Making the decision to come back as a counselor in 2015 was honestly…not the easiest decision I’ve ever made.
Of course, there’s no doubt in my mind that I want to spend my summer at Camp Alleghany, but as I’ve gotten older, there have been other important things on my radar competing for my time and attention.
One of the biggest things, really, is the idea of free time, something that has been in too-little supply for me lately, making it feel all the more needed.
I’ve spent my first semester at college taking 17 credits at school, and then taking a separate non-credit night class twice a week, each session lasting for four hours. Then I work a part time job on weekend nights, and volunteer for at least one 12-hour shift per week at the Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad.
Once I account for sleep, eating, and homework, I have very little time left for myself. That makes the idea of three uninterrupted months of my own (if I could indulge such a luxury job-free) very tempting, especially since it would allow me to volunteer more at the rescue squad, which is pretty much my favourite thing to do.
Summer’s here and the livin’ is easy!
However, reality kicks in and it’s true that I do need to earn extra money in the summer. There’s no “just lazing around,” for me.
Add that to the fact that camp holds such a dear place in my heart— and that no other local summer job would be anywhere near as engaging, challenging, or fun as camp — and I knew I couldn’t go a summer without it!
I know that in the next few years, summers won’t be as open-ended for me, and that at some point I probably won’t be able to come back to camp, at least for a summer or two.
I don’t even want to think about that, let alone experience it, so I decided that the best thing for me to do is to treasure the time I do still have with camp, and to soak up as much of it as possible!
After I started working on the counselor application this year (I was a Junior Counselor last summer), I pretty much knew I was going to accept the position if I was hired (fingers crossed).
So I’m so happy to say I’ll be returning as an FYT (First Year Tinge) and one of the Blue/Gray mentors this summer, along with Sydney Cavallaro, one of my close friends and fellow Junior Counselor of 2014!
I’m excited for a small leadership opportunity as a mentor and I look forward to learning how to do that and to bring my own ideas for pep, team unity, and good sportswomanship to the role.
This summer is going to be so much fun, and I can’t wait to create more memories that will last a lifetime! Camp Alleghany, you’ve got me hooked!
— Chloë-Ester Cook, Alum and Counselor, Camp Alleghany for Girls