2018 Alumni Calendar

2018 is a BIG year for Cherokee Creek Boys School! It was 15 years ago that CCBS opened its doors to our first student. As we mark our anniversary, we are proud that almost 400 boys and families have been a part of our history. And, of course, you are a part of the legacy of our small school with a big heart.

Our alumni events will be the perfect time to reconnect with staff and fellow alumni and make new memories. We have several events planned for 2018 and hope we can welcome you back!

If you have any questions, please email our Alumni Coordinator Sarah Walsh at swalsh@cherokeecreek.net.

Founder’s Day and Alumni Celebration Weekend | May 3 – 5, 2018

Please join the Blacks, current and former staff, fellow alumni families, current families, our CCBS board members and longtime friends in a celebration honoring 15 years of hope and healing for boys and their families.

The agenda below lists some of the activities that are planned. We know that it is a busy time of year and invite you to join us for some or all of the festivities!

We know the road of healing is not a straight one. Our boys travel in many directions after leaving CCBS so regardless of your continued journey, we hope you will come to share memories from your CCBS days and your post-CCBS path.

You are a key part of the Cherokee Creek story. We hope to see you there!

For more event details and to sign up for this event, please click HERE. Full details will follow as the big event draws near.

Thursday, May 3rd

  • 5:00 pm: Join other CCBS parents for a cocktail reception at Clemson Outdoor Lab, Clemson, SC
  • Casual dinner to follow

Friday, May 4th

  • Breakfast and Lunch at Clemson Outdoor Lab, Clemson, SC
  • Meet the New York Times best-selling author Michael Gurian at a presentation about boys, their brains, learning and more
  • Alumni Panel … please plan to share your story with current families
  • Cake and outdoor games led by the Primaries
  • Private party for alumni, staff, and friends at the Village Bakery and Café, Pendleton, SC
  • (Optional) Overnight camping for alumni boys on the Koblick property (2 miles from campus)

Saturday, May 5th

  • 10:00 am: Return to campus for a tour and picnic lunch on CCBS campus
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Circling Up with Brandie Burleson, our Transition Coach, for a gathering for alumni to check in and catch up
    – OR –
  • (Optional) Rafting trip down Section IV of the Chattooga River
  • 1:00 – 4:00 pm: Open House on the new Koblick property adjacent to CCBS


Tribute Book for Founders Beth & Ron

We have a special request for you! We are creating a special memory book to honor Beth and Ron Black for the founding of CCBS and courage and commitment they have given to the school over the years. We want to fill it with personal letters, notes and pictures from boys, family and staff who have been touched by the school over the years. We hope you will contribute! The book will be presented to Beth and Ron at the May Founder’s Day celebration. Please send your contribution by April 5 to Alumni Coordinator, Sarah Walsh at swalsh@cherokeecreek.net. Any questions, please contact Sarah. Thanks so much!


5th Annual Alumni Summer Wilderness Challenge | July 8 – 14, 2018

Back for the 5th year …

  • Join our team of CCBS staff and local professionals to hone your kayak techniques, build leadership skills, and rekindle old friendships.
  • CCBS graduates ages 14 – 18 are eligible to attend.
  • Total cost of the 6-day challenge is $1850.

Save your spot today! For more information or to register, please email Christy Swafford at cswafford@cherokeecreek.net


Alumni Student Reunion / Camping Weekend | August 3 – 5, 2018

Enjoy a weekend with fellow alumni and CCBS staff back on campus and at the Koblick property. It is the perfect time to unwind, reconnect with alumni friends, and meet new friends! The Cherokee Creek team is excited to have to opportunity to spend some down time with alumni who mean so much to us!

For more event details and to sign up for this event, please click HERE.

Friday, August 3

  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm arrival
  • Cook Out Dinner at the Koblick House
  • Movie night!
  • Overnight camping on the Koblick property

Saturday, August 4

  • Breakfast on campus
  • Section IV Raft Trip with WildWater
  • BBQ Dinner at WildWater
  • Bonfire on the Koblick Property
  • Overnight camping on the Koblick property

Sunday, August 5

  • Breakfast on campus
  • 9:00 – 11:00 am departure


WomenRest / Mom’s Reunion Retreat | October 4 – 8, 2018

My mom continues to share how meaningful and personally rewarding her relationships with Cherokee Creek moms are. My 15th anniversary gift to her is organizing a reunion with as many of her beloved CCBS moms as possible for a weekend of laughter, love, and friendship. The location is still being finalized, but we plan to be in the Southeast beach region.

Mom has blocked off her weekend and is thrilled that there will be a reunion, but we want the who, what, where, and everything else to be a surprise! More information, as well as a special Facebook group, will be available soon. Mark your calendars and spread the word. All Cherokee Creek moms are invited!

For more event details and to sign up for this event, please click HERE.

Thanks, Shaler

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