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DEC. 13, 2018

The Splendid Table Family

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I love the end of the year because it presents multiple opportunities for everyone to come together and these gatherings usually include food.  I am always excited to share the fruits of my yearly baking extravaganza and to laugh, sing, celebrate, and be joyful as I prepare meals with friends and family.

At Eagle’s Nest, sharing meals and understanding where our food comes from is an integral part of creating community.  After parents leave on Opening Day, the first things campers and staff do is meet their table families. Table families are a group of six campers and two staff members who sit together at every meal throughout the session.   All of our meals are family style. Once everyone is served, you can hear the clinking of glasses as each table toasts the start of the meal. They bond through the shared experience of a hearty, healthy meal where campers are encouraged to try new foods, discuss their successes and challenges, and share interesting dreams with the group. Many campers agree that their table family is the closest community they have at Eagle’s Nest.

Campers also contribute to both meal preparation and clean up at Eagle’s Nest.  Throughout the session, each camper will have the opportunity to help our baker make bread for the entire community, bring compost down to the garden, harvest vegetables with our garden manager, and clean up after meals.

As Winter Break draws near, I want to encourage you to spend some time with your camper in the kitchen. Invite your camper to help you chop vegetables as you cook dinner or to lend a hand as you roll out that holiday cookie dough.  Cooking with your child teaches general awareness in the kitchen, and how to safely operate knives, stoves, and ovens. This is a great time to talk about the importance of healthy, balanced diets and to share stories of family recipes and traditions from your childhood.

Below, I have included two recipes from the Eagle’s Nest Cookbook for you to try with your camper. The first is an Eagle’s Nest Camp closing night dish, Spanakopita, a Greek spinach and cheese filled pastry.  This is a favorite among campers and staff! The second, a granola bar recipe,  you can make with your camper and wrap up for their lunch boxes in the New Year to share with their peers at school.

By Sara Gerall




NOV. 29, 2018

The Value of Giving the Gift of Camp

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As the holidays approach many of us find ourselves spending countless hours on-line or at local shops searching for the perfect gift for our loved ones. We would like for you to consider the value of giving a special child in your life the gift of an experience at Eagle’s Nest Camp or on a Hante Adventure. Not only will they have fun, they’ll also gain life skills that will support their growth for years to come.

In her book Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ellen Galinsky offers a blueprint, in the form of seven essential skills, for transforming the ways in which we nurture and educate children to become lifelong learners. For Galinsky, teaching children to “take perspective” helps them to develop strategies to determine how people think and feel, beyond empathy, so they can consider thoughtfully perspectives and feelings that diverge from their own. Developing this skill allows them to think about the larger world by putting their thoughts on hold through inhibitory control. This cognitive flexibility is necessary for the child’s ability to change focus from themselves to someone else. These strategies are linked concretely to future academic and work-related success as they enable children to consider thoughtfully the perspective of those around them and in the larger world.

On Hante Adventures and at Eagle’s Nest Camp we create everyday opportunities for children and teens to exercise these skills. Our participants live closely with each other, which exposes them to views and opinions unlike their own. They share community responsibilities and take turns with their cabin cleanup jobs, promoting an egalitarian community structure. In many of our classes, campers work collectively on projects and in initiative games. This teaches them to understand and respect the perspectives of others. On Hante, participants take turns being the leader of the day, where they must make decisions based on the needs and goals of the group. Also, at the end of each day on Hante, participants engage in sharing circles, during which they share highlights from the day as well as any challenges or frustrations they may have faced on that day. They learn to share with each other in a way that is honest and respectful.

At Eagle’s Nest we are intentional in our efforts to bring together a community that reflects the larger world in which we live – one that is inclusive of all thought and ideology, that draws participants from across the country and the globe, and one that includes a range of socioeconomic backgrounds. We want children to be able to interact with people who have conflicting ideas and perspectives, and we want to teach them how to “take perspective”, or make connections with those people and communicate in thoughtful, respectful ways. Creating an opportunity to teach children with these lessons helps them develop essential life skills and is a valuable investment in their future.

If you would like to provide the gift of Eagle’s Nest Camp or Hante Adventures to a special child in your life and need financial support we value you and would like to help support you. Please visit our website for more information about applying for Financial Aid. There are two deadlines for applying for aid: December 1st and February 15th. If you have questions or need help with registering, please contact our Registrar Molly Herrmann in the office at 336-761-1040 or by email at

If you would like to support scholarships for other children to have these growth experiences, we hope that you will consider making a gift to the scholarship fund. You can give online to the 2018 Annual Fund.

by Molly Herrmann and Anna Lauria

MAY. 25, 2018

Homesickness: Parent Orientation Series

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In the newest and final video in our parent orientation series, Camp Program Marketing Manager, Sara Gerall, talks about five things you can do now to prepare your camper and yourself for a successful, homesickness-free summer at camp.

MAY. 11, 2018

The Benefits of Camp: Parent Orientation Series

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Talk to anyone who went to camp as a child and they will tell you about the lifelong friends and memories they made.  In addition to the friendships, camp is a powerful place for young children to grow and develop.  Our Camp Director, Paige Lester-Niles is here to talk with you about just some of the many benefits of camp.

MAY. 7, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions: Parent Orientation Series

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Camp is just around the corner and many of you are beginning to have questions about camp. We have compiled the answers to many common ones in this blog.  Watch the video of Anna Lauria, our Camp Program Manager, and Molly Herrmann, our Registrardiscussing some of the most frequently asked questions.

What is your counselor to camper ratio?

Our policy is a 1:6 ratio for the 6-8 year olds, 1:8 for the 9 – 14 year olds, and 1:10 for the 15-18 year olds. Specific activities have higher counselor to camper ratios. In cabins, we have 3 to 4 counselors for 10 to 15 campers.

My child’s medications are in day-of-the-week containers. Can I send them like this? How do I know my child is taking their medications?

As always, please include all medication information in CampDoc. You can send medications in separate containers but you must also include the original containers with the prescription on the bottle.   We keep all medications in a locked cabinet in the health hut and our nurses dispense them after each meal. Our health staff are diligent about tracking down campers who do not come get their meds and log each visit to ensure that campers take their medications per your instructions in CampDoc.

What happens if a bee stings my child and they have a reaction requiring epinephrine?

We keep epi pens in all cabins, activity areas, the health hut and all first aid kits. First aid kits are carried on all hikes (including on campus hikes) and off campus trips. We take health forms for all participants on trips out so that counselors are aware of any allergies ahead of time. Additionally, all staff members are certified to administer epi by the State of North Carolina.

Click here to read our full list of frequently asked questions.  If you have any other questions about camp, call us at 828-877-4349.

–Anna Lauria, Camp Program Manager

AUG. 22, 2017

How Can I Pay for a Session of Camp at Eagle’s Nest?

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Some folks are lucky enough to be live in places where we are surrounded by natural beauty, but for most of us, endless mountain views, stars that shine unobstructed by street lights, and cool mountain breezes are priceless. At Eagle’s Nest we have all those things and more, but like many quality experiences available in life, camp isn’t isn’t cheap. After all, our tuition fees cover the cost of hiring exceptional educators and counselors, purchasing quality ingredients for our delicious whole foods kitchen, and providing campers with access to activities and programs that are different from ones that you might find at other summer camps. Eagle’s Nest is also a non profit foundation, so our tuition also supports scholarship for many of our campers. Last year we were able to award over $110,000 in camperships for our camper families. So even though camp isn’t cheap, we do try to make it affordable. If you are concerned about the cost of tuition for Eagle’s Nest, here are some things that you can do to help make a session at Eagle’s Nest a reality:


Eagle’s Nest offers discounts for registering early, sending siblings to camp, etc. A complete list of discounts is available on our website in the financial section.  Register by August 31st and receive a 5% discount off tuition. Register by October 1st and receive a 3% discount.

Recruitment Discounts:

Families can earn discounts for hosting camp and Hante presentation parties and for recruiting friends to attend camp. For more information about becoming a camp representative please contact Paige at We are recruiting Representatives for 2018 now and will begin scheduling parties soon. As an added benefit, Camp Representatives and their families are invited to attend a retreat weekend at Eagle’s Nest in October.


We know that it’s very difficult to make plans nearly a year in advance when you may be concerned about finances; however, we want to work with you to make it easier. 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. The deadline for the first round of financial aid is December 1st and the second round is February 25th. Apply now so you have plenty of time to complete the application.

Payment Plans: 

In addition to offering financial aid, Eagle’s Nest can set up a payment plan for you allowing you to pay your tuition incrementally throughout the year. Spacing out payments has proven to be very helpful for many of our camp families. If you are interested in a payment plan, you can contact Molly at to find out more or set it up online when you register for camp.

We hope that we’ll be able to help make Eagle’s Nest as reality for your family this year.