Editors Note: This is the third post in our new Department Series. So far we’ve done: Dance Department, and then Rifle. Keep following along as we make our way through all the departments. And for an overview of it all, see our Department Series Introduction.
It’s a (pretty) jungle out there
Alums might know this department by its former name of Camp Craft. It’s always a popular activity with campers, especially younger campers (this activity is available in Mini Camp, too), but it has recently really taken off with the Upstarts, who are the oldest campers in camp at 15- and 16-years-old. This helps set a great example for younger campers to take part in this long-standing activity.
There are some options with this activity, too. Combined with the Ropes Course, campers get to choose just Wild World, just Rope, or a combo of the two.
Wild World focuses on exploring the outdoors by going on hikes around the Camp Alleghany grounds, including to popular spots with fun names that alums will recall such as Brunswick, Pancake and Twin Tulips. They also go “creeking” — taking a walk up the Crystal Creek that runs through camp, looking for crawdads, and rubbing two rocks together to make paint.
These outdoors-girls also learn to reel them in and rough it — they go fishing in the Greenbrier River and take hiking overnights at our nearby campsites.
The Wild World activity groups have also been known to take on some camp beautification projects or environmental awareness initiatives. For example, recent Wild World campers have brought more recycling to camp, and brought a burst of natural beauty into camp by replanting the flower beds in front of the Counselors’ Lodge with the help of Facilities Director Garrett O’Dell
Real skill building
Wild World is great for teaching some real world skills.
Last summer Dr. Webb, a long-time Camp Doctor whose daughters and granddaughters all attended Camp Alleghany, (one granddaughter is a current camper), came to Wild World as a guest speaker. He taught fire building, fire safety, and fire starter making as well as many other useful and interesting outdoors activities that the campers loved.
Wild World is teaching these girls valuable outdoor skills and stewardship of nature. The campers gain an appreciation for precious resources in the environment, and a love for the beautiful setting where we spend our summers.
Climb on board
Ropes is the other aspect of this unique department. Our eleven-element low ropes course gives campers and counselors an opportunity to bond as a team by working through the challenges of the elements together. This teaches valuable life skills such as communication, patience, trust, and leadership.
The Ropes activity includes a variety of ground games and exercises that complement and expand on the Ropes Course elements.
This department is teaching so many awesome skills that the campers can take with them outside of camp and they’re all having so much fun doing it.
We are so excited to have Counselor Sarah Eskra as the Head of Wild World and Ropes this summer. We’re sure she’ll make Summer 2016 as wonderful as every other summer in Wild World.
Now doesn’t this activity sound exciting? Think about taking it!
– Taylor Fellows, Program Director, Camp Alleghany for Girls