Every summer the last week of the camping season is dedicated to a special time at Alleghany. FAMILY CAMP!
Many of us absolutely live for this sacred week of time together with old camp friends, family, and of course new families that choose to spend some of their vacation with us.
Why Family Camp is Special
Family Camp week is uniquely special in one sense in that it allows alum to go back in time and enjoy a place of childhood days that we remember so fondly and wish to share with our family and friends.
The buildings may all be in the same place, while other parts of camp have changed for the better with improved enhancements and additions, but it all comes together as the place we love so well. Life for the week is spent sleeping in a platform tent, away from technology (mostly), with the enjoyment of lazy (and active) camp life as well as all the fun family activities.
Over the last several years, I’ve had the privilege to work with Natalie Litz Bissonnette, who is Head of Family Camp. Together as a team, we plan a week of awesome fun for all of you. Natalie and I divide and conquer many of our responsibilities. My main responsibility is planning a week of fun activities. I’m the resident Julie McCoy — the cruise director — of Alleghany’s Family Camp!
Lazy and Busy
Of course the traditional camp Activities are open daily for family and individual enjoyment…Archery, Rifle, Canoeing, Swimming, Tennis as well as Arts and Crafts. And then there’s just plain relaxation around the natural and idyllic setting of camp.
And Kids’ Hour is every day at 9am. This fun hour of the day is for the younger Family Campers to enjoy time away from Tent Row so that moms and dads can enjoy that last bit of coffee before the day starts. We offer lots of variety throughout the week during Kids’ Hour, with one structured and supervised offering each day. It might be fashioning a world made with Legos, playing Gaga ball, taking a nature walk, painting and/or creating something artistic for their family’s tent, or maybe something else still. The kids love it! (And so do the parents!)
Last year families also had the opportunity to go Creeking, participate in our Ropes Course, take yoga, play in a Tennis Round Robin, and go caving with Casey. I can remember girls going caving from my days as a camper…and coming back to camp muddy, exhausted, and pumped full of enthusiasm for what they just did!
This year will be no different!
Let’s Jump In
I’m already planning our activities for 2018. All the activities listed above will continue to take place this summer…yet with some new additions! (Click here to see our activity list in progress.)
One of those activities is Campfire Songs. During Alleghany’s 95th summer celebration during Family Camp, several of us one night around the fire spontaneously broke into song. There were alumni gathered all around joining in on songs that were familiar to all of us no matter what decade we had attended camp. The best part was looking around and seeing husbands, children, and others who had never experienced Alleghany before glow with appreciation for how special ‘Ghany is.
I’m looking forward to recreating that special time this year as well!
— Stephanie Astley, Assistant Head of Family Camp, Camp Alleghany for Girls