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Final Day of 2-Week Session

“It feels like it’s only the third day here!”, one camper remarked to his friend as we headed to breakfast. Indeed, time flies when you’re having fun, and these past two weeks have been full of fun, friends, and adventure. As parents, you’ve probably been counting down the days, but here at camp we can’t believe where the time has gone! Today was the final day of 2-Week session, and we’ve been spending these past couple weeks together enjoying the outdoors, building skills in activities, growing deeper friendships, and gaining more self-confidence and independence. We enjoyed our last activity periods today, the final chance for boys to work on progressions and finish projects.

All smiles on one of the many paddling trips this week!All smiles on one of the many paddling trips this week!

At Morning Watch today, Beau started our day off by asking us, “What is a friend?” He described a long list of qualities that good friends have, including being a good listener, being supportive, acting with kindness, and accepting others for who they are. He asked the community to think about what kind of friends they are, and reflect on the impact they make on those around them. Since we can’t help but influence everyone around us, Beau challenged us to make that impact a positive one, especially today on our last day, and be the kind of person that we would want to be friends with.

Drawing self-portraits in Arts and CraftsDrawing self-portraits in Arts and Crafts

As Beau shared this morning, you become like the company you keep, so it’s important to choose to surround yourself with people that help you become the best version of yourself. Luckily, at camp we get to live in a community with hundreds of kind friends, mentors, and teachers. These past two weeks we’ve been surrounding ourselves with not only great company, but pretty views and fun activities too. If just one person can make a positive impact on another’s life, think about what a great impact hundreds of people can have on each other while at camp.

This crew backpacked Clawhammer Mountain this week!This crew backpacked Clawhammer Mountain this week!

The morning was spent enjoying activities as usual, and we even had two final trips head out this morning, one to the ever-popular Sliding Rock and the other as a day hike to see the Triple Falls at DuPont State Forest. After lunch we had a “Lost and Found fashion show” in the Dining Hall to reunite boys with their misplaced items. This not only helps us work through the lost and found items that collect throughout the session, but it’s also a hilarious way to end our final lunch. Counselors put on all the lost and found clothing (which is comically small on them) and parade around the Dining Hall like they’re on a runway, while boys keep an eye out for which clothing might be theirs.

Afterwards, we had an extended Rest Hour for packing and getting our trunks ready to go. Once everything was ready to go for tomorrow morning, we returned to our afternoon activities, and then dinner. Evening Program was one last opportunity to play games with their tribes.

Collecting supplies to build one more fortCollecting supplies to build one more fort

We close every session with Campfire, which gives us time to reflect as a community and enjoy songs, skits, and verses in an area special to camp. Tonight was our Candlelight Campfire, where everyone lights their candles as we sing the final song, Falling Creek’s version of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” It is a beautiful way to end the day, sitting together in the campfire area with glowing candles that reflect off boys’ faces. One of the verses particularly resonates with the atmosphere during our Campfire: “so when you leave tonight, by the fire’s light, please leave your spirit here. And we’ll let the trees, and all the memories, guard them all till we’re back next year.”

Everyone headed to bed tonight tired and happy, dreaming about this whirlwind of a session, and all the fun and growth we packed into a seemingly short couple of weeks. Parents, we know your sons can’t wait to see you tomorrow morning! The gate will open at 8:30am, see you then!

-Annie Pharr

Sailing away at Lake Summit!Sailing away at Lake Summit!

More Highlights From This Final Day:

  • Congrats to XC and lacrosse counselor, David Cowan! He was awarded the “White Tiger Staff of the Week” award today for consistently being an outstanding staff member.
  • Breakfast: scrambled eggs with sausage, cheese, and tortillas to make breakfast burritos, plus oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, and granola.
  • Lunch: mini corn dogs with macaroni and cheese, grapes, creole chicken gumbo, a full salad bar, and oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert.
  • Dinner: Chef David cooked up his famous beef brisket, baked beans, rice pilaf, rolls, and a full salad bar with brownies for dessert.
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Critters and Cooking

There is something about snakes that fascinates little boys. It doesn’t seem to matter the creature – creepy, crawly, furry, scaley, etc. – our campers love them all, but especially snakes. Because of boys’ tendency to poke around in the woods and catch critters, it is even more important that they are educated on the snakes we have in this area. Boys need to know the risks of snakes, not necessarily because they should be afraid of them, but because they need to know how to identify them and behave around them. During this morning’s “snake program,” Steve Longenecker (SFL), educated boys on how to identify snakes and maintain a respectful distance away from them, but he also instilled a sense of wonder and awe for these creatures in the boys’ hearts. Nearly 100 boys chose to come to his program, the most of any session this year!

One of our boa constrictors that lives at the Nature Hut, named One of our boa constrictors that lives at the Nature Hut, named "Hulk"

SFL has been part of Falling Creek community since 1975, consistently educating boys in wilderness emergency medical aid (WEMA), leading climbing trips, hosting snake and falconry programs with his birds of prey and snakes, and even teaching how to cook his famous fried dough “Longenecker Lumps.” Today’s education opportunity was his snake program, where SFL teaches boys about native venomous and non venomous snakes in the area. He cares for two copperheads and a rattlesnake, both native to this area, as well as a huge boa constrictor named Hercules. SFL’s goal is to share his knowledge about snakes with these boys, ensuring that they are informed and have an accurate understanding of these creatures. Once the boys are more informed, they can appreciate and respect snakes for the impressive animals that they are, rather than just being terrified of them or thinking they are inherently bad. They will also be more educated on what to do if they ever encounter a snake on the trail, and know not to pick it up or play with it. He leaves his legacy by instilling a sense of wonder in the boys, and sharing his love for the animals that surround us, all while educating and dispelling myths or misunderstandings.

One common misunderstanding that SFL clarifies, is the thought that we have native poisonous snakes. If a snake was poisonous, it would harm us if we bit it, but rather we have venomous snakes which could cause harm if they bit us. The two venomous snakes we have in this area are rattlesnakes and copperheads, and SFL brought each so the boys could have a chance to see what they looked like. All the boys were captivated during the presentation, marveling at the snakes as SFL spoke. SFL told us about how snakes hunt by sensing heat through the pits on their head and smelling with their tongue. To demonstrate, the boys watched intently as the copperhead struck a hot water balloon, sensing it’s warmth, but was completely uninterested by the cold water ballon. “Whoa!” The crowd exclaimed at once, impressed by the strike and the two streams of water that sprayed out from where the fangs punctured. The boys were fascinated when SFL pulled out a rat to feed to Hercules, and they all watched the boa use his tongue to taste the particles and “smell” the rat in the air, take a bite, and dislocate his jaw to swallow him whole. Hercules eats once every two weeks, and this rat would take him a whole week to fully digest.

Charlie the Copperhead, under careful watch of SFL just outside the frameCharlie the Copperhead, under careful watch of SFL just outside the frame

Though watching a snake eating his snack might not be the “activity of choice” for everyone, the boys at the F.A.R.M. were busy making a snack of their own. During this session, our tomatoes have started turning ripe enough to harvest, so the boys have been picking the different varieties throughout the week. We have a mix of tomatoes varieties, including cherry tomatoes (small red ones), jubilee tomatoes (small yellow ones), better boy tomatoes (the classic red kind you’d put on your hamburger), Mr. Stripey tomatoes (large striped ones), and more. After harvesting enough to work with, the boys enjoyed preparing their own tomato sauce today at the F.A.R.M.

Preparing tomato sauce with the tomatoes they helped grow!Preparing tomato sauce with the tomatoes they helped grow!
Now for the fun part: mashing the tomatoes!Now for the fun part: mashing the tomatoes!

They took turns smashing up the tomatoes in a bowl until they were like a paste. Then, campers added salt, olive oil, and a little water to the mixture for more flavor. Finally, they put the pot of tomato sauce on the stove, and waited for it to simmer and thicken. The smell of fresh tomatoes and simmering olive oil makes me hungry just thinking about it! While the sauce cooked, boys make “bannock bread” over the fire to dip in their homemade sauce. Bannock bread is a simple recipe for fried or roasted dough, perfect for making on a campout. The only ingredients are flour, water, and salt, which the boys mixed together to form a dough. Next, they wrapped the dough around sticks, and roasted it over the campfire. Though simple and easy to make, the bread is surprisingly tasty when cooked. The hardest part is having the patience for the dough to heat, and holding it far enough away from the fire that it doesn’t burn.

Jack mixing flour, salt, and water to make the simple doughJack mixing flour, salt, and water to make the simple dough

Once the boys had their camping-style bread, they dipped it in the homemade sauce. It’s already an enjoyable experience to cook your own food, but it’s even more special when the food you cook was also grown and cared for by your hands. Seeing the tomato plants go from flowered vines to bearing fruit is a neat experience, especially when you can then cook that into something more. Last week when the boys made pickles from the garden’s cucumbers, some of them didn’t realize that pickles were made from cucumbers! Many of our boys have never cooked before, grown food, or picked food straight from a garden to eat. It’s a cool learning experience to see a small glimpse of where food comes from.

Whaley roasting his Whaley roasting his "bannock bread" dough so he can dip it in the homemade sauce

Tomorrow is already the final full day at camp, which is hard to believe. We’re looking forward to our final activities tomorrow morning, and I’m sure you can’t wait to hear all the stories from your sons on Friday!

-Annie Pharr

More Highlights From This Wednesday:

  • Today was Kyle’s birthday, our incredible Program Director! His wife Jules, who also works here at camp, presented him with a birthday cake handmade by our kitchen staff at lunch.
  • Evening Program was a memorable one: We had a camp-wide Color War, capture the flag style! Everyone met on the ball field for the Green vs. Gold event, where boys tagged each other with bags of chalk powder during their capture the flag game. By the end, everyone was covered in a rainbow of color! Stay tuned for pictures!
  • Breakfast: Pancakes with syrup, crispy bacon, and cheesy grits. Plus a yogurt and cottage cheese bar with fresh berries, oranges, and hard boiled eggs.
  • Lunch: Chicken parmesan with sandwich buns, sliced peaches, seasoned fries, italian wedding soup, a full salad bar, and m&m cookies for dessert.
  • Dinner: Kielbasa sausage with cheese pierogies, green beans, a full salad bar, and a cherry puff pastry for dessert.
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Moulding Our Best Selves

Win or lose, we're always supported by our friends at camp!Win or lose, we're always supported by our friends at camp!

“It’s not about your wins and losses, but how you hold yourself in the highs and lows of competition.” This is how Yox began our Morning Watch for today, talking about competition, He described that a defeat is not a failure, and it’s all about how you respond and grow from a loss, which can be more impressive than a win. He ended Morning Watch by encouraging the community to keep moulding themselves into great men, starting with their responses during competition. It was an appropriate topic, especially with today being a Green and Gold day.

Yox leading Morning WatchYox leading Morning Watch

Tuesdays are Green and Gold days, providing plenty of opportunity for friendly competition throughout the day. The boys compete for green or gold points, based on which color team their cabin is in. Points can be earned during All-Camp-Games, Evening Programs, in mini challenges during activities, and at Morning Assembly on Tuesdays. This morning we kicked off the Green vs. Gold activities with a minute-to-win-it at Morning Assembly. Gabe and HarryO explained the rules, and then picked two boys from the group to represent their teams. The point of the mini game was to get three ping pong balls from one end of the stage to the other, carried on the end of a spoon. The boys had to strategize with the right speed, since going too slow would cost them the race, but going too fast would cause the ping pong ball to fall off. Initially, the Gold team had the lead and was narrowly ahead for most of the race, but right at the end with the last of the three ping pong balls, they dropped the ball! In the short time it took them to pick the ball up, Green team swooped in for the win! All the boys cheered, and the energy was high as we headed into activities for the day.

Green vs. Gold minute-to-win-it!Green vs. Gold minute-to-win-it!
Green won this time!Green won this time!
The Rollercoaster is one of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer dayThe Rollercoaster is one of the best ways to cool off on a hot summer day

Though competition might mould character, as Yox explained at Morning Watch, the boys in pottery were working on a different kind of moulding. At the pottery workshop today, Ashley was explaining Face Jugs, a type of large pottery jug with a scary or ugly face on it, said to scare away bad spirits. These face jugs are said to have originated in Appalachia, and today each period of boys would be working together to mould their own jug as a group. During first period, the boys gathered around the wheel as Ashley began to throw. The boys were mesmerized as she centered the giant ball of clay, and seemed to effortlessly mould it into any formation she wished. She explained that she was pulling the ball of clay up into a cone shape and then pushing it back down into a cake shape, which would help bring the air bubbles to the surface to pop before she began forming the jug.

Adding features to the face jugAdding features to the face jug

After centering and shaping the clay, Ashley described how she would create a divet in the center, pulling it out until the clay resembled a thick bowl. As she did so, the boys were amazed. “I wish I could do this all day! It’s so satisfying to watch!”, one of the boys exclaimed. After she pulled the sides of the bowl upwards and evened the creation out so it resembled a vase, she began to pinch the top of the formation together so it would become a jug. Once the group had their jug as the base (which Period 1 nicknamed “Jefe”), everyone worked together to decorate it. Some boys made the eyes, some made the nose, others made the mouth, and others got even more creative, making things like clay warts or earrings to add to the masterpiece. When it was finished, they attached all their accessories, facial features, and decorations to make one grand face jug. Ashley will fire the jugs and they’ll stay on display in the pottery workshop for years to come, commemorating this session of young artists.

One of the finished Face JugsOne of the finished Face Jugs

Whether boys were moulding their characters with the many competitions today, or simply moulding clay while working on a group project, it was another great day full of growth and fun. With just two days left to shape our camp experience this session, you can bet that we’re packing in as much as possible. With each day that passes, we’re moulding ourselves into the best version that we can be, and tomorrow is another chance to do it all over again.

-Annie Pharr

We're right on target this week!We're right on target this week!

More Highlights From This Tuesday

  • We celebrated Cameron in Cabin Keokuk’s birthday today! The kitchen made him a birthday cake to share with his whole cabin, and we sang to him during lunch.
  • Breakfast: warm biscuits with sausage, egg, and cheese, plus diced potatoes, oatmeal, fresh berries, yogurt, and cottage cheese.
  • Lunch: Taco Tuesday! This time we had quesadillas instead of just regular tortillas, which many people used to make a fancy taco stuffed with cheese. The table was full of all the things to top a taco with, including black beans, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and cheese. We also had chips, a full salad bar, chicken chili gumbo, and jello for dessert.
  • Dinner: Grilled chicken strips with rice, mixed vegetables, and an assortment of different flavored bread rolls. We also had a full salad bar, and mini apple pie bites for dessert.
  • Lots of trips are out this week! We have paddlers on lake trips, climbers on Gilbert’s Rock, backpackers in Pisgah, bikers in Nantahala Forest and Dupont, and fishermen on Green River. We also had horseback riders exploring the miles of trails around camp, two trips to Sliding Rock, and sailing at Lake Summit.
Another beautiful day in the mountains here!Another beautiful day in the mountains here!
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Week 2: Joy, Gratitude, and Adventure

All smiles on the dodgeball field!All smiles on the dodgeball field!

Each week of camp is centered around a certain theme. The theme shapes our skits during Campfire, decides the verses in our Church service, and guides our discussions during Evening Embers. As announced during Campfire last night, the theme of this week is “service,” which goes along with our Servant’s Heart portion of the Falling Creek Code. Last week, our theme was “joy,” and that is what Smat chose to talk about during today’s Morning Watch.

Smat opened Morning Watch by telling the community, “your gratitude sets the altitude of your attitude.” He explained that joy and gratitude go hand in hand, and that the quality of your day can often be raised by being more thankful. When you have an attitude of gratitude, joy will necessarily follow. Smat challenged everyone to find one thing to be grateful for each hour. This would not only trump any negative thoughts that came to mind, but would also encourage the Positive Attitude portion of the Falling Creek Code to be present throughout the day.

As we said the pledge and headed towards breakfast, there were already plenty of joyful boys who couldn’t wait to start this week’s activities. However, after Smat’s thought for the day, these boys were also more aware of opportunities for moments of gratitude. This elevated the mood all around camp, especially as we began our second week of trips and adventure. Corbett was heading to breakfast with a backpack on, ready for his paddling trip. He was grateful for the opportunity to go on his first 3-day trip. “We’re going to a lake,” he told me, “and this will be the first time I’ve been on a trip this long.” He was excited for the chance to paddle and swim with friends for the next three days, enjoying the cool water and sunshine in a new setting.

Flashback to one of our other fun lake trips this session! Flashback to one of our other fun lake trips this session!

William B. was also excited about the trip he decided to join, which was heading out to spend a couple of days backpacking. His group was going to hike in nearby Pisgah National Forest, a beautiful corner of the world with plenty of great trails, beautiful waterfalls and creeks, and stunning mountain views. William had already been on a trip with the backpackers before, and was choosing to sign up for another one this week since he had so much fun the last time.

William wasn’t the only one who couldn’t get enough of the multi-day trips. Xander was packing up to head to Looking Glass with the climbers today, ready for another great trip out of camp. “I did Cedar Rock last week,” he explained, while packing his sleeping bag into his backpack. “I had a lot of fun, so now I’m gonna go to Looking Glass.” Both of those trips go to Pisgah National Forest, and climb beautiful rock faces that overlook the surrounding mountains. It’s not hard to see why Xander was eager to get back out there.

two thumbs up for our second week!two thumbs up for our second week!

Even though 2-Week Camp is one of our shorter sessions, we are still able to pack in a lot of trips and adventure! Boys are able to get a feel for our outdoor trip program, and they often come back for longer sessions where they have more time to progress into bigger trips. Still, today we had more boys out on trips than any other day so far this session! Besides the three trips already mentioned, there were boys climbing at Gilbert’s Rock, biking in Dupont State Forest, cooling off at Sliding Rock, sailing at Lake Summit, fly fishing at the Green River, trail riding with Horseback, and paddling the Lower Green River. Needless to say, it was a busy and memorable day.

When your day ends with more joy and gratitude than you started with, you know it was a good one. We’re grateful for all the fun had and memories made today, and we’re already looking forward to doing it all over again tomorrow.

-Annie Pharr

Testing out the slack-lineTesting out the slack-line

More Highlights From This Monday:

  • Breakfast: Cheesy grits, sausage links, hard boiled eggs, fresh strawberries and blueberries, oranges, grapefruit, granola, yogurt, and cottage cheese.
  • Lunch: Hot dogs with chili, cheese, diced onions, ketchup, and mustard, plus seasoned wedge fries, watermelon, chicken gumbo soup, a full salad bar, and chocolate cake for dessert.
  • Dinner: Cheese tortellini with marinara sauce, green beans, a warm dinner roll, and a full salad bar, plus ice cream sandwiched for dessert.
  • We celebrated Will B’s 9th birthday today with cake and singing at lunch!
We're staying hydrated out there!We're staying hydrated out there!
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Sunday: The Reset Button For The Week

Similar to Saturdays, Sundays are also a chance for us to take a break from the regular routine of camp. The general feel of the day is a little more relaxed and reverent, as we are able to go at a slower pace and savor our surroundings. After an extra hour to sleep in, everyone is treated to Sunday breakfast, including Krispy Kreme doughnuts that get delivered to camp that morning! Any day that begins with doughnuts is destined to be a good day. Along with the sweet treat, we also enjoyed cheesy egg casserole, sausage, oatmeal and a breakfast bar with yogurt and granola, and fresh fruit.

Sundays are like a reset button for the rest of the week, and after playing hard all hours of the day, we use Sundays to clean up and refresh for the week ahead. Boys have to keep their cabins clean for morning inspections each day, but on Sunday they are given extra time to catch up on cleaning, especially because their trunks have to be open and ready for inspection by the directors and tribal leaders. This helps practice responsibility, and keep everyone accountable for maintaining their own cleanliness and health. Everyone takes turns with sweeping, cleaning the bathroom, and taking out the trash. Parents might be happy to know that boys are expected to make their beds each morning, so hopefully they bring those habits home with them! The boys get some extra motivation too, because the cleanest cabins get called first in the ice cream sundae line after lunch!

This morning's church service was centered around This morning's church service was centered around "Joy," the theme for this past week

After tidying their cabin areas, everyone changed into their Sunday whites and headed to church service. Falling Creek is a Christian camp, but we are non-denominational and our church service is centered around common values that are important for everyone, no matter your faith background. Today’s service continued with the theme of “joy” that we have centered our first week around. Happiness and joy seem like interchangeable descriptors, but we discussed their slight differences this morning during our service. The main difference is that happiness is circumstantial, while joy can be a constant. Rather than relying on experiential factors that affect fleeting happiness, we can choose to be grateful and find joy in things that may not meet our initial expectations. Even when things are not what we expect, we can still choose to find intrinsic joy in those moments.

Singing along during Church Singing along during Church

During Lunch, we celebrated the birthdays of Oliver A. (who turned 11!) and Cabell T. (who turned 12!) with cake and singing. Every Sunday we enjoy a favorite meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, and warm rolls. Though it’s always tasty, after lunch comes the real treat. We get to enjoy ice cream sundaes with all the toppings you could want. Campers are called to line up based on their cabin inspection score, with the cleanest cabins getting awarded a front spot in line. Today, the cleanest cabins in each tribe were Cabin 9, Comanche, Tsali, Black Hawk, and Nantahala. We had chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream (or blackberry sherbet for anyone who doesn’t eat dairy), plus sprinkles, strawberries, cherries, pretzels, Oreo pieces, fudge sauce, caramel, whipped cream, and cherries on an outside ice cream bar. It is definitely a highlight of the week:

After an extended rest hour to catch up on reading, take a nice nap, or write a few letters home, boys were able to spend the afternoon doing Special Signups. Sunday afternoon is a time when counselors can offer activities that they wouldn’t normally teach, and boys can try something different than their regular schedule. They can be old favorites like dodgeball on the field, as well as more unique activities like paper airplane contests on the side porch or learning how to change the tire on a car. Counselors announce where they will be for the first or second half of the afternoon, and boys are free to meet them where the activity of their choice is held.

During the first half of Special Signups, fly fishing was offering fly tying lessons with Josh Cooey, or an advanced fly fish prep. At Arts and Crafts, boys could make “wood cookie” name tags, which has been a popular request since all the counselors have them. Up at the lodge, there was a dance party happening, and in the Thunder Dungeon, there was a stretching/yoga group. Sketch was hosting Yu-Gi-Oh card games, and there was a slack line up at the grassy knoll to practice balancing on. Boys could draw on the Arts and Crafts porch, or go on a “slow run” to the old apple orchard. Up at the overlook, boys could opt to trade their Magic cards, or they could meet at the Esefel library for backpacking progressions and storytelling. At the lower lake, the paddlers were holding kayak preps, and there was a “biggest cannon-ball” competition at the swim docks.

There was even more to choose from by the afternoon. Some of the same activities were hosted during the second half of Special Signups, as well as plenty more. Boys could learn how to make rope out of inner tree bark, have a canoe race in the lower lake, or read with the book club. They could play “king of the courts” at the tennis courts, or weight lift in the lodge. There was also dodgeball happening, chess matches, and rounds of disc golf. With so much to choose from, it was hard to decide what to do first!

Camp friends are the best friends!Camp friends are the best friends!

On Sundays, we have a cookout where we eat hamburgers picnic style as a whole camp community. Some of the delicious sides we had tonight included blackeyed pea salad (known as Texas Caviar), creamy pasta salad with sun-dried tomatoes, special coleslaw with crunchy ramen noodles, and brownies. A highlight for the campers however, is the weekly Cheerwine soda that they get to drink with dinner! Though we eat family style with our cabins during regular meals in the dining hall, it is always a fun change of pace to eat outside with friends in a large group setting.

Sunday evenings always close with Campfire, one of the most beloved times at camp where we all share stories, songs, and laughter around the fire. If you could narrow camp down to a single word, it could arguably be summed up by these six letters: Behold. “Behold” is the word that begins every Campfire, the cheer we yell at the end of group huddles, the word you whisper to yourself when you stand in awe at the Overlook, and the way that Psalm 133:1 starts out: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” The word evokes memories of campfires, brotherhood, and community, all things central to the Falling Creek experience, and all things that we get to enjoy on Sundays at camp.

Since the theme of the first week has been “joy,” tonight’s campfire introduced the theme for the upcoming week: Service. We discussed how service is only valuable “when rendered in the spirit of joy.” Kyle elaborated on this message when he spoke, sharing that “the spirit of Falling Creek is founded in the idea of service and unselfishness.” He told everyone that this week we would be talking about how to better serve each other, our responsibility to serve our community, and how to best serve mankind as a whole. He used Mark 2:1-12 to tell a story of service.

As the “Call to Quarters” bell rang after Campfire and the all boys were ready for bed in their cabins, the only sounds were the crickets and bullfrogs along the banks. After Campfire we always sing Taps, and this comforting melody is the perfect way to end the day. It’s words ring true as the whole camp prepares for a good night’s rest: “All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.” Goodnight.

-Annie Pharr

Two thumbs up for weekends at camp!Two thumbs up for weekends at camp!
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