For over seven years on our blog we’ve reported to you with the fun, educational, and informative stories about camp and camp life. But of all of those insights that we as directors have shared, it’s always such a kick when our campers write in and have a story to share.
Now there’s even more of that to enjoy with our Photojournalism activity, which has a blog component. This probably has its roots in our longtime camp newspaper, The Alleghany Rattler, where campers of many generations shared stories about what was happening during the camp season and even some issues coming out in the off-season as well.
Well, we’re being eco-friendly in saving paper these days but that doesn’t mean we don’t want some real-time reporting from our campers. So without further ado, here are some reflections from our First Term Photojournalism campers about Campfire and Term Camp:
The Magic of Campfire
Campfire is a old tradition of Alleghany. Once a week the whole camp will get together, and circle around the campfire. We sing songs meant for campfire — quiet, sweet, and heart-full songs.
Campfire is an old tradition of Camp Alleghany, including various activities such as songs, skits, and much more. Campfire is a time that campers and counselors bond and reflect over songs bringing them down country roads and a lonely ash grove. This year our Photography team got to witness and catch part of the magic from this special event. The love and friendship that caught on that day I can guarantee you won’t find anywhere else. Furthermore, I feel blessed to be with this group of campers and honored to call Alleghany my second home.
— Flannery, 11
Camp Alleghany is all about signing and warm welcomes, and playing around. But one thing that we have that is a long going tradition is the Campfire. Our Campfire is about being close to one another, making one another feel at home, and spending time with one another. At Campfire, we sing, sometimes counselors do funny skits, and we spend time with each other. I am in the Photojournalism class and we got to go around Campfire and take some photos. Also, at the end of Campfire, we all stand and sing a bedtime song. After Campfire, it is a quiet time to get ready for bed and things like that. Camp Alleghany is an amazing place. I hope you visit.
— Logan, 11
Campfire is an old tradition of Camp Alleghany. We, the Photojournalism class, took some pictures during Campfire. Here are some of them…In Campfire we sing lots and lots of fun songs. The counselors did a fun skit about friendship. I hope you choose Alleghany and you fabulous fun camp of the summer. Some of the campfire songs are: “Barges,” “Country Roads,” and a lot more fun songs.
— Harper, 8
Reasons to Love Term Camp
Camp is an amazing place. We sing, we dance, we laugh and we have the best of times. If you are afraid to leave your mom, dad or pet, its totally fine because we have so much fun that three weeks goes by so quickly! With all of your friends and activities you are never bored. In my term I took Archery, Photojournalism, Rifle and Swimming. The Greenbrier River is quite refreshing, especially on a hot day. The food at camp is amazing and they always find a way to make it different everyday.
Camp is a place where you can be yourself. With the NGP rule (No Gossip Policy) to help with the worry of gossip. So here at Alleghany you are free and encouraged to be the best version of you, it’s the best. Camp is an extraordinary experience and I’m proud to be a ‘Ghany girl, I hope you come here some day too and explore the magic of Alleghany.
— Logan, 11
Right now I’m writing about how I switched from one week of Mini Camp to the three week Term Camp; it was a big change for me. I’ve made a lot of new friends in Term Camp and it’s way different to Mini Camp. We don’t make fairies for inspection but we do make our beds. Our tent feels way bigger AND WE HAVE STRUSSEL CAKE. My life changed when I went to Term Camp. I met millions of new friends, everyone is always so nice to me. I just love it here at Camp Alleghany. It’s my home away from home and it’s so beautiful here. I really think you should come here and have a fun filled summer.
— Harper, 8
As you can see, our campers have a lot to share about their time here at camp, both what they observe in our activities and events, and what they themselves experience. We hope Photojournalism will continue to grow for our campers in the future to continue our rich Rattler tradition into the digital age.
— Casey Tucker, Program Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls