Travel By Air
Airline reservations should be made early. Please note the itinerary details, including the airline confirmation number, on the Online Travel Form by the due date. Also, email a copy of the itinerary and receipts for baggage and “Unaccompanied Minor” fees (return flights only) to .
When planning for flights to and from camp, please try to book a direct or non-stop flight. If a connecting flight is necessary, be advised that many airlines do not allow minors flying alone as a designated (paid for) “Unaccompanied Minor” on flights that connect or on the last flight of the day. We would like campers to arrive on Opening Day in time to enjoy activities, so we request that you do your best to reserve flights that arrive before noon.
Due to travel time to the airport, check-in, and security screening, we ask that departures from camp be scheduled between 9:00am and noon if possible–earlier is always better.
Note: Please check with your airline or travel agent concerning the policies for designated “Unaccompanied Minors” and other details regarding minors before booking tickets. Most airlines require that all children under the age of 15 fly as a designated “Unaccompanied Minor”.
Parents must pay for airline baggage and “Unaccompanied Minor” fees for both arrival and departure in advance. Please keep a copy of the receipts for any fees paid and email them to . We will ask to have a method of payment on file for unplanned airline charges for boys leaving camp by plane.
Our staff will meet your son just outside the security area when he arrives at the airport. If your son is flying as an Unaccompanied Minor, our staff can meet him at the gate. Yates Pharr is the name to put on the Unaccompanied Minor form as the person picking your son up at the airport. Use the camp phone number and physical address, 828.692.0262, 816 Falling Creek Camp Rd, Zirconia, NC 28790. Staff members will be wearing a white polo shirt with a green Falling Creek logo. We ask that your son wears a Falling Creek shirt, if possible, to help our staff instantly identify him at the airport.
Our camp staff will assist boys in the airport and provide transportation to and from the Asheville, NC (AVL) and Greenville-Spartanburg, SC (GSP) airports on Opening and Closing Days at no extra charge. We suggest that campers have a carry-on bag with a change of clothes, towel, swimsuit, and toiletry items in the event of delayed luggage. Please check airline policies on acceptable carry-on items (including liquids).
UPS (preferred) and FedEx are the most effective means for handling trunks and large baggage. We urge you to ship trunks to and from camp if your children are flying. The baggage screening procedures and long check-in times are avoided by the boys having only carry-on bags.
If you do send checked luggage (trunk, duffle bag, backpack, etc.) identification tags and camp stickers should be affixed. Please put two name tags on each piece of checked luggage, showing both home and camp addresses and phone numbers. Indicate on the travel form exactly what is being checked and what is being carried on. Please check with your airline for baggage charges and policies for both arrival and departure.
Call phones, wallets, electronics, passports, and ticket information will be collected from the camper upon arrival to camp and held securely in the Program Office for the duration of the camp session. Phones will be charged prior to Closing Day if a charger is left with the phone.
Note: If your son has any issues while in route, make certain he knows to get in contact with you immediately. Then we ask that you contact us at camp with the details. Likewise, we will contact you if any issues arise while transporting your son to or from the airport.