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Dallas Camp Reunion and Movie Show

Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by the Singhall Family in Dallas, TX on 11-5-12Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion hosted by the Singhall Family in Dallas, TX on 11-5-12

Yates traveled out to Dallas, where Dottie and Nupe Singhal hosted the Falling Creek Camp Movies and Reunion. Their sons, Jackson and James will be returning to FCC this summer for their 4th and 3rd summers.

There were many returning campers who helped Yates introduce camp to the new families who came to learn more about Falling Creek.

Matt Lamon, a pre-med senior at Texas Christian University, Devon Coetzner, a Senior student at the University of North Texas, and Preston Newsome, a Junior at TCU, all FCC summer staff, took time out of their busy schedules to come to support camp.

Rick and Emily Broad, who met at Falling Creek while on staff in the 80’s and 90’s, brought their three boys and two nephews to the show. All five boys, who are veteran campers, will be going to Main Camp this coming summer. Rick was an FCC Director in the early 90’s.

Ryan Tinch and Lucas Horton, both camp alumni in the late 80’s and early 90’s, came to reconnect with FCC.

Mike Bass and his son, Sam drove down to Dallas from Oklahoma City, OK tonight to see the movies, reconnect with camp friends/FCC, and get their exclusive 2013 trunk sticker that you can only get if you attend a movie/reunion event. Wow! This is true dedication. Sam will be returning to FCC for his 5th summer.

We thank the Singhals for hosting the big event at their beautiful home.

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Final Fall Leaves Photos

The last of the leaves have fallen at Falling Creek as the cold weather has been here consistently and caused them all to change. The heavy winds from Hurricane Sandy then blew all remaining off the trees. I’ve include some photos from just before this final transition for you all to enjoy.

Falling Creek Camp Entrance at Green River RoadFalling Creek Camp Entrance at Green River Road
View of the Covered Bridge over the Green River as you enter Falling Creek CampView of the Covered Bridge over the Green River as you enter Falling Creek Camp
Falling Creek camp Horses in Upper Green River PastureFalling Creek camp Horses in Upper Green River Pasture
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FCC competes again in the Future Legends of Barbeque and Supports the HCYLP Barbeque Ball

Goody, Fred, Jack, Brenda, And Grayson - Falling Creek Camp's Caddyrack BBQ Shack TeamGoody, Fred, Jack, Brenda, And Grayson - Falling Creek Camp's Caddyrack BBQ Shack Team

The annual Future Legends of Barbeque Competition and Barbeque Ball was held recently at Camp Mondamin on Saturday, October 13th, 2012. It is a wonderful family-oriented event with something for all ages.

Current and past Falling Creek families and summer staff members attend and it is like a reunion. Goody, Kristi, and their son Thompson, joined forces with Fred and Brenda Conklin, and their sons Jack and Grayson, to create the Falling Creek Camp Team. Jack and Grayson will return to FCC for their 7th and 3rd summers. They called themselves the “Caddyrack BBG Shack” team using the theme from the famous Caddyshack movie. Goody, Fred and Yates were campers and CIT’s together at FCC and it was wonderful to join the families together for the day supporting a great cause and having fun.

Jack and Goody working hard to get the barbeque prepared for cookingJack and Goody working hard to get the barbeque prepared for cooking

The day’s events, that were chaired in the past by Marisa, benefit the Henderson County Young Leaders Program, which is a nationally praised program that provides a progression of opportunities for “Children of Promise.” Paige Hafner, FCC’s new Administartive Director, used to be the Executive Director of HCYLP. Paige remains actively involved, especially with leading the planning and coordinating of this great event. HCYLP uses camp experiences, mentoring and outdoor education to facilitate learning and growth in a program themed, “Lifelong Leadership.” The Falling Creek Scholarship, started by the McGrady family, directly benefits several of these boys by sending them to FCC each summer.

Crom taking the oath to become an official Kansas City Barbeque Society JudgeCrom taking the oath to become an official Kansas City Barbeque Society Judge

Crom was also a big help this year volunteering in many ways. He and Yates had their first ever opportunity to serve as official Judges of the barbeque. Yates said “You know this is a tough job to have to taste all that outstanding barbeque, but someone has to do it.”

The delicious results of the FCC Team's hard work just before they are turned into the judgesThe delicious results of the FCC Team's hard work just before they are turned into the judges

The rival competing team, “He-Man Woman Hater’s Club” is made up of FCC Camper Chris and his entire family. They, like Goody and friends, have competed every year of the Future Legends event. FCC’s Team Caddyrack BBQ Shack finished 9th overall out of 30 teams, and just behind Chris’ family team “He-Man Woman Hater’s Club” finishing in 7th. Congratulations to both teams!

FCC Camper Chris, and member of competing rival team 'He-man Woman Haters Club', checking on GoodyFCC Camper Chris, and member of competing rival team 'He-man Woman Haters Club', checking on Goody

The barbeque competition was the brainchild of Starr Teel, former FCC counselor and owner of Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in nearby Flat Rock, NC . Several nationally recognized, professional barbeque teams support the event.

Later that evening, The Barbecue Ball, started in 2008 and originally held at Camp Greystone, moved to Camp Mondamin in 2011. The Barbecue Ball is a family-oriented evening of great food from Hubba Hubba Smokehouse in Flat Rock, NC , live music and square-dancing, a silent auction featuring exciting outdoor experiences, games and activities for the kids, and s’mores! There were many FCC alumni in attendance and who continued their support of the event and HCYLP, including Frank and Ethlyn Byrd, David and Cindy Brown, The McGrady Family, The Teel Family, The Weisel Family, and The Pharr Family.

Please put it on your calendar to come be a part of these wonderful events next October. It’s great fun in the mountains near camp and during a beautiful fall weekend.

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Repairs and Upgrades to Camper Cabins Underway

We're replacing the old closets in the FCC cabins with new cubbies and a desk for the counselorWe're replacing the old closets in the FCC cabins with new cubbies and a desk for the counselor

We are pleased to announce that we are concentrating this off-season on repairs and upgrades to the 36 camper cabins. Bill Wilson, who was a staff member at Falling Creek from 1989 until the mid 2000’s on the Facilities team, is leading this charge. He has had his own general contracting company for more than five years now.

Backpacks will now be hung on the front porch instead of being stored in the raftersBackpacks will now be hung on the front porch instead of being stored in the rafters

For many years, the camper trunks were placed on the front porch. The main reason was due to the increase in the height of the newer trunks and they wouldn’t fit under the beds anymore. It did provide an easy way to access the trunks, however the backpacks continued to be stored in the rafters inside the cabins. This made it difficult to access their packs and gear. In an effort to make both trunks and packs more easily accessible, we have raised the beds slightly so the trunks can now be stored inside under the beds, and we added dowels on the outside porch wall to allow the backpacks to be stored there. Their shoes will be lined up under the packs.

New shower divider and privacy doorNew shower divider and privacy door

In the bathrooms, we are adding a new wall divider and privacy door adjacent to the shower. This will allow one camper to brush his teeth while another cabin mate can now use the shower at the same time, thus making the bed time process twice as efficient.

We are adding new fire exits and ladders in every cabin opposite the entry door.We are adding new fire exits and ladders in every cabin opposite the entry door.

We are adding a large shelf for each camper at their bed. This allows them to manage their personal belongings in a tidy manner, yet still offers easy access.

Bill Wilson making progress on the repairs to the campers cabinsBill Wilson making progress on the repairs to the campers cabins

Bill’s crew is teaming with Jerry and the FCC guys to get these repairs completed by the time camp starts next summer.

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