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Survey Says: What Families are Saying about Falling Creek

What was the greatest value your son gained at camp?

Camper riding mountain biking trails at Falling Creek Camp.
  • “Independence. Achievement. Self-confidence. Social skills.”
  • “Over the years our son has become very invested in the FCC Code. In fact, he based his boarding school admissions essay on the code.”
  • “Spiritual nourishment”
  • “Learning to sail which he had never done before – camp is always a great time to learn new things that we have less access to at home.”
  • “I appreciate the emphasis on moral compass.”
  • “Being a part of a brotherhood of boys/young men who all wanted the same experience for each other and accomplished that in many ways.”
  • “Being more helpful to others – we hear a lot about Servant’s Heart”
  • “A willingness to try things outside of his comfort zone.”
Campers at Falling Creek Camp learning to farm in raised beds.
  • “This year, it was the break from anxiety over high school and social media while returning to nature.”
  • “The freedom to be unplugged, outdoors and just have silly boy fun with new friends.”
  • “He said this year it really “clicked” for him…our role in this world in relationship to God and those around us.”
  • “Confidence in trying new activities. Since we live in an apartment building in a large city (Cairo, Egypt), it was so good for him to experience the great outdoors with other boys.”
  • “Maturity, increased confidence”
  • “Warrior Spirit”
  • “The confidence to be away from home and grow in an all-boys camp.”
  • “Sense of freedom, independence—away from parents, technology and heat.”
  • “Setting goals and working diligently to meet them.”
  • “Learned confidence and perseverance”
  • “Learned the value of honesty in sporting events.”
Climbing Wall tower at Falling Creek Camp.
  • “Time away from electronics, school friends, time pressures of regular life”
  • “Independence and the opportunity to make their own choices”
  • “Our son worked very hard to get his warrior level in archery and soccer. He was determined, deliberate and conscientious!”
  • “Belief in himself”
  • “Only child gets to be around other boys in a close environment for a month.”
  • “Met good friends, nice boys, learned to be more independent, developed more leadership skills.”
  • “We love to see him grow in independence. His most meaningful value gained was the FCC code.”
  • “Independence, leadership and positive attitude”
  • “Confidence doing the ironman”
Camper group smiling at Falling Creek Camp.
  • “Independence, activities, meeting new friends and mentors”
  • “Helpfulness”
  • “He loved all he learned on his backpacking trips and practicing the respect of nature”
  • “Working hard to achieve goals, ie: getting his yack-let.”
  • “Away from parents, screens and everyday life in a beautiful place with adventures and challenges”
  • “It was the perfect environment for our son to learn how to get along with others. We are happy that he speaks so highly of Falling Creek each and every day. You do a wonderful job hiring the best counselors and staff members. I feel that Falling Creek is a wonderful family to be part of.”
  • “Independence and respect”
  • “Independence-being out of his brother’s shadow. Confidence and peer interaction”
  • “A willingness to try things outside of his comfort zone”
  • “Leadership, energy, self awareness, group work”
  • “Learning to persist in the face of challenges”

If you could change or add one thing to improve your son’s experience at Falling Creek, what would it be?

Campers on our Roller Coaster at Falling Creek Camp. It goes into the lake!
  • “A little more guidance for the boys when choosing activities to encourage them to try more new things vs. repeating.”
  • “More opportunities for blacksmithing and woodworking.”
  • “I do not know if there is anything specific. My boys both loved the new camp games especially game they are calling “Call of Duty”. Ryan also really loved FARM. So what I take from this, is that they love all of the traditional items but are up for a few new surprises.”
  • “Make it longer!!! :-)”
  • “Our son would love to see more Fly Fishing excursions being offered.”
  • “He had an awesome time at camp and only expressed that it was over too quick.”
  • “A bit more information prior to camp on the waypoint system”
  • “More opportunities to be a leader for younger campers.”
  • “More days – signing up for Main Camp next year!”
  • “Encourage him to take more risk with his class schedule. Go on more overnights”
  • “Longer session!”
  • “Not a thing”
  • “A bit more encouragement to try new things.”

What’s your son’s favorite thing about camp?

Campers playing Lacrosse at Falling Creek Camp.
  • “Returning! He loves everything outdoors.”
  • “Camaraderie of boys-wonderful friendships made.”
  • “Keeper of the Flame experience, being with friends”
  • “Being in the woods”
  • “Learning to play the Ukulele.”
  • “Great counselors, rock climbing trips”
  • “He liked the three-day hike even though it was hard. He also said that everyone in his cabin was nice. :-)”
  • “I think he likes handling things himself the most. There is a safety net, but not his parents”
  • “He loved many different things but if I had to pick one I think it would be his cabin counselors and CIT. He loved blacksmithing.”
  • “Camp is like a second family. He has a blast.”

What’s your son’s least favorite thing about camp?

Mom and Dad: Let your son help pack his trunk and prepare for camp. Talking with him about going to camp and how he feels is a helpful way to make sure he will have a successful time at camp.
  • “He says the swim classification!”
  • “4 weeks wasn’t enough”
  • “Leaving on closing day”
  • “Getting stung by a yellow jacket! That is literally the only thing he did not like.”
  • “Not having enough time to do all the activities”
  • “Nothing – he loves every minute of it!”

Would you recommend Falling Creek to friends with camp-age boys?

100% of families who completed a survey said yes!

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Designed to give thanks.

Written by Dusty Davis, Falling Creek Camp Chaplain

“Seriously?” I thought.

I felt very UN-thankful and quite shocked as the mechanic handed me the bill for $1,621 and said, “Please slide your card now.”

Falling Creek Camp Chaplain Dusty Davis

“Ok, thanks for fixing it so quickly—y’all have a good Thanksgiving,” I said, forcing a smile on my face. I thought my truck only needed a seventy dollar alignment, but instead the new ball joints, CV boots and bearings made me feel like I’d been punched in the gut.

I pouted and grinched all the way to my next stop—the hospital. I grumbled at the parking issues downtown and then rode an elevator to the eighth floor of the immense hospital to the neurotrauma unit. My mountain bike mechanic friend, 30-year-old Jason, lay uncomfortably hooked up to a ventilator, IV’s, and all manner of clear tubes pumping liquids in and draining them out. He had a massive blood vessel rupture in his brain two days ago while getting ready for work.

As I whispered about Jason’s condition with his family, my paradigm shifted. The tiny room felt too crowded so I didn’t linger. The elevator ride down with several silent people sobered me quickly. My petty problems felt trivial in light of those around me. Back in the parking deck I sat in my truck—heavy. My card-swiping gut punch now moved to a heart humbling reality check.

There was something about that bill for $1,621 that was familiar. I asked SIRI, “When was the first Thanksgiving in the U.S.?” She replied in her computery voice, “The first Thanksgiving was in the year 1621.”

Giving thanks—hhmmm, I was reminded of the Bible verse in 1 Thessalonians that says, “Rejoice always, pray all the time and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Group huddle at camp before a game.

God created me and knows what is best for me. He knows when I take my eyes off my problems and give thanks for the good things I am changed. It doesn’t mean I have to be “happy” about an unexpected repair bill or other daily frustrations. But if I am focused on the negative I’ll be a miserable old scrooge. Immediately I began to make a list of everything I had to be thankful for and my whole demeanor changed.

Thanksgiving is what we were designed to do! At this time of year I am so thankful for my Falling Creek family and friends and for each one of you who make camp so special. I want to encourage you to also make a list of what you are thankful for and carry it with you. Think about those things. Give thanks, for this is God’s will for you.

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FCC in the CT and NY Area

Yates traveled to Darien, CT where Jared and Schuyler Heuer hosted the Falling Creek Camp movies and reunion at their beautiful home.

What a good group from the CT and NY area that paused briefly for a photo.  Several dads who have attended Father/Son Weekend jumped in and Jared (2nd from right on back row) was an FCC camper in the last 4 years of the 1980's.What a good group from the CT and NY area that paused briefly for a photo. Several dads who have attended Father/Son Weekend jumped in and Jared (2nd from right on back row) was an FCC camper in the last 4 years of the 1980's.
Camp buds!Camp buds!
Yates had a chance to connect with Hayden Edwards, 9-year FCC camper, before the show as he couldn't come to the reunion tonight due to his duties with the Post 53 EMS crew.  Hayden, a Junior in high school, is an EMT and has been serving with this crew for a couple of years now. We are proud of you Hayden!Yates had a chance to connect with Hayden Edwards, 9-year FCC camper, before the show as he couldn't come to the reunion tonight due to his duties with the Post 53 EMS crew. Hayden, a Junior in high school, is an EMT and has been serving with this crew for a couple of years now. We are proud of you Hayden!
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The Big D

Bevan and Chris Liverman hosted the Dallas, TX Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion tonight (Wed, Nov.9) at their lovely home. Their sons, Jake and Miller Rhine, who will be returning to FCC this summer, joined with several veteran campers to help Yates explain to the many boys who have not been why they enjoy their camp experiences.

There was a great mix of returning campers and boys who came to learn more about FCC.  Additionally, Ryan Tinch and Tom Madine, who were FCC campers years ago, brought their sons tonight.  Emily Craft Broad, in the center of the back row, was a counselor in the late 80's with Marisa, Yates, and Goody.  She and Rick Broad met at camp and remained on staff through the mid 90's.  Their three sons are veteran campers and HUCK Expedition paddlers. John White, left, is returning to Father/Son weekend with his son John.There was a great mix of returning campers and boys who came to learn more about FCC. Additionally, Ryan Tinch and Tom Madine, who were FCC campers years ago, brought their sons tonight. Emily Craft Broad, in the center of the back row, was a counselor in the late 80's with Marisa, Yates, and Goody. She and Rick Broad met at camp and remained on staff through the mid 90's. Their three sons are veteran campers and HUCK Expedition paddlers. John White, left, is returning to Father/Son weekend with his son John.
Everyone enjoyed the chicken tenders, fruit, tasty sandwiches, and treats Bevan and Chris offered.Everyone enjoyed the chicken tenders, fruit, tasty sandwiches, and treats Bevan and Chris offered.
The boys really enjoy that Cheerwine.....The boys really enjoy that Cheerwine....."Born in the south and raised in a glass"
Brian Minnehan, and his son Patrick, have been coming to Father/Son Weekend for about 5 summers now.  Patrick's younger brother Davis was thrilled to join them this past year. Brian Minnehan, and his son Patrick, have been coming to Father/Son Weekend for about 5 summers now. Patrick's younger brother Davis was thrilled to join them this past year.
The boys and parents enjoy the updated Falling Creek Camp movieThe boys and parents enjoy the updated Falling Creek Camp movie
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Election Night in The Live Music Capital Of The World

Yates traveled west from Houston to Austin, TX where Amy and Michael Deane hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies at their beautiful home. Their sons, Harry and Holland, who will be returning to FCC this summer, were excellent hosts tonight helping him several times. Check out more photos on the Falling Creek Camp Facebook page

There was a large group of young boys who came tonight to learn more about Falling Creek Camp.There was a large group of young boys who came tonight to learn more about Falling Creek Camp.
Hats off to Amy for her creative arrangement and tasty 'smores on a stick that everyone loved.Hats off to Amy for her creative arrangement and tasty 'smores on a stick that everyone loved.
The boys discussed the Falling Creek CODE and how the values it details are a strong base to the camp community at Falling Creek.  Yates shared a CODE poster and then one of the boys excitedly drew a raffle ticket that allowed him to take the poster home with him.The boys discussed the Falling Creek CODE and how the values it details are a strong base to the camp community at Falling Creek. Yates shared a CODE poster and then one of the boys excitedly drew a raffle ticket that allowed him to take the poster home with him.
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