Thayer and Candice “Corc” Raines are the owners/directors of Roaring Brook Camp. they are professors specializing in sport and recreation management and administration of adventure education programs. As graduates of West Chester University (B.S.), Penn State (M.S.) and Indiana University (Re.D.), they are professors specializing in the administration of adventure education and outdoor skills for youth programs. Thayer taught elementary school for five years, achieving permanent certification K-8 and environmental education. He had been employed at Roaring Brook for three summers before he and Candi purchased the camp in 1985.
Thayer, in his capacity of Professor of Sport and Recreation Management at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire has completed the Leave No Trace Master Educator’s certification; Wilderness Education Association Instructor Trainer Course and numerous Ropes Course Construction; Design and Rescue courses with Project Adventure. At camp, he teaches the Vermont crafts program, survival training, and swimming lessons each day. He is the Head Counselor taking care of the social and emotional needs of campers and staff in their interactions.
Corc was an Appalachian Mt. Club hutwoman, caretaker, ridgerunner, and a U.S, Forest Service backcountry patroller in the White Mountains of NH. She was a wilderness trips director for several camps in New England. She has been a member of both the U.S. Archery- Biathlon Team and the U.S. Ski-Orienteering Team, representing the United States at nine World Championships from 1998-2009. She is currently ranked 14th in target archery in the United States. She represented the United States at the Pan American Archery Championships in 2015. At camp, Corc teaches archery, swimming and orienteering. She manages the kitchen and the business affairs of the camp.
Thayer and Corc are board members of the Vermont Camp Directors Association. They are Emergency Medical Technicians and Outdoor Emergency Care Technicians who volunteer as American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, lifeguard training and swimming instructors. They are instructors for the American Canoe Association. They serve the National Ski Patrol as mountaineering, avalanche rescue and emergency care instructors and are both alpine and nordic certified. They have instructed wilderness search and rescue courses, mountain medicine, river rescue, technical rescue and Leave No Trace courses for professional organizations.
Both are graduates of Outward Bound and Corc has completed the National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor Course and the U.S. Coast Guard/Air Force National Search and Rescue School.
Roaring Brook Camp has been a labor of love for Thayer and Corc. While the camp is listed as a for-profit business, the camp’s proceeds are put into the property and equipment. Relying on their professor’s salaries, they are free of the financial constraints seasonal businesses face when creating a philosophy and program. This is a program with a meaningful philosophy and strong leadership in implementing that philosophy. They are proud of the camp they have created and the positive impact they have had on the lives of young men and their families.
The Roaring Brook staff are a very talented group. They are recruited internationally from the college post-graduate and professional ranks. The maturity of the staff is one of the most important considerations, with their minimum age being 21 years. The average age is 23 years. In-service training is provided toward certification in first-aid, and outdoor skills, to complement the staff’s extensive personal wilderness experience. Specialized areas of instruction require additional certification in swim instruction, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, marksmanship and archery. Each staff member is selected for their dedication to youth, enthusiasm for camp activities, concern for safety, and their ability to lead by example. As a result, many campers develop staff friendships which last a lifetime.
“I felt certain that my son would get what he needed from the staff. All presented themselves well and had an enthusiasm that was genuine, rather than put on or forced.” M. Nalchik, MA
“I liked the fact that the counselors were leaders and mentors….not rah-rah cheerleaders and entertainment committees. They led by example and instruction. Good role models.” The Lindenberg’s, MA