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Whole Kitchen

Eagle's Nest Camp

The busiest place at Camp – the Dining hall is where we Give Thanks before our meals and eat everyday as a community. Everyone has a Table Family, which is a great way to make new friends and get to know people outside of cabins and activities. After lunch we each take turns lending a hand with clean up and gather again for Lunchtime Singing. During some Camp sessions, the Dining Hall will transform overnight into a magical fantasy world for Final Banquet!

Boys' Cabins

Eagle's Nest Camp

There are 12 Cabins at Eagle’s Nest separated by gender and age. Each with their own unique character, our counselors are incredible at building “Cabin Community” and making sure everyone feels at Home.

Girls' Cabins

Eagle's Nest Camp

There are 12 Cabins at Eagle’s Nest separated by gender and age. Each with their own unique character, our counselors are incredible at building “Cabin Community” and making sure everyone feels at Home.

Old Lodge

Eagle's Nest Camp

One of the oldest buildings at Camp, this is a building filled with memories of the past 85 years. We will have Lodge (the Camp dance), Coffeehouse (talent show), and games here all summer long.

Bell

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The first ringing of the bell is heard at 7:30 every morning for wake up. We have so much fun at Camp that it’s easy to lose track of time, and this trusty bell can be heard all over campus reminding us to head to our next activity.

OD Board

Eagle's Nest Camp

This is where we keep track of where all our campers are throughout the day so don’t forget to move your tag! This is also where the Program Director and Hante Director can often be found planning our next great adventures.

Indian Village

Eagle's Nest Camp

A sacred and special place where everyone gathers on Sunday evenings. Our tribal leaders share words of wisdom, Indian Lore class performs a short play, and campers are recognized for advancements in their activities.

New Lodge – Arts Arena

Eagle's Nest Camp

At Eagle’s Nest you’ll learn all kinds of crafts in the Arts Arena, like woodworking and ceramics. On Saturday nights the whole camp will fill the upstairs for Square Dancing! If it gets too warm inside, step out to the fire ring and make yourself a S’more under the stars.

Lake

Eagle's Nest Camp

Whether you’re learning to swim for the first time, practicing your canoeing strokes, or having a cannonball competition off the diving board, the Lake is a great spot to cool off during the hot summer days. Don’t worry, there’s always a lifeguard on duty and no one swims without a buddy.

Garden

Eagle's Nest Camp

Most campers have never gardened before coming to Eagle’s Nest. Our Garden Manager and Interns will teach you how to plant rows of vegetables, turn a compost pile, and harvest fresh food for the Whole Kitchen!

Pasture/Barn

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Whether you’re an avid rider or just love horses, it’s always fun to watch Cowboy, Cookie, and Dylan get their morning exercise in the pasture.

Climbing Wall

Eagle's Nest Camp

Over 60 feet tall and ready for you to step out of your Comfort Zone! Here Campers can push their skills with experienced Climbing Staff and the support of their friends cheering them on!

Sun Lodge

Eagle's Nest Camp

This is the Staging Area for Hante Adventures. Before heading out to the Appalachian Trail, Colorado, or Spain, participants will gather here to pack gear, get acquainted, and prepare for their incredible adventure together!

Cheoah & Wayah

Eagle's Nest Camp

Climate controlled and filled with guitars, banjos, mandolins, and drums, you can almost always find someone playing music on the Cheoah porch. Play the piano? We’ve got one of those, too! If you like costumes, then you’ll love the 6 closets in Wayah filled to the brim with fun outfits for all our Camp theatrics. Head to the back side to find our photography Dark Room and more Arts and Crafts supplies.

Health Hut

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This is the place to heal all our little scrapes and bruises that happen during Camp. Just sitting on the porch surrounded by beautiful flowers can be pretty healing sometimes too!

Camp Out Sites

Eagle's Nest Camp

Ever heard of Bioluminescence or Glow Worms? Take a Twilight stroll down here and you’ll see a magical neon world at night!

Salt Mines

Eagle's Nest Camp

This is where we check in all Campers and Visitors! It’s also where you’ll find our Camp Director, Assistant Camp Director, and Executive Director when they’re not running around leading camp activities! On the Salt Mines Porch you’ll see Quoddy (the Camp Dog) enjoying some bluegrass music as the counselors practice before Lunchtime Singing.

Fishing Pond

Eagle's Nest Camp

This dock is where campers cast their lines during Fishing Class. While waiting for their next “big catch” they can look for turtles and cattails along the pond’s edge.

Athletic Field

Eagle's Nest Camp

From Tennis to Archery and Frisbee to Basketball, all kinds of classes happen at the Athletic Fields! Our Junior Counselors will treat us to a “Cookout” in the field at least once a session!

Ironwood

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Eagle’s Nest holds a strong connection to the traditional Appalachian Crafts of our area. Campers can learn woodworking and blacksmithing just like our ancestors in this traditional forge and woodshop.

Camp Out Sites

Eagle's Nest Camp

Eagle’s Nest Camp is surrounded by over 100 acres of beautiful forests. Follow the trails and you’ll see our Campout spots where some campers will spend their very first overnight in the woods!

Canteen

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Campers are always excited to visit the Canteen and see the latest Eagle’s Nest Gear! Some are looking for their tribe T-Shirt, some for an ENF bandana or water bottle, and some for the toothbrush they forgot at home!

Camp 7 Field

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Cabin 7 Field is the center of Eagle’s Nest Campus and a great spot for maypole dancing, tribe ceremonies, Final Banquet performances, frisbee games, and midday lounging.

Riding Ring

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Come step into the Riding Ring to see our camp horses trot, gallup, jump, and perform. Campers can hone their skills in the ring before riding the trails around campus and in nearby Dupont State Forest.

High Tunnel

Eagle's Nest Camp

Erected in 2010, this High Tunnel houses many of our vine growing and winter vegetables at the garden. Last season alone we collected over 50 pounds of fresh tomatoes, and 389 heads of greens, bok choi, lettuce, fennel, and cabbage.

Packout House

Eagle's Nest Camp

Where all the adventures begin! Whether it’s a three day outing in Pisgah National Forest or a 10 day trek on the Appalachian Trail, the Packout House is where all our campers and Hante participants come to prepare for their next big adventure.

Sikwayi

The Outdoor Academy

One of our main classrooms on campus, Sikwayi is where students will take Spanish, Environmental Seminar, and English class and study in the Library upstairs. You’ll recognize this room when our Head of School welcomes you and your family to OA on Opening Day!

Cheoah

The Outdoor Academy

This climate-controlled room is filled with our many guitars, mandolins, banjos, drums and piano on campus. You can almost always find someone playing music on the Cheoah porch – whether it’s an Irish ballad they learned in Music Class or just trying out an instrument for the first time.

Wayah

The Outdoor Academy

Wayah is a versatile classroom, home to Math, French, and Visual Arts class. Head to the back side to find our photography dark room and all the arts supplies you’ll need throughout the semester for paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and journal making.

Sun Lodge

The Outdoor Academy

The busiest place on campus, this building serves four different functions during OA. In The Base we hold class for Natural Science, World History, and Study Period. The Dining Hall is where students and faculty will eat all their daily meals together as a community. The Student Den is a great place to drink a cup of tea, play a board game, read by the woodstove, and stay in touch with family and friends using the campus phone. On the top floor we have student living quarters and a “Rest Room” for students feeling ill during the semester.

Cabin 10

The Outdoor Academy

Students at OA live in housing separated by gender. Some will live in the Sun Lodge and the others will live in this beautifully rustic woodstove-heated cabin. Students will always have an adult Resident living with them who can serve as mentor, confidant, and wilderness guide throughout the semester.

Ironwood

The Outdoor Academy

At OA we maintain a deep connection to the cultural history of the Southern Appalachians. During your Art class or during Appalachian Craft Week, you’ll have an opportunity to build your own wooden furniture using 18th century hand tools and create metal works of art in our blacksmith forge.

Cabin 7 Field

The Outdoor Academy

Similar to a “Campus Quad” this is where you’ll find students throwing a Frisbee between class, reading books, playing guitar or just lounging in the sun between classes. This is also a great spot for Community Meeting during the crisp autumn afternoons.

New Lodge

The Outdoor Academy

This open air studio is where students will come to throw ceramic pots on the wheel and work on small craft projects. Above the studio is storage for our wilderness gear after our many expeditions throughout the semester.

Salt Mines

The Outdoor Academy

Students come to know this building very well throughout the semester as it is the place to collect mail and care packages from family! It is also the offices of our Registrar, Deans, Admissions, and Head of School.

Athletic Field

The Outdoor Academy

When we’re not in the woods climbing, backpacking, or paddling, this is where Outdoor Education class comes to hone their skills and team building. It’s also where students prepare for the annual Ultimate Frisbee Match against the faculty!

Lake

The Outdoor Academy

Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing” -Henry David Thoreau

Here you can practice your strokes before heading out into some of the best whitewater rivers in the Southeast: the French Broad, Tuckaseegee, Lower Green, and Nantahala Rivers.

Garden

The Outdoor Academy

With our Garden to Table program students will learn to harvest and process food from our organic garden for our daily meals at OA. As part of their Work Crew students may also be building additions to the Garden throughout their semester.

Climbing Wall

The Outdoor Academy

Before we head out to Cedar Rock, Rumbling Bald and Looking Glass, students will build their climbing and belaying skills at our campus Climbing Wall. Whether you’re an avid climber or scared of heights, you’ll have a chance to challenge yourself with the help of your classmates cheering you on.

High Tunnel

The Outdoor Academy

Erected in 2010, this High Tunnel houses many of our vine growing and winter vegetables at the garden. Last season alone we collected over 50 pounds of fresh tomatoes, and 389 heads of greens, bok choi, lettuce, fennel, and cabbage.

Morning Watch

The Outdoor Academy

Each Morning the students rise to welcome the day with a sacred tradition at OA. Together they climb the Morning Watch Trail to stand in silent meditation as the sun slowly creeps over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Campus Trails

The Outdoor Academy

With over 180 acres we have an extensive and beautiful trail system on campus. You will often find OA students out on a morning run, completing a ‘mini-solo’, or exploring the local flora and fauna of western North Carolina.

Outdoor Classrooms

The Outdoor Academy

If the weather is nice, you will be hard pressed to find a class happening inside at the Outdoor Academy. We have many outdoor classrooms all over campus so our students can spend as much time as possible in our incredibly diverse bioregion.

Faculty Housing

The Outdoor Academy

In addition to the Residents living in student cabins, most of our Staff and Faculty live on The Outdoor Academy campus, including our Dean of Students, Dean of Academics, Medical Coordinator, Head of School, and Foundation Risk Manager.

Perennial Garden

The Outdoor Academy

This hidden gem on campus is full of delicious berry bushes and the site of a future Outdoor Classroom for OA. Students will help cultivate this ‘secret garden’ into a learning lab for principles of permaculture, growing our own food, and identifying wild edibles.

Outdoor Classrooms

The Outdoor Academy

If the weather is nice, you will be hard pressed to find a class happening inside at the Outdoor Academy. We have many outdoor classrooms all over campus so our students can spend as much time as possible in our incredibly diverse bioregion.