50th Anniversary Alumni Weekend

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity”

For five decades, Psalm 133:1 has been recited to open each Sunday night campfire. The commitment to personal development and fun as the boys develop an understanding of their relationship with nature, their fellow man, and God remain our mission. It’s been said that who we are is a product of who we’ve met and where we have been. Falling Creek Camp is more than a camp, it’s a community of friends bonded together through the Spirit of Falling Creek.

The 2018 summer will be our 50th. To honor this milestone, we will celebrate. It will be an opportunity for past campers and former staff to join together and relive camp traditions, share memories, gratitude, and encouragement. Please plan to attend over the weekend of September 7-9. Reach out to your favorite FCC friends and encourage them to sign up via the link on the alumni page of the camp website . You can even request friends to room together in the same cabin. We will unveil at the event a commemorative coffee table book and video that celebrates our 50th anniversary.

We enthusiastically announce these Falling Creek alumni who are already planning to attend

Pack your trunk… you will want to be here when the bell rings.

For questions, please contact Yates Pharr – or Sam Clayton –

In Brotherhood There Is Strength

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John Bates joins FCC as Director of Staff & Camper Development

John Bates has been involved with Falling Creek for 19 summers; ten as a camper starting in 1992 and nine as a staff member working primarily as an adventure paddling instructor. He has been a part of many of our Father/Son Weekends and returned in the summer of 2017 to manage the woodshop program. We are happy that this fall he joined our full-time staff as a director.

Alexandria, John, & Hala AnnAlexandria, John, & Hala Ann

John attended the University of the South at Sewanee, TN, graduating in 2006 with a BA in History. From there, he went on to pursue graduate studies in Youth Development Leadership at Clemson University. His diverse work history combines experiential education, independent living skills, recreational instruction, leadership development and team-building.

John, center of top row of campers, in 1993.John, center of top row of campers, in 1993.

Previously John has served as a teacher’s aide at a school in Mobile, AL, for students with intellectual disabilities, worked in a residential transitions program in Hendersonville, NC, and served as program director and staff trainer at a nearby special needs program. John is certified as a lifeguard, lifeguard instructor, Wilderness First Responder, and First-Aid/CPR instructor.

John, center with arm around Program Director Chris Stec, helped FCC win the the famous Bull Sluice award from a tough group of Camp Merrie-Woode paddlers in 2001.John, center with arm around Program Director Chris Stec, helped FCC win the the famous Bull Sluice award from a tough group of Camp Merrie-Woode paddlers in 2001.

In his free time John and his wife, Alexandria, enjoy hiking, gardening and spending time with their daughter, Hala Ann.

John teaching paddling at Father/Son WeekendJohn teaching paddling at Father/Son Weekend
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A “Good” One Gets Away

Jim “Goody” Goodrum
(Camper 1980-87, CIT 1988-89, Staff 1990-2002, 2008-17)
After being a camper at Falling Creek for eight years, Goody became a CIT, then a cabin counselor and the head of waterfront activity in the early 90s. He served as associate program director for 10 years, and finished out his last 10 years at FCC as the staffing director, in his words: “Recruiting and retaining the best camp staff in the world!”

Everyone loves Goody and he has consistently served as the lead to hiring some of the best camp staff in the country!

Goody has recently become the Director of After-School Programs and Summer Activity Programs for the middle and upper schools at the Carolina Day School in Asheville, North Carolina. He will oversee all after school activities, and all summer and academic programs for the middle and upper schools, and he is working with the CFO to come up with creative ways to generate non-tuition based revenue for the school.

Goody has been an important part of the success of Falling Creek, wearing many hats over the years. These are big shoes to fill and we wish Goody and his family the very best!

Goody (left) enjoying the funny verdict being handed down by the judge in a Kangaroo Court evening program in the mid-1980'sGoody (left) enjoying the funny verdict being handed down by the judge in a Kangaroo Court evening program in the mid-1980's

Goody with Hayden Vick (left) and Will Young at the UNC- Chapel Hill Job Opportunities event this past springGoody with Hayden Vick (left) and Will Young at the UNC- Chapel Hill Job Opportunities event this past spring
Goody as a Catawba Tribe cabin counselor with Neal Clark in 1990.Goody as a Catawba Tribe cabin counselor with Neal Clark in 1990.
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Announcing the Sale of Mountain Bikes and Kayaks/Gear

We are making room to purchase the latest and greatest new gear for the 2018 summer

Mountain Bikes
2017 – Specialized Pitch Comp 650B $535
Sizes available – XS, S, M, & L

Jackson Kayaks
2013 -All-star $400
2013 – Superstar $400
2016 – Fun $500
2016 – Zen (sm) $500
2017 – AntiX (m) $600

Kayak Gear
Paddles – 2015-2016 Accent – Rouge – straight shaft $120
Spray Skirts – 2015-2017 – (IR)Immersion Research Shockwave $50 – $70
(price varies due to wear)
Helmets – Shred Ready standard full cut $40

  • Kayaks and equipment are available now and mountain bikes are available after the August 18-20, 2017 Father/Son weekend.
  • Prices do not include shipping
  • To avoid shipping costs, you can schedule a time with Yates to pick it up at camp.
  • Each underlined area above is a hyperlink to provide more information on that item.
  • E-mail to let us know what you are interested in purchasing.
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