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Everything You Need to Know about the Cabin

It is what the boys will call home during their time at camp; it is their place of comfort, place to rest, place of growing as a family with their cabin mates. The cabin is where the boys will ultimately start and end each day!

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One of the benefits of a camp experience involves meeting and making new friends from different places. Our cabins are organized by grade and will try to limit cabin placement to no more than two boys from the same hometown. We do accept cabin requests and will carefully consider any mutual request (each boy must request the other) for boys of similar age and grade. If you have a cabin request, please communicate it to camp in writing prior to April 30th at mail@fallingcreek.com. We do not do bed requests. Choosing which bed he will be sleeping in is a first-come first-serve basis on opening day.

cabin bunks

Falling Creek provides sheets and blankets for all campers and staff. Boys should bring their own pillows, pillow cases and towels. It is extremely important that everything they bring to camp is labelled, including pillows, pillow cases, and towels.

Each cabin is organized by grade and the cabins are grouped together by grade. So, even if your son’s classmate is not in the same cabin as him, he will probably be in one of the neighboring cabins. There are around 8 boys in a cabin. Depending on the grade, there may be a couple more or a couple less.

Your son will be living out of a trunk while at camp. The trunks go under the beds. The medium sized trunks tend to be the best! You can purchase a trunk form Everything Summer Camp. Falling Creek families get great discounts on camp trunks and lots of other camp gear. Use the code BEHOLD. We also get 5% off with Kangaroo Cases, another great trunk supplier.

cabin games

The cabins are equipped with electricity and a bathroom. The screened windows allows for the crisp summer air to cool the cabins at night as well as the calming noise of the bullfrogs and crickets. For some, the sounds of nature is unfamiliar and can actually keep the boys awake, whether that is nature outside the cabin, or nature taking place within the cabin, aka snoring. Earplugs can be valuable for the light sleepers.

If you have any questions about the cabin, please give us a call at 828.692.0262. We would love to help!

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10 Gift Ideas for the Camp Easter Basket

Easter is just around the corner and summer, well, is not too far down the road either! Here are some great small gift ideas for your summer camper!

  1. Small flashlight or headlamp. Great for camp-outs, trips, walks from campfire to the cabin, etc.
  2. Non-cotton hiking/outdoor socks. Why not cotton? Well, when cotton gets wet, it ceases to insulate due to all of the air pockets in the fabric that fill up with water. On a hike, especially in the summer, your son’s feet will perspire, and their cotton socks will absorb the sweat like a sponge. Cotton socks are fine for in camp activities, but if your son plans on going on any trips, hikes, or camp-outs, they will need some non-cotton hiking socks.
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  3. Colored pencils & small journal/activity book. Although he will not have too much down time, they do have rest hour every day. If he is not a napper, then something to do for that hour will be a rest-time life-saver!
  4. A good book. If your son is not an activity book-er then send him with a good book or two. This is a great rest hour item. If they have summer reading for school… those are perfect to send! Or, just some new books they might enjoy.
  5. A water bottle. A popular camp store item is our Nalgene water bottle. He may want to purchase one of these at camp, but can he have too many of this summer must-have-item? Send him with one or two and let him stock up on the FCC Nalgene as well!
  6. Camp stationery/stamps. You do get to write to your son via email or letter. But, he will be technology free while at camp. So, if you are interested in getting some letters back, go ahead and send him loaded with stationary and stamps. And, if you want to make sure you, grandparents, aunt and uncles all get a letter, go ahead and pre-address and pre-stamp those envelopes!!
  7. Camp toiletries including insect repellent and sunscreen. It is the summer and the sun and bugs can be brutal. We will have sunscreen available for the boys, but it helps for them to have their own as well. Due to DEET in bug spray, we do not provide it. We recommend sending some with your son to help protect him from the mosquitoes this summer!
  8. Disposable camera. Another popular camp store item. Remember, camp is technology free, so cell phones are a no no. The best way for your son to capture some of his favorite camp moments is with a good ole disposable camera! Get a few, because they go through them fast!
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  9. Green/gold bandanna. Once at camp, the boys will learn what team they are on. The green team or the gold team. Why not send them with a team bandanna? Or, maybe just get them a fun bandanna to wear around camp.
  10. Stickers for his trunk. They will be living out of their trunks while at camp. The boys love to personalize their trunk with bumper stickers. Stickers specifically from their school or town. Stickers for the sports and activities they do. Stickers that spell out their name! They will love to make their trunk their own! It also makes it stand out and easy to identify at camp.

Remember that camp does not accept care packages, so why not surprise them with their fun camp stuff now? If you are looking for camp must-haves, check out the packing list located in your CampInTouch account or call the office for any packing questions.

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How do I Know if my Boy is Ready for Camp?

How do you know when you child is ready for camp? Some children are ready for camp during kindergarten, while others get to high school and still want to be close to or at home. Many parents struggle with the idea of sending their child away for one, two, three, or even four weeks during the summer, not knowing if they are going to love it or hate it!

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Truth is most boys will have their bags packed and ready to head-off to camp while mom is still contemplating if they are ready to not have their little guy around for the next couple of weeks. So, how do you actually know if he is ready for camp? Well, if he can spend the night at a buddy’s house for a night, then he is ready! And if you can survive the night with him at his friend’s house, then believe it or not, you are ready too!

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Parents want so much for their kids. They want them to be happy, successful, and comfortable, make friends, have fun, get dirty, and stay safe! Camp will provide all of these things! They will make friends that last a lifetime. They will definitely have fun with many opportunities to be successful. They will get dirty, but will also shower daily! They will be in very safe hands with counselors trained for any situation plus nurses and a doctor living at camp! Between the good food, amazing activities they get to choose, loving and enthusiastic counselors, and constant surprises, the boys will definitely have fun!

It is perfectly normal for a parent to feel a disconnect between their heart and their mind. The mind says everything is great while the heart worries. Sure, there is no prescription to cure homesickness, but when a boy is able to overcome homesickness, with the support of his counselors and friends, they do not only gain confidence, but a since of pride!

Falling Creek Rollercoaster

We cannot promise that your child is going to have complete immunity from any form of homesickness, but we can say that the majority of boys who experience homesickness in the first few days of camp do overcome it and gain so much from it. They stay busy enough that most of the time they do not even think about it. And if they do, there is a major support team on hold ready to pick them up and give them the time of their life!

Falling Creek Fun

So, is your boy ready for camp? Are you ready for your boy to go to camp? Junior camp still has availability is a perfect taste-tester for the camp scene. Or, maybe you want to wait one more year. Call us and schedule a tour for this summer, then you and your child can experience the camp scene and see if it is really time!

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Why Hire a Camp Counselor?

Sure, we tell you all of the time that being a camp counselor is the greatest job in the world! But it goes so much deeper than having the opportunity to teach your passion, be a professional role model, or help a kid overcome homesickness; it develops skills that even the most prestige universities cannot teach. When it is time for the big interview, time to start your career, many employers favor the camp counselor over the intern. The intern may have learned some basic skills for the job they desire, but a camp counselor will learn and excel in life-long skills that any employer would want on their staff! The career-based skills are teachable, while the life-skills are not!

Life-Long Skills the Camp Counselor Has

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1. The first skill is being a good communicator. From the children to the parents, coworkers and the directors, camp counselors have to be able to communicate with a wide range of people. This is different from any other job because parents leave the most valuable thing in their lives with us, their child. Parents have a short time on opening day along with a counselor bio on the website to leave camp feeling confident that their child is in good hands. As a counselor, opening day is not just a meet and greet, it is an interview! Parents will cling to every word a counselor says!

2. Camp Counselors are life-long learners. Sleeping for ten weeks in a cabin, on a mountain, in the middle of the woods, technology and media free seems to be an experience that teaches so much about oneself. It can be a difficult transition, but so many people fall in love with the camp scene and long to be back summer after summer. Many counselors are faced with new situations that they cannot always train for. So, through experience, watching others, interacting with campers, other counselors, parents, and directors, counselors come in ready to teach a specific activity, but walk away really learning how to learn, grow, and experience.

Falling Creek 4th of July

3. Camp counselors can handle anything for they are resilient! There is no award for the counselor who survived a tent-leak during a down-pour on their overnight, helped their camper overcome homesickness, while appropriately managing the bat that just happened to come into the cabin at 1:00am one night! There is no running away, but instead, fighting the battle with a smile on their face! They are not 100% trained for this kind of combat, but instead learn to put their campers first and manage it!

4. Solving one problem after another! Where did that dark cloud come from? Within 5 minutes the sun disappeared and a roar of thunder shakes the camp. It is not a problem for your camp counselor though! They are quick on their toes! With their creative thinking skills, there is no activity that is ever ruined! One little storm may put a halt on lacrosse, but it does not stop the fun. Counselors have many games and songs up their sleeve ready for any situation!

Falling Creek fishing

5. Camp counselors are some of the best leaders and some of the greatest followers. The impact a counselor leaves on a camper is unreal. Any camper can tell you which counselor they want to grow up to be like. Even the older guys watch their counselor’s every move. Camp counselors learn from each other, watching and learning how each situation is handled and being prepared for the any situation.

6. A solid work ethic. What internship involves 3 months of 24 hour work days? To wake-up each morning with a smile on their face, even when the rain is pouring down outside, it is hard to deny how hard a counselor really works. But even through the hard work and sweat, they love and care for their boys through it all and that is what makes camp counselors so awesome!

Employers who themselves have been camp counselors understand the qualities required to successfully do this job and, consequently, often seek these individuals out when filling positions. But now the secret is getting out and having “Summer Camp Counselor” on a resume can make a potential employee much more desirable!

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What to do at FCC: Activities

falling creek mountain biking

Falling Creek has so many activities to choose from. What is unique about our activities versus other camps is how we allow our boys to make their own decisions, their own schedule, and allow for changes to this schedule each week. We also offer several off-campus trips each day so they can choose to stay at Falling Creek or enjoy a trip to a river, mountain, or lake.

Falling Creek provides boys with something called special sign-ups. Like mentioned above, staff will announce what special trips will be leaving camp that morning and the boys can sign-up for anything they are interested in trying. Special sign-ups are not in our junior session, and the trips may vary between the other sessions, but trips can range from a half-day up to 5 days!

Special sign-ups include backpacking/hiking, canoe camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, and whitewater paddling. These trips travel from the Pisgah National Forest, Dupont, Nantahala, and the Appalachian trial to Lake Fontana, and many rivers, like the Pigeon, Chattooga, Green River, and more!
In camp activities range from water-based activities, like fishing, sailing, and swimming, to sports like, archery, basketball, cross country, flag football, lacrosse, riflery, soccer, tennis, the HEAT, and ultimate frisbee!

falling creek lacrosse

We also offer unique, traditional activities. These activities include; arts & crafts, blacksmithing, horseback riding, Indian Lore, music, nature, pottery, theater, and woodworking.

falling creek horseback riding

With so many choices for the boys to choose from, Falling Creek is always full of adventure, learning, and experience. What else is so cool about participating in these activities is we have a progression system for each activity where boys can advance through 5 levels from scout to warrior. Boys can take an activity even further by aiming to master an activity instead of just participate.

For more information on the activities we offer or the progression system, please contact us at 828.692.0262.

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