In the Arts
Our camp is centered in the heart of Appalachia and is in touch with many of the area’s long-standing artistic traditions. While here, campers have the chance to explore a variety of tools, mediums, and projects inspired by our Appalachian heritage. In this skill, campers have the opportunity to let their creativity flourish through working with wood, leather, canvas, and other materials to create and bring home their own masterpieces.
Blacksmithing is offered at a beginner to intermediate level for boys ages 13 and older. During blacksmithing lessons, campers use a hammer and anvil to transform metals into artistic creations. Participants also learn about the science of the craft as they create alloys by hammering different types of metals together for a unique effect.
This skill teaches fundamental blacksmithing techniques, allowing campers to progress at their own pace. A one-to-one ratio at the forge (the furnace used to heat the metal objects) ensures individual attention and enhanced camper safety.
Blacksmithing requires careful attention to detail that offers a rewarding finished product. The young men who take part in blacksmithing at Camp Rockmont take incredible pride in the quality and creativity of their work. The challenge and process of transforming such a durable medium as iron gives our students a powerful boost in confidence.
The Camp Rockmont Ceramics Studio is in a beautifully lit room on the ground floor of the Ship, overlooking Lake Eden. We begin with teaching the basic hand building techniques, and then we introduce campers to one of our five potter’s wheels. Campers are encouraged and helped to create something beautiful and are introduced to the concept of craftsmanship. We hire staff with a love and mastery of ceramics, and we encourage them to welcome young men into a craft that can last a lifetime. It is also inspiring to work with ceramics in the original classroom studies building of Black Mountain College, an interdisciplinary college that operated on Lake Eden until 1956.
The guitar skill has expanded! Now you can bring any instrument and learn to jam with others in the cradle of traditional Appalachian music. Campers are welcome to use Rockmont guitars, banjos, or mandolin to learn how to lead camp songs, perform on stage, and maybe even write their own music. Learn to lead camp songs and perform on stage.
Rockmont is excited to introduce our newest skill, leatherworking! This skill will take campers back in time walking them through the practices of a historically significant craft! Campers will develop techniques required to make personalized, traditional crafts such as knife sheaths, pouches, belts, water bottle carriers, and bags.
Campers will participate in games and activities that develop acting and improvisational skills. These creative games will give campers the chance to explore what it means to be an actor in a fun, encouraging environment.