Parent Information

Happy campers at Falling Creek Camp

Keeping parents informed is very important to us.

The directors are always available to discuss your son’s progress and share information about his camp experiences.

Whether you are new to Falling Creek or a veteran parent, we encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our program.

First-time families may also request more information online, if you are not familiar with our exceptional camp.

Frequently Asked Questions

Camp from a parent's point of view.

What does Falling Creek look for in hiring counselors?

As directors, we view hiring the best counselors as our most important priority. In addition to a four page application, and background and reference checks, we take great care in personally interviewing every applicant. Each year over 50% of our staff return from the previous summer and many are former campers. Our new staff members come from strong referrals from within our camp family.

We have the highest expectations for our staff. Some of the qualities look for are maturity, great role models, and a good sense of humor. Above all, we are looking for counselors that have a sincere interest in giving to others and making a positive difference in the lives of our campers.

We provide extensive training including a week-long orientation preceeded by specific activity training, as well as Wilderness First Aid and CPR.

We encourage you to read the Staff section of our web site to learn more about what we look for in our counselors.

What if my son gets homesick at camp?

Most campers experience some homesickness as they adjust to living in a new community. This is normal. Our counselors are trained how to support campers as they make this transition. Feelings of homesickness are generally brief and occur during quiet times the first few days of camp. After this, camp begins to feel like a “second home”, friendships are formed and it’s full steam ahead. It is helpful to view our homesickness tips before coming to camp!

Will I be contacted if my son gets sick at camp?

Our health center is well equipped and staffed by two or more nurses throughout the summer. Our nurses will take good care of your son if he needs medical attention while at camp. For minor scrapes and bruises, you will generally not be notified. If your son needs a doctor’s attention or stays in the infirmary overnight, we will contact you. (If you ever have any questions or concerns, you are welcome to call anytime.)

What if my son needs to take medication at camp?

Our Health Center is staffed by registered nurses and a physician throughout the summer. They screen minor complaints, provide first aid and administer and dispense medications as needed. All medications must be kept in the health center. With the exception of second inhalers for asthmatics and prescription dermatological creams, campers are not allowed to keep medication in their cabin, including pain relievers and vitamins.

To improve the efficiency of administering medication at camp, Falling Creek is partnering with Walgreens Meds4Camp. We will require all of your child's prescription and over-the-counter medications to be dispensed by this service while at camp. Please refer to the Walgreens Meds4Camp enrollment packet included with your Parent Handbook. You simply complete a packet for each camper, request original prescriptions from your doctor, and use the enclosed envelope to send it all in.

Walgreens Meds4Camp will package tablets and capsules in customized unit-dose containers, according to the time of administration. Medications including liquids, inhalers, creams and ointments will be individually labeled and enclosed in containers. Inhalant solutions will be kept in the manufacturer's packaging.

You can find answers to Walgreens Meds4Camp's Frequently Asked Questions, Medication Change Forms, and Secondary Insurance Forms through your family's online account.

The nurses regularly dispense medications four times a day; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and call to quarters. When your child is on a camp trip, his medication will be dispensed by the counselor staff.

Because some medications take 4-6 weeks to reach a therapeutic level, please speak with the Director if your child's medication has been altered within three months of the start of camp. Additionally, ADHD medications can have the same benefits for your son in the camp community as it does in school.

Common symptomatic medications such as pain relievers, antihistamines, eardrops, etc., are available in the camp Health Center and it is not necessary to send them with campers. Please feel free to contact a director should you have any questions or concerns. Incidental treatment and supplies are handled at camp with no charge, but prescriptions or “in-town” doctor or dentist visits will be billed to the parents.

How many campers attend Falling Creek?

Falling Creek is a friendly community where everyone quickly feels like family. Falling Creek welcomes 288 campers each session and 208 campers in Junior Camp; large enough to allow a broad range of activity choices, yet small enough for individual attention in activities and small cabin groups.

How many campers and counselors live in a cabin?

Seven or eight campers live in a cabin with one or two counselors.

What is a typical day like at camp?

No two days at camp are the same! With optional trips, special events, and theme days, there’s always something new and exciting to enjoy. Visit the Camp Program page to see a daily schedule.

How will my son sign up for activities?

Falling Creek is a traditional summer camp. We have a balanced program with structured instructional activities and two free periods daily. On opening day, campers choose their top six activities to make up their daily schedule. Our program director is eager to make sure each boy has a good balance of activities and is able to accommodate changes as needed throughout the session.

One of the hallmarks of the Falling Creek program is our extensive tripping program. Campers are able to choose from a variety of out of camp wilderness trips ranging in skill level from introduction to advanced, and from single day trips to three and five-day overnight trips.

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