Preface: One Place, Many Voices
Camps are known to be places where stories are developed and shared, whether around a campfire, in the cabin, or on the road traveling home. This place has been telling a story over the last century, though the voices have changed over the years.
First built by the famous Asheville developer E.W. Grove, Lake Eden and its lodges were originally a family retreat area. The natural beauty provided a respite from work. The land and property were later sold to the historic Black Mountain College in the 1930s, a creative learning community that was not afraid to experiment with new ideas in the visual arts, performing arts, and architecture. When the College closed in 1956, Camp Rockmont was founded as a Christian summer camp for boys.
Chapter 1: A Christian Summer Camp for Boys
Building a Strong Foundation of Male Development
Since its founding in 1956, Camp Rockmont has been a place where boys have found space and opportunity to grow into the men that God is calling each of them to be. Rockmont presents age-appropriate challenges that become the vehicle to personal growth and whole-person development. Campers encounter these growth-inspiring challenges through the cabin experience and through time spent in large-group activities and camp skills – basically, lots of FUN – all of which happens in a supportive community. For the last half century and more, Rockmont has been developing a language around male development, honing in on what it means to grow as a young man.
Chapter 2: Day Camp for Boys and Girls
Launching a Creative Co-Ed Adventure
One of the more recent chapters in the Rockmont story includes the introduction of our co-ed Day Camp in 2009. Having strengthened our core program for boys, we had a strong desire to open up a whole new ministry opportunity to both boys and girls who live close by, or for whose families want to spend some time nearby in the mountains. The Rockmont Day Camp seeks to help each child understand God’s love for them as they play, explore, create, and grow in self-confidence. Please visit the Day Camp page to read more of this chapter.
Chapter 3: Father/Son Weekend
Strengthening our Partnership with Families
Rockmont has made a significant impact on the lives of young men throughout its history, but that has only been possible because families have chosen to partner with us in the work of helping to raise their sons. In 2011, we sought to strengthen that partnership by inviting fathers to come experience camp with their sons. Each May, Fathers now have the opportunity to come play alongside their sons while also capturing the Rockmont vision and seeing first-hand the methods and language we employ in male development.
Chapter 4: Connecting our Past and our Future
Continuing the Story of this Open Book
The story of this place has always been one of family-oriented, residential, creative learning – a story of growth! This story continues to be written, and we invite your family to be a part of it!