If you have not already done so please take a moment to join our Rockbrook Camp Alumnae Group on Facebook. It is a great place to reconnect with old friends and to keep in touch with the happenings at camp. We hope to see you there!
One of the highlights at the end of each session at camp is the Spirit Dinner. It is held on the last night of camp and is a reflective event highlighting the session. One of the special parts of the dinner is when campers and counselors are recognized for the number of years they have attended camp. It does not matter if it is your first year or your tenth, you are cheered and celebrated when your year is announced.
Former campers and now staff members, Chase Nelson and Briana Ozor were very excited to earn their year gifts this summer. Chase earned her 8 year Shirt and Briana earned her 5 year pillow. This is just another great reason to return to Rockbrook summer after summer.
We had a nice conversation the other day with Belinda Strickland aka “Sparkie” who was a camper at RBC in the 1960’s. She told us that one of her fond camp memories was being chosen to be part of the Camper Council. The Council met weekly with Jerky and discussed lots of topics including the upcoming special events for the week. Most of us here in the office had not heard of the Camp Council before. What stories or memories do you have of the Council? If you have any information on the Council or any other stories you would like to share we would love to hear from you!
Spring has sprung at Rockbrook! Along with the beautiful sunny days we are enjoying some spring rain showers. Here in the office on this rainy day we are all singing our favorite song- “My Dewcoat is up in my Cabin”. Who remembers the lyrics? Sing along with us today!
What are some of your favorite camp songs?
We sure have had a cold winter this year in Brevard, but take a look at this photo from our archives. Can you imagine ice skating on the frozen Rockbrook lake? It looks like the Carriers were having a great time sliding around- they didn’t even need ice skates! These days we drain the lake in the winter, but if we didn’t it would probably look just like this picture.
We have a wonderful book in our camp archives called Rockbrook Memories by Mary Bissell McIver Thompson. It was published in 1968 and is filled with stories about the early days at camp. It is fascinating to read all of the stories and realize that Rockbrook has not changed much at all! There was singing, polar bear, fun activities, skits, a ringing bell and of course fantastic friends. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? We hope to reprint this wonderful treasure and have it available for the new generations of campers to enjoy.
Back on the 29th of January, a few RBC girls got together for a mini-reunion at Lucile Martin’s house in Atlanta, GA. Fifteen or so people were able to make it. Not pictured above: Jennie Lewis, Charlotte Page, Jenny Howard, Maggie Allgood, Mandy Horton, Jill Woodruff King, Haley and Bayless Fleming.
It’s always so great to get together and remember all the happy times we’ve shared at Rockbrook. Sometimes you can’t help but laughing at some of those old photos.
Stay tuned! We’ll let you know when the next Rockbrook Mini Reunion is planned.
Here’s a nice photo of the “Old Guard” taken at Rockbrook’s recent Alumnae Reunion back in August. From left to right, there’s: Lucy Gibson, Brenda Byrne, Elsa Claverie, Madge Kempton, Mary Ellis Carrere Hasseltine, Jo Littleton, Phyllis Shaw and Elizabeth Acree. Years and years of camp experience right there!