Over the years there have been lots of items branded with the Camp Alleghany logo, or rendered in our traditional Blue and Gray. Think back to our old pennants, with the letters felted right on!
My friend (and ‘Ghany mom) Lindsay Curren has the sterling silver tennis bracelet with Camp Alleghany spelled out on it shown above! Her mom, Bonnie Lynn (Carow) LaPlante, who went to camp in 1948 and ’49, got the bracelet and kept it her whole life. Now her granddaughter, camper Chloë Cook, sometimes wears the bracelet. Isn’t that cool?!
Since Camp Alleghany has been around we’ve had all kinds of sweatshirts and stuffed animals, tee shirts and stationery, shorts and sweatpants, bumper stickers and who could forget the tree necklace?
As you can imagine it’s fun to see all this good stuff on our campers and alums. And, I have to confess, it’s pretty darn fun to pick it out, too. Stocking the online and on-site camp stores is my and my mom Bonnie’s chance to be “buyers” and go schwagaliciously crazy for gear!
If you haven’t yet seen our First Friday Giveaway for March, it’s on our Facebook page. Just hit “like” to be entered to win a green tutu from Tutu Spirit. If you have the luck o’ the Irish you might be the winner, who will be announced on March 16.
We’ll have a bunch of these tutus this summer in several different camp colors at the store. I’m super excited about it — especially the blue and gray ones; it’ll be so fun to add that component to the Blue/Gray “dressing up.”
But you don’t have to wait until you’ve crossed the barge to enjoy our wares.
A little taste of camp all year long
Last year we joined forces with Everything Summer Camp to offer year-round ‘Ghany Gear. For us, it’s the perfect way to give you lots of choices without turning us into a big retailer. We want to concentrate on what we do best — plan and run Camp Alleghany. So we give them the designs and logos and they do all the work for us setting up the website, designing the clothing, and handling the orders and shipping.
We’ve been so pleased with their work and have such a great relationship with them, that I felt really comfortable offering a testimonial for them during one of the conference sessions in Atlanta. Well guess what? They liked my testimony so much that the next thing I know they gave us 100 free staff shirts for this summer! They’re definitely an awesome company to work with.
Another one of our special partners is Alleghany T-shirts, a local printing company that is wonderful to work with! They’re the kindest people, and are always willing to find what we want and work with some of our more crazy ideas (last year the big thing was tank tops). The counselors always come up with the most creative tee shirts year after year, and Alleghany T-shirts is very patient with us. We love working with them, and coincidentally, they have a great name! 😉
Perhaps you’ve seen my “Future Green Team Member” shirt for Mason. Okay, clearly I’m ga ga —even ga ga goo goo — for ‘Ghany Gear. This year we started our own little camp store with baby items provided by Alleghany T-shirts, and reusable travel coffee mugs (a different kind of Go Green team) provided by Progressive Graphics. They also do our towels, blankets, sweat pants, and a few other things.
This fun stuff is very popular during the Christmas season, and for gift giving year round so Cate has graciously taken on the task of the year round store.
And of course we always order Crazy Creek chairs from Crazy Creek! It’s also been neat to do stuffed animals, which all come from Outfit Your Logo. We’ve been working with both these companies for several years and are so pleased with their quality, consistency and excellent customer service.
Ninety years of ‘Ghany styles
Over the decades styles have certainly changed, and we love seeing alumnae’s old Ghany clothing and items – from stationery to staff shirts to bracelets and more.
It’s such a microcosm of fashion history to see how Blues and Whites have changed through the decades. And what is popular in the store always changes from year to year and we just try to let ourselves be creative while keeping up with the trends.
If you’ve got an idea for great gear, post it in the comment field below. Or, if you have pictures, send them to me. We’d love to see your ‘Ghany Gear in all its glory!
–Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls