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Tracking Falling Creek's Weather

Have you ever been curious what the weather is like up on the mountain? If the weather has been cooperating while you son is at camp or what the weather has been like before you make the journey to Tuxedo, NC?

falling creek weather station

Sometimes The Weather Channel just does not cut it, since it could be pure sunshine at Falling Creek, but just down the road at Camp Greystone, a thunderstorm is brewing.

Well, you can now track the weather live at FCC! With our on-camp weather station, real-time weather is constantly updated at Weather Underground. You can quickly see current and accurate weather details, or look at the past weather for some guidance on your packing before you come to camp.

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Defeating the Dreaded Homesickness

Homesickness is not uncommon at camp, but overcoming it can be one of the biggest successes a boy experiences while at camp. Now is the time to prepare your boy(s) before they adventure off to camp so they can have a great experience, as well as you not fretting over them at home.

falling creek camp friends

So, what is homesickness anyways?

Homesickness is an impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and family. Not only do campers face homesickness, but even some counselors struggle with it during their first several days at camp. Homesickness usually occurs during the first few days, if at all. Most of the time, campers only become homesick during times of inactivity when they have time to reflect on home and their normal routine, like during rest hour or at night. It is extremely rare for a child to be affected the entire day.

How can parents help prevent homesickness?

  • Sleeping over at friend’s house or experiencing short periods away from home, like a weekend getaway or weekend camp during the year will help build up a child’s since of independence. The first time a child is separated from home will always be the worst.
  • Allow them to be a part of the camp decision process. Let them help with the pre-orders and packing their things. Give them several opportunities to watch camp videos and be engaged with camp on social media or even scroll through the website. The more familiar they become with the experience, the easier the transition becomes and the more excitement you are able to build up for them.
falling creek friends
  • Be positive about their experience at camp. For example, tell them you are going to miss them, but follow up with telling them that they are going to have a great time. If they think you are going to be missing them terribly or even sad for them to go off to camp, they will carry that burden with them throughout camp and it makes it harder for them to transition into the camp routine.
  • Sometimes packing a blanket or stuffed animal from home can help too; something for comfort during the down times in their cabin. However, it is camp and it is a possibility that this item could get lost or dirty, so avoid any truly treasured items.
falling creek friends
  • Camp is a huge growing tool and a huge step towards independence. Overcoming homesickness will give them skills that will be valuable for their entire life, so be encouraging about the whole thing! If they have suffered from homesickness in the past, don’t make them feel like a failure and prevent it from happening again, but instead focus on the positive, tell them it is normal and encourage them to make it through!
  • Send pre-addressed and stamp stationary. Allowing your child to write home or to friends and family will help keep their mind focused on being able to communicate with you during down-time at camp when they are most likely to become homesick. Allow them to spend their time communicating with you instead of just thinking about you.
falling creek friends
  • Remember you can email and write letters to your boy(s) while at camp, but be aware of what you say. If you constantly remind them how much you and everyone else at home misses them, including fluffy the dog, they may feel like they need to be home. It is OK to tell them you miss them, but keep it encouraging and happy and let them know that everyone is doing great (even if you are son-sick and can’t wait for him to be home). On the contrary, do not go into details about the wonderful, amazing time everyone is having without them because the opposite might occur and they may feel like they are missing out on family adventures, even though they are having the time of their lives at camp!
  • Don’t worry. Your natural reaction is to call on the first day just about bedtime to see how your camper is doing. Remember, our counselors are trained to recognize and deal with symptoms of homesickness and they will do everything in their power to give them a wonderful camp experience. Their letters come home through snail mail, so if you receive a homesick letter 5 days into camp, it is likely that they sent it on the first day. Do not panic! Give us a call at Falling Creek and we will immediately follow up on his condition and get back with you to let you know if he is still struggling or if it was just a 1st night thing.
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Meet the Camp Horses

We have a total of 22 horses at Falling Creek. All are unique with their own stories and personalities. Let’s meet our horses!

Baloo and Buck

Baloo is our oldest horse at camp, born on May 24, 1984, he is a Dark Bay Quarterhorse.

His best friend, Buck, is like a seeing-eye dog… or horse for Baloo. Born on April 24, 1995, he is a Liver Chestnut and very good in the riding ring. Buck stands out in the pasture with his one white foot.

Skittles

Skittles is a Paint gelding Pony and is good for all skills of riders. He does have some little man syndrome, in that he is the smallest horse in the herd, yet packs the biggest attitude!

cosmo and chico

Cosmo has 2 different colored eyes and is the famous horse at camp known as Kramer, when he starred in a hit TV show on NBC that was popular in the 90s.

Chico is the designer horse in the herd. Notice his coloring and how he does not blend in with his environment.

shorty

Don’t let his name fool you! He is actually one of the tallest horses in the herd! This gentle giant is a great camp horse.

clyde and buddy

Buddy is exactly what his name says. He is truly the horse version of “man’s best friend”.

Clyde may look like a normal horse, but this part Clydesdale is a crossover athlete!

Wilbur

Wilbur’s full name is “Wilber de Bubs, Duke of Thunderhead.” Enough said!

gizmo and parli

Parlimentarion, or Parli for short, is a former race horse. Rescued, he is a very tall and very fast horse with a lot of skill!

Gizmo is a Red Roan. He was born in 1990 and is a good all around camp horse!

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rescues

Chester and Lexi are both rescues and very much loved at Falling Creek.

The boys can meet the horses by taking Horseback at camp! Horseback is an available daily activity, just make sure the boys pack long pants and closed-toed shoes. The Progression in the horseback program uses a “band” system. Campers earn different colored bands based on what they accomplish at camp, including barnwork and ringwork.

falling creek horses

All Junior Campers will get to experience riding our horses as one of the activities they try during their week at camp.

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The Camp Store

It is opening day and the boys can barely sit still in the car as you trek up the gravel road, winding up Falling Creek’s mountain side. Once at camp, the boys are running to their cabin while you are trying to keep up! Checking each stop off your Opening Day Checklist, there is one stop you must make;

The Camp Store!

There are some new items we have added to our store inventory this year, as well as some key items that your camper will not want to experience camp without!

falling creek camp laundry bag

The FCC Laundry Bag

For the boys staying at camp longer than one week, camp provides a laundry service so the boys can get their clothes smelling good! Even the one week campers are going to want to a place to put their dirty clothes instead of sticking them back in the trunk with their clean ones. This laundry bag is mesh and breathable with a place for the boy’s name! Perfect for camp, it can also be useful for vacations and the college dorm room.

The Team Shirts

falling creek camp team shirts

Team Green! Team Gold! No matter what team your son is on, when it comes down to the Green and Gold competitions, he will be ready!! This shirt is a pre-order item only! It will not be in the Camp Store, but instead will be given out to the boys who ordered it by cabin. Which ever team their cabin ends up on, that is the shirt they will receive. You do not have to order a team shirt, but can pack a green and gold shirt in their trunk! Just remember, they will not know what team they are on until opening day.

falling creek tervis

The FCC Tervis Tumbler
A brand new item this year, the Tervis is known for durability. With our logo and the Falling Creek green lid, this item is great to travel with, use in the office, or at school!

Crazy Creek Chair

One camp item that all campers will want that will last them summer after summer is the Crazy Creek Chair. Not only does it have the Falling Creek Code on it, but this easy to carry and easy to pack chair is perfect for campfires and overnights! They are also awesome to have at home as well as athletic events and bleachers!

FCC Blanket

blanket

This super comfy blanket is made out of sweatshirt material. It will become a new favorite blanket to have on the couch during family movie time and is stylish to show-off on the bed. It will also be very handy to have on those crisp summer nights at camp. This one is a definitely a camper favorite.

The FCC Tie

falling creek tie

After a Social Media contest through our Facebook and Instagram pages, this beautiful blue FCC neck tie and bow tie was voted on and won a spot in our store this summer! Created by Collard Greens, the tie is a light blue with the FCC logo imprinted on it. Since the boys will not need a tie during the summer time, it will only be for sale on closing days. What an awesome gift for dad, granddad, or your collegiate family member.

Pre-Orders

All pre-orders are due on April 30! We have so many more items to look at on our “website!”http://www.fallingcreek.com/news/camp-store The pre-order forms are located in your CampInTouch account under the Forms and Documents section. By pre-ordering an item, you are guaranteed that item, so do not miss out on a camper favorite by waiting until the summer.

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Make a Vacation from your Time at Falling Creek

Falling Creek Camp is in a unique place, nestled on the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, and surrounded by several amazing towns and cities. Here are some awesome things to do and places to see while you start to plan your drop-off and pick-up plans this summer. If your boy is at the one-week session, make a vacation out of it!

Hendersonville

Falling Creek is located in Tuxedo, NC, just south of Hendersonville. Hendersonville is a cool town with some wonderful restaurants, shops, and places to stay. The Flat Rock area in Henderson County is full of some awesome golf courses if you enjoy spending your day on the green. The Flat Rock Playhouse is a cute local theater with shows playing weekly and just down the road from them is the Carl Sandburg House with some wonderful hiking trails and tours of the historic home.

highland lake inn

My favorite recommendation is Downtown Hendersonville which is perfectly set-up for an evening stroll, dinner, and dessert at one of the many delicious local restaurants or make an afternoon out of it with shopping the many local shops.

For places to stay, Hendersonville has several bed and breakfasts and hotels, but to point out some local favorites, the Mountain Lodge in Flat Rock gives 15% off to camp families. For a more elegant stay, the Highland Lake Inn is a gorgeous resort with the option to rent cottage, cabin-like rooms, or their hotel-like rooms. Another is the Orchard Inn which is a highly rated bed and breakfast.

Your visit to Hendersonville is not complete without having breakfast at Flat Rock Bakery and lunch at Hubba Hubba!

Brevard

Brevard is in Transylvania County, located just west of Henderson County. With an easy 30 minute drive, you can quickly be stolling in downtown Brevard, eating the best ice cream you have ever tasted, or hiking some of the most beautiful trails found in Western North Carolina.

Pisgah Inn

Whether you want a quick walk to a roaring waterfall or a nice 2-mile stroll through meandering trails overlooking some Appalachian valleys, Transylvania County is known as the land of waterfall and has two amazing state parks. Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest will easily keep you busy for hours to days.

If you like your adventure by car, then continue on Hwy 276 through Pisgah National Forest, and you will eventually enter the Blue Ridge Parkway which is well worth the drive. At the top of the Appalachians, you can drive the winding roads with many overlooks and hiking trails just off the road. And to make your trip beyond perfect, once at the top, make your way to the Pisgah Inn dinner and watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Pisgah Inn is one of the most highly rated inns in the entire US.

Dupont Forest

Transylvania County is known for its rivers, including the French Broad and the many forks that enter it. If you like to cast the line, this is the place to do it! Davidson Outfitters takes guided fishing trips daily! You will not be disappointed with their service whether you are a pro at fly-fishing or have never picked-up a rod before in your life! If you would rather stroll the rivers on your own, stop by and see them and they will be happy to direct you to the best rivers and holes.

If you are not feeling adventurous, Downtown Brevard is packed with local shops, delicious cuisine, and a historical movie theater which is always playing current popular box-office movies.

Interested in staying in Brevard? Do not overlook the Pisgah Inn. If you want to stay closer to town, the Red House Inn is practically in town.

If you have not heard of Dollys Dairy Bar then this needs to make it to #1 on your priority list. They will have by-far the best ice-cream you have ever tasted. Two, highly rated restraunts in downtown are Falls Landing and Mayberrys.

Asheville

Asheville is north of Hendersonville and is a very popular place to visit. It’s unique, artsy feel, dozens of local breweries, delicious restaurants, and historical houses, it is so easy to make a vacation out of Asheville.

Downtown Asheville

If you have never been to the Biltmore Estate it is time to make an extra day out of your visit to North Carolina. A tour of the historical home is just a small part of your visit. There is shopping, a winery, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, etc. The list goes on forever. You can even stay at the Biltmore Inn right on the estate property.

The Grove Park Inn and Spa is another beautiful place to stay in Asheville. If you want to relax, eat delicious food, and possibly hit a round of golf, this is the place to go!

Biltmore

If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids, zip-lining is a great option. is the way to go! There are many awesome canopy tours in Asheville.

With such a wide variety of local cuisine options in Asheville, it is so hard to pick the best, so I recommend that you investigate your options! There are many great restaurants from farm-to-table restaurants, breweries and cidaries, southern-style and the list goes on!

For shopping, Downtown Asheville and Biltmore Park are full of amazing stores and restaurants.

This list is just the beginning of what you can do while visiting Western North Carolina. For more information on local attractions, please visit our website and scroll down to the bottom of the page or give us a call. We would love for you to experience what we call home!

If you have other recommendations, please add them in the comments below!

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