About the Rice Family

John and Rhonda were both raised in Maine.  Rhonda grew up in the southern part of the state until she went to college.  She attended The University of Maine - Farmington (UMF) where she received a B.A. in Psychology.  Following this, she moved to Richmond, Virginia where she earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).  Rhonda worked in the social work field for nine years, the last five specializing in therapeutic foster care.  This is when she and John received "the call" about purchasing Castle Island Camps which had been in Rhonda's family since 1929.  Rhonda enjoys staying active through running, hiking (with Moose!), skiing, and snowshoeing.  She also enjoys scrapbooking, reading, traveling and spending time with her family.

John grew up in Alna (huh?), a little town near the coast. He received his B.A. in Psychology from UMF and  his MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University (see the trend?).  John worked as a social worker/therapist for over ten years in a variety of capacities.  He was also able to combine his professional skills with his love of the outdoors by participating in several wilderness trips with at-risk youth.  John enjoys fishing, archery hunting, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and spending time with a houseful of girls! Who knew a licensed therapist could make the transition to carpenter, plumber, electrician, cook and dishwasher?

John and Rhonda have three lovely daughters - Lydia, Lizzy, and Paige. 

Lydia will be entering her senior year this fall, then it is off to College.  Her biggest achievement the last year was obtaining her drivers license.  She is one of the two full time waitresses at Castle Island in the summer.  During the school year she was on the ski team, her team finished 3rd at the State meet.   This Spring she will try her hand at tennis.  Can't believe that she was just turning six when we started our journey at Castle Island.  She will be busy the next year visiting colleges, filling out applications and planning for her future.

 Lizzy will be a freshman next year, WOW.  She is still the same girl we've all known and loved.  She's a real joker, just like her dad.  She enjoys anything social; games, swimming, fishing, etc.   She has developed a special bond with so many of the kids that come to the camp; watching them all grow up together has been fun.  She loves, loves, loves basketball but if the high school doesn't have a J.V. team next year she is willing to make the switch to downhill ski racing like her sister.  She will definitely play soccer and has been a real intimidating force on the field, all I can say is don't get in her way. 

Paige,  She's the youngest and will be a 5th grader next year.  Paige has such a busy summer schedule with all the friends that she has made at the camps.  During the summer, there is a stretch where she has almost 7 weeks filled with at least one close guest at camp.  She has reached just about every milestone there is at the camps from fishing, swimming, jumping off the bridge, tubing, biking etc.   During the school year she still loves skiing; has played soccer and other sports. 

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(207) 495-3312