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Camp Memories

As summer is over and we are welcoming the autumn season, staff reminisce on some of their favorite memories from this past summer! From funny memories to touching stories, these unforgettable moments are what makes camp… “camp”!

Dining Hall falling Creek

“One memory that I will never forget is at the end of Main Camp when we took our cabin to the top of the swim docks, with permission of course, for cabin time on the upper platform looking out over the upper lake. It was a slightly foggy night and we could see the lights from the Dining Hall not only reflecting off the lake, but shimmering through the fog; it was a pretty surreal scene. Not only was the setting incredible, but the guys really opened up about their camp experience and a couple got pretty emotional thinking about going home. Before we left, we let the guys just hang out and look over the railing at the lake. Those guys standing there with the fog, the lights, the lake, and the still night is a scene I will never forget. Also, hearing the impact that camp has had on their lives was really special.” –Ben Broadhead (counselor)

Setting up camp Falling Creek

“On the afternoon of June 9th I went out to meet a backpacking trip and when I found them at the campsite 2 miles east of Pink Beds, it was just perfect! Some of the boys were working on setting up tarps, putting to use the new knowledge learned in the prep, some working to set up the kitchen, and others making sure that camp was “storm proof”. It was awesome and helped me to remember just how important being outside, seeking adventure, is for boys and helping them develop a sense of place in the natural world.” – Ben Williams (director)

“So, one day, I think this might have been during June camp, we were setting up for lunch, and one of the kids rang the bell before any of the counselors setting up the Dining Hall were ready. Another camper, around 10 years old or so, standing at the front of the line, right by the door, realized that and immediately stuck out his arms and legs, starfish-style and single-handedly blocked the stampede of hungry campers. Pretty cute little servant’s heart!” –Meriwether Lyman (counselor)

“My favorite memory from this summer was during evening embers on the opening day of Main Camp in cabin Crazy Horse. My campers shared why they loved Falling Creek, and everyone’s answers centered around the fact that camp seemed like a break from reality and there were so many amazing things they could do here that they wouldn’t find anywhere else.” – KD Lemons (counselor)

final campfire falling creek

“One of my favorite camp memories would be all of the final campfires to each session. You can feel the emotion in the atmosphere and see the love everyone had for Falling Creek. Camp all around was a great experience and will hold many memories and I can’t wait to be back next summer!” – Brooks Mischel (counselor)

“My favorite memory of the summer had was when we went on a three day mountain biking trip and went swimming. The kids were so excited to jump in the lake, and they all played in the water for an hour or so, before we had to get them out… they didn’t want to leave!” – William Boor (counselor)

4th of July Falling Creek

“I will never forget sitting on the back of a ute, or truck as you call it in America, eating dinner on the 4th of July, surrounded by the boys eating out in the grass. It was an experience I could only ever get at camp.” -Lauren “Lozzie” Jansen (counselor)

All Camp Game Falling Creek

“My favorite memory this past summer was probably getting to do field games. It was a blast knowing everyone was going to have fun playing ridiculous games and most likely get water dunked on you at some point during the night!” – Andrew Maddox (tribal leader)

“One memory I have from this summer, was I was walking down the path when suddenly this big black bear comes out of the woods!!! He walked right at me!!! I was so scared!!! Then I realized it was a she….and it was LuLu (the camp dog)” – Mary Lobianco (camp nurse/mom)

“I think some of my favorite moments from camp this summer were when Kyle and I had a chance to grill for cookouts. It was a great way to spend time with a great friend and it always felt like an accomplishment.” – Mickey Herman (program director)

Campfire Falling Creek

“One of my favorite memories of the summer is the final campfire of main camp. It was always my happiest and saddest moment of my summer as a camper and being a counselor was no exception. A brotherhood is forged and reinforced by that last fire that will last an eternity.” – Sam Trenski (counselor)

“One of my favorite memories has to be during Two Week Camp. I believe it was the second week on that Tuesday. I was going from basketball to tennis when I hear a single voice of excitement near the upper lake. Fishing is usually there around that time of day so I figure a camper caught a big fish. I walk up and a camper that couldn’t have been older than 4th has a tennis ball on the end of his hook. I look at him and ask “were you the one that yelled a second ago?” with a huge smile and bouncing on his toes he replies, “yeah! I have been trying to catch this tennis ball for half an hour!” It always surprises me the amount of excitement the campers can have over the simplest things. That’s the beauty of camp though. I think the environment camp has encourages you to be excited about the things you want to be excited about. I know that sounds weird, but following the crowd is a real thing. It’s also really easy to do. Camp is about the individual growth one can have, and that’s why I love camp.” – Ben Burnett (counselor)

Playing in the creek Falling Creek

“Some of the many things that I love about Falling Creek are the beautiful scenery, the rustic camp atmosphere, but most of all, the absence of electronic devices. One afternoon I was walking down a trail and crossed over a little bridge. I heard sounds of laughter and playing. I looked over the side of the bridge and saw 6 or 7 boys playing in the creek. One of those boys was my son. A memory I will always treasure. I thought to myself, this is what summer is supposed to be about!” – Jennifer Fox (camp nurse/mom)

“My most memorable moments at camp has to be Evening Embers. What I liked about this moment was how unpredictable these times can turn out; I’ve been serenaded by the Narwhal song by the entire cabin, gained a few nicknames, and had the chance to experience the day in each of the campers’ shoes through the stories that they told. I remember one particular night in Main Camp when the day’s talk was about the highlights and lowlights of the EP. That night a special nightly guest ended up invading our circle and then the neighboring cabin’s space as well. The candlelight talk quickly turned and after some screams, merged through the wall to the other cabin for a plan. A couple of adults and 16 smart kids, you’d think we’d be able to outsmart an animal, right? There was toothpaste and squirting water bottles involved, things thrown around, and adults yelling commands from the top bunk, but ultimately a very upset tribal leader Harry and four counselors that had to clean up the aftermath. Sometimes the talks got messy, sometimes the talks were very deep, some nights they had so much to say, but every night Evening Embers were the best times because we got to relive our favorite moments and share the laughs, jokes and concerns. There were a thousand unforgettable moments at camp but it was that way because everyone there made it unforgettable for each other, and for me, Evening Embers made forged these stories into camp legends.” –David Kim (counselor)

“My favorite memory about camp is the sense of community and how much impact the people have on each other. I particularly love when everyone gathers together and loved campfire when everyone got together.” -Steven Zapevalov (counselor)

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2016 Expeditions

Whether climbing the edge of a canyon, pedaling down 7,000 feet of open forest, trekking through some of the most gorgeous lands on this earth, or fighting the rapids in the jungle, Falling Creek has an expedition calling out to your adventurer! Expeditions are led by experienced FCC staff members and are focused on helping campers develop character and build leadership skills. Under the guidance of outstanding role models, participants learn strong outdoor living skills as they share in responsibilities on the rocks, rivers, and trails.

Falling Creek HUCK Ecuador

HUCK Ecuador is a nine day kayaking expedition and will be based out of the Rio Quijos Eco Lodge. The lodge will provide a great place to sleep, warm showers, and outstanding food. During the day the group will explore two very different river systems. Some days, they will paddle large volume rivers that will provide big water fun! Other days, they will paddle tight and technical creeks; these days will provide outstanding venues to further the boys’ boat control.

This trip will be full of wonderful paddling memories; however they will also have many other highlights including a visit to the Equator and “mitad del mundo” or the middle of the earth. On the way to the lodge, the boys will cross the Andes which involves driving over a 14,000 foot pass! While descending from the pass, the landscape will change from high elevation cloud forest to the heart of the Amazon Jungle headwaters. AMAZING!

Falling Creek HUCK Ottawa

HUCK Ottawa is an 8-day expedition focusing on various aspects of whitewater kayaking (river running and playboating). Utilizing the scenic Ottawa River, participants will improve their paddling skills while enjoying the beauty of Ontario, Canada. The Ottawa was the home of the 2015 Kayak Freestyle World Championships. This location was chosen because of the wonderful playboating, outstanding accessibility, and wonderful community of kayakers in the area. A highlight for the campers will be paddling the main channel for the first time as it provides the first taste of the big water that the Ottawa is famous for!

CRANK Park City is an eight day mountain biking trip to the only IMBA, or International Mountain Biking Association, Gold Level ride center in the world. What makes an area a gold level ride center? Trails… lots and lots of trails. These trails range from first time on the bike to the highest level of professional riding – all in one place. From the small main street of Park City, we will have over 400 miles of trails that we can access without the need of a car.

Falling Creek CRANK Utah

A highlight of this trip will be the Wasatch Crest Trail which goes from the top of Park City Mountain Resort all the way to Salt Lake City. The Wasatch Crest Trail will have the boys riding at almost 11,000 feet and they will have amazing views from the ridge line in every direction. However, you might not hear about the views as the group will descend 7,000 feet off of the ridge to the valley floor! Amazing!

Falling Creek Summit Utah

SUMMIT Utah is an eight day rock climbing program that will take place in the amazing Wasatch Mountain range just outside of Salt Lake City. The Wasatch Range is made up of five major canyons, and each of the canyons provides a world class area; when combined the amount of climbing is mind blowing.
During SUMMIT the boys will climb a wide range of rock types and route lengths. The campsite will sit at just below 11,000 feet near the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon, where they will enjoy wonderful sunsets, outstanding wildflowers, and a jumping off point for the rest-day activity which will be a hike/scramble to the top of Mt. Superior. From the top of Superior the group will be awarded with amazing views of both sides of the Wasatch!
Other than climbing and snow skiing, Little Cottonwood Canyon is also famous for the Mountain Goats which live high on the granite walls. It is one of the major peaks in the Salt Lake City skyline.

BLAZE Yosemite is a nine day backpacking trip to one of the crowd jewels of the American National Park system, Yosemite National Park. During BLAZE the campers will hike in and around 60 miles in famed Yosemite Wilderness. BLAZE will start at a far-removed trail head away from the hustle and bustle of the valley floor way below.

Falling Creek BLAZE Yosemite

As the campers hike they will encounter massive cliffs, cross deep gorges, and enjoy the wonder that is the high sierra! The trip will hike along the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne and then turn south to camp near the famous Merced Lake. From there they will hike up the valley passing near the base of half dome. The trip will conclude with a hike up the valley to enjoy the view of EL Capitan, which Ansel Adams made famous.

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