Think. Dream. Job. Find Work and Community at Falling Creek for Summer 2024
We believe boys need a place where they can unplug from technology for literally hundreds of hours - and just “be boys.” Nestled in a peaceful mountaintop cove, Falling Creek provides a unique opportunity for physical, spiritual, and social growth.
Falling Creek’s 890-acre campus is set in a secluded mountaintop in the Blue Ridge Mountains, surrounded by hundreds of acres of privately-owned forest. It is nearby many natural treasures, such as DuPont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Green River, Linville Gorge, and much more. We're also close to riveting cities like Asheville, NC, and Greenville, SC.
About Falling Creek Camp
At Falling Creek, we exist to shepherd the journey of personal growth through love and adventure. We believe that the boys we serve are best able to maximize their potential through productive excitement, community, and communion with the natural world, which we provide with our world-class staff and stunning 890-acre campus. Falling Creek is nestled into a mountaintop cove in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, where boys are unplugged and allowed to be themselves for ten idyllic weeks every summer. In addition to a focus on the personal growth of our campers, we also purposefully cultivate the culture of camp to be a rewarding experience for our staff. We provide competitive pay and professional development, while also intentionally facilitating the physical, mental, spiritual, and social growth of our counselors by nurturing both soft and hard skills.
Falling Creek was founded in 1969 as an independent Christian camp for boys. Over the last 50+ years, we’ve continued to upgrade our facilities and programs while remaining in touch with the traditions that a long-standing summer camp has to offer. Our program thus balances allotting time for reflection in-cabin discussions and group gatherings, providing outlets for energy with all-camp games and evening programs, and guiding skill and character development with structured activity lessons. We focus closely on both skill and character development. This programmatic depth allows us to address the holistic education of both our campers and our staff.
Read more about Falling Creek Camp here.
The Employee Experience
At Falling Creek, we live by traditional values that are embodied in our Code. These four pillars provide the foundation for the way we live, play, and adventure: Warrior Spirit, Servant’s Heart, Positive Attitude, and Moral Compass. Having a Warrior Spirit entails strengthening the mind, body, and spirit while living with courage and perseverance. When we encourage members of the community to possess a Servant’s Heart, we want them to treat everyone with respect and take initiative to help out around camp. Bearing a Positive Attitude ensures we are focusing on the positive and being grateful for our blessings. Lastly, we task our community with following a Moral Compass – being honest, taking responsibility for our actions, and living with integrity.
As one of our former directors said, Falling Creek is an educational institute. We aim to provide the opportunity for the development of the whole individual, and do not stop at just professional development (though we encourage that in plenty). Our counselors tout an increased commitment to their fitness, better time management, more flexibility, healthy recreational habits, and heightened interpersonal skills as key takeaways from their time working at camp.
And on top of all of that, working at Falling Creek is exhilarating. You can start your day performing songs and skits on stage, spend your morning orchestrating sports tournaments, play a game of Capture the Flag across the entirety of camp in the afternoon, and wind down with cabin discussions at night. One thing is for certain: your days at camp will be full!
For more information, visit our staff website here.
At Falling Creek, we recruit as wide a variety of personalities as possible. With as many campers as we have, our boys resonate uniquely with counselors, whatever identity they bring to the mountain. That being said, there are certain qualities that are more conducive to success over the course of the entire season. Chief amongst these are perhaps flexibility and work ethic. It is hard to predict the exact course of a day, but our staff should be engaged and creative enough to roll with whatever challenge might come their way. We also like people who are team players. Unselfishness is what we call “the spirit of Falling Creek”, and one must be able to prioritize the needs of our community over themselves.
Room and Board
While our rustic cabins are by no means luxurious, we do provide lodging for all of our counselors. You’ll quickly pick up on the joys of cool mountain air, the sound of rustling leaves thanks to the screen windows, and the patter of rain on tin roofs makes for idyllic white noise. The majority of our seasonal staff live in cabins with campers, where they help facilitate the residential experience for a group of boys (typically eight, with two counselors). Every cabin is outfitted with a toilet, sink, and shower. Mattresses and sheets are both provided.
As a counselor, you’ll eat three meals a day with your campers, family style. Our Director of Food Services manages all dietary restrictions and allergies noted on pre-arrival health forms, so don’t worry if you have a special diet. If you get hungry between meals, there is always a bowl of fresh fruit available in the Dining Hall. Meals are provided unless you choose to eat off-site on your days off. Since we cover food as well as room and board, you’ll be able to save a significant amount of the money you earn while working at camp.
It’s hard to summarize the perks of a summer spent at Falling Creek concisely. We provide full staff training at the front end of camp, including certification courses where necessary, with plenty of opportunities for professional development throughout the summer. Our counselors receive significant markdowns from retailers by way of discounts with local businesses as well as through pro deals. The staff has generous time off with free rein to explore the area at their leisure. Working at camp entails significantly expanding both your personal and professional networks: our alumni and parents span a variety of industries and occupations around the country and the globe. Having an advanced adventure program means that you have access to guides as well as equipment (operational needs permitting).
To read more about employee benefits, click this link!
Getting Here and Getting Around
Falling Creek is located in a secluded part of the mountains, so we would recommend bringing a personal vehicle for travel during time-off if possible. That being said, our staff are generally generous with their cars and it’s always easy to find a ride with people going on excursions. Upon arrival, we’re happy to pick up counselors from nearby airports and transportation hubs (Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC). Since housing is provided, your commute consists of walking on the trails around camp from area to area!
We don’t expect you to get tired of camp’s 890 acres and miles of trails quickly, but if you do choose to venture off property during your time off, this area of Western North Carolina has plenty to offer! We’re fortunate enough to have ready access to both premier areas for outdoor recreation as well as treasured towns and cities. Falling Creek is a short drive away from places such as DuPont State Forest, Pisgah National Forest, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Green River, Linville Gorge, and much more. If you enjoy rock climbing, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, or backpacking, then we are close to plenty of places to indulge those interests.
If you enjoy more metropolitan areas, Falling Creek is equidistant from Greenville, SC, and Asheville, NC (a little less than an hour from both). They both offer outstanding culinary scenes, craft breweries, shopping boutiques, theaters, minor league sports, concert venues, and a host of other offerings. For a more quaint vibe, nearby Hendersonville has all of the “necessities” that you might need, as well as eating, drinking, and shopping downtown.
Read about our backyard in more detail here!