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Falling Creek Camp Travels the week of February 20, 2006

Falling Creek Camp For Boys movies in Winston-Salem, NC

Tom Browder, a Falling Creek Camp staff member in the mid 80"s, brings his son to the Winston-Salem movie show.

Yates visited several North Carolina cities this week to show Falling Creek Camp movies. On Tuesday, February 21, Andrea and John Eller hosted Falling Creek in Winston-Salem. Not only were there several new families who were introduced to Falling Creek, Tom Browder, a staff member in the mid 80’s, came with his son. Both J.D. and Gray Eller are veteran FCC campers and helped provide the families with their perspective of Falling Creek Camp.

On Monday, February 20, Donnie introduced Falling Creek to potential new staff members at Hampton-Sydney College. Meade Whitaker, the Assistant Dean of Students for Hampton-Sydney and a former camper & staff member (1986-93, 1995-97), was a tremndous help with setting up the day. Chris Stec visited the UNC-Asheville campus on Tuesday, February 21 also seeking great staff members for the 2006 summer.

On Wednesday, February 22, Mac and Tracy Link hosted the Falling Creek movies in Chapel Hill, NC. Mac was a camper, C.I.T. and Counselor from 1979-1990 at FCC, with many of those summers being on the canoeing staff with Yates. Worth Newman and Drew Nickerson, two Main Camp veterans and 2006 DVD stars, provided the new families who attended the show with a camper’s perspective of Falling Creek. Both shared wonderful stories about their experiences at Falling Creek.

Falling Creek Camp For Boys movies in Durham, NC

(l to r)Yates, Alex, Hagar Rand & Joe Baden.

Hagar and Stephanie Rand hosted the Falling Creek movies in Durham, NC on Thursday, February 23. Hagar was a camper, C.I.T. and counselor for many years at Falling Creek in the 70’s & 80’s. In addition to the new families who came to learn more about Falling Creek Camp, Joe Baden a “founding” camper (1969-1972), shared not only an early camper’s perspective of FCC, but also a parents view since his son attends Main Camp. Alex Rand, a veteran Main camper, also shared stories from his many years at Falling Creek. Alex’s younger brother Jackson is planning to come to Falling Creek for his first year this summer.

Chris also traveled to two other places this past week to introduce new familes to Falling Creek Camp. These included Hammond Middle School in Alexandria, VA on Wednesday, February 22 and Brookwood Village in Birmingham, AL on Saturday, February 25

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Falling Creek sees snow!

Falling Creek Snow on the Dining Hall

Falling Creek’s Dining Hall in the Snow

On Saturday, February 11, Falling Creek received a very pretty snowfall. Although it covered the ground and stuck to the trees for a storybook appearance, it was not close to the 20+ inches which much of the Northeast received.


The entrance sign at Falling Creek

Snow covers the Falling Creek sign at the camp’s entrance


Sledding at Falling Creek Camp For Boys

The Pharr’s and Pounder enjoying a fast sledding run in Tuxedo Park below the upper riding ring.

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News from The Creek during the week of February 6

Falling Creek movies in Greenville, SC

(l to r: Stephen Gray, Yates & Harrison Finney

Yates and his oldest daughter visited Greenville, SC on Monday, February 6 for the annual Falling Creek movie showing. Stephen (camper and counselor in the 80’s & 90s) and Eliza Gray hosted several new familes who came to learn more about our awesome camp. Harrison Finney, a main camper in 88-90, who is now living in Greenville with his family, came by to reconnect with FCC. Both he and Stephen shared stories of life at Falling Creek as a camper and staff member with the parents and future campers who attended.

Chris traveled to both Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University to meet future counselors and reconnect with several of our current Falling Creek staff.

Falling Creek Pioneers in Camping

(l to r) Donnie Bain, Pop Hollingsworth and Steve Longenecker. Pop congratulates Donnie and Steve on the receipt of the prestigious Pioneers of Camping Club Award

Donnie & Kim, Yates & Marisa, Chuck and Steve Longenecker traveled to Chicago for the entire week to attend the annual American Camp Association National Conference. This event is always an excellent opportunity to learn about the current trends in camping, meet new resources and reconnect with friends and colleagues. This year was very special as not only did Steve Longenecker debut his new WEMA book at the conference, both he and Donnie were inducted into the “Pioneers of Camping Club”. This prestigious award was given for their 30 plus years of service in the camping movement. We are very proud of their accomplishment!

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Falling Creek visits Charlotte Country Day School

A Falling Creek family that has 4 brothers from the same family attending camp

A Falling Creek First – Four brothers all planning to attend camp for the 2006 summer. (l to r) Cal, Aidan, Liam & Sam.

On Sunday, February 5, Donnie and Yates represented Falling Creek at the Charlotte Parent Camper Fair hosted by Charlotte Country Day School. This a familiar location for Yates as he went to school at Country Day for twelve years and graduated in 1986. They had the chance to meet many families who were interested in summer camp for their boys. They were even visted by a Charlotte family who will have 4 boys coming to Falling Creek for the 2006 summer. Congratulations as this is a first for FCC to have 4 brothers come to camp the same summer.

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Go West FCC !

Falling Creek Camp Movies in Richardson, Texas

The Falling Creek movies in Richardson, Texas. (l to r)Sally Broad, Emily Broad, Rick Broad, Charles Broad, Bennett Broad, Yates Pharr, Kristin Payne, & Parker Payne.

The Falling Creek Movies tour headed west this past week stopping in Richardson Texas on Tuesday, January 31 at Kristin & Mark Payne’s home. In addition to the new families who came to meet Yates, Rick and Emily Broad brought 3 of their 4 children. Rick was on staff from 1985-1994 and served as an Associate Director for FCC in the early 90’s. Emily met Rick while they were staff members in 1989 and was also on staff from 1989-1994.

On Wednesday, February 1, Yates caught up with the Bond’s for the Dallas Falling Creek movie showing. Eleanor McClendon Bond is one of Hutch and Bryan McClendon’s sister’s (see Louisianna visit in January news below). She went to Camp Greystone for a number of years as a camper and staff member. Lendon Bond is planning to return to Falling Creek this summer.




Falling Creek Camp movies in Fort Worth, Texas

Cutting up at the Fort Worth, Texas Falling Creek movies. (l to r) Nathan Newquist, Teddy Cunningham, Ben Cunningham & Yates

From Dallas, Yates drove to Fort Worth where Jeff & Cynthia Cunningham hosted the FCC movies also on February 1. Nathan Newquist, the 2005 Green and Gold book dedication recipient, also attended to offer his comments and feedback for the parents and potential campers. Teddy and Ben Cunningham had many stories to add as well and are looking forward to returning to camp for the 2006 summer.

On Thursday, February 2, Paula & Hal Mentz hosted the Falling Creek movies in Houston. Their sons, Henry, James and Philip are stars in the DVD and Henry is the famous highwire rider in the November, 2005 newsletter. Carleton Riser, a Houston native, and camper from 1977-1983 came by to reconnect with Falling Creek for a mini-reunion. Also, Chris & Kay Thayer brought their younger son, Wright to the movies to see themselves in this year’s DVD. The Thayer’s relocated from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina and plan to stay in Houston. Chris will be back to help in the woodworking program during main camp this summer and Kay will be back in Arts & Crafts.



Falling Creek wishes to thank all of the Texas families who hosted the movies this week and we look forward to many new Texans coming to Falling Creek for the 2006 summer.

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