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Hitting the Mark

Saturday, June 21st 2014

June21

Rockmont woke to a landscape shrouded in cloud and mist today. On my walk to Eden Hall, I passed a handful of early risers hurling disks at unseen baskets during a round of frisbee golf. Fog enveloped the disks moments after release. The campers then vanished in the same direction. I thought about how cool it was that these campers knew the cour...

Carry On

Friday, June 20th 2014

June20

I suppose you could say the theme for today was “carry on.” We started the day bright and early with a breakfast of eggs and hash browns to fuel us for the skills ahead. For morning skills, campers were climbing, sailing, homesteading, and more! I always love skill days. The skill heads do such a great job passing on more than information—they o...

Adventure is Out There!

Tuesday, June 17th 2014

June-18

Adventure is out there! Ellie speaks this beautiful truth in the movie Up, continually inviting her friend Russell to step into the next adventure. That’s exactly our work here at Rockmont, inviting campers into their next adventure. It’s a daily invitation, and one that the campers often rise to accept. Our Sycamore campers continue...

The Magic of a New Day

Monday, June 16th 2014

June16

I love the first full day of camp. Everyone wakes up with the excitement of a new day. The veterans are thrilled to be back at their “home away from home,” and the first timers are getting the confidence that they can do this “camp thing” and that they are good at it, as well. One of the many things we try to teach the campers is to say “YES” ...

Jumping In

Sunday, June 15th 2014

June15

Today was the dawning of a new session at camp, Classic 1, and the continuation of another three-week session, Base Camp. Eager parents and campers alike showed up early to the steps of Eden Hall this morning in anticipation of a fun-filled two weeks to come. Families from California to Virginia and Puerto Rico to the Dominican Republic were on ...

Memories That Last

Friday, June 13th 2014

June13

After a full week of exciting activity on camp, Starter Camp has officially come to a close. Although only a short period of time,it is amazing to see the growth that has occurred in our young campers. Throughout this week, countless young guys grew up before our eyes. They did so by standing up and becoming leaders, learning new skills, perform...

Places to Play In and Pray In

Friday, June 13th 2014

June-12

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to both body and soul.” John Muir, a conservationist and champion of the National Park System, beautifully captured the significance of the outdoors in these words spoken just over one hundred years ago. Camp Rockmont is part of that ...

Climbing Higher

Wednesday, June 11th 2014

June11

Wednesday has always been an interesting day for a one-week session. It seems that this is the day when the campers settle in and start to feel more confident. At this point they know where the skills are, they know all the people in their cabin, and they know the daily schedule. And just like that… camp is almost over— only one more full ...

Here We Go!

Tuesday, June 10th 2014

June10

If there was any doubt that camp has begun prior to today, those doubts have all but been erased. “Here we go!” has been the battle cry today, and it has been sung by campers, counselors, and directors alike. Rockmont is a place of new friendships, new adventures, new challenges, and new beginnings. Every morning we encourage our campers and sta...

Camp is in Full Swing

Monday, June 9th 2014

June-9

“Never let formal education get in the way of learning.” Mark Twain’s famous quote is true on day two at camp. As much as we appreciate book learning at Rockmont, it’s wonderful to watch as your boys grow naturally. The recipe is time tested. Rockmont provides the right blend of mentors, time, breathing space, fun, story, and adventure; the cam...