Kristine (Falk) Beverly (1986-1994, S1996-1997, S1999)

Hometown: Fort Calhoun, Nebraska

Current City: San Diego, California

Cabins: All Cabins (except Fireflies, Chipmunks, and Fawns)

Roles: Camper, Counselor, Co-Archery Director and Sailing Director

Education: Everyday

Occupation: School District Administration

Spouse: Kevin

Children: Kyla and Ava (2015), 8 year old twins

Where does your story with camp begin?  How were you first introduced to Camp Lake Hubert? Nearly my entire family has been, and continues to be involved in camp. This includes my siblings, Carolyn (Falk) Sund (1976-1979, 1984, S1986-1987), Nancy (Falk) Ayoub (1979, 1984), Carl Falk (1981, S1990-1994), and Leigh Mossman Pauling (S1993); nephews, Gunnar Sund (2002), Bjorn Sund (2004, 2007, 2011), Parker Lefebvre (2011), Andrew Falk (2015); nieces Ingrid Sund (2011, 2014) and Katharine Lefebvre (2008-2009, 2011); aunts, Carolyn Falk Scott (1942, 1946-1949), Suzie (Falk) Ahlstrand (1953, 1955-1958, S1967), and Ginny (Falk) Olson (1946, 1948, 1950, S1958), many cousins (Eric Ahlstrand (1981-1985), Tina (Ahlstrand) Mondragon (1980-1984), Kerstin (Ahlstrand) Anderson (1980-1984), Karen (Scott) Dixon (1965-1971, S1974), Amy Scott (1970-1975), Sandy (Scott) Parker (1967-1974), David Scott (1972-1975), Nancy (Olson) Pierzchala (1964-1965), and Susie (Olson) Pellet (1974-1975, 1977-1978); and, their children, Liz Dixon (1992-2001, S2004), Kate Dixon (S1989-1997, S2000-2002), John Dixon (1995-2001), Graham Willer (2001-2010, S2012, 2014-2015), Griffin Willer (2004-2013, S2015), Sid Scott (2010-2015), Jason Parker (1991-1997), Andrew Parker (1994-2002), Anya Mondragon (2012-2013, 2015), Greta Anderson (2013), and Linnea Anderson (2013, 2015). I am certain that I have mistakenly left someone off of this list.

Did any of your family members attend or work at camp? Yes!  My dad, Robert Falk (1942, 1945, 1947, 1959) attended Camp Lincoln in the 1940s and 1950s.  He would take the train from Omaha to the old train station at the north end of Lake Hubert.  I love that camp is a tradition for our entire family! Each of my siblings were campers at Lincoln and Hubert.  My sister, Carolyn (Falk) Sund, worked as a counselor and Jr. Camp Director, my brother, Carl Falk, worked as a counselor at Camp Lincoln, and my sister, Nancy (Falk) Ayoub, works to spread the word about the benefits of camp and hosts camp movies each year in Omaha.

What are a few of your favorite memories from your days at Camp Lake Hubert?

  • Waking up early and walking through a quiet camp for Barn Crew.
  • My first summer as a counselor in Happy Hollow (1996) – the kids and staff were awesome!
  • Jogging around Lake Hubert before the start of the day.
  • The sound of the sailboats and the halyards clinking against the masts.
  • Watching the amazing storms form and come across Lake Hubert.
  • The lifelong friendships.
  • Tipping the sailboat, Peregrine, with Sarah (Campbell) McKee (1989-1994, S1996-1997).  We may have even convinced Claire (Goldstein) Swanson (1990-1994, S1999) to sail with us on that blustery day!
  • Night sailing with Susie Whitlock (1988-1997, S1999).
  • Barn Crew, led by Vicki Short (1980-1986, S1988-1992).
  • Night Watch in Senior Camp – Pig Roast.
  • Swimming with the horses in Lake Hubert.
  • Opening Campfire and Closing Campfire – which always came too quickly. There are too many favorite memories to list!

What are some of the things you learned at camp? Favorite activities? I learned to make independent and thoughtful decisions, to find confidence in myself, and the value of relationships that cross cultures, traditions, and miles.

Do you have any fun/funny travel stories about getting to camp, camp canoe trips, or traveling outside of camp with camp friends? During my last summer (1994) as a camper (LT), I drove myself to camp.  I thought it was great that my car was parked in the staff lot the whole month.  I never did try to drive away from camp though – but, then again, who would?

Sarah Campbell McKee and Claire Goldstein Swanson traveled to Omaha for Thanksgiving during our senior year in high school (early 90’s).  When Claire was deciding which city to fly into, I was able to convince her that only airplanes carrying cattle flew into Lincoln.  She flew into Omaha and I was able to spend a few extra hours with her!  I need to apologize to Sarah, as this was a selfish act on my part.  To be fair, I did get to spend time with Sarah throughout the rest of the year!

Canoe trips were not optional during my days at camp.  I would have preferred to stay at camp but the trips were always an opportunity for making great memories.  The beauty and peacefulness of the Boundary Waters is second to none.  I made several of my closest and most enduring friendships during those darn (and rainy!) canoe trips!  Camp creates hearty kids that can find the fun and positives in ANY situation!

Dana Lynn Talesnick (1989-1994) and I were the best of buddies at the CLH barn!  We spent many early mornings and late nights taking care of and learning about horses.  During my senior year of high school, I was thrilled to find out that Dana Lynn was planning to attend the same university.  We ended up choosing to be roommates our first year of college.  Talk about a great and easy welcome to college life!

What is your favorite camp quote, and when was it from? Bill Jones’ quote about viewing the glass as “half-full.”  For several years, I was an 8-week camper and had the opportunity to hear Bill’s encouraging messages several times each summer.  I continue to be thankful for his guidance and leadership, which has helped me (and, I imagine, so many others) through tough losses and life experiences.  Bill welcomed me to camp with open arms and support the summer following my mother’s passing when I was ten years old.  Two years ago, my father (Bob Falk) passed away.  At his funeral were Bill, Claire, and Sarah.  We tend to naturally find strength in the many experiences and people in our lives.  However, in that particular moment, I realized the impact that camp experiences and friendships had provided me.  Camp gave me a solid foundation in life, upon which I rely and draw strength from each and every day.

What was your favorite camp meal or dining tradition? The Rally Day feast, including corn dogs!  I have searched high and low, but no other corn dogs compare to camp’s. Oh, and Lois Baker’s (S1954, 1956-1990) famous chocolate fudge sauce.

Can you elaborate on any lasting friendships you have from camp? I still consider many in the camp community my friends, even though I haven’t been in direct contact with them for years.  Camp friendships can pick up again seamlessly.  Several years ago, Jennifer (Joseph) Johnson (1983-1985, 1990-1992, S1994, 1996-1997) and I met up in Estes Park, Colorado.  Our girls attended the YMCA day camp during the summer.  JJ and I, along with her youngest child, made an attempt at Flat Top Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park.  While we didn’t make it close to the top (there was still deep snow on the trail and we were warned of an impending storm from a seasoned hiker), we had a fun time together!

Julie (Boatman) Filucci (1985-1988, S1990-1992) and I, with my twin babies in tow, met up at a coffee shop in La Jolla, California.  I always looked up to Julie when I was a camper – what an honor it was to visit with and hear about her life and travels. Each summer, Claire, Sarah, and I make an attempt to visit each other while in northern Minnesota.  These friendships are invaluable!  And, watching our children (nine in total) run and play together is perfection! Another favorite memory was the canoe drill – “Tell me, were you ever nearer, to the land of heart’s desire, than when you started dreaming with your friends around the fire.”

What did you love most about camp?  What is the biggest take-away you have from your days at Camp Lake Hubert? The traditions of camp and the connection that camp gave me to my Dad.  He knew that camp would provide me with a safe place to grow and learn, which camp delivered on time and time again.  Thank you, Dad!

What are you up to now?  Tell us about your life and interests. Life is amazing and chaotic.  I try to be mindful of each experience and not get lost in the planning for the next activity, project, etc.  My girls attend school in the district that I work in, Encinitas Union School District.  We spend a lot of time commuting to/from school and work.  During our drive, we often talk about camp, sing camp songs, and perfect this summer’s packing lists!  I am proud that my work helps to support education and positive experiences in youth.

How do the lessons learned and experiences gained from camp impact your daily life? In working for a school district, there are many unexpected and challenging situations to navigate through on a daily basis.  Camp taught me to be flexible in my thinking, confident in my decisions, to learn from failure, celebrate others successes, encourage others through their failures, and to be mindful of others’ experiences and situations.  These lessons are applied in my life on a daily basis.

What is it like being a “camp mom” and being on the other side sending your daughters to CLH? What a joy it is to be a camp mom! I have dreamt of these years ever since I was a camper and am thrilled to be able to offer the opportunity for my daughters, Kyla and Ava, to attend camp.  I wish that I could secretly stay at camp to observe their experiences. I know that camp is for them now – but, how magical it would be to see camp through their eyes!  The lullaby I sang to the girls as babies was “Good night, good night, little sisters. We will meet in the land of dreams. ‘Neath the hallowed moon, day will come too soon. And in the pale moonlight, good night.”

More about Kristine’s story: My husband, Kevin, and I met when we were in college. I would return to the shores of Hubert each summer – and would talk about camp throughout the rest of the year.  He did send lots of letters and packages to me while I was on staff at camp – he definitely understood the importance of camp mail! We have been married nearly 12 years now, and he is always supportive of me sharing memories, camp songs, games, etc.  He’ll even add his own lines to a song every now and again – which is hilarious!   I say “always supportive” but I suppose he has accepted that camp is a part of me (and our girls!) and chooses to embrace it. Thank you, Kevin!

I love camp – and, happily share my experiences with any and all who are interested in listening.  Other parents question how I could send our 8-year old girls away to overnight camp in another state (the girls were 7 their first summer at camp).  One of the greatest gifts that we can give our children is the opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives, to enjoy and appreciate nature, learn to roam and grow, and experience all of this independently – while in a safe and supportive environment.  This environment is camp!