I’m so thrilled to announce a new and exciting program at Camp Alleghany for Girls that is specially designed for prospective campers and their moms to come to camp to test the waters.
Led by ‘Ghany alumna and our new Head of Mother-Daughter Weekend, Ace Dandridge, this will be an exciting weekend experience for new would-be campers and camp moms that you’ll want to tell all your friends about, especially the ones who seem really interested in camp, but who haven’t yet taken the plunge to register their daughters.
So without further ado…
What is it?
As I mentioned, Mother-Daughter Weekend is a time for prospective campers to come experience Camp Alleghany for a weekend, along with their mom (or other female family member or friend)….
Who is it for?
This weekend is for girls who have never been to ‘Ghany before and are prospective first-time campers. It’s for people curious about Alleghany, who want to come be a camper and are asking mom to try it out, or for moms who’ve heard about camp and think this would be a good way to introduce camp to their daughters.
These prospective campers are ages 5-10, and “Mother” can also mean grandmother, aunt, godmother, other female support person.
When will it launch?
The first Mother-Daughter Weekend will be June 14-16, 2019. Thereafter it is planned to be the first weekend before our scheduled Mini Camp session each summer.
What will we do?
You’ll do the things that we ordinarily do at camp, except with your mom (and with your child). You’ll…
- Make new friends and meet new people.
- Experience camp life.
- Sleep in a tent.
- Eat meals in our Dining Hall.
- Shower in our brand new Bath House.
- Learn and sing camp songs.
- Get a taste of our daily Activity offerings.
- Enjoy Evening Activities, such as a campfire, and maybe a scavenger hunt, possibly even watch the counselors perform skits!
- Swim or canoe in the Greenbrier River if you want.
- Enjoy nature, our peaceful setting, the crickets at night…
Who will be there?
And making your experience great are all of our awesome Term Counselors, who will be ready to lead you in activities and show you the ropes.
Also, all our awesome alumna Mini Camp Counselors will be arriving that same weekend! They will be SUPER busy preparing for the week ahead, but they will join in on a few things, and will be there to answer questions and talk about their own ‘Ghany experiences.
The Fine Print
At a popular place like Camp Alleghany for Girls, with such a rich trove of engaged alumnae and former staff, and registered campers who’d love to show their moms all about ‘Ghany, we know how enticing a weekend like this sounds for everyone, not just potential new campers. But we have to emphasize that this is not intended for campers currently enrolled in this summer’s Mini Camp, nor is it for campers who’d like to come back after having been a camper to show their moms all about camp. We’re sorry! 🙁
This exciting new weekend opportunity is strictly for prospective campers who’ve never attended Alleghany before. Yes, they can be a sibling of a current camper, but they themselves must not have come to camp nor are they planning to come to Mini Camp during the same summer they’re coming to Mother-Daughter Weekend.
Among mother-daughter pairs who register, yes, additional female family members are welcome – siblings or cousins may join as long as they are in the 5-10 age range. And extra female adults may attend as well, such as a grandmother or aunt — hey, it’s a girls’ weekend! 🙂
Mother-daughter pairs will be tented with another mother-daughter pair, with up to five people per tent. We will take tent requests if you have a friend or another family member joining, and this is different from our regular Mini Camp and Term Camp experience where we do not accept tent requests.
With the focus on our campers’ enjoyment, and getting a taste of real camp life, safety and health remain our top concerns. To that end, all our normal rules, regulations, and policies will be followed during this weekend, including that, even within our evening socializing and in our tents, this is an alcohol-free experience.
Your Fearless Leader
Ace Dandridge, Head of Mother Daughter Weekend, is so excited to be the inaugural leader of this weekend and she’s hard at work as we speak already getting all the details worked out so that registration can open soon. And I’m thrilled to have her at the helm of this important and exciting new program.
Please visit our Mother-Daughter Weekend web page for pricing and registration options. And bookmark that page if you’re considering coming to Mother-Daughter Weekend or if you’d like to easily share the registration information with prospective campers and friends. We do hope you’ll spread the news!
So help me welcome Ace, and welcome this lovely new piece of the ‘Ghany world. I am confident that it will be a great tool for helping parents and children become more familiar and engaged with Camp Alleghany for Girls.
— Elizabeth Shreckhise, Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls