I’ve said before how passionate I am about all things camp. And yes, Camp Alleghany is my first love. But I can be a real geek when it comes to learning about the entire camp industry, meeting other directors, hearing new and exciting ideas and generally soaking in various perspectives on the role of camp in kids’ lives today.
Besides being at Camp itself, this is seriously my favorite time of year.
Recharging our batteries
The conference offers a super fun way to just be a dorky, over-the-moon camp director all week as we network with hundreds of other people who share our passion for camp. This conference is like an idea factory for new ways to do staff training, evening activities, bonding games, arts and crafts, campfires and even the boring behind-the-scenes stuff that makes camp run so smoothly.
While we love tradition at Camp Alleghany, it’s still very important and inspiring to learn new information so that we stay fresh in what we’re offering, and also so that we can kind of keep a stash on hand of the newest ways to do things, even if we only bring them out or use them part of the time.
It’s like when you have a box of toys for your child. If you have too many, he or she just gets overwhelmed, even bored. But if you put some up on the shelf or away in the closet for a time, and pull them out on a rainy day, voila, the toys feel new again!
Well, going to the conference is like getting a whole lot of things to put on the shelf and in the closet so that we can rotate our stock of “toys” and keep it all enticing and exciting and new and engaging (while not forgetting the tried, true and treasured)!
I’ll update the blog with all kinds of details about the conference after we go, so stay tuned.
No winter blahs here
One of the reasons it’s great to have the conference in February is that it inspires me for the season ahead right before I gather for our annual planning retreat weekend with the Head Counselors in March. I come back from the conference super charged with ideas and I can’t wait to circulate them among our leadership to see how they’ll use the information here at ‘Ghany.
Our planning retreat is a special, quiet, and yet inspiring time to think through our programs, strategize, bat ideas around and bond as a team. I really treasure it, especially since it signals that everything is coming together as camp looms closer on the horizon.
So while I’m geeking out over camp industry goodies I hope you’ll be enjoying the winter all cozy and happy, dreaming in your own way about the summer to come and the special times ahead at Camp Alleghany.
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls