Jake Aland is a rising senior at the University of Central Florida majoring in mathematics. This will be Jake’s second summer at Falling Creek as a cabin counselor and the leader of our Wood Shop program. Originally from Panama City Beach, Florida, Jake continues his involvement with the children’s ministries at his home church and locally in Orlando where he attends UCF.

Taylor Barker is a former camper from Greensboro, NC, and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This Eagle Scout has taught lacrosse, kayaking and ballroom dance. As a camper, Taylor was always on the river. He is back for his fifth summer on paddle staff. Taylor has been instrumental in the success of the FCC Paddling Expeditions. For the past three years, Taylor has led our best paddlers in Canada, Colorado and Costa Rica. Taylor is extremely excited on leading our HUCK paddling group in Canada again this summer.

Colin Barrett is a media communications and recreation major at Asbury College in Kentucky. Colin attended Young life Camps growing up and volunteered as a member of the Young Life work crew and ropes course facilitator. At school, Colin is a member of the Asbury cycling team and outdoor recreation leader. This will be his second summer on staff as a cabin counselor and mountain biking instructor.

Peter Bishop will be returning for his fourth summer on staff as a member of our leadership team. Peter has served many roles at camp as the head of the waterfront and Iroquois Tribal Leader. This summer, Peter will once again share his experience and leadership at camp as one of our tribal leaders. Peter is currently living in Australia with fellow FCC staff member, Jez and working at STATravel as a store manager in Sydney.

Take A Hike! Thomas Dooley is back for another summer. He is a graduate from Belmont University in Nashville with a degree in Spanish. This will be Thomas’ fourth year on staff as leading backpacking trips. Thomas is a former camper from Bowling Green, KY, and definitely shares his excitement for camp everyday with the campers. Make sure you sign up for one of Thomas’ exciting trips this summer throughout beautiful western North Carolina.

Graham Laws is a pre-med student at Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Graham was the captain, number one singles and doubles player all four years of high school in Lexington, SC and was selected for all-region. He was given an opportunity to assistant coach the girls’ middle school and high school team for two years and worked at Spring Valleys tennis club. This will be Graham’s second summer at camp as a member of our tennis and cabin staffs.

Sam Lyons is a former camper and CIT from Keene, KY just outside of Lexington. Sam is a sophomore at Asbury University studying Media Communications. Sam is an Eagle Scout and has guided BSA canoeing trips along the Boundary Waters near Minnesota. As a camper, Sam was highly involved in our Indian Lore program and progressed through the ranks. He will put this knowledge and these skills to good use teaching Indian Lore for his second summer, as well as, a member of our cabin staff.