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FCC Favorite Camping Recipes (Just in Time for Thanksgiving!)

Enjoying dinner with friends on a Cabin OvernightEnjoying dinner with friends on a Cabin Overnight

Thanksgiving is coming up, and food is on everyone’s minds! But what about delicious food when you’re enjoying the outdoors? Every trip is better with good food, and luckily our counselors know how to whip up some tasty meals to enjoy in the backcountry, whether we’re hiking, biking, climbing, paddling, or on our cabin overnights. Here are just three of our favorite campout classics, which you can make for yourself on your next adventure!

Better taste-test to make sure it's ready!Better taste-test to make sure it's ready!

Cajun Kitchen Burritos

Warm, filling, and a little spicy, it’s no surprise that Cajun Kitchen Burritos are a favorite camping meal after a day of adventure. This recipe is hearty and tasty, but very simple. Plus, the tortilla doubles as a plate, so there’s no need to wash a ton of dishes!

How's this for gourmet camp cooking?How's this for gourmet camp cooking?

What do you need?

  • Frying pan
  • Spatula
  • Camping stove or campfire
  • Small cooking pot
  • Olive oil (enough to grease the pan)
  • About 6oz ground beef (per person) – you can replace this with shredded chicken, soy crumbles, or anything else you prefer!
  • About 2oz cheddar cheese (per person)
  • 12” tortillas (1 or 2 per person)
  • Box of instant cajun rice
  • Salsa (for topping)
  • Spice kit (for seasoning – we carry chili powder, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper)
These portable camping stoves help us make sure we can cook delicious meals in the backcountry, no matter the weather or campfire regulations.These portable camping stoves help us make sure we can cook delicious meals in the backcountry, no matter the weather or campfire regulations.

How do you cook them?

  1. Drizzle olive oil in the frying pan. When the pan is warm, add the ground beef to start cooking. Stir occasionally with the spatula to keep from burning or sticking.
  2. If you have a second camping stove (or a big enough campfire), you can start the rice while the meat cooks. Add the water and rice to the pot and cook according to the directions on the rice box.
  3. When the ground beef is no longer pink (which means it is cooked thoroughly), you can add the seasoning to taste.
  4. Get your tortillas out, and fill them with the seasoned meat, cheese (while the meat is still hot so the cheese gets melty!), cajun rice, and salsa. Enjoy!
Is it just us, or does everything taste better when cooked and eaten outdoors?Is it just us, or does everything taste better when cooked and eaten outdoors?

Longenecker Lumps

Campers young and old can recall the smell of frying dough, the taste of cinnamon sugar, and the excitement upon seeing Steve Longenecker (SFL) with his “lump cooking supplies” at camp. Though campers today will often cook these simple doughnut-like treats during free-time at camp with Steve, they are a favorite among those who have ever had the pleasure of being on one of Steve’s climbing trips, and are remembered as a backcountry cooking classic at Falling Creek, where boys eagerly line up to taste the tradition of the “lump legacy”.
The legendary Steve Longenecker has been a long time outdoor educator, nature enthusiast, falconer, rock climber, and “lump chef” at Falling Creek since 1975. Steve shared that his “lump recipe” was born during a backpacking trip in the 60s: “I was on a hiking trip with some boys and we were camping in the Shining Rock area. We had some leftover bacon grease in a small metal can and some left-over biscuit mix. I heated up the grease, dropped in a glob of dough and ‘Longenecker Lumps’ were born!” Steve brought the recipe from his time at Camp Mondamin, to Camp Sequoyah, and finally to us at Falling Creek.

Steve Longenecker, left, has been teaching boys how to cook these fried dough Steve Longenecker, left, has been teaching boys how to cook these fried dough "lumps" for decades

What do you need?

  • Cooking Pot (number 10 can or old cooking pan – 3qts)
  • Large slotted spoon
  • Pot clamp or hot pad (You’re cooking with very hot oil)
  • A mixing bowl for the dough, container for the raw lumps, and a skillet for the cooked lumps.
  • Small box of “Bisquick” dry biscuit mix.
  • Liter of cooking oil
  • Table sugar
  • Cinnamon
Forming the dough into Forming the dough into "lumps" for frying
Mixing the ingredients for Longenecker LumpsMixing the ingredients for Longenecker Lumps

How do you cook them?

  1. Put Bisquick mix in a mixing bowl, being sure to leave some in the box. Sometimes, you need to add more mix to keep the dough from becoming sticky.
  2. Add water to the dry mix and mix it around until you have a big lump of dough in your bowl that is not too dry or too wet. Play with this until you have a glob of mix that is about softball size and is the right consistency (too dry, it won’t hold together; too wet, it’s all yucky!) You’ll also notice how clean your hands are, now that you have been playing with the dough a while.
  3. Now it is time to pinch the dough into the perfect-sized “Lump”. Roll each one around between your palms until it is formed just right. What size is “just right”? About the size of a large grape, marble or a very small soccer ball is fine. Too large and they’ll be raw on the inside; too little and they’ll burn up in the oil.
  4. Now it’s time to heat the oil. Have your pot clamp or pad ready, just in case you need to move the hot oil. When you think the oil is hot enough, take your slotted spoon and gently roll a “test lump” into the hot oil. Never drop one into the oil so that it splashes on you. Hot oil burns!
  5. If the oil is hot enough, the “lump” will float to the top and cook there until the right color; if the oil is not hot enough, it will sink to the bottom of the pan.
  6. When the oil is just right, gently add more raw “lumps” to the cooking oil and let them cook until it’s time to roll them in the sugar/cinnamon mixture.
  7. As you take them out of the hot oil, drain them so that the oil goes back into the cooking pot. Now, put them into the cinnamon/sugar mixture, roll them around, then eat!
Don't forget to roll the freshly fried Don't forget to roll the freshly fried "lumps" in sugar!
Now for the best part: eating and sharing them with friends!Now for the best part: eating and sharing them with friends!

Pluggers

Calorically dense for fueling long hikes, these “pluggers” lunches are a popular trip lunch among FCC campers and counselors. With just three ingredients (bagels, cream cheese, and pepperoni), this is one of the simplest camping foods we make, but surprisingly one of the most requested. The combination doesn’t sound terribly appetizing (and it isn’t that photogenic either – hence our lack of photos of this meal), but it’s hearty, surprisingly tasty, and hard to beat when you need easy calories fast on the trail.

  • What do you need?*
  • Your favorite type of bagel
  • Cream cheese (we like the classic “plain” kind, but any flavor goes)
  • Pepperoni (salami, smoked ham, or any fancy cured meat will work if you want to mix things up)

No cooking required! Just put the cream cheese and pepperoni on the bagel and enjoy.

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S'mores are always a favorite camping foodS'mores are always a favorite camping food
Tasty camp cooking makes any campout infinitely betterTasty camp cooking makes any campout infinitely better
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Introducing the Newest Camp Dog!

Hi, I’m the newest camp dog, Rucker!Hi, I’m the newest camp dog, Rucker!

My name is Rucker, I’m the newest camp dog here at Falling Creek Camp! (Well, the newest camp puppy really – I haven’t grown into my paws yet!). Yates and Marisa brought me home on Thursday, and I can’t wait to explore all the acres and trails that camp has to offer – not to mention meeting all the campers in just 203 days!

My dad making sure I’m all cozy for nap-time. Being a puppy is hard work!My dad making sure I’m all cozy for nap-time. Being a puppy is hard work!
Whew, time for a nap!Whew, time for a nap!

I’m a chocolate lab puppy and I was born about 10 weeks ago. Everything is new to me and I love exploring – almost as much as I love naps. When I first arrived at my new home, I marched right into the camp office and said hello to all my new camp friends. They were so excited to meet me, especially Ms. Paige and Ms. Shelley, who gave me plenty of treats and pets. I also got to meet my fellow camp dog, Lulu, but I think I intimidated her with my energy. We’ll be inseparable in no time!

 my fellow camp dog, Lulu, isn’t sure what she thinks of me yet… but we’ll be best dog friends soon! my fellow camp dog, Lulu, isn’t sure what she thinks of me yet… but we’ll be best dog friends soon!

I also got to meet my brother, Lipton the cat. He’s an older cat but still playful, so I think he’s happy to have some company around Iolaire. He was even nice enough to share his chicken-flavored treats with me, and I was on my best behavior to show him that I would be a great new family member.

Lipton the cat meeting me for the first time at Iolaire.Lipton the cat meeting me for the first time at Iolaire.

It took just about all my energy to write this blog post and introduce myself. I can’t wait to meet all my new camper friends this summer! But for now… time for another puppy nap.

Working in the camp office is ruff!Working in the camp office is ruff!
I can't wait to meet you at camp this summer!I can't wait to meet you at camp this summer!
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Travel Week 4: Camp Reunions and Movie Shows 2019

Dads who have attended the Father/Son Weekend and FCC alumni joined the boys for a fun group photo at the Riser's home in Houston Dads who have attended the Father/Son Weekend and FCC alumni joined the boys for a fun group photo at the Riser's home in Houston

We wrapped up our final week of Camp Reunions and Movie Shows this year with a stop in Houston, TX, and Asheville, NC – our furthest and closest stops of this year in the same week! We enjoyed reconnecting with our camp families and alumni across the country, as well as meeting plenty of new faces. If we didn’t make it to your city in-person this year, don’t worry! We’ll be rotating most of the cities we visit each fall, so next fall will feature new destinations.

Enjoying the newly updated FCC Movie in HoustonEnjoying the newly updated FCC Movie in Houston

We had a great time in Houston on Monday, kicking off the week with the Riser Family. Many thanks to Winifred and Carleton Riser for once again hosting. The Fanning family offered a beautiful and delicious Falling Creek Camp logo cookie cake, a tradition they have graciously continued over the years. Winifred even had Cheerwine to drink just like we do once weekly at camp Cookouts – two things we all love!

Yates with the Riser family. Many thanks to them for hosting the FCC movies and reunion at their home.Yates with the Riser family. Many thanks to them for hosting the FCC movies and reunion at their home.
Many thanks to the Fanning family for once again offering a beautiful and delicious Falling Creek Camp logo cookie cake. Stacy White and Winifred Riser show off how great it looks. Not a surprise that the boys (and parents) made this disappear in the blink of an eye.Many thanks to the Fanning family for once again offering a beautiful and delicious Falling Creek Camp logo cookie cake. Stacy White and Winifred Riser show off how great it looks. Not a surprise that the boys (and parents) made this disappear in the blink of an eye.
Winifred Riser found Cheerwine in Houston.  It was a huge hit as the boys cherish this special drink at Falling Creek Camp when they get a Cheerwine once a week at the big cookout supper Sunday night.Winifred Riser found Cheerwine in Houston. It was a huge hit as the boys cherish this special drink at Falling Creek Camp when they get a Cheerwine once a week at the big cookout supper Sunday night.

Yates enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with Sterling Bomar, who was a 7+ summer camper in the 80’s from Spartanburg, SC. He and his family are enjoying living in Houston and Sterling was excited to introduce his son to FCC tonight. Carleton Riser, one of our hosts, was an FCC camper in the 70’s and 80’s. We were able to catch up with several other campers in attendance, including Zell and Pete, who have each worked very hard to attain Warrior level in 3 activities at camp, which is the highest level in an activity. Earning three “Warriors” qualifies them as Journeymen, making them eligible to go on their “Journey” during the summer, which will challenge them with endurance, strategy, orienteering, outdoor skills, and more. Upon completion of the Journey, campers earn the coveted title of Keeper of the Flame.

Zell and Pete, who are long time FCC campers, each have worked very hard and attained Warrior level in 3 activities at camp. Warrior is the highest level one can attain, and earning 3 has qualified them as Journeymen.Zell and Pete, who are long time FCC campers, each have worked very hard and attained Warrior level in 3 activities at camp. Warrior is the highest level one can attain, and earning 3 has qualified them as Journeymen.
Falling Creek Camp friends (L to R) Spencer, Kenny, & PaulFalling Creek Camp friends (L to R) Spencer, Kenny, & Paul
Yates enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with Sterling Bomar (center), who was a 7+ summer camper in the 80's from Spartanburg, SC. He and his family are enjoying living in Houston and Sterling was excited to introduce his son to FCC tonight. Carleton Riser (right) was an FCC camper in the 70's and 80's.Yates enjoyed the opportunity to reconnect with Sterling Bomar (center), who was a 7+ summer camper in the 80's from Spartanburg, SC. He and his family are enjoying living in Houston and Sterling was excited to introduce his son to FCC tonight. Carleton Riser (right) was an FCC camper in the 70's and 80's.
Camp friends (l to r) Liam, Carleton, Wells, Mac, John, Daniel, & ThompsonCamp friends (l to r) Liam, Carleton, Wells, Mac, John, Daniel, & Thompson

On Wednesday, we wrapped up our final travel calendar with a stop in Asheville, NC. Many thanks to Emily & Jay West for hosting the Asheville area Movies & Reunion at their beautiful home! We are excited that their son will be returning for his 7th summer at Falling Creek in 2020. Our Asheville show was unique because we live-streamed it through our Facebook page, and for the first time on our Instagram. It was a lot of fun to catch up with Falling Creek friends both in-person and virtually. If you tuned in on our live-stream, email your address to so we can send a 2020 Trunk Sticker your way!

Many thanks to Emily & Jay West for hosting the FCC Asheville area Movies & Reunion at their beautiful home tonight. Their son will be returning for his 7th summer.Many thanks to Emily & Jay West for hosting the FCC Asheville area Movies & Reunion at their beautiful home tonight. Their son will be returning for his 7th summer.
KC Collins and Mary Pharr share a laugh as Croft and Scuba sign in.KC Collins and Mary Pharr share a laugh as Croft and Scuba sign in.
Some of our stellar staff members: Scuba, KC, Mary, and CroftSome of our stellar staff members: Scuba, KC, Mary, and Croft

It was a real treat to have so many Falling Creek staff and their families tonight including the Pharr’s, Bates’, Shelley, Paige, Frank, Natasha, Croft, KC, Scuba, and superstar alumni Goody. Jim Goodrum (known by his camp friends as Goody), was at Falling Creek for over 30 years and held almost every position. Most recently, he was the Director of Staff & Camper Development at FCC, and now works at Carolina Day School as the Director of After-School Programs. We are thrilled that his son Thompson (Goody’s mini-me), is now old enough to be a Falling Creek camper himself. We also enjoyed seeing Larry and Avery, both long time FCC campers from New Orleans. They are now in high school at nearby Christ School, and came to see everyone tonight. Croft and KC are Sophomores at nearby Brevard College.

Croft, Larry, Jack, CJ, Avery, and Frank enjoy the opportunity to reconnect. Larry and Avey, both long time FCC campers from New Orleans, attend nearby Christ School, and came to see everyone tonight. Croft is a Sophomore at nearby Brevard College and Jack and his parents hosted us in their home tonight.Croft, Larry, Jack, CJ, Avery, and Frank enjoy the opportunity to reconnect. Larry and Avey, both long time FCC campers from New Orleans, attend nearby Christ School, and came to see everyone tonight. Croft is a Sophomore at nearby Brevard College and Jack and his parents hosted us in their home tonight.
Camp friends Lex and David enjoyed seeing each other tonightCamp friends Lex and David enjoyed seeing each other tonight

John Bates, Director of Staff & Camper Development at FCC, came to the event with his wife Alexandria and their two daughters. John was a camper and counselor for many years at FCC since the 90s before joining the full-time leadership team. We also enjoyed seeing Garrett and Erin Graham, as well as their son who will be returning to Falling Creek this summer. The Grahams are the Directors and Owners of nearby Camp Glen Arden, where Annie Pharr Ramsbotham once served as an assistant program director and younger Pharr sisters Jasmine and Danielle are returning to camp in 2020.

Emily West provided beautiful cookies and cake, baked by Kate Hutchison with Love and Butter in Asheville!Emily West provided beautiful cookies and cake, baked by Kate Hutchison with Love and Butter in Asheville!
John Bates, Director of Staff & Camper Development, Alexandria, Hala Ann, and Julip enjoyed reconnecting with everyone tonight. John was a camper and counselor for many years since the early 90s at FCC before joining the full-time leadership team.John Bates, Director of Staff & Camper Development, Alexandria, Hala Ann, and Julip enjoyed reconnecting with everyone tonight. John was a camper and counselor for many years since the early 90s at FCC before joining the full-time leadership team.
Garrett and Erin Graham brought their son who will be returning to Falling Creek this summer. They are the Directors and Owners of nearby Camp Glen Arden where Annie served as an assistant program director and youngers sisters Jasmine and Danielle are returning to camp in 2020. Garrett and Erin Graham brought their son who will be returning to Falling Creek this summer. They are the Directors and Owners of nearby Camp Glen Arden where Annie served as an assistant program director and youngers sisters Jasmine and Danielle are returning to camp in 2020.

Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the Falling Creek Camp Reunions and Movie Shows, not just this week, but at all our previous stops this year! As we noted earlier, we’ll be rotating the cities that we visit each fall. We look forward to seeing you all!

It was a real treat to have so many Falling Creek staff and their families in Asheville, including the Pharr's, Bates', Shelley, Paige, Frank, Natasha, Croft, KC, and Scuba and superstar alumni Goody. Dads who have attended Father/Son weekend also joined in with the boys for a fun group photo.It was a real treat to have so many Falling Creek staff and their families in Asheville, including the Pharr's, Bates', Shelley, Paige, Frank, Natasha, Croft, KC, and Scuba and superstar alumni Goody. Dads who have attended Father/Son weekend also joined in with the boys for a fun group photo.
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Travel Week 3: Camp Reunions and Movie Shows 2019

It was a great evening in Birmingham on Monday!It was a great evening in Birmingham on Monday!

Week 3 of our Camp Reunions and Movie Shows was another great one! This week, we were able to visit Birmingham, Nashville, and Atlanta. On Monday (October 28th), we were in Birmingham, Alabama to kick things off. The Welden family were great hosts, and we are very grateful to Amanda and Joseph Welden for having us in their home, as well as their three boys who were a great help to Yates with setting everything up.

The three Welden boys were a great help on Monday as their family hosted everyone in their home tonight.The three Welden boys were a great help on Monday as their family hosted everyone in their home tonight.
5- Year campers Ward and Ellis catching up over pizza5- Year campers Ward and Ellis catching up over pizza
The boys enjoyed eating pizza and playing some football in the back yard before we watched the updated camp movie.The boys enjoyed eating pizza and playing some football in the back yard before we watched the updated camp movie.

We got to see some veteran campers in Birmingham, including 5-year campers Ward and Ellis, who enjoyed catching up over pizza. We were also happy to reconnect with some Falling Creek Alumni, including Lawrence Whatley, Richard Whitaker, & Joseph Welden, whose boys are now coming to camp to carry on the tradition. It’s so fun to see the camp experience come full circle when sons of alumni are able to join us back at camp. Earlier in the day, Yates was also able to meet up with Dusty Davis, camp’s Chaplain and rock climbing extraordinaire, as well as Lucy Pharr, one of Yates and Marisa’s daughters who is a Senior at Samford University.

(l to r) Lawrence Whatley, Richard Whitaker, Yates, & Joseph Welden. Now their boys come to FCC to carry on the tradition.(l to r) Lawrence Whatley, Richard Whitaker, Yates, & Joseph Welden. Now their boys come to FCC to carry on the tradition.
FCC Alumni and Fathers that have participated in the Father/Son Weekend joined the boys for a group photo in BirminghamFCC Alumni and Fathers that have participated in the Father/Son Weekend joined the boys for a group photo in Birmingham
Watching the camp movie in the Welden's Birmingham homeWatching the camp movie in the Welden's Birmingham home

The next day on Tuesday (October 29), we headed to Nashville, Tennessee for another fun evening. Cory and Brent Savoie joined with Shae and Jim Uden to host the Nashville area Falling Creek Camp Movies & Reunion at the Uden’s home. Before we gathered to enjoy the camp movie, Shae Uden and Cory Savoie offered some delicious dessert that, not surprisingly, disappeared when the boys arrived.

Shae Uden and Cory Savoie offered some delicious dessert that, not surprisingly, disappeared when the boys arrived.Shae Uden and Cory Savoie offered some delicious dessert that, not surprisingly, disappeared when the boys arrived.
Whit and Luke are planning to return to FCC this coming summer and both will continue to grow their interest in rock climbing.Whit and Luke are planning to return to FCC this coming summer and both will continue to grow their interest in rock climbing.

We were fortunate to have several alumni come out, including Breaux Tubbs, Will Weaver, Carter Paine, and Jim Uden. Breaux is an 8 year FCC veteran (5 as a camper and 3 as a counselor), prior Tribal Leader, and head of the Tennis program. Breaux is originally from New Orleans, but is now working in Nashville in the insurance business. Will was a 7-year camper from Nashville, and is currently a Sophomore at Vanderbilt. His father is also a Falling Creek alum. Will was a staff member last summer, and we are thrilled that he is planning to return for his 9th year in 2020 to teach tennis again! Carter was a camper in 1987 and was excited to introduce FCC to his son tonight. Jim Uden, also a Nashville native, was a camper in 1986-88 when Yates was a counselor, and he then returned in the 90’s as a counselor. His son is returning to camp this summer, eager to continue his growing interest in rock climbing and the adventure activities.

(L to R) Breaux Tubbs, Yates Pharr, Will Weaver, and Jim Uden. (L to R) Breaux Tubbs, Yates Pharr, Will Weaver, and Jim Uden.
Falling Creek alumni, staff, and dads who have attended father/son weekend, joined the boys in a group photo in Nashville.Falling Creek alumni, staff, and dads who have attended father/son weekend, joined the boys in a group photo in Nashville.

The travel week concluded with a visit to Atlanta on Wednesday (October 30). Chris and Carol Daniel were fantastic hosts, and we had a great turn-out. It was so much fun for the boys to reconnect with several superstar staff and alumni who made the time to join us! Harry O, Parker Moon, Zachary Rivera, Stephanie and Andrew Maddox, Matty McHugh, and KD Lemons, were all in attendance.

It was so much fun for the boys to reconnect with these superstar staff and alumni tonight. Thanks to alumnus, Ken Cochran for the photo. (l to r) Harry O, Parker Moon, Zachary Rivera, Stephanie and Andrew Maddox, Matty McHugh, and KD LemonsIt was so much fun for the boys to reconnect with these superstar staff and alumni tonight. Thanks to alumnus, Ken Cochran for the photo. (l to r) Harry O, Parker Moon, Zachary Rivera, Stephanie and Andrew Maddox, Matty McHugh, and KD Lemons
FCC alumnus, Ken Cochran, took some great photos throughout the evening in Atlanta.FCC alumnus, Ken Cochran, took some great photos throughout the evening in Atlanta.

We were pleased to have Ken Cochran, an alumni who served as a photographer in the late 80’s at FCC, come and offer his expert photography skills, capturing several of the photos posted. We had a great time catching up with Chris Daniel, an FCC Alumni, and his son, who will be returning to FCC in 2020 for his 7th summer. Handly Cameron and his son, were also at the event, and we’re excited to have his son returning for his 8th summer at FCC!

Handly Cameron and his son, who will be returning for his 8th summer at FCC.Handly Cameron and his son, who will be returning for his 8th summer at FCC.
Chris Daniel and his son, who will be returning to FCC in 2020 for his 7th summer.Chris Daniel and his son, who will be returning to FCC in 2020 for his 7th summer.
We were thrilled that there were a large group of alumni, staff, and dads who have attended Father/Son Weekend on Wednesday in Atlanta that joined the boys for a big group photo. Thanks to alumnus Ken Cochran for this photo.We were thrilled that there were a large group of alumni, staff, and dads who have attended Father/Son Weekend on Wednesday in Atlanta that joined the boys for a big group photo. Thanks to alumnus Ken Cochran for this photo.

Next week we’ll be rounding out our Camp Reunions and Movie Shows with the final week of travel on the calendar. On Monday (November 4), we’ll be in Houston, Texas! Then on Wednesday, we’ll finish our travel season in Asheville, North Carolina. If we didn’t make it to your hometown this year, don’t worry! We’ll be live-streaming the Asheville show on both Facebook and Instagram, starting at 6:30pm EST. We’d love to have you tune in, and you can comment on the feed to get one of our 2020 collectable trunk stickers! Just give us a call for more details on either event next week – we can’t wait to see you soon.

Camp friends are the best friends!Camp friends are the best friends!
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Travel Week 2: Camp Reunions and Movie Shows

Our Raleigh campers, including all dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends, staff, and alumni.Our Raleigh campers, including all dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends, staff, and alumni.

This week of travel was our longest one on the calendar – we visited four great cities! Starting Monday, we headed to the North Carolina capital of Raleigh, and then to Richmond, VA on Tuesday. On Wednesday we were just outside the Washington DC area in Alexandria, VA, and finally we finished up the week in Greenville, SC on Thursday. We were lucky to have several great staff members (both current and alumni!) come out to see us at these events. We always enjoy catching up with our camp families and getting the opportunity to meet new ones. Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Camp Reunions and Movie Shows this past week.

It was a beautiful night in Raleigh to enjoy an outside camp movie under the stars. It was a beautiful night in Raleigh to enjoy an outside camp movie under the stars.

The Funderburk family hosted us in Raleigh, where we were able to watch the camp movie under the stars on a beautiful evening! Emily and Pat Funderburk are always great hosts, and we are thrilled to have their two boys back at camp this summer. Their oldest son will be joining us for his 4th summer as a 2-week camper, and this year his younger brother will join us for the first time in Junior Camp.

Emily and Pat Funderburk hosted the Raleigh area movies and reunion at their beautiful home. We're thrilled to have their two boys at camp this summer. Their oldest son will be joining us for his 4th summer as a 2-week camper, and this year his younger brother will join for the first time in Junior Camp.Emily and Pat Funderburk hosted the Raleigh area movies and reunion at their beautiful home. We're thrilled to have their two boys at camp this summer. Their oldest son will be joining us for his 4th summer as a 2-week camper, and this year his younger brother will join for the first time in Junior Camp.

It’s always a treat when our counselors take the time out of their busy college schedules to join one of these Camp Reunions and Movie Shows, and in Raleigh we got to see David Cowan, Chris Ocana, and Tom Yoxsimer. Chris transferred from Mercer to UNC-Chapel Hill for Media and Communications. David, a 6-year FCC camper from Charlotte, NC, is a sophomore in pre-med at UNC- Chapel Hill, and Tom Yoxsimer, also a FCC camper for 5 summers and a Junior at UNC- Wilmington, was in town for an Ultimate tournament. You’ll be excited to know that Tom has already committed to coming back as a counselor in 2020!

It's always a real treat when some of the famous Falling Creek Camp staff take time out of their busy college schedules to come join us for the evening. (l to r) Chris Ocana, David Cowan, and Tom Yoxsimer. It's always a real treat when some of the famous Falling Creek Camp staff take time out of their busy college schedules to come join us for the evening. (l to r) Chris Ocana, David Cowan, and Tom Yoxsimer.

We were also able to catch up with campers Max and James, who plan to return to June Camp in 2020 for their 6th and 4th summers. They, and their father Andy, have enjoyed 4 Father/Son Weekends together over the years. Todd Hancock was another familiar face we reconnected with in Raleigh. He went to Falling Creek with his brother when they were boys, and on Monday he brought his son to the Reunion and Movie show to introduce him to the camp he enjoyed as a boy.

Max and James plan to return to June Camp in 2020 for their 6th and 4th summers. Andy and the boys have enjoyed 4 Father/Son Weekends together.Max and James plan to return to June Camp in 2020 for their 6th and 4th summers. Andy and the boys have enjoyed 4 Father/Son Weekends together.
Todd Hancock went to Falling Creek with his brother when they were boys. Yesterday, he brought his own son our Camp Reunion and Movie Show in Raleigh to introduce him to the camp he enjoyed as a boy.Todd Hancock went to Falling Creek with his brother when they were boys. Yesterday, he brought his own son our Camp Reunion and Movie Show in Raleigh to introduce him to the camp he enjoyed as a boy.

The next day, Yates headed further up north to Virginia, where he made his first stop in Richmond, before heading to Alexandria. The Melton Family hosted the Richmond area Camp Reunions & Movie Show in their beautiful home, and it was a great evening catching up with camp families and meeting new ones. Sarah Hurst and 2 of her 4 boys, were able to come to the Richmond event, as well as the Bass family, who will be returning for June Camp in 2020. All of them are great campers, and we were happy to have the chance to catch up!

The Meltons hosted Tuesday evening’s Richmond area FCC movies and reunion. Thanks to the Melton boys for being such a great help with setting up!The Meltons hosted Tuesday evening’s Richmond area FCC movies and reunion. Thanks to the Melton boys for being such a great help with setting up!
Yates with the Bass family - both boys are returning to June camp in 2020!Yates with the Bass family - both boys are returning to June camp in 2020!
Yates with Sarah Hurst and 2 of her 4 boys, who have been coming to FCC for many summers.Yates with Sarah Hurst and 2 of her 4 boys, who have been coming to FCC for many summers.

Yates was able to reconnect with Steve, one of his fraternity brothers from Appalachian State, whose son Harrison is returning to Main Camp for his 7th summer in 2020. Wade Blackwood also made time to join the event in Richmond, and we’re excited to have his son returning to camp this summer. Wade, who was the Executive Director of the American Canoe Association, was a counselor at FCC in the 90’s and, like Yates, served on the FCC paddle staff.

Yates and Wade Blackwood, whose son is returning to camp this summer. Wade, who was the Executive Director of the American Canoe Association, was a counselor at FCC in the 90's and, like Yates, served on the FCC paddle staff.Yates and Wade Blackwood, whose son is returning to camp this summer. Wade, who was the Executive Director of the American Canoe Association, was a counselor at FCC in the 90's and, like Yates, served on the FCC paddle staff.
Yates with Steve, Harrison, and Kirki. Yates and Steve are fraternity brothers from Appalachian State and their son is returning to main camp for his 7th summer.Yates with Steve, Harrison, and Kirki. Yates and Steve are fraternity brothers from Appalachian State and their son is returning to main camp for his 7th summer.
Watching the updated camp movie in Richmond, VAWatching the updated camp movie in Richmond, VA
Yates discussing the Waypoints system at campYates discussing the Waypoints system at camp

On the second evening in Virginia, Yates headed up to Alexandria, right outside the DC area. Many thanks to the Woodruff Family for hosting the Reunion and Movie Show at their home on Wednesday. We enjoyed seeing the two Woodruff boys, who will be returning to Main Camp for their 8th and 6th summers in 2020. Yates was also thrilled to reconnect with FCC superstars Mickey Herman and Harrison Kilgore, both long-time camp veterans. Harrison is a prior camper, counselor, and Tribal Leader, and Mickey is a 9-year camper/CIT, prior 5-year counselor, Tribal Leader and Asst. Program Director. Both are now successful lawyers in the DC area.

Thanks to the Woodruff Family for hosting the Alexandria and Washington DC area Camp Reunion & Movie Show at their home last night. Their sons will be returning to Main camp for their 8th and 6th summers! Thanks to the Woodruff Family for hosting the Alexandria and Washington DC area Camp Reunion & Movie Show at their home last night. Their sons will be returning to Main camp for their 8th and 6th summers!
Yates was thrilled to reconnect with FCC superstars Mickey Herman (left), a 9-year camper/CIT, and 5-year counselor, Tribal Leader and Asst. Program Director at FCC and Harrison Kilgore, also an FCC camper, counselor, and Tribal Leader. Both are successful lawyers in the DC area now.Yates was thrilled to reconnect with FCC superstars Mickey Herman (left), a 9-year camper/CIT, and 5-year counselor, Tribal Leader and Asst. Program Director at FCC and Harrison Kilgore, also an FCC camper, counselor, and Tribal Leader. Both are successful lawyers in the DC area now.
Not only is Dave Woodruff a great host, he is also a talented photographer!Not only is Dave Woodruff a great host, he is also a talented photographer!

Another exciting note from Alexandria is that we got to see Whit and Gabe, two older campers who are currently juniors in High School. We’re so happy to share that Whit and Gabe will be back on the mountain again, since they have both applied to be Men of STEEL this summer. This is one of our counselor training programs which follows FLINT, but is more selective and requires an application and interview, much like applying to serve as a counselor at FCC. STEEL stands for Summer Training Encouraging Emerging Leaders, and is intentionally designed to foster leadership, service, responsibility, and teamwork. Both young men are no strangers to camp – It will be Whit’s 9th and Gabe’s 12th summer at FCC!

Whit (left) and Gabe have both applied to be men of STEEL this summer. It will be Whit's 9th and Gabe's 12th summer at FCC! Whit (left) and Gabe have both applied to be men of STEEL this summer. It will be Whit's 9th and Gabe's 12th summer at FCC!
Great group in Alexandria, VA for Wednesday night's Camp Reunion and Movie Show!Great group in Alexandria, VA for Wednesday night's Camp Reunion and Movie Show!

To round out a great week, Yates finished in Greenville, SC on Thursday evening. It was a beautiful fall night to enjoy the Falling Creek Camp Movie outside at Cary & Gage Weekes home! It was fun getting to connect with Andrew Smith, who will be returning for his 12th summer at FCC during Main Camp in 2020. Andrew works as an endocrinologist Physician Assistant in Greenville. We also enjoyed seeing Tom Feingold, a previous FCC camper and staff member, and 10-year FCC veteran with his family, attending while his father served as the camp physician for a week. Tom and his sister are Juniors at nearby Furman University.

It was a beautiful fall night to enjoy the Falling Creek Camp Movie outside at Cary & Gage Weekes home.It was a beautiful fall night to enjoy the Falling Creek Camp Movie outside at Cary & Gage Weekes home.
Andrew Smith with the Wyland family. We're thrilled to have the boys back at Main Camp this summer.Andrew Smith with the Wyland family. We're thrilled to have the boys back at Main Camp this summer.
Yates was so happy to reconnect with Andrew Smith (left), who will be returning for his 12th summer at FCC during Main camp in 2020. Andrew is a PA in Greenville. Tom Feingold (middle), a previous FCC camper, and 10-year FCC veteran with his family attending while his father served as the camp physician for a week. Tom and his sister are Juniors at nearby Furman University.Yates was so happy to reconnect with Andrew Smith (left), who will be returning for his 12th summer at FCC during Main camp in 2020. Andrew is a PA in Greenville. Tom Feingold (middle), a previous FCC camper, and 10-year FCC veteran with his family attending while his father served as the camp physician for a week. Tom and his sister are Juniors at nearby Furman University.

David Savage and his boys were at the Greenville event, and we are excited to have them returning for their 6th Father/Son Weekend! Doug Spear was enjoying watching the 2019 summer slideshow with his son, who will be returning to June Camp in 2020 for his 5th summer, along with both Savage boys! We can’t wait to have them all back this summer. The Wyland family was also in attendance, and we are happy to have the boys back at Main Camp with us this summer. Not only did we enjoy pizza for dinner, but Cary also had beautiful cookies custom baked for everyone with the Falling Creek flame on them – they tasted as good as they looked!

David Savage and his boys will be returning for their 6th Father/Son Weekend! The boys are also going to June Camp in 2020.David Savage and his boys will be returning for their 6th Father/Son Weekend! The boys are also going to June Camp in 2020.
Doug Spear enjoying the pizza and watching the 2019 summer slideshow. We're excited to have his son returning to June Camp in 2020 for his 5th summer.Doug Spear enjoying the pizza and watching the 2019 summer slideshow. We're excited to have his son returning to June Camp in 2020 for his 5th summer.
The boys (and parents) loved eating these delicious FCC cookies that Cary had made by Inga's Custom Cookies The boys (and parents) loved eating these delicious FCC cookies that Cary had made by Inga's Custom Cookies

We’ll kick off next week’s travel with a visit to Birmingham, AL on Monday the 28th! Come see us in Nashville and Atlanta after that. We still have two more weeks of travel, but if we don’t have your city on the calendar this year, tune in on November 6th to our live-streamed show from Asheville, NC! We’ll be on both Facebook and Instagram this time, and we’re excited to have as many people join us as possible.

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The dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends, staff, and alumni, all joined the boys for a big group photo in Greenville.The dads who have attended Father/Son Weekends, staff, and alumni, all joined the boys for a big group photo in Greenville.
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