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The Triple Thrill

Wednesday, June 21st 2017

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“Andrew, Andrew, guess what?” This excited voice rose from behind me with the sound of a righteously desperate need to pour out good news of something that had just happened. Just as I was walking away from the waterfront, there was a story that couldn’t wait to be shared. “What’s up, John?” I responded, matching his excitement. John’s eyes beam...

Week Two Vibe

Tuesday, June 20th 2017

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“Never let formal education get in the way of learning.” Mark Twain’s famous quote is true on week two at camp. As much as we appreciate book learning at Rockmont, it’s wonderful to watch as your boys grow naturally while living in a new community. The recipe is time tested. Rockmont provides the right blend of mentors, time, outdoor space, ...

We Are Not Made to Go Alone

Monday, June 19th 2017

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As Mountain Camp Director, I – along with my family of 4 – have the challenge, blessing, and awesome responsibility of living life with all of the Mountain Campers and the Mountain Camp Staff. That’s Cabins 27-44. During the off-season (or the school year as some call it), I am a teacher in Nashville, Tennessee. Although I t...

How Strangers Become Neighbors

Sunday, June 18th 2017

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We have had a full weekend here at Rockmont! The Buckeye and Birch tribes went camping Friday night though Saturday morning. We had a rather wet start to the weekend, but that did not deter them from heading up the mountain. With a little determination, fires were lit, dinner was cooked, s’mores were roasted, and the campers were sharing s...

Braveheart, Battle Ball, and the Warrior Within

Thursday, June 15th 2017

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If you could listen-in on some of the conversations around meal times at camp, you would hear campers excitedly recounting the highlights of their most recent epics. We call them tribal activities (i.e. large group games), but to the campers, they are epics. Grand stories of competition, strategy, team work, successes, and even some failures, to...

Vibrant and Alive

Wednesday, June 14th 2017

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Three tribes returned from their campouts this morning. A light rain fell last night, and then the clouds were low this morning, below the Great Craggy Mountains here at camp. After breakfast, Bear Camp set out to play Powerball on the lower soccer field and intramurals by the volleyball court. The Poplars gathered their collective knowledge for...

Engineering an Expedition

Tuesday, June 13th 2017

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“It takes a village” is a phrase that is never more true than at a place like camp. Filled with so many different programs, moving parts, and people, the only way something this massive, this expansive, this intentional is possible is by so many different people playing important roles throughout the process. One of the most visible signs of the...

In the Arena

Monday, June 12th 2017

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What a wonderful start of camp we had yesterday! It was so nice to see many old friends and welcome new ones to Rockmont. I am grateful for the trust you extend to us each summer. The campers were up and busy as soon as the sun rose this morning. After breakfast we enjoyed singing some camp songs, learned how to clean the cabin, went to four d...

Inspired to be at Camp!

Sunday, June 11th 2017

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As I write this, Camp Rockmont is concluding a wonderful opening day for our first session of the summer. We are filled with gratitude for all of the families who have trusted us with their children. The weather could not have been more perfect for opening day. From the deck of Eden Hall, we were blessed with incredible views of the Seven Sister...

Rockmont Veteran Awarded Prestigious Watson Fellowship

Thursday, April 20th 2017

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Long time Rockmont camper, counselor, and Tribal Director, Mark McAlister has been awarded the highly prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The Fellowship, offered by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, offers college graduates a year of independent exploration and travel outside the United States. Watson Fellows must create, execute, and evalua...