It’s been a while since we’ve posted a throwback piece to our old Alleghany Rattler newspaper, so I thought it would be fun to pull one out this week from July 1951! It’s a story of an outdoor adventure. Hope you enjoy!
written by Susan Cotts and Dorsey Davidson
Edited by Mottie Haverstick
One hundred and twenty-five campers and counselors went on the overnight trip to Blue Bend. After traveling on the dinky to Anthony, the group hiked five miles to the Blue Bend campsite.
After “settling’ in,” lunch was served at the council ring. Rest hour was observed in the shelters as a preparation for the long swim in the afternoon. “The ole swimming’ hole’s” the result of a dammed up creek. The water is blue due to limestone formations.
There is nothing quite like gathering ’round a campfire to make one feel part of a group, and to feel the group a friendly one. Such was the evening activity led by Bill Goodner. Unexpected dramatic ability was displayed by various counselors and campers, in addition to honest-to-goodness singing of campfire songs that are sung in camps all over the nation. Bill closed the program with a story about his hometown.
The “Foggy, Foggy, Dew” was not quite as heavy as at camp, the stone floors of the shelters were not too different from our wooden bed bottoms, and Reveille sounded just as unwelcome as ever. But there was one change: a six-o’clock dip!
It seems that for those of us who were making the trip for the very first time everything was going our way — no rain, few bites, campfire comradeship. So much so in fact, that one feels like thanking everyone — and Blue Bend — for the experience and fun of being out-of-doors.
Wasn’t that cute? I know our new Program Director, Casey Tucker is anxious to get even more fun “out-of-doors” activities going this summer. I hope you’ll join us in making the great outdoors a cornerstone of your camper’s summer, too!
And for those of you with younger would-be campers, I invite you to download my e-book, “Three Reasons to Begin Your Child’s Sleepaway Summer Camp Journey Early.”
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls