Falling Creek Code

Each day at camp the boys learn to live out the code. It is an important part of camp life. They grow in each area and learn to keep themselves and each other accountable. It is a powerful tool, one that hopefully continues on past camp session and applies to their day-to-day lives. These photos are just a few examples of the code being lived out. How have you seen these boys continue to live out the code outside of camp?

Warrior Spirit

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Servants Heart

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Positive Attitude

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Moral Compass

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- Maddie Roberts

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Happiness is…

Arriving on opening day
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Coming up with the perfect green and gold cheer
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Scoring the winning basket
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Cheering on Falling Creek versus Rockmont
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Reaching the last leg of the ironman and knowing you’re almost done
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Being marked with war paint
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Playing flag football in the rain
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Going to sliding rock
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Letting the horses play in the lower lake
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Playing in the mud on the 4th of July
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Hugging a counselor
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Having to do model walk after losing a game
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Being with your friends
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Racing your brother in ultimate frisbee
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Relaxing on the lake for fishing
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Calling checkmate
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Repelling down the rock wall for the first time
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Performing in Falling Creek’s first play
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Singing “A Cat Came Back” during morning assembly
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Dressing up for Garner Gentry Day
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Watching a camper break a camp record
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Winning at a soccer drill
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Trying the slack line for the first time
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Staff members acting goofy
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A blooper during a campfire skit
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Being able to light another’s candle on the last day of camp
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Happiness is what Falling Creek is all about!

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The Ultimate Throw

You hear the announcement and you think, this is going to be cool. You show up to the activity and you think, this is way better than cool, this is awesome! Ultimate frisbee is an activity period usually played on the upper field, next to the gym. Only this day is different. This day the boys learn to do a full spread and the lake turns into the perfect safety blanket. As each boy hesitantly steps up to the diving board, they wait for instructions. Neil, the lead ultimate frisbee counselor, better known as Ultimate Neil, says to go at the frisbee with no fear. Even a hint of doubt will kill your form. As you watch the first counselor demonstrate, you understand the meaning of giving it your all.

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He runs and jumps several feet from the diving board into a superman like pose over the water. Fully extending his body and fully committing to the pursuit of the frisbee. Even though he does not catch this particular throw, he sets the mentality for the boys to follow. The full spread must be done with full confidence.

As the first boy steps up, the look in his eyes shows hesitation and uncertainty. He is quickly showered with words of encouragement. The camper takes a breath, runs, and jumps into the air. His knees tuck in and the frisbee flies past his hand. Ooooo, miss. The counselors quickly point out that he did not extend his whole body. He did not fully commit. As the boys behind him step up, each one takes their first jump in the similar manner. Jumping the first time with novice uncertainty.

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Then something great happens. A frisbee is caught. Everyone screams. This catch fuels the next camper and the next until everyone is doing the superman over the water. It gets more amazing. A camper jumps, catches, and then throws back the frisbee to the dock before even making a splash. And incredibly the frisbee was caught by a fellow camper, waiting in line for his turn to fly. The ultimate throw. Everyone explodes. The whole camp can hear and eventually a crowd forms around the lake. The audience only empowers the boys. By the time lunch pulls around, the whole camp has heard or witnessed about the happenings of ultimate frisbee.

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-Maddie Roberts

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