Here’s an aerial photograph of camp from 1924. You can easily see the Carrier house and just make out the dining hall and the line lodges. There sure are a lot more trees around now!
In her book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, Wendy Mogel critiques what she sees as a troubling trend in parenting these days— an excessive tendency to shield children from any kind of discomfort.
“Parents are so busy protecting their children that they don’t give them a chance to learn how to maneuver on their own outside home or school.”
Spending time at summer camp serves as a welcome counter force to this trend. As they choose their own activities, sleep in rustic cabins, live with and make new friends, young people at camp are given a great opportunity to grow. Far beyond what parents might orchestrate at home, camp encourages kids to become more independent, to try new things, and to learn from the experience.
It’s a lot of things (like a really fun time!), but perhaps most fundamentally, camp is a setting for exploring who we really are. Stepping out of our normal routines, we can try new things, endure discomforts and setbacks (try again), and marvel at unexpected accomplishments.
Seen this video? It’s more about how camp is a place for girls to grow.
Rockbrook Camp at daybreak
Sun just rising over the hill
Birds are chirping of happiness
My heart with love it does fill
The fragrence of newly opened flowers
Who also took their nights rest
They look just recently sprayed
With dew, carefully and the morning fairies best.
When the day is over and into bed I go,
Everything is peaceful
For Rockbrook Camp I know.
—Nancy B., camper 1959
“Thought you all would enjoy this picture of myself, Charlotte Deakin, and Katie Zell. They came to see me in Charleston this past weekend for the Cooper River Bridge Run. I guess between the 3 of us it’s about 30-40 years of RBC :). Time well spent in my opinion! Hope all is well!”
Rockbrook has purchased a new pony! Her name is Amber and she’s a quarter horse/arabian cross that has been a western trail horse. She is super sweet and quiet and loves children. Since this picture, she has had her mane considerably shortened and soon we’ll see if she likes to jump. We are excited about Amber becoming a new and important part of camp this summer.