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JAN. 19, 2015

Eagle’s Nest Camp: Reflections of an Intern

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Zoey Kambour

I’ve been going to Eagle’s Nest for a decade. I’ve worked my way up from a little cabin Library girl, to a JC ready to take on the world and last year, I was finally working as a Garden Intern. I had been dying to be a part of the incredible Eagle’s Nest Staff that I had grown up admiring and loving for the past 10 years, and it seemed like a dream come true when I was selected to be a Garden Intern. I was so lucky not only to be a Garden Intern during the session I loved, but also I would be working with my best friend, Lauren, who I have known since we were in preschool and she and I have been attending camp together for the past 9 years.

I was incredibly nervous at first. I had no experience working in a large scale organic garden like the one we had nor did I know what new responsibilities I would have as a staff member. I was also worried that I would be disconnected from the counselors I had grown up idolizing because I was not at their status yet and the friends I had made that were still campers and JC’s would be separated from me, leaving me with no one but three other interns. But as my senior year of high school came to a close, I received more information regarding gardening and it gave me the tools that I needed to start in a garden and my worries were soothed.

I arrived at camp excited and with a full heart wearing my overalls, rain boots, and large floppy hat ready to take on the garden. At first it was intimidating to wake up at 6:15 every morning and immediately start working very hard, but I grew to love my everyday routine of tending the garden. I also learned more about where my food comes from and how to start my own organic garden. I developed an incredible relationship with Ryan the Garden Manager, the other interns, and with the counselors as well. The counselors I loved turned from people I had loved being taught by to close friends.

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The garden became my new home away from home. Together with Ryan, Lauren, and the gardening class, we nurtured, harvested, watered, double dug, and loved the garden and it grew splendidly (I have never seen cucumbers the size of my forearm before then!!). Being an intern was a way that I could give back to the community that I had grown to love over the past 10 years. I felt like I was helping Eagle’s Nest in a different way that not everyone could experience. It was a little bit of magic I could contribute to, even if it was just putting fresh tomatoes in that night’s salad.

For those who are on the fence about becoming an intern, whether it be garden, kitchen, or pack-out-house, I would say go for it. You will never get an opportunity like being an intern again at Eagle’s Nest. It is different than being a camper, a JC, or even a counselor. It is something that you can truly challenge yourself in and I know that I grew with the fruits and veggies as a person. When I look at the past 10 years that I have been attending Eagle’s Nest, I think the year I was an intern was the best yet.

Zoey Kambour, Garden Intern, 2014.