Red Hawks take on THE WALL

The Red Hawks had an off campus adventure to Clemson’s Outdoor Lab last weekend. Trek Counselors Royce and Jesy took them on a high climbing adventure to a wall which was 55 feet high.

“Our main goal was not to die,” Ari said laughing.

“It was really hard, but it was a great workout,” Angel added.

Enjoy the pictures of some of the participants below. Happy climbing!

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Memorial Day Fun

Memorial Day was a day to remember the sacrifices of those who served in our Armed Forces to ensure we all enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans. It’s also the kickoff to summer, and a great day to swim, enjoy a little beach volleyball, and cook out.

Some of our boys had visits with their families, but for those on campus it was a chance to break free from the classrooms with the teachers. Please enjoy this mini album of photos from the days events. And of course,  Happy Summer to All!

Sand Between our Toes

Loucas, Angel and Andrew hang out

Swimming and Hanging on the Mini Dock

Sam munches and guards

Bears Beach Volleyball

Andrew and Sam make sure there are burgers for all

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Sport Teams Wrap Up

FLAG FOOTBALL — Bears defeat Whetstone with high flying offense.

Bears Make a First Down

Bears Make a First Down

The weather on Saturday afternoon was perfect for the first round of the flag football tournament. The ninth seed Whetstone was set to face off against the eighth seeded Bears.

The Bears began the game on defense. With six Bears defenders lined up to take on seven Whetstone offensive warriors, the Whetstone QB connected for a deep pass over the middle for a gain of 60 yards. The Whetstone offense began to walk a little taller to the line of scrimmage as their confidence surged. The Bears defense made quick work of the confidence surge and was able to point out what was real and true about what was going to happen in the game.

The Bears offense was ferocious and highly effective that afternoon. The Bears out scored Whetstone 49-7.

SOFTBALL LEAGUE — The boys have been participating in the Foothills Community Church softball league on Sunday afternoons. Despite a win-less season, they showed improvement on every game. Coach Ryan Natale said, “Our goal is always to help the guys learn commitment, sportsmanship, and how to encourage and support one another. When somebody was struggling, it was a teachable moment we looked for as coaches. From start to finish, there was great improvement in all these areas.”

The Win-Less, But Victorious Softball Team

Below are some of the highlights of the season, according to the boys:

“My highlight of the season was being in the lead (for an inning) and having fun.” — Michael

“My highlight of the season was catching a pop fly that was supposed to burn me.” — Rick

“My highlight was getting a base hit.” — Tommy

“My highlight was running, having fun, and seeing (Coach) Natale slide … again.” — Eddie

“My highlight was (Coach Brandon) hitting the inside the park homerun. I think everyone had a great time.” — Sam D.

My highlight of the game was getting a run.” — Barron

“My highlight for the first game was having fun and doing what I was supposed to. My highlight for the second game was getting on base and getting my first run.” — Vincent

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Two Very Special Programs

In the next few months we have two very special programs coming up for mothers and fathers of Cherokee Creek Boys School students. It is important to note that these programs are not restricted to moms and dads. Participants may include other significant adults invested in the success of CCBS students.

On deck first is the Women of Courage Retreat in February (February 12-14), just preceding the February Family Seminar facilitated by Founder, Beth Black and Manager of Clinical Services, Jane Barker. This event is for mothers of current CCBS students. For more information please read the Women of Courage Invitation.

In April, Fathers and Sons are invited to launch into a multi-day sea kayaking adventure to Cumberland Island. The Father & Son Sea Kayaking Adventure (April 18-22 – possible evening travel on April 17) will be facilitated by Cherokee Creek staff and Breakwater Expeditions and is designed to be the perfect combination of activity, rest, relationship development and fun! For trip details, download the Cumberland Island Trip Packet.

Both of these events have limited availability. Please RSVP to Beth Venable if you are interested in attending: (864) 647-1885 or via email at

We look forward to seeing you!

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2011 Flag-Football Schedule

The Bears flag-football schedule has arrived with our first two games on Monday night, April 4th. Check out the full schedule below. Games will also be listed in the “Upcoming Events” sidebar on the right side of this page.

Can you make it to a game? Please connect with your son’s Primary Counselor for additional details and directions. We look forward to cheering with you!

Monday, April 4th – 7:00 PM – v. Clemson
Monday, April 4th – 8:00 PM – v. Florida

Monday, April 11th – 7:00 PM – v. South Carolina
Monday, April 11th – 8:00 PM – v. Wren

Thursday, April 28th – 6:00 PM – v. Liberty 2
Thursday, April 28th – 7:00 PM – v. Georgia

Monday, May 2nd – 6:00 PM – v. Central Falcon
Monday, May 2nd – 7:00 PM – v. Liberty 1

Friday, May 13th – 6:00 PM – v. Florida State
Friday, May 13th – 7:00 PM – v. Wake Forest


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Getting “Boat Feel”

Last year we were given an incredible gift by an alumni family: 8 fully outfitted whitewater canoes! These are top of the line tandem “Captions”. Often, boys arrive at Cherokee Creek having canoed at summer camp or in a local waterway – in flatwater boats. Whitewater boats take a little getting used to. They are different in a couple of critical ways: they have less surface contact with the water; and they are designed to turn on a dime.

As we teach boys to become whitewater boaters, we start with “boat feel” – getting used to how to sit comfortably and move with the boat instead of working against it. A paddler who stays relaxed and moved with the boat is far less likely to find himself on the “swim team.”

Check out the video below of Sam and Dylan on Lake Hartwell. As they paddle into the sunset they are relaxed, have good momentum and paying attention to the distict feel of a whitewater canoe.

Moving water is next! Stay tuned…

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2011 CCBS Bears Basketball Season

The holiday season is wrapping up, but the 2011 CCBS Bears basketball season is upon us! This year’s schedule is listed below. You can also access this schedule in the Upcoming Events list on the right side of this page.

(Tip: If you bookmark this page you will always have CCBS event info handy.)

2011 Seaon:

  • Tuesday, January 4th – 7:00 PM – Westminster
  • Thursday, January 13th – 6:00 PM – Seneca
  • Saturday, January 15th – 2:00 PM – Fair Oak
  • Tuesday, January 18th – 8:00 PM – Walhalla
  • Tuesday, January 25th – 7:00 PM – Westminster
  • Thursday, January 27th – 8:00 PM – Walhalla
  • Tuesday, February 1st – 6:00 PM – Seneca
  • Monday, February 7th – 8:00 PM – Walhalla

    Come cheer with us! Please contact your son’s primary counselor for more information or directions to a game.

    Go Bears!!

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