Archives for May 2015

Tracking Falling Creek's Weather

Have you ever been curious what the weather is like up on the mountain? If the weather has been cooperating while you son is at camp or what the weather has been like before you make the journey to Tuxedo, NC?

falling creek weather station

Sometimes The Weather Channel just does not cut it, since it could be pure sunshine at Falling Creek, but just down the road at Camp Greystone, a thunderstorm is brewing.

Well, you can now track the weather live at FCC! With our on-camp weather station, real-time weather is constantly updated at Weather Underground. You can quickly see current and accurate weather details, or look at the past weather for some guidance on your packing before you come to camp.

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Defeating the Dreaded Homesickness

Homesickness is not uncommon at camp, but overcoming it can be one of the biggest successes a boy experiences while at camp. Now is the time to prepare your boy(s) before they adventure off to camp so they can have a great experience, as well as you not fretting over them at home.

falling creek camp friends

So, what is homesickness anyways?

Homesickness is an impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and family. Not only do campers face homesickness, but even some counselors struggle with it during their first several days at camp. Homesickness usually occurs during the first few days, if at all. Most of the time, campers only become homesick during times of inactivity when they have time to reflect on home and their normal routine, like during rest hour or at night. It is extremely rare for a child to be affected the entire day.

How can parents help prevent homesickness?

  • Sleeping over at friend’s house or experiencing short periods away from home, like a weekend getaway or weekend camp during the year will help build up a child’s since of independence. The first time a child is separated from home will always be the worst.
  • Allow them to be a part of the camp decision process. Let them help with the pre-orders and packing their things. Give them several opportunities to watch camp videos and be engaged with camp on social media or even scroll through the website. The more familiar they become with the experience, the easier the transition becomes and the more excitement you are able to build up for them.
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  • Be positive about their experience at camp. For example, tell them you are going to miss them, but follow up with telling them that they are going to have a great time. If they think you are going to be missing them terribly or even sad for them to go off to camp, they will carry that burden with them throughout camp and it makes it harder for them to transition into the camp routine.
  • Sometimes packing a blanket or stuffed animal from home can help too; something for comfort during the down times in their cabin. However, it is camp and it is a possibility that this item could get lost or dirty, so avoid any truly treasured items.
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  • Camp is a huge growing tool and a huge step towards independence. Overcoming homesickness will give them skills that will be valuable for their entire life, so be encouraging about the whole thing! If they have suffered from homesickness in the past, don’t make them feel like a failure and prevent it from happening again, but instead focus on the positive, tell them it is normal and encourage them to make it through!
  • Send pre-addressed and stamp stationary. Allowing your child to write home or to friends and family will help keep their mind focused on being able to communicate with you during down-time at camp when they are most likely to become homesick. Allow them to spend their time communicating with you instead of just thinking about you.
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  • Remember you can email and write letters to your boy(s) while at camp, but be aware of what you say. If you constantly remind them how much you and everyone else at home misses them, including fluffy the dog, they may feel like they need to be home. It is OK to tell them you miss them, but keep it encouraging and happy and let them know that everyone is doing great (even if you are son-sick and can’t wait for him to be home). On the contrary, do not go into details about the wonderful, amazing time everyone is having without them because the opposite might occur and they may feel like they are missing out on family adventures, even though they are having the time of their lives at camp!
  • Don’t worry. Your natural reaction is to call on the first day just about bedtime to see how your camper is doing. Remember, our counselors are trained to recognize and deal with symptoms of homesickness and they will do everything in their power to give them a wonderful camp experience. Their letters come home through snail mail, so if you receive a homesick letter 5 days into camp, it is likely that they sent it on the first day. Do not panic! Give us a call at Falling Creek and we will immediately follow up on his condition and get back with you to let you know if he is still struggling or if it was just a 1st night thing.
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Meet the Camp Horses

We have a total of 22 horses at Falling Creek. All are unique with their own stories and personalities. Let’s meet our horses!

Baloo and Buck

Baloo is our oldest horse at camp, born on May 24, 1984, he is a Dark Bay Quarterhorse.

His best friend, Buck, is like a seeing-eye dog… or horse for Baloo. Born on April 24, 1995, he is a Liver Chestnut and very good in the riding ring. Buck stands out in the pasture with his one white foot.

Skittles

Skittles is a Paint gelding Pony and is good for all skills of riders. He does have some little man syndrome, in that he is the smallest horse in the herd, yet packs the biggest attitude!

cosmo and chico

Cosmo has 2 different colored eyes and is the famous horse at camp known as Kramer, when he starred in a hit TV show on NBC that was popular in the 90s.

Chico is the designer horse in the herd. Notice his coloring and how he does not blend in with his environment.

shorty

Don’t let his name fool you! He is actually one of the tallest horses in the herd! This gentle giant is a great camp horse.

clyde and buddy

Buddy is exactly what his name says. He is truly the horse version of “man’s best friend”.

Clyde may look like a normal horse, but this part Clydesdale is a crossover athlete!

Wilbur

Wilbur’s full name is “Wilber de Bubs, Duke of Thunderhead.” Enough said!

gizmo and parli

Parlimentarion, or Parli for short, is a former race horse. Rescued, he is a very tall and very fast horse with a lot of skill!

Gizmo is a Red Roan. He was born in 1990 and is a good all around camp horse!

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rescues

Chester and Lexi are both rescues and very much loved at Falling Creek.

The boys can meet the horses by taking Horseback at camp! Horseback is an available daily activity, just make sure the boys pack long pants and closed-toed shoes. The Progression in the horseback program uses a “band” system. Campers earn different colored bands based on what they accomplish at camp, including barnwork and ringwork.

falling creek horses

All Junior Campers will get to experience riding our horses as one of the activities they try during their week at camp.

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