It’s that time of year when eager camp registrants start sending me e-mails wondering how to become a hopper.
Well, since we recently made a new decision about hopping (see below), I thought the blog might be a good place to get it all out there.
Why be a Hopper?
First of all, deciding to be a Hopper at Camp Alleghany is just a great thing to do. For those of you who don’t know what a Hopper is, it’s just our word for a camp waitress of sorts, a server at our Dining Hall meals.
But more than that, Hoppers have their own little club at camp — like our other “age specific” (i.e, StartUps) or “role-specific” (Non-Camper Counselors Club NCCCs), with songs and rituals and jokes specific to their role as Hoppers. So it’s a little bit of work (we like to call it community service) with a fun twist.
So maybe you’re wondering how you (or your daughter) can sign up to be a Hopper next year?
Of course, if you’re a parent reading this we do encourage you to discuss with your daughter the benefits of being a Hopper, not least of which is gaining waitressing experience for future teenage and college jobs.
But when it comes to applying, the application e-mail has to come from the camper herself, not the parent. This is to help foster that confidence, independence and initiative that defines a Ghany Girl!
New Hopping structures
After getting some good feedback from Upstarts who were Hoppers last summer, we decided to make some adjustments to the Hopping schedule.
The Upstart-Hoppers expressed that even though they love Hopping, they would’ve liked some free time, too.
We’re in the process of putting together a schedule that would give that flexibility. It might be structured something like “Wednesday breakfasts, all 16s have the morning off, 14s will sub-hop” or “Tuesday lunches, 15s have the meal off, 14s will sub-hop.”
This means there is a meal or two per week that Hoppers will have off to do as they please — just for rest, relaxation, free swim, or whatever!
As usual, we want to remind all applicants just how fun it is to be a Hopper. It’s a bonding experience lived through service to others while teaching skills, responsibility, and team work. Here are some blogs we’ve done on Hopping in the past. You should read them to learn more:
Hopping is a very popular thing for the Upstarts to do and those who become Hoppers can choose to get paid $50 per term for being a Hopper, donate the Hopper stipend to the Lantern Scholarship or to the Alumni Association, or use the time spent as a Hopper to be applied to community service hours at school or for other organizational activities.
We hope you’ll consider becoming a Hopper and if you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me about them.
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls