We found this great picture of Ashleigh from last summer, and thought we’d pass it on. Also, we’re excited to let you know that she’ll be back this summer to work again as a counselor on the outdoor adventure staff. This looks like one of those crazy “self portraits” (holding the camera with one hand) that she took at the top of the Castle Rock climbs at camp. Awesome!
Archives for March 2007
Occasionally we receive great emails and letters from Rockbrook alumni, short notes that remind us of some of the reasons RBC is such a popular summer camp. It’s always fun to hear what people remember, and with camp running every summer since 1921, you can imagine there are a lot of Rockbrook alumni!
Recently we received this wonderful example from a woman who attended in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
I remember the smell of camp and the mountains. Meeting and becoming friends. Learning to water ski on Cascade Lake. Climbing out on Castle Rock. Overnights on hiking and canoeing trips. Going into town to the Biltmore to get ice cream. Hiking the Appalachian trail with the Hi-Ups. Making up songs to sing at a meal after a trip out of camp. Getting a package at Good Will! Jerky’s flag lowering at the end of the day and looking out over the mountains.
So many memories!
It’s hard to tell from this photo, but these girls are more than 35 feet up in the air! That’s because they’re climbing on our 50-ft high ropes course Alpine Tower. It’s the coolest jungle gym you’ve ever seen, and unlike others, the Rockbrook tower has a roof (keeping things much drier), an overhanging climbing wall, and a crazy “bump out” to climb over. We open the tower every day at camp, so you can climb and climb. High ropes course climbing is the first step in our rock climbing program progression. Here you learn the basics about climbing techniques, safety protocols and equipment, and then it’s off to the next step— climbing at Castle Rock, our granite slab outcropping up the hill from the center of camp. After that, there are almost limitless climbing routes available in the Pisgah National Forest nearby. No wonder there are so many great rock climbers at Rockbrook!
This is one of those places that almost knocks you over when you see it. It’s a view from the top of John Rock in the Pisgah National Forest (which is right near camp). Hiking through the dense, almost jungle-like, woods for a few miles, being a little sweaty from the climb in elevation, suddenly you pop out to this fantastic view. It’s so surprising and breathtaking. Down almost 1000 feet, you’re looking north toward Looking Glass Rock (one of our camp rock climbing destinations). What a treat! It’s really something to look forward to when you go to a sleep away summer camp in the mountains of North Carolina.
Ready for a dip in the Rockbrook Camp lake? It’s always “refreshing” 😉 , which is our way of saying, “chilly, chilly, chilly.” This is because the lake is fed by a true mountain stream that runs down Rockbrook Falls nearby. Jumping in on a hot summer day feels just great.
Ready for that swim now? We sure are! Here are Sarah and Katie, two of our lifeguards from last summer, ready to keep a close eye and lend a hand if you need it.
Time for another update about “what’s new with Zee Slew.” There he is with Cara, our equestrian program director! This photo was taken a few months back down in Laurinburg, but we thought you’ld like to see Zee. Like Cara, he’ll be back this summer working in the Rockbrook equestrian program. Hooray!!
Whoa! How many bracelets is that? It’s such a classic camp activity to make a bracelet. Stringing beads, tying friendship knot bracelets, weaving yarn straps, stamping leather strips… it’s always fun to combine unusual colors, maybe try to spell something, or come up with different patterns. Of course, it’s almost impossible to wear every bracelet or anklet you make (well maybe not completely impossible 😉 ), so you’ve got plenty of gifts for your friends back home. “Hey mom, I made this for you at camp.” Sound familiar?
Combine flexibility, poise, balance and some strength, and you’ve got an idea of the gymnastics program at Rockbrook Camp. We teach different classes for girls with different levels of experience so everyone can learn something and improve their skills. We use traditional gymnastics equipment like the beam, bars, and tumbling floor, but also enjoy fun exercises and musical/rhythmic gymnastics. It’s just one of the many skill-based activities available at camp each session.
One of the activities at camp that’s always popular is dance. It’s held in one of the historic stone lodges we’ve outfitted with mirrors on one end. In addition to playing games, we teach a wide range of dance genres from Jazz to Pop, Hip-hop and different forms of ballroom dancing. Last year, Kalin taught traditional Irish Folk Dancing too. Then at the end of each session, the campers put on a dance show for the whole camp. It’s casual and fun… and a great way to learn a few new moves.
Rockbrook’s youth camps in NC have three different cabin groups or “lines,” areas of camp where girls of similar age stay together. Each line has its own stone meeting lodge (complete with cozy fireplace !) where the age group can hold activities during the day and special camp programs in the evening. The line we call the “Juniors” is for youth girls who have finished the 4th grade and below (kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade). The “Middlers” are girls who have finished 5th and 6th grade, and the “Seniors” are girls who have completed 7th, 8th and 9th grade. Combining the three lines, Rockbrook has summer youth camp programs for girls ages 6-16.