Director Bios


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 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 or "Ec" as she is known by 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!


Growing up in Perth, Western Australia Kylie has been working at Camp Carolina for the past 11 years. She holds a Bachelors's degree in Sports and Recreation and a Post Graduate degree in Education from the University of Western Australia and has a passion for working with children and staff in an outdoor setting. She loves spending free time at camp with a vitapup on the office porch listening to the camper's adventures and successes of the day!

Kylie is an avid Equestrian and has worked at the Equestrian Director and Adventure Trip Director previously at Camp Carolina and is a certified Wilderness First Responder, Red Cross Lifeguard, Raft Guide, Certified Horsemanship Instructor and holds her CDL license. She loves hiking and lake activities with her camp dog "Chubs" and husband Max and traveling and experiencing other cultures. Kylie and Max are welcoming their first child in November 2020!


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