What’s It Like To Work at Eagle’s Nest

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A day in the life


7:30 AM —- The bell rings to wake up the camp. Some staff members wake up before the bell to workout, do yoga, or play a staff game of ultimate frisbee!


8:00 AM —- The whole camp comes to the quad for Flag Raising. Every cabin will get the chance to lead Flag Raising by raising the Earth Flag and sharing nature nuggets.


8:15 AM —- Breakfast time! Meals are served family style with 2 counselors and 6-8 campers of different ages at each table.


9:00 AM —- Cabin Cleanup. Counselors will help campers with their daily clean up jobs. Cabins are graded by the Health Hut staff. Get enough A’s and you get ice cream!


9:30 AM —- First Period


10:45 AM —- Second Period


12:00 PM —- Cabin time. Make sure your campers getting ready for lunch


12:30 PM —- Lunch Time and Lunch Time Singing. After a delicious lunch grab some songbooks and sing it out with the rest of camp.


1:30 PM —- Rest Period. This is a quiet time for campers to take a nap, read a book, or write letters home. If you’re on duty you should be with your campers hanging out.


2:30 PM —- Third Period


3:45 PM —- Fourth Period


5:00 PM —- Cabin Time! Make sure your campers are getting ready for dinner.


5:30 PM —- Dinner Time


6:30 —- Twilight! This is a free choice period for campers. Staff will offer 4 different activities that campers can choose from.


8:00 PM —- Goodnight Circle and snack. This is a time to gather your campers and debrief the day.


8:15 PM —- Evening Activity. Staff will plan and run a different activity every evening. Anything from scavenger hunts to dance parties!


Bedtimes vary depending on the age of the cabin. This is a good time to read a bedtime story or sing your campers to sleep.

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Jobs at Camp

Cabin Counselor

Cabin Counselors live in a cabin with about 10-12 campers, 2-3 co-counselors, and a Junior Counselor. They serve as a mentor to campers, creating a safe and inclusive community. Counselors teach four activities a day with 1-3 co-instructors. This includes planning and implementing lesson plans that work towards our program goals. Sit at a table family of 1 co-counselor and 6-8 campers of various ages during all meals. Assist in planning various evening activities such as a camp wide scavenger hunt or a dance party.

Activity Head

Often also cabin counselors, the activity head is responsible for overseeing the classes, equipment, instructors, etc. in that area. They play a vital role in teaching skills to campers and also helping mentor the other staff members who teach with them.

Out of Cabin Activity Heads include:

  • Climbing Head, responsible for helping meet the goals of the program, overseeing climbing staff, and working with staff to plan itineraries and logistics for the climbing program each session.
  • Paddling Head, responsible for helping meet the goals of the program, overseeing paddling staff, and working with staff to plan the itineraries and logistics for the paddling program each session
  • Horseback Riding Head, in charge of the maintenance and care of the barn and 10-12 horses, as well as instructing campers at various age levels
Peer Leadership Team

Members of the Peer Leadership Team often live outside of the cabins. They are there to support staff in daily activities as well as teach classes and help with programming. The Peer Leadership Team consists of

  • Assistant Program Manager, responsible for assisting the In-Camp Program Manager in organizing, coordinating, advising, and assisting in carrying out various programs.
  • Head Counselor, serves as a mentor and guide summer staff members looking out for their physical, mental, and emotional needs.
  • Outdoor Logistics Coordinator, works closely with the Assistant Director to ensure the success of all ENC’s outdoor programs, Added Adventures, and Hante Adventures. This includes helping staff manage cabin campouts on and off campus, and lead staff to make camping and outdoor activities fun, approachable, and educational.
  • Junior Counselor Coordinator, serves as a guide, teacher, and supervisor of the Junior Counselors. They are a link between the summer staff and Junior Counselors and helps staff become effective teachers and mentors for the Junior Counselors.
Hante and Added Instructor

Working with the Assistant Director and one to two other skilled and experienced instructors, you will plan the goals and logistics for the three week wilderness experience. You are responsible for living with the participants and helping them with their daily tasks. These include preparing meals, cleaning, skills execution, group dynamics, etc. You are responsible for their safety and well-being.

Instructors are required to have a minimum of Wilderness First Aid and CPR to lead trips.

Learn more about Hante Adventures here

Learn more about Added Adventures here

Health Care Staff

Health Care Staff members are responsible for dispensing medication, responding to emergencies, and providing care for campers and staff as needed. There is a resident EMT that stays the whole summer. Each session there will be 2 additional health care providers.

Kitchen Staff

Kitchen staff members are responsible for cooking healthy meals for out campers. Kitchen staff is composed of about 5-6 cooks, a Head Cook, and the Kitchen Manager. Each cook works 5-6 shifts a week. These shifts are 8 hours and include two 15 minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch break. Cooks either work morning shifts (6:00 am – lunch) or afternoon shifts (before lunch – after dinner)

Eagle’s Nest and Hante Adventures Staff FAQs

Who are the other staff members?

Our wonderful staff is made up of talented people from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and Eagle’s Nest experience. Many of our staff members are brand new to Eagle’s Nest and are from all over the country and the world. Others have been members of the Eagle’s Nest community in some capacity—as Eagle’s Nest campers, The Outdoor Academy students, or Hante Adventures participants—who return to work for Eagle’s Nest. The majority of staff members are in college. We also have several staff members who have finished their undergraduate studies and are looking for summer teaching or trip leading opportunities. Most of our staff members are 20 – 30 years old. Almost all of our staff members have a background that includes experience in teaching, working with children, outdoor leadership, and/or working in community service.

What will I be teaching and what are my general responsibilities?

You will be teaching four activity periods each day, either as the “lead” instructor or in an assistant role. Eagle’s Nest offers a wide range of activities, including arts classes, athletics classes, outdoor classes, and “special” classes that are often

created by our inspired staff members. During the application and interview process, you will have the opportunity to express the types of classes that you are most qualified for and interested in teaching. We hope for staff members to have the opportunity to teach a variety of classes throughout the summer.

General cabin responsibilities

You will live in a cabin with about 12 campers, three counselors (total) and a Junior Counselor. As a cabin counselor you will be responsible for helping the campers with day-to-day activities, serving as a mentor to them, and also as their substitute

parent. You will help them with many things including cabin clean up, homesickness, interpersonal relationships, bed wetting, etc.

General program responsibilities

As an activity instructor, you will be working with at least one other staff member per activity, to teach campers skills in their chosen class. Your primary role is to ensure the safety and skill development of our campers. You will also be responsible for planning and implementing a class lesson plan. Class content should be taught in a way that meets our program goals. Some of these goals include working within a team, learning good sportsmanship, and individual skill development.

General community responsibilities

Organize and lead or help to lead several all-camp evening activities each session and at least one weekend activity during the summer.

Be present at all “All Camp” activities (evening activities, square dances, cookouts, Capture the Flag, ceremonial times, etc.) except when on a day off or night out.

Be present at flag raising in the mornings and goodnight circle in the evenings.

Be a Table Parent. Care for the campers during meal times and check in with them throughout the day.

Where will I live while I am at camp?

The majority of our staff are cabin counselors and live in cabins with the campers and at least two other staff members. Each cabin counselor has a single bed and space for their personal belongings. The cabins are fully screened “open air” cabins with bathrooms inside the cabin. Cabins have electricity and hot running water.  Other support and leadership staff live in separate staff housing on campus. Staff members who bring cars will be able to park on campus. We also have storage available for personal bikes.

What are the salary and benefits for summer staff at Eagle's Nest?

Eagle’s Nest’s salaries are comparable to other ACA-accredited camps in our area. The range of payment is $265 to $350 per week. Salary is calculated for each staff member according to their experience, certifications and responsibility level. In addition, room, board and laundry are provided, as well as workers’ compensation for time on duty.  Summer staff also receive discounts on gear.

What kind of time off will I receive this summer?

Working at a residential summer camp  requires a great deal of energy and commitment. Time off is an important way for staff to reset and recharge. Staff members have a minimum of two hours each day in which they are not obligated to specific duties. In addition, camp provides 24 consecutive hours off per week, one night off per session (roughly 6:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.), and one “lunch out” (12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.) per session. We have a staff lounge with phones, computers, wireless internet access, and a refrigerator.

What do people do on their days off?

There is a great amount to do in the surrounding areas during your time off. Most staff members spend time with other staff who share their same time off and go off campus to explore Brevard, Hendersonville, and Asheville. These areas are great places for a concert, festival, movie or meal throughout the summer. There are also multitudes of campsites, day hikes, and waterfalls to enjoy in the surrounding areas, as well as an array of shops and restaurants to visit.

What kind of training is there for staff?

Staff members arrive 1 week to 3 weeks prior to the arrival of campers for staff training. We will spend one week of training all together. This All Staff Orientation period is a wonderful opportunity to come together and learn more about the mission of Eagle’s Nest, the community we aim to create and uphold, and ways in which we can nurture and teach the campers who are attending during the upcoming summer. All Staff Orientation is mandatory for all staff members.

Staff members teaching rock climbing, canoeing, some outdoor classes, and horseback riding will need to attend additional clinics or orientations that will take place prior to All Staff Orientation. These four-day clinics cover additional information about the policies and procedures for the program in which they will be teaching. Staff members are not paid for this training. Canoe clinic participants receive Swift Water Rescue Certification during canoe clinic. Eagle’s Nest also offers a Lifeguard Training Course and Wilderness First Aid course during this pre-camp time for those who wish to become lifeguards. These clinics are offered at a reduced fee for incoming staff members.

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As I was leaving camp, I felt on one hand very sad to leave my home again, but on the other hand, incredibly uplifted.  Something about the people and the place can make practically anyone feel joyous. I am eternally grateful for all of the summers I spent at Eagle’s Nest and especially grateful for the summers I have spent on staff.       ~ Former Staff Member


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Questions about applying to work at Eagle’s Nest or Hante Adventures? Please email Paige at paige@enf.org or call us at 336-761-1040.

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