by Nathan Newquist on Wednesday, May 24th 2006
Fathers, Sons, & Staff at Falling Creek Camp’s Father Son Weekend
Falling Creek’s second Father Son Weekend over the weekend of May 19-21 proved to be just as exciting as the first Father Son Weekend earlier in May. Another 80 father’s and sons enjoyed a weekend filled with activities ranging from mountain biking and the ropes course to a nature show and fishing. Besides the roller coaster and the high wire, George did a Blacksmithing demonstration for everyone during free time on Sunday. As one Dad put it in a post weekend email, “A BIG thanks to Falling Creek and its staff this past weekend! What a great trip our Augusta contingent had. The kids had a blast the entire time and fell asleep as soon as we headed home. They were worn out, along with a few dads I must confess!” Another Dad emailed that his son, “LOVED the father son weekend. Had a blast. And wants to come for years to come.”
Click here to find out about the 2007 Father Son Weekend
Happy Fathers, Sons, & Staff at Falling Creek Camp
Falling Creek’s initial Father Son Weekend was a great success! Over 100 Fathers and Sons spent May 5-7 in the mountains of western North Carolina. They stayed in Cabins, ate in the Dining Hall, and participated in a wide range of activities.
The Merry’s play the Carter’s in a late night game of Foosball underneath the Dining Hall
Campers and their Dads were able to Canoe, Kayak, Climb on the Wall, make arrowheads at Blacksmithing, go Mountain Biking, see an Animal Show, play Ping-Pong and Foosball, Shoot Archery and Riflery, challenge themselves on the High Ropes Course, search for Salamanders in the creek, ride the Roller Coaster into the lake, listen to stories around the Campfire, and spend quality time together.
The Covington’s, Barnes’ & Pritchard’s working together at Riflery.
Henry Osborne enjoys learning from George how to make an arrowhead at Blacksmithing while others watch.
Due to the increased interest in the Father Son Weekend, Falling Creek is offering another Father Son Weekend on May 19-21st. However, there are only a few spaces still available for this upcoming event. Please click here for more information, and send in your registration form today!
We have received a number of positive comments from fathers and their sons who were a part of this wonderful weekend. Some of these comments are listed below:
Connor Horstmann, Hank Pritchard(l to r) and Will Covington (rear) having some fun before lights out.
“What a fantastic weekend!!! I can’t thank you enough for the attention, enthusiasm, kindness, and instruction from the entire Falling Creek Camp staff. The entire weekend was very well organized and went off without a hitch. It was wonderful seeing the boys bond with each other and explore new things. We were all fearless as kids but fatherhood has a way of making you a little more conservative and I must admit that I was a bit concerned about the appropriateness of some of the activities for a five year old, particularly riflery.
The Simon’s and O’Tuel’s learn Archery Skills from Travis Harris.
Dad’s and their Sons had a great time climbing to the top of the Wall
However, my concerns immediately disappeared after just a few minutes of instruction from the counselors. They could not have driven home the seriousness of gun safety and the proper way to handle a rifle any better. I came home glad that my son now knows this and had the opportunity to participate. However, this is just one example. High ropes, rock climbing…all of the counselors were wonderful and the kids came away with a load of new knowledge, experiences and friends that they won’t soon forget.
Will Covington is cheered on by the Dads & Sons as he works his way through the Ropes Course
Liam Robinson holds a salamander during the Nature Program
The dads had a pretty good time too. And what a wonderful way to bond with your son. I think last night’s bedtime hug was the biggest I’ve ever received. To give you an idea of Connor’s thoughts, he cried from the moment we turned off of the gravel drive until he fell asleep in Shelby and for nearly an hour I heard nothing but “Turn around, I want to go back.” Those were also the first words he uttered when he woke up in the driveway.
The Osborne’s play chess in the evening
I finally had to promise him we would go to the website and sign up for next year. It sounds like you might have a camper for life. Is there a discount if you prepay for 10 years of camp? Thanks again to everyone."
Brad and Connor Horstmann, Charlotte, NC
BadHair Williams tells one of his fun and crazy Appalachian Folktales.
"Guys, Another home run! Little Philip and I had the time of our lives, and he is thrilled to be coming back for the short August session! You should all be proud of the job you do putting the father & son weekend together. The remarks I heard from the other father’s were unanimous in their praise of the camp! Brian Carter and his boys, who came with me from Aiken, were so impressed, they came home with the goal of talking Mrs. Carter into letting the boys attend THIS year.
Jerry Suarez teaches Fathers & Sons the art of riding Mountain Bikes on the Falling Creek trails.
I especially appreciated the inclusion of two more activities (blacksmithing & nature) that were not included last year, but the experience would not have been complete without the campfire and stories. That is such an important memory from camp that it was good that you all shared it with the Dads. Of course, it didn’t hurt to have S’mores too.
Chinese Ping Pong was a huge hit in the evening under the Dining Hall
At any rate, I want ya’ll to know that Philip and I both really appreciated your efforts, and your enthusiasm. The only unfortunate thing about Philip attending this summer is that this might be the last year that I get to come do the father/son weekend…since he will now be a full fledged camper. Maybe ya’ll should send me the information about the alumni weekend…Thanks again, and I look forward to seeing you all in July when I bring Philip to camp!"
Philip Merry, Aiken, SC, Falling Creek Camper in the 80’s
Irwin and Joseph Hani enjoy paddling around the lower Falling Creek Lake
"Hello FCC, I just wanted to let you know that Joseph and I had an outstanding time at Camp Falling Creek. On the ride home I asked Joseph what he liked the most and his response was “all of it!” Those three words sum it up quite nicely. Best Regards,
Erwin Hani, Asheville, NC"
Fred & Jack Conklin make a big spray as they skip across the lake on the Roller Coaster
“Was great to see you guys. Liam had a fantastic time, told stories to Joanne nonstop. Unfortunately reported to her that Riflery was his favorite activity. Blacksmithing was a big big hit. Took his arrowhead to school today to tell the kids all about how he made it himself with only a little bit of help. Having something unique and tangible to take home was a real winner for him. Good program, had a great time.”
James Robinson, Charlotte, NC, FCC Camper, C.I.T. & Counselor for 15 years in the 80’s & 90’s