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FAQs, COVID-19 Updates, & Activites

Dear Falling Creek Campers…

Updated May 15, 2020

A Letter To Our Falling Creek Parents

Hello from Falling Creek,

Thank you for your patience over the last few weeks as we have gathered information and waited for guidance from trusted resources. It was all in hopes that we would be able to build a plan that would allow us to have camp. Despite multiple possible program variations, we were unable to find an option that we could confidently stand behind. Therefore, we have decided to cancel June, Main, 2-Week, and Junior Camp sessions this summer.

Camp is the best part of our year. Everyone on our year round team is eager for the first campfire to start the season and to reunite with friends that have become family. We are used to a challenge - the power for the ovens goes out…it is raining for the third day…even a tragic fire. We have such a great team and we have always put our heads and hearts together and figured it out. We have always found a way. We didn’t want to give up. The team has been thinking and praying about how to deal with this challenge and the restraints put on the culture and expectations of Falling Creek. This is the most challenging decision we have ever had to make. Despite the sadness and difficulty, we know it is the right one for us.

We have several options for families with enrolled campers. Please read our FAQ (found below) which includes what we are offering and how to let us know your preference. If you have a camper on the wait list, we hope you will reapply for 2021 when registration begins on August 24, 2020. Your priority status will be higher than a first time applicant.

If you would like to bypass the FAQ and let us know your choice(s) directly, please complete the online 2021 Choice Form by May 31st. There is a form required for each enrolled camper. Access the form in the Forms and Documents section of your CampInTouch account. Or, login to your camp account by selecting My FCC from the Menu or the top left of the home page of the website. Login using your email and password, and select Forms and Documents.

Please share the recorded message above with your camper.

We will stay in touch throughout the summer and you can always reach out to us. For now, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all of you. We hope that you will join us in praying for our staff, our local community, and all those affected around the world.

Sincerely, Yates and Marisa

FAQ

Updated May 20, 2020

If my son is enrolled in a session for 2020, what are my options, and how do I let you know?

There are 4 options. To let us know your preference, please complete the online 2021 Choice Form by May 31st. Access the form in the Forms and Documents section of your CampInTouch account. To access your account, select My FCC from the dropdown menu, or from the top left of the home page of the website. Login using your email and password, and select Forms and Documents.

Our request and the best way to support camp is to choose option 1 or 2. With these options, if you are paid in full, you will receive the 2020 rate for your camper’s session, saving you about 3% on your investment over 2021 tuition increases. If you later need to change your plans and can’t come to camp, our usual cancellation policy will apply: If we receive notification prior to January 1, 2021, you will receive a full refund, so there’s no risk in rolling your tuition forward now.

1) Roll my camper’s enrollment and tuition to the same session in 2021, as long as camper grade requirements are met.

Consider your camper enrolled. If you are paid in full, you’re all set. If you are not paid in full, you have until August 1st to pay the balance to receive 2020 rates. Otherwise 2021 rates will apply and you will owe the difference.

2) Roll my camper’s enrollment and tuition to a different session in 2021.

The dropdown on the form will let you indicate the session. If you have paid in full for this summer, your camper will have first priority at 2020 rates. If you have not paid in full, you have until August 1st to pay the balance to receive 2020 rates and first priority. Otherwise 2021 rates will apply.

3) Roll my camper’s $1,000 deposit over to 2021 and refund the remaining tuition paid.

You’ll need to apply for 2021 when the application is released. Your camper will have first priority enrollment status at 2021 rates.

4) Cancel my camper’s enrollment and refund the tuition paid.

If you later decide you would like your son to attend camp in 2021, you may submit an application when enrollment opens on August 24, 2020. Your camper’s application will be held in the order received until September 15 and enrolled as space allows after the groups listed above.

If you have any comments or questions about your selection, there is a place for those on the 2021 Choice Form. We will follow up with any questions.

Why is it camp’s preference for families to roll their tuition forward to 2021?

Running a great summer camp requires year-round spending. Part of that investment is maintaining our 900 acre campus as well as supporting the 16 members of our full time leadership team. Refunding 2020 tuition would put a financial burden on Falling Creek. Choosing to roll your son’s tuition to 2021 will allow us to manage our cash flow as we prepare for next summer. You will not only be helping camp, but lock in 2020 rates, saving about 3%. If you later need to change your plans and can’t come to camp, our usual cancellation policy will apply: If we receive notification prior to January 1, 2021, you will receive a full refund, so there’s no risk in rolling your tuition forward now.

Can I make a tax deductible donation of all or a portion of tuition to the FCC campership program?

One of the pillars of Servant’s Heart is to take the initiative to help others. Indeed, character traits like unselfishness, outward focus, and generosity have been modeled and taught to boys at Falling Creek ever since the camp began in 1969. We have been asked how a parent, grandparents, alumni, or staff can live out that giving spirit. Because Falling Creek is not a 501c3 direct contributions to camp would be put to good use, but not tax deductible. We are very appreciative of families who would like to make a tax deductible gift to our scholarship fund. During this challenging time, we anticipate more requests for financial assistance and your generous contribution will allow us to help more families. Gifts to the scholarship fund are tax deductible.

If my son is not able to return next year, what are my options?

If you would like to donate all or a portion of the funds in your son’s account to Falling Creek’s scholarship program, it is considered a tax deductible contribution. All you need to do is check the appropriate box on the 2021 preference form and you will be sent an acknowledgement from our partners at the American Camp Association for your tax records. If you are not able to do so, we completely understand and will send you a refund.

What if my son will be aged out of a session in 2021?

You can choose Option 2 on the 2021 Choice Form and select the session of your preference. If you have paid in full for this summer, your camper will have first priority at 2020 rates. If you have not paid in full, you have until August 1st to pay the balance to receive 2020 rates and first priority. Otherwise 2021 rates will apply. If a different session in 2021 doesn’t work for your camper, you can choose Option 4 and we will refund your tuition.

Why did you make this decision to cancel the 2020 summer sessions?

It was out of concern for the health of our campers and their families, our staff, and the local community, that we ultimately made the decision not to open our traditional sessions this summer. It is painful for everyone and our hearts ache knowing how disappointed our campers are not to gather on the mountain this summer. We will continue to stay in touch and greatly appreciate your understanding and support.

What if I have a camper on the Wait List for 2020?

If you have a camper on the wait list, we hope you will reapply for 2021 when registration begins on August 24, 2020. Your priority status will be higher than a first time applicant.

If I have multiple sons, do I need to fill out the 2021 Choice Form more than once?

Yes. If you have more than one enrolled camper, please complete your other camper’s form in their Forms and Documents section.

Doesn’t camp have insurance to cover these situations?

COVID-19 is an uninsurable event. We carry Communicable Disease and Business Interruption insurance and both are voided in the event of a pandemic. Consequently, any support you can offer by rolling all or part of your tuition to 2021 is gratefully appreciated.

What is the cancellation policy if I roll forward my fees paid to 2021?

Our usual cancellation policy will apply: If we receive notification prior to January 1, 2021, you will receive a full refund, so there’s no risk in applying now.

Can I change sessions if I choose to roll over tuition to 2021?

The 2021 Choice Form will allow you to let us know your session preference. If you have paid in full for this summer, your camper will have first priority at 2020 rates. If you have not paid in full, you have until August 1st to pay the balance to receive 2020 rates and first priority. Otherwise 2021 rates will apply, and any tuition difference will be broken up into two payments due December 1 and April 1.

What are the 2021 Dates?

June Camp: June 6-June 25, Grades 1-9
Main Camp: June 27-July 23, Grades 2-10
STEEL Program: June 27-July 23, Grades 11-12
2-Week Camp: July 25-Aug 6, Grades 1-5
Junior Camp: Aug 8-Aug 13, Grades 1-4
Grade denotes the ‘20-’21 school year

What does this mean for campers who would have been Men of STEEL this summer?

This group of campers, many who have been at FCC 8,9, even 12 years, have been at the forefront of our minds as we have navigated the many options for this summer. We understand the significance of this last year of campership, and acknowledge that it is a cherished milestone for many. As such, we will be extending the opportunity to enroll in the STEEL program next year to those 12th graders who were unable to attend camp this summer. We will reach out to each of you soon with details regarding the summer of 2021.

What happens to my scholarship/campership?

If you are paid in full, consider your campership rolled to the 2021 summer. Please email to confirm that your camper would like to stay in the same session, or to indicate if you would like to request moving to another camp session.

Will you be offering “virtual” or online camp this summer?

While no online program could replace the real camp experience, we are working on ways to provide opportunities for engagement and connection over the summer for both our campers and staff. This includes a ten-week Camper Journal that we are emailing out to families, weekly Morning Watch videos, and livestreamed Campfires periodically during the summer. In the meantime, this page offers some camp-inspired ideas and activities to do at home. You can follow us on Instagram (@fallingcreek) and Facebook (Falling Creek Camp) for more, as we explore ways to stay connected with our camp community over the summer.

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Camp Fun at Home!

During this unique time, 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.
  • 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:
    3 pushpins
    a paintbrush
    an owl
    a tricycle
    a star
    3 q-tips
    a frog
    spool of thread
    a paper clip
    an apple
    a spoon
    a dime
    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:
    6 bicycles
    Magic card pack
    a penguin
    a quarter, a dime, and a penny
    3 pushpins
    a pencil
    a domino
    a lock
    AA Battery
    a lighter
    chapstick
    a frog
    Check the answer key here
  • 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.
  • See how many words you can find in this Falling Creek Word Search! The words are forwards, backwards, up, and down - just not diagonal! If you get stumped, here is the answer key.
  • Exercise your brain with this Falling Creek Crossword Puzzle! You can print out the PDF version here. Don’t peek until you’re ready, but here is the Crossword Answer Key.
  • 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.
  • Play a game of Falling Creek Bingo!
  • Not only is coloring fun, it can also reduce stress! We have some Falling Creek Coloring Pages available to download and print out below:
    Falling Creek Code Shield Coloring Page
    Warrior Spirit Coloring Page
    Moral Compass Coloring Page
    Positive Attitude Coloring Page
    Servant’s Heart Coloring Page
    Dining Hall and Lake Coloring Page
    FCC Bell Coloring Page
    Canoes Coloring Page
    Cabin Coloring Page
    Horse Coloring Page
    Camp Dog Lulu Coloring Page
    Camp Puppy Rucker Coloring Page
    Climbing Coloring Page
    Hiking Coloring Page
    Mountain View Coloring Page
    Lake Canoe Coloring Page
    Wilma the Pig Coloring Page
    FCC Chickens Coloring Page

Resources

Center for Disease Control Coronavirus Information

Talking to your children about COVID-19