On Thursday night, Campers and Counselors came together under the Apple Tree after dinner for our weekly Campfire gathering. Campfire is a favorite tradition among everyone here at Camp Alleghany for Girls because it is a quiet time to reflect on the day and get a refresher on traditions through skits and songs.
Gathering Under The Apple Tree
This week, the 13s of 2011 (and Counselor Caroline Hayes) treated us all to a skit to teach everyone about the colors of camp. Their performance was a play on Disney’s newest animated movie, Finding Dory…but this time it was Finding ‘Ghany!
Nemo and Marlin “swam” through camp in this fun interpretation to find their lost friend, Dory, while running into some colorful fish along the way who taught them about the colors of Alleghany and all of the historical traditions that go with them. This educational and informative night was a huge hit!
The Alleghany Rainbow
At Camp Alleghany, we use different colors to differentiate between the groups of campers, counselors, and staff. This gives each group an identity and a sense of pride. Here are all of the colors of camp and what they mean:
- The Upstarts, are the group of 15- and 16- year old campers at Alleghany. They are the oldest campers in camp and thus have more responsibilities and privileges. Upstarts help the younger campers out when the counselors are on time off, and can also have different kinds of leadership roles around camp, from Hoppers to Blue or Gray Team Captains! Their last activity period of the day is spend in a special leadership training course where they prepare to be Camp Alleghany’s newest counselors! They wear their red hot spirit with pride all summer long.
- The Start-Ups, are 12-years old and the oldest campers in Junior Camp (my group!). Yellow is their color, and they use this sunshine-y attitude to be role models to all of Junior Camp. Some of their duties include leading songs at Milk and Cookies every night, making sure all the younger campers brush their teeth and get to bed on time, and taking outgoing mail to the postmistress after Rest Hour. The Junior Blue/Gray captains are also Startups.
- The Midways, are 13- and 14- year old campers who are midway between Startups and Upstarts. They are the newest additions to Senior Camp and they have special responsibilities as well, including flag raising in Senior Camp and morning devotions at Assembly, in addition to learning the ropes of the leadership roles they will take on as Upstarts! Every few days, they spend an activity period with their Midway Mom, Jessie Richmond, in their own leadership class! Their color is teal, and they are the real deal.
- Black is the color of the Four Year Figaro Flip Flops. These girls have been at camp for four years or more. This is a secret society at camp that adds some playful mystery for the summer. No one but the previous 4-Years know what goes on the night of 4-Year Initiation.
- The NCCCs, are counselors who were never campers at Alleghany. NCCC stands for Non-Camper Counselor Club. They come from all parts of the world and their unique and diverse backgrounds add to the spirit of camp. Their color is orange and they wear it proudly!
- The JCs, or Junior Counselors, are a group of 17-year old counselors-in-training who attended camp as 16-year old campers the previous year. They are the youngest counselors at camp, but radiate a fresh and youthful energy to everyone around! They teach for three activity periods and spend the fourth in a leadership class with their JC Mom that is designed to teach them the ins-and-outs of all things counselor! At the end of the summer, they have a special graduation ceremony where they become full-fledged counselors.
- The Maroons, at camp are counselors who were previously campers but did not go through the Junior Counselor program. They are adored but campers and counselors alike and their ‘Ghany experience plus outside perspective make them a wonderful addition to the counseling staff.
- Pink is the color that unifies all counselors regardless of age or experience. The”Pink Team” keeps rollin’ along!
- The Tinges are a group of counselors who were campers, completed the JC leadership program, and then became a full counselor, adding a purple “tinge” to their pink counselor color.
- The Green Team, is the maintenance staff at camp. These are they guys who wash the dishes, mow the lawn, take out the trash, row the boats and pole the barge across the river, and help with general maintenance and repairs around camp. We are so grateful to have them around (especially after the flood!)
- And last but certainly not least, Blue and Gray. Each camper is assigned to the Blue Team or the Gray Team, of which she will remain a member for life. Blue/Gray competitions include Swim and Canoe Meets, Rifle, Archery and Tennis matches, as well as various activities throughout the term such as relay races, capture the flag, trivia games, and more. Sportsmanship and friendly competition are a vital part of this rivelry, abiding by camp’s dedication to the Honor Code. The Blue/Gray tradition was begun in 1922 and a banner hanging in our Play Hall recognizes the winner of each summer.
A Thursday Night Tradition
Campfire has always been a favorite tradition of mine because of the emphasis on quiet reflection after a jam-packed day of activities and fun! There is nothing better than to come together with all of my best pals and wonderful campers to sing some songs around the fire and to celebrate why we are all here.
– Charlotte Robins, Junior Camp Unit Head and Start-Up Mom, Camp Alleghany for Girls