Backpacking trips into the mountains. Sleeping under the stars. Kayaking. Rock climbing. Sailing. Tennis. Building friendships that last a lifetime. Enjoying the feeling of belonging. Understanding what it’s like to be a part of a genuine team. This is Falling Creek Camp.
A camp experience is something you can’t get anywhere else. It allows you to not just build skills like paddling and tennis, but you build life skills - how to get along with others, to be independent, and make decisions for yourself - that you never would have a chance to do at home or in a classroom setting.
Yates Pharr / Director
Every camper lives in a cabin group with seven other boys and one or two counselors. Falling Creek believes that having boys from different parts of the world living together in community fosters social growth. Cabin groups also go on overnight camping trips together each session.
A dedicated and enthusiastic staff is the heart of the cabin - truly, they are the heart of our camp. Falling Creek counselors are carefully selected and come from all over the United States and several countries. Each counselor must have completed at least one year of college or similar life experience. The average age of our cabin counselors is 20.88 (including our nurses, doctors, full-time staff, and food service members, the average staff age is 30).
Since 1969, Falling Creek has been a premier Christian sleepaway camp in North Carolina, partnering with parents and attracting campers from almost every state and numerous countries. Campers return year after year, and many become staff members. Falling Creek is an experience a boy carries with him for a lifetime.
We are a friendly, open community where everyone quickly feels like family. We believe 312 campers is the ideal size; large enough to allow for a broad range of activity choices, yet small enough for individual attention in each activity and cabin group. We have over 120 seasonal staff members at camp each summer to ensure an appropriate ratio of care, supervision, and instruction for our campers.
My son returned from 2-Week Camp and hasn’t stopped talking about his counselor, and about going to Morning Spark with him during the session. He is already excited for June Camp next summer. As a parent I cannot thank you enough for finding these amazing counselors. My son’s counselor made such an impact on him in two short weeks, both as an instructor and with his faith. I am so grateful. Falling Creek is such a special place and one that I know will impact my son for years to come.
Kristen G. / Alexandria, VA
“Boys at Falling Creek learn about humility, about expressing themselves, and making decisions. We view ourselves as an educational institution - a different kind of education than boys get during the rest of the year. It’s about developing self-worth, learning how to live with a group of people, how to see opportunities for growth and pursue them,” says Yates Pharr, Director. “Although we recognize the importance of learning skills, the values and character development that takes place at camp is ultimately the greatest benefit to each boy.”
This was our son’s second year at Falling Creek and the confidence level he has acquired is remarkable. He was so comfortable and eager to try new things without hesitation. I feel certain that we owe this comfort and confidence to your fabulous staff.
Elise M. / Parent