Archives for November 2011

Reunion and Movies in Big D

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Singhal's home in Dallas, TX on 11-7-11Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Singhal's home in Dallas, TX on 11-7-11

Yates made his way out to the big state of Texas where Dotti and Nupe Singhal hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion in Dallas. Their sons, Jackson and James will be returning to the August session this summer. James did an excellent job setting up the DVD for Yates and making sure that the video was playing when cued, and at the right volume. Jackson shared some stories about his experiences at camp and showed the big group of families present the very special project he made in Woodworking class. It even had removable shelves!

Yates was very happy to reconnect with long-time friends and Falling Creek Alumni Rick and Emily Broad, who Yates and Marisa were on staff with in the 80’s. Marisa, Emily and Goody were swimming instructors together in the 1989 summer. Rick’s first summer was 1985 and then went on to become an Assistant Director at Falling Creek until 1994. They are so pleased that their sons have been enjoying their own FCC experiences. Both Charles and Bennett will be going to Main camp for their 5th summer at camp.

Michael Rowland, also an FCC alumni from St. Louis, went to camp with Yates, and his brother Stephen and Goody from 1980-1989. Michael was also sharing some of his favorites memories of camp. He and his wife, like Yates and Marisa, have only girls, and they go to nearby Camp Greystone. The Miller Family, Greystone’s Director’s, founded Falling Creek Camp back in 1969.

We were also very pleased that Tyler Vaughan, a top FCC counselor during the summers of 2009 and 2010, took time out of his busy senior year at Southern Methodist University, to reconnect. Tyler helped Yates answer questions from the parents, like how he communicated with them by writing “mama letters”. It was a great way for the new families to hear his counselor’s perspective on camp.

We thank the Singhal’s for their wonderful hospitality, welcoming so many families into their home.

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Camp Movies and Reunion in O-Town Area

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Spafford's home in Windermere, FL on 11-3-11Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Spafford's home in Windermere, FL on 11-3-11

Yates made his way up to the center of Florida where Amy and Jeff Spafford hosted the Orlando area Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion in their home in Windermere, FL. They have three sons who all go to Falling Creek. Rocs will be returning to Main camp for his 5th summer, Jeffrey to August for his 5th summer and Jacob to August for his 3rd summer. They all did a wonderful job helping Yates with the movie show and asking some key questions, breaking the ice for other boys and parents to ask what questions they had.

We were very pleased to find many of the families were learning about Falling Creek Camp for the first time. We want to thank the Spafford’s for inviting these families into their beautiful home.

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Movies and Reunion in The Magic City Area

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Murphy's home in Coral Gables, FL on 11-2-11Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Murphy's home in Coral Gables, FL on 11-2-11

Yates made his way further into south Florida to Coral Gables, where Art and Betsy Murphy hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion. Their sons, Teddy and Anderson have been campers at FCC for many years. Anderson will be returning to Main camp for his 6th time this coming summer and he’s only in 5th grade.

Anderson helped Yates with greeting the returning and new families and the boys had a blast playing games outside and eating pizza while others were arriving. Yates wants to thank all of the current campers in attendance who helped him to answer questions from new boys and their parents. The boys were also excited to receive their exclusive 2012 Trunk Sticker that you can only get if you come to the Movie/Reunion. The new design includes the Falling Creek Code.

John Crabtree, who is a Falling Creek Camp Alumnus, went to FCC for about five years in the mid 70’s. His son, John, Jr., is returning to August 2-week camp for his second summer, and John is thrilled to be planning to return to FCC himself at the Father/Son Weekend in May.

Thompson Lykes has also been a part of the Father/Son Weekends with his two sons, Mason and Palmer, both veteran FCC campers, who are returning to Main camp for their 5th and 4th summers.

Bill Mathes, and his son William, have also been a part of the Father/Son Weekend. His son, William, will be returning to June camp for his 4th summer.

Many thanks to the Murphy’s for opening their beautiful home to all of the Falling Creek families!

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Camp Movies Show And Reunion in West Palm Beach

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Skelly's home in West Palm Beach, FL on 11-1-11Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at the Skelly's home in West Palm Beach, FL on 11-1-11

Yates traveled to the south Florida area where Tim and Inge Skelly hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion at their home. Their son Tommy, is returning for his seventh summer at FCC and will be participating in the HUCK Paddling Expedition where they will be able to tackle some of the best rivers in Colorado.

Tim, a Falling Creek Alumnus, started early as a young FCC camper going for many years when Yates and Goody were campers. Tim and Yates also were on the FCC paddling staff together in the late 80’s. Like we say, camp friendships are strong and lifelong.

(L to R) Tommy Skelly, Tim Skelly, Yates, Paul Raymond and Dylan Loebig(L to R) Tommy Skelly, Tim Skelly, Yates, Paul Raymond and Dylan Loebig

Yates enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with current campers and their families from the Palm Beach area and was thrilled to meet the new families who came to learn more about Falling Creek. Paul Raymond, a long-time camper and Counselor-In-Training this past summer, made the short trek from Palm Beach Gardens to offer his support. Paul, a senior at Sun Coast High School, brought Dylan Loebig, a fellow senior friend, who is interested in being a staff member at Falling Creek after his Freshman year in college, when he’s old enough to qualify. Dylan was even more excited about the possibility of being an FCC staff member after this visit. As Yates always asks the parents at the FCC movie shows, Do you know an awesome young man in your church or neighborhood who is in college and would be a super role model on our staff? Please let us know how we can meet him!

We all thank the Skelly’s for their wonderful hospitality and opening up their home to this large group of folks.

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