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Waypoints at Falling Creek Camp

What are waypoints? In navigation they are a set of coordinates that represent a fixed location, or an objective along a planned course in one’s journey. Falling Creek developed the Waypoints tradition so campers and staff will have intentional objectives throughout their journey.

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Progression is not age restrictive as the boys are able and encouraged to pursue advancement based on their interest. There are Waypoints for each individual’s unique course at Falling Creek. Currently, progression Waypoints can be earned in 27 activities, 4 expeditions, and 23 specialty awards. Achievements will be rewarded with Waypoint Markers at the end of each session that can proudly be displayed on a frame-worthy base map of Falling Creek’s campus.

(l to r) Nathan Jess and Andrew are excited to receive their framed FCC Waypoints Maps on Christmas morning 2013.(l to r) Nathan Jess and Andrew are excited to receive their framed FCC Waypoints Maps on Christmas morning 2013.

New campers and staff will receive a map after their first summer. These Waypoints are highly sought after by campers and staff alike. We encourage the boys to challenge themselves to progress in the many activities offered at Falling Creek Camp.

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You work at a summer camp? What do you do in the winter?

We often get this question and the answer is that we are carefully finding the 140 awesome folks that make up our outstanding staff. We are also busy planning the upcoming summer at Falling Creek to make sure it is the best experience for each of the campers, parents, and staff. For the 10 days just before Christmas, I enrolled in a Wilderness First Responder update course managed by SOLO and hosted at the Nantahala Outdoor Center.

WFR

During the 10 day course I learned some new skills, refreshed some old ones, and put it all into practice into several mock rescue scenarios. During the scenarios the instructors used actors, stage make-up and natural debris to create life like injuries for the class to treat. During my course, the instructors opted to do a rescue which started at roughly sunset and lasted several hours before all of the victims had been successfully evacuated and transferred to the local EMS. In that rescue I served in several different roles including SAR, patient transport, building and applying traction-in-line splits, and the treatment of several environmental injuries. As I start to plan an amazing summer of adventure trips, I will use the skills I learned to make sure each trip is designed to meet the following ideals….. FUN-LEARNING-SAFETY. I also insure the staff have the skills they need to run a trip in which boys of all skill levels and ages are challenged both mentally and physically!

Ben Williams
Outdoor Adventure Director

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Merry Christmas from FCC Down Under!

FCC Down Under Christmas 2013 (l to r - Peter, David, Jez)FCC Down Under Christmas 2013 (l to r - Peter, David, Jez)

Wishing everyone associated with FCC a great festive season! It’s a cool 95 deg here in Sydney, so Jez woke up this morning at 730am and after breakfast immediately signed up for a Paddling Trip at the Whitewater centre, he’ll follow that up with a special signup of Surfing at Bondi Beach this afternoon! After some bike maintenance, Pete decided to take a more leisurely 20km Biking trip around Sydney Olympic Park, and then signed up for a 2 day bi-venture Canyoning/Backpacking trip in the Blue Mountains! Lili couldn’t make the picture because his paddling trip left before Morning Assembly, so he is somewhere around on a nearby river, for a 3 day! And David is off to do some "Cloud Watching” at Manly Beach, followed by a 4 day River Rafting trip out west! A festive game of Cricket is lined up for evening program later this week!

Happy Holidays! And we’ll see you in 2014!

David, Jez, Lili, & Pete

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The "Indoor Soccer" Walls Are Looking Great

Soccer Walls

We are super excited about the soccer walls being installed on the lower level of the new Falling Creek Gym.

Soccer walls team

The Falling Creek Facilities crew including Jerry Metcalf and Drew Boggan were joined by M.A. Dozier and Nicho Rivera. M.A. was an FCC counselor in 2011 and the head of the archery program. He and his wife live in nearby Brevard, NC and he is managing the new indoor soccer facility in Brevard. Nicho has been a counselor since 2011 and the head of the rock climbing program. Nicho is currently working at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in nearby Black Mountain, NC. Many thanks to both for taking time out to come and help be an important part of the installation team. The netting will be installed next above the walls and from the ceiling and then the artificial turf laid down after that. We can’t wait for the campers and staff to begin to play in the new arena this coming summer.

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