JUL. 24, 2018
If you’ve ever ventured into Pisgah National Forest, you’re probably familiar with the ice cream shop that sits just by the entrance to the park — Dolly’s Dairy Bar, affectionately called “Big Scoop” by Eagle’s Nesters.
But the road to Dolly’s from camp is more than just a left on Everett Road — campers are rewarded with a trip to this sweet stop only after they’ve received a number of consecutive “A” grades on their Cabin Clean-Up inspections.
And if you ask any camper, earning that grade takes some really hard work!
Cabin Clean-Up is an integral part of our daily routine here at camp. Every morning, campers and counselors work together to clean both their personal and communal areas in the cabins, as well as some common areas around campus. Cabins are then assessed on a grade-scale of how well these areas were cleaned, and what aspects need improvement.
By working and cleaning together around camp, campers learn valuable lessons about teamwork, community, responsibility, and good work ethic — and maybe even a thing or two about green cleaning methods (which we embrace here at Eagle’s Nest!) and how to properly make their beds. The benefits of their hard work are also immediately evident to campers, both in their reward of a sweet treat and in the simple satisfaction of being able to live and play in a clean and safe environment – one that they help to create and maintain every day.
Campers also hold other unique responsibilities within the community that help to create and maintain a safe, clean, and nurturing environment at camp which includes raising the flag in the morning, setting tables before meals, washing dishes and pots, serving afternoon snack, and helping in the garden.
While Eagle’s Nest might be the only place campers get to enjoy Dolly’s ice cream, the value in community work and the benefits derived from living and playing in a clean, safe space can be enjoyed anywhere! We hope that the lessons and values in Cabin Clean-Up and community chores will follow campers beyond Eagle’s Nest and benefit them throughout their lives – or, at the very least, make their chores at home a little more manageable!
JUL. 10, 2018
Much of the work done here at Eagle’s Nest Camp revolves around fostering a deep connection to and appreciation of the natural world. Nestled in a river valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our community is uniquely positioned to thoroughly engage with, learn about, and seek inspiration from our beautiful natural surroundings.
Cabin Campouts are an integral part of this mission. For one night each session, cabin groups venture into the woods — right here on Eagle’s Nest property and beyond — for a night of storytelling, smore’s, and sleeping under the stars. It’s a summer tradition we believe is important for intimately connecting children to all the natural wonders that surround them here at camp.
Providing campers with a space for quiet reflection in nature, away from the oftentimes busy routines of camp life, can be a regenerative and transformative experience for many campers, allowing them time to center themselves here at camp, in the present moment, and truly appreciate the beauty of this area. In addition to the opportunity to get close to nature, Cabin Campouts also encourage and cultivate independence, self-sufficiency, and teamwork skills, with campers often enjoying a sense of personal accomplishment that boosts their ability to handle other challenges, both in and outside of camp.
While some campers may have previous experience with camping, we recognize that sleeping outside might be a brand-new adventure for many. With this in mind, all staff at Eagle’s Nest actively take steps to ensure the safety, well-being, and enjoyment of every camper on these excursions by encouraging open-mindedness, especially in the face of something that might be challenging. By encouraging campers in this way, our ultimate goal is to foster in all participants a fun and positive expereince outdoors — one that might open possibilities for a deeper connection to and appreciation of the world around them.
Ask an Eagle’s Nester about their Cabin Campout experiences — they probably have some amazing stories to share!
JUN. 27, 2018
Along with warm sunny days and the occasional evening thunderstorm, every summer at the Nest brings new opportunities and excitement – chances to make new friends in a new cabin, share a meal with a new table family, have new adventures, learn new skills in classes, and even discover something new about yourself.
And while many aspects of camp change as campers and summer sessions come and go, there is one camp tradition that remains a constant for Nesters throughout their lives — their tribe.
Our tribal system is one of the oldest running traditions at Eagle’s Nest Camp. These intimate, intentional communities connect generations of Nesters together and help to establish a strong sense of belonging from the very first days of your Eagle’s Nest experience. Campers and staff grow together in their tribes throughout their time here at camp by sharing stories and experiences, honoring the history and legacy of this space, and inspiring one another to be the best versions of themselves.
Each tribe has a unique energy and embodies an ember or positive quality that is shared with others through their actions, words, and service to the larger community. In addition to gathering in tribes for our weekly ceremonies — where campers and counselors alike are recognized for their achievements in classes — campers also work together as a team within their tribes in healthy, playful competitions such as Capture the Flag, Quidditch, and Tribal Stealth.
At the start of every new session, after campers are settled in their cabins and have organized their class schedules, a special evening ceremony takes place on Cabin Seven Field welcoming new and returning members into their forever tribal “home” here at Eagle’s Nest.
Campers, counselors, and staff are divided among the four tribes of Eagle’s Nest: Two male tribes (the Migisi and the Natseeho) and two female tribes (the Winnesquam and the Wohelo). Below is some information about each tribe and the characteristics that make each one a unique and integral part of the Eagle’s Nest community:
- A Chippewa term for “Eagle”
- Symbol: the Eagle
- Cardinal Direction: East
- Color: Yellow
- Ember: Faith in others
- Known for their energy and spontaneity
- An Abnaki term meaning “salmon fishing place”
- Symbol: the Mouse
- Cardinal Direction: South
- Color: Green
- Ember: Unselfishness
- Known for their courage, big hearts, connection to the earth
- Symbol: the Bear
- Cardinal Direction: West
- Color: Red
- Ember: Loyalty
- Known for their strength, bravery, and love for others
- Derived from Camp Fire Girls, meaning “Work, Health, Love”
- Symbol: the Buffalo
- Cardinal Direction: North
- Color: Blue
- Ember: Helpfulness
- Known for their wisdom, wild energy, and hard-working nature
The tribal system is a foundational part of our camp community. Tribes function as a space for reflection, belonging, growth, support, and inspiration for every member of the Eagle’s Nest community – during their time here at camp and beyond. Through this community, we encourage campers take the values and traits they embody and share them with the world, knowing that they will always have a community to support and welcome them here at Eagle’s Nest.
This summer we are challenging the tribes of Eagle’s Nest Camp to give back to the place we all call home by donating their Canteen balances to the Camp Scholarship Fund. Now you can join in the fun! Click here to give in honor of your tribe.
Like our Facebook page, EaglesNestCampNC, to stay updated all summer long and find out who comes out on top! We will announce the winner on August 15.
JUN. 19, 2018
One of our core values here at Eagle’s Nest is JOY! And one of the best ways we live out that value is through singing — in the quad during Goodnight Circle, around a campfire, during Coffee House, and just about everywhere else at camp!
A very special time to sing, and a favorite Eagle’s Nest tradition, is lunchtime singing. Both counselors and campers are invited to grab an instrument and play along to some of our favorite songbook songs with the entire camp in the dining hall. It’s a tradition guaranteed to add some laughter, silliness, enthusiasm, and most of all JOY to our daily camp routines.
Here’s a playlist of some of our favorite songs to sing here at Eagle’s Nest. Feel free to grab a songbook and sing along (wherever you are!) and create some joy today!
Link to Spotify playlist (eagle’s nest songbook):
MAY. 25, 2018
In the newest and final video in our parent orientation series, Camp Program Marketing Manager, Sara Gerall, talks about five things you can do now to prepare your camper and yourself for a successful, homesickness-free summer at camp.
MAY. 18, 2018
Programming at Eagle’s Nest promotes learning and growth. Campers can begin their journey at Eagle’s Nest as young as first grade and remain here through their senior year of high school. Our goal as a program is to provide meaningful opportunities to embrace a sense of independence, discover the joy of meaningful community, and strengthen leadership skills. In our latest video of our Parent Orientation series, Assistant Camp Director, Marlin Sill speaks about growth through Eagle’s Nest’s wilderness programming.
Learn more about wilderness programming in our Added Adventures and Hante Adventures.