Mary Lowance

Mary Lowance

Hey there!! My name is Mary and I am beyond excited to be returning to camp for the centennial and see everyone’s lovely faces again! I am a rising sophomore at Davidson College on the pre-medicine track, and I couldn’t be happier to be on staff. I am going to be working 1st session this summer for the first time (I used to go 2nd). My grandmother and both my aunts on my dad’s side of the family grew up working at Rockbrook, so I am very happy to continue on the tradition in the heart of the wooded mountain 🙂 I love the rainy summers in Brevard more than anything, and I am so excited to hit up Dolly’s again, go for some runs on the trails, and just be back in this wonderful community for another summer. My favorite place on camp has to be sitting on the Hillside Lodge in a rocking chair with bracelets and a book.

Back at home in Atlanta are my parents, and my brother William who is a rising junior in high school. We also have a dog, Max, and a cat named Scout. At school, I am involved in club soccer, I am a tour guide (for any interested rising juniors or seniors), and I am an avid participant in outdoor activities like hiking and running! I grew up involved in music from piano, to musicals, to my current a cappella group at my college, the Davidson Delilahs! I love putting myself out there especially when it comes to music, so I fit right in at the dining hall amidst all the songs and chants. I think camp encourages campers to really be the best version of themselves and truly provides friends that you will have for life, and I am so excited to be back … I can’t wait!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

Friendship bracelets were my quarantine hobby!

Favorite Quote

"Enjoy the little things"

Favorite Movie

Notting Hill

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

go for a run!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Sing -- but if the spirit of camp moves me I won't back down from a dance!

Last Book I Read?

Heavy, by Kiese Laymon

Personal Interests

spending time with friends, hiking, singing, and playing soccer!

Favorite Camp Food

Poboys or pumkin chocolate chip muffins

Kendrick Austin

Kendrick Austin

Hello! My name is Kendrick and I was born and raised in Brevard North Carolina. Many people know me as Jess’s younger brother at camp, but I am hoping that will change at least some this summer. Being a male, I never attended Rockbrook as a camper, however, my earliest memories at camp are driving up the big hill in the backseat of the car while dropping Jess off. I have been working with kids since I started high school mostly teaching climbing to younger children and more recently I have been coaching for a competitive youth climbing team. I love the outdoors and am excited to both demonstrate that love and foster love and appreciation for the outdoors in Rockbrook campers.

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I just bought a van and am in the process of converting it into a tiny home.

Favorite Quote

Woohoo! - Clyde Carter

Favorite Movie

Central Intelligence

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

Sit outside

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Neither

Last Book I Read?

Discovering Psychology

Personal Interests

Rock Climbing, Hiking, Backpacking, Swimming

Favorite Camp Food

MUFFINS!

Sophie Lyman

Sophie Lyman

Hey there, hi there! My name is Sophie Lyman. I’m a rising high school senior from Atlanta, GA and I am so excited to return to my favorite place this summer as a CIT on the Junior line for the July 1st mini session. This will be my 7th year at Rockbrook, and my first on the staff. My grandmother and aunt on my dad’s side were both counselors at Rockbrook in their day. My favorite place at camp is the porch of the Middler lodge, because I love looking out over the mountains and hearing the creek flowing below. As a camper, I loved jewelry-making, riflery, and climbing (the view from Castle Rock is worth the trip!).

At home, I live with my parents, my brother McCoy, who goes to our brother camp Camp Carolina, and my sister Lizzie, who is also a Rockbrook girl! We have two cats, Cosmo and Otis, and a dog, Olive. (If you end up in my cabin I will have lots of pictures!) I have a passion for history and biology and aim to continue those studies in college, wherever I end up. At school, I am the captain of our JV girls ultimate frisbee team, a member of our varsity quiz bowl team, and a coach and founder of our Girls on the Run team in the elementary. I am also a remedial English tutor. I’ve been in every school musical possible and will be directing our student-run musical this August. I can’t wait to meet you all this summer- I can already taste the Dolly’s ice cream.

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I want to be fluent in French one day!

Favorite Quote

"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more." -Mr. Knightley (Jane Austen's Emma)

Favorite Movie

Booksmart

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

sing as loudly as possible in my car

Sing, Dance, or Both?

both- a musical!

Last Book I Read?

"Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison

Personal Interests

sewing, singing, acting, ultimate frisbee, academic bowl

Favorite Camp Food

Confetti muffins. Mmmm...

Ella Boudreau

Elle Boudreau

Hi friends! i’m beyond ECSTATIC to be back in my favorite place this summer! I will be a senior in high school next school year and hope to end up at The University of Oregon to study psychology and continue studying American Sign Language! Ive grown up in Clearwater, Florida and have two puppies named Eleanor and Theodore (teddy)! I have loved every counselor i’ve had at RBC and everything they’ve taught me about being my authentic self and just hope i can do that for my campers too! I LOVE watching movies, reading, making jewelry, going to the beach with my friends and snacking! I’m so ready for another great year at camp!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I can label every country in Africa in under a minute!

Favorite Quote

“If the mountain seems too high today, hike the hill instead” -unknown

Favorite Movie

Uptown Girls

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

Bake!!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Sing! (although not a pleasant sound)

Last Book I Read?

“Little Do We Know” by Tamara Ireland Stone

Personal Interests

Doing crafts! & Taking pictures of my smiling friends!

Favorite Camp Food

funfetti muffins & mac and cheese!!

Clara Miller

Clara Miller

Hi, guys! My name is Clara, and I’m from Athens, Georgia. I’ve lived there my whole life, but after camp ends, I’ll be moving to Minneapolis-St. Paul to attend Macalester College. Go scots! I am currently undecided, but I’ll most likely major in political science and economics.

I’m SO excited to be back in the heart of the wooded mountain this summer. Attending camp through middle and high school was such an incredible experience for me, and I’m really looking forward to sharing that experience with my campers. As a young camper, I loved Rockbrook for the gorgeous scenery, the fun activities, and the crazy theme days. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve also come to love how camp lets young girls push their boundaries and explore new things in a supportive community. I’m so excited to show a new group of Rockbrook girls the beautiful landscape of Brevard, teach them in their activities, and help them build relationships that will last a lifetime!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I can make eight different flavors of vegan pancakes (and they're all delicious)!

Favorite Quote

“A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

Favorite Movie

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

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

Grab a snack with my friends!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

I'm not great at either, but both are too fun to not try!

Last Book I Read?

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

Personal Interests

Listening to music, watching cheesy movies, knitting, cooking and baking

Favorite Camp Food

Fruit cobbler!

Jaelyn Wilson

Jaelyn Wilson

Hi hi~ I’m Jaelyn and this is is my second year at Rockbrook!! I grew up in Atlanta, GA and it’s currently where I go to school at Georgia State University. I’m about to be a senior!! I am majoring in Applied Linguistics (I want to be an English teacher;)) and I have a minor in Korean. I have 3 siblings and I’m number 2 out of 4!! I grew up going to different summer camps, but I never got the chance to go to a sleep away camp until I worked at Rockbrook. My favorite spot at camp is the junior lodge! The view is really pretty and I love watching the sunset!! I love embroidery, so hopefully I’ll see you at the back porch of Curosty! It’s been a long year, and I can’t wait to be back in the mountains and meet new friends!!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I know all the words to all the songs in Shrek the Musical!

Favorite Quote

Get better idols - Bailey Sarian

Favorite Movie

Shrek the Musical

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

Read

Sing, Dance, or Both?

BOTH

Last Book I Read?

Pride and Prejudice

Personal Interests

Reading, hanging out with friends, and trying new recipes!!

Favorite Camp Food

Mac and cheese

Jules French

Jules French

Hey there, hi there! My name is Julianna French, but I go by Jules! I’m from a Malden, a small town in southeast Missouri. I’m currently a rising junior at the University of Mississippi, and I love it so much! I am so excited to embark on my adventure as a FIRST time Rockbrook girl, and am looking forward to everything camp has to offer. Although I’ve never been to camp, my older sister was a counselor a few years ago and visiting her allowed me to get a taste of just how fun camp can be! I can’t wait to spend all summer by the lake, hike the mountains, and take those trips to sliding rock and Dolly’s 🙂 I’m looking forward to discovering the best parts of camp, and getting to know everyone in the Rockbrook community, and experience those all fun traditions! See you all soon!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I can do the worm!

Favorite Movie

Mamma Mia

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

Go on a walk, or nap!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

DANCE!

Last Book I Read?

Where the Crawdads Sing

Favorite Camp Food

TBD- but I am so looking forward to all those muffins!

Piper Oosting

Piper Oosting

Hey there! I’m Piper and I am thrilled to be coming back to Rockbrook this summer!! I live in a small town a bit outside of Atlanta, GA and am currently counting down the days until I’ll be attending the University of Ottawa this fall! I grew up coming to Brevard every summer until I was introduced to Rockbrook. Now I can’t imagine spending my summers away from the amazing community created at camp! I have been missing the no-pressure/carefree attitude, connection with nature, and personal growth that camp brings. After the craziest year ever, coming back to camp will be the breath of fresh air I’ve been needing(quite literally). I can’t wait to spend this summer in the cosmic corner working on some fun projects, enjoying a rest hour rain shower, singing until I lose my voice, and sitting on the junior lodge porch reading a book or just enjoying the stellar view. I am so excited to meet you all and have the most amazing summer in the heart of the wooded mountain!!!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I once climbed a tree and sat there for 3 hours

Favorite Quote

"Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want."

Favorite Movie

Mamma Mia or Moana

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

Take a hike with my pup

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both! Quite terribly, I'll admit, but with camp spirit

Last Book I Read?

Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury

Personal Interests

Hiking, baking, traveling, sewing

Favorite Camp Food

Cheesy bread and tomato soup!!!

Connally Hobbs

Connally Hobbs

Hey! My name is Connally Hobbs, I am currently a senior in high school and will be attending Wake Forest University in the Fall. I was born in New Canaan, CT but moved to Atlanta when I was two, and have lived here ever since. I have two younger sisters–Cece and Claire, two dogs–Chloe and Dallas, and three cats–Scout, Skye, and Cole. I was a competitive gymnast for 12 years and now play golf! My favorite foods are: peanut butter, sushi, Chick-fil-A, and camp muffins!

My mom was both a camper and counselor at Rockbrook, and the reason why I became a RBC camper and counselor myself. I started at Rockbrook when I was a junior camper, and fell in love with every aspect of the RBC community. Whether its singing camp songs at lunch, white water rafting, making friendship bracelets, climbing the Alpine Tower, running from a spricket, jumping in the freezing cold lake, going to Dolly’s, trying to catch my breath as I walk from archery to curosty, or crying as I say goodbye on the last day of camp. I know that Camp is the one place where I can escape the real world, make new friends, try new things, and make memories that last a life time!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I have just about every country song memorized word for word :)

Favorite Quote

When the devil whispers in your ear, you are not strong enough to withstand the storm. You whisper back, I AM THE STORM!

Favorite Movie

The Polar Express

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

Shop, play golf, hang with friends, drive around, go for a walk, or watch Grey's Anatomy.

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Definitely dancing! I am pretty sure if you heard me sing, you might have nightmares.

Last Book I Read?

After We Collided, by Anna Todd

Personal Interests

golf, cheer, shopping, hanging with friends, listening to music, drawing, etc.

Favorite Camp Food

THE MUFFINS!!!

Shannon Ayres

Shannon Ayres

Hello all! My name is Shannon and I am so so excited to be back at camp! My last summer was my HUP year which was four years ago, crazy! I grew up in Alexandria. VA, right outside of DC where I attended high school. I am now a rising junior at Colgate University in Upstate New York. I am so excited to be in NC for the summer because the last day I was in NY (April 30th) it snowed! So I am ready for summer!

I am so excited to be coming back to camp as a counselor and lifeguard. My counselors were always one of my favorite aspects of camp. I actually reconnected with an old counselor recently, so their influence really does live on. My favorite thing about the lake is always working on mermaid laps and the polar plunge! I also so ready to be able to log-off of everyday stress for a while and relax and have fun at camp. Camp was always my reset time and I think we all need it more than ever this year. Can’t wait to see everyone!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I speak four languages! (sorta, I am working on it)

Favorite Movie

A Sound of Music (I watch it with my grandma every Thanksgiving)

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

Read!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Not good at either, but Dance!

Last Book I Read?

Lady Clementine (about Winston Churchill's wife)

Personal Interests

I really love photography and baking

Favorite Camp Food

Quesadillas!!