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Happy Holidays from Falling Creek

Staying warm by the fire.

top row (L-R)Frank, Simon, George, Jerry, Chuck, Ben, Chris, Patrick, Bottom Row (L-R) Phil, Claudia, Yates, Susan, Marisa

To all of the campers, staff, families, and friends of Falling Creek, we would like to extend our warmest holiday wishes. During this time of year, we enjoy reflecting on the experiences and friendships made over the past summer. As 2007 commences, we begin to look forward to the numerous opportunities of the coming summer.

Here is a quick update on what has been happening around camp during the beginning of winter. Jerry, Patrick, Simon, Ben, and George have been busy building the two new cabins for the Catawba Line and the Kitchen Staff.

Frank and Phil have been hard at work on schematics for the new FCC rope swing. There are many designs to throw around and we want to get the best ride the safest way possible. Yates has been a true road warrior, visiting multiple cities showing the new 2007 DVD to families up and down the east coast. You can read all about his adventures at the “”“>What’s New” section of the web site. Ben and Phil will be getting their first taste of traveling in January as they hit the road recruiting staff. Please see the FCC Calendar to see where they will be.

Chris and Claudette are anxiously expecting the arrival of their first child over the Holidays and Patrick and Amy are expecting a new arrival of their own as well. It promises to by an exciting time for the FCC family over the Holidays for sure.

Snowy Sign

Merry Christmas from Falling Creek

If you’ve never visited Falling Creek, we invite you to call the camp office and set up a tour. Whether it’s on a weekend, a day off from school during the week, or over a school holiday, we will be more than happy to give you and your family a personal tour. On April 21st and 22nd, we have an Open House Weekend at camp. Several activities will be open and numerous summer staff members will be present along with the Directors to answer any questions about a summer camping experience at Falling Creek.

Be sure to log on to see Who’s Coming for the Summer of 2007. Enrollment has been positive, so make sure you secure you place for June Camp, Main Camp, August camp, or Junior Camp.

The Falling Creek office will close for the holidays on Friday afternoon, December 15th and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd. We will periodically check mail, phone and email.

Enjoy your Holiday Season,

Yates, Marisa, Chris, Phil, Ben, Frank, Susan, and Claudia

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Falling Creek visits Rocky Mount, NC

Yates and the gang

Richard, Ben, George, Will, Dillon, James & Yates Pharr at the Rocky Mount, NC Falling Creek Camp “Movies” hosted by Randy & Sally Adams on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2006.

This afternoon I traveled to Rocky Mount, NC where Sally and Randy Adams hosted the Falling Creek “Movies”. In addition to meeting new families, I had the chance to catch up with a number of current campers. They all enjoyed the new DVD where several of them found themselves to be stars in the show. I heard some fun and exciting schedules being planned out by the boys for this summer. Thanks again to the Adams for your hospitality.

Yates in Rocky Mount, NC

(l to r) Yates Pharr, Paul & Sam at the Rocky Mount Falling Creek "Movies"p>

We are currently working on the travel plans for the winter after the holidays. Chris and Phil have big plans to meet new staff at college campuses across the eastern US. In addition to meeting staff, I will continue to visit various cities having the chance to meet new families interested in learning about Falling Creek and reconnecting with alumni and current campers/staff. Please continue to check the travel schedule to see when we may be in your area. We’d love to see you. Merry Christmas to you all and we wish you the very best in the upcoming New Year!


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Chris and Phil to MTSU

Travis Harris, Justin Strautz, Johnathan'Shoe'Shoemaker, Daniel Kessler

(from L to R)Travis, Justin, “Shoe”, Daniel

Chris and I traveled to Middle Tennessee State University on December 6 with a plan to meet Johnathan Shoemaker, Justin Strautz, and Daniel Kessler. The plot thickened when we had an unexpected encounter with Travis Harris on Interstate 40 East at 65 miles per hour! As he passed us Chris called him and we all met for dinner in Murfreesboro TN. We had a great time talking about last summer and all the fun they had. We hope to see them return to FCC for summer 2007. To see who is coming back in 2007 click here.


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Falling Creek visits Lexington and Lynchburg, VA

The Ailsworth Family

The Ailsworth’s, who hosted the Lynchburg, VA Falling Creek “Movies” at their home on 12-6-06. Melody is the camp doctor for a week every summer.

After an early departure from Richmond this morning in the cool upper 20 degree temperatures, I started my drive west to Hampden-Sydney College where I met Meade Whitaker, Dean of Students, and 12-year camper and counselor at Falling Creek. He met me in the school cafe/Post Office at 8:30am wearing his usual bow tie and suit. Meade looks the same today as his last day at camp. At 9:15am, Drew Walker, a Junior Counselor in 2006 (although everyone thought he was a “full” counselor), joined us and caught us up on what he has been doing. Drew says he really enjoys being at Hampden-Sydney and is doing well in school. Drew will be returning to FCC in 2007 to serve as a cabin counselor and one of our top Mtn. Biking Instructors.

At 10am, I continued my trek west on a beautiful sunny morning across back roads to Lexington, VA where I met up with James Van Horn and Hayes Ashcraft on the Washington & Lee campus. Both were FCC campers. James’ parents, Charlie and Kathleen, are currently Falling Creek’s representatives in New Orleans. His younger brother Knox attended main camp for his first time in 2006 and will return in 2007. We walked from the W&L campus to downtown Lexington for Lunch. It is such a wonderful mountain town. James and Hayes are enjoying their first semester and are currently preparing for exams next week before they go home for Christmas break. Both are planning to be counselors at Falling Creek in 2007.

I then traveled east to Lynchburg, VA where Greg and Melody Ailsworth hosted the Falling Creek “Movies”. Their boys Bobby, Sam and Ben were all a big help in getting things ready for the show. Thanks guys! Melody has served as the camp doctor for a week over the past 5 summers. She will be returning with the entire family during the August Junior session in 2007. I enjoyed meeting the new families who came to learn more about Falling Creek Camp. Thanks again to the Ailsworth’s for their hospitality!

- Yates

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Falling Creek travels to Richmond, VA

Great turnout in Richmond!

(l to r) front row – Yates Pharr, Charlie and Lewis; back row – Virginia Fowler, Jon Voight, Jay Jordan, Jim Godfrey and Scott Gray at the Richmond Falling Creek camp “movies” hosted by Jay & Nancy Jordan on Dec. 5, 2006.

I enjoyed my drive from Winston-Salem, NC to Richmond, VA. Although it was chilly, the sky was crystal clear and Virginia is such a pretty state. Jay and Nancy Jordan hosted a large Richmond area crowd for the Falling Creek Camp “movies” at their home last night. There were many new families who came to learn more about FCC. Scott Gray, one of our top Mountaineering counselors for several years, drove over from Virginia Beach where he’s a teacher. I am very excited to announce that Scott has already signed up officially to be back for the 2007 summer. Jon Voight and Virginia Fowler came as well. Both work in Richmond. Virginia is a teacher (and was recently promoted to a department head) and we are excited as well to report that she will be returning for the 2007 summer as a Horseback Riding Instructor. Jon was a camper and Paddling Counselor as well as an incredible musician. He visited camp this past summer and is now a star in the new DVD leading Morning Assembly. Jim Godfrey, a long time camper in the in the 70’s and 80’s, brought his oldest son Jay to introduce him to Falling Creek. Jim’s brother Wyck was also a long time FCC camper. A special thanks goes out to Lewis and Charlie, campers in 2006, who shared their favorite FCC experiences. As I told the boys, these families would much prefer to hear their descriptive camp stories than mine. Thanks again to the Jordan’s for their wonderful hospitality!

- Yates

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