Hello, Camp Alleghany for Girls! I’m your new Program Director, and am so excited to be here!
As thrilled as Elizabeth says she and the team are, I think I have the edge on excitement levels. She was right in that she made me blush with her kind words in last week’s blog, though it can be hard to see the blush under my beard. Regardless, I’m flattered — and stoked to be a part of an amazing tradition in camping!
My Camp Story
I attended a week long overnight camp as a kid, but didn’t get into this line of work until spending a month in 2010 on the Appalachian Trail with my sister (she hiked the whole trail). I’ve always loved the outdoors, but after that trip, I knew I needed to work outdoors because I know the power of the wilderness. What better way to embrace that love than to share it with others, especially young people?
Starting in early 2011, I spent over five seasons in outdoor education in Texas, and the last six summers at Birch Trail Camp for Girls in Wisconsin.
Not knowing where the path would lead when starting, I quickly fell in love with summer camp culture. A couple of seasonal jobs morphed into my career today.
During my time at Birch Trail, I got to watch girls grow up and develop into delightful young women. I saw girls spend seven days backpacking or canoeing six years after I took them on their first overnight campout.
I watched campers become counselors and then leaders. It’s inspiring to see that progression and growth in young people. And it’s wonderful to build relationships over the years and be a part of others’ development.
Coming to Camp Alleghany for Girls
Over the past year, I started looking for year-round outdoor education/camp positions because I wanted this to be my career, my life. While I looked at lots of camps and other types of programs, Alleghany stood out.
On the banks of the Greenbrier River, separated from the outside world, stands a camp where girls live in tents. Technology is replaced with activities, sunsets, and campfires. 95 years old? Anyone would call that well established and full of tradition. Camp Alleghany embraces the core values that make camp so great. What better work is there than being outside, hanging out with awesome kids? Having a great team of Directors with which to work is a pretty nice perk, too!
I can’t wait to paddle the Greenbrier River.
I can’t wait to sing songs, see smiling faces, hear constant laughter, and wear silly clothes.
Dance parties? Count me in. You might even meet the Gentleman Bug, my ladybug persona. Did I mention I love camp and that I’m excited about Alleghany?
What Makes Me Tick
When I’m not dreaming about camp, preparing for my first summer at ‘Ghany, or brainstorming new ideas with our Assistant Director Elizabeth Shreckhise, you’ll probably find me outside somewhere.
I hope to move to Virginia by the end of January, with my future back yard in one of nature’s greatest playgrounds, a place I’ve dreamed about living for the past couple years. Whether hiking, paddling, mountain biking, skiing, rock climbing, or caving, I try to do it all.
I also love having my nose in a book, from children’s classics to nature writing and everything in between. I keep quotes that stand out and often use them when sending letters, another favorite past time of mine. I’ll leave you with one now, one that speaks to this new adventure I’m beginning with Camp Alleghany.
“With an inborn taste for the wild and romantic, I yearned for a strange land and a people that had the charm of originality.”
I look forward to meeting all of the ‘Ghany community!
— Casey Tucker, Program Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls