Each summer our Junior Counselors (JCs) lead one of our Vespers. We hold four Vespers events each summer, happening on Sundays at four in the afternoon, and intended as a time for non-denominational and non-religious reflection and group introspection. When any group leads the Vespers, it’s their chance to shine, to lead, to help guide […]
One of our alums who’s also a Maroon (no-JC-summer Counselor) shared with us her Vespers remembrance of what camp means to her.
Our very special Vespers was so because of the amazing stories told of previous generations of campers. Read those stories and share your own memories!
This summer we held another special Vespers that was conducted by the orange members of our Non-Camper Counselor Club (NCCCs). Vespers is a time of reflection and so this group offered reflections on their time at camp so far. The majorty of this year’s NCCCs were brand new to camp. What was so wonderful about the Vespers was how emotional and […]
A recent Vespers night was themed on, “What I learned at camp that I take with me.” Read campers reflections from this thoughtful night of togetherness.
It’s one of my biggest goals to bring back the singing at Alleghany. Yes, we sing a lot, but many — too many — of the traditional songs have been lost by the wayside. For some reason or another, certain Campfire or Assembly songs are sung less and less each year to the point where […]
Call it a moment of Zen, mystical reflection, or the contemplative life. But I found a very spare but uplifting piece in an old edition of The Alleghany Rattler — 1959 to be exact — titled “Silence,” and written by then Chaplain Bill Beal that has soothed my soul. It came at a timely moment […]
Meet Taylor Pounders (12) and Ellie Williams (11), each from Richmond, Va. Both first-time campers for first term 2013, they didn’t know each other before camp and met only briefly while at camp. However, their mothers (your humble narrators) bonded through a coincidental meeting and recently got the girls together for lunch. Our mother-daughter (x2) […]
So many people hold Camp Alleghany close in their hearts, even when it’s been years since they were last here. Occasionally we get surprise visitors who stop by when they’re near camp who couldn’t resist the opportunity to stop in to see us while they were so close to the area. And then we get […]
During our recent administrative retreat we discussed the importance of diversity at Camp Alleghany. It’s something we’ve definitely been improving over the years in terms of the more obvious associations of diversity as seen in ethnicity and race. But it became clear in our talk that we’d like to broaden our understanding and mission for […]