2019 Dates

Mark your calendars! The official dates for Ashgrove 2019 will be June 24th-July 3rd.

For volunteers, camp set-up will be June 21st-23rd and camp clean-up will be July 4th.

Upcoming Website Work

As many of you’ve noticed, we’ve been having some trouble with our SSL certificate. Now that camp is over for the summer, we’re switching hosting providers as part of website work designed to fix this issue. We may experience some slight website downtime in a couple of days, so please don’t be alarmed if the site is out of commission for a few hours!

Onomatopoeia’s Story

This story does not start in the summer of 2017, or even in 2017 itself. The groundwork for my senior service project was laid, in fact, in the first month of 2006. Having moved cross-country the summer prior, I was more or less without a niche in this newfound home. In school, I was moderately popular and made some new friends. But once school ended for the summer, my mother assumed correctly, I would be without any real social interaction for months. To correct this impending cataclysmic disaster, I was registered for Ashgrove Adventure Day Camp, a 9-day, 1-night camp run by the Girl Scouts. She even anticipated my almost automatic rejection on the count of isolation; my sisters were also registered and my mom even volunteered to be a leader. I was scared, but one thing was abundantly clear; we were going.

Needless to say, it was an absolute blast. I made ice cream, and crawled through mud, and threw water balloons. I made gimp, made friends, and collected SWAPs to hold onto forever. I had a grand old time. Everyone did, and without much thought, it became a tradition to go as a family. As the years went by, my sisters began to age out of being eligible for camp. Without hesitation, they too began to volunteer as aides just to be able to stay at camp. As I progressed from a Baby Brownie to a Fly-Up to a Junior to a Teen, one thing was clear; I could not imagine summer without Ashgrove. I started volunteering as an aide; at first because I had the time and because I knew I would have fun making camp happen for those who came after me. But my sisters graduated high school, and my mom stopped volunteering, and soon enough, I was the only one going to camp. It didn’t matter, though; camp had started as a family tradition, but over time, all of the aspirational women who helped me grow became my family, and Ashgrove my home. I volunteer at Ashgrove for the same reason I look forward to Thanksgiving; I get to come home.

Ashgrove wasn’t my idea, but it might be the greatest thing that ever happened to me and I want it to keep happening to others, so I volunteer. Volunteering at Ashgrove has taught me many new things, and has helped me mature into a strong adult woman in ways my words will never begin to express.

 

Onomatopoeia

January 2018

2018 Volunteer Applications Open

2018 volunteer applications are now open!

NOTE: AIT DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEB. 28

For Adult volunteers, apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ashgroveadults18

For Camp Aide volunteers, apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ashgroveaides18

For Aides-in-Training, apply at https://ashgroveadventure.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/18-AIT-Application.pdf

For information on volunteering positions, theme, training, costs, and more, check out our 2018 Volunteering Quick Facts.

Welcome to Ashgrove Adventure 2017

Welcome everyone to the start of Ashgrove Adventure 2017! There’s a moose on the loose (full of juice?) and other critters ready and waiting for y’all to arrive so the fun can begin!

 

Introducing Our New Website

 

Welcome to the newly redesigned Ashgrove Adventure website! Now with more photos, more compatibility with smartphones/tablets, and more flexibility in the posting of announc- errr, words of wisdom.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback and photos!

Cheers,

Kitti and Company

2017 Theme

Ashgrove’s National Park Adventure: Mountains, Monuments, and Memories

Grab your gear and join our adventure as we discover awe inspiring U. S. National Parks from Acadia to Zion. Immerse yourself in the diverse beauty of nature and Leave No Trace as you trek around camp. Delve into geologic, historic, and scenic wonders then aim true on the archery range. Play a part in our theater in the woods and build your excursion team to conquer our challenge course. Spend a night under the stars, raise your voice in song, and chill-out with hand-cranked ice cream. Join our eight days of monumental fun and connect with nature while exploring America’s Best idea.