Camp Alleghany for Girls believes in diversity, in embracing one’s true self, and embracing the differences we all have. Each of us is unique, and there’s no better place to bring out that uniqueness than summer camp.
All of us at Alleghany come from a different background and a different culture. Sometimes that difference might seem slight and other times, it might be worlds apart.
We have campers from a number of different countries that bring an amazing difference in culture to our own unique blend created on the Greenbrier River in the picturesque Lewisburg, West Virgina area.
We also bring in staff from the world over to contribute to that wonderful mix of culture. All of this helps promote acceptance of diversity, and adds a distinctive touch to who we are.
In the past, our international counselors have introduced new songs and games to camp. They offer a new look to our program, and the campers LOVE learning new things about the world, or even just making international staff say “water” in an American accent. Last summer we had staff members from eight different countries!
This year, I hope to continue that kind of diversity at camp.
To kick off international hiring for summer 2018 I represented ‘Ghany as one of 226 camps attending the London Recruitment Fair hosted by Camp America, one of many campanies (ba dum tsch!) that facilitates international staffing for summer camps.
To make hiring matters easy, and help promote this cultural exchange, Camp America takes care of all the finer details in working with the U.S. State Department in handling visas and paperwork, etc..
Going to the United Kingdom for the fair was my first time traveling internationally — and what an experience!
Before the fair I was able to explore London. What struck me most was the history of the place, the age of the architecture and the culture. Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Victoria and Albert Museum were just a few of the places I visited.
The always spirited and eager 2017 Head Counselor Rachel Mosley joined me at the fair to help find the best candidates and sort through a sea of applicants. We had a lovely time meeting potential new staff members, and making sure we were getting the cream of the crop. Only the best for Alleghany!
In fact, watch for announcements in the coming weeks and months about just who our international staff members will be (and remember to give them that stellar ‘Ghany Girl welcome on social media!)
After the fair, Rachel and I joined other international camp friends/staff alum for dinner before seeing the musical 42nd Street at London’s Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The show was amazing, and had both Rachel and I psyched up for Drama, Dance, and Alleghany Singers at camp this summer!
After London my camp work was done and so I went on to spend time in Hungary, Germany, and back around to England before coming home. The trip has me more excited than ever for international travel and cultural exchange.
I’m excited to hire additional international Non-Camper Counselor Club members (NCCCs) for #Summer2018 and encourage more cultural diversity at Alleghany. In our own mini United Nations our campers can get a taste of the world without ever leaving the banks of the Greenbrier River.
We hope to have you and your culture at camp with us this year!
— Casey Tucker, Program Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls