Alumni, Alumnae, Alumnus, Alum…Friend
This year has been full of wonderful connections in our alumni community. Groups of old and new friends are coming together all over the country to share their stories of Camp, Hante and Outdoor Academy experiences. Here at Eagle’s Nest, we are making a consorted effort to improve our Alumni Relations, deepen the connections our alumni have with each other, and creating a network of people who have walked similar paths and share memories of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Outdoor Academy celebrated its 20th year in 2016 with an all-day festive reunion in Pisgah Forest. Since April we have been ramping up our alumni involvement, and bringing folks back into the circle of the Nest. In the spring we asked for updated contact information from everyone in the ENF family and had a great response, but we still have many alumni connected to their parent’s home, email and phone numbers… We want your updated contact information: Update your Contact Info
Just last week an Alumni Survey was launched to deepen the connections within our community. Over 100 alums responded with feedback and comments. The purpose of this survey is to focus our efforts on the areas our alumni care about, get them involved in mentoring, recruitment and engagement with our board and staff. 74% of survey participants reported that Eagle’s Nest and The Outdoor Academy have significantly affected their life choices, proof that the experiences gained at 43 Hart Road are transformative and powerful…We want your input and ideas: Alumni Survey
Eagle’s Nest has also been traveling to cities far and wide to host official Regional Alumni Gatherings. These casual events are intended to connect alums with others in their geographical area. We usually meet and greet at a restaurant, have drinks and appetizers and much merriment ensues!
We know our alums are meeting up on their own too, and love to hear the happenings from these get-togethers! Recently, the students of Semester 42 (Spring 2016) gathered for a Labor Day Reunion in the Mountains. They laughed and played and made a commitment to future OA students. This group of fresh, young Alumni banded together and collected a donation for the Alumni Scholarship Fund in honor of Semester 42.
Our Alumni Community has the opportunity to both celebrate Eagle’s Nest history and guide our future. Whether you’re hosting a promotions party, recommending a friend, fundraising for scholarships, or serving as a resource to an interested family, your involvement will create opportunities for more young adventurers to experience Eagle’s Nest Camp, Hante and The Outdoor Academy.
Upcoming Alumni Events:
- Nest of the West! Colorado Alumni Hike at Chautauqua Park, Boulder CO Saturday October 15th @ 8:30am Nest of the West Event Details
- Atlanta Alumni Gathering at Smokebelly BBQ Friday November 18th @ 6:00pm (event details coming soon!)
- Asheville Alumni Gathering date TBD, sometime in December!
Cara Varney, Annual Fund & Alumni Manager