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EAGLE’S NEST CAMP FAQs

Going away to camp for the first time is a big adventure.  You probably have many questions.

  • Curious about where you will be living?
  • Want to know who your counselors will be?
  • Eager to know more about camp food?
Read below to read answers to some of your frequently asked questions

Would you like to talk with our Camp Director? Contact Paige Lester-Niles at paige@enf.org or 336-761-1040.

 

Eagle’s Nest Camp FAQs

Who are our Staff?

 

Our staff members are educators, outdoor enthusiasts, and mentors. All staff members must be at least 18 years old and have one year of life experience beyond high school. All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid at a minimum.  They come from all over the US and abroad. A large portion of our staff are long-time campers who grew up at the Nest and are excited to share it with the next generation. Many applicants are referred by current and former counselors. All American and International staff members are hired and screened in accordance with ACA national standards. Our American staff members undergo an extensive hiring process that includes a video conference interview, two written references, at least one phone reference, and a background check through National Background Investigations. Our international staff members are pre-screened through J1 visa sponsors. These organizations conduct in person interviews, background checks, and reference checks. We are able to review this information along with their application and conduct our own video conference interviews.

Eagle’s Nest takes pride in the quality of its camp counselors and instructors. We maintain a strict selection process of hiring highly skilled and educated counselors and teachers. We carefully choose counselors who are creative, mature, engaging and fun-loving. Our staff enjoys the outdoors and has a love for working with children and youth. Eagle’s Nest maintains a ratio of one staff member to every four campers, and all staff members must be at least 18 years old and have one year of life experience beyond high school. All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid at a minimum.

Are Eagle's Nest Camp and Hante Adventures LGBTQ+ friendly programs?

All programs within Eagle’s Nest Foundation are open and inclusive. We are welcoming of all members of the LGBTQ+ community. Eagle’s Nest Camp and Hante Adventures provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ individuals, and we advocate for all of our campers, staff, and participants who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.  Our goal is to foster a nurturing community for all.  At the center of campus,  we proudly fly the Rainbow flag as a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride and a demonstration of our commitment to support all of our campers, participants and staff members.

What staff training and policies do you provide to ensure camper safety?

All summer staff members are required to attend our pre-camp clinic and orientation program. Staff members hone their skills as teachers and empathetic caregivers through extensive in-person training. Their training includes learning to address mental, emotional, and social health needs of the children and learning when to seek outside assistance when they suspect a child is depressed or is in danger of harming themself. We also discuss recognizing signs of and reporting child abuse, ensuring staff members understand their role as mandatory reporters. Every staff member receives a staff manual with all risk management policies and procedures which they are required to read in advance of their arrival. These policies and procedures are reviewed extensively during our in-person training. Staff members retain their manuals throughout the season for reference.

Eagle’s Nest maintains a ratio of one staff member to every four campers. Staff members are trained not to be alone with a child.

Throughout the summer, staff members receive formal feedback from full time administrators and from direct supervisors. All feedback is reviewed by our Camp Director.

While we do not permit campers to communicate directly with parents during the camp session so that they can experience a sense of self-sufficiency and independence,  our Camp Director or Camp Administrator is always accessible via email or phone. They welcome parent communication at any time and respond in a timely manner to any concerns or questions.  Throughout the session, our Camp Director sends out email updates and parents will receive a postcard from their child’s counselor.

What is Eagle's Nest Camp and Hante Adventures' practice with regard gender inclusion and why?

We at Eagle’s Nest Foundation recognize that gender exists along a spectrum and may change at any point in an individual’s development.  In order to support our transgender and gender expansive campers, students, faculty, and staff  our policies acknowledge that the needs of transgender and gender expansive participants are unique and should be treated individually and in consultation with the participant.  Therefore, our policies do not cover all situations that may arise with respect to supporting our transgender and gender expansive campers and participants.

Gender Inclusion at Eagle’s Nest Camp/Hante Adventures FAQs:

  1. How does gender identity apply to bathroom use on our campus?
    • All public bathrooms on our campus are gender neutral. Cabin bathrooms are multi-stalled and used only by those who live in that cabin.
  2. How is gender handled at Camp/Hante with regard to cabin assignments and camping?
    • Our cabins and tent/tarp groups are separated by gender identity and grade level.  On our Camp/Hante applications, families are able to select the cabin that corresponds with their camper’s individual gender identity, regardless of sex assigned at birth.  Gender identity is self-identified by the camper and requires no documentation.  We support and honor individual camper’s self-identified gender.  On our Camp/Hante applications, we also offer the opportunity for Camp/Hante families to provide any details they may find relevant.  We encourage families to  reach out to our Camp Director to discuss particular ways we can support their child while at camp.
  3. Will I know if my camper is in a cabin with a transgender or gender expansive camper or staff member?
    • Eagle’s Nest Camp and Hante Adventures ensures the confidential status of a camper, participant, or staff member’s transgender/gender non-conforming status and will not disclose this private information.
  4. My camper is transgender and I have indicated this on their application.  With whom will this information be shared?
    • A camper or participant’s transgender/gender non-conforming status will only be accessed by full time Camp and Hante staff and summer health staff.  Your camper’s counselors will know your camper’s gender identity but not anything related to their health or transgender status unless consent to share this information is given by the camper/participant.
  5. What if my camper begins transitioning at Camp/Hante in the form of using a pronoun or name that differs from their legal name.  Will you contact me to let me know this?
    • Camp/Hante staff will work with a camper transitioning at Camp or on Hante and encourage the camper/participant to reach out to their parent(s) or guardian(s).  However, Camp/Hante staff will not disclose a camper or participant’s gender identity to parents or guardians without consent from the camper or participant.
  6. What about the use of pronouns at Camp/Hante?
    • All Camp/Hante staff will honor the affirmed pronouns of all campers.  Additionally, there is a place on our Camp/Hante applications where we request the camper/particpant’s affirmed pronoun.  At Eagle’s Nest, our staff work diligently to support our campers and we will use the affirmed pronoun for each camper/participant and help other campers learn the importance of doing the same.
  7. Will there be a transgender or gender expansive counselor in my camper’s cabin?
    • In the same way that we will not disclose the gender identity, transgender status, or gender non-conforming status of campers/participants, we do the same with regard to the private information of staff.
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What are cabins like?

Our cabins are equipped with screens to allow for air flow during the summer.  All cabins have electricity and single bunk beds.  Each cabin has two to three bathrooms with stalls and two to three showers separated by dividers.  Three to four counselors are in each cabin.  Counselors have a separate sleeping area in the cabins.  Cabins have between six and fourteen campers.  And, in each cabin, are private changing areas, which are available for any participant’s use.

What are table families?

Table families are groups of six campers of different ages and two staff members. They eat every meal together for the entire session of camp.

What kind of food do you eat at camp?

We believe that nutritious foods are a cornerstone to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. All meals are made from scratch using natural and organically grown produce (including many vegetables from our garden), fruits, whole grains, unrefined sugar, as well as fresh meats and dairy products. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available at each meal, and special diets can be accommodated upon request.

Do you choose your own activities?

Yes, each camper chooses their activities for the session. With the guidance of one of the camp leadership staff, they select 4-6 activities from the following categories: wilderness, arts/music/drama, and athletics. To create a well-balanced schedule, we ask that they choose at least one activity from each category.

Do you go to the same activities every day?

For the most part, yes, though campers may choose to take some activities that meet every other day. Going to the same activity classes every day/every other day allows campers the opportunity to learn new skills and build on the ones they already have.

Can campers call home or email their parents?

In order to manage homesickness, campers may not call home except in cases of emergency. We encourage campers to communicate via letters to family and friends while they’re at camp. The camp leadership will happily speak with parents who would like an update about how their child is doing. We welcome your calls and emails!

Do you offer financial assistance or scholarships?

A portion of our participants are awarded Camp/Hante Scholarships called Camperships.
This funding is given with consideration to the family’s need and the child’s desire for a Camp or Hante experience. For any questions about Camperships, please contact our Camp/Hante Registrar, Molly Herrmann by email at molly@enf.org or by phone at 336-761-1040.

There are two application deadlines for Camperships:

  • Round 1: postmarked by December 1st; awards will be confirmed in January.
  • Round 2: postmarked by February 15th, as well as applicants who did not receive Campership awards during Round 1; awards will be confirmed in March.
  • After February 15th we will accept financial aid applications on a rolling basis and will award aid as able according to availability. If you are interested in applying please do so as soon as possible following the outlined steps.

To request a Campership please submit the following three items:

  1. Camp or Hante Application Form or apply online on CampDoc.com
  2. Deposit of $150 per child** (paper applicants – please send check or money order with your registration form; online applicants – please use a credit card to make your deposit when you submit the online registration)
  3. Campership Request Form
  4. Send the completed Campership Request Form and proof of income to our Camp/Hante Registrar, Molly Herrmann at molly@enf.org prior to the deadlines listed above.

You can also mail in your completed Campership Request Form and proof of income to:
Camp Registrar
Eagle’s Nest Camp
P.O. Box 5127
Winston-Salem, NC 27113-5127

While Campership applications submitted before the December 1st and February 15th deadlines will receive first priority, we continue to review all incoming applications for financial aid.

**Note: Deposit is refundable if Campership is not granted or insufficient Campership is granted. Once a Campership is accepted the Eagle’s Nest refund policy is in effect.