When sitting at home on one of those rainy days I found myself thinking, wondering, dreaming about camp and what my summer had in store for me.
I wondered about the people I’d meet and the things I’d do. But there was that constant, nagging fear—”Will I fit in’?”
On the morning of June 14, 2011 I finally met my fellow BUNACers who would also be traveling to Camp Alleghany and instantly all my fears turned to sheer excitement. I immediately knew, from what followed later that day, that many more adventures and laughs awaited us at camp and that this summer would be one I’d never forget!
When I got to camp, to say I was nervous would be an understatement. But everyone was so kind and welcoming that after a just week I felt like I’d been there my whole life.
Adjusting to camp life wasn’t easy—I mean I still don’t understand America’s obsession with peanut butter. And the thought of getting up in the morning and not putting on make-up still makes me feel sick.
But, all in all, Alleghany is a place that has changed me for the better, and will live in my heart forever.
Joining the tradition
I’ve been introduced to so many traditions and cultural novelties at camp, from carnivals to campfires, vespers to dance shows; I’ve loved them all.
I’ll always remember my first 4th of July here. The spirit around camp was electric. It was amazing to see what I had heard about old traditions, like the July 4th parade, being brought back into camp life.
It was also such an honour to be part of the 90th Summer celebrations this summer. When looking over old ‘Ghany yearbooks it was apparent how much history there is at here. Seeing the generations of family members come back year after year just proves how special and unique Camp Alleghany truly is.
Make new friends but keep the old
What I will remember most however, are the people that I’ve met, the friends I’ve made, and the memories I’ve taken home with me. That’s what I believe makes camp so special; the smiles that greeted me every morning and the hands to hold when times get tough. In my eyes Camp Alleghany is a place where miracles happen, where hearts beat as one, in time with an endless playlist of camp songs.
As I sit at home tonight, listening to my camp CD, I look back over my summer. Camp Alleghany has truly captured my heart and all I can think about is going back next summer to those West Virginia Mountains!
It’s places like this that make the world alive, engaged and better all around!
–Annie Turner, Counselor