I’m in the mood to celebrate something wonderful. Something so delightful and uplifting that it’s got me skipping around the office.
So I thought I’d let you in on it just so you’d have a peek at one of the greatest aspects of our upcoming summer — our staff!
Take a look…
I wish I could profile each of our amazing 65 or so counselors. Each one is such an individual, with amazing talents, focus, energy, and commitment to the campers. I’d have so many wonderful things to say about every one of them that we’d be here all day.
Instead, we randomly chose three to highlight, each from a distinct counselor group from our camp traditions. Ella is a “Tinge” color group— that means in addition to being a camper, she also went through our Junior Counselor program. India is a “Maroon,” that means she was a camper, didn’t come for a Junior Counselor summer, but came back as a counselor. And Nadine is a new counselor who never came to camp. That makes her a member of the Non-Camper Counselor Club. We call them NCCCs or en-cee-double-cees, and their color is orange.
Now let’s hear from Ella, India, and Nadine, each in their own words:
Ella, Head of Wild World
“Hey everybody! I’m Ella and I’ll return to ‘Ghany for the 2nd summer as head of Wild World. As a camper I always took Wild World and absolutely loved the adventures we went on. I can’t wait to teach all of the girls new things about nature and take them on even more fun adventures this summer.
“For spring break this year I went to Point Reyes National Seashore in California with a group of other UVA students. We camped out and worked with the National Parks Service on trail restoration. It was an amazing experience! I look forward to teaching the girls some of the new things I learned on the trip. See you all very soon!!”
India, Head of Arts and Crafts
“Camp Alleghany was my home away from home every summer from 2011-2015. Camp life has instilled values in me such as independence, respect, kindness, sharing, and creativity.
The skills and leadership I didn’t know I was absorbing at the time have presented themselves in my day-to-day life today. Since I was a camper, I’ve had the confidence to compete on my Varsity cheer team, the perseverance to graduate high school with advanced honors, and the motivation to move out on my own.
I’ve also had the blessing of running my own small business creating home décor and repurposing old furniture. Working for yourself takes a lot of responsibility and determination to get things done. I learned to trust myself and be confident in my decisions at camp, helping me be the best I can be.
I’ve never felt more supported by my camp family to follow my dreams, and the memories we’ve made together will be cherished forever. The Greenbrier River magic has given me so much and I can’t wait to return and share this with all of the campers this summer as Head of Arts and Crafts!”
Nadine, A New Counselor
“Hello everyone! I’m Nadine and I’m beyond excited to be a counselor at Camp Alleghany this summer 🙂
I’m currently finishing up my last of two years of boarding school in Jordan. Living here has inspired me to create my own non-profit organization to sponsor education for underprivileged, Jordanian children. I’m passionate about providing kids all around the world with equal opportunity.
I’m a lover of all things books, travel, and of course, the outdoors. In fact, the picture above was taken of me near Jerusalem, where I spent Easter this year.
I’m looking forward to meeting all the great girls attending camp this year, and building strong relationships with my campers!
I hope to carry my wonderful camp memories with me as I head off to Boston College, where I’ll major in international studies, focusing specifically on comparative economics, while minoring in both Spanish and project management.
Once again, I am absolutely ecstatic to be accompanying your daughters through what I believe is going to be an amazing experience this summer!”
An Amazing Staff!
As you can see from this small sample our summer counselor staff is an exciting, accomplished group of young women. In addition to the above, so far we have International Counselors representing 12 countries, so it’s another summer ahead with a wonderful opportunity for cultural exchange.
And if you’d love your daughter to be among our campers this summer and interacting with these and other mentor-counselors, we encourage you to register her today for our few remaining spaces in either Mini Camp or Second Term or the First Term wait list.
— Elizabeth Shreckhise, Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls