EAGLE’S NEST CAMP PROGRAMS
ACTIVITIES WITH A PURPOSE
Grow in confidence while rock climbing, blacksmithing and making new friends
Ever wonder if you could climb a 100-foot cliff or paddle down a raging river? Eagle’s Nest campers don’t just wonder, they do it! Our activities promote community awareness, a connection with the outdoors, and a healthy and joyful lifestyle, removed from technology. Campers grow in independence by creating their own schedules for the session with the assistance of the camp leadership. A well-balanced schedule of activities which include at least one outdoor, arts, and athletic activity gives our young people a chance to participate in activities they already know they love and also discover new ones. Whether they are learning more about forest ecology, ceramics, or drama, or trying out horseback riding, whitewater canoeing, or rock climbing, campers grow in skill and have fun!
Our program offers a progression of opportunities to your child as they age.
Campers can begin their journey at Eagle’s Nest by participating in the traditional camp program for 1 – 3 weeks. As they age they can explore additional programs including one week long Added Adventures, special “add-ons” to a camp session for participants that desire both the in-camp experience and an extended off-campus adventure. Added Adventure participants travel to special destinations during the session to enhance their outdoor skills and explore new places — from the banks of the French Broad River to the beaches of South Georgia. Teenaged campers can also spend two to three weeks on a Hante Adventure – an outdoor experience during which they will hone their outdoor skills while also gaining confidence and learning more about themselves.
ACTIVITIES THAT PROMOTE GROWTH & GOOD TIMES
Learn to work with a partner in a canoe to explore the rivers of Western North Carolina or learn knot-tying skills and belaying while climbing some of the best granite sites in the Easten United States. Eagle’s Nest Camp is just 20 minutes from Looking Glass rock and is surrounded by beautiful white water. Campers can also learn campcraft skills like tarp set up, fire building and cooking on a camp stove before venturing into Pisgah National Forest for a 2 – 3 day backpacking trip.
Campers also enjoy hiking through the creeks that run throughout Eagle’s Nest, crawling through rhododendrons in search of crayfish and salamanders, or cutting down bamboo to make a fishing rod and catching fish with worms dug out of the compost pile. Campers can also help plant and harvest lettuce, squash, beans, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, herbs and more in our garden.
One of our most popular outdoor activities is “Walks and Waterfalls” – a class that takes campers off campus to explore the many magnificent waterfalls in our area.
Arts abound at Eagle’s Nest! Campers can learn how to weave baskets, batik and tie dye, sew, knit, develop and print film and craft bird houses out of wood. In pottery classes campers learn a variety of methods for making pots or building sculptures out of clay. Our teenaged campers also enjoy bending and shaping metal by the forge or carving green wood in our blacksmithing and green woodworking class.
Campers who enjoy performing can be a part of our camp musical, be in a dance or improvisation class or take a guitar or “strings and things”.
Athletics classes at camp promote teamwork, skill building and play! Campers are encouraged to give their best while playing Ultimate Frisbee, basketball, tennis and soccer. Campers can brush up on swimming skills in our fresh mountain lake, or learn to hit the bull’s eye in archery.
Horseback Riding is one of our most popular athletic activities. We provide training in English hunt seat style horseback riding to novice through advanced riders. Participants build relationships with their horses while learning to care for them.