- Mike MattsonCamp DirectorMike MattsonCamp 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 DeeringAlumni & Community DirectorRich DeeringAlumni & 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 JoelssonProgram DirectorErik JoelssonProgram 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 MuscianoHead CounselorNick MuscianoHead 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!
- Andrew Hilty, ARNPHealth DirectorAndrew Hilty, ARNPHealth 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.”
- Brian FarleyWilderness DirectorBrian FarleyWilderness Director
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.
- Dan EnglerCIT DirectorDan EnglerCIT Director
Dan is joining us this summer as our CIT Director, rifelry instructor, and JMG instructor! He grew up in New York and currently lives just in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and two sons. Dan is a high school teacher and rowing coach at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School. Dan was a trip leader at Arcadia for 6 years from 1995-2000, where he met his wife of 16 years, Krista. He loves the camp life, can’t wait to learn as much as he can about Birch Rock, and help 2019 be a great summer for everyone. Dan holds an undergraduate degree in English Education and a Masters in Sport Psychology from Ithaca College.
- Curtis WhitingWaterfront DirectorCurtis WhitingWaterfront 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 BrewsterField DirectorPeter BrewsterField 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!
- Jon AllberryHead CookJon AllberryHead 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.
- Pam StockHead Tutor & LibrarianPam StockHead 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 LavertuLibrarian/TutorSara LavertuLibrarian/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.
- Logan LandryOffice ManagerLogan LandryOffice 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!"
- Bill BramswigCamp NurseBill BramswigCamp 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 returning to 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 an excellent summer.
- Bob DowNature SpecialistBob DowNature 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.
- Rebekah HolbrookMWA LeaderRebekah HolbrookMWA Leader
Becka Holbrook is back 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!
- Andy UssherCounselorAndy UssherCounselor
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.
- Jack CulverCounselorJack CulverCounselor
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 ReisertCounselorJohn ReisertCounselor
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.
- Jack DugganCounselorJack DugganCounselor
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?).
- Matt RotmanCounselorMatt RotmanCounselor
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.
- Alejandro Fernández OteroCounselorAlejandro Fernández OteroCounselor
Alejandro Fernández Otero lives just outside of Madrid, Spain, where he is currently studying at the university of Alcalá de Henares. He’s in the third course of CCAFYDE (Physical Activity and Sport Sciences), and upon graduation in 2020, Alejandro will start a Master of Physical Education. He is looking forward to spending time outdoors and helping campers develop their skills up on the field. Alejandro can’t wait to meet new people and improving his English. He has always wanted to travel to the United States, and says that “there isn’t a better way to do it while doing the things I love the most: sports and working with kids.” Welcome, Alejandro!
- Phil KesslerCounselorPhil KesslerCounselor
Philip Kessler first came to Birch Rock when he was 12. He is from New Hampshire and currently attends UNH where he will be graduating with a degree in Information Technology in 2019. Philip can’t wait for instructional swim and kayaking this summer, and most of all misses the people when he’s not at BRC. His favorite memory of camp is playing board games in the cabin.
- Sebastian TringaleCounselorSebastian TringaleCounselor
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.
- Cole MaddenCounselorCole MaddenCounselor
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.
- Stu WhittierCounselorStu WhittierCounselor
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.
- David ColasinCounselorDavid ColasinCounselor
David Colasin hails from sunny San Diego, California where he attends Canyon Crest Academy (Class of 2020). His first summer at BRC was 2014 when he was 12 years old. He is a certified lifeguard and proud Junior Maine Guide. You can be sure to find David down by the waterfront, whether that is at campcraft, bushcraft, or out on the lake in a sailboat. If you’re lucky, you may find him up on the field at soccer, or listening to him play some sweet tunes at Camp Fire on his guitar. His favorite memory of BRC is his experience at JMG with his favorite counselor Gabe.
- Matt StrautCounselorMatt StrautCounselor
Matt Straut was 8 years old when he started at BRC in Hilton B in 2010. Matt is from Hanover, Massachusetts where he attends Hanover High School (Class of 2020). He works as a basketball referee in the off-season. Matt is a certified lifeguard, and LOVES basketball. He can’t wait to get on the b-ball and tennis courts this summer. When he’s not at camp, he misses the BRC community and amazing sunsets. His proudest memories of camp are swimming his Whale and doing MWA.
- Seth BrewsterCounselorSeth BrewsterCounselor
Seth Brewster first came to BRC as an infant, but his first summer was in 2010 when he lived in Bee’s Hive. Seth lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he attends Cambridge Rindge and Latin (Class of 2019). He loves woodshop, swimming, and boating, and is looking forward to doing the plaques and being in the woodshop. When not at camp, Seth misses the BRC community the most. His proudest memories of camp are swimming his Whale and doing MWA. Seth is a certified lifeguard.
- Jack FlynnCounselorJack FlynnCounselor
Jack Flynn comes all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio, where he attends the Cincinnati Country Day School (Class of 2020). He first came to BRC at age 10 and lived in Hornet’s Nest. Jack loves kayaking, swimming, and mountain biking, and when not at camp he mostly misses the view of Lake McWain and all his awesome friends. His favorite memory of BRC is when he arrived on the catwalks after swimming his Whale, and seeing the whole camp down there cheering him on. Jack is a certified lifeguard.
- Matt SchwindCounselorMatt SchwindCounselor
Matt Schwind lives in Short Hills, New Jersey, where he is a member of the 2019 class at Forman High School. Matt will be attending Hobart College this fall. His first summer at BRC was 2014, when he was 13. He loves swimming and mountain biking. He is most looking forward to “being away from everything that’s going on in the world and only focusing on having a great time and giving the people around me a great time.” Matt is a certified lifeguard.
- Jeffrey Naipier-KaneCounselorJeffrey Naipier-KaneCounselor
Jeffrey Naipier-Kane started at Birch Rock in 2010 as a 7-year-old in Hilton B. He lives in Brunswick, Maine and will be graduating from high school in 2019. Jeffrey is a master of nature, and loves teaching down in the nature hatchery, as well as out in the woods. His favorite quote is “I think, therefore I am.” -René Descartes. Jeffrey is a certified lifeguard.
- Martin BalusikCounselorMartin BalusikCounselor
Martin Balusik is joining us from Bratislava, and is looking forward to new experiences and having a great time at BRC. He is certified in first aid.
- Andrew ChingosCounselorAndrew ChingosCounselor
Andrew Chingos is super excited to back at BRC. His first summer was 2013, when he lived in the then-brand new cabin, Munn. He is from Brunswick, Maine where he attend Brunswick High School (Class of 2020). He loves the waterfront, particularly windsurfing and swimming. Andrew is a certified lifeguard.