Ever wonder if you could climb a 100-foot cliff or paddle down a raging river? Eagle’s Nest campers don’t just wonder, they do it!
Our activities promote community awareness, a connection with nature, and a healthy and joyful lifestyle. Campers create their own schedules for the session with the assistance of the camp directors. Campers grow in independence by self-selecting a well-balanced schedule of activities which include at least one wilderness, arts, and athletic activity.
Each camper’s daily routine is slightly different, reflecting their own choices. Whether they are learning more about forest ecology, ceramics, or drama, or trying out horseback riding, whitewater paddling, or rock climbing, campers receive personalized, hands-on instruction.
Arts, Music and Drama
Weekend and Evening Activities
Experience the wilderness of nearby Pisgah National Forest on two and three day backpacking treks while learning map and compass, foraging, cooking, camping and survival skills.
Hike the creeks that run throughout the Eagle’s Nest campus, crawl through rhododendron thickets, turn over rocks and discover salamanders, and learn about forest ecology. There’s much to be discovered on our 180-acre campus!
Young campers venture into the woods to build fairy houses and discover hidden magic in the forests around campus.
Campers make their own fishing poles from bamboo they harvest from our campus. After digging for worms in the garden or searching for crickets under the cabins, they try their luck and test their fishing skills at the fishing pond in our catch and release fishing class.
Explore the woods, creeks and fields at Eagle’s Nest to discover and connect with the natural world. This class also spends time creating craft projects with natural materials and learning outdoor skills including fire building.
Climb some of the Eastern United States’ best granite sites after learning safety precautions, knot-tying skills, climbing signals and rescue techniques. Nesters can master rock-climbing techniques on our wall before venturing out to the natural faces of Looking Glass and Linville Gorge.
Learn paddling skills and safety from our qualified instructors, and test your ability on some of North Carolina’s whitewater rivers. Lead instructors are certified in swift-water rescue.
Help plant and harvest lettuce, squash, beans, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, herbs and more in our organic and composted garden.
Arts, Music and Drama
Arts and Crafts
Adorn arts and crafts with natural materials from the woods. Campers learn how to make natural dyes, tie-dye, weave baskets, batik, sew, quilt, draw, bead and bind books in the open-air New Lodge.
Unleash your creativity while producing pottery with your own hands. Learn coil, slab and thrown pottery methods to make clay sculptures or tiles, and finish projects with painting, glazing and Raku firing.
Eagle’s Nest Playhouse
Enjoy performing or helping out behind the scenes? Take a class in acting, costume or set design. Our talented staff will assist campers in producing a play such as “The Secret Garden” or “Charlotte’s Web” for the enjoyment of the entire camp community.
Every camper is a part of our staged, musical pageant during Session III.
Move to the music and learn modern, Jazz, ballet, Latin and hip-hop dance techniques. Showcase what you’ve learned by performing for fellow campers.
Music: Strings and Things
Expand your musical talents by playing a dulcimer, guitar, banjo or mandolin. Campers learn to play new instruments and a variety of music on our front porch, in Cheoah, which is our Performance Arts Building, or in the woods and fields of Eagle’s Nest.
Learn to make a variety of musical instruments during your stay at Eagle’s Nest. Campers will create clay whistles and rain sticks by hand and perform songs for the camp with their new instruments.
Learn music and lines, build sets or manage the yearly Eagle’s Nest camper-produced musical. Shows like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “Annie,” and “The Sound of Music” have entertained campers and counselors in past years.
Want to be behind the camera instead of in front of one? Discover your artistic eye through black-and-white photography. Campers develop their own photos in our darkroom facility inside Wayah, the Visual Arts Building.
Woodworking and Carpentry
Expand your creativity and use your hands to build anything from benches to tree houses.
Learn the traditional Appalachian trades of blacksmithing and green woodworking. Carve wooden bowls and spoons from fallen trees and twist hot metal to create beautiful hooks and works of art.
Spend some of your time at Eagle’s Nest sharpening your skills in a variety of sports in a non-competitive, fun environment. Campers are encouraged to give their best while competing in tag football, ultimate Frisbee, basketball, tennis and volleyball. We specialize in soccer, and skills classes are tailored for players at the beginner, intermediate or advanced levels.
Ever wondered if you have a steady shot? Try your hand with a bow and arrow and test your aim. Campers learn proper archery techniques while progressing from shooting at a stationary target to a moving target and participate in archery games.
Whether you’re a novice or an advanced rider, our instructors provide training in the English hunt seat style of horseback riding. Participants build relationships with their horses, and campers ride every other day or every day, depending on skill level. Smooth, hard-soled, heeled shoes required. ASTM-approved helmets provided.
Keep fit and learn proper ways to work out. Daily activities include stretching, running, yoga, swimming and aerobic dance.
Learn American Red Cross swimming techniques in a clean, fresh lake. Campers are encouraged to meet and exceed various levels of achievement. Certified instructors teach campers proper swimming strokes through demonstration and hands-on interaction. On weekends, campers enjoy swim carnivals and days at the lake.
Wide World of Sports
Learn to play sports from around the world! Our international counselors offer instruction in cricket, rugby, bocce ball and croquet.
Building on the artistic and creative talents of our staff, we create unique classes each summer for campers who enjoy exploring new topics. Specialty classes change each summer, with past classes including: Glass Slumping, Paper and Book Art, Southern Sports, World Dance, Fiestas, Back Porch Cookin’, Marionettes, G’Day Mate, and Black Box Theatre, among others. Following are descriptions of our most popular classes.
Walks and Waterfalls
The forests surrounding campus are home to hundreds of waterfalls, and we love to visit them! Travel to a different waterfall every other day to explore, swim and experience the thrill of natural rock waterslides.
Just Plain Livin’
Enjoy the beauty of our surroundings while making daisy chains, shucking corn, making homemade ice cream and living the simple life.
Enjoy spending time in the kitchen? Learn to make jams, jellies, pickles, doughnuts and pie on our back porch after harvesting ingredients from surrounding meadows, our garden or the local farmer’s market.
Weekend and Evening Activities
Every weekday evening campers have their choice of five activities during our Twilight period. This time allows for campers to experience activities at Eagle’s Nest that they may not have signed up to do every day. These choices often include activities like swimming or canoeing at the lake, an athletic game such as kickball or ultimate Frisbee on the athletic field, an arts and crafts activity like ceramics or tie dye, a nature hike or four leaf clover search, and even letter writing or knitting on the front porch.
Each evening after we gather as a camp community for goodnight circle, the entire camp participates in an evening activity. The announcement of these activities, through skits presented by the counselors, is always eagerly anticipated by our campers. Some favorites include campfires, Air Guitar performances by cabin groups, and camp wide games of Sardines, dances, and talent nights.
Saturday afternoons are always special at Eagle’s Nest as well. We have a camp wide activity each Saturday offering campers a fun filled afternoon spent with the entire camp community. Saturday activities could include trying to solve a mystery in a live game of Clue, building your own boats out of cardboard and plastic objects for the Regatta race across the lake, being challenged in a game of World Cup Soccer, participating in a huge game of “Survivor”, or Capture the Flag. The Saturday afternoon activity is followed by a cookout and square dance which features live music from local musicians.
Eagle’s Nest Camp is an equal opportunity provider and is operated under special use permit with Pisgah National Forest and other National Forests as appropriate.