Having been here for three weeks now things are starting to fall in to place. Now oblivious to the various bugs and beetles that are frequent visitors during early morning showers, we’re now in to the swing of camp life. With Miss Hazel’s amazing cooking and Miss Becky’s fabulous desserts sustaining us, naturally we’re all set for action-packed days at Alleghany.
Life does not imitate art
As true ‘Ghany Girls we’re not ones to lie. So to tell the utmost truth, our vision of camp was based upon one thing and one thing only: The Parent Trap! Now, we realize that Lindsay Lohan isn’t one of the best role models nowadays, but back as naïve 8-year olds she was our idol and I (Hannah) begged my parents to send me to camp. It looked like the best possible way to spend the summer.
Now we’re living the dream. Days spent canoeing on the Greenbrier, shooting on the range, dancing with friends and generally having the time of our lives. What more could you ask for?
When preparing to come to camp for the first time, you cannot quite prepare yourself for the complete lifestyle change that awaits you.
Three weeks ago the thought of waking up in the morning and not putting on makeup, not being able to use my mobile (sorry, cell phone!) on a daily basis or access the Internet whenever I wanted, living in the secluded mountains away from any connection to the outside world would have terrified me (Annie).
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However, I’ve now become accustomed to such things. This way of life, whilst at first glance can appear daunting, is actually a breath of fresh air. Having the opportunity to spend some quality time with friends, doing fun and enjoyable activities away from the pressures and expectations that society holds, allows one to really grow as a person and you find out things about yourself that you never thought you would.
Now check out this video from the classic The Parent Trap, it’s Haley Mills singing “Let’s Get Together”.
Camp Alleghany is a place where such miracles happen. The campers, counselors, and directors work together not just as a team, but as a family and every summer each and every individual member of the family is changed for the better.
Until next time…
Hannah and Annie, two NCCC’s from the UK