Camp Alleghany is steeped in traditions, dating back from its beginnings in 1922. We strive to teach the campers respect and reverence for each tradition at Alleghany, and to help keep the traditions alive year after year.
Blue/Gray is a long-standing Alleghany tradition that promotes friendly competition and sportsmanship, following the principles of the Honor Code. All campers participate in Blue/Gray events throughout the summer in activities such as the Swim and Canoe Meets, matches in Rifle, Archery and Tennis and in games including relay races, Capture-the-Flag, trivia contests and more. The Blue/Gray tradition was begun in 1922 and a banner hanging in the Play Hall recognizes the winner of each summer.
Campers participate in a different Evening Activity every night after dinner. Counselors supervise a variety of activities including Campfires, Sunday night Vespers, Blue/Gray competitions, scavenger hunts, a dance with Camp Greenbrier, the final Dance and Drama shows, and simple fun and games. All campers attend each evening and enjoy the fun with their peers and counselors.
- Flag Raising and Lowering: Campers raise the American Flag each morning and lower it in the evening.
- Morning Assembly: Between breakfast and their first activity, campers and counselors attend Assembly for announcements, devotions, singing and fun.
- Dinner uniform: Campers wear the traditional Alleghany uniform of navy shorts and white shirts to dinner each evening.
- Participation patches: At the end of each term, campers receive felt patches for participating in their activities, as well as special award patches for exceptional performance.
- Carnivals: Each term Alleghany has a Carnival day in lieu of afternoon classes. Counselors plan fun outdoor activities and games for the campers. The carnivals occur on July 4th and 25th, celebrating first Independence Day and then "Christmas in July."
- Four-year Initiation: Campers who have attended Alleghany for four years or more participate in a special, secret Four-year Initiation event.
- Ten-year celebration: Counselors who have attended Alleghany for 10 years or more are taken out for a special dinner on the town.
- Banquet Ceremonies: On the last night of each summer, Alleghany holds a celebratory banquet, including a special dinner and an awards ceremony based around a theme chosen by the counselors. This favorite Alleghany tradition ends the summer with a festive night of celebration and commemoration.