MAY. 7, 2018
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 email@example.com 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.
MAY. 11, 2017
This pretty planet spinning through space,
You’re a garden, you’re a harbor,
You’re a holy place,
Golden sun going down,
Gentle blue giant spin us around.
All through the night, safe ’til the morning light.
As we head into Mother’s Day this weekend I have been thinking about all the mothers there are in this world. In my backyard there is a Barred Owl mom helping to raise her three young ones. In my flower box on the patio is a Carolina Wren mom darting in and out carrying insects to her brood. In the hanging gourd on the front porch is a Black Capped Chickadee flitting about with morsels of food to deliver to her nestlings swinging gently in their home. On cool clear nights I can hear the coyote mom down the road with a new litter of pups all yipping and howling as the hunt takes off.
All over this pretty planet are mothers of every species, going about their lives, raising young ones and tending to work that needs to be done. It is amazing to think of the diversity that is spread from one end of this “gentle blue giant” to the other. This weekend, as we honor our own mothers, take some time to think about honoring our bigger mother, our planet, our Mother Earth. Without her being in good health, we would not be who we are or get to enjoy co-existing with the moms of thousands and thousands of other species all living in this garden, this harbor.
If you’re wondering about the lyrics above, they were written by Tom Chapin and we used to sing this song at camp – might be time to bring it back this summer. You can start practicing now and be ready!
Noni Waite-Kucera, Executive Director
MAY. 9, 2017
Dressing up to go see the Camp musical each summer is one of my favorite camp events, and has been since my early years as a counselor when I help direct many shows: “Annie”, “Oklahoma”, “Oliver”, “Bye Bye Birdie”, and “Peter Pan” among others. I love watching all ages of campers – from Cabin 9 boys to Cabin 5 girls – gather their courage, take the stage, and sing their hearts out on the night of the show. The campers’ smiles, songs, and dance moves entertain and delight me and all of other campers and staff that fill the New Lodge for the performance. More than that, I find myself filled with joy when the first musical number ends and the audience erupts in wild applause. Watching the camp musical reminds me of how successful we are at creative a nurturing, supportive community at the Nest.
Producing the Camp musical is a community event. In addition to having a musical class for the cast, we also have a set design class for campers interested in designing and building the sets. The set design class reads the script, imagines the set that they would like to create, and spends the next couple of weeks building, painting, and hanging the set. I’ve seen some pretty elaborate sets over the years. One of my favorites was the stage for “Carousel”. The set design class decided that they wanted to make the stage resemble an actual carousel. They built a round stage, drilled a hole in the New Lodge floor and dropped a pole down through the floor to the Arts Arena below. At a particularly poignant part of the show, a group of Cabin Tree Tops campers took hold of the pole and walked in circles to make the stage revolve. It was pretty spectacular! We also have a costuming class for campers interested in creating the costumes for the show. The campers in the costuming class search the depths of our costume closets, and sometimes take trips to the second hand stores, to find costumes that can be up-dated for the show. They learn to use sewing machines, and some also help the actors with make-up. For the show “The Jungle Book” they made and created plaster masks for each of the animals in the show. By the time the curtain goes up, about 30% of our campers have played some part in making the musical a success. Of course, all of the campers involved enjoy seeing the fruits of their hard work at creativity (and the cake and ice cream at the cast party). Check out these pictures from last year’s musical to get a glimpse at the sets and costumes and SMILES.
We’ve already selected the musical for the coming summer and we’re SOOOO excited about it. Austin, who directed “Hairspray” and “James and the Giant Peach” and Jordy will be back to direct this year’s show. I can’t wait to see what they create!
Do you want to be a part of the musical this summer? There are still some spaces in Session 2. Register today and start rehearsing your audition song!
Paige Lester-Niles, Camp Director
MAY. 5, 2017
What’s the theme for this year’s Final Banquet? Is it Intergalactic Travel? Is it 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? Is it Apple Sauce or Tie Dye Carnival? Wouldn’t you like to know! The Final Banquet theme is one of our most closely guarded secrets. If you want to be in on the reveal and all of the magic and drama of Final Banquet, you’ll have to come to Session 3. The good news: it’s not too late to sign up!
So what is Final Banquet anyway? It’s just about the most elaborate, creative, and dramatic production and party that Eagle’s Nest puts on! It involves a secret theme, costumes for everyone at camp, performances and giant sets across campus. Sometimes it also includes root beer, huge turkey drumsticks and even *gasp* candy. The banquet usually begins by gathering in Cabin 7 field or the Meadow where campers and staff delight in seeing each other’s costumes. Then it winds its way across campus, revealing the characters and story while taking everyone on an experiential journey into their imagination.
The theme for Final Banquet during my first summer at Eagle’s Nest was, “Murder on the Orient Express.” The Dining Hall was transformed into an elaborate dining car, with sconces on the wall and Oriental rugs on the floor. Gary and Diane Daniel, our Property Manager and Arts Arena Director at the time, even created a movable country scene that stretched the length of the Dining Hall and gave the illusion that we were all on a moving train. Through the years our over-the-top decorations have included a working periscope created for the “Yellow Submarine”, an elaborate food distribution machine built for “Dr. Seuss”, and a gigantic dinosaur puppet built only a couple of summers ago for “The Land Before Time” (here’s a video from that Final Banquet).
The sets created for Final Banquet may be incredible, but they are matched by the drama. Each of the campers and staff members has a role and throughout the night they perform. One summer Taylor Dunn, a song writer, performer and former staff member, wrote songs for each of the cabins to perform for the “Heart Break Café” Final Banquet. I remember watching Taylor work his way from cabin to cabin, teaching the songs with a piano in the back of the maintenance truck.
My favorite Final Banquet was probably “Scheherazade and the 1001 Nights.” During that banquet each cabin told one of her stories and they seemed to go on all night. Other exciting banquets include “Where the Wild Things Are”, “The Voyages of Captain Cook” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, where we actually had candy hanging from the trees at Eagle’s Nest (a first and last). I also loved “The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood” themed final event from a couple of summers ago. To get a glimpse of that banquet you can watch this video.
We’ve already had meetings about Final Banquet 2017. Don’t miss out on the fun! Register for Session 3 today!
Paige Lester-Niles, Camp Director
APR. 28, 2017
When you go into the woods and disconnect from the digital world it can be refreshing for your mind. You no longer hear the rings and pings of your phone, or the bump and slump of the computer. However, there is always a moment where you get a song stuck in your head and the best way to get it out is to sing it loud and proud as you trek along. I find that a great way to get ready for my trips is to listen to some of my favorite, nostalgic songs. They help hype me up for the adventure while also let me reflect back on times from my past. Beyond that they help give me some great songs to connect with others as they inevitably get stuck, then sung with a chorus of other fellow adventurers. Here is a short excerpt of songs from one of my favorite adventure playlists; one I affectionately call “Alpine Drives and Bluebird Skies.”
- New Slang – The Shins
- Octahate – Ryn Weaver
- Tokyo – The Books
- The Sound of Settling – Death Cab for Cutie
- When They Fight, They Fight – Generationals
- Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
- Quitters Raga – Gold Panda
- Someone Great – LCD Soundsystem
- Walk on the Wild Side – Lou Reed
- Daylight – Matt and Kim
- Gravity Rides Everything – Modest Mouse
- Madness – Muse
- Feeling Good – My Brightest Diamond
- King of Carrot Flowers Part 1 – Neutral Milk Hotel
- Blue Skies – Noah and the Whale
- 1901 – Phoenix
- We Will Become Silhouettes – The Postal Service
- Welcome Home, Son – Radical Face
- 15 Step – Radiohead
- Decatur, Or, Round of Applause For Your Stepmother! – Sufjan Stevens
- The Wild Hunt – The Tallest Man on Earth
- Bizness – Tuneyards
- Burning – The Whitest Boy Alive
- Madder Red – Yeasayer
- The Horror – RJD2
Marlin Sill, Hante Director