“I have learned you can be yourself.”
Coming to Camp Alleghany has given M.S., a 10-year-old girl, the permission to be exactly who she is and to have many new experiences — to be silly, to swim in the river, to wake up to the bugle, to learn archery, to improve her swimming skills, and to make lots of new friends.
Many of these activities she is just not easily able to do at home. As the oldest of four young children in her family, and a homeschooler, M.S. doesn’t get much time to herself. And money is tight.
Going to camp was her first experience away from home without someone she knew. Her counselor became a mom figure to her and she loved her tentmates.
One of her tentmates started air-kissing everyone in the tent one night: “Mmuwaahh!” she said. They all responded with an enthusiastic “Mmuwaahh!” And it became a nightly ritual. M.S. still giggles when she talks about it. Now, she builds campfires at home with her family and sings camp songs around the fire.
By The Grace of the Lantern Scholarship
M.S. has attended ‘Ghany for three years. This past summer, she was a Lantern Scholarship Fund recipient. We want to enable more delightful young girls like M.S. to attend camp.
Started by the Camp Alleghany Alumni Association (CAAA) in 2012, the Lantern Scholarship Fund is administered by the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation (GVCF), a non-profit organization that allows Lantern Scholarship Fund donors to make tax-deductible gifts to the fund. (CAAA determined that starting our own non-profit organization would entail too much overhead. Having an existing non-profit manage our scholarship fund keeps our administrative costs low.)
In 2017, the fund provided $7,000 in tuition to four worthy ‘Ghany girls. Since the scholarship’s inception, we have given out more than $20,000 in scholarships. But we would like to do more.
Won’t you help us honor M.S. and help many other young girls who could benefit from a summer on the Greenbrier River?
The CAAA Board of Directors has promised to match — dollar for dollar — up to $4,000 every donation made between now and December 31.
Visit our Lantern Scholarship page to make an online donation. There you will see important instructions on how to make sure your donation through the GVCF is directed to the Lantern Scholarship.
Or you can mail a check — made payable to the GVCF and sent to:
P.O. Box 1682
Lewisburg, WV 24901
(NOTE: You must mark in the memo line “CAAA Lantern Fund.”)
Thank you and have a lovely holiday season.
—Taylor Kiland, Alum, Camp Alleghany for Girls