Who doesn’t love a slip’n slide?! Haley Hudler, a long-time camper and current staff member summed up the benefits of working at a camp when she said, “Camp is great because it allows you to relive the fine points of your youth, yet also it gives you the opportunity to mature and grow due to […]
Author Archives: Jessi Nixon
Long time camper and counselor Jane Pierce was recently featured in a magazine for her stunning photography talent. During the summer, she shared her passion with campers – doing stop-motion, scavenger hunts, and much more. Currently, she attends Corcoran College in Washington, DC. She aspires to be a fashion photographer. Go Jane!
Many a camper has been to Rockbrook Falls, or at least to the bridge at the bottom of it. There is, however, a larger portion of the falls that can be seen if you are one for adventure. To get there, you have to scramble, climb over rocks, and maybe even get a little wet, […]
Last year, Kara taught archery at camp and worked the full summer on the junior line. She was a much-loved counselor – probably because she always had a sunny attitude, and clearly made her campers’ experience her top priority. This May, she will be graduating Summa Cum Laude (aka she’s really smart!) with a degree […]
This weekend, with the help of Tara Millington and Catherine Goodnight, the first seeds were planted in the garden. What you don’t see yet in this photo are the carrots, beets, beans, corn, onions, peas and more that will soon be sprouting! This is actually the same place that the old garden use to be […]
3 Common Mistakes By Bob Ditter, Camp Psychologist 1. Telling children the things you don’t want them to do, rather than the things you do want them to do. We often tell children, “Don’t fight! Stop running! Quit arguing! Leave that alone!” This way of communicating leaves children with a much better idea of what […]
Here is a poem we sometimes read at Spirit Fire. To An Old Camper by Mary S. Edgar You may think, my dear, when you grow quite old You have left camp days behind, But I know the scent of wood smoke Will always call to mind Little fires at twilight And trails you used […]
Former counselor Eva Jorgensen-Graham stopped by the office today. She recently graduated from Elon with a degree in psychology and is now selling insurance. While at camp, she taught photography and was the head counselor of the senior line. Good luck, Eva!
Apparently, campers used to do interpretive dance on the lawn in front of the Carrier House. It’s hard to tell if they are really being serious, or, in true Rockbrook fashion, they are just goofing around. Like to get your groove on? Dance is still an activity at camp. If campers want to, they can […]
Paige Salsman, former camper and now Junior Linehead counselor, is currently a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. She loves riflery and is also a lifeguard at camp and will part of the head staff 1st and 3rd session. Can’t wait for summer!
As a staff member, you really get a chance to make a positive impact on campers! Rockbrook has a built-in leadership program. Campers slowly take on more responsibility and learn how to work as a team-player. During their CA year, campers throw an extravagant end-of-session banquet for the whole camp. Then, they come back the […]
Catherine Frampton met with Jessi at Sewanee University, last week before heading home to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and her Debut. A debut is an old tradition in which the family presents their daughter to society. In New Orleans, they also curtsy in front of the King and Queen of Mardi Gras. Back at […]
Counselors Sarah Thompson, Anna Myers and Alice Turner met with Jessi at Lilly’s Pizza. Sarah recently graduated from Emerson College for English. At camp she was the Senior Line Head and taught journalism, sports, and even came up with “mental sports” for the scientific/engineer-minded campers. Anna also graduated last year from NC State for Art. […]
2 former camper/now counselors met with Jessi for Indian food last week. Both of them are great examples of how camp can “add spice” to one’s career and life choices. Christine Alexander, now a George Washington University student, grew up at camp. She is studying theater in college, as well as leading outdoor trips. Jane […]
There are 3 main age groups at camp – Juniors, Middlers and Seniors. Juniors are 6 to 10 years old. Camp is sooooo magical to them. They love to play in the creek, be members of the bug-catcher’s club, sing the same song over and over again, and of course, hang all over their counselors! […]