With spring at last upon us our thoughts are turning to what will be a rapid countdown to camp. It’s only 88 days until camp and while a young camper may be saying, “When will camp get here?,” we here at the office know it will fly by. If you wonder why, just check out our recent post about so many “off-season” things left to do before opening day.
But we love camp so that work keeps us humming along.
Still, it’s good to remind ourselves of special camp delights and so I took a peek at old issues of The Alleghany Rattler (our longtime camp newspaper) and thought I’d post some oldies but goodies from an old issue.
In this case, a really old issue — going back to 1928! That was the 6th summer of camp and it goes back 87 camp seasons ago! Can you believe it?!?
Well, these are always so charming to read and they speak to our long-held traditions and that inimitable Camp Alleghany spirit. I hope you’ll enjoy them as you’re dreaming about lazy days on the Greenbrier River:
An early morning hike to Lewisburg
It was quite early in the morning — most of us would call it night — when we rose and made up our beds in darkness, and prepared to go on a long hike. After getting the tent in order, with the reproofs of our dear tentmates who were vainly trying to sleep, we started on the proposed hike.
Everyone was in high spirits when we started, but alas! when the first hill going to Lewisburg was not even climbed these spirits began to drop. Soon, however, we became used to hiking, and spurred on by Kitty, who counted the hills, one by one, we at last mounted the hill going into Lewisburg.
Were we glad to see Lewisburg and The Spinning Wheel, which had a delicious breakfast waiting for us? Foolish question! We gobbled up the food like mad, and started our perilous hike back to camp. The hills seemed to fly past and we reached Alleghany tired, but happy.
Oh, how proudly we do display our blisters ’til this day, and say, “This is what I got when I hiked to Lewisburg early in the morning!”
— Kate Young, Blue
The water carnival
On Monday night, the water carnival was held, and what a carnival it was! There were many canoes decorated in different styles, each having a definite meaning.
There was first, “Gondola,” which was artistically fixed like an Italian gondola with Sallie Leigh as the boatman.
“Green Mist” was beautifully draped with green paper, and the occupants were suitably dressed.
“Pocahontas,” the winner, had Gwen paddling in true Indian fashion with two other Indians and a wigwam in the canoe.
“The Pirate Ship,” second prize winner, was fixed in a row boat to resemble a pirate ship with everything from the Jolly Roger to a blood-thirsty crew.
“Children of the Forest” was very originally filled with trees and branches. As it passed they sang, “Do You Know?”
“America” showed Sarah Jane and Helen as Uncle Sam’s Children in red, white, and blue.
“Robinson Crusoe” was marvelously steered by the judges by Ann Hill and Japp. The wild costumes of Robinson and his man Friday made the raft look like the real thing.
“Queen Anne” was really beautiful with four maidens and artistic arches of flowers.
“1929 Packard” with Jean, Tish, and Ruth driving it, was a scream. We wondered if we should, “ask the man who owns one,” about the lavender mosquito netting and the spare tire.
All of the canoes were splendid, and showed hard work and preparation. The whole affair was a great success.
— Margaret Martin, Blue
I don’t know about you but both of those vintage pieces make me think that it’s always been a very creative lot at Camp Alleghany. And that canoe-decorating water carnival? I love that! It would be a fun activity to revive sometime.
I hope this gave you the camp spirit as you count down the days to the summer 2015 season!
—Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls