But then there is a point where it’s time to finally decide. And if you want to get the substantial savings of our Early Bird Special for Summer 2016 at Camp Alleghany, then now’s the time to say “Yes!”
You probably already know that you want your daughter to be at camp. And you know your daughter wants to be at camp or that, if she hasn’t been, she would simply love it!
While summer may seem like it’s a long way away, like all things, it will simply creep up on you so fast and then, the longer you’ve delayed about summer plans, the fewer options you will likely have.
So let me give you three quick reasons why now is the time to pull the trigger on registering for camp:
1. The price is never better.
Our Early Bird Special is the lowest possible price on Camp Alleghany for next year. But it ends at 11:59pm on December 1, 2015. If all systems are go for next summer at camp, registering now will mean such great savings — over $300 dollars in savings! — that you’ll be kicking yourself if you either have to pay the higher price, or worse, your camper ends up on the waiting list!
So register today for both peace of mind and a smaller expense!
2. Sleepaway camp meets a critical need for kids today
Our vibrant, three-week program is steeped in tradition. For nearly 100 years girls have been coming to these hills and dales along the Greenbrier River for a retreat from the pace of the modern world.
Even more so today, when academic rigor is extra stressful, when electronic everything is buzzing away all day, never giving a moment’s peace, and when the pressures on young people far exceed their capacity to integrate the messages and suggestions, and when kids are in and out of cars for this activity or that, the chance to retreat to nature, to slow the pace, to breathe the fresh air, to challenge the self in positive and nourishing ways, is not a luxury, but a necessity. Help your daughter renew and revive by sending her to camp.
3. Independence is a very good thing
Time and again we hear from parents that Camp Alleghany helps in age-appropriate ways to foster increased personal responsibility (making beds and cleaning bedrooms), build patience and the ability to compromise (sharing spaces, waiting for bathrooms or for food service, taking turns at activities), and nurtures confidence and resilience (personal goal-setting, achieving goals, testing the waters of time away from mom and dad in a safe and loving place).
None of us are eager for our children to grow up too fast. But we are eager for them to build the right skills at the right time. Camp has perfected the art of seamlessly (and joyfully) teaching girls how to gain those skills.
Three weeks away from home offers an opportunity to learn so much and yet at the same time it flies by for both campers and the families who have sent the campers to us. But when she does come home, each year there are signs that this toe in the water of independence actually gave her a chance to try her wings and discover that she can fly at that level!
Far from feeling like she was gone too long, mom and dad see that it was good for the whole family to stretch a bit. And when she unselfconsciously models her new maturity, you’ll be saying, “How does Camp Alleghany do it?” And you’ll understand why she’s so eager to sign up for the following year!
Time at camp is simple great for her!
Last 48 hours
As of this writing we are in the last 48 hours of the Early Bird Special. Just in time to be a holiday gift, registering your camper for Term Camp at Camp Alleghany today (First Term is full and Second Term — July 17- August 6, 2015 — still has some openings) will ensure her place at camp while helping to shape up the rest of your summer plans. It will also mean you’re not on a mad-dash next May to figure out what she will do in the summer. Or worse, end up not getting a slot at all.
So register today, enjoy the savings, and wrap up her camp as an “experience” gift that she’ll look forward to in anticipation as well as remember her whole life long!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls