Camp Fun at Home
Need a little camp fun while you wait for the summer to start?
During the months when camp isn’t in session, there are a lot of activities we miss doing. Scroll down for some camp-inspired ideas, how-to videos, and activities to try at home in the meantime!
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.Color Walk Printable
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.FCC Paper Airplane Template
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 (linked below) on how to make favorites like Longenecker Lumps, Cajun Kitchen Burritos, or Pluggers. Bonus points if you’re able to cook over a campfire in your backyard :)Camping Recipes
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!
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.Learn Your Knots
Not only is coloring fun, it can also reduce stress! We have some Falling Creek Coloring Pages available to download and print out below.Camp Coloring Pages
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.Virtual FCC Fitness Trail
Write a letter to a camp friend. Ask us if you don’t know your friend’s mailing address, or if you need a camp penpal.
You can always write us at:
Falling Creek Camp
PO Box 98,
Tuxedo NC 28784
Learn to play your favorite camp song! With just 4 chords (G, D, Em, and C), you can play camp favorites like “It’s a Great Day to Be Alive”, “Country Roads,” “Rocky Top,” “Wagon Wheel,” and more! We’re always looking for more musicians to join the band on the front porch for Morning Assembly! For some musical inspiration, visit our Music Gallery.Camp Music Gallery
4th of July Popsicles!
During the 4th of July at camp, we enjoy a day of festivities with friends, including popsicles around the lake and a fireworks show. Today, Jazzy and Danielle are going to show you how to make red, white, and blue popsicles at home!More Camp Fun At Home Videos
How to Cook an Egg
Today we’ll teach you how to cook an egg two ways! Zeb, the FCC F.A.R.M. Manager from 2019-2022, explains how to crack an egg, scramble it, or boil it. Practice at home, and get ready for more cooking at the F.A.R.M. this summer!
Learn 8 Parts of the Horse
Get a headstart on your horseback progressions! Did you know that to become a “Challenger” at the Falling Creek barn, you need to know 8 parts of the horse?
Need a laugh? What better way to boost your mood than with some terribly cheesy “dad jokes”??
How to Change a Flat Tire
Learn how to change a flat tire on your mountain bike! For an extra challenge, change it in under 5 minutes as practice for your “Explorer” progression in our mountain bike program. Shocktaw!
2 Minute Meditation
Join us for a 2 minute meditation practice while we enjoy the sounds of Falling Creek Falls. On our Facebook and Instagram stories recently, we’ve been featuring “nature moments” around camp. Today, we’re taking the time to enjoy the sounds of the falls. Taking a couple minutes to be mindful and focus on breathing can be calming and boost your mood.
Not sure where to start?
- Get comfortable, either seated or lying on your back.
- Take 3 slow breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, breathing as deeply as you can.
- Return to breathing normally, but be fully conscious of each breath, and gently dismiss any other thoughts. Just enjoy the sounds of the falls.
- Notice every detail of how your breathing feels- from the temperature of the air, to how it enters your nose, to how it fills your lungs, and how your belly expands with each breath.
- After 2 minutes of focusing on your breathing and clearing your mind, notice how you feel.
Even if things feel out of our control sometimes, we can always control our breathing and take comfort in a couple mindful minutes! We can’t wait for you all to be back at camp and experiencing Falling Creek Falls in person!
Make Seed Bombs For Your Garden
In this video at the F.A.R.M., we were making “seed bombs” with assorted flower seeds. Farm Manager, Zeb, was showing the boys how to mix clay and potting soil into a ball, flatten it into a pancake, place seeds in the middle, and roll the sides back up to encase the seeds in a ball of soil. Zeb explained how these “seed bombs” started in urban areas where vacant lots sat dormant and there was a lack of greenery in these city environments. People created “seed bombs” as a way to throw seeds over a fence into a vacant lot, where rain would crack the dirt balls open and eventually turning the spot into a flower bed. This was referred to as “guerrilla gardening,” and though we are lucky to be surrounded by greenery at camp, it is still a fun way to spread flowers throughout the property. You can try it at home too!
- 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
- New to camp or need a refresher on the “Camp Lingo”? Check out our mini camp dictionary!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!