Archives for September 2011

Camp Movies Show And Reunion In Greenville

Falling Creek Camp Movies And Reunion At The Crawford's Home in Greenville, SC on 9-29-11Falling Creek Camp Movies And Reunion At The Crawford's Home in Greenville, SC on 9-29-11

The Fall Camp Movies and Reunion Tour has started. Yates traveled a short distance south from camp on Thursday, September 29 to Greenville, SC where Alex and Parker Crawford hosted a large group of families.

There were a number of fathers who were Falling Creek Campers back in the 70’s and 80’s. They were excited to introduce their camp to their sons. Some have attended the Father/Son Weekend at camp with their boys. Dr. Tim Brown, and his son Sandon, came to the show. Tim was the camp doctor for a week during main camp this past summer. Tim was also a camper for 5 years in the 70’s and his mother was a nurse during some of those summers. Sandon will be returning to camp in 2012, attending the the August Session.

The Crawford's served Pizza, but the Highlight was Green and Gold Rice Krispies TreatsThe Crawford's served Pizza, but the Highlight was Green and Gold Rice Krispies Treats

Richard Mackintosh, who was instrumental in taking the Woodworking program to new levels during the 2009 and 2010 summers, took time out of his busy schedule to come greet all the returning FCC campers and share his enthusiasm for FCC with the new families who came to learn more about camp.

Many thanks to the Crawfords for kicking off the Fall movie tour. Please check out Yates’ travel schedule and plan to attend the reunion and movie show when he’s coming to your area.

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Warrior Spirit on the River

Falling Creek provides a community that develops character for campers and staff alike. When one takes a deeper look, one can see the set of values that are shared by members of the Falling Creek community. It is the Falling Creek Code. It has always been here, however, over the summers of 2010 and 2011 we put words to it, introduced it, and intentionally weaved it into all aspects of daily camp life.

The Falling Creek Code is made up of Warrior Spirit, Positive Attitude, Servant’s Heart, and Moral Compass. All of these are grand topics and one might ask, “How do you teach warrior spirit, and more importantly, how do know when you have the spirit of a warrior?” Falling Creek is in the unique setting to give the campers an education that is more than books and papers, it allows us to build character. We have the ability to teach it every day that a camper is part of our community.

The Code hangs outside the Dining Hall at Falling Creek Camp.

A warrior’s spirit. When I think of warriors, I see knights riding off to battle. They have courage, perseverance, and an outlook on life that pushes one to do your best. At Falling Creek I see these items daily. I see young men working hard to achieve a time on the buoy course which allows them to earn a coveted spot on the Lower Green Trip (doing your best). I see young men looking at a 400-foot cliff and having the courage to take the first step! I see young men that will fail many times before they succeed, thus learning how to handle both the failure and the joy of success.

This past Sunday I had the pleasure of paddling with a current Falling Creek camper and a long-time camper/staff member, Taylor Barker. We paddled at the US National Whitewater Center in Charlotte. During our time on the water we caught eddies, surfed waves, punched holes and ran rapids that pushed us both mentally and physically. Near the end of the day, I saw a Warrior’s Spirit.

After a couple of runs through the pushy water of the M-Wave rapid, the group’s confidence was high. Seeing the rapid, one would understand why. Let me paint you a picture of M-Wave. It is a wall of water 6-ish feet tall and about 20-feet wide with a large breaking wave on the top that wants to flip you and hold you at the bottom. Now, if it was just that one series of moves it would be no big deal. However, directly below M-Wave you have several hundred yards of rapids, waves, and holes before you have a chance catch your breath, thus increasing the intimidation factor of the notorious M-Wave.

After one run that was extremely exciting, the camper arrived in the eddy and asked Taylor and I if he could walk back up and do it again, as his performance was below his personal best. Sure! We started to climb out of our boats and he said, “I would like to do it on my own. Will you wait in this eddy for me?” Sure! After ten minutes or so of hiking back up stream and getting set in the boat, we saw a green helmet and red boat line up to punch through M-Wave! The boat was upright and in control. Coming off of the crest of the wave, he was driving the boat hard to the left to avoid the next hole. He rounded the hole and was punching the next series of waves lining up to catch the eddy!

We went on to run that series of rapids several more times, and with each successful run the warrior was present! To answer my original question of how do you teach a Warrior Spirit: you put young men in a setting that requires courage, doing your best, and perseverance. As we have seen over the years, a young man with character is a young man that will rise to meet the challenge at hand.


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Green & Gold Yearbook and Fall Newsletter

Check your mailbox for the 2011 Green & Gold book! The envelope contains the book, a photo for each camper, and a copy of the latest camp newsletter.

This year’s Green & Gold is a yearbook, containing everyone’s individual photo. It is a great historical record of your amazing summer at Falling Creek. Look through it to find your photo, your friends, and your favorite counselors!

The 2011 booklet is dedicated to Jim Kurtts. He has been a counselor at Falling Creek for almost 40 summers. He continues to be a great resource to the Indian Lore program and a source of great stories.

The 2011 Fall Newsletter is packed full of interesting camp news. The Yates’ Yak highlights an American Camp Association study’s findings that a summer camping experience leads to youth development and growth.

If you want to look back on some of the original Green & Gold books, check out our archives. It is neat to see all of the tradition and history they contain.

Cover page of our summer camp newsletter.

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First Day of Fall

Today is the official first day of Fall. Here and there, a few leaves are beginning to change on the trees.

Here is a beautiful photo of Falling Creek Falls flowing with quite a bit of water after the past few days of rain.

It will be three or four weeks before the colors of the season are on full display and we will definitely follow up with photos!

Falling Creek Falls at Falling Creek Camp for Boys.
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FCC Campers Attend Sewanee

The University of The South has long been a place where Falling Creek has found strong staff. The tradition continues as these three outstanding young men all begin their their freshmen year at Sewanee.

Falling Creek Campers Robin Smith, Whit Sellers, and Henry Mentz start their freshman year at SewaneeFalling Creek Campers Robin Smith, Whit Sellers, and Henry Mentz start their freshman year at Sewanee

Bob Johns, one of the Falling Creek Directors in the 1969 founding year, was a professor at Sewanee. The community feel at Falling Creek is very similar to Sewanee’s on campus. No surprise that the Sewanee motto, Psalms 133:1 – Behold, How Good And How Pleasant It Is For Brothers To Dwell Together in Unity, upon which residential life is built, has also been used as the opening statement at FCC campfires for all of it’s 43 years.

We congratulate Robin, Whit and Henry and wish them the very best in their career at Sewanee!

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