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OCT. 19, 2015

The Joys of Growing up at Camp

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Noni Waite-Kucera, Executive Director

As you can see, I started out pretty young at Eagle’s Nest.  If all memories serve correctly I was 3 months old when I first headed to camp to spend some time with my grandparents, Alex and Hannah Waite.  Alex and Hannah were the founders of the Eagle’s Nest we know today and it was their vision that set me in motion for a lifetime of summer camping.

Noni with grandmother Hannah at age 6

Noni with grandmother Hannah at age 6

Every summer I made Eagle’s Nest my home, a gift to be sure.   I know many children wish they could spend their whole summer exploring the forests, streams and mountains; learning to make things with their hands and most importantly making friends that last a lifetime.  As I think back on it a lot hasn’t changed in the way we go about our daily lives at camp.  We all have our activities (though the offerings are much more extensive now), our community jobs, our tribes, our table families, our cabin mates and our amazing counselors.  Another very important tie for me is the connection to our “place”, that land and all those who have come before us and those who will come after us.  The history is rich and continues on.

Noni at age 16 working with June Apple

Noni at age 16 working with June Apple

My family is now four generations strong at Eagle’s Nest.  I know of many others that are three generations along in their connection to the Nest and every year new families join our extended family.  It is a joy to have this gift of camp in our lives. Thank you for sharing it with me!

Noni Waite-Kucera, Executive Director