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Mike Mattson, Camp Director

Mike Mattson

Camp Director

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.

Richard Deering, Camp Director

Rich Deering

Alumni & Community Director

Richard Deering, Camp 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 By the Bay in Portland.

Richard Deering, Program Director

Erik Joelsson

Program Director

Richard Deering, 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.

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!

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!

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).

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.

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.

Pamela Stock

Head Tutor & Librarian

Pamela Stock

Head Tutor & Librarian

We are pleased to welcome back Pam to the Allen Kearns Library and BRC. Pam has worked with us for 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.

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