Eliza Guthrie

Eliza Guthrie

Hello Friends!
I am sooooo excited to be back at camp this summer, it has been too long! I am originally from Marietta, Georgia and I just finished my freshman year at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. I have always loved going to Rockbrook because it has served as my sanctuary or home away from home for the past eight year and it never fails to leave me better than it found me! After a busy and semi-normal freshman year, I am so ready to head back to Rockbrook and enjoy the simple life. At camp, you can find me on the porch of the Hillside Lodge making some cool jewelry, reading a book on the hill, or walking with the Rockbrook walkers. I am so excited to jump back into the Rockbrook community to meet some new friends!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I have a twin who is also going to be at camp this summer, I have a feeling this might be her surprising fact also ;)

Favorite Quote

"Right foot, Left foot, breathe." - Pat Summitt

Favorite Movie

Sweet Home Alabama

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

Go for a long walk or take a nap!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Dance!

Last Book I Read?

Where the Crawdads Sing

Personal Interests

I love to cook!

Favorite Camp Food

MAC AND CHEESE!!

Ruby Compton

Ruby Compton

What a privilege it is to be joining the Rockbrook Camp family this summer and guiding campers amidst the incredible natural resources of WNC! There is nothing I love more than helping folks seek the joy of all the amazing outdoor activities there are to do here. I use she/her/hers pronouns. I moved to WNC after working at a summer camp in Nashville, Tennessee for seven summers and teaching at an outdoor education program in northeast Alabama. I came to these mountains to run a nature-based overnight camp near Dupont State Forest. After four years there, I started my own company conducting trainings for camps all over the world with a focus on supporting camps in the southeast. Whenever possible, I am out exploring and finding new trails and new ways to adventure. I’m a trail runner, whitewater enthusiast, backpacker, geocacher, cyclist, and wanderer. You can often find me playing on my SUP or my whitewater raft on the French Broad or Pigeon rivers or practicing my roll in my whitewater kayak. I’m a total nature nerd. I love all the incredible wildflowers we have here in WNC and watching the tadpoles grow up in the puddles across the street from my house. If I am not outside, I’m thinking about being outside. Let’s go play!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I hated swimming until about 7 years ago -- now it is one of my favorite forms of exercise

Favorite Quote

"Don't just do something, sit there."

Favorite Movie

Up

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

learn about the plants around me

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Love dancing in the rain and singing in the car with the windows down

Last Book I Read?

The Playful Classroom, by Jed Dearybury and Dr. Julie Jones

Personal Interests

Whitewater rafting, Stand-up paddleboarding, learning about nature

Favorite Camp Food

Double-decker s'more

Julianne Johnson

Julianne Johnson

Hey, I’m Julianne! I am beyond excited and overjoyed to be working as a riding instructor at Rockbrook this summer! I have grown up in a sea of orange and always cheering on the tigers in Clemson, SC. This will be my first year at camp, but I just know I am going to love the summer breeze in the mountains. I have ridden horses since I was 9 years old, almost 12 years this fall, and have always enjoyed taking care of and being around not just horses but all animals. I am currently a rising Junior at Wofford College and study Business Economics and possibly a minor in education, as I have been student teaching the month of April and May. I can’t wait to be riding and spending time with all the campers and horses this summer! I hope that I can be a light each day for campers and help them to learn all they want and become confident on and off the horse.

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I have three Kidneys

Favorite Quote

"Have Courage and be Kind"- Cinderella

Favorite Movie

Anything with Adam Sandler

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

Spend time with friends or take a nap

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Dance

Last Book I Read?

Midnight Sun

Personal Interests

I enjoy baking.

Blythe Kidwell

Blythe Kidwell

I have lived in Atlanta all of my life, but I consider Brevard my second home. I am an only child and I have a pet hamster (I am so sad I will be away from it this summer). Over quarantine I have found joy in playing soccer for my school and club team. I have also enjoyed going camping about once a month for the past 2 years. Every summer I look forward to making friendship bracelets on the hill and doing the Polar Bear Plunge. Some of my favorite out of camp trips I have been on are a Leave No Trace backpacking trip when I was a Middler or the Looking Glass trip for rock climbing.

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I am a Boy Scout!

Favorite Quote

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller

Favorite Movie

Hunger Games (all three movies)

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

Go for a swim in the lake or make a friendship bracelet

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both, especially when it's a camp song

Last Book I Read?

Little Women

Personal Interests

Soccer and baking!

Favorite Camp Food

Mac N' Cheese and Andes Mint Chocolate Muffins!!!!

Kara Lochbaum

Kara Lochbaum

Hello from the Traveling Potter! I always find it intriguing how life can sort of take you places you never imagined. In March of last year I purchased a camper to live in full-time. In my travels I stumbled upon Brevard. Immediately blown away by the endless hiking trails and waterfalls, I knew I would someday call this place home. I am new to Rockbrook, I grew up in Erie Pennsylvania, and never had the pleasure of attending a summer camp. I have always admired the movies and kids who got to experience the summer camp life. I even worked part-time at a couple camps in adulthood and found it to be such a fun environment. I am EXTREMELY overjoyed to be a part of Rockbrook Staff and get to finally live out my childhood dream of being fully immersed in the summer camp fun! I hope to share my travel stories, experiences, and love for pottery with the kiddos at Rockbrook. I learned my love for the arts at a very young age. I hope to show the campers how exciting and fun pottery can be. Though, I am sure they already know!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I can Juggle!

Favorite Quote

You will never regret being kind

Favorite Movie

Any Marvel Movie!

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

Exercise or go to the Library. I love libraries!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both. Loud and wild

Last Book I Read?

Just Listen

Personal Interests

Golf, Fishing, Hiking, DIY.

Favorite Camp Food

S'mores

Emma Roberts

Emma Roberts

Hi everyone! My name is Emma, and I am looking forward to spending the upcoming summer at Rockbrook. I am originally from a small town in Massachusetts with more trees than people, and enjoy being around nature. I grew up attending sleepaway camp in New England and loved every second of it. I am thrilled to work at Rockbrook and pass on the amazing camp experience that I was lucky enough to have. I love camp because it allows us to step away from technology, spend time in nature, learn new skills, form meaningful friendships, and grow as people. I am wicked excited to meet you all!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I have the same first, middle, and last name as the celebrity Emma Roberts, but it is a complete coincidence!

Favorite Quote

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

Favorite Movie

The Parent Trap

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

Take a long and relaxing walk.

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Dance!

Last Book I Read?

The Speckled People, by Hugo Hamilton

Personal Interests

Art, Writing, Chess, Exercising

Favorite Camp Food

I can't wait to try the muffins!

Caroline Seelman

Caroline Seelman

Hey y’all! My name is Caroline and I am beyond elated to be returning to the heart of a wooded mountain. I am from New Orleans and love the city (and the food!!), but always count down the days until I can go back to camp. With a desire to spend more time in North Carolina, I chose to attend Elon University where I am currently finishing up my junior year. Having attended Rockbrook for nearly half of my life, it is definitely a place I consider to be my second home. The first time I drove up the gravel driveway at camp with my parents, I was a shy, somewhat awkward, and introverted 11 year old girl. Today, I return as a strong, independent, and outgoing 21 year old thanks to the Rockbrook community and all the people in it. The confidence I have at camp is something that has been woven into the daily fabric I wear. For my growth as a person, I could not be more thankful.

It is my hope that I can serve as a role model of what a Rockbrook girl is and can be. In addition, I hope to provide my campers with the same safe haven, love, and support that I received from my counselors. I cannot wait to witness the growth of my campers that can happen in just a few short and magical weeks at camp!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I went to an all girls school for 14 years!

Favorite Quote

"Life is better when you're laughing"

Favorite Movie

The Greatest Showman

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

Practice yoga

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both!

Last Book I Read?

Mandela's Way, by Richard Stengel

Personal Interests

Hiking, reading, traveling, pretty much anything outside!!

Favorite Camp Food

tamales!!

Christine Lundblad

Christine Lundblad

Hey Friends! I’m Christine and I’m SUPER excited to be back at RBC this summer. I grew up in the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton, a small beach town on the southernmost part of South Carolina’s coast right by Savannah, GA. I’m about to graduate High School and start at Clemson next fall as a tentative engineering major. I enjoy spending time with friends, going to the beach, and going for hikes – even though it is very flat where I live.

Growing up, Camp was always where I went to get my fix of mountain scenery, the perfect contrast to my hometown. I’m so excited to be back at camp as a Counselor and experience the magic of camp from a different point of view. I will also be lifeguarding this summer and can’t wait to jump into the REFRESHING Lake!!!!!!!!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I cross state lines to go to a 175 year old, all girls high school every morning :)

Favorite Quote

"There is a strange comfort in knowing that no matter what happens today, the Sun will rise again tomorrow." -Aaron Lauritsen

Favorite Movie

The Last Song or Shrek the Third

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

Go for a walk

Sing, Dance, or Both?

BOTH! - poorly but with enthusiasm

Last Book I Read?

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

Personal Interests

Taking picture, making my friends go on walks with me, and going to the beach

Favorite Camp Food

Po Boy Sandwiches or Tomato Soup

Cary Guthrie

Cary Guthrie

Hey y’all! My name is Cary Guthrie and I can’t wait to be back at Rockbrook! I grew up in Marietta,Ga and I am finishing up my freshman year at the University of Georgia! Can I get a go dawgs? I cannot wait to be waking up the morning bell and breathe in the cool crisp mountain air. After experiencing living in a pandemic and busy-ness of college, I’m so excited to slow down and be able to reap the benefits of the Rockbrook community. I’m also so excited to have a whole summer off zoom! Around camp you’ll see me at the tennis courts, take a lap around Charlotte’s loop, or singing loudly in the dining hall! I hope to bring the Rockbrook spirit to camp this summer as we’ve all missed it so much.

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I have a twin sister who will also be working at camp this summer

Favorite Quote

It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices.”Albus Dumbledoore

Favorite Movie

The Grinch

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

Go on walks, workout, or hang with my friends

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both, poorly. It’s the effort that counts right

Last Book I Read?

The Invisible Heart

Personal Interests

Working out, cooking

Favorite Camp Food

TAMALES or pita pizza or tortellini. Too many good options to chose from!

Veda Yaguda

Veda Yaguda

My name is Veda Lovett Yaguda, but people call me Vee! I’m from a tiny town in central California called Paso Robles. I go to Wake Forest University here in NC and plan to major in Psychology with a minor in Health and Human Services with a focus in Counseling. I love all things adventure; and I am looking forward to sharing that with campers and counselors alike this summer at Rockbrook. I am an avid backpacker, explorer, and all things to do with the gorgeous outdoors in the Brevard/Asheville area. Back home, I spend a lot of time at the beach, hiking, and looking for places I’ve never been before! Roadtrips, windows down, and music up, is always on the table with me!

Speaking of music, I love good tunes, and am always looking for new artists, so come to me with recommendations and I’ll be a happy camper! I’ve been to countless concerts and shows, and hope to continue to do so as soon as COVID eases up. My favorite show so far has been Vampire Weekend in SF, CA. Next on my list: Harry Styles! This summer at Rockbrook, I am eager to get to know new amazing people, and looking forward to sharing time in the gorgeous area that we get to live in this summer!

Fun Facts

A Surprising Thing About Me

I climbed Half Dome in Yosemite National park with my whole family!

Favorite Quote

“Everyday above ground is a great day, remember that.” -Pitbull (Mr. Worldwide)

Favorite Movie

Point Break (original)

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

Napping in the sun!

Sing, Dance, or Both?

Both...at the same time!

Last Book I Read?

Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell

Personal Interests

All things music and outdoors, nothing better than listening to music and going on a hike!

Favorite Camp Food

MUFFINS