What's in a name? A lot! Here at Ashgrove Adventure, every staff adult and camp aide (plus the A.I.T.s and gophers) pick a name that they will answer to for all of camp. These names make staff more accessible to the campers and often give campers an instant window into what that staff person is like. Some staffers change their name to match each year's theme, but most staffers pick one name and stick with it for several years.
How do you pick a camp name? There are a couple of ways to pick a camp name. The quick and easy way is to pick something that relates to your real name (e.g. Lindy becomes "Lindiana Jones") or relates to a relative's camp name (e.g. "Peapod" has two children - "Sweet Pea" and "Chickpea").
An alternative is to pick something theme related. (During the Greece year we picked up a "Euripides", during Japan we had a "Princess Mononoke," etc.) The advantage to these types of names is they are easy to make up; the disadvantage is that you will not necessarily want to keep them for years to come.
Last, but not least, try to think up a name that you really identify with. This can be something that describes you (guess what color hair "Rusty" has) or one of your passions ("Bookworm" likes to read).
Still stumped? Check out this list of camp names. To the best of the webmistress' knowledge, these camp names are currently TAKEN, so these are for inspirational purposes only. If you see your favorite name on the list, try to be creative: "Bee", "Bumble Bee" and "Buzzy" are all different camp names.
Are these the only names that are taken? There are always a few other names that are unavailable, usually because the webmistress missed them, because someone missed a year and is coming back next year, or because those names are already claimed by an A.I.T. or gopher. In addition, the names "Gabby" and "Ma'am" have been officially retired in honor of former camp directors.
Remember - if you don't like the camp name you end up with, you can always change it next year!