I hope everyone has been having a wonderful holiday season filled with family and good friends and special moments and memories!
I also hope that 2015 is a prosperous, meaningful, and joyful year for you.
Like you, we’re looking forward to the year ahead, with many projects at camp in line to be wrapped up before the summer season (171 days until camp!)
Only 171 days until camp probably sounds a lot sooner to us than it does to campers.
For us, even the winter is filled with all kinds of work, with deadlines to manage that will get us to that fabulously organized opening day!
But right now there is a moment of calm. The barge is out of the river and camp is resting for the winter.
I love to think of camp that way, nurtured by the memory of gaggles of girls giggling and goofing off and greatly enjoying camp all summer and then the hills and hollows, the riverbanks and trees, the buildings and rocks and platforms all quiet, kind of asleep, until it starts up all over again. This way of thinking, while a little “magical,” gives an energy to camp that I think we can all appreciate.
But before camp closed down, Facilities Director Garrett O’Dell and his team worked tirelessly on some pretty big projects, much of which I wrote about in an earlier blog.
The new Cottage porch that I wrote about in September is pretty much finished, with the exception of a few final touches that Garrett will do in the spring (like the railings, and screening part of it in).
And the new Uncle Bill’s Cabin is also coming along very nicely — it’s fully framed out, the roof is on, outside walls are up, and it will be Christened for use and inhabitable come summer time! Yay!
With the popularity of our rifle program it’s so exciting that we’re updating and expanding the rifle range. The land for the new and improved Rifle Range has been cleared and is ready for construction to begin in the spring.
Around that same time Garrett plans to build the new Canoe Hut. Of course all these updates are so exciting for us and we know campers and staff will love it all, too.
Along with our new dining program that I recently wrote about, we’ll have some kitchen upgrades, too. We’re buying a few new pieces of equipment that will help make our kitchen an even finer place for workers and food prep!
Happy New Year
So while we revel in all these behind-the-scenes advances in 2015, we hope you’ll also feel the excitement of a camp that has stood the test of time and is entering another year, ready for the 93rd year of girls and young women — Ghany Girls all — to enjoy the wonders of Camp Alleghany.
Happy New Year!
— Elizabeth Dawson Shreckhise, Assistant Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls