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DEC. 14, 2015

Eagle’s Nest Connections

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Paige Lester-Niles, Camp Director

This afternoon I got a call from Nick, a counselor who last worked at Eagle’s Nest five or more years ago. When I answered the phone he introduced himself and said “I was just calling to talk to you.” What a wonderful surprise! It’s nice to be reminded that even as time passes, people think about Eagle’s Nest and the people here. It was even nicer that he picked up the phone and called.

We spent some time catching up. Nick let me know that he’s in his third year of a doctorate program studying psychology in Oakland, California. He said that he’s beginning to see clients and that his time at camp helped him in a recent session with a 9-year-old boy.  Nick also shared that after his summer of early morning bike rides around the valley as a counselor in Pisgah, he’s now an avid cyclist. In talking with Nick, it was clear that being a counselor at Eagle’s Nest was a significant experience in his life – as it is for many of us. It was fun to hear him say that his work at Eagle’s Nest is on his resume and he likes that people can see that he taught guitar and crafts, and that he coached tennis.

Lexie Jones, former camper, OA Alumna & Counselor in the garden with young campers.

Lexie Jones, former camper, OA Alumna & Counselor in the garden with young campers.

I don’t get these calls, emails or visits every day, but these little serendipitous check-ins and re-connections do happen with some regularity – which thrills me to no end. One of the things that I love about working at summer camp is being able to meet, laugh with and be inspired by so many wonderful children and young adults summer after summer. It’s always a little sad when they “age out” of their time at camp. Still, I feel fortunate for all of the special people that pass through my life. And I feel even happier when they take the time to reach out and re-connect.

Paige Lester-Niles, Camp Director