USA’s Summer Camp features Wrightsville Beach resident

by Kelly Corbett
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Wrightsville Beach resident Rachel Spalding will be featured on USA’s Summer Camp television series, premiering July 11 at 8 p.m.

USA Network’s Summer Camp show will feature a Wrightsville Beach resident labeled “The Yogi.”

Rachel Spalding, a 27-year-old holistic health coach and yoga instructor, said a friend from Arizona informed her about the show casting and said she would be the perfect person to fill the yogi role.

“I wasn’t like seeking it out or wanting to be on a show,” Spalding said.

Filming has wrapped, but during the summer camp experience at Big Bear Lake in California, she competed against 15 campers for a $250,000 grand prize.

The show is a battle of the sexes with campers competing in contests inspired by classic camp games.

Spalding attended the American Dance Festival at Duke University in Durham multiple times throughout her childhood, along with other artistic camps.

This camp experience was completely different for her.

“When I was younger, I was more reserved and shy,” Spalding said, adding that she was never good at sports. “… There was such a high level of competition in the show. Now, looking back, I feel very proud of myself. … The game they had us playing was so stressful ‘til the end. I don’t think I could have taken another day. They kept us as emotionally distraught as possible.”

Though she said she would not trade the experience.

She had the opportunity to develop friendships and meet a variety of personalities, including “The Flirt,” “The Cowboy” and “The Sci-Fi Nerd.”

“Everybody was so cool in their own way and so interesting in their own way,” Spalding said.

Spalding first moved to Wilmington from Durham to attend the University of North Carolina Wilmington, graduating with a bachelor’s degree of science in finance in 2008. She moved back to the area in 2011 after living in Arizona for a couple of years.

During the fall of 2012, she applied for the show, conducting an interview via Skype and submitting a video of her day-to-day activities, which she said featured her making smoothies and doing yoga in her backyard.

In March, she heard back from USA and flew out to Los Angeles for an in-person interview before being selected for the show.

But the reason she wanted to do the show relates back to her overall mission in life to reach the masses about natural health and healing.

“Every morning when I start my day I do 10 minutes of just breathing,” Spalding said. “… That’s what sets the tone for me for my day.”

During filming, she had to change her routine due to her busy schedule, but squeezed in relaxation time whenever she could.

Spalding plans to watch the eight-episode season, premiering on Thursday, July 11, at 8 p.m., with friends.

“I’m kind of nervous,” she said. “I don’t even know if I want to be in the room.”

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