It’s a new year and I have some exciting news for Camp Alleghany to go along with it.
A new chapter is upon us at our beloved camp and it’s one about which we couldn’t be more excited! I’ve decided to promote my daughter, Camp Alleghany’s long-serving Assistant Director, Elizabeth Shreckhise, to the position of Camp Director. This took effect as of January 1, 2018.
I’m proud to do this as a dad, but not because she’s my daughter. I’m proud to do this as a long time camp director myself.
Anyone who knows Elizabeth, or has seen her work over the past decade as Assistant Director, or who saw her in her many roles on the counselor staff over the many years before that, or even those of you who knew her as a camper back in the day, knows that this promotion will be a huge asset to ‘Ghany.
Elizabeth’s got experience, goals, and a lot of good ideas. She also really loves the camp world and she sure loves our campers and staff. On top of this she’s really connected with other camp directors and camp leaders out there in the camp industry. She’s always telling me about some brainstorm she’s had with those friends and how new ideas she’s learned will work to Alleghany’s benefit in the years to come.
When Elizabeth joined me some years back as Assistant Director, my goal was to teach her what I had learned about managing our camp, and then ultimately promote her to the position of director. But I’ve learned in the past few years that she shouldn’t wait any longer to be promoted because she’s been the one who’s really been driving good business innovations at Alleghany.
I don’t know how to put all the good she’s done into a long essay so I think a list would be the best way for you to see that good work. And I’m sure that list will only scratch the surface. But see for yourself. She’s:
- Brought camp into the 21st century with lots of Web things, including starting and overseeing the blog and new website, plus easy online registration and electronic paperwork for parents.
- Significantly increased enrollment.
- Created the Admin Team, which included the addition of the Program Director position and bringing on Garrett O’Dell to lead a new era in our facilities.
- Strengthened marketing in all areas with new ways to reach out to alum camp parents and would be campers, along with the Facebook and social media things.
- Brought new organization to pretty much every area of camp.
- Revived some great camp traditions that had kind of fallen away, like Alleghany Singers (among others).
- Done some really strategic thinking and planning when it comes to facilities, buildings, and technical things/service contracts which just shows in my mind why she’s a great businesswoman.
- Developed the addition of new programs (Like Cooking and Photojournalism) and strengthened existing programs to make camp an even better experience for our campers.
- Significantly expanded and solidified Staff Training for the modern age.
- Created Alleghany’s “No Gossip Policy” as a way to make sure we’re a “No Mean Girls” camp and to hold true to Alleghany’s positive ideals.
- Was a founding Board Member of the Camp Alleghany Alumni Association which has just been so great for camp.
I could probably go on and I’m probably forgetting something but you get the picture. Elizabeth has really proven herself, and she’s earned this. I have total confidence in her abilities and know she’s going to be a fantastic director!
I’m Not Retiring!
Although I’ll be turning over the position of Director into very capable hands, that doesn’t mean I’m leaving camp. How could I? I love Alleghany! Instead I’ll stay on as Owner and President.
This new role will give me an opportunity to do some different things at camp, like visiting activity classes more often, which will enable me to get to know the campers and staff better. I will still take pictures and soon you’ll be hearing about a new Media Team idea that’s in the works that I’ll head up. Of course I want to stay in touch with other camps and the camp industry, too. I still enjoy attending conferences and seeing old camp buddies.
Elizabeth will make the decisions as the Director and she’s the one you should go to with questions about camp. You’ll find that you’ll be in very reliable hands.
My decision is a sign that the operation of Alleghany needs the current type of leadership that Elizabeth provides. You couldn’t ask for a more passionate camp leader — or someone who loves ‘Ghany and its traditions more! Elizabeth loved being a camper herself and she really loves some of the long-held traditions that we all hold so dear. You can count on her to keep those traditions alive!
You can also count on her doing the best for camp in all its areas — administration, staff, facilities, campers — both now and into the future.
I welcome her as Director with my full backing and confidence. Please help me in welcoming her as the fifth Director of Camp Alleghany for Girls!
— Sam Dawson, Owner/Director Emeritus, Camp Alleghany for Girls