It feels like I’ve been attending Camp Alleghany for ages, and this is true in some perspectives, but it always amazes me to think about how long camp itself has been up and running.
A huge part of what keeps me coming back to this sunny spot along the Greenbrier River is the many traditions that Camp Alleghany continues year after year. I am incredibly thankful to be part of such an amazing community that holds so much history.
We are family
My mom, Debbie Tiemeyer Richmond, and aunt, Susan Tiemeyer Horton, were both campers and counselors for several years.
I made my first appearance at ‘Ghany at just nine months old when my mom took my sister and I across the barge for our first year at family camp. I remember being a little kid and having the best time swimming in the river and running around tent row with all eight of my cousins, in awe of the freedom we had to be independent and play as we pleased.
Returning year after year, Camp Alleghany had a very strong presence in my family at such a young age — and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
More to come
Although college life is extremely busy and time consuming, I’ve always made it a point to return to ‘Ghany as a counselor in order to give back to camp, after it gave so much to me for six camping years.
Some say that once you’re past a certain age you’re “too old” for camp, but I completely disagree. I continue to learn, grow, and develop new friendships each year that I come back to Alleghany, and I am much more confident in the real world with my ‘Ghany background to draw on.
Counselors often stop coming to camp soon before or after they graduate college in order to peruse a “real job” (a full time career from which they can make a living). Although I could be interning at my mom’s work or taking some summer courses at my University, I believe that attending camp is the best thing that I can do to improve the quality of my future in the work force.
The skills that I’ve learned as a camp counselor, including conflict resolution, leadership, and a strong work ethic are assets that I don’t think I could have learned at a part-time job scooping ice cream back at home.
It also gives me confidence knowing that when my mom is looking to hire more employees at her job, she tends to pick candidates who have past camp counselor experience over those who don’t.
In everyday interactions with my mom, I’m able to continually see the positive influence that ‘Ghany has on her after all these years. She upholds camp’s standards of honor, loyalty, and integrity that are taught and enforced at Alleghany in every situation she encounters, at work or at home.
I hope I can return to Alleghany as long as possible, and send my own girls here one day. You may not be able to attend ‘Ghany every summer, but the ‘Ghany magic will always be with you!
— Jessie Richmond, Alum, Counselor, J-Team, Camp Alleghany for Girls