Camper Q & A
Questions from Campers
- What are the cabins like?
One of our cabins will be your home at camp. You and six or seven other boys will live together with one or two of our counselors. The beds are bunks, and we have sheets and blankets for you. Please bring your pillow. It’s an easy thing to forget.
But you won’t spend much time in your cabin! Only wake-up, rest hour, and bedtime.
- Do the cabins have bathrooms?
Each cabin has a private bathroom. It is a simple bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower. There is also a door for privacy.
When you are packing, it is a good idea to bring all your bathroom items in a small container or dopp kit, so they are organized and easy to carry.
- What if I get homesick at camp?
It is important to know that a lot of campers get a little homesick and it is normal to feel that way. Even counselors get homesick.
1. Please tell your counselor if you are missing home and your mom and dad. He will be able to help.
2. The easiest way to get rid of homesickness is to stay busy! Having fun at camp will help you forget about being homesick.
3. Before you come to camp, practice being away from home. Stay overnight at a friend’s house or at your grandparents.
For first-time Campers… We highly recommend, The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success, DVD and CD set. The DVD is made for you to watch with your son. It has video of campers talking about camp and how they prepare. The CD that comes with it is for parents, about what to do after you drop your son off at camp.
- Who will help me stay healthy?
All of our counselors will help you if you are feeling sick. They will take you to see the nurse. Our nurses live in a cabin called the Infirmary. It’s in the middle of camp, so you are never far. We also have a doctor who lives at camp. Our camp nurses and doctor are here to keep you healthy!
If you take medicine at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you will get it from the nurse’s table before the meal. If you take medicine at bedtime, you will go to the Infirmary for your medicine. But don’t worry, your counselor is here to make sure you are healthy and are having a great time at camp!
- How does the mail work at camp?
- Your counselor will bring your mail to your cabin after lunch.
- If your parents, family, or friends write to you it usually takes three days for it to arrive.
- Your family and friends will also like to hear from you. You can send letters to them by putting them in the mail slot under the camp store window.
- Rest hour after lunch is a perfect time to write letters.
- How is the food?
Camp food is great and so is eating it with all your friends! There is enough food for seconds and many times for thirds, if you are very hungry. And it gets better… lunch and dinner are followed by dessert!
If you do not care for what is offered at breakfast… cereal, fruit, yogurt, and hard-boiled eggs are all available as an alternative to the normal breakfast. We also have a full salad bar and other options for lunch and dinner.
A fruit bowl is kept stocked in the dining hall in case you need a snack between meals. Milk and Cookies are served at night, Monday through Friday before you head back to your cabin for bedtime.
- Who washes my clothes?
Your clothes get dirty at camp. Playing outside, getting muddy and dirty is a fun part of camp. So we do your laundry each Friday.
- Thursday night: Put all your dirty clothes and towels in your laundry bag.
- Friday morning: You take your laundry bag to the dining hall.
- Saturday morning: Your laundry is returned at lunchtime.
It is cleaned, dried, and folded. You put it in your trunk when you get to your cabin.
Mom and Dad: Please send a durable laundry bag with a secure draw string. Heavy mesh bags work well. We mark your son’s bag with a plastic tag during the first few days of camp, but please clearly write his name with a Sharpie marker.
- What if I have a birthday at camp?
Mom and Dad: You may leave a small gift in our office on opening day, and we will deliver it to your son on his birthday.
- What is Warrior Ball?
- As many people that can fit in the pit can play.
- To begin, everyone inside the pit must be touching the wall.
- The ball is tossed in the center of the pit, and it must bounce twice on the ground. As it bounces, everyone can say “Warrior” then “Ball” for each bounce. After the second bounce, let go of the wall and the game is on!
- Players hit the ball with an open hand or a fist, aiming to hit another player’s leg at the knee or below.
- If the ball touches anyone from the knee or below, that player is out and must exit the pit (even if the ball has rolled, bounced, hit the wall, etc.).
- Anytime the ball goes out of the pit, the last person who touched the ball is out.
- You can only hit the ball one time until it either touches another player or the wall, then you are able to hit it again.
- You can dribble the ball against the wall to position it.
- You can move around anywhere inside the pit during the game.
- The game ends when the last two people battle it out to the end.
- Once the game is over, everyone else re-enters the pit to start a new game.
Things to Know Before Camp
- What do I need to pack?
It is important to pack enough clothes for a full week, plus a few extra days. Laundry (see more below) is done every Friday for all in-camp sessions, except the Junior session, but there will be times you will get wet or dirty and have to change during the day. Please use the checklists in the Parent Handbook (see the website’s Parent Information section under Parents) to help pack for camp. Packing lists are also sent out via email.
We suggest using a durable camp trunk. Visit the Pre-Camp Shopping section under Helpful Summer Links in the Parents section of the website for reliable trunk vendors and discounts.
- What is a normal day like at camp?
Every weekday, Monday through Friday, has the same schedule …but with fun activities, exciting trips, and special signup activities, each day is very different!
- What is the swim check?
The waterfront staff evaluates your ability to swim. The Swim Check is important because a lot of activities at camp are in or near the water. We want campers to be safe, so if you are not a strong swimmer, the check lets us know how to help you improve.
Note: Junior Camp Campers do not take the Swim Check because they do not go on out-of-camp trips, and all water activities in-camp utilize PFDs.
Mom and Dad: A good way for your son to be successful is to practice swimming before coming to camp. If your son is familiar with the elements of the Swim Check described above, then he will be more prepared on the first day of camp.
- How will I sign up for activities?
Falling Creek is a traditional summer camp. We have a balanced program with instructional activities and two free periods daily. You will choose your six favorite activities on opening day. Our program directors are eager to make sure each camper has a good balance of activities and is able to accommodate changes periodically throughout the session.
One of the hallmarks of Falling Creek is our extensive Tripping Program. Campers are able to choose from a variety of out-of-camp wilderness trips ranging in skill level from beginner to advanced, and from single day to five-day overnight trips.
- What are weekends like at camp?
During the week, you have an opportunity to participate in regular activities and go on out-of-camp trips. Weekends are a time to participate in group games, tournaments, races, skit practices, and other things that do not fit into the normal daily activity time. You can participate or cheer on your friends!
Weekends are also when we play all-camp games like:
- Wild Wild West
- Deep Woods Capture the Flag
- Zombie Apocalypse
- Fire Battle
- and more!
Sunday morning is a time for reflection, and everyone gathers in the campfire area for a church service. Sunday evenings are a time for the camp community to come together and enjoy a traditional campfire program.
- What is the first day of camp like?
After you park, campers and parents will head to the cabin and meet your counselors and cabinmates. You choose a bunk and get settled in. After that, there are games on the field and tennis courts to help you get to know the other campers and counselors.
I knew nothing about kayaking before I came to Falling Creek. I started kayaking on my 3rd year and this year I began to progress into more advanced trips…I was a little scared at first, and then I remembered that all of the counselors have whitewater rescue training…I felt proud to look up at what I did, and I can’t wait to go home and tell everybody about it.” -Austin from Birmingham, AL (Camper)
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