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Mike Mattson

Camp Director

Mike Mattson

Camp Director

Mike has been a member of the Birch Rock community since he was 12 in 1983. As a camper, his highest honor was getting the 15th Archery badge, an accomplishment that has only been achieved around ten times in the history of Birch Rock. Once on staff, Mike taught many seasons on the field before moving to the waterfront and teaching swimming for many more. He moved up the ranks to Waterfront Director and then Head Counselor, joined Rich Deering as Associate Director for 6 years, and finally became Camp Director in 2002. Mike attended Towson State University in Maryland but feels his primary education in camping comes from a lifetime of leadership in a place he loves and calls home. Mike lives in Portland, Maine with his wife Becca and their newborn Simon James! He is a long-time member of the American Camping Association and his dogs, Oliver and Perseus, are camp staples.

Rich Deering

Alumni & Community Director

Rich Deering

Alumni & Community Director

Rich started attending Birch Rock at the age of 9. His mother was sure that he would come running home; instead, he signed up for more, and was a camper for 6 summers before matriculating into the staff ranks. He worked his way up from teaching Swimming to Waterfront Director to Head Counselor, and then, after a few summers off, he returned as the Assistant Director for Brad Smith before taking over as the camp’s Director in 1995. He held this position until 2001, during which time he used his business acumen to reorganize BRC’s structure, and, thanks to him, the camp has never been so strong. A Maine native, he is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Southern Maine, where he earned a Masters in Adult Education and Counseling. In his current role Rich is responsible for marketing, alumni development, and external affairs, and helps facilitate the Birch Rock community. A long-time member of the American Camping Association and past President of Maine Youth Camping, he is currently a realtor with the Buckspan Deering Group at ReMax Shoreline in Portland.

Erik Joelsson

Program Director

Erik Joelsson

Program Director

Celebrating 20 seasons at Birch Rock, Erik has it all: a love for our traditions and values, a keen sense of fun, and a quiet charisma that gets kids psyched! After several years of teaching sailing Erik became the Waterfront Director in 2007, thus earning the radio handle “Captain Nemo,” as he is affectionately called. A native of Sweden, Erik grew up in Philadelphia and attended Penn State. In 2013, Erik transitioned onto land to become our full-time Program Director, orchestrating staff and camper programs and specialty events of the day – while continuing to lead our American Red Cross Lifeguard program and First Aid Certification. An active member of the American Camp Association, Erik is a Standards Visitor for Accreditation of other camps. He champions Birch Rock’s brand new Outing Club (visit the Club page on our website!). When not skiing or conquering crossword puzzles, Erik serves as part of the camp management team during the off-season.

Dan Boughter

Maintenance

Dan Boughter

Maintenance

This is Dan Boughter’s second year as one of our groundskeepers. He’s a military man who takes his services to our nation very seriously.

Nick Musciano

Head Counselor

Nick Musciano

Head Counselor

Nicholas “The Italian Stallion” Musciano originally hails from Falmouth, Maine. Nick received his Masters in Teaching from the University of South Carolina in 2016 and currently lives in Columbia, SC where he teaches 4th grade math and science. He has been a diehard Birch Rocker since he arrived at camp at 9 years old in 1998, and loved basketball, tennis, and campcraft. Musc has truly done it all at camp; he spent many summers on the hill as the Field Director, teaching basketball and baseball, he has been an enthusiastic instructor down at Nature, and Nick has even been a trip leader on our 3-week Maine Wilderness Adventure program. To top it all off, Nick will be joining us for 2018 as the Head Counselor, a position held by only the most trustworthy and dedicated members of our staff. We are excited to have him back!

Zach Lashley

CIT Director

Zach Lashley

CIT Director

From Durango, Colorado, Zach Lashley first came to BRC in 2007 as a 19-year-old in our kitchen. He quickly realized that he wanted to be working with the campers, and a few weeks into the summer became a counselor in Hornet’s Nest and taught kayaking. Zach returned a few summers later and has been here ever since. Currently he is our CIT Director and target sports aficionado (specifically riflery).

He is a certified lifeguard and marksmanship instructor, and loves both target sports and waterfront activities. Zach cannot wait for “another great summer away from the hustle and bustle of the offseason!”

Andrew Hilty, ARNP

Health Director

Andrew Hilty, ARNP

Health Director

Andrew Hilty is “so stoked” to return to BRC as our nurse after working here for a summer in 2013. Originally hailing from Orinda, CA, Andrew now calls Old Orchard Beach his home. He received a BA in English from UC Santa Barbara, and MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of Southern Maine. He is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

Andrew loves spending time in the outdoors with his camp friends, and while ensuring we all have an injury and sunburn-free summer, he can’t wait to spend some time down at campcraft and performing at Saturday night Camp Fire! Andrew is also known by his radio handle, “Clark Kent.”

Curtis Whiting

Waterfront Director

Curtis Whiting

Waterfront Director

Curtis first came to Birch Rock in 2004 as a nine-year-old in Hilton A. He is originally from New York, but is currently living in Rumford, Maine and works at Sunday River. As a camper he loved signing up for nature and always had a blast teaching it as a staff member. However, his true passion is swimming; he spends ten months of the year waiting for the first day in June he can get out on the catwalks and help our boys become confident and capable swimmers! He's looking forward to maintaining a fun and safe waterfront and helping Erik Joelsson teach our next batch of lifeguards. Curtis is a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor (WSI).

Peter Brewster

Field Director

Peter Brewster

Field Director

Peter’s first summer was 2009 when he was 11 years old, but he’s been a Birch Rocker since the day he was born. He’s from Concord, New Hampshire and currently attends the University of Vermont where he studies German. His favorite activities as a camper were baseball and basketball, and Peter LOVES that he can now pass on his skills to the kids. His favorite BRC memory was whitewater rafting on the Penobscot when he did Maine Wilderness Adventure. During the off-season, he says he misses the morning bell and the lake the most. Peter is looking forward to an awesome summer up on the hill as our Field Director, and he can’t wait for evening activity with the entire camp!

Jake Cahill

Senior Camper Counselor

Jake Cahill

Senior Camper Counselor

Jake Cahill was 12 years old when he first walked down the hill in 2005, and he has spent many summers at Birch Rock as both camper and counselor. Originally from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Jake now lives in Simsbury, CT where he teaches geometry at the Westminster School. He also coaches swimming and baseball there, and supervises a dorm full of boys (just like camp!).

Jake is an all-around accomplished Birch Rocker––as a camper he was a stellar swimmer, but also enjoyed many waterfront activities as well as spending a good deal of time up on the field. He is an American Red Cross certified lifeguard, and will be getting his riflery instructor certification this summer.

He is most excited to be working with our oldest campers as the senior camper counselor this summer. Jake LOVES Campfire, and is also looking forward to making new friends while rekindling connections with old ones.

Bobby Stafford

Wilderness Director

Bobby Stafford

Wilderness Director

Bobby Stafford is back for another summer! This year, he will be serving as our Wilderness Director. Originally from Belmont, Massachusetts, Bobby started at BRC in 2008. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2017 with a B.A. in Earth and Planetary Science, and currently lives in Big Bear, California where he is an environmental educator. Bobby is certified in First Aid, CPR/AED, and Small Craft Safety for canoeing. He can’t wait to get out into the Maine woods with everyone this summer!

Andy Ussher

Counselor

Andy Ussher

Counselor

Andy Ussher is back for another summer! All the way from Dublin, Ireland, Andy studies International Relations at Dublin City University, and is set to graduate in 2019. He loves teaching football (soccer) up on the hill, but is hoping to get some more time on the lake this summer. When he’s not at camp, Andy most misses the outdoors and the energy that everyone brings to BRC.

Ed Stafford

Counselor

Ed Stafford

Counselor

Ed started at BRC at age 10 in 2009. He grew up in Belmont, Massachusetts and now attends the University of California, Berkeley, where he studies Materials Science Engineering. Ed can be found all over campus; up on the field teaching soccer, and down by the water teaching campcraft. He is most looking forward to “seeing old friends, making new ones, and helping people develop their skills.”

Jack Culver

Counselor

Jack Culver

Counselor

Jack Culver is from Bellevue, Washington and has been traveling across the country each year since 2010. He is pumped to be back and will actually be staying in Maine after camp when he begins his studies at Bates this fall! Jack is a certified lifeguard and loves teaching campcraft. His favorite memory of camp was the summer that Gabe Dreyer’s was his counselor, and he also enjoyed going on MWA.

John Reisert

Counselor

John Reisert

Counselor

John was in Cabin 2 (now Hornet’s Nest) as an eleven-year-old in 2010. Now he is proud to be in our staff ranks, teaching swimming and windsurfing. John is a talented swimmer both at camp and at home in Waterville, Maine. He will be attending Bard College this fall. When not at camp, John most misses seeing everyone with tucked in shirts, and his best memory of camp was swimming his Whale.

Matt Rotman

Counselor

Matt Rotman

Counselor

Matt Rotman was 10 years old in 2010 when he first came to Birch Rock. He is from Westborough, Massachusetts, and will be attending Worcester Polytechnic this fall where he hopes to double major in mechanical and industrial engineering. Matt is a certified lifeguard, and loves teaching swimming at BRC. He is also a master in the woodshop and is one of the select few Birch Rockers to have worked on the plaques in the lodge.

Jack Duggan

Counselor

Jack Duggan

Counselor

Jack Duggan was eight years old when he first came to camp in 2008. Jack is from Weston, CT and will be attending Colby College this fall. He is an ARC certified lifeguard, and can’t wait to spend some time down in the hatchery teaching nature! Jack’s favorite memory of Birch Rock is when he first stayed at camp for a full seven weeks. He also LOVES evening activity (who doesn’t?).

Sebastian Tringale

Counselor

Sebastian Tringale

Counselor

Sebastian Tringale’s first summer was 2011, when he was a ten-year-old in Tourmaline. He’s from Medford, and will be studying political science this fall at Tufts University. Sebastian loves teaching the activities along the water, from kayaking and boating to nature and campcraft. He is looking forward to reconnecting with old friends, and making new friends after spending some time away from camp.

Juan Carlos Reglado

Counselor

Juan Carlos Reglado

Counselor

Juan Carlos Reglado is from Madrid, Spain where he attends Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is excited to teach art this summer, as well as water activities, learning new things and meeting new people!

Cole Madden

Counselor

Cole Madden

Counselor

Cole’s first summer at the Rock was 2012 when he was an 11-year-old in Chipmunk Hole. He’s from St. Petersburg, Florida where he attends St. Petersburg High School IB. Cole loves boating, sailing and swimming at BRC and is a certified ARC Lifeguard. He can’t wait to join the staff this summer and help raise a new crop of Birch Rock gentlemen. Cole is looking forward to being on the hill since Florida is so flat. He would also like to add that he left his PFD in the boathouse all year and can’t wait to have it back.

Jose Manuel Zacarias

Counselor

Jose Manuel Zacarias

Counselor

Jose Manuel Zacarias Ramos is excited to join us at the Rock this summer from Valencia, Spain. Jose has a degree in design engineering and product development from Universitat Jaume I. He cannot wait to get to Maine this summer to play soccer and meet new people!

Stu Whittier

Counselor

Stu Whittier

Counselor

Stu Whittier started at Birch Rock in 2010 when he was 9 years old. He’s from Cape Elizabeth, Maine where he attends Maine Coast Waldorf School. He’s a certified lifeguard, and loves mountain biking and sailing. His favorite memory of BRC was swimming his Whale.

Shane Butucelea

Counselor

Shane Butucelea

Counselor

Shane Butucelea is from Dublin, Ireland and is excited to be joining us for the 2018 season! Shane currently attends University College Dublin and studies veterinary science. He is a field guy, and will be showing us his skills on the football (soccer) field. Shane is excited to come to the States for the summer and meet new people!

Kyle Perkins

Counselor

Kyle Perkins

Counselor

Kyle first came to camp in 2009 as an 8-year-old in Hilton A. He’s from Hopkinton, Massachusetts (where the Boston Marathon starts) where he is a rising senior at Hopkinton High School. Kyle is a certified Lifeguard and can’t wait to teach soccer, tennis, and archery. As a first year staff member, Kyle says that he is excited to “give back to Birch Rock what it has given to me.” He also loves the food.

Jonne Mulder

Counselor

Jonne Mulder

Counselor

Jonne Mulder will be coming to Maine this summer from Hardenberg, Netherlands. He studied history and international studies at university but decided that wasn’t what he wanted to do. Jonne now works in a factory as a production worker. He wants to go back to school and get a teaching degree, and thought that coming to a camp in the US would be a great start towards teaching children later in life. Jonne plays guitar in a band where people of all ages can join and learn how to play.

Nico do Marco Neto

Counselor

Nico do Marco Neto

Counselor

Nicolau do Marco Neto is excited to be joining us this summer from Brazil! He will be teaching mountain biking as well as some field activities. Nico is looking forward to improving his English and spending time in the outdoors.

Logan Landry

Office Manager

Logan Landry

Office Manager

We are so glad that Logan will be returning this summer as our office manager! Logan lives in Poland, Maine where he is a 7th grade Social Studies teacher at Bruce M. Whittier Middle School. He graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2010 for Elementary Education, and will be graduating next year with a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. Logan "really enjoys working with the campers and staff. It's a wonderful place to be in the summer!"

Pam Stock

Head Tutor & Librarian

Pam Stock

Head Tutor & Librarian

We are pleased to welcome back Pam to the Allen Kearns Library and BRC. Pam has worked with us for over 20 seasons and is carrying on the longstanding tradition of tutoring those who need a little extra help with math, reading, English as a second language, and study skills. She is a special education teacher with a wealth of experience, certified in elementary education and as a reading specialist. She has taught in the Australian outback, a one room school house in Vermont, a special education school for the learning disabled in Virginia and a grade 4-6 resource setting in Maine. She is now retired and recently went on an epic road trip to numerous National Parks throughout the west.

Sara Lavertu

Librarian/Tutor

Sara Lavertu

Librarian/Tutor

Sara Lavertu is excited to be back for another summer in the BRC library! Sara is originally from Oxford, ME and now lives in Norway. She is a 5th grade STEM teacher at Oxford Elementary School. Sara is excited to meet new campers and see familiar faces as well. When not at camp, she most misses the summer breeze coming through the library windows.

Sally Congleton

Camp Nurse

Sally Congleton

Camp Nurse

Sally was a member of the BRC medical team last summer, and can’t wait to be back for another season. She is from Casco, Maine where she is a school nurse, and is a certified RN. Sally is most looking forward to just being at camp, she “loves the setting and all the counselors and kids.”

Elizabeth Wise

Camp Nurse

Elizabeth Wise

Camp Nurse

Elizabeth is thrilled to be joining the Birch Rock medical team this summer! She is originally from Bangor, Maine and now lives in Norway where she works at Stephens Memorial Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant and EMT-A. She is excited to bring her medical and outdoor experience to BRC this summer, and to meet all the campers and families!

Bill Bramswig

Camp Nurse

Bill Bramswig

Camp Nurse

Bill Bramswig is originally from New York, and now lives in Otisfield, Maine by way of Chicago, and Chappaqua, NY. He is certified in Maine and New York as EMT-B & CPR, and will be joining our medical team this summer! Bill used to be the Youth Corps Officer at Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps in NY, and is also an avid photographer. He is looking forward to joining the BRC community and helping out where he can.

Bob Dow

Nature Specialist

Bob Dow

Nature Specialist

Bob Dow aka “Dancing Owl” is our long time nature instructor and is thrilled to be back for another summer! Bob lives in Waterford, and is a 7th grade Life Science teacher and middle school coach. He loves teaching nature and seeing young campers discover new things about their natural surroundings. He’s certified in CPR and First Aid.

Drew Robbins

Art/Woodshop

Drew Robbins

Art/Woodshop

Drew is excited to be back on staff for another great summer at Birch Rock! He will be working in the art room as well as the woodshop. During the school year, Drew lives in Poland, ME where he is an Ed Tech at Whittier Middle School. He also owns a graphic design business.

Bill Cook

Woodshop

Bill Cook

Woodshop

Bill Cook is one of our woodshop specialists, and is joining us this summer all the way from the other side of Lake McWain! Bill is certified in CPR, and is looking forward to meeting new people and learning more about the BRC experience.

Brian Farley

MWA Leader

Brian Farley

MWA Leader

A native Mainer, Brian Farley grew up in York, earned a Sociology degree at St. Joe’s College in Standish and finished his Master’s in School Counseling from the University of Southern Maine two years ago. An outdoor enthusiast, he spent many summers at his family’s camp on Long Lake, is big into road cycling, snowshoeing, swimming, riding ATVs, and hiking, and once spent two weeks backpacking along the upper Amazon River in Ecuador. Most recently he has worked as a spin class instructor, loves turkey and dressing, and is a regular at his local Starbucks. He is happy to be back leading trips and MWA, and after the summer he will be returning home to York to be the school counselor in his alma mater.

Rebekah Holbrook

MWA Leader

Rebekah Holbrook

MWA Leader

Becka Holbrook is joining us this summer as one of our Maine Wilderness Adventure leaders! Originally from Syracuse, New York, she now lives in Portland where she is a high school health and physical education teacher. Becka graduated from Ithaca College in 2013 with a B.S. in Health & PE, and received her Masters in Education in Special Education in 2016 from Vanderbilt University. She is certified in First Aid and CPR/AED. Bekah can’t wait to hike Katahdin with MWA!

Janice Walker

Camp Lady/Caretaker

Janice Walker

Camp Lady/Caretaker

Janice is Birch Rock’s matriarch and Queen Mother, and what she says goes around here! Her green thumb and Walker riding mower keep camp trimmed and beautiful all summer long. If you want something done correctly, you go to Janice.

Charlie MacDonald

Maintenance

Charlie MacDonald

Maintenance

Charlie is a true Maine-uh and is the mechanical genius around these parts. He is the hardest working gent on campus and cannot be stopped. He loves to keep us laughing and is usually busy at work before anyone on camp wakes up.

Jon Allberry

Head Cook

Jon Allberry

Head Cook

Jon hails from Sarasota, FL where he has been cooking and baking for years. With family in Poland, ME, Jon decided to come to Birch Rock a few summers ago and help us out by cooking many of our dinner meals. After two summers in the kitchen, he is now the Head Cook, and the community is looking forward to whipping up some new food and old favorite this summer.

Mike Bryer

Cook

Mike Bryer

Cook

Mike got his start in the restaurant business as a dishwasher at an Italian-Guatamelan diner in his hometown and has worked his way up to be a cook here in Maine, where he has lived for the past 25 years. In the off-season he works at Sudbury Inn in Bethel and spends time with his four-year-old daughter whenever he can. His favorite dish to prepare is baked stuffed shrimp, which we hope to taste sometime this summer. We’re looking forward to Mike’s culinary talent in the kitchen with Mike this summer.

Pam Jewell

Cook

Pam Jewell

Cook

Pam Jewell is originally from Norway, Maine, but has lived in Waterford for 30 years. She loves spending time with her family and gardening. Pam is looking forward to working in an awesome kitchen and getting the campers to try new foods!

Brooke Allen

Kitchen

Brooke Allen

Kitchen

Brooke is from Waterford, and is looking forward to working in the kitchen this summer. She works with horses at a local farm. Welcome to BRC, Brooke!

Jesus Rodriguez

Kitchen

Jesus Rodriguez

Kitchen

Jesus is so excited to be back for another summer at BRC! Jesus is from Mexico, and attends the Instituto Tecnologico Superior de Zongolica. When not working in the kitchen, he loves joining the camp in evening activity up on the field.

Jesus Galan

Kitchen

Jesus Galan

Kitchen

Jesus Galan is from Veracruz, Mexico and is pumped to be here at BRC! He studies computer systems at the Instituto Tecnologico Superior de Zongolica. Jesus is looking forward to playing some baseball up on the hill.

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