Week Two of Second Term 2023

I love the second week of Second Term. Everything is calm, our routines are in place, and our campers are making progress toward their end-of-summer goals. We’ve hit our stride, and camp feels like it should!

This Week’s Big Events

This week has felt like a calm and settled one at Alleghany, although we still had lots going on! We had meal hikes, overnights, out-of-camp trips, and fun special events.

On the first Sunday of each term, we hold our Blue/Gray Swim Meet where our campers sign up to compete in their chosen stroke for their team. Campers who don’t want to compete have the opportunity to cheer on their fellow teammates or participate in one of our many other special Sunday afternoon activities. As with any Blue/Gray activity, our girls are extra-spirited and ready to have a great time!

Our Senior Campers who took Wild World were treated to a caving adventure at Higginbotham Cave. Our staff led them through the cave on a guided tour, where they saw stalactites, stalagmites, and other incredible formations. Caving is one of our most requested out-of-camp trips and all of our campers who went loved this experience!

We can’t forget Christmas in July! The 25th of July here at Alleghany is one of the most exciting days of the term. Our campers and counselors dressed up, sang holiday songs at Assembly, participated in Try Something New in the morning (where campers take two activities they are not signed up for, to try them out), and attended our annual Christmas in July Carnival in the afternoon. Carnival began with a Junior Camp parade to our carnival grounds where counselors were waiting at their booths. Some of these booths included a slip and slide, corn hole, fairy hair, and a cakewalk! After the carnival wrapped up, we went to all-camp swim time where we all got in the river to cool down after our fun-filled afternoon. We ended our day with a movie night in the Play Hall and of course fireworks!

Friday was a special day for Alleghany’s 15-year-old campers. Our 15s had their annual “Day Off” at a local park called Blue Bend. They began the day with a trip to Food Lion to get all the snacks and drinks they can eat! Around lunchtime, we delivered their pizza lunch to them and they spent the day swimming, relaxing, laughing, and bonding.

The most exciting day of the week was Saturday because our Evening Activity was the All Camp Dance! Our campers and counselors got all dressed up to head to our Playhall and dance the night away. The Leaders in Training hosted the dance, they had a blast creating the playlist and amping up the campers throughout the night! I think they are still recovering from the excitement of it all. 

How are we Going to Top All of This!? Second Term Isn’t Over Quite Yet!

While it may seem unbelievable, next week holds even more special events and traditions. Even with the looming departure of our Second Term Campers, week three is filled with many memorable moments. We are looking forward to it with anticipation as well as a little sadness as 2nd Term seems to be flying by – it’s true time flies when you’re having fun!