The new year always inspires a raft of resolutions related to healthier eating. So, while our friends and parents and campers are in that frame of mind we thought we’d share with you a change related to food at Camp Alleghany that’s on track to be implemented for summer 2014 and beyond.
Cue the trumpets (or bugle!)….Da, da, da da…we’re no longer going to be selling food and snacks in the camp store. Okay, so maybe that’s not what you were expecting trumpets to announce.
But seriously, this was an important decision and we actually feel very good about this choice.
So how did we arrive there?
Well, in all honesty, we had received some complaints and concerns from parents who wondered if it was a good idea for their daughters to have access to candy and other treats after dinner while at camp. Now, it’s not like any campers had access to that much — choices and quantities were always limited. But we had to agree; with cookies and milk on offer for nighttime treats was access to more sweets really necessary?
In the end we just didn’t think so.
A better trumpet call
Of course we love our camp store and know our campers do too. It’s fun to stock the store with special ‘Ghany items that are truly unique to who we are and what we do. That’s what being local is all about; our own flavor, our own style, our own sense of place. So campers and parents can still count on fun things being available to campers at the store — just not candy or junk food — during both daily free times (Noon and 5pm) at camp.
We’re also planning a special Sunday option slated for after the Swim and Canoe meets. It’s something we’re still working on so stay tuned…we think it will be a simple once-a-week extra treat such as chocolate chip cookies or fruit roll ups or something like that that campers can buy. It won’t be a full range of choices but just a “little extra.” By doing it once-a-week we think it will put the real meaning back in the concept of a “treat.”
Drinks will still be kept in the store for Lunch Under the Apple Tree (which will be given out for free as always).
And age does have its privileges. That’s why we’re letting the 16s (the oldest Upstarts) continue to purchase a drink during their Upstart leadership class. This will be a perk/privilege of being a 16. Will other campers think that’s unfair? We don’t think so. We believe it makes for something that younger campers can look forward to kind of like the way seniors in high school get to do things that the other students can’t yet. But their day will come! 😉
New gear and your gear
Keep watching for a blog in the spring about all the fun new ‘Ghany Gear we’re offering this summer at the camp store. Store managers Ruth and Jennifer are already hard at work planning great clothing and accessory items.
Finally, once more I want to announce about our tee shirt design contest. If you really want to see something fun in the camp store this summer, it could actually be a tee shirt you’ve designed! You have until January 15th to submit an entry so read this blog entry for the rules and requirements and then get creative!
Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014!
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls