I wish I had the vocabulary to express my feelings at the moment. Bringing my Mom to camp* for the first time was altogether healing. Coming to camp for the first time myself at age 13, all the way from Arizona, was a life-changing journey. So life-changing, in fact, that at 25 I’ve now made Camp Alleghany my career.
Camp Alleghany has been my personal heaven for over half my life and to be able to share this place with my Mom, who was never a ‘Ghany Girl, was magnificent. I felt the moment she stepped onto the barge that she gained understanding; understanding of the beauty of Camp, and clearer understanding of who her daughter is. From the Purple Palace, to the Play Hall, her mind was blown at the tradition and the promise that Camp Alleghany brings to these young girls’ lives.
This place truly is for everyone. It fills hearts with love and peace.
I already knew that this place was a well of endless charity but I didn’t know that that that feeling would wash over me again. Year after year, this place washes over me like cool water, leaving me ready for whatever is around the next corner. Little did I know that this summer, that water would wash over both my Mom and me.
Leaving us hand in hand, teary eyed, and facing the same direction for the first time since I was a teenager. This place heals. I’m a living example of that. Thank you Camp Alleghany, I am forever grateful to you. Thank you Mom, I love you.
–Cate Wilcox, Administrative Assistant, Camp Alleghany for Girls
*Read Dana Denney’s (Cate’s mom) story of visiting Camp Alleghany.