Melody Parish

Hello all! My name is Melody and I’m excited to return for my 3rd year at Rockbrook. I’m originally from Kentuckiana (the affectionate nickname for the southern Indiana and northern Kentucky region around Louisville, KY) and grew up playing outside, camping, and spending lots of time in the woods, so I’m happy to be in this very special place. I’ve enjoyed doing several different jobs at Rockbrook, which definitely reflects my hodgepodge of interests. I always love learning something new, especially if I can share it with a friend! This year I’ll be down in the garden in GART and up in Needlecraft a bit, where I loved teaching campers all things needle arts last year. You can find me crocheting (a skill I learned and taught last summer that I have become OBSESSED with) especially modern granny squares right now, identifying native plants and animals, pulling volunteer plants around camp when needed (what is a “weed,” anyway, but a plant who volunteered to grow without a human’s say-so?), and chilling out with my feet a stream. I love to see all the creativity around camp and can’t wait to see what magic everyone makes together this year!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I love playing a new song by ear on piano or guitar, and I'm a huge Halloween lover

Favorite Quote

"Time is money, money is power, power is pizza, pizza is knowledge!"-April Ludgate, Parks & Rec

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Crochet, hang out with my dog Pete-za and my cats Maybelle and Frankie, watch comedy TV, play piano and guitar

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Sing-especially with others and especially a harmony

Last Book I Read?

Under The Rainbow by Celia Laskey

Personal Interests

Making things, growing things, playing music, etymology, all things spooky

Favorite Camp Food

Hard to choose, but I love the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and falafel!

Wiley White

Wiley White

Hi everyone! I’m Wiley, and I’m thrilled to be returning to Rockbrook for my 8th summer after a five-year hiatus. The last time I was at camp, I was a CA, and I can’t wait to reconnect to my favorite place in ~the heart of a wooded mountain~.

I grew up in Washington DC and I’m currently a rising senior at Davidson College, where I study Anthropology. I’ve been lucky enough to have my studies take me around the world, including time abroad in Ghana, Venice, and Chile.

I have countless wonderful memories from camp, like celebrating my birthday here every year, exploring the outdoors in ways I never had before, and of course embracing Rockbrook-tier silliness. The relationships I’ve built here as a camper are incredibly special to me, and I look forward to making many new ones with you this summer!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I’m a 3rd generation Rockbrook camper!

Favorite Movie

Amelie

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both! Karaoke is my favorite crossover

Last Book I Read?

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Favorite Camp Food

I've been dreaming about Rockbrook muffins for years!! Nothing quite like them

Emily Dolling

Emily Dolling

I’m from London, England and just moved back from Nottingham after being away from home for 4 years!

I studied childhood psychology and so I know the important of children’s life experience and the impact they have on them which is why doing camp was so important to me.

I can’t wait to meet everyone and create some amazing memories and friends!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I’m an only child

Favorite Quote

We only get one go, so we might as well make it count!

Favorite Movie

Rush Hour

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Read or Sleep

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both

Last Book I Read?

The brightest light of sunshine

Personal Interests

Reading, watching football, music

Favorite Camp Food

Not sure I’m excited to try them

Sofia Miller

Sofia Miller

Hey everyone! My name is Sofia, and this is my first year at Rockbrook. I am a rising junior at NC State University. I grew up in Waxhaw, North Carolina and lived in Sweden for two and a half years. I love reading, traveling, anything outdoors and I am a part of the Rafting club at NC State. I am super excited to meet everyone and make new friends! I am really looking forward to the community at Rockbrook and being a part of a positive and fun camp environment.

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I have an identical twin sister!

Favorite Movie

The Proposal

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Read a good book!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

I love to sing!

Personal Interests

I love to travel, hike, camp, read and scrapbook.

Sylvia Hemmer

Sylvia Hemmer

Hello! My name is Sylvia Jean Hemmer and I am from Farmville Virginia! I grew up in North Carolina so it is fun to be going back to my roots. I am an avid runner and plan to run cross country for my college in the fall. I love the outdoors and all things adventure. I am exited to get out on the water with campers at Rockbrook!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I once met Young Sheldon and Jane Fonda in the same day

Favorite Quote

“I’m not super stitious but I am a little stitious.” -Micheal Scott

Favorite Movie

Knives out

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Run!!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Dance 100%

Last Book I Read?

Turtles all the way down, By: John Green

Personal Interests

I love playing soccer, running, and rafting!

Favorite Camp Food

Nothing beats a good S’more

naomi penner

Naomi Penner

Hello! I’m Naomi and can’t believe this will be my 6th summer at Rockbrook! I’m back again this year as an Assistant Director and will also be working with the Hi-Ups, the oldest campers who you’ll soon learn do many important things around camp. Rockbrook is such a special place to me, namely for the community of supportive, loving, and spirited individuals who love it just as much as I do. It is here you will develop lasting friendships, connect with nature, and potentially discover something new and wonderful about yourself.

At camp you can find me admiring all the flora and fauna, enjoying Rick’s delicious meals, and no doubt doing something silly! I am always grateful to be here for another joyful summer in this magical, wooded fairyland. I hope I can be a part of making your time at Rockbrook full of fun! Can’t wait to see y’all soon!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I know the entire Kevin G rap from Mean Girls!

Favorite Quote

"And the sun poured in like butterscotch, And stuck to all my senses" - Joni Mitchell (Chelsea Morning)

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Go for a walk or make a cup of tea and read with my cat Maybelle on my lap.

Sing, Dance, or Both?

BOTH!

Last Book I Read?

The Women In Me - Britney Spears

Personal Interests

Searching for and identifying wildflowers, reading, exploring new places, learning about history and pop culture through podcasts, watching reality TV, and nature photography

Favorite Camp Food

Too hard to choose, but I do love when we have tacos, falafel, or stir fry.

Eve Maguire

Eve Maguire

I have grown up for most of my life in Glasgow, Scotland, where I live with my family, but also spent two years living in Singapore. From an early age I have been fortunate enough to experience trips and excursions similar to that which the Rockbrook Campers will be enjoying this summer, so I jumped at the opportunity of becoming a counsellor at Rockbrook! I am most excited to settle into life at camp and to become part of a team of counsellors and staff who are working together to create the best possible experience for the campers – and also to experience all the adventure, fun and friendship that Rockbrook has to offer for myself.

I have just completed my studies at University and will be graduating in the winter with a degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies. The performing arts and storytelling have been a hugely important part of my life and my participation in shows and creative projects has massively helped shape my confidence and ability to work with others. I believe creating performances, however big or small, to be the ultimate team sport! I am so excited to be taking on the role of building the Rockbrook play this summer and hope to bring the same experience of self-confidence and team work to the campers as I find in building a performance myself!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I am a huge fan of The US Office (and even found a way to write my final dissertation for University on it!)

Favorite Quote

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Favorite Movie

'It's a Wonderful Life' - I watch it every Christmas with my family!

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Listen to music, read a book or journal.

Sing, Dance, or Both?

I much prefer to dance!

Last Book I Read?

"One Day" by David Nicholls

Personal Interests

I love reading and writing, performing, and watching ice hockey.

Favorite Camp Food

Anything that I can make around a campfire!

Amanda Vidal

Amanda Vidal

Hi! My name is Amanda and I’m sooo excited for my first summer at camp! I just finished my freshman year at the UNCC where I’m majoring in Philosophy and minoring in English. I was born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico so I naturally love the beaches, mountains, and forests of this beautiful Earth! I know camp is going to be a blast and I can’t wait to get to know everyone and have a silly time with everyone!

Fun Facts

Favorite Quote

“Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise.” - Maya Angelou

Favorite Movie

Little Women (2019)

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Draw

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Dance!

Last Book I Read?

How to Flourish by Aristotle

Personal Interests

Reading, writing, drawing, film, records

Eva Grundy

Eve Grundy

Hi I’m Eve and I am from Nottingham, England! I am 23 years old and have lived in Nottingham my entire life. This will be my first summer at Camp Rockbrook and can’t wait to experience everything that camp has to offer!

I have grown up in a family of 5 being the youngest with 2 older brothers and of course Alfie (my dog). I have always loved the outdoors and have been on many camping holidays with my family growing up. I finished my university degree a year ago, gaining a teaching qualification and have since been working in a pre school. In my free time I enjoy seeing my friends, going to the cinema or going on a walk to find somewhere new.

I am excited for my first summer at Camp Rockbrook and can not wait to meet and learn from everyone within the Rockbrook community.

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I did synchronised ice skating growing up and even went to world championships when I was 16!

Favorite Movie

The Hunger Games

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Watch TV, specifically- New Girl

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both (however I am not very good at either)

Last Book I Read?

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Personal Interests

Baking, going for walks, ice skating, listening to music

Sophia Stein

Sophia Stein

Hi everyone! I’m Sophia and this will be my 9th year at Rockbrook and first year as a staff member. I will be a senior at Occidental College in Los Angeles this upcoming fall. I’m majoring in Media Arts & Culture, which is just a fancy way of saying Film Studies. I’m a person who enjoys doing anything creative, like painting, drawing, photography, and video editing. During my time in college, I have been lucky enough to study in places like South Korea and Prague, and through those experiences, I gained a love for trying new things and embracing unexpected adventures.

As a camper, I always felt like my best, truest self at Rockbrook, and now as a counselor I hope to foster an environment where campers can feel the same. Coming back to Rockbrook after 6 years away, I am looking forward to feeling that camp magic again! I can’t wait to meet everyone and have a summer full of fun in the heart of the wooded mountains!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I've studied on three different continents!

Favorite Quote

"If a thing loves, it is infinite." - William Blake

Favorite Movie

Fargo

With an hour of free time, I like to...

Listen to history podcasts!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both! I love karaoke!

Personal Interests

Cooking, traveling, karaoke, drawing, and reading.

Favorite Camp Food

Tamales and cookie dough!