Frequently Asked Questions
Working At Camp FAQs
Check out some frequently asked questions below. If you have a different question about working at Falling Creek Camp this summer, please let us know if there is anything we can clarify. You may also call the camp office at (828) 692-0262.
What is Falling Creek’s Mission?
We exist to shepherd the journey of personal growth through love and adventure.
When Does This Summer Job Start & End?
While individual dates may differ based on your personal contract, our summer season is from mid May to mid August, and our preference is to hire for the full season. For the 2024 season, we begin WFR certification training (for Adventure Staff only) on May 18th, followed by All-Staff Orientation on May 30th. Closing Day is August 16th after the final session.
Depending on your role at camp, you may need to arrive earlier than May 30th. The following roles need to arrive earlier for additional training:
-Food services: May 13th
-Adventure Staff without current WFR certification: May 18th
-Horseback Staff & Lifeguards without current certification: May 22nd
-Adventure Staff with current WFR certification, & all Activity Leaders or Lineheads: May 27th
You also have the option to extend your contract by joining us for Father/Son Weekends and/or Family Camp.
Once you’re hired, you’ll recieve invitations to accounts on these sites. Here are the links in one place for your convenience.
Health forms, important documents related to working at camp, photos, etc.
Government and payroll onboarding forms.
Training videos and quizzes.
Pay stubs and W2s.
Merch and camp gear!
What Are The Essential Skills Needed to Work at Falling Creek?
Each camper and staff member is expected to follow the Falling Creek Camp Code and live it every day.
You should have completed at least one year of college and/or be at least 19 years old.
We hire staff who are Patient. Flexible. Team Players. Genuinely Enthusiastic. Friendly. Eager to Grow. Open to Offer and Receive Feedback. Able to Think on Your Feet. Good Decision Makers. Hard Working. & Have a Get-It-Done Attitude.
While performing the duties of this job, the counselor is regularly required to stand, walk, run and sit for prolonged periods of time on uneven terrain in a mountain top environment. The counselor is also required to use hands to handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The counselor may occasionally have to move or lift a minimum of 25 lbs. The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by a counselor to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Is Falling Creek near a city?
There are several cities near Falling Creek, but Falling Creek itself is very rural, located in the small town of Tuxedo, NC. About 20 minutes away is Hendersonville, NC. It has pretty much everything you’d need on a visit to town: Banks, laundry, food, restaurants, car repair, etc.
Asheville, NC and Greenville, SC are about 50 minutes away. They have great downtowns, tons of restaurants, and awesome art and music scenes.
On your time off each week, there are plenty of fun things to do outside camp. Check out our suggestions for things to do around the Hendersonville/Asheville area, or the Traveler’s Rest/Greenville, SC area.
Can I bring my car?
Yes. It is actually advantageous to have a car since we are a 15-20 minute drive from town. We also have staff parking areas. Be prepared for a bumpy, gravel road going in-and-out of camp. Cars are also parked outside all summer.
If you don’t have a car, no worries! Usually about 15 staff are scheduled for each time-off period. Most are more than happy to carpool and offer each other ride
Is room & board included?
Yes, we provide three meals a day while you are working and assign you a cabin to live. We provide sheets and blankets, but not pillows or towels. You can sleep and eat here on your time off, as well. Though most breaks between sessions we ask that you eat in town, because our kitchen closes so they can have time off as well.
Where will I live?
Cabins are rustic wood structures with screen windows. Each cabin has a private bathroom with a shower, toilet, sink, and hot water. It’s not the Ritz, but it’s a pretty nice place to live for the summer.
My coach gave me a summer workout plan. Is there somewhere to work out?
Counselors frequently work out in the mornings before the wakeup bell, or they involve campers in their workouts at freetime. We offer several “fitness” activities for staff. Camp has many miles of beautiful trails and camp facilities to take advantage of.
Do I have to lead devotion talks at night with the campers?
We ask you to facilitate a cabin reflection at night with your campers, which we call “Evening Embers”. We provide you with fun questions to ask them about their day, things to think about, and other topics to help facilitate a group discussion. Falling Creek is based on Christian values, and we have a camp wide daily Morning Watch and also Sunday church service. However, many religious backgrounds are represented at camp. Falling Creek is not evangelical. We ask that staff lead by example reflecting the highest moral character.
What do you mean I can’t carry my cell phone?
Camp is a “Technology Free Zone.” We ask that you leave your phones and computers either in your car or in the Counselor Lair under the Dining Hall. Phones cannot be kept in the cabins with your campers. Every counselor has their own cubby with an individual outlet in the Lair, so you can leave your computer and phone to charge safely. It is also one of the only weatherized rooms in camp, so it is the safest place for your electronics, away from humidity and the elements. Our campers are not allowed to use phones or the internet – it’s part of being away from home and our goal of being unplugged. We ask that you only use electronics away from campers and on your time off.
Is there internet access?
The Counselor Lair and Dining Hall have wireless internet, and it remains on until midnight so you can use it on your evening time off. We have a few computers available for you if you don’t have a laptop. Remember, we are “in the boonedocks,” and are lucky to have a T-1 line. It’s not your college campus, so bandwidth can become limited when everyone is online at night.
Can I bring my puppy?
Short answer; no. Longer answer; we have a no-pet policy at camp. This means no dogs, cats, snakes, iguanas, hamsters, birds, fish, insects, or anything else not listed here, etc. If you want more explanation, you can contact us about it; however, there are no exceptions for summer staff.