New additions to the 2014 Staff!
November 21st, 2013
Seth Aland is the younger brother of fellow staff member, Jake Aland. Seth is a student at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. Seth is an RA at UNF and is very involved with his campus ministries. This will be Seth’s second year at Falling Creek as a cabin counselor and teaching fishing. Seth is a very accomplished fisherman. He has competed in both salt and fresh water fishing tournaments around the Southeast.
Jared Hurt is from Burlington, NC, and attends Appalachian State University majoring in Recreation Management. At school Jared stays active with sports officiating youth league soccer games for the Watauga County Parks and Recreation Department. This will be Jared’s second year at Falling Creek leading backpacking trips.
Jake Lee is from Elkins, AR, and is a student at Vanderbilt University majoring in child studies and studio art. At Vanderbilt, Jake is very involved with Vanderbilt’s WilSkills program. The entirely student-run course is designed to integrate academic study with practical experience in the wilderness. It utilizes both the classroom and the environment, combining lectures, films, and discussions with trips to the surrounding areas. Jake is also a member of the Vanderbilt Club baseball team and a Pre-School Mentor for a local Nashville elementary school. This will be Jake’s second summer at camp leading the mountain biking program.
Mary Lobianco is very familiar with Falling Creek. Mary and her family lived in Hendersonville for many years and are family friends of Director Emeritus Chuck and Jean McGrady. Mary’s oldest son attended camp and along with his friend Steve McGrady. Mary works as a registered nurse in Charleston, and this will be her second year joining our medical team during August Camp.
Gina Mallay will be a member of our medical team during our Main Camp session. Gina is from Charlotte, NC, and is a school nurse with Carolina’s Health Care System. Gina has many interests that keeps her busy when she is not taking care of her students. She is a dance instructor for the Carolina’s Latin Dance Company, volunteer with Hands On Charlotte and a Mentor for the Brairwood Elementary Young Ladies.
Dwayne Maynard attends Berea College in Kentucky. This is his fourth summer at camp teaching Mountain Biking. Dwayne is very active and has worked with kids at Divers Den teaching scuba classes and sharing his passion for scuba diving. Last summer, Dwayne was one of the great trip leaders for our second CRANK mountain bike expedition to Colorado. Dwayne will once again be leading another unforgettable trip back out west this summer. Make sure you sign up for an awesome mountain bike ride this summer at MOAB.
Chuck Niemeyer returns this summer as a camp nurse. He orients new nursing staff at the beginning of each session and helps out with our Father/Son Weekends. Chuck is a former camper and lives in Gastonia with his wife Bridget and children. His sons both attend Falling Creek. Chuck is a graduate of NC State and Emory University and is a Physician’s Assistant at Carolina Orthopedics.
Will Vogan is a third year student at Hampden- Sydney College majoring in history. Originally from Norfolk, VA, Will learned about FCC from former Tribal Leader Watson Mulkey. At HSC, Will is a founding brother for Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and is a singer with the Accousticals, a Capella group. This will be his second year on staff as a cabin counselor and Wood Shop instructor.
Evan Wescott is from Jenkintown, PA and is the oldest of eight brothers and sisters. Evan attends Catholic University in Washington, DC and is majoring in mathematics and secondary education. When Evan is not busy with class, he plays on the schools ultimate frisbee team and enjoys exploring our nation’s capital. During high school, Evan was very active with the YMCA as a lifeguard and swimming instructor. This will be Evan’s second summer at camp as a member of our cabin staff and will teach swimming and ultimate frisbee.0 Comments
Skeet Keys is Inducted into the SC Coaches Hall of Fame
November 15th, 2013
We congratulate Skeet Keyes, a top counselor at Falling Creek Camp in the 70’s and 80’s, for becoming part of the South Carolina Coaches Hall of Fame.
Check out this interview video of Skeet after his induction. Skeet was always known for his enthusiasm and energy in camp. He started the Ironman competition at Falling Creek in 1982, a tradition that is alive an well today. There were close to 75 campers that competed in the 2013 Ironman race during main camp. Skeet also was a key leader in organizing the “Tuxedo Olympics” where Falling Creek invited several boys camps in the area over to FCC to compete in a traditional track meet. Yates and Goody still remember how much fun this was to have hundreds of campers and staff participating and cheering on their fellow campers on the ball field. We salute you Skeet. Well Done!1 Comment
Falling Creek Camp is a Finalist in the WTIA Awards
November 9th, 2013
We are very excited to announce that Falling Creek Camp was among a handful of finalists at the October, 2013 Verizon Wireless Technology Innovation Awards hosted in Greenville, SC. The contest is for small and medium sized businesses from the Southeast region to share challenges that were overcome through the use of wireless technology and the Verizon network.
Falling Creek’s activity programs are based on the boys being able to choose what activities they want to participate in. In addition to the base daily activities they have selected to attend on a consistent basis during the week, they hear special signup activity announcements several times a day that offer alternative activities to participate in. These programs require participation that is greater than the one hour daily activity period and can be as long as a 5-day trip. Keeping track of the boys and their activities is of utmost importance to us since this includes important personal needs such as medications, allergies, etc. With the help of a local web development team, Nathan Newquist spearheaded the design and production of a web based application we call “Chuck Norris” that tracks camper attendance and progression, and helps with the overall logistics of the camp program. It also gives us valuable information to track activity trends and much more that we will continue to expand upon the future. 4G wireless tablets were given to most activities this past summer, and counselors would take roll at the beginning of each activity period, instantly updating the program office on the status of each camper. The activity counselors could also monitor and update each camper’s activity progression using this program. “iTaylor” Hall, a software and information systems major at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte, who served as our Digital Asset Manager for the 2013 camp season, worked with Nathan to tweak the program throughout summer.
While we didn’t win the Verizon Wireless Technology Innovation Awards this year, we learned a lot in our first year of implementing the system, and continue to make improvements to insure next year it’s an even more helpful tool for our awesome Falling Creek Camp summer programs. The best part about this “out-of-the-box” planning is that the boys don’t feel the technology presence. The small tablet is all that may be seen, but roll call is not a long process and the progression data and trip sign-ups are done as if the counselors were writing on paper or away from the campers.
Please join us in congratulating Nathan Newquist, “iTaylor” Hall, and the FCC program team in their innovative efforts!0 Comments
New Grass is Growing on the Landsports Field
November 8th, 2013
The grass has grown a bit in the last few weeks with some thankful warmer days, however the cool weather likely ahead will halt this progress until next spring. We are all excited about this newly re-graded grass surface!0 Comments
New Path Added In Camp
November 7th, 2013
With all the campers and staff that will be walking between the Dining Hall and new Gym, we are very pleased to have just added a new wide path for easy connection. It starts from across the stairs leading on/off the Dining Hall front porch and passes in front of the old office.0 Comments
Construction Progress Update on the Gym
November 6th, 2013
Check out some great photos of the recent construction progress on the Falling Creek Camp facebook page0 Comments
More Staff signing on for 2014!
November 4th, 2013
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.0 Comments
It's A Beautiful Fall Day At Camp
November 2nd, 2013
Please enjoy to the visual Yates’ Yak for the day illustrating the fall season beauty at Falling Creek Camp on Saturday, November 2, 20130 Comments
Darien, CT welcomes Falling Creek Camp
October 30th, 2013
Yates made his way from Dallas in a northeastern direction to Darien, CT tonight where Matt and Kristin Edwards hosted the Falling Creek Camp movies and reunion at their beautiful early 1900’s home. Their son Hayden will be returning to main camp in 2014 for his 7th summer and his younger sisters both followed their mother’s footsteps by going to Camp Merrie-Woode in Saphire, NC.
There was a good mix tonight of returning veteran campers and new families who came to learn more about camp. There were also some FCC dads who brought their sons tonight and Falling Creek Alumni as well. Many thanks to the Edwards for opening their home to the CT and NY area families.0 Comments
Falling Creek is in Big D
October 30th, 2013
Yates traveled north from Houston to Dallas, TX on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 where Dotti and Nupe Singhal hosted the Falling Creek Camp movies at their lovely home. Jackson and James Singhal were a big help in making sure the camp movie played correctly and they were joined by a number of veteran campers in assisting Yates with answering questions from new families who wanted to learn more about FCC.
Rick and Emily Broad brought their 3 boys who all attend main camp. They both met at Falling Creek in the 80’s when they were on the counselor staff. Rick went on to serve as an Assistant Director for a number of years in the early 90’s at Falling Creek before going back to school. He and Emily have their own physical therapy practice near Richardson, TX.
Many thanks to the Singhal’s for hosting such an awesome Falling Creek movie and reunion event!0 Comments
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