As the weather gets warmer and we’re getting closer to the start of camp, the idea of getting back in the Greenbrier River sounds pretty great right now!
At camp we have a couple of ways to enjoy the river in one of a camper’s four activities — by choosing either Swimming or Canoeing or both. (Of course we also have Free Swim in addition to this, so if a camper doesn’t choose one of these activities, she still has plenty of opportunities to enjoy the water!)
The first few days of the activities the girls get acquainted with the rules of the river, parts of the canoe, and basic strokes, both for swim and/or canoe. And all campers must take a swim test.
All swim and canoe staff are certified lifeguards, all of whom are supervised by that summer’s Head of Waterfront (for 2016, that’s Claire — see the photo below!)
Elizabeth wrote a blog a couple years ago — From Bow to Stern: All About Canoeing at Camp Alleghany — about the canoeing department. And not much has changed since then except that we have a new canoe hut built last summer and a bigger fleet of canoes.
The fun had in the river, the always knowledgeable and well-liked staff, and the skills the girls learn in canoeing make this one of our most popular departments.
Caroline will be back for the second year in a row as the Department Head of Canoeing.
Take the plunge
Our swimming department is another great way to enjoy the river, and this year will be lead by very popular department head, Mariska (see her announcement from late in 2015 below).
The campers learn swimming skills, techniques, safety, and are challenged to push themselves to new levels as they progress through the summer.
They also enjoy fun and games in the water, floating down the river, and participating with all-camp in the Blue/Gray Swim Meet.
Both terms we have a Blue/Gray Swim and Canoe Meet. It’s the big activity on a Sunday afternoon and the whole camp comes down to cheer on their teams. The campers are able to show off their skills and engage in a little friendly competition.
If you love canoeing or swimming — or want to learn more about them or build your skills in either are — then these are activities that you’ll want to try this summer!
Get excited to spend some in the river this summer!
— Taylor Fellows, Program Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls