My first summer at Camp Alleghany was…wild and wonderful. It may have only been three months at camp, but so much happened.
There was a lot to learn about camp’s history, traditions, day-to-day routines, and the little details. I got a lot of it throughout the sessions, and the journey was incredible. I could write for days about the goings on at camp this summer, but no one has time for that. I’ll just mention a few of my favorite things from my inaugural season.
Barging in to camp and canvas wall tents were the first big draw for me to Camp Alleghany. I wasn’t disappointed with either. Barge after barge crossed the river with campers coming home to camp for the summer, ready to embark on new journeys and adventures.
It was amazing to walk through camp seeing tent row thriving with smiling faces, laughter, and games. We are truly a world apart and the difference is astounding
My Biggest Surprise?
Christmas in July is my new favorite holiday.
I love Christmas, but July brings a different feeling. Part of me thought it sounded a little cheesy, but now I’m counting down the days until July 25th next year. The feeling I had as a kid on Christmas morning was back. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day brought so much energy and excitement out of the entire camp.
I’m awed by the natural landscape every day at ‘Ghany. The fog over camp in the morning hides the new stories to come as the sun quickly burns it away and camp once again comes to life with smiles and laughter.
The wooded mountainside wraps us in security and beauty. The river comforts us and carries all our worries away. The fireflies lull us to sleep and give a hint of the wonders that tomorrow will bring.
I’m not tone deaf, I promise. But I am tone-hard-of-hearing. That won’t stop me from singing loud and proud at campfire or Vespers. I love, love, love all the songs we sing. I had no idea there could be so many Alleghany-specific songs that unite the generations at camp.
Kids are loud. I know that. I’ve worked with kids for years. I love the noise they bring. All-camp calls in the Dining Hall had me smiling at every meal. The din of activities as I rode my bike through camp affirmed that the girls were active, learning, and having fun.
The gently ambient and excitedly puncturing noises from all over camp slowly dissipated after evening activities into silent nights, broken only by crickets, the gurgling river, and the wind in the trees.
I felt so lucky to have such an amazing staff this summer. The counselors at Alleghany have a true passion for the girls with whom they work. Not only do they have a passion for the girls, but the campers love them!
The staff worked hard, played hard, and made my job a cool breeze on a hot summer day. There’s a true sense of family and camaraderie amongst the staff, including kitchen staff, Green Team, counselors, admin, support team, and everyone else who pitched in throughout the summer.
The campers are why I come to camp, why we all come to camp. I was blown away by the kids this season.
‘Ghany girls are some of the sweetest, most polite, thoughtful, and fun that I’ve come across. Not just a few girls, but the whole camp. We laughed, sang, talked, and played. I’m always amazed at the connections and friendships that can be made in three weeks. What more could you ask for?
With one season in the books, and after learning so much about Camp Alleghany, how it works, runs, and what it means, I can’t wait for many more seasons to come. I see the summers getting better and better every year. Come join me for my second summer on the Greenbrier River!
— Casey Tucker, Program Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls