This is an excerpt from the December 1949 edition of the Alleghany Rattler titled Team Spirit. I love how it shows how deeply connected campers feel to Alleghany and fellow campers/alum even when they’re away from camp. It also reveals how special a handwritten and reflective note can be.
I do want to thank you for the camp newspaper which you have been sending me. It really means a lot to me to keep hearing how the camp, instructors, etc. are doing.
About two weekends ago, I went over to Sweet Briar to see a girl I know and you’ll never guess who I bumped into. I was walking to the gym, not watching where I was going, and almost knocked down Diane Richmond! It was really quite a shock because I didn’t know she was going there. She looked grand, and naturally we stopped and gabbed about the camp. She told me to say “hello” to you for her when I wrote.
I have been sitting here tonight thinking about the Grays and all our battles against the mighty Blues, and I would like to say these next lines to them if possible. To start out, I guess I’d kind of like to tell them how I, and I know all the Grays feel about their team, so hope you can bear with me for a while.
To all the Grays, spirit and loyalty and traditions at Alleghany. We Grays have always backed our teams to the fullest extent, giving our fellow members the wholehearted support that they needed for the winning of a victory. We have been loyal to our team when the other side was winning, and at all times have stressed fair play, both within our own group and in competition. We believe that everyone deserves a fair chance and the benefit of the doubt, and that foul play is only for those who lack confidence and conviction to play a straightforward, honest game.
We Grays have also, in the many years we have been organized, taught our members one by one, and invincible sense of good sportsmanship. We have always done our utmost to be fair winners and have tried hard to be good losers for to be a good loser takes much more courage and strength than to be the victor.
All this is to me the courageous Gray team. It is strong, yet it is flexible, unalterably loyal to the camp and itself, and standing for all that is good and true and admirable.
I guess I have rattled on about enough, but I want to someday put down the way I felt about that grand team. I guess once you’re a member and have a chance to fight for that team, you never forget what it means to you. I really must get back to work now, so I’ll close. Good luck to the camp, and I certainly hope I can get back there someday.
Love to all,
Well that was 1949 and this is 2013. Would any of my fellow Blues like to write their take on Team Spirit in the current times and have it posted on the blog? We’d love to hear from you, so feel free to send something in!
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls