Year-round team

Alfred Thompson - Owner/Director

Alfred Thompson is the Director and owns Camp Carolina with his wife Ec. Alfred grew up at Camp Carolina while his father managed and Directed Camp Carolina and Camp Rockbrook for the McConnell family. In 1982 the Thompson family bought the camp and moved it one valley deeper into the backcountry to border the Pisgah National Forest. Alfred has spent a total of 42 summers working at The Best Place on Earth!

He has been working year-round at camp since 1993 and has worn many hats during his summers-from being the Head of mucking out stables and building trails at the ages of 10, 11, and 12 to being a counselor, Head of Mountaineering, Head of Whitewater, Head of Team sports, Head Counselor, Head of the Kitchen, Head of Maintenance, Program Director to the Director! Alfred graduated from UNC Wilmington with a Math and Computer Science Degree and a master's degree of Computer Engineering at NC State University. Alfred spends his free time playing tennis and surfing and as he says "trying to play sports that he still can do!" and loves traveling to places where the waves are good! Alfred's favorite thing about working at Camp Carolina is being able to provide a place for young people to grow, make lifelong friends and work to become better people each summer.

Mary Eccles Thompson - Office Manager

Mary Eccles Thompson or "Ec" as she is known has been working at Camp Carolina since 1993 for a total of 27 summers. Ec and her husband Alfred live on-site and are the Owners of Camp Carolina and are the parents of Alfred Jnr and Bren. Ec graduated from Meredith College with a Studio Arts Major which led her to a perfect role in Arts n Crafts when she first started working at camp. Since then Ec has worked in a variety of roles at camp- from bookkeeping to the kitchen to her current role as the Office Manager where she keeps everyone and everything at camp organized!

When not working at camp you can find Ec playing tennis, painting, working out, finding great new restaurants, surfing, golfing, and traveling. She loves all the people that make Camp Carolina-the parents, the campers, and the staff and is grateful to be working in an industry where the opportunity to positively change children's lives is part of the daily!

Alfred Thompson, JR. - Director

Alfred Jr. grew up at Camp Carolina. From the age of 5-16, he enjoyed summers as a camper creating lifelong friendships. Alfred has worked in a variety of roles at camp. He has been an activity instructor on tennis, the head of our skateboarding and mountaineering department, and a Head Counselor for the Newts tribe. Most recently he has led the Maintenance team year-round for the past 2 years. In 2021, we are excited to have him join our Director Team!

Alfred holds a degree in Recreation Management with a concentration in Outdoor Experiential Education from Appalachian State University. He spends his free time climbing, skating, snowboarding, surfing, mountain biking, playing tennis, and working in his ceramic studio. He lives on-site with his wife Emily and dog Little Bear. Every summer he looks forward to building relationships with our campers, helping them gain new experiences, and helping the campers grow and discover a lifelong passion in the outdoors.

Bren Thompson - Director

Born and raised at Camp Carolina, a love for CCB runs through her blood. Bren has been working at Camp Carolina on and off for the past 11 years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State University. At 15 years old Bren started off working as a Vita Pup girl, since then she has taught Arts and crafts, been in charge of Earthworks, ran the Kitchen and the Evening/Weekends Director. Bren is a certified Red Cross Lifeguard, Raftguide, and Backcountry Institute Outdoor Instructor. 

She loves to go on adventures whether it's backpacking the Art Loeb Trail, going for a run to end the day, snowboarding out west, mountain biking with her friends in Dupont, wakeboarding on the beautiful Lake Jocassee, or traveling to a new country. Bren looks forward to welcoming new and old campers and staff to CCB every year. Bren recently got married to former counselor Alex and they are excited to call Camp Carolina home! 

Robin McCain - Camper Registrar

Robin coordinates the registration and accounts for Camp Carolina’s campers. She has been at Camp Carolina since 2015 and has loved every minute of it – working directly with camper families, working with the Camp Carolina team to enrich the CCB experience for both campers and staff, and working on strategies to enhance the registration process. She is a logistics professional with extensive project management. She grew up in Greenville, SC and spent a lot of time in Brevard – visiting family, enjoying hiking and rainy days, and getting a taste of the camp community as a camper, counselor, and staffer. 

She has a BA in Psychology and a MEd in Educational Counseling. She arrived at Camp Carolina by way of Washington, DC where she was a Director of Scheduling on Capitol Hill. After a long stint in Washington, she moved full time to Brevard. As luck would have it, she ran into the Camp Carolina team at a local venue and joined up. With her background working with people, internally and externally, attention to detail, and working on teams to solve problems, she fit in well in the camp environment and with Camp Carolina. Robin enjoys traveling, hiking, friendships all over the world, and her golden retriever  “Bella” who joins her at camp every day.

 

Emily Thompson - Accounting/Bookkeeping Wizard 

 Emily was born and raised in Upstate NY. After graduating from SUNY Oswego in 2016 with a BFA in Graphic Design, Emily worked her first summer in Camp Carolina’s office and began to consider the mountains of Western North Carolina home. She loves any opportunity to use her creative skills at camp–she has painted our climbing wall and mural for the office, designed Camp Carolina postcards, magnets, stickers, water bottles, and more! Emily has also spent two summers in the Camp Carolina kitchen focusing on dietary restriction meals. She currently works part-time as the Camp Bookkeeping Wizard.

Emily started her own screen printing business in 2020 called Light Print Co. through which she designs and hand prints apparel for Camp Carolina and for other local businesses. She lives on site with her husband Alfred Jr. and their Border Collie, Little Bear. In her free time, you can find her hiking, exploring her interest in foraging, traveling, practicing yoga, perusing a local thrift shop, or working on a creative project. She looks forward to the summer months when the valley is full and the tight-knit Camp Carolina community is flourishing.

Camden Anderson - Anything and Everything 

Camden Anderson was born in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and raised overseas in Japan and Turkey. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Flagler College. At the age of four, Camden started spending her summers at Camp Carolina with her family. Camden then became a counselor working as a Vita Pup girl, office assistant, and was head of Earthworks. Most recently, she has joined the year-round team at Camp Carolina! Camden is certified as Red Cross Lifeguard and Wilderness First Aid. 

She spends her free time exploring Pisgah National forest, playing tennis, reading Harry Potter, and playing fetch with her best pals, Caldonia and Little Bear. She has a love of adventure and travel. Camden looks forward to meeting new campers and staff, seeing old faces, and watching campers turn into true gentlemen. Camden has a deep love for camp, a place she now calls home.

Alex Hogan - Head of Maintenance 

Alex grew up on the coast of Western Australia in the town of East Fremantle. After completing his Bachelor in Elementary Education from the University of Notre Dame Fremantle, he applied and worked as the Head of the Newts at Camp Carolina in 2018. Since then Alex has been the Head of the Counselor Assistants and is now the head of the maintenance team at camp. Every summer he looks forward to seeing all the campers growing, laughing, and creating lifelong memories.

Since moving to Brevard in 2020 Alex has been enjoying life at Camp Carolina and spends his time snowboarding, traveling, and learning new skills. Herewith his wife Bren, dog Caldonia, and cat Bowie he has made Camp Carolina his home. We are so excited to have him on the team! 


 

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