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Putting Down Roots

Wednesday, June 17th 2015

Tonight Rockmont’s roots went “down, down to the ground” as they joined together singing a song that has become a camp favorite over the past two years. “My Roots Go Down" has a dance that accompanies it, and Brookside Gym quickly filled not only with energetic singing, but also raucous foot stomping and arm swinging. Our photographers captured a video of the singing and stomping that will be posted soon.

In some ways, “My Roots Go Down” captures a central hope that we have for our Rockmont community – that we would grow deep roots….roots in God, in Scripture, in friendships, and even in the specific piece of dirt that God has placed right in front of us to stomp, dance, work and play on at this very moment. It captures a hope that we would learn to slow down, dig our heals into the mud, and be grateful for what is right in front of us. That we would embrace what is real rather than what is not. That we could trust that God has given us more than enough. As Directors, this hope guides much of our leadership, whether it be requiring our staff to give up their mobile phones for the summer, or not calling off a campout at the first sign of rain.

Deer Camp (cabins 13-26) put down roots today by waking up in sleeping bags under a canopy of maple, oak, birch, and hemlock trees. After eating a hardy breakfast of eggs, grits, and sausage around the campfire, they hiked down the mountain and joined the rest of camp for a lunch that included a fruit and salad bar, barbecue pork, fries, corn on the cob, and a chocolate chip cookie. Dinner consisted of fruit, salad, chicken fajitas, black beans, Mexican rice, and ice cream.

The Sycamore Tribe returned from a two night campout at the base of Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. Our youngest campers in the Buckeye Tribe harnessed their creative energy to design their own unique group games using the balls, cones, nets, and other sporting equipment given them. The Birch Tribe played Risk, a version of capture the flag involving 4-6 teams that is legendary at Rockmont.

After lunch, all six Tribes dove into afternoon skills. The campers grounded themselves in the various tasks required for increasing their mastery of the skills….pounding on iron in blacksmithing; balancing on rocks in climbing; strumming new chords in guitar. After dinner, the Tribes engaged in a variety of activities before gathering together at Evening Watch to sing and here a thought from Assistant Director Shawn Marler. Shawn talked about the friendship of David and Jonathan that is found in 1 Samuel 18:1-5. We invite you to read the story and put your own roots down.

Inspired to be at Camp,


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Josh and leaders: Thank you for taking the time to share your day with us. It is incredibly insightful (even down to your menus). It gives the parents a greater sense and appreciation of the work and investment of Camp Rockmont. We always ask George and Charlie why they want to go back to CR (most friends are at Ridgecrest), and the response is interesting....they love the environment; they love the food; they love being in the mountains doing "boy stuff" vs. hot Florida; most importantly, they love the opportunity in making memories with great new friends (both counselors and campers). For me? All the above PLUS the godly examples from each of you. Godly men can be "cool" and set a positive mindset for these boys that will last a lifetime. That is why we keep sending them! Thank you and keep writing. Warmly, Dottie Clendenin (George and Charlie's Mom)
by: Dottie on June 18th, 2015
Grateful for this place where my son can continue to grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and men.
by: Elizabeth on June 18th, 2015

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