Can it really be over a month ago that our Alford Lake Camp summer ended? To us it seems like just yesterday that we were welcoming our campers to ALC’s 105th summer. From the very first day of Session I to the end of Session II, we shared days that we will never forget! Days filled with laughter, adventure, tradition, fun and learning. We saw our new campers join a camp that values each and every member of our community. We welcomed back campers who have found ALC to be a safe and fun place to call “home” during their summer months. We built a summer of adventure, excitement, activity and accomplishment. With an amazing and dedicated counseling staff and trip leaders who gave their all to their campers, we enjoyed a summer like no other! In moments both small and large, we witnessed children and young people reaching for their goals, challenging themselves and getting to know themselves better through the process. We couldn’t be more proud of the summer of 2011 and hope you will agree that it was magical!
But now our campers are home. Our families are busy with school schedules and family routines that seem to get busier and busier every year! Summer 2012 seems like a long way away. It is natural to take a break and then reflect on what last summer meant for your camper. Did she try something new? Did she learn a new skill or develop new frienships? Did she return home with more confidence? These, and so much more, are the lasting gifts of ALC in a camper’s life. The value of camp experiences benefit each camper as they face the routines and/or challenges they encounter in their school years. We firmly believe that Alford Lake Camp contributes to the success and happiness of campers throughout their lives.
Yes, Summer 2012 is months away. But we are already planning for camp and want you to be a part of that process! Share with us your thoughts and observations of our camp! Let us know if you agree that camp is part of a child’s ongoing education. Tell us how camp has shaped and/or changed your camper’s view of herself, her abilities and her role in her community. Most of all, let us know if you believe that summer’s joys and lessons never end!
Sue McMullan, Director
Betsy Brayley, Assistant Director