River Banks

Steve Sandman August 1, 2021

We have had an incredibly full first week of Classic 4.


Our campers have experienced so much. We’ve camped in the woods up on our mountain and even encountered some local wildlife. We’ve had free swims with all the toys and activities on the waterfront open for them to enjoy, we’ve started the qualifying rounds for the Disc Golf Open, we’ve created one-of-a-kind projects in Appalachian Arts, Ceramics, Rocketry, and Blacksmithing.


We’ve wakeboarded, wake surfed, and white water rafted. We’ve learned outdoor survival skills and honed our aim in Air Riflery, Riflery, Trap Shooting, and Archery. And we’ve held a Rockmont’s Got Talent showcase where campers sang, danced, played instruments, and recited poetry in front of the whole Rockmont Community.




We have provided such a wide variety of things for campers to be exposed to, involved in, and excel in – we sincerely want everyone to find their place and feel comfortable with who they are and where they are, no matter what their interests and capacities are.


As I traveled around Camp this past week and witnessed everyone busy, experiencing so much, it reminded me of a song I’ve been listening to a lot recently.


One of my favorite bands, Needtobreathe, released an album last year with a song called Banks. I realize they wrote it with their wives in mind who have supported them along the tough road of being professional musicians. But as I was listening to it the other day, I couldn’t help but think how we at Rockmont are just like those Banks.


In the song, they sing,

“I wanna hold you close,

but never hold you back,

Just like the banks to the river.”


That’s exactly what we are doing here at Camp Rockmont – we want to hold our campers close, keeping them safe and secure while providing them the opportunities to learn and grow and experience new things.


I feel like in this crazy, messed-up world, our anxieties and worry, and fear can so easily lead us to hold ourselves and our kids back from experiencing the full life that God has called us to live.


            … but, I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

                                                            John 10:10


It’s scary to watch our kids move on, to let go sometimes, especially if you spend any time watching the news.


But, for our boys to properly grow and mature, they need to be on the move, like a flowing river.


We shouldn’t hold them back, in fact, we can’t. But we can provide them with strong and secure banks that guide them and hold them close as they venture forth and continue life’s journey.


Our prayer for our campers is that they grow closer to the God who created them and loves them, that they grow strong and confident, and that they discover their purpose and place as a part of God’s creation. Thanks for sharing your boys with us.


It is truly such a joy to be part of their journey!


Steve Sandman

Transportation Director

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    Steve: great song, one of my favorites; greater message. Thank you and the rest of the team for all that you do for my son (and sons in the past).

    Steve – thanks for being our son’s personal “bank” this summer. Seeing him all smiles as he shares a meal with friends is heartwarming. You need to have “metabolic dietary specialist” added to your title!

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