Old hands may be familiar with the fact that we open registration for the next summer on October 1st of the current year. And with it we offer a nice Early Bird Registration Discount until December 1st for Term Camp registrants. (Mini Camp opens registration on October 1, 2016 too, but there’s no discount for this one-week camp experience. Still we encourage Mini campers to register early as well.)
With registration just a few weeks away, I thought it would be a good time to remind families of the great benefits of camp, and some of the best reasons to send your daughter to Camp Alleghany for Girls.
Benefits of Camp
While summer camp has been a delightful experience for campers for almost 150 years in America (and similarly across the world), now more than ever more naturalistic and traditionally-structured camps provide a critical balancing of the child’s experience by offering an antidote to the plugged-in, hyper-connected, 24/7 GO GO GO pace of contemporary life.
Camp Alleghany for Girls has been offering a rustic yet naturally elegant summer experience for almost 100 years along the banks of the Greenbrier River near Lewisburg, West Virginia. And many of our activities, traditions, and community connections have remained vibrantly the same over all those generations.
With this in mind, our campers join a long line of women and girls who have found their confidence, voice, passions, and lifelong friendships at camp. These joys are the kinds of things generations of campers tell us about while at camp and long after the fact, especially the friendships. Knowing others deeply, and in a context that’s out-of-the-ordinary, and then revisiting those friendships summer after summer is a rare treasure in our times.
And all this happens for our campers while they contribute their unique personalities and shining spirits with everyone else. In short, Camp Alleghany is a place to shine in one’s self and a place to reflect the glow of the community as a whole.
The Facts Are In!
But researchers and scientists go a step further. They get all technical about the solid benefits of camp — and we appreciate that!
Of course, we see the befits of camp up close and in person every summer, and hear about it from the parents who send their daughters to us. But you might like to read this American Camp Association (ACA) article about the Benefits of Camp for more detail. One thing that it says that I love is,
All of the outcomes [of attending summer camp] — self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership, and self-respect — build personal competencies. These personal competencies are reflected in the four “C’s” of the camp community: compassion, contribution, commitment, and character!”
The article also cites this list as key outcomes from attending camp:
Social Skills Development
Self-Respect and Character Building
Community Living/Service Skills
But let’s not forget some of the plain and simple and timeless benefits. Fresh air, anyone? Getting away from it all for a while? The sounds of crickets, the feel of a breeze, the lapping and cooing of a river? Feeling again the sunshine on faces, making clover chains from the grass, playing and playing and playing outside?
How about discovering a new skill — like archery — and simultaneously entering into its deeper metaphor, like aiming for a target, any target, and using extraordinary focus, determination, and patience, finally hitting it?
I could go on and on! Add to all of this that, we all like boys and men but, hey, this is a place for girls to shine, to be free from contemporary pressures, to keep the make-up off and to be as fierce (in a healthy way) as we can be in pursuit of that ace serve, the expert rifle ranking, that dance technique, or that ropes course mastery!
We are ready to welcome your daughters and granddaughters, nieces and friends to camp next year. I encourage you to bookmark our registration page, set up a smart calendar alert for October 1, 2016 at midnight, and get ready to enroll your camper for the summer of her life!
Hope to see her here!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls