We know you’ve been waiting for it and here it is: Early Bird Registration opens at midnight on October 1st!
We’re so excited about camp next summer.
After having the year that wasn’t, and the summer season that wasn’t, you can bet that having all our ‘Ghany Girls (old and new) gathering on the banks of the Greenbrier River, and at the foot of the mighty Alleghanies, for our 99th summer is something we can’t wait for, are thrilled about, and means the world to us.
Steady As She Goes
As I wrote recently, after a year where too many kids will have spent too much time on screens, and too many will have too few outdoor opportunities, we’re sure that one-to-three (or even six-) weeks at camp* will be a meaningful, joyful, and playful antidote to all that has been closed down, shut in, and stopped: Summer 2021: Why Camp Will Be More Important Than Ever.
We’re also keenly aware this year how many questions parents may have about whether or how camp can operate next summer. Yes it can. Yes it will.
In anticipation of any questions, I wrote a blog post last week detailing the measures that we’re looking at and even planning for as a Plan B or “fallback:” Preparing for Summer 2021 At Camp Alleghany.
That blog post also points to the many resources available to us as an accredited camp with the American Camp Association. We’re continually able to access the most up-to-date thinking, methods, and models that will help camps operate at the highest standards while deploying the latest tools for group settings and outdoor education.
Additionally, that blog post covers the inspiring stories of several camps run by professional colleagues of mine that offer blueprints for successful Covid-free camp sessions.
All of these assets and examples will remain with us as the turn of the year heads toward next summer. Our resources are rich, industry experience is strong, and we’re all working together for safe, well-monitored camp sessions.
I also shared in a recent blog post where Camp Alleghany for Girls stands ourself — our financial position after a summer like no other, without tuitions, without campers, and with the same heavy hit so many other businesses and industries have faced. On that note we remain both strong and optimistic.
It wasn’t easy, and isn’t easy still. But we are making things work: A Transparent State of Camp.
And finally I want to point to a very personal story I wrote recently. The story of my need for the place of ‘Ghany this past summer. How I heard the call of camp, and had to be there.
It is just my story, and as such important to me. But I know that similar stories are the stories of ‘Ghany Girls everywhere. We all need camp for so many reasons, which is why camp next summer will be so special: Rediscovering My Deep Connection to Camp Alleghany for Girls.
Because of the adaptations of camp closing this past summer, we have ended up with a picture of registration where nearly 70-75% of spaces are filled by camp families who rolled over their registrations to 2021 and have already secured their spots.
So to be frank, in spite of taking a more subdued approach overall, there actually is greater urgency this Early Bird Season to register as soon as possible before the sports are filled and a waiting list begins.
This registration period is for our Mini Camp, Term Camp, and Leaders-In-Training Program. (Registration for our Mother-Daughter Weekend and Family Camp open in January and February of 2021 respectively.)
The whole point of Early Bird is not just knowing you have your guaranteed your child’s spot. But it’s also a way to secure the lowest tuition rate for the upcoming session. That rate will raise from our Early Bird pricing to our regular 2021 rate on December 1, 2020.
Finally you may be wondering what would happen if covid forced closures again next summer.
We don’t even like to go there because we’re so focused on optimism — camp will open! camp will open! But rest assured that if camp had to close, registration rollover options or refunds would be the way to proceed. So you can safely register, secure your spot, make your deposit, and still know that if camp had to close you’re not taking a financial risk.
We Can’t Wait
While all of the delightful things about life in the seasons ahead — autumn leaves and hot cider, Thanksgiving feasts and holidays with family, New Year’s revelry and the budding of Spring — do inspire us, the thing that inspires us the most is getting back together as a camp to do the work that we do best: Naturally nurturing and inspiring girls to develop their voices and to shine as their authentic selves.
All of our activities, programs, songs, traditions, and age-cohorts, combined with our rich yet rustic natural setting, and brought to life by each and every one of our staff, campers, and guests is what drives our mission, and fuels our passion for this place and its purpose.
To that end we are counting down to Opening Day 2021. There are going to be a lot of beaming faces riding over on The Barge that day. Here’s hoping yours is one of them!
Remember the hills and woodlands,
The sky and water blue.
For you girls belong to ‘Ghany,
Alleghany belongs to you.
— Elizabeth Shreckhise, Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls
*If you want to learn more about the merits of sleepaway summer camp, download my FREE e-book, 3 Reasons to Begin Your Child’s Sleepaway Summer Camp Experience Early. It’s a great resource to share with friends, or if you are a first-time camp family and you wonder what sleepaway camp would be like for your child.