What an incredible weekend we shared these last few days at Father/Son Camp! Camp has officially been “broken in” for Summer 2011 as fathers and sons soared off the Blob, slid down the Gullywasher, and strategized in a game of camp-wide Risk, all for the first time this year. The fun registered off the charts between skills, tribal activities, meals together, and Morning and Evening Watch in the gym. Fathers got a taste of camp as sons led the way to classic skills like Kayaking, Canoeing, Riflery, Trap Shooting, Blacksmithing, Rock Climbing, and Tree Climbing! Sons showed off their “know-how” while fathers showed off their inner child.
With support from a core of Rockmont veteran staff, the Fathers served as the Counselors this weekend both in the cabin and all around camp. There were also special sessions where fathers gathered with Rockmont directors Dan Davis and Jon Brooks – both, fathers themselves – to discuss methods for intentional male development and why that matters. These sessions and all the fun in between led up to the Saturday evening Council where each father came prepared to speak a blessing over his son. What the fathers may not have expected was that the sons also came prepared with a blessing for their fathers. Each son marked a stone for his father and left it in Council as a sign of thanks to God and as a perpetual reminder to all of us that the family is the foundation for the work of child development. Council was truly a sacred space this past weekend!
Fathers and sons enjoyed a leisurely brunch around the crackling fireplace in Eden Hall on Sunday before participating in a closing Morning Watch and taking a few more shots at the Riflery range or casting the rod a few more times into the lake. Fathers and sons then departed camp, headed home with bigger hearts and stronger father/son relationships. And now the Blob, Zipline, Gullywasher, cabins, and all of Camp stands ready with great expectation for nine action-packed weeks of fun and personal growth this summer. We are looking forward to seeing you all back here soon, both fathers and sons!
“We left Rockmont – albeit with a bit of muscle soreness – totally refreshed and renewed in our relationship with each other and with our Heavenly Father. We opened up to each other this weekend more so than we’ve done in a long time and have further strengthened our relationship as Father-Son.” Dunwoody, GA