by Yates Pharr on Friday, December 21st 2012
Archives for December 2012
by Yates Pharr on Monday, December 17th 2012
We received this note below from Robert Lebby, the Executive Director of the Association Of Independent Camps. We are all saddened by this tragic event and wanted to pass this important information along to all of the Falling Creek Camp families in hopes that it can be of assistance to your family:
Dear AIC Member,
The events in Newtown, CT were terrible. Nothing can be said to help ease the pain of the families that were directly involved.
As camp directors, we take care of children and every one of us has to empathize with the teachers and professionals at the school. I received the message below from Save the Children. I thought it was worthwhile and chose to send it to you. As professionals caring for the safety of your campers, you may choose to send it your families.
Association of Independent Camps
Dear Supporter of Save the Children,
Following yesterday’s tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the thoughts of all of us at Save the Children are with our neighbors in this community that is only about 20 miles from our headquarters.
Even as adults try to come to terms with this unspeakable tragedy, we know many parents, teachers, grandparents and caregivers are concerned about how the media’s dramatic images and heartbreaking stories might affect the emotional well-being of the children in their lives.
To help you know what to say and do to support children at this difficult time, we want to share 10 tips for helping children cope, suggestions based on our extensive experience working with children in times of crises.
Our suggestions below are more fully explained on our website HERE.
1. Limit television time.
2. Listen to your children carefully.
3. Give reassurance.
4. Be alert for significant changes in behavior.
5. Understand children’s unique needs.
6. Give your children extra time and attention.
7. Be a model for your children — they will learn from your behavior.
8. Watch your own behavior and make a point of being sensitive to the crisis.
9. Help children return to a normal routine.
10. Encourage volunteer work — doing something for others.
If you know anyone who might be helped by these tips, I urge you to please share the link www.savethechildren.org/cope.
As for our own efforts to be of service, we have already established a Child Friendly Space in a Newtown middle school — a safe haven where children can play, socialize with their peers and regain a sense of normalcy. We will, of course, offer any help we can in the weeks to come.
As I hugged my own 11-year-old daughter last night, I realized that the most important thing for all of us right now is to remember that children of any age can be affected by a disaster — and that they look to us to provide them with love, understanding and support.
President & CEO
by Yates Pharr on Sunday, December 16th 2012
Congratulations to Falling Creek’s DVD Producer Tor Ramsey on the release of his new documentary on the history of NC State Basketball, RUNNING WITH THE PACK, partnering with Chris Corchiani.
Tor was the NC State Basketball team manager when the famous Jimmy Valvano was the basketball coach.
Tor is just behind the bench with the water bottle. Coach Valvano is on the left facing his players. Sitting on the bench is Rodney Monroe, still 3rd leading scorer in ACC History, Vinny Del Negro who is now head coach for the NBA Los Angeles Clippers (leading their division presently), Chucky Brown, who started for the Houston Rockets’ 1995 World championship team, AND holds the NBA record for playing for the most teams, and then Chris Corchiani, who is hidden a little by the camera. Corchiani is still the second leading assist holder in NCAA history, and the first player in history to get 1000 assists. Not a bad bunch of guys!
Tor has been the producer of the Falling Creek Camp DVD for seven years.
Well done Tor!
by Yates Pharr on Friday, December 14th 2012
Santa’s elves have been working at Falling Creek as they packaged up the special gift soon to arrive at the the homes of the boys who are signed up for the 2013 summer.
by Yates Pharr on Thursday, December 13th 2012
Along with spiritual, mental, and social growth; physical growth and developing lifelong wellness habits are a big part of Falling Creek’s mission.
The last few years, the H.E.A.T. (High Energy Athletic Training) program has grown and we are excited about plans for this year.
Starting in January, Falling Creek will be offering our year-round employees the opportunity to participate in a nation-wide wellness program combining fitness and diet. We are excited about improving our fitness and serving as good role models for campers and counselors!
We are also building a new fitness trail with multiple exercise stations. The stations are well-balanced, incorporating proper warm up, stretching, strength, and endurance work. Participants will proceed from one station to the next, working upper and lower body as well as core muscles. The trail itself is two parts; a quarter mile loop around the upper lake and a half mile trail around both lakes. It can also be used as a cross-country or mountain biking trail.
We will continue to encourage campers and counselors to develop lifelong habits for good health and wellness. In addition to the many physically active programs we offer, increased opportunities for fitness will be available this summer.
Campers and staff who consistently demonstrate participation in fitness
will be able to earn a special FCC Waypoint Fitness marker for their achievement map. (Waypoints is described in detail in the pre-camp toolbox at www.fallingcreek.com).
We know that many of you are involved with sports during the school year and we look forward to helping you improve your athleticism during the summer