Falling Creek visits Baton Rouge, LA

(l to r) Michael, Yates Pharr, Turner, Matt and Bryan McClendon at the Shaw’s home in Baton Rouge, LA on Monday, November 27 for the Falling Creek Camp “movies”

On Monday, November 27, I visited Baton Rouge, LA where Tom and Re Re Shaw hosted the Falling Creek “movies” at their home. Matt and his two sisters were also a big help to their parents with greeting the families. I was pleased to meet a number of new families as well as reconnecting with Michael. Michael is one of Falling Creek’s top paddlers and is currently a star in the new camp movie. I appreciate the comments both he and his mother Susan offered the new families who attended. I was very happy to reconnect with Bryan McClendon who was camper with me in the 70’s and 80’s. We also were on the paddling staff together for a few years. Bryan and his wife Laura very graciously hosted me at their home that night in St. Francisville (30 min. North of Baton Rouge and Bryan’s childhood home town). Bryan and Laura’s son Turner will be returning to Main Camp in 2007 for his 4th summer and will bring his younger brother Mills this time for his first summer at Falling Creek. Bryan’s older brother Hutch was a camper and counselor at Falling Creek as well and was a big influence in teaching my younger brother Stephen and I to be a part of the FCC paddling staff. Hutch lives in the McClendon homestead in St. Francisville with his family. These memories and relationships are a big part of what camp is all about!

-Yates