Check our blog regulary for the latest posts about Eagle’s Nest Camp life, our garden, culture, community and much more. Subscribe to our blog’s RSS feed and get our news sent directly to you as we post it.

APR. 5, 2017

Share What You Love

Bookmark and Share

Hi everyone! I am psyched to be sitting here writing this as I look forward to an exciting and productive summer! I came to camp for the first time as a cabin 1er and returned for many years including 2 summers as a counselor. I am so happy to say that I am now returning to the Nest as full time staff! Summer is right around the corner and I wanted to share with you a part of camp that I love and that I look forward to being a part of very soon.

I recently began introducing my roommate to the world of rock climbing. We started going to a gym together once a week a few months ago. She loves it! She is a natural and started investing in gear and going more often. More recently we have been able to head outside to climb on the weekends and she is ecstatic. It has strengthened our minds, our bodies, and our friendship. Besides the obvious benefits of spending quality time together and sharing a common interest, our friendship has been strengthened by the nature of climbing itself (trusting your partner with your life) and the gratifying experience of passing on a skillset. She has gained a new passion and I have reaped the rewards of sharing something that I love and watching someone learn and grow.

If any of this reminds you of camp, you are not alone. Everyone comes from different places and brings new experiences and passions to the table. It is one of my favorite parts about being at camp. Campers (and counselors) learn new skills at camp and choose to advance in those areas.  There is nothing more exciting than watching campers share their skills with newer campers and seeing JCs thrive as new educators.

One of the best parts of skill sharing is the support that accompanies it. This is one of the most magical sounds at camp. One can walk by the climbing tower and hear students shouting words of encouragement to their peers or head to the arts arena and watch a first timer being guided on the ceramics wheel. It is in every class and it is amongst all ages and it is inspirational.

I hope that you are as excited as I am to start a new season of learning and sharing!

Anna Lauria, Camp Program Manager

MAR. 31, 2017

Camp Themed Books and Movies

Bookmark and Share

Spring is finally here and we couldn’t be happier to see the daffodils popping up and the sun shimmering off the lake. This warmer weather has us thinking about summer and camp is just around the corner!

To get you warmed up and back into the swing of camp things, we have put together a list of classic camp movies along with a selection of camp themed books. As an added bonus we have tracked down the ACTUAL camps and locations where the movies were filmed. Perhaps you’ll feel inspired to write a book about your summer of fun. Maybe one day we’ll even see a movie on the big screen that pays homage to our little nest on Hart Road!

Movies

  • The Parent Trap (1998) – Camp Seeley, Crestline, CA
  • The Parent Trap (1961) – Camp Bluff Lake, Big Bear Lake, CA
  • Camp Rock – YMCA Camp Wanakita, Haliburton, Ontario and Kilcoo Camp, Minden, Ontario
  • Ernest Goes to Camp – Montgomery Bell State Park
  • Troop Beverly Hills – Mainly filmed in Beverly Hills, San Bernadino National Forest.
  • It Takes Two– Camp Mini-Yo-We, Ontario, Canada 

Books

  • Cam Jansen and the Summer Camp Mysteries by David A. Adler
  • The Berenstain Bears go to Camp by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • Runaway Ralph (Ralph Mouse Series #2) by Beverly Cleary
  • Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #2: Baby-sitters’ Summer Vacation! by Ann M. Martin
  • Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita
  • Fun Camp by Gabe Durham
  • The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams

Michelle Miller, Development Assistant

MAR. 23, 2017

Join Us for Our Spring Open House

Bookmark and Share

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

Bookmark and Share

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

Bookmark and Share

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

Bookmark and Share

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.

28296526394_e38fd81ed5_o

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