Travel Week 2: Camp Reunions and Movie Shows

Our Raleigh campers, including all dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends, staff, and alumni.Our Raleigh campers, including all dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends, staff, and alumni.

This week of travel was our longest one on the calendar – we visited four great cities! Starting Monday, we headed to the North Carolina capital of Raleigh, and then to Richmond, VA on Tuesday. On Wednesday we were just outside the Washington DC area in Alexandria, VA, and finally we finished up the week in Greenville, SC on Thursday. We were lucky to have several great staff members (both current and alumni!) come out to see us at these events. We always enjoy catching up with our camp families and getting the opportunity to meet new ones. Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Camp Reunions and Movie Shows this past week.

It was a beautiful night in Raleigh to enjoy an outside camp movie under the stars. It was a beautiful night in Raleigh to enjoy an outside camp movie under the stars.

The Funderburk family hosted us in Raleigh, where we were able to watch the camp movie under the stars on a beautiful evening! Emily and Pat Funderburk are always great hosts, and we are thrilled to have their two boys back at camp this summer. Their oldest son will be joining us for his 4th summer as a 2-week camper, and this year his younger brother will join us for the first time in Junior Camp.

Emily and Pat Funderburk hosted the Raleigh area movies and reunion at their beautiful home. We're thrilled to have their two boys at camp this summer. Their oldest son will be joining us for his 4th summer as a 2-week camper, and this year his younger brother will join for the first time in Junior Camp.Emily and Pat Funderburk hosted the Raleigh area movies and reunion at their beautiful home. We're thrilled to have their two boys at camp this summer. Their oldest son will be joining us for his 4th summer as a 2-week camper, and this year his younger brother will join for the first time in Junior Camp.

It’s always a treat when our counselors take the time out of their busy college schedules to join one of these Camp Reunions and Movie Shows, and in Raleigh we got to see David Cowan, Chris Ocana, and Tom Yoxsimer. Chris transferred from Mercer to UNC-Chapel Hill for Media and Communications. David, a 6-year FCC camper from Charlotte, NC, is a sophomore in pre-med at UNC- Chapel Hill, and Tom Yoxsimer, also a FCC camper for 5 summers and a Junior at UNC- Wilmington, was in town for an Ultimate tournament. You’ll be excited to know that Tom has already committed to coming back as a counselor in 2020!

It's always a real treat when some of the famous Falling Creek Camp staff take time out of their busy college schedules to come join us for the evening. (l to r) Chris Ocana, David Cowan, and Tom Yoxsimer. It's always a real treat when some of the famous Falling Creek Camp staff take time out of their busy college schedules to come join us for the evening. (l to r) Chris Ocana, David Cowan, and Tom Yoxsimer.

We were also able to catch up with campers Max and James, who plan to return to June Camp in 2020 for their 6th and 4th summers. They, and their father Andy, have enjoyed 4 Father/Son Weekends together over the years. Todd Hancock was another familiar face we reconnected with in Raleigh. He went to Falling Creek with his brother when they were boys, and on Monday he brought his son to the Reunion and Movie show to introduce him to the camp he enjoyed as a boy.

Max and James plan to return to June Camp in 2020 for their 6th and 4th summers. Andy and the boys have enjoyed 4 Father/Son Weekends together.Max and James plan to return to June Camp in 2020 for their 6th and 4th summers. Andy and the boys have enjoyed 4 Father/Son Weekends together.
Todd Hancock went to Falling Creek with his brother when they were boys. Yesterday, he brought his own son our Camp Reunion and Movie Show in Raleigh to introduce him to the camp he enjoyed as a boy.Todd Hancock went to Falling Creek with his brother when they were boys. Yesterday, he brought his own son our Camp Reunion and Movie Show in Raleigh to introduce him to the camp he enjoyed as a boy.

The next day, Yates headed further up north to Virginia, where he made his first stop in Richmond, before heading to Alexandria. The Melton Family hosted the Richmond area Camp Reunions & Movie Show in their beautiful home, and it was a great evening catching up with camp families and meeting new ones. Sarah Hurst and 2 of her 4 boys, were able to come to the Richmond event, as well as the Bass family, who will be returning for June Camp in 2020. All of them are great campers, and we were happy to have the chance to catch up!

The Meltons hosted Tuesday evening’s Richmond area FCC movies and reunion. Thanks to the Melton boys for being such a great help with setting up!The Meltons hosted Tuesday evening’s Richmond area FCC movies and reunion. Thanks to the Melton boys for being such a great help with setting up!
Yates with the Bass family - both boys are returning to June camp in 2020!Yates with the Bass family - both boys are returning to June camp in 2020!
Yates with Sarah Hurst and 2 of her 4 boys, who have been coming to FCC for many summers.Yates with Sarah Hurst and 2 of her 4 boys, who have been coming to FCC for many summers.

Yates was able to reconnect with Steve, one of his fraternity brothers from Appalachian State, whose son Harrison is returning to Main Camp for his 7th summer in 2020. Wade Blackwood also made time to join the event in Richmond, and we’re excited to have his son returning to camp this summer. Wade, who was the Executive Director of the American Canoe Association, was a counselor at FCC in the 90’s and, like Yates, served on the FCC paddle staff.

Yates and Wade Blackwood, whose son is returning to camp this summer. Wade, who was the Executive Director of the American Canoe Association, was a counselor at FCC in the 90's and, like Yates, served on the FCC paddle staff.Yates and Wade Blackwood, whose son is returning to camp this summer. Wade, who was the Executive Director of the American Canoe Association, was a counselor at FCC in the 90's and, like Yates, served on the FCC paddle staff.
Yates with Steve, Harrison, and Kirki. Yates and Steve are fraternity brothers from Appalachian State and their son is returning to main camp for his 7th summer.Yates with Steve, Harrison, and Kirki. Yates and Steve are fraternity brothers from Appalachian State and their son is returning to main camp for his 7th summer.
Watching the updated camp movie in Richmond, VAWatching the updated camp movie in Richmond, VA
Yates discussing the Waypoints system at campYates discussing the Waypoints system at camp

On the second evening in Virginia, Yates headed up to Alexandria, right outside the DC area. Many thanks to the Woodruff Family for hosting the Reunion and Movie Show at their home on Wednesday. We enjoyed seeing the two Woodruff boys, who will be returning to Main Camp for their 8th and 6th summers in 2020. Yates was also thrilled to reconnect with FCC superstars Mickey Herman and Harrison Kilgore, both long-time camp veterans. Harrison is a prior camper, counselor, and Tribal Leader, and Mickey is a 9-year camper/CIT, prior 5-year counselor, Tribal Leader and Asst. Program Director. Both are now successful lawyers in the DC area.

Thanks to the Woodruff Family for hosting the Alexandria and Washington DC area Camp Reunion & Movie Show at their home last night. Their sons will be returning to Main camp for their 8th and 6th summers! Thanks to the Woodruff Family for hosting the Alexandria and Washington DC area Camp Reunion & Movie Show at their home last night. Their sons will be returning to Main camp for their 8th and 6th summers!
Yates was thrilled to reconnect with FCC superstars Mickey Herman (left), a 9-year camper/CIT, and 5-year counselor, Tribal Leader and Asst. Program Director at FCC and Harrison Kilgore, also an FCC camper, counselor, and Tribal Leader. Both are successful lawyers in the DC area now.Yates was thrilled to reconnect with FCC superstars Mickey Herman (left), a 9-year camper/CIT, and 5-year counselor, Tribal Leader and Asst. Program Director at FCC and Harrison Kilgore, also an FCC camper, counselor, and Tribal Leader. Both are successful lawyers in the DC area now.
Not only is Dave Woodruff a great host, he is also a talented photographer!Not only is Dave Woodruff a great host, he is also a talented photographer!

Another exciting note from Alexandria is that we got to see Whit and Gabe, two older campers who are currently juniors in High School. We’re so happy to share that Whit and Gabe will be back on the mountain again, since they have both applied to be Men of STEEL this summer. This is one of our counselor training programs which follows FLINT, but is more selective and requires an application and interview, much like applying to serve as a counselor at FCC. STEEL stands for Summer Training Encouraging Emerging Leaders, and is intentionally designed to foster leadership, service, responsibility, and teamwork. Both young men are no strangers to camp – It will be Whit’s 9th and Gabe’s 12th summer at FCC!

Whit (left) and Gabe have both applied to be men of STEEL this summer. It will be Whit's 9th and Gabe's 12th summer at FCC! Whit (left) and Gabe have both applied to be men of STEEL this summer. It will be Whit's 9th and Gabe's 12th summer at FCC!
Great group in Alexandria, VA for Wednesday night's Camp Reunion and Movie Show!Great group in Alexandria, VA for Wednesday night's Camp Reunion and Movie Show!

To round out a great week, Yates finished in Greenville, SC on Thursday evening. It was a beautiful fall night to enjoy the Falling Creek Camp Movie outside at Cary & Gage Weekes home! It was fun getting to connect with Andrew Smith, who will be returning for his 12th summer at FCC during Main Camp in 2020. Andrew works as an endocrinologist Physician Assistant in Greenville. We also enjoyed seeing Tom Feingold, a previous FCC camper and staff member, and 10-year FCC veteran with his family, attending while his father served as the camp physician for a week. Tom and his sister are Juniors at nearby Furman University.

It was a beautiful fall night to enjoy the Falling Creek Camp Movie outside at Cary & Gage Weekes home.It was a beautiful fall night to enjoy the Falling Creek Camp Movie outside at Cary & Gage Weekes home.
Andrew Smith with the Wyland family. We're thrilled to have the boys back at Main Camp this summer.Andrew Smith with the Wyland family. We're thrilled to have the boys back at Main Camp this summer.
Yates was so happy to reconnect with Andrew Smith (left), who will be returning for his 12th summer at FCC during Main camp in 2020. Andrew is a PA in Greenville. Tom Feingold (middle), a previous FCC camper, and 10-year FCC veteran with his family attending while his father served as the camp physician for a week. Tom and his sister are Juniors at nearby Furman University.Yates was so happy to reconnect with Andrew Smith (left), who will be returning for his 12th summer at FCC during Main camp in 2020. Andrew is a PA in Greenville. Tom Feingold (middle), a previous FCC camper, and 10-year FCC veteran with his family attending while his father served as the camp physician for a week. Tom and his sister are Juniors at nearby Furman University.

David Savage and his boys were at the Greenville event, and we are excited to have them returning for their 6th Father/Son Weekend! Doug Spear was enjoying watching the 2019 summer slideshow with his son, who will be returning to June Camp in 2020 for his 5th summer, along with both Savage boys! We can’t wait to have them all back this summer. The Wyland family was also in attendance, and we are happy to have the boys back at Main Camp with us this summer. Not only did we enjoy pizza for dinner, but Cary also had beautiful cookies custom baked for everyone with the Falling Creek flame on them – they tasted as good as they looked!

David Savage and his boys will be returning for their 6th Father/Son Weekend! The boys are also going to June Camp in 2020.David Savage and his boys will be returning for their 6th Father/Son Weekend! The boys are also going to June Camp in 2020.
Doug Spear enjoying the pizza and watching the 2019 summer slideshow. We're excited to have his son returning to June Camp in 2020 for his 5th summer.Doug Spear enjoying the pizza and watching the 2019 summer slideshow. We're excited to have his son returning to June Camp in 2020 for his 5th summer.
The boys (and parents) loved eating these delicious FCC cookies that Cary had made by Inga's Custom Cookies The boys (and parents) loved eating these delicious FCC cookies that Cary had made by Inga's Custom Cookies

We’ll kick off next week’s travel with a visit to Birmingham, AL on Monday the 28th! Come see us in Nashville and Atlanta after that. We still have two more weeks of travel, but if we don’t have your city on the calendar this year, tune in on November 6th to our live-streamed show from Asheville, NC! We’ll be on both Facebook and Instagram this time, and we’re excited to have as many people join us as possible.

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The dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends, staff, and alumni, all joined the boys for a big group photo in Greenville.The dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends, staff, and alumni, all joined the boys for a big group photo in Greenville.
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Travel Week 1: Camp Reunions and Movie Shows in Charlotte and Charleston

When Fall arrives at camp, it seems like a “reset button” after the summer. Each August after the last camper heads home, the final activity supplies are put away, and the last counselors leave, camp reverts back to it’s dormant phase, quietly waiting for another exciting summer to begin in May. You might think that the same is true for the directors and leadership team. Don’t they close up shop and retreat back to their homes for the long winter too? Actually, it’s the opposite – the “off season” for camp is almost busier than when the campers are here! During the Fall and Winter, the year-round team is busy recruiting staff, interviewing, completing work projects, planning the upcoming sessions, and traveling all over the country to camp family homes and colleges.

The new 2020 trunk sticker: featuring the camp bell!The new 2020 trunk sticker: featuring the camp bell!

This past week was the first of many in this year’s Camp Reunion and Movie Show travel schedule. This year, we’re traveling from October through November for our camp movies and reunion tour. Kyle Jeffries has already started his staff tour to meet with potential counselors at college campuses, many times participating in their job fairs. Our full travel calendar can be found here on our website, and if you have any questions about directions or details, call the camp office at (828) 692-0262.

We had a great turnout last night in Charlotte at the first Movie Show and Reunion of 2020! We love having the opportunity to meet new families and reunite with old onesWe had a great turnout last night in Charlotte at the first Movie Show and Reunion of 2020! We love having the opportunity to meet new families and reunite with old ones

To kick things off, we began our Travel Calendar in Charlotte, NC on Tuesday, October 15th. We have a great group of families in Charlotte, and the city will always be a soft spot for Yates since it happens to be his hometown. The Ridinger Family graciously hosted at their home for another year, and it was fun to meet new families and reunite with old ones. Pizza was served and there was time to mingle before watching the newly updated movie. Some campers at the show have even been part of the Falling Creek family for the majority of their lives! Walter from Charlotte is one example, who will return to Main Camp in 2020 for his 10th summer. Walter is also a talented horseback rider and dedicated Boy Scout, who had come straight from the barn to the movie show, and then to his weekly Scout meeting. In fact, we learned that Walter won a ribbon in his horse show in Tryon last weekend, and the Scout troop he is a part of (Troop 55 at Myers Park Presbyterian Church), is the same troop that Yates received his Eagle Scout rank, and served as an Assistant Scoutmaster for. We continue to be proud of all the accomplishments that our campers achieve!

Yates with Walter M., who will return to Main Camp in 2020 for his 10th summer!Yates with Walter M., who will return to Main Camp in 2020 for his 10th summer!
Camp friends are the best friendsCamp friends are the best friends
Some backyard games before watching the camp movie! Thanks to the Ridinger family for being incredible hosts as always.Some backyard games before watching the camp movie! Thanks to the Ridinger family for being incredible hosts as always.

The new 2020 trunk sticker was also revealed, which is a collectible item that campers can only receive at a Movie Show and Reunion. We create these limited edition stickers each year, and our 2020 design is the bell. We were excited to share these stickers for the first time in Charlotte! As a side note, if you would like a sticker but we aren’t traveling to your city this year, just tune in to the Asheville, NC event on November 6th at 6:30pm EST. We will be streaming through Facebook live and Instagram live (for the first time this year!), and we’ll send stickers to all those who participate through the live feed. We also offer this trunk sticker design in a poster and many of you are collecting these. Just contact the camp office to order your new 2020 poster and we will mail it to you. We also have all designs from previous summers available as well. These make for excellent Christmas gifts.

Our Charleston group of boys, camp staff, camp alumni, and dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends. A great group!Our Charleston group of boys, camp staff, camp alumni, and dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends. A great group!

On Wednesday, October 16th, we were down in Charleston, SC. Thanks to Megan and Hunter Louis for hosting the event, and to Beezer and Emily Molten for opening their Half-Moon Outfitters West Ashley store to make the event a success! The Molten’s Half-Moon Outfitters store even had an indoor rock wall, which was a huge hit. Everyone loved getting the chance to climb with friends before watching the movie. The Louis’ are no strangers to Falling Creek themselves. Hunter is an FCC camp alumni camper from the early 90’s, and you may have seen him and his family around camp when he served as camp doctor this past summer. We are excited to have them back in the Doctor’s A-frame again this summer! After her Falling Creek experience, Megan shared a thoughtful parent’s perspective, explaining how, “Historically, I would be a mother who would have the ‘guilty’ feeling of sending my son away for part of the summer. But after being on site during camp doc week and seeing/living/breathing the experiences, emotions, and attitudes of the campers, I can speak to the joy these boys are filled with and the sense of unity and freedom they have.”

L to R: Megan Louis, Yates, Steven Feingold, and Hunter LouisL to R: Megan Louis, Yates, Steven Feingold, and Hunter Louis
Thanks to our camp friends Beezer and Emily Molten for inviting us to host the Charleston event at their big Half-Moon Outfitters West Ashley store! The rock wall was a hit.Thanks to our camp friends Beezer and Emily Molten for inviting us to host the Charleston event at their big Half-Moon Outfitters West Ashley store! The rock wall was a hit.

Another well-known doctor, who was also in Charleston, is Steven Feingold. The Feingolds have been returning to camp each year for over a decade, and in 2020, we’re excited to have Steven returning as camp doctor with his family again (for their 11th summer!). It was also fun to catch up with long-time Camp Nurse, Mary Lobianco, and her son and husband Dan. We were lucky to be able to see quite a few returning campers in Charleston that evening, including Wells G, Woods G, and Tommy S, who were dressed sharply as they made time to attend the show before heading to their cotillion.

L to R - Lukey S, Benny S, Yates , Nurse Mary Lobianco, and Colton LL to R - Lukey S, Benny S, Yates , Nurse Mary Lobianco, and Colton L
We enjoyed catching up with these campers in Charleston! They made the effort to come to the Movie Show and Reunion before their evening cotillion ( L to R: Wells G, Woods G, and Tommy S)We enjoyed catching up with these campers in Charleston! They made the effort to come to the Movie Show and Reunion before their evening cotillion ( L to R: Wells G, Woods G, and Tommy S)

Charlotte and Charleston were a great way to kick off the travel calendar; thanks to all who came to share it with us. Camp friends in Raleigh, we’ll see you on Monday, October 21st!

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Best Wishes for Sam Clayton

Our Assistant Program Director, Sam Clayton, has been a friendly and familiar face in and out of camp for the past three years. You may have met him at your college job fair, played one of his invented “all-camp-games” during the summer, been belayed up Gilbert’s Rock by him, paddled with him down local whitewater, or received one of his “fist bumps” between activity periods. Sam has been crucial to both the recruiting process and alumni communications during the offseason, as well working with Program Director Kyle to ensure smooth programming throughout the summer. After three great years at Falling Creek, we want to wish Sam Clayton the best as he moves on to his next chapter in life.

As many of you know, Sam and his new wife Maddie were recently married after this past summer. We have been fortunate to have Sam at Falling Creek since 2017, and we are overjoyed for he and Maddie as they begin their next stage together. Sam graduated from Young Harris with a degree in outdoor education, and was a District Executive with the Boy Scouts of America before joining the Falling Creek team as our Assistant Program Director. Sam consistently embodies the Falling Creek Code, and his enthusiasm for camp was visible every day.

Sam often led parts of Church or Campfire, and his genuine care for the counselors and campers in our Falling Creek community was readily apparent. Sam often led parts of Church or Campfire, and his genuine care for the counselors and campers in our Falling Creek community was readily apparent.

Though he was never a camper, Sam fit into his role at Falling Creek so seamlessly that you would have thought he was a lifetime “Falling Creeker”. Out of everything at camp, Sam shared that, “the thing I enjoyed the most was making a profound impact on the lives of our boys through great experiences, a solid community, and a connection with nature.” Though Sam made it seem like it was all fun and games, being in a leadership role at camp can be hard work. “Running a cookout for 450+ people is no small task!” he jokes.

A multi-talented outdoorsman, Sam can instruct on an outdoor adventure trip just as easily as he can invent and lead an Evening Program!A multi-talented outdoorsman, Sam can instruct on an outdoor adventure trip just as easily as he can invent and lead an Evening Program!

Anyone who has worked at camp can attest to the fact that though the work can be demanding, the rewards are worth it. Sam explained, “the biggest lesson I learned is that the true hero of any boy’s summer is a good counselor who can bring to life the camp experience.” He plans on using that lesson in his future endeavors by always striving to be the best version of himself, leaving a positive impact on those around him. “The biggest takeaway for me in my next professional career, will be how I choose to lead and learn from the people I have the pleasure working with,” Sam shared.

Sam was a familiar face at the college job fairs during the Winter and Spring, focused on recruiting the best for camp!Sam was a familiar face at the college job fairs during the Winter and Spring, focused on recruiting the best for camp!

A true member of the Falling Creek Community, Sam will be missed in the summers to come. Likewise, Sam will always hold dear the friends he made at camp, saying, “I am most proud of the relationships I built over the course of my time at FCC. I was blessed with so many opportunities to positively affect lives and have my own life affected in the same way. Some truly great friends and mentors were gained in my time at Falling Creek.”

When asked about the future, Sam says, “The next chapter of my life began with marrying the love of my life (Maddie)!” As Sam and Maddie begin their lives together, we wanted to highlight the many positive values that Sam brought to our camp community, and share how happy we are for them both. We wish him the best as he chases his dreams of becoming a sommelier, and wherever their journey takes them next!

Sam starting off a day at camp by leading one of our Morning Watch sessions Sam starting off a day at camp by leading one of our Morning Watch sessions

-Annie Pharr

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The History and Recipe Behind the Camp Classic: “Longenecker Lumps”

Make some for yourself and taste the tradition!Make some for yourself and taste the tradition!

Campers young and old can recall the smell of frying dough, the taste of cinnamon sugar, and the excitement upon seeing Steve Longenecker with his “lump cooking supplies” at camp. Though campers today will often cook these simple doughnut-like treats during free-time at camp with Steve, they are a favorite among those who have ever had the pleasure of being on one of Steve’s climbing trips, and are remembered as a “backcountry cooking” classic at Falling Creek. I’m sure the alumni reading this now can remember the wonderful smell and taste of these treats – but you might have wondered, how did Longenecker Lumps come to be?

Steve announcing that it's Steve announcing that it's "Lump Day" at Morning Assembly!

The legendary Steve Longenecker has been a long time outdoor educator, nature enthusiast, falconer, rock climber, and “lump chef” at Falling Creek since 1975. Steve shared that his “lump recipe” was born during a backpacking trip in the 60s. “A long, long time ago, back when there were real hippies running around (ask your parents about them) and before Falling Creek Camp existed, I worked at Camp Mondamin, one of our neighbors down on Lake Summit,” Steve recalls. “I was on a hiking trip with some boys and we were camping in the Shining Rock area. We had some leftover bacon grease in a small metal can and some left-over biscuit mix. I heated up the grease, dropped in a glob of dough and ‘Longenecker Lumps’ were born!” Steve brought the recipe from his time at Camp Mondamin, to Camp Sequoyah, and finally to us at Falling Creek.

Even decades later, Longenecker Lumps are still a favorite treat among campersEven decades later, Longenecker Lumps are still a favorite treat among campers

These days, in a single afternoon, you’ll see Steve and several enthusiastic campers making hundreds of these sugar coated lumps to share. The boys learn how to mix the biscuit-like dough, form it into “lumps,” fry it like a doughnut hole, and cover it in brown sugar and cinnamon. They are warm, soft, sugary, and as you can imagine they don’t last long. Boys around camp will line up to try one (or three), tasting the tradition. Even Yates Pharr remembers his first Longenecker Lump. “It was in 1979 and I had just finished a 5-day backpacking trip in Linville Gorge with Chuck McGrady (our previous Falling Creek Camp Owner/Director for 17 years). Our team had just met up with Steve and his group of climbers coming off of Table Rock, North Carolina. Steve cooked up a batch of his famous Longenecker Lumps, and man, they were good!”

Longenecker Lumps are still a familiar tradition of camp’s that Steve hopes to leave as his “lump legacy.” Though the concept is as simple as mixing and frying a few ingredients, Steve’s favorite part about the entire process is seeing the boys teach each other things that he has taught them. This sharing of knowledge is what the traditions at camp are all about, and once taught, the boys can continue to pass on that flame for years to come. With Steve’s own recipe below, now you can enjoy cooking and sharing Longenecker Lumps at home, or on your own backpacking trips!

Longenecker Lumps Recipe

What do you need?

  • Cooking Pot (# 10 can or old cooking pan – 3qts)
  • Large slotted spoon
  • Pot clamp or hot pad (You’re cooking with very hot oil)
  • A mixing bowl for the dough, container for the raw lumps, and a skillet for the cooked lumps.
  • Small box of “Bisquick” dry biscuit mix.
  • Liter of cooking oil
  • Table sugar
  • Cinnamon

How do you cook them?

Put Bisquick mix in a mixing bowl, being sure to leave some in the box. Sometimes, you need to add more mix to keep the dough from becoming sticky.
Add water to the dry mix and mix it around until you have a big lump of dough in your bowl that is not too dry or too wet. Play with this until you have a glob of mix that is about softball size and is the right consistency (too dry, it won’t hold together; too wet, it’s all yucky!) You’ll also notice how clean your hands are, now that you have been playing with the dough a while.

Now it is time to pinch the dough into the perfect-sized “Lump”. Roll each one around between your palms until it is formed just right. What size is “just right”? About the size of a large grape, marble or a very small soccer ball is fine. Too large and they’ll be raw on the inside; too little and they’ll burn up in the oil.
Now it’s time to heat the oil. Have your pot clamp or pad ready, just in case you need to move the hot oil. When you think the oil is hot enough, take your slotted spoon and gently roll a “test lump” into the hot oil. Never drop one into the oil so that it splashes on you. Hot oil burns!

If the oil is hot enough, the “lump” will float to the top and cook there until the right color; if the oil is not hot enough, it will sink to the bottom of the pan.
When the oil is just right, gently add more raw “lumps” to the cooking oil and let them cook until it’s time to roll them in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.
As you take them out of the hot oil, drain them so that the oil goes back into the cooking pot. Now, put them into the cinnamon/sugar mixture, roll them around, then eat!

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Which Camp Session is the Right Length For My Child?

The sessions are 1 - 4 weeks, but the friendships and memories last a lifetime.The sessions are 1 - 4 weeks, but the friendships and memories last a lifetime.

Is a month a long time? That depends on how you look at it – a month of vacation will seem to fly by, but a month during Lent when you’ve given up your favorite treat feels a lot longer. What about a month at camp? At Falling Creek, we offer 1 week, 2 week, 3 week, and 4 week sessions, and we often get asked which length is the right choice. The answer varies from camper to camper, depending on things like maturity, comfort level away from home, and sometimes prior camp experience. However, framing the camp conversation around “length of time” alone can be a hindrance, placing too much focus on the session length rather than the session experience.

Each of our four sessions vary in length, but they also vary in overall experience, based on slightly different goals for each session. For young boys in grades 1-4 who are brand new to camp, our one week Junior Camp session is often a good starting point. The goal of the Junior Camp session is to have fun and build confidence away from home. This session is different than our other three because boys move around as a cabin, sampling each activity once rather than signing up for their own schedules. Another option for some campers is our 2-Week session. Though it is still a shorter length session, boys get an extra week to “settle in,” are able to sign up for their own daily schedules, and can begin to take trips out of camp.

What does your son want to get out of his camp experience this summer?What does your son want to get out of his camp experience this summer?

In our three week June Camp session, boys are able to build on their experiences and really begin to work on activity progressions. With three weeks to grow, boys can work up to longer trips or more challenging activity projects. Because this session is longer, the primary goal shifts from simply having fun, to more long term growth like building self-confidence and improving skills, as well as enhancing friendships. Finally, our four week Main Camp session allows the most time for meaningful friendships to form and for our camp community to create a strong bond. Boys often return year after year to build on their previous activity progressions or challenge themselves with longer trips. Our oldest campers are also able to experience a central focus on leadership opportunities, but young campers who choose to come to Main Camp also thrive – this session is not limited to older boys only. Many of camp’s favorite traditions take place only during Main Camp, such as the Ironman triathlon, 5-Year Dinner, the STEEL program, the Journeyman and Keeper of the Flame progressions, and Honor Council.

Reaching the finish line of the annual Ironman is always an accomplishment! This triathlon is one of our special events hosted during Main Camp. Reaching the finish line of the annual Ironman is always an accomplishment! This triathlon is one of our special events hosted during Main Camp.

If your son is on the fence about moving to a longer session, we encourage you to have a conversation with him about what he wants to get out of the camp experience, rather than focusing on overcoming a set “length of time”. Ask your son what he loves about camp, what activities he really likes, and what goals he has for the next summer. If he really enjoys the climbing wall for example, you can discuss how he would be able to progress on real rock, starting at Gilbert’s Rock and one day working up to a 5-Day Linville Gorge climbing adventure. If he doesn’t have enough time to progress to that next level in the same session, you can begin the conversation about moving to a longer session that would enhance his experience.

Moving to a longer session may not be the right choice for every boy, but removing “length of time” from the conversation might help you make the right decision together. Being anxious about a new session or having some initial homesickness is normal, but boys also mature a great deal during the 9 months between summers. Think about the difference between a short vacation trip and a semester study-abroad trip. Both are fun and memorable, but you gain so much more when you allow yourself to be immersed in a community for longer, including deeper friendships, more meaningful experiences, broader growth, and more personal development.

A stronger sense of community is one of the benefits of a longer camp session.A stronger sense of community is one of the benefits of a longer camp session.

Does research show that there are more benefits from a longer camp session? Dr. Cait Wilson published a paper on her findings, which you can read here on the American Camp Association website. She found that though all experiences at camp have a positive impact, the longer a camper attended, the more their development increased.

Though you can’t really go wrong with any camp session choice, we encourage you to think about the overall camp experience and your son’s goals for the summer, rather than focusing on the length of time itself.

-Annie Pharr

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. Psalm 133:1Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity. Psalm 133:1
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