout wheeled bags?’ is another occasional question. No. There’s not a lot of concrete or asphalt to roll over at most of the camps I’m familiar with.  Little luggage wheels do play well with grass, gravel and dirt
A question we are never asked (and wish we were) is: How do I carry my Duffel?
Let’s start with how you PACK your duffel.   Specifically, the Extra-Large one.  It is built so big that if you actually loaded it up with everything it could hold, you run the risk of injuring yourself if you pick it up. If you must take this size, you’re going to want to pack into it all of the bulky, light items in your list: foam pads, comforters, drawers. If you can’t lift it (properly) yourself it’s too full!
Our Duffels are designed to be lifted by one person using both the center straps, held together. Don’t grab a heavy bag by one strap, or split the straps between two people – You’ll put a lot of stress on stitching that’s not designed to handle it. If you need two people to carry the bag, use the end handles – and be sure not to just drag it across the ground!
A last piece of advice on duffel bags: When you are stuffing it full before camp, think about who will have to stuff it full to come home – will they be able to pack the duffel on their own, or is there too much stuff?

Have a Duffel related Comment? Did we miss an important question? Let us know in the comments below!