Senior Camper Sara Reitz received these instructions in school: Describe what you will remember fondly about your childhood when you are older. Of course she chose camp an her teacher’s comment was, “Awesome.”
My camp life
I have been going to Camp Alleghany for Girls since I was one year old and it has been a part of my life ever since. When my mom and her sisters were little they actually went to the same camp. As a matter of fact, when I was born my aunt sent an email to all her old camp friends saying,
The first Ghany girl in the family is born!
So when I was little, I went to the one-week Family Camp with my family and had the time of my life.
When I was eight years old I finally got to go to the actual girls sleep-away camp by myself (Mini Camp). Well, by myself meaning without my parents and sister, although my aunt went as a counselor and my cousin came also. Still it was nice not having my parents there. Now this summer it will be my sixth year not including Family Camp and Mini Camp, and I will keep going back each summer for as long as I can.
Camp is such a magical place and what I mean by that is the sights, the sounds, the people, the escape from reality, and etc. I would describe the place like Narnia. It’s in the Alleghany Mountains so we see many wild animals; it’s also on the beautiful Greenbrier River.
Throughout the camp you can hear laughter and singing and people making new friends and people reuniting with old ones. There’s not a second of the day you would get bored because there are plenty of activities to do like: canoeing, swimming, archery, rifle, dance, drama, arts & crafts, sports & fitness, ropes course, wild world, and more. Besides these things there is an evening activity every night which varies from campfires, crab soccer, counselor hunt, and a dance with our brother camp, just to name a few.
One of my favorite things to do at camp is just meeting all these different people that love camp as much as I do.
I feel like going to Camp Alleghany is a family tradition. I hope that I have the opportunity to send my girls there too and continue raising my kids going to Family Camp just as I did when I was a baby. This camp is my life, my home away from home, and I will never forget it.
–Sara Reitz, Senior Camper, Camp Alleghany for Girls