It’s amazing how even our youngest campers get the pre-camp “bug” for Camp Alleghany. Even more so when it’s their second year and they’re the daughter of an alum. Then she knows what she’s in for at camp and simply can’t wait!
Such was the case for Sissy Bryson-Beane, a nine-year old Junior Camper whose mom, Anne, also attended Camp Alleghany.
Sissy was soooooooo excited for camp. Her mom was equally thrilled! So together they came up with a unique idea to really personalize camp. They made Camp Alleghany tee shirts for Sissy that are truly one of a kind!
It seems the DIY spirit took them over and what they created was so fun and wonderful that a couple of counselors noticed right away and told me all about the shirts, saying what an awesome tee shirt Sissy wore on opening day!
I had to see these tee shirts for myself and asked Sissy to show me. It turned out she had not one fabulous tee, but FOUR homemade shirts that her mom made for her before camp for her to wear while she’s here.
The back story
I had to have the scoop and e-mailed Anne who told me,
The creativity among our campers, staff, and alum always inspires awe in me.(And gives me ideas for new ‘Ghany gear!)
“They were fun and easy to make. I just bought the iron-on transfers at Office Depot. I asked (Sissy) which were her favorite songs and then typed them out and reversed them so it was a mirror image. I inserted pictures printed them out and ironed them on. Two of them were her favorite songs and the one is actually in honor of your Grandfather (Cooper Dawson). I can’t pack up for camp without singing ‘West Virginia Hills’ and thinking of him. The rest of my kids will be wearing them as they cross the barge for Family Camp. 🙂 I’m looking forward to see you!”
Now I know that the pictures here of the tees are of some thoroughly wrinkled shirts — but what can we say? Being pristine has it’s place. But that’s not the first priority at camp. Fun, creativity, a little individuality, and the continuity of the generations? Now that is worth singing about!
Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls
*With help from Anne and Sissy Bryson-Beane