We recently posted a solicitation on our Camp Alleghany Facebook page asking our camp community to share a comment on what she (or he) is thankful about from camp. I’m happy to share those comments here with you in celebration of Thanksgiving 2014!
One thing is for sure — friendships old and new are a treasure to all of us, a point that many of you added in the thankfulness post.
Thankful for how friendships transcend age differences and span decades….growing deeper as the years roll by! Oh, and sleeping under the night sky to nature’s own sound machine!
Pattie Ames added, “I am thankful for my Ghany friendships made in the most beautiful place I know”
And Sarah Alexandra Biehl chimed in, saying, “I am thankful for lifelong friendships.”
Many in our community felt a profound sense of what it means to be part of something that came before you and went on after your time, especially when family is involved.
Sunny Woody really captured this, reminiscing that,
I’m thankful for the entire experience but the key moments are riding the barge for the first time with my Grandmother (Junior Camp Spirit 1938ish) & Great Aunt (Honor Girl 1934) ; being initiated my Junior Counselor (JC) summer by Louise; ALL of my tentmates, counselors, mentors, & friends, my Unit 2 Junior Camp Tent with Nell Cunningham, Caitlin LeCorgne, and Alice Shaughnessy(favorite tent EVER), and now being able to send my daughter to Camp in 2022! Camp has inspired a lifestyle and a lifelong dedication to keeping the kid alive in each individual!
Candie R. Holland had a similar experience, remarking that,
I’m thankful that four generations of women in my family have been able to enjoy all that Camp Alleghany offers, both during childhood and as an adult. It’s a family tradition for us.
Our camp community loves it that camp is not just camp — it’s not just the summer, it’s not just West Virginia, it’s not just the songs, and the tents, and the river. There’s something that stays with each of us way beyond all that.
Ann Marie Adams Konikoff feels this so strongly, sharing that,
I am thankful that Ghany girl spirit that makes my daughter feel like she is a part of something bigger than she is. (I’m also thankful for the 3 weeks I have to clean up her room while she is away!) 🙂
Zelda Brooks sees the subtlety of it all,
I am thankful for the everlasting memories, friendships, and traditions of camp alleghany! Also thankful that it’s always there.
Elizabeth Payne Allums calls it something mysterious and otherworldly saying, “I am thankful my girls will grow up with the best kind of magic. That camp thing.”
There are several other comments on our Facebook thread that I hope you’ll read. You’re free to share thoughts there or here on this page in the comments section.
I’ll leave you with two final comments. One from my mom, Bonnie Dawson:
I’m thankful for the smiles, the friendships, and the peace of the hills!
Yes, that peaceful retreat every year is dear to us all, as is holding camp in our hearts throughout the year.
We’re thankful to have Camp Alleghany as our family business, to share that with you, and to have YOU (alum, staff, and campers) share YOU…and your daughters and nieces and granddaughters and friends’ daughters with us.
Oh, and what about that summertime Thanksgiving dinner in the dining hall? I’m thankful for that!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone and stay safe!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls