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JUL. 19, 2013

Growth Through Adventure

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By Paige Lester-Niles, Camp Director


Photo Caption: The Huck Finn group enjoying a lovely evening by the river

Camp is a pretty big adventure for most of our campers. It’s exciting for them to pack up their trunks and head to the mountains for 2-3 weeks. While they are here they meet new people, eat healthy (and sometimes new) foods, they try new activities – some of which are a little out of their comfort zones, and they grow in independence and confidence.

As campers grow in age and experience at Eagle’s Nest, many find themselves ready for bigger adventures. Luckily, our program grows with our campers. For these campers we offer Added Adventures. These 1-week long adventures within the session give the campers a chance to leave camp for an adventure with 7 – 9 other campers there age. This summer we offered three Added Adventure: Appalachian Adventure during Session 1 where the campers spent 6 days on a backpacking and rock climbing adventure; Huck Finn, where the campers spent a week floating down the French Broad River on a wooden raft; and this session Sea Islands, where the campers will spend a week on Cumberland Island, soaking up the sunshine and learning about beach ecology.

This morning we sent the Sea Islands crew off at 7:00 AM. They have a long drive to the coast of Georgia. Tomorrow morning they’ll board a ferry to Cumberland Island where they will camp, fish, cast net, tell stories under the stars, and learn more about camping and each other. They were all smiles as they loaded their crab trap into the bus this morning. I know that they were probably a little nervous about the week ahead, but they were also so ready for the next step of their growth at Eagle’s Nest.

I’m already looking forward to welcoming our Sea Islands campers back next Friday. I know they’ll be a little tanner and that their eyes will sparkle a little when they star telling us their stories. I’m sure that we’ll hear things about stories of the armadillo that showed up at their camp, or about the time they burned the oatmeal, or the fish that got away. Their stories will be about the fun times, and also about the more challenging times; they will ALL be stories of growth through adventure.