We’re excited to tell you about a new feature on our Website. It’s under the tab called “For Campers,” in a link currently called “Camp Songs.”
What we’ve done is added a song player feature where campers can listen to and download recordings of some of our camp songs. Right now I have almost all the Campfire songs, and then a small handful of our other songs.
The goal is to ultimately have the whole Songbook on there!
About half of the recordings are sung by alumnae at this time, but the other goal is to slowly replace those with recordings of campers.
It’s not that we don’t love the alums, because of course we do! I was so grateful that the Junior Counselors of 1972 agreed to spend an afternoon last year at Family Camp recording with me, during their JC reunion! Their recordings are on there purposely to help the campers learn the words and tunes.
Having the songs on there has two direct purposes. First, that new campers can listen to the songs before camp to build excitement and familiarity with some of our fondest traditions.
And secondly to listen to anytime of year to bring back that camp spirit!
Going forward, the Alleghany Singers (one of the activities a camper can choose for her summer) will continue to record songs for this site.
Each year, the winners of Songfest will get their voices recorded for this player as well.
Camp Alleghany Songbook
We’ve recently mailed Songbooks to all campers, and the idea is for them to use that in conjunction with this online player to learn the songs — even old campers can learn songs this way! (Let us know if you did NOT receive one.)
At the same time we want to remind the campers to PACK YOUR SONGBOOKS (we mailed them last year as well, and SO many campers were like, “I never got mine in the mail!” Well, we know the post office didnt lose that many so this year we want to make doubly sure the songbooks are in those trunks! I’ll send a reminder a week before and a day before camp to try to get those books packed this go round.)
A note home and a reminder
I also sent a newsletter about this which with the Songbook that I will re-post here for you in case you didn’t see it (or for the benefit of alums with relatives coming to camp this year):
Singing is a daily part of our life at Camp Alleghany.
Whether your daughter is brand new to camp, or has been for many years, she’ll want to know the tunes and words to many of our songs.
Included in this envelope is a Songbook for your daughter. In the past we handed these out upon arrival at camp, but we now send them ahead of time to give your daughter the opportunity to learn some songs before arriving!
Be sure to put your daughter’s name on the Songbook, keep it safe, pack it in her trunk, and bring it to camp. We use it a lot, and we won’t have enough to give everyone a second one if it is not packed.
This year we are excited to announce that we’ll be putting many of our songs on our website, in a downloadable format, so that your daughter may listen from your home and begin to learn the words and tunes! This is in an effort to keep alive our original tunes and classic camp songs. Please encourage your daughter to listen to or download the songs; not only will she quickly learn them, but it will get her excited for camp!
Check our website in the month of May for this exciting addition, and be on the lookout for an email and a blog post about this, once it is up and running! We hope that your daughter will find this and the Songbook helpful in learning the original tunes and words to many of ’Ghany’s beloved songs, and we can’t wait to sit “round the fire as we sing” with her!
Before you know it you might find yourself singing and humming these beloved old Alleghany tunes, too!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls