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Lightbulb Moments: Troublemaker's Story

Thursday, July 13th 2017


As an educator, I often hear the phrase “lightbulb moment” thrown around on what seems like a daily basis. Good instructors and motivated educators seek out instances that push learners toward moments that illuminate ideas that had previously been hidden from view. The best teachers are the ones that push their students to these times without a ...

Recognizing the Greatest

Tuesday, July 11th 2017


This morning at breakfast I asked the campers to be on the lookout for the incredible stories from the day. We feel like that is one of the great gifts of Camp….developing a vision to see beauty and good in the world. That kind of vision is very counter-cultural. Sarcasm and cynicism can permeate. Camp presents a great opportunity to develop new...

Toward the Target: An Archery Story

Monday, July 10th 2017


Today I watched Bill Sanderson instructing a camper who was holding a bow for the very first time. Bill is a genuine archer and a genuine teacher. I would say he’s easily the best archery instructor I’ve ever known. But frankly, I’ve not known many true archery teachers (with all due respect to the many fine archery instructors I have known). So...

Daily Invitations to Step Out of the Boat

Sunday, July 9th 2017


Opening Day is always an inspiring experience for me. It’s no small thing that parents entrust their sons to another person’s care, that new campers embrace a whole new community in only a matter of hours, or that veteran campers return to make a fresh start in a place they love. Even staff – many of them college students ̵...

Choosing Challenge

Tuesday, July 4th 2017


Why are we so afraid of failure? In my years of teaching and being a director at Rockmont, I have seen the fear of failing at something cripple young men. I have watched young men allow opportunities to pass them by because if they tried, they might fail, and failure was too unknown. Even as adults, we shy away from anything that might cause...

Saying, "Yes!"

Tuesday, June 27th 2017


Yes! What a wonderful start of camp we had on Sunday! It was so nice to see many old friends and welcome new ones to Rockmont. I joked with the staff today that I couldn’t walk 10 feet on opening day without running into a friend that I had worked with before at camp, or been to their home, or shared a meal together. It reminded us that we are...

Be Not Afraid

Sunday, June 25th 2017


“Be not afraid . . .” I asked a staff member named Daniel what was best about today. “I helped a camper go down the zip line who was afraid,” he said. “He didn’t think he could do it, but I just stuck with him until he could. That felt really good.” Every summer camp is fertile ground for the cultivation of courage. We give children regular oppo...

The Triple Thrill

Wednesday, June 21st 2017


“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


“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


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...