Survey Says: What Families are Saying about Falling Creek

What was the greatest value your son gained at camp?

Camper riding mountain biking trails at Falling Creek Camp.
  • “Independence. Achievement. Self-confidence. Social skills.”
  • “Over the years our son has become very invested in the FCC Code. In fact, he based his boarding school admissions essay on the code.”
  • “Spiritual nourishment”
  • “Learning to sail which he had never done before – camp is always a great time to learn new things that we have less access to at home.”
  • “I appreciate the emphasis on moral compass.”
  • “Being a part of a brotherhood of boys/young men who all wanted the same experience for each other and accomplished that in many ways.”
  • “Being more helpful to others – we hear a lot about Servant’s Heart”
  • “A willingness to try things outside of his comfort zone.”
Campers at Falling Creek Camp learning to farm in raised beds.
  • “This year, it was the break from anxiety over high school and social media while returning to nature.”
  • “The freedom to be unplugged, outdoors and just have silly boy fun with new friends.”
  • “He said this year it really “clicked” for him…our role in this world in relationship to God and those around us.”
  • “Confidence in trying new activities. Since we live in an apartment building in a large city (Cairo, Egypt), it was so good for him to experience the great outdoors with other boys.”
  • “Maturity, increased confidence”
  • “Warrior Spirit”
  • “The confidence to be away from home and grow in an all-boys camp.”
  • “Sense of freedom, independence—away from parents, technology and heat.”
  • “Setting goals and working diligently to meet them.”
  • “Learned confidence and perseverance”
  • “Learned the value of honesty in sporting events.”
Climbing Wall tower at Falling Creek Camp.
  • “Time away from electronics, school friends, time pressures of regular life”
  • “Independence and the opportunity to make their own choices”
  • “Our son worked very hard to get his warrior level in archery and soccer. He was determined, deliberate and conscientious!”
  • “Belief in himself”
  • “Only child gets to be around other boys in a close environment for a month.”
  • “Met good friends, nice boys, learned to be more independent, developed more leadership skills.”
  • “We love to see him grow in independence. His most meaningful value gained was the FCC code.”
  • “Independence, leadership and positive attitude”
  • “Confidence doing the ironman”
Camper group smiling at Falling Creek Camp.
  • “Independence, activities, meeting new friends and mentors”
  • “Helpfulness”
  • “He loved all he learned on his backpacking trips and practicing the respect of nature”
  • “Working hard to achieve goals, ie: getting his yack-let.”
  • “Away from parents, screens and everyday life in a beautiful place with adventures and challenges”
  • “It was the perfect environment for our son to learn how to get along with others. We are happy that he speaks so highly of Falling Creek each and every day. You do a wonderful job hiring the best counselors and staff members. I feel that Falling Creek is a wonderful family to be part of.”
  • “Independence and respect”
  • “Independence-being out of his brother’s shadow. Confidence and peer interaction”
  • “A willingness to try things outside of his comfort zone”
  • “Leadership, energy, self awareness, group work”
  • “Learning to persist in the face of challenges”

If you could change or add one thing to improve your son’s experience at Falling Creek, what would it be?

Campers on our Roller Coaster at Falling Creek Camp. It goes into the lake!
  • “A little more guidance for the boys when choosing activities to encourage them to try more new things vs. repeating.”
  • “More opportunities for blacksmithing and woodworking.”
  • “I do not know if there is anything specific. My boys both loved the new camp games especially game they are calling “Call of Duty”. Ryan also really loved FARM. So what I take from this, is that they love all of the traditional items but are up for a few new surprises.”
  • “Make it longer!!! :-)”
  • “Our son would love to see more Fly Fishing excursions being offered.”
  • “He had an awesome time at camp and only expressed that it was over too quick.”
  • “A bit more information prior to camp on the waypoint system”
  • “More opportunities to be a leader for younger campers.”
  • “More days – signing up for Main Camp next year!”
  • “Encourage him to take more risk with his class schedule. Go on more overnights”
  • “Longer session!”
  • “Not a thing”
  • “A bit more encouragement to try new things.”

What’s your son’s favorite thing about camp?

Campers playing Lacrosse at Falling Creek Camp.
  • “Returning! He loves everything outdoors.”
  • “Camaraderie of boys-wonderful friendships made.”
  • “Keeper of the Flame experience, being with friends”
  • “Being in the woods”
  • “Learning to play the Ukulele.”
  • “Great counselors, rock climbing trips”
  • “He liked the three-day hike even though it was hard. He also said that everyone in his cabin was nice. :-)”
  • “I think he likes handling things himself the most. There is a safety net, but not his parents”
  • “He loved many different things but if I had to pick one I think it would be his cabin counselors and CIT. He loved blacksmithing.”
  • “Camp is like a second family. He has a blast.”

What’s your son’s least favorite thing about camp?

Mom and Dad: Let your son help pack his trunk and prepare for camp. Talking with him about going to camp and how he feels is a helpful way to make sure he will have a successful time at camp.
  • “He says the swim classification!”
  • “4 weeks wasn’t enough”
  • “Leaving on closing day”
  • “Getting stung by a yellow jacket! That is literally the only thing he did not like.”
  • “Not having enough time to do all the activities”
  • “Nothing – he loves every minute of it!”

Would you recommend Falling Creek to friends with camp-age boys?

100% of families who completed a survey said yes!

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Designed to give thanks.

Written by Dusty Davis, Falling Creek Camp Chaplain

“Seriously?” I thought.

I felt very UN-thankful and quite shocked as the mechanic handed me the bill for $1,621 and said, “Please slide your card now.”

Falling Creek Camp Chaplain Dusty Davis

“Ok, thanks for fixing it so quickly—y’all have a good Thanksgiving,” I said, forcing a smile on my face. I thought my truck only needed a seventy dollar alignment, but instead the new ball joints, CV boots and bearings made me feel like I’d been punched in the gut.

I pouted and grinched all the way to my next stop—the hospital. I grumbled at the parking issues downtown and then rode an elevator to the eighth floor of the immense hospital to the neurotrauma unit. My mountain bike mechanic friend, 30-year-old Jason, lay uncomfortably hooked up to a ventilator, IV’s, and all manner of clear tubes pumping liquids in and draining them out. He had a massive blood vessel rupture in his brain two days ago while getting ready for work.

As I whispered about Jason’s condition with his family, my paradigm shifted. The tiny room felt too crowded so I didn’t linger. The elevator ride down with several silent people sobered me quickly. My petty problems felt trivial in light of those around me. Back in the parking deck I sat in my truck—heavy. My card-swiping gut punch now moved to a heart humbling reality check.

There was something about that bill for $1,621 that was familiar. I asked SIRI, “When was the first Thanksgiving in the U.S.?” She replied in her computery voice, “The first Thanksgiving was in the year 1621.”

Giving thanks—hhmmm, I was reminded of the Bible verse in 1 Thessalonians that says, “Rejoice always, pray all the time and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Group huddle at camp before a game.

God created me and knows what is best for me. He knows when I take my eyes off my problems and give thanks for the good things I am changed. It doesn’t mean I have to be “happy” about an unexpected repair bill or other daily frustrations. But if I am focused on the negative I’ll be a miserable old scrooge. Immediately I began to make a list of everything I had to be thankful for and my whole demeanor changed.

Thanksgiving is what we were designed to do! At this time of year I am so thankful for my Falling Creek family and friends and for each one of you who make camp so special. I want to encourage you to also make a list of what you are thankful for and carry it with you. Think about those things. Give thanks, for this is God’s will for you.

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A few spaces available for Falling Creek Expeditions this summer!

HUCK Paddling Expedition in Costa Rica and Colorado.

If you’re looking for an awesome adventure, please call the camp office and speak with Ben about these fantastic trips. Participants must have the proper skills and a great attitude to be eligible.

Huck Southeast (Paddling)
July 19 – July 28 (short waiting list)

Huck Costa Rica (Paddling)
July 19 – July 30 (1 space available)

Blaze Colorado (Backpacking)
July 24 – August 2 (3 spaces available)

Crank Colorado (Mtn Biking)
July 22 – July 31 (2 spaces available)

Backpacking Expedition in Colorado.
Mountain biking expedition camp in Colorado.
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Let's Build a Gym!

We are excited to announce construction on a new gymnasium is beginning this week. For 7 years, Marisa and I, along with our leadership team, have been dreaming of building a first-class gym at Falling Creek.

Falling Creek is building a new camp gymnasium.

The process started by visiting many outstanding structures at other facilities and consulting with the highly acclaimed design team of Platt Architecture. We are thrilled with the design and know it will serve Falling Creek campers for generations to come.

The Gym will be constructed of timber frame beams, massive locust logs, and stone. The main level will have a regulation-size wood basketball court, stage, and fireplace. It will also feature a 12 foot wrap-around porch with a spectacular view of the lake, Morning Watch Chapel, and Long Mountain Ridge. The downstairs will be a large open space for indoor soccer, lacrosse, multi-ball, and other camp favorites.

The construction will be completed in two phases. Phase 1, beginning immediately, will consist of preparing the gym site, clearing an area for an additional athletic field, and constructing the foundation for the building. This work will be completed by May 1st, 2013. Phase 2, construction of the gym, will begin in mid-August and be completed in the spring of 2014: ready for the summer!

We have mounted a camera to create a time-lapse recording of the construction and will be posting new photos frequently.

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3rd Father/Son Weekend Added!

With long waiting lists in our Spring Father/Son weekends, we have decided to add another opportunity August 23rd -25th.

Families currently on one of our F/S waiting lists will receive a priority until March 15th, and then we will enroll applications in the order received until we reach our capacity of 120 families.

We are thrilled with the popularity of the weekends and applaud families for recognizing the value in fostering strong relationships between fathers and sons through a time of shared adventure and fun.

The weekends are geared towards boys in K-10th grade and their dads (and/or grandfathers) and will include many of Falling Creek’s favorite activities.

For more information, please visit our Father/Son Weekend Camp page. Whether you’re new to Falling Creek or a veteran camper, we encourage interested families to apply online to quickly to reserve a space.

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