When I say it’s “Camp Interest Party Season” I don’t actually mean, say, for the next 6 weeks or so. Camp friends and willing ambassadors actually hold interest parties from early in the fall after camp until late winter/early spring. I just mean that in the “off season” everyone is hard at work to get the word out about the possibilities and opportunities at camp for would-be ‘Ghany Girls!
And that’s where you can help.
Host a Party!
While we do lots with digital marketing, social media, some print ads, and other outreach, we still rely on our loyal families and supporters to help let your friends and families know about the joys and benefits of camp.
Hearing about camp first-hand from a current camp family can really make the difference for families that are new to the idea of camp, especially those who haven’t considered having their daughter away overnight at a sleep away camp. Seeing that your daughter went, had fun, learned a lot, made friends, grew more self-reliant and confident, and is eager to go back again is the best sort of inspiration for new families and campers!
That’s why I invite you to host a camp interest party in your area.
There are a few benefits to you for hosting a camp party. First off, it’s just plain fun and can give your daughter a feeling of staying close to camp even in the off season.
Other benefits include some possible discounts to your rate if anyone from your party decides to enroll and then comes to camp. Those are things we can talk about on the phone or via e-mail, so if you’re interested, please do get in touch with me and we can talk it over.
How it works
A camp interest party is pretty simple, usually lasting two hours or less on a weekend day or a Friday night. A few simple snacks are all that is needed, and we direct you to our camp videos — either online or via dvd — along with supplying literature about camp, to show/share with families that attend.
You can decide to include an activity for the girls if you like, or even just some free play time after the video. Parents may want to ask some questions, so we try to help you anticipate any questions so that you’re best equipped to answer them. Anything that you might not be able to tackle, you can always refer to me and I’ll get back to your lead.
If your daughter or another camp attendee wants to say a few words, that is welcome too if the child feels truly comfortable and motivated.
In addition to your own contacts, we can supply you with the names and emails of folks in your area who have contacted us interested in camp, and Tweet or post a Facebook picture with the party details without divulging your address or last name over the Internet.
You can get creative and decorate in a camp theme, or ice cupcakes with little tents — but at the same time, if simpler is more your thing, that’s great too. There’s no pressure to go all out. A camp interest party doesn’t have to be elaborate, just heartfelt. We encourage you to host one if you and your family would truly enjoy being a camp ambassador!
In the past, camp friends have raved about hosting a camp interest party. And when folks signed on and came to camp, they reveled in the little perks they earned! I know you’ll have fun if you decide to host one. So just let me know and we can coordinate a plan.
Popular areas for camp interest parties include the greater Charlottesville, Richmond, Norfolk, and Alexandria areas in Richmond, Baltimore in Maryland, the DC area (either in the District or just outside), as well as the tri-cities areas in North Carolina, and Charleston, West Virginia. We’re open to other suggestions as well.
A Mini Camp Party this weekend!
In fact, there’s a Mini Camp Interest Party this coming weekend in Richmond, Virginia. It’s on Sunday, November 13, from 1-2:30pm and is open to all! You just need to get the details and RSVP for any families that would be coming by. So use that link to contact the host for location and to add your or your friends’ names to the list.
I hope to hear from you and here’s looking forward to Summer 2017!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls