Dear Current and Future Camp Alleghany Alumni Association Members,
My three-year-old daughter, Patty, has been fighting bedtime lately. She tries every trick in the book to get Mommy and Daddy to come back into her room. She needs water; she’s scared; she’s still hungry; “Just one more book, please!”
Since she was nine-weeks-old, I’ve sung her the same three songs in order at bedtime. They start with “Bless this babe oh Lord we pray / keep her safe both night and day.” You know how they end, right? “God is nigh.”
She still thinks that last line is “God is night.”
Now I sing it to her baby sister, who’s ten-months-old, because Patty picks her songs.
Sometimes she wants “Audrey’s song,” her name for “Baby’s Boats,” which my sister Maggie sings to her daughter Audrey. She knows she can’t get anything, at bedtime or otherwise, without saying, “May I please?” So that’s a win.
On one recent evening, I left her room for the last time, checked my phone, and was greeted with two beautiful pictures of the sunset. The pictures were from a dear Camp Alleghany friend who also recently had a daughter, and sent the photos to both me and another camp friend.
‘Ghany Girls Everywhere!
Earlier that same day, I’d messaged back and forth with another camp friend in the United Kingdom who needed advice for her new business. Then the next morning, I e-mailed with a new mama who needed my help. She and I have known each other since we were in Junior Camp at ‘Ghany!
And when I put out a request for babysitters for an upcoming trip, the first reply I got was from a ‘Ghany girl.
But, you’re not surprised, are you?
‘Ghany Girls are everywhere. We can do anything. And you know what we do better than anything else? We are so good at being there for each other.
I can’t wait for my girls to go to camp. I can’t wait to change my job so that I can work at Mini Camp. I can’t wait to see my extended family at a big Webb reunion at Family Camp. And I can’t wait to help even more girls experience the lifelong love that ‘Ghany summers can bring – to have their lives changed by the sisterhood I’ve now enjoyed for decades!
Together we are ‘Ghany Strong!
I’m contributing to the Camp Alleghany Alumni Association (CAAA) this year to put my money where my mouth is.
I’m hoping you will too.
Memberships are only $50 (or $25 if you’re under 25-years-old). And you can always donate a larger amount as it suits you, or plan for a bequest.
Not only do donations and membership help support the Camp Alleghany mission, and the CAAA mission to, “To support Camp Alleghany’s mission by uniting, giving, and enriching alumni, friends, and campers through loyalty and stewardship,” but there are some sweet benefits to your membership as well.
First-year CAAA members can apply a 10% discount toward Family Camp registration, while on-going CAAA members get a 5% discount to Family Camp for subsequent years.
If every one of us joined CAAA the first time something in our daily lives reminded us of the joys and adventures of Camp Alleghany, we’d be thousands strong, helping steward the camp we love so much!
Let’s get there because #GhanyGirlPower can go far and do so much!
In ‘Ghany Love,
— Francie Webb, Alum, Camp Alleghany for Girls