Need a little camp fun while you wait for the summer to start?
During the months you aren’t at camp, we hope to continue to be a resource to you. Below are some camp-inspired ideas and activities to try at home!
Think you know all about Falling Creek Camp? Take this quiz to test your camp trivia knowledge!
Have a paper airplane competition with your family! If you don’t know how to fold a paper airplane, you can use our FCC themed printable airplane template.
Go on a Color Walk and try to find as many natural colors as you can in your yard or on a hike! Use this Color Walk printable as a guide. Cut out the center to look through on your walk as you match colors. For example, green leaves, purple violets, yellow dandelions, etc. For each color you find, place the natural object on the matching square.
Try this “I Spy” challenge from the Arts & Crafts building at camp! Our crafts project got a little out of control, and now we need help finding these lost items among the art supplies. From this photo, can you find:
spool of thread
a paper clip
Once you think you’ve found them all, check the answer key!
Here is another “I Spy” challenge, this time from mountain biking! While working on our bikes at “Moab”, we seem to have misplaced some things. Can you help us find:
Magic card pack
a quarter, a dime, and a penny
Check the answer key here
We love fortbuilding during Evening Program, but you can also build awesome forts at home! (indoor blanket fort, backyard lean-to, cardboard box rocketship, so many possibilities!)
One of the steps to reach Explorer in Nature is to “Identify (10) plant species at camp, including at least one of each of the following: bushes, flowers, vines, and trees.” Can you ID ten plants in your backyard? Send us photos of any plants you see that you don’t know the name of, and we can help you ID them!
Learn to play your favorite camp song!
With the chords G, D, Em, and C, you can play “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive”, “Country Roads,” “Rocky Top,” “Wagon Wheel,” and more! You can also make a music video and film yourself lip-syncing (or actually singing) to your favorite camp song. For some musical inspiration, visit our Music Gallery.
Write a letter to a camp friend. Ask us if you don’t know your camp friend’s mailing address, or if you need a camp penpal. Wilma and Marvin (the camp pigs) are looking for penpals too!
You can write them at: Wilma and Marvin Pig, Falling Creek FARM, PO Box 98, Tuxedo NC 28784
Cook some camp food! Check out this video on our YouTube page on how to cook an egg at the F.A.R.M. You can also Revisit our blog post on how to make favorites like Longenecker Lumps, Cajun Kitchen Burritos, or Pluggers. Finally, our social media post from March 31st shows step by step instructions for making Pisgah Pizzas. Bonus points if you’re able to cook over a campfire in your backyard :)
Join us for a 2 minute meditation practice while we enjoy the sounds of Falling Creek Falls with this video
Schedule a time to FaceTime or call your camp friends and catch up over the phone! Let us know if you don’t know your camp friends’ phone number.
Exercise! Start your own “push up porch” or work on progressions in the HEAT. Try out the Fitness Tests from the HEAT progressions here.
For another exercise challenge, try completeing the FCC Fitness Trail Circuit at home! You can see our virtual trail video and all the exercise descriptions on this blog post.
With parental supervision, practice your firebuilding skills in the backyard or in your fireplace at home. Can you get a headstart on your OSC (Outdoor Skills Certified) skills by starting a fire using just one match?
End the day with Evening Embers as a family, just like at camp. We have a few discussion guides from the 2019 summer, including our discussions on Joy, Anger, and Service.
We love taking in the views and appreciating earth’s natural beauty on our trips, but did you know you can take virtual tours of some of America’s National Parks? Explore these beautiful places here, without even leaving your couch!
Learn to tie the “4 Basic Knots that Everyone Should Know.” Check out this classic blog post to learn the square knot, the sheet bend, the bowline, and the tautline hitch.
Need 4 more? See the follow up article that teaches the carrick bend, the timber hitch, the alpine butterfly loop, and the barrel knot.