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MAR. 23, 2017

Join Us for Our Spring Open House

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Here in western North Carolina, signs of spring are everywhere. Birds are chirping, colorful flowers are popping out of the ground, and even the spring peepers have emerged with their familiar evening song. Watching the season creep across the Eagle’s Nest campus is exciting for us all. Soon, Pink Lady’s Slippers will line the trails and the Dogwood trees will show off their beautiful blooms.

Working at Eagle’s Nest throughout the year provides a unique opportunity to experience campus in seasons beyond summer. The spectacular colors of fall, frosty days of winter, and brightness of spring are a joy to witness.

We’d like for you to have the opportunity to see Eagle’s Nest in the spring, too! You and your family are invited to join us for an Open House on April 30th. Campus will be open from 12 – 3pm for tours, games, a scavenger hunt, and, you guessed it…Cho-Chos. Past, current, and future campers are welcome, and we’d love for you to bring your friends, too.

A quick recap:

Spring Open House

April 30, 2017 12-3pm

All are welcome

Cho-Chos!

If you have questions or would like to RSVP, send us an email. We can’t wait to see you and get excited about the summer!

MAR. 15, 2017

Music in the Air

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There are LOTS of things that I love to do at camp, but one of my favorite things is singing. Fortunately, we do a lot of singing at Eagle’s Nest – at flag raising, before all of our meals, at camp fires and Friendship Circle, and after lunch every day. The first time I stepped foot on the Eagle’s Nest campus, it was during after lunch singing. I was visiting a college friend who was working as a counselor, and I arrived at lunch time. To my delight, when I parked my car and got out I found that the air was filled with music as the camper raised their voices to the chorus of a beloved John Denver song. Instantly I was in love with Eagle’s Nest and knew that I had to work here. Many years later, I still get excited when the after lunch band announces, “turn your song books to number 72.” If you have a song book, or if you’re one of those people who knows all of the numbers for all of the songs, you’ll know the song I’m talking about.

I am not alone in my love for singing at camp. There’s a good reason that song books are one of the most popular items in the canteen! We all have our favorite camp songs, and I bet we all feel a tug on our heart when we hear certain Bob Dylan or Beatle’s songs on the radio. These songs instantly transport us sharing songbooks on benches in the Dining Hall or to shouting out requests during camp fire. They warm our hearts and sooth our souls.

Unfortunately, as much as I wish otherwise, I don’t get to sing after lunch when I not at camp. I bet you don’t either (though I do know that several of you are lucky enough to be at schools that incorporate singing into the school week). Lucky for us, we can still listen to camp songs – and sign along – thanks to a Spotify playlist that a former camper and staff member put together this fall. This playlist is the most extensive I’ve ever heard! It includes over 100 songs, including some of the “old school” songs that we don’t sing much anymore. Give it a listen, turn up the volume, and sing along. In no time you’ll be ready for rest period or another s’more: Here’s the link to the playlist.  Enjoy!

Paige Lester-Niles, Camp Director

MAR. 8, 2017

The Trustees of Eagle’s Nest

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Eagle’s Nest is special in so many ways, but one that is very meaningful to me is that it is chartered as an educational non-profit organization.   Most independent schools are non-profits but for an independent summer camp it is not nearly as common and certainly was unusual in 1950 when our charter was granted.

David Gilbert: Trustee, OA and Camp Parent

David Gilbert: Trustee, OA and Camp Parent

What this means for us in the big picture is that we are not owned by any one individual but rather have a board of trustees who holds our mission in trust and who guide us in long range planning, financial decision making, best practices in education, human resources and so much more.  The Eagle’s Nest Board of Trustees is comprised of 25 of some of the most committed folks I know.  All have some connection to Eagle’s Nest, whether their child or grandchild attended Camp or OA, or they themselves are an alumnus of one or all of our programs.   Educators, attorneys, business people, artists, accountants, environmentalists, realtors, health professionals and community volunteers are actively serving on our board.  We strive to keep our board well rounded, representing all walks of life, multiple generations and all facets of our community.

Currently we are specifically seeking OA alumni to carry that voice in this group.  If you are interested let me know by sending an e-mail to me at noni@enf.orgI would love to talk to you about what it means to “hold Eagle’s Nest in trust”.

Noni Waite-Kucera, Executive Director 

FEB. 21, 2017

Financial Aid Deadline is February 25th

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As you work on plans for the upcoming summer, you may be concerned about how you can afford to send your children to camp. At Eagle’s Nest, we strongly believe in the value of our camp experience, and we work with families to help make camp a reality. Each year, we award financial aid (“Camperships”) to families who need assistance with tuition payments. Individual aid in the amount of 10% to 95% is awarded. In 2016, we were able to award over $110,000 in camperships for our camper families.

February 25th is the Campership application deadline. If finances are keeping you from sending your child to Eagle’s Nest this summer, we high encourage you to apply.

For step by step instructions about how to request a Campership, please visit the financial aid section of our website. When you apply for a campership, your discounted deposit of $150 is fully refundable if we are unable to award you the financial aid your child needs to attend camp.

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Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about Campership, setting up a payment plan, and to learn about additional discounts we offer. We look forward to helping make a summer at Eagle’s Nest a reality for your family!

Liz Snyder, Assistant Camp Director 

FEB. 13, 2017

Remembering Mo Waite

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My dad meant so much to so many. He was a great, great man who will be sorely missed, but the good he brought to this world will live on in us all. To carry on all that he did will be an honor and a high task- in his wonderful memory we will do it! 

– Noni Waite-Kucera, Executive Director, Eagle’s Nest Foundation

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Dr. Benjamin Moseley (Mo) Waite, scientist, educator, conservationist, and friend and mentor to many, died February 3rd, 2017.

In 1950 Mo’s parents Dr. Alex and Hannah Waite chartered Eagle’s Nest Camp, originally founded in 1927, as a non-profit educational organization. Mo first attended camp with them as an 8-year-old boy in 1945 and continued to spend his summers at camp until he started graduate school. In the summer following his college graduation, he ran the laundry, washing all of the campers’ clothes, wringing them out and hanging them out to dry. He even pressed their jeans! In the 1970’s Mo helped found Carolina Camps for Children with Diabetes, providing life changing opportunities for children to learn to manage their illness in a camp setting. Mo has said that he found that to be “one of the most gratifying experiences I’ve had”. Mo continued his parents’ legacy by serving on the board of trustees for over 35 years.

Eagle’s Nesters through the years will remember Mo as the mountain of a man who would hike a Dutch oven or watermelons out their camping sites for them, as the red mustached man who led them on “short” hikes in the woods, or as the chief of the Migisi. Trustees will remember paddling down the rivers of Western North Carolina or washing dishes and dancing in the Sun Lodge kitchen with Mo. They’ll also remember meaningful time spent on hikes through the woods and his thoughtful guidance as President of the Board of Trustees. Some are also lucky to have a least one of the beautiful hand turned bowls that he crafted. Mo started what has now become an annual Eagle’s Nest silent auction with about 6 of these bowls. The auction now raises close to $5,000 dollars each year for camp and Outdoor Academy scholarships. So beloved was Mo that one year a fellow trustee bid $500 for an old ceramic bowl that Mo had made and that was being used to serve hummus in at the auction.

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Mo with the Eagle’s Nest Board of Trustees.

Mo graduated from Rollins College in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He continued his studies at Duke University, and in 1963 he obtained his Ph.D. in biochemistry. After postdoctoral fellowships at Duke University and in The Netherlands, he joined the faculty as an assistant professor at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1968.  He became the chairman of biochemistry in 1978, a position that he continued to fulfill until his retirement in 1998. He made tremendous contributions in the field of lipid biochemistry, including a landmark publication, “The Phospholipases”. He trained and was a mentor of numerous graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who have subsequently established successful research careers in both academics and industry.

He loved returning to his summer home in Maine to tend to his “deer-loved” vegetable garden and his relationships with friends and community. Mo loved the natural, bold beauty of Maine and together with Helen, his wife of 57 years, committed themselves to protecting and conserving its natural habitats. Moseley served on the board of Directors of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy for over 10 years, which, since its founding, has protected 6,330 acres of land, watersheds, islands and 62 miles of shoreline in Washington County.

Scientist, ceramicist, furniture maker, gardener, pickler, blueberry farmer, white water paddler, world traveler, bibliophile; Mo’s interests and talents ranged as wide as the circle of people who respected and loved him.

Together Mo and Helen, former Eagle’s Nest Camp Director, Executive Director, and founder of The Outdoor Academy, crafted a beautiful ship of life—each taking a turn as the mast and the rudder. Thousands of campers, students, faculty, professional peers, friends, extended family will continue to be touched by their joyful and inspiring journey through life.

Mo had an impact on so many people’s lives. In the week since his death his family has received and heard many stories that speak to his kindness, wisdom and humor. We invite you to share your stories of Mo with his family and Eagle’s Nest. Please send your stories to Noni at noni@enf.org.

A celebration of his life will be held on February 25th at Brevard College.