Archives for November 2013

New additions to the 2014 Staff!

Seth Aland is the younger brother of fellow staff member, Jake Aland. Seth is a student at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Seth is an RA at UNF and is very involved with his campus ministries. This will be Seth’s second year at Falling Creek as a cabin counselor and teaching fishing. Seth is a very accomplished fisherman. He has competed in both salt and fresh water fishing tournaments around the Southeast.

Jared Hurt is from Burlington, NC, and attends Appalachian State University majoring in Recreation Management. At school Jared stays active with sports officiating youth league soccer games for the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department. This will be Jared’s second year at Falling Creek leading backpacking trips.

Jake Lee is from Elkins, AR, and is a student at Vanderbilt University majoring in child studies and studio art. At Vanderbilt, Jake is very involved with Vanderbilt’s WilSkills program. The entirely student-run course is designed to integrate academic study with practical experience in the wilderness. It utilizes both the classroom and the environment, combining lectures, films, and discussions with trips to the surrounding areas. Jake is also a member of the Vanderbilt Club baseball team and a Pre-School Mentor for a local Nashville elementary school. This will be Jake’s second summer at camp leading the mountain biking program.

Mary Lobianco is very familiar with Falling Creek. Mary and her family lived in Hendersonville for many years and are family friends of Director Emeritus Chuck and Jean McGrady. Mary’s oldest son attended camp and along with his friend Steve McGrady. Mary works as a registered nurse in Charleston, and this will be her second year joining our medical team during August Camp.

Gina Mallay will be a member of our medical team during our Main Camp session. Gina is from Charlotte, NC, and is a school nurse with Carolina’s Health Care System. Gina has many interests that keeps her busy when she is not taking care of her students. She is a dance instructor for the Carolina’s Latin Dance Company, volunteer with Hands On Charlotte and a Mentor for the Brairwood Elementary Young Ladies.

Dwayne Maynard attends Berea College in Kentucky. This is his fourth summer at camp teaching Mountain Biking. Dwayne is very active and has worked with kids at Divers Den teaching scuba classes and sharing his passion for scuba diving. Last summer, Dwayne was one of the great trip leaders for our second CRANK mountain bike expedition to Colorado. Dwayne will once again be leading another unforgettable trip back out west this summer. Make sure you sign up for an awesome mountain bike ride this summer at MOAB.

Chuck Niemeyer returns this summer as a camp nurse. He orients new nursing staff at the beginning of each session and helps out with our Father/Son Weekends. Chuck is a former camper and lives in Gastonia with his wife Bridget and children. His sons both attend Falling Creek. Chuck is a graduate of NC State and Emory University and is a Physician’s Assistant at Carolina Orthopedics.

Will Vogan is a third year student at Hampden- Sydney College majoring in history. Originally from Norfolk, VA, Will learned about FCC from former Tribal Leader Watson Mulkey. At HSC, Will is a founding brother for Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and is a singer with the Accousticals, a Capella group. This will be his second year on staff as a cabin counselor and Wood Shop instructor.

Evan Wescott is from Jenkintown, PA and is the oldest of eight brothers and sisters. Evan attends Catholic University in Washington, DC and is majoring in mathematics and secondary education. When Evan is not busy with class, he plays on the schools ultimate frisbee team and enjoys exploring our nation’s capital. During high school, Evan was very active with the YMCA as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. This will be Evan’s second summer at camp as a member of our cabin staff and will teach swimming and ultimate frisbee.

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Skeet Keys is Inducted into the SC Coaches Hall of Fame

Skeet Keyes being inducted into the South Carolina Coaches Hall of FameSkeet Keyes being inducted into the South Carolina Coaches Hall of Fame

We congratulate Skeet Keyes, a top counselor at Falling Creek Camp in the 70’s and 80’s, for becoming part of the South Carolina Coaches Hall of Fame.

Check out this interview video of Skeet after his induction. Skeet was always known for his enthusiasm and energy in camp. He started the Ironman competition at Falling Creek in 1982, a tradition that is alive an well today. There were close to 75 campers that competed in the 2013 Ironman race during main camp. Skeet also was a key leader in organizing the “Tuxedo Olympics” where Falling Creek invited several boys camps in the area over to FCC to compete in a traditional track meet. Yates and Goody still remember how much fun this was to have hundreds of campers and staff participating and cheering on their fellow campers on the ball field. We salute you Skeet. Well Done!

Garret Randolph and Skeet Keyes (right) in 1988 next to the FCC Dining HallGarret Randolph and Skeet Keyes (right) in 1988 next to the FCC Dining Hall
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Falling Creek Camp is a Finalist in the WTIA Awards

We are very excited to announce that Falling Creek Camp was among a handful of finalists at the October, 2013 Verizon Wireless Technology Innovation Awards hosted in Greenville, SC. The contest is for small and medium sized businesses from the Southeast region to share challenges that were overcome through the use of wireless technology and the Verizon network.


Falling Creek’s activity programs are based on the boys being able to choose what activities they want to participate in. In addition to the base daily activities they have selected to attend on a consistent basis during the week, they hear special signup activity announcements several times a day that offer alternative activities to participate in. These programs require participation that is greater than the one hour daily activity period and can be as long as a 5-day trip. Keeping track of the boys and their activities is of utmost importance to us since this includes important personal needs such as medications, allergies, etc. With the help of a local web development team, Nathan Newquist spearheaded the design and production of a web based application we call “Chuck Norris” that tracks camper attendance and progression, and helps with the overall logistics of the camp program. It also gives us valuable information to track activity trends and much more that we will continue to expand upon the future. 4G wireless tablets were given to most activities this past summer, and counselors would take roll at the beginning of each activity period, instantly updating the program office on the status of each camper. The activity counselors could also monitor and update each camper’s activity progression using this program. “iTaylor” Hall, a software and information systems major at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, who served as our Digital Asset Manager for the 2013 camp season, worked with Nathan to tweak the program throughout summer.


While we didn’t win the Verizon Wireless Technology Innovation Awards this year, we learned a lot in our first year of implementing the system, and continue to make improvements to insure next year it’s an even more helpful tool for our awesome Falling Creek Camp summer programs. The best part about this “out-of-the-box” planning is that the boys don’t feel the technology presence. The small tablet is all that may be seen, but roll call is not a long process and the progression data and trip sign-ups are done as if the counselors were writing on paper or away from the campers.

Please join us in congratulating Nathan Newquist, “iTaylor” Hall, and the FCC program team in their innovative efforts!

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New Path Added In Camp

New path to Gym

With all the campers and staff that will be walking between the Dining Hall and new Gym, we are very pleased to have just added a new wide path for easy connection. It starts from across the stairs leading on/off the Dining Hall front porch and passes in front of the old office.

View toward Miller Lodge with the new path leading off to the right between the new rock wallsView toward Miller Lodge with the new path leading off to the right between the new rock walls

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