What Parents Have to Say
My daughter found Camp Alleghany all on her own on the web and told us that she really wanted to attend. As a rising 7th grader, she had never been to an overnight camp before so we were understandably nervous. After several calls with Sam and Elizabeth and doing our own research we registered and she attended for the first time this past summer. It was everything we had hoped for and more! She made quality friends from the very first day and had an awesome counselor that was both fun and nurturing. The camp experience gave her self-confidence and life skills that still resonate with her here at home. Needless to say we’ve already signed up again for next summer!
My daughter started at mini camp 6 years ago. She was 9 then and begged to go back for second term! We let her and she has not missed a summer yet! This coming summer will be her last (as a camper) and as she puts it “FINALLY” gets to go both terms. I believe camp Alleghany has had a huge impact on her life. She is such a thoughtful, kind and confident young woman and I know camp has contributed greatly to this. This is something you can’t put a price tag on. She loves camp so much you will probably see her there for many years to come! We are so thankful for all the gifts camp Alleghany has given her.
Virginia Beach, VA
My girls went to Mini Camp last summer and from the moment they came home they reminded me on a weekly basis to sign up for term camp for next summer. No joke. They are third generation campers and I am so glad they love it as much as their grandmother and I did.
Tara has had an amazing experience at Camp Alleghany. Each year, she comes back so incredibly happy. She always talks about how kind and thoughtful the girls are at camp and how it’s all about treating each other nicely. I was nervous about sending her away for three weeks, but knowing she’s so happy has made it all worth it.
-Erin and Ted M.
Camp Alleghany was my daughter’s first time away from home for more than one night without family.
We hesitated but were thrilled for her to have an amazing experience. The camp had been recommended by a fellow West Virginia ex-pat who lives in our community. The way she described her years at Camp Alleghany sounded idilic and it didn’t disappoint. I was thrilled for my Florida girl to spend 3 weeks breathing in the fresh mountain air, bonding with like-minded young ladies and learning the camp’s traditions of respect, sportsmanship, plus citizenship. She came home a bit more independent, mature with a sparkle in her eye as she told us fun stories about her tent mates and time along the banks of the Greenbrier River. We look forward to catching the barge over again next summer.”
Boca Raton, Florida
My daughters just enjoyed their first summer at Camp Allegheny’s mini camp. I had high expectations and was delighted when their experience exceeded those expectations. From the moment I requested information about the camp I felt like we were part of a family. And even now, several months after camp ended we still feel part of a family as their counselors send notes to stay in touch. The quality and professionalism of the counselors and staff was top notch. When my daughter was sitting by herself at drop off a counselor immediately approached her and within minutes had her engaged with other campers, smiling and happy. It melted my heart to know she would be cared for as I would care for her. Fabulous experience and needless to say they both requested I sign them up for three weeks next year….before we even pulled out of the parking lot on pick up day.
The greatest gift we have ever given our girls (besides their brother, of course) are the years they have spent with their Alleghany family! Summer lived the old fashioned way! The adventures, friendships and memories thrill my soul. My girls will forever be Ghany Girls….meaning they have been given the gift of family, love, and summer experiences that will be with them
forever!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Camp Alleghany!
-Caroline M…..proud mom of 2 Ghany Girls (3rd generation blues!!!!)
Here is what I always say to people about Alleghany:
My grandmother was a counselor. My mother was a camper. I was a camper. And now my daughter is a camper. The Ghany magic lasts for generations!
Happy to share my name! Hope you are having a happy fall!
I remember Jennifer’s enthusiasm and spirit when I picked her up after the first session of summer 2012. She, and you, and the dozens of other campers and staff had survived the derecho of 2012 together. Jennifer described the lack of water – solved at one point by the army national guard crossing the river with bottled water – the trips to the old outhouses, the cold showers, and the meals that were not typical fare at Alleghany due to the storm’s effects. But she quickly got passed that in her recounting, and instead of dwelling on the negatives, she told me of the upbeat camaraderie and “we will push through this” attitude that prevailed throughout the week without electricity or water. She described the immediate action taken to safeguard all the girls and staff, and the hours huddled together singing songs and maintaining humor while the storm raged around the building, and tents blew down. She thought it was the coolest experience she had been through in a while. That is a tribute to the true spirit of the camp. This was of course an atypical camp experience, provided by Mother Nature, but it was one that provided a teaching moment about coping skills, maturity and calm. Kudos to the staff and the campers for pulling through, and the smile my daughter had when recounting the experience!
We had a hard time choosing a camp for our 3 girls. We had originally tried a different camp for our oldest daughter and it wasn’t a great fit. My husband and I really wanted a camp that all 3 of our daughters would enjoy. We thought having an all girls’ camp was important. They attend a co-ed school at home and this is a great time to get away from all that goes along with being a pre-teen entering into a world worried about your appearance and how boys fit into your life, etc. We also didn’t want a “fancy” camp. Camp Alleghany is your good old fashioned, nothing fancy about it, yet fun all around camp. We love the tradition that’s so important to Camp Alleghany too. The blue/gray competitions are a blast for the girls as well as all of the traditional camp activities they are able to get involved in while they are there. It’s also wonderful to see the importance the staff puts on making sure the girls are building self confidence and self esteem. A week or two at camp (which was the duration of the first camp we tried) does not give the girls time to settle in and really experience what camp and getting away is all about. Three to six weeks is the perfect amount of time and Camp Alleghany does a fantastic job of making sure the girls’ experience is fantastic such that they want to come back year after year. Making the decision to send all 3 of our children away at the same time for 3 weeks with no phone calls or face to face interaction was extremely tough. However, we know every year they are there that they feel right at home. It’s obvious in their letters and even more apparent when they get home an can’t stop singing camp songs, reciting stories and chatting about all their friends there. It’s truly an amazing experience for our daughters and they can’t wait to go back next summer!
St. Louis, MO
My daughter is still glowing and rhapsodizing about her camp experience, months after spending just one week at Camp Alleghany. I think it must be some sort of enchanted island, a secret society for girls, full of songs, laughter, learning and love. I feel lucky to be able to give this experience to her, and grateful that it exists!
Dear Camp Heroes –
Chloe’s mom here with a big shout of praise for Camp Alleghany.
Camp Alleghany is a treasure. I love that it gives my daughter a chance to break away from the chores of modern childhood. She loves the cool nights beneath the stars with her friends, and brings home a strong sense of her own independence. I simply can’t imagine a better place for her to be spending some time each summer.
Thank you for all your hard work. I can honestly tell you that it is paying off for our family.
My mother went to Ghany, I went to Ghany, and now my daughter goes to Ghany. It is such a wonderful place; rich with traditions where young girls can really be themselves.
Go Grays! 🙂
Mary D. (’79-’83)
Well, I could write a BOOK (: but here is paragraph:
My hope for my daughters is that they will grow into strong, independent, kind women. I want them to be leaders and to make a difference in the world. Tall order? They are learning all of these things at Alleghany. It is amazing to receive letters from camp telling me about their new friends, classes and leadership roles they are taking on (at age 11!) They learn to find joy in the world around them, in simple things and in each other. By doing this away from home, my daughters have grown in confidence. Both daughters stood a little taller, literally and figuratively, when they got off of that bus this year. I know that confidence affects their lives in a positive way all year long. I am so grateful my daughters have Camp Alleghany in their lives!
Madeleine counts down the days to camp every year. She’s still that excited after 5 summers!
Our three daughters (ages 8, 10 and 14) all attend Camp Alleghany. I researched many camps before choosing Camp Alleghany and consider it one of the best decisions I’ve made. The staff clearly takes an interest in knowing each girl and helping them learn and have fun in their chosen activities. Camp Alleghany’s strict “No Gossip” policy creates a wonderful environment based on kindness and friendship. It’s a nice group of girls and we never worry about their safety or well-being. Our daughters return from camp with an increased sense of independence, confidence and loads of stories about fun they had.
– Nancy and Terry K.
“My daughter loves it so much she talks about canoeing and her tent-mates all year long. She also loves to sing one of the Alleghany graces at dinner.”
– Beth Yancey (mom of a Junior camper)
What Campers Have to Say…
“Camp Alleghany is the best place ever!! It’s so wonderful because, when you are there you are always happy. You always have great friends around you. And you get to make friends and memories that will last you a life time!”
– Mary Stewart B., 14, 4-year camper.
“My first year of camp was when I was 8 years old. When my mom first told me I was being shipped off to a place I’ve never been before for 3 weeks of course I was not ecstatic about it. But it did not take long at all for me to warm up to my new surroundings and I was welcomed into the ‘Ghany family very quickly. It is going to be my 6th year at camp in 2014 and I still love it! Camp is place where you can be yourself and be accepted and I am so happy I am able to experience the ‘Ghany magic!”
– Katie G., 14, 6-year camper.
“I love camp because I make the greatest friends that will be a part of my life forever. It gives me a chance to be myself and act as silly as I want to with no judgement. You get to make true friends that love you for who you are completely. Camp has made me a more confident and upbeat individual. I’ve become a more positive and nice person. I don’t know what I would do without it.”
– Anna S., 16, 8-year camper.
“Camp to me has been a place where I can go every summer and be myself, not wear makeup, not have to worry about boys, or being judged by other people. Every summer when I go to camp I meet amazing new people, and I even met one of my best friends ever at camp. My camp friends are special to me because I only see them once a year, so when I do see them there is never any drama or gossip with them because we have such a limited time together, we enjoy the time we have together and cherish every moment we have together.”
– Caroline D., 15, 8-year camper.
“Alleghany is my second home. It’s 3 weeks out of the year that I spend months looking forward to. Camp is constant fun and energy from the minute I wake up, until the minute I fall asleep. Not to mention, I’ve developed friendships that I know will last a lifetime, as well as relationships with my family that are unexplainable. It’s hard to put my love for Alleghany into a few sentences. All I can say is that I can’t imagine my life without camp.”
– Allie S., 14, 6-year camper.
“I have been spending time at Camp Alleghany since I went to Mini Camp when I was nine. Over the years, I have made many long-lasting friendships with some of the most talented and kind-hearted girls I know. Everyone is unique and not afraid to be themselves. It is because of these wonderful girls that I have been able to also form my own identity as a runner and to discover what I love doing most. I couldn’t have done this without my fellow campers and counselors and I certainly wouldn’t be the person I am today without camp.”
– Maddie B., 16, 7-year camper.
“I can’t even begin to describe how much this place has changed me. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t be the positive, outgoing and spirited person I am today without ‘Ghany and all the people that help make it so special. This past summer gave me so much confidence and I will be forever grateful for that. I am so thankful for all of the amazing people I have met at Alleghany and all they have done to make me a better person. Alleghany and it’s magic will always be an important part of my life and I cannot stress enough how appreciative I am to have such beautiful place to spend my summers.” – Camilla H., 16, 6-year camper.
What Counselors Have to Say…
“Camp has taught me how to be an independent and confident young lady. I have made life long friendships and I know at camp I can be myself and be loved for who I am.”
– Bridget S., JC of 2013, 1 year as a counselor.
“Summer means sun, friendships, and relaxation, and I’ve found Camp Alleghany fulfils those qualifications and so much more. Alleghany is a safe environment where I’ve been able to be as weird as I please and make friends that are comfortable accepting everyone. Plus, the camp experience doesn’t end when I get home; the friendships I make and skills I learn help me work with my peers at school and take pride in my individuality. Every year I meet new people, every year I learn new things, and every year I fall more in love with ‘‘Ghany.”
– Hope W., JC of 2013, 1 year as a counselor.
“Having grown up at camp I couldn’t imagine a life without it. Camp Alleghany has not only been a safe haven from the outside world but it has also taught me important life skills. I am the person I am today all because of Camp Alleghany.”
– Maddie T., JC of 2013, 1 year as a counselor.
“Since I was ten years old, Camp Alleghany has helped me polish some of my most crucial life skills. The confidence to meet new people, the compromise needed in living with others, and the comradeship formed in being part of a sisterhood like Alleghany will be carried with me for all my life. I look forward to these summer months throughout the entire school year, reminiscing with my friends about our ridiculous childhood antics or even our fierce Counselor Show dance this past summer. I appreciate the loving haven Alleghany has offered me and hope others find the same!”
– Katie P., JC of 2013, 1 year as a counselor.
“Dear Sam, Bonnie, and Elizabeth: I just wanted to send a huge thank you for simply how much of a positive impact camp has had on my life. Ever since my first year of term camp in 2007, Alleghany has been something for me to look forward to every year during the dead of winter when I’m dealing with stress of school, friends, social media, and other aspects of the real world that camp allows you to get away from. As I’m currently in the process of college applications and ending my time in high school, my eyes have really opened up to how much camp has matured me and prepared me for what lies beyond living at home. Spending 3 or 6 weeks away from home each summer taught me how to live semi-independently, as well as preparing my parents to be comfortable with sending me off to college. Although my camper days have ended, I still talk to several camp friends daily and when we reunite it feels as though we never were away from each other. Again, thank you for how well you have worked to preserve the traditions, integrity, and morals at Alleghany. Camp is what has shaped my personality into who I am today.”
– Jessie R., JC of 2013, 1 year as a counselor.
“Walking into Camp Alleghany is like walking into wonderland. It is filled with friendships, opportunities and so much fun! I was only there for one summer, but it was the summer of a lifetime. I have walked away with new friendships, experiences and a whole new outlook on girl power!!!”
– Annie T., NCCC 2011, 1 year as a counselor.
“My experience at Alleghany is definitely one I’ll never forget! It was the perfect place to get experience of teaching while living in a place unlike any other and meeting great people along the way. I made lifelong friends from all over the world at camp and have so many memories of life at Alleghany. If I could’ve returned for a second summer, I definitely would have!”
– Amy G., NCCC 2012, 1 year as a counselor.
“Coming to Camp Alleghany for the first time ever over the summer came at a perfect time for me. The support, friendship and fellowship found there really helped me through some tough times, and I know that the friends I made will be there for me forever.”
– Emma F., NCCC 2013, 1 year as a counselor.
“It only took me one summer in the West Virginia hills to fall in love with Camp Alleghany. As a ten year old, I couldn’t imagine a place that was more fun and accepting than camp. Even as I grew into a senior camper and eventually a junior counselor, I was hard pressed to find a better community in which to spend my summers. The girls were and are like my sisters, I felt loved and embraced by generations of ‘Ghany girls, and I hold Camp Alleghany very closely to my heart. Nothing could replace the eight incredible summers that I spent in Lewisburg, West Virginia.”
– Ellen C., JC of 2012, 1 year as a counselor.
“I fell in love with Camp Alleghany my first year in 2005. The welcoming community makes everyone feel comfortable with being themselves, making new friends, and trying new things. I find ways that camp has impacted my life every single day, and I know that I wouldn’t be the same person without it. I’ve made my closest friends at camp, even if they live in other countries. My favorite part of camp would have to be the fact that it gives everyone a chance to become strong leaders and individuals, no matter how old they are. Sometimes they don’t even notice it. Attending camp is my favorite part of the year and I hope to go back this year for my 10th summer!”
– Abi E., 1st year tinge, 2 years as a counselor.
“Dear Camp Alleghany; we have spent seven years growing together. From my first year being a scared junior camp, nervous of being alone and with no friends to play with, to this year when I was not only a counselor but also the head of a department. You have taught me to be kind to others by including them in activities and allowed me to marvel at the talents of my friends and the campers that surround me, as well as to be confident. That was the hardest thing for me to learn. When I started my new high school, with no friends, and no faces I recognized, I often thought back to camp. I thought about how easy it was to be myself and how that attracted the people I had made bonds with over my three weeks there. It gave me the confidence to reach out to others and find the courage to be myself.”
– Maddie P., 1st year tinge, 2 years as a counselor.
“Spending a summer at camp is priceless. Many jobs can provide responsibilities and opportunities to lead, but the close-knit and FUN working environment that camp offers is what makes Alleghany special. This truly unique environment makes my work rewarding and allows my leadership ability to grow and develop more each summer.” – Audrey D., 2nd year tinge, 3 years as a counselor.
“Attending camp and then taking on the role of a counselor has impacted my life and influenced my core values in a way that would not be possible in any other setting. In getting to go to such a special place, with so many new and old friends each summer, to develop skills and try new things, I feel that I have grown into a mature and responsible young adult who is prepared for anything that might be thrown her way. Getting to be a counselor for several years at Alleghany has been priceless, and I can use the skills I have learned there as a camper and now counselor each and every day. Having a girl come up and tell you that your confidence in her and daily encouragement has made her summer a great one, and given her the courage to pursue goals even outside of camp is an experience that I would not trade for anything. I am so grateful that I am able to give back to Alleghany all that she has given to me.”
– Maggie N., 2nd year tinge, 3 years as a counselor.
“The best part about coming back to camp every summer is being able to give the experience I was given, that helped me grow in so many ways in leadership, friendship, and finding my true self, to all of the campers each summer. It is a truly priceless treasure that only a very blessed group of people have the opportunity to have.”
– Maddie W., 2nd year tinge, 3 years as a counselor.
“Camp Alleghany has been an essential part of my upbringing from the time I was 8 years old until now. Through my experiences at camp I have gained independence and confidence as a young woman as well as leadership qualities – all of which I continue to use in the academic, professional, and personal setting. I cannot express enough how much this special place means to me and how much I treasure the people that I have met because of camp. Not only has Alleghany made me who I am today but it has also allowed me to be a role model for others. It is incredible to watch young girls grow so much in just one summer at Alleghany. Being able to make a positive difference in someone else’s life is a priceless experience. If I could give one piece of advice to any girl/young woman it would be to go to Camp Alleghany and experience the magic of the Greenbrier River and ‘Ghany girls for yourself. I promise you will not be disappointed.”
– Teresa P., 4th year tinge, 3 years as a counselor.
“Camp has been a huge impact on my life. Through ‘Ghany’s love and magic, I was able to be myself and grow up among other young ladies who have become part of my family. ‘Ghany has made me who I am today.”
– Amanda ‘Cookie’ D., 4th year tinge, 4 years as a counselor.
“I find myself to be a lot more confident in myself because of camp. It has gifted me with important life skills such as problem solving, leadership, team building, and how to live with people. I felt more prepared for life benchmarks like going to college, applying for internships, and travelling because of camp. I could never truly express how grateful I am for the life lessons and experience Camp Alleghany has given me.”
– Carlee P., 4th year tinge, 4 years as a counselor.