Friday, 15 December 2017

Last Minute Holiday Panic

The holiday season has crept up and pounced! All of a sudden it’s cold, crowded and jingle bells plays incessantly, everywhere. The stress of it all can be overwhelming, especially when you have loved ones to buy for, and not a single clue about what to get them. Sure you can buy those impersonal gift cards, or even pick a fight with them on purpose - simply to avoid buying them anything at all. But before you give up on your list, start fistfights fights and begin drinking eggnog heavily, here are some of our Camp Connection staff's suggestions for that perfect stocking stuffer: 

Warm, Inexpensive Hiking socks.
J.B Fields Socks 

Socks in your socks! It’s Meta. Also, probably the most appreciated stocking stuffer of all. Socks are always in demand, and these cozy, warm socks by J.B fields are no exception. With X-Hi Terry Cushion for added warmth and support, you won't go wrong if you include these beauties. 
Thermal Underwear Top


Often being too cold comes from not properly layering up. Hot Chillys thermals moves moisture away from your body, keeping you warm, dry and comfortable throughout any indoor or outdoor activity. A game-changer for someone who has not treated themselves to strong base layer before.
Tilley Hat

Tilley Hat

These beautiful light weight, breathable hats make a great gift for anyone who loves travel, or hats, or both!  With its lifelong guarantee and stylish appeal, finding one of these in your stocking on Christmas morning is a wonderful surprise. And by wonderful surprise, we mean 'Amazing' surprise!

Herschel Backpack
Herschel PackableBackpacks

This practical pack-able (Say that 10X fast) makes a perfect gift for the traveler or that on-the-go personality in your family. Herschel's ultra-lightweight backpack is made from resilient ripstop material that collapses into its own internal pocket for convenient storage...which helps when you’re trying to avoid those extra luggage fees!

Duct TapeDuct Tape 

One of our favorite stocking stuffers at Camp Connection is Duct tape. Whether it's given out of necessity, or given to a family member to send a message, duct tape is one item, that is always appreciated by the fixer upper in the house. 'If they don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy!"

And as a final note - chances are if you're reading this it's too late to order on-line - we can only ship so fast! You'll have to drop into the store and say hello!

Have a wonderful holiday season, no matter the flavor you celebrate!

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Camp Connection Winter Essentials

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful! And if you've no place to go, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Winter has finally arrived and here at Camp Connection we could not be happier. Sure it's not officially winter until December 21st, but, the thermometer keeps dipping lower and it clearly doesn't care about the calendar. 

Of course, not everyone is excited about things like, snow, ice and windchill, we understand that, and that's why the staff at Camp Connection have put together a list of essential items, you'll need to not only survive the winter, but, we've put together a list, that just might make you...LOVE THE WINTER! 

Kombi Mitt Clips

Mitt Clips

These Kombi winter essentials are a must have for the 'forgetful' little ones (or not-so-little-ones) in the family. Avoid losing your brand new gloves or mitts this winter with a pair of handy Mitt Clips. Easy to use, easy to wear. You can't go wrong with these little life savers!

Snow PantsSnow Pants

Every year, kids go out and play. And every year, they come home early, complaining how cold they are. A solid pair of snow pants will make all the difference. Not only will they be warm, but, playing outside will become enjoyable again. With a good pair of snow pants, you can yell "Go jump in a snow bank" and not even feel guilty.

Winter, Ski and Hike socksa


Cold feet are often the first sign that winter is winning! Avoid frostbite and a bitter feelings towards winter by getting yourself some quality winter socks. Wigwam, Kombi, Fox River and J.B. Fields all have excellent warm and cozy options, and these breathable, lightweight and warm additions can make all the difference; Especially during the brutal winter months of January, February and March.

Stone Peak Flannel Pants


As the nights get colder and Sunday afternoons start feeling longer, you’re looking for the coziest of cozy wear. Flannel pants make an excellent addition to your lounging routine, and there are no better, brighter flannels than our Stone Peak flannel pants! With these comfy pants, keeping warm around the house is much easier.

Kombi Hand WarmersHand/Toe warmers

Whether it's a long hike in the woods, waiting for the bus, or playing in the playground. Hand and toe warmers are an excellent addition to any glove or boot. With these inserts, not only will you be warmer than most, you'll be warmer than most for up to 10 hours at a time! How can you say no to that?

Columbia Winter Jackets

Winter Jacket 

OK, so this one’s kind of obvious, but it is also important. Getting yourself or the kids a legit winter jacket will not only change the way you think of winter, it will have you looking forward to getting outside and enjoying some fresh air, no matter what the weather is doing!

So there you have it! Our short list of winter essentials. There ae many more ways to keep warm and cozy, but these are our favorite. Have we missed your favorite? Let us know in the comments below. Happy Winter!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Beat the September Blues

It's that time of year! We know, we're not ready for all the back to school signs, early mornings, and underwhelming lunches to eat. You cover your eyes, deny that it's all happening, but, when they open, there's no denying, it's September, and you're late for school. NOOOOOOO!

Although not this horrific to everyone, the new school year can be daunting to many...and no, we're not talking about the first homework assignment. As the days become shorter, and the nights longer, summer vacation will fade to become all but a distant memory, replaced by field trips, and math problems you wish you could google the answers to. 

Ugh. Arithmetic

But, look on the upside! There are some benefits to heading back to school. The fresh school year can be fun and exciting! You'll reunite with all your friends, and make some new ones! And, unlike last year, you'll have another chance to impress your classmates with all new stuff, and maybe an all-new you!

That's stuff is key for finding the silver lining of a new school year! There is no denying the feelings that 'new' things bring. Whether it's a new sweater, hat, or socks. ‘New’ can put the hop into your step, or at the very least, help get you get out of bed on an early school morning.
Let Camp Connection help you with all of that!

We have Herschel and Osprey Backpacks, Nalgene Water Bottles and Heritage Hoodies. Whether you’re in your final years of high school or heading off to university and need to stock your dorm room, we've got you covered.

Have a great school year, and remember...there is only 320 days until the next summer break!

(But I’m not counting, that would be to much like arithmetic. Ugh.)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Top 6 Things People Forget When Summer Camp Shopping.

No matter how organized you are, you're likely to forget putting that one needed item into your cart. Whether you're shopping in-store or on-line, everyone seems to miss something on their list.  We've compiled a list of the top 6 last-minute-emergency-I-can't-believe-I-forgot-it items in hopes you won't miss them (Of course that means you'll just forget something else, but we can only do so much).

Laundry Bag
6. Laundry Bags
They're an easy item to forget - no one wants to think about dirty laundry and folding clothes when planning a week, or a month, or a summer of camp fun! Fortunately, we have lots of options and they're easy to stuff into a camper's duffel as you run for the bus.

5. Water Shoes
This one we don't understand.  Almost every camp list has some form of water shoe/wet shoe listed, but people constantly leave them to the last minute. Things like batteries, comics, and lockboxes are rarely missed, but the poor water shoe is forgotten enough to make it number 5 on our last-minute-item list.

Muskol Insect Repellent
4. Insect Repellent
Sunshine is pretty much synonymous with summer, so bright sunny days are on everyone's mind and sunscreen is rarely an item that gets left behind. No-one likes to think about Mosquitoes and Black Flies though, so people tend to forget about the bug repellent until they are quite rudely reminded of it by a hungry mosquito.  Do yourself a favor and try not to forget the bug spray!

3. Socks
Given that item number 5 on the list was water shoes, perhaps the common problem here is 'feet'? On the day that the busses leave, people seem to rush in to purchase socks by the metric ton. Not just one or two pairs, but enough socks for an entire summer camp session! Maybe that's why they don't need laundry bags, They're just throwing the dirty socks away!

2. Name Labels
We suspect that Name Labels make number two on the list due to people not quite ordering enough labels, as opposed to simply forgetting them outright.  Many people are caught off guard by the sheer volume of things that need to go to camp, and they ALL need to be labelled. Order an extra set and avoid the last minute panic.

1. Permanent Marker
The number one item we sell to panicked packers on the day the busses leave? An Indelible Marker. All those last minute items need to be labelled.  You're out of stickers, or time, or both. Grab a Sharpie and get writing!
Sharpie Marker
Have we missed any items? Have you forgotten something important? Let us know in the comments!

Friday, 7 April 2017

New Product: Columbia Rain Jackets

We're pretty excited about the new Columbia rainwear. Designed for trek and travel, it is light, 100% waterproof (as guaranteed by Columbia!), and extremely packable. There are some great colours in all fits - Men's, Women's, Girls and boys. The cut and styling is very clean. These are some good looking, versatile jackets.

But there are two reasons that these are probably the best option in rainwear that we carry if you are going to be spending your time outdoors in all weather this spring and summer.

They are breathable.  Yes, most half-decent rain jackets will keep the water on the outside. But the good ones are also effective at getting rid of the moisture on the inside. If you're out hiking or sightseeing and your jacket can't keep you cool and dry, what's the point of it being waterproof?

And then there's the details. Things like fully attached, adjustable hoods; You cant lose it, and there are no extra seams for leaks.  The light mesh linings keep the shell from sticking to your skin and allow air to move. These jackets are fully seam-sealed which makes a big difference in a deluge, and the nylon outer shell is tough enough to survive most things you'll put it through.

In Short: These are great value for the price, and if you're out in the wild this summer they are exactly the jacket you need.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

New Product: Under Armour!

Ok, So it's more an entire new brand than just a product - and, we've got lots of it!

We've been busily unpacking (and giddily trying on) Under Armour tees, shorts and hats, and selling them almost as fast as they come out of the box!  The Blitzer stretch hats seem to be the most popular, but as soon as the truly warm weather hits, I think we'll have trouble keeping the super soft Locker Tees and ultralight shorts in Stock.

We've also received some of the men's and boys BoxerJock undies, and there's women's bikini briefs on the way! Add in the Ignite slides, and you've basically got your summer athletic wardrobe covered, all in one stop.

Check out our Under Armour selection, and all our other new spring gear - we hope you're as excited by it as we are! If you can get it away from our staff, you might even be able to buy some.

Monday, 13 March 2017

New Product: Dorcy Battery Fan!

Early spring is one of our most favorite times of year because this is when all of the new items for the coming camp season start to arrive! 

First through the receiving door this year? A brand new battery powered fan from Dorcy!

This beast is exciting because we have not had a new fan to showcase in years, and it has brought some new tricks to the table.  First- there's an area lamp! Second, you can hang it! That's right, your tent just got a fancy new ceiling fan light fixture.  Keep buying swanky gear like this, and you'll need to hire a butler.

But what if you're not in a tent and just want to cool down your cabin? Or, You prefer your battery operated fan to sit on the table where gravity intended? That's just fine. This Dorcy fan has a tough swivel base. Just set the fan down, point it where you want it, and be cool.

This thing is tough, and it looks like some kind of futuristic robot-insect! The fan runs on 2
D-Cell batteries (not included) and the light runs on a couple of button cell batteries (which ARE included!)

If you're in the market for a new table top fan, you definitely need to check this one out.     

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Custom Lettering Tips from the experts.

You're ordering some Double Tough duffel bags for camp or travel (or whatever, really), and you want to get the most out of your bag.  Go the extra mile and add some custom hot pressing! It's easy, relatively inexpensive, and is the best looking way to permanently I.D. your stuff.  And yes, we do have some recommendations, thanks for asking.

What colour letters should you get?

If the reason you are customizing your duffel is so that it will stand out in a crowd, white is the answer.  It offers the highest contrast and sharpest look on all three colours of duffel bag. It is, of course, a personal choice: some people prefer black to match the straps/bottoms of the duffel, or red for the shot of colour. But for pop-out contrast, the pros go with white. 

When should you order them?

Early.  The Earlier the better.  Now, in fact.  It takes 5 days for us to process them and get them ready to go. No amount of pleading, bribing, whining or cajolery will change that. And the closer to camp it gets, the busier we get.  The busier we get, the greater the chance of an unexpected delay.  So the earlier you order the sooner you'll get your shiny new custom duffels and the less you'll stress.

What should you have printed on the duffel?

Keep it simple - less is better. Generally just a last name works well, especially if there's a chance of the bag being a hand-me-down or used for multi-purposes by the whole family. First and last initials also work well.  Maybe a first initial & last name if you have a common name or siblings.

The shorter your customization, the less expensive it is: maxing out the letters (24) will add $60 to your duffel! That is just unnecessary when a first and last initial will get the job done for $5. Plus, filling up all the available space on the duffel with letters will have the opposite effect from what you're looking for. It will be cluttered looking and not stand out for easy identification.

So the pros definitely recommend getting your Duffel customized.  But order early, keep it simple, and order white letters.

Need more Custom Lettering Details? Check these out.
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Friday, 20 January 2017

Now Hiring!

We're searching for fun, energetic and hard working people to work as sales staff - are you the person we are looking for?

Full-time and Part time positions are available for the coming summer, with some positions starting immediately! We're looking to fill up our roster soon - don't wait, Apply today. Retail and/or Summer Camp experience are a bonus, but not necessary.

If you think you've got what it takes, drop in to the store with your resume, or email it to us:

We look forward to hearing from you, good luck!