Before too much time lapses, I wanted to give a recap about the two wonderful camp reunions that were sponsored by the Camp Alleghany Alumni Association (CAAA) in late February of this year.
I was so happy that my dad, Camp Alleghany Director Sam Dawson, and I were able to attend both. They were a blast!
Sights for sore eyes
It was wonderful to see such an array of attendees, including current campers (as young as brand new Mini Campers) all the way up to alums in their 50s (Richmond) and 70s (DC), along with their families and guests.
There was a very large group of Mini Camp counselors at the DC gathering, as well as a fairly good-sized group of Family Camp staff.
And it wasn’t just about locals at these reunions. One camper and her mom drove in from Norfolk for the Richmond event while another camper and her mom came from Morgantown, West Virginia came to the DC one, and made a girls’ weekend out of the trip.
The DC event was also lucky enough to see several people who came in from the Baltimore area.
Viva la camp!
You may be wondering about the seeming Latino theme! It was actually a coincidence that both were at held Mexican restaurants. But let’s face it — who doesn’t like chips and salsa and guacamole?! 🙂
Each had a simple buffet of food that was included in the party (in Richmond: a burrito/fajita bar, in DC it was various quesadillas with chips and salsa/guac).
Fortunately we could put our own stamp on the rooms, with a bit of camp memorabilia- old yearbooks as well as photo albums of vintage pictures that counselor Chloë Cook put together last year as an internship she did with camp.
For Richmond, dad and I set up our big camp fair display which included showing our video on my laptop. This proved to be very popular as people gathered around to see the video and check out our display.
In DC we brought three huge binders that include all the records of campers and counselors starting from the first summer in 1922! This was before camp did yearbooks, so it was more a list of campers and counselors and where they were from, perhaps handed out in a leaflet-style handout. Our binders include copies of every single one of those lists, then switches to copies of all the yearbook pages once yearbooks began. (A slight confession —I think this roster might end in the 90s, so we definitely need to update it — maybe an internship opportunity for a counselor this summer interested in history and archives!)
A good time was had by all
Clearly everyone in attendance had so much fun connecting and getting together and talking about camp. Overall both reunions were so fun and had a lively camp spirit feel to them, lots of laughter and fun memories — what else would you expect from a camp reunion??
I was excited to have three other members of my own Junior Counselor (JC) group at the DC reunion, so I got to do more than help host but also got in my own share of reminiscing.
Dad and I brought some door prizes, and anyone who is a CAAA member ($25 annual dues) got a raffle ticket. Anyone who joined that evening also got a raffle ticket. We raffled off some of the fun door prizes we bought which were mostly fun camp schwag.
While each reunion had a different “feel” and its own sort of atmosphere, neither one was more fun or better than the other — both were excellent, and huge successes!
The alumni association is proud of their accomplishments and looks forward to planning more in the future (and we hope we’ll see YOU there!!)
Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls