Browse through some of our more frequently asked questions about the Eagle’s Nest Camp experience.

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Can I view a virtual Camp and Hante Information Session?


Who are our Staff?


What staff training and policies do you provide to ensure camper safety?


What are table families?


What kind of food do you eat at camp?


What are tribes?


Do you choose your own activities?


Do you go to the same activities every day?


What is a typical day like?


Is there financial aid available?


What should I bring to camp?


Can campers call home or email their parents?


Travel information


Can campers go on trips or special adventures?


Who are your staff members?


Can I view a virtual Camp and Hante Information Session?

Audio and pictures from our virtual information session on February 1, 2018. The webinar begins with a presentation about our programs, followed by a Q & A session with our Camp Director, Paige.


Who are our Staff?

Our staff members are educators, outdoor enthusiasts, and mentors. All staff members must be at least 18 years old and have one year of life experience beyond high school. All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid at a minimum.  They come from all over the US and abroad. A large portion of our staff are long-time campers who grew up at the Nest and are excited to share it with the next generation. Many applicants are referred by current and former counselors. All American and International staff members are hired and screened in accordance with ACA national standards. Our American staff members undergo an extensive hiring process that includes a video conference interview, two written references, at least one phone reference, and a background check through National Background Investigations. Our international staff members are pre-screened through J1 visa sponsors. These organizations conduct in person interviews, background checks, and reference checks. We are able to review this information along with their application and conduct our own video conference interviews.

 


What staff training and policies do you provide to ensure camper safety?

All summer staff members are required to attend our pre-camp clinic and orientation program. Staff members hone their skills as teachers and empathetic caregivers through extensive in-person training. Their training includes learning to address mental, emotional, and social health needs of the children and learning when to seek outside assistance when they suspect a child is depressed or is in danger of harming themself. We also discuss recognizing signs of and reporting child abuse, ensuring staff members understand their role as mandatory reporters. Every staff member receives a staff manual with all risk management policies and procedures which they are required to read in advance of their arrival. These policies and procedures are reviewed extensively during our in-person training. Staff members retain their manuals throughout the season for reference.

Eagle’s Nest maintains a ratio of one staff member to every four campers. Staff members are trained not to be alone with a child.

Throughout the summer, staff members receive formal feedback from full time administrators and from direct supervisors. All feedback is reviewed by our Camp Director.

While we do not permit campers to communicate directly with parents during the camp session so that they can experience a sense of self-sufficiency and independence,  our Camp Director or Camp Administrator is always accessible via email or phone. They welcome parent communication at any time and respond in a timely manner to any concerns or questions.  Throughout the session, our Camp Director sends out email updates and parents will receive a postcard from their child’s counselor.


What are table families?

Table families are groups of six campers of different ages and two staff members. They eat every meal together for the entire session of camp.


What kind of food do you eat at camp?

We believe that nutritious foods are a cornerstone to a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. All meals are made from scratch using natural and organically grown produce (including many vegetables from our garden), fruits, whole grains, unrefined sugar, as well as fresh meats and dairy products. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are available at each meal, and special diets can be accommodated upon request.


What are tribes?

All campers and staff members at Eagle’s Nest are members of a tribe. There are two male tribes and two female tribes. Each person is put into a tribe the first time they come to Eagle’s Nest, and they re-join that tribe as they return year after year. Tribes are special: they create a sense of belonging within the larger camp community.


Do you choose your own activities?

Yes, each camper chooses their activities for the session. With the guidance of one of the camp leadership staff, they select 4-6 activities from the following categories: wilderness, arts/music/drama, and athletics. To create a well-balanced schedule, we ask that they choose at least one activity from each category.


Do you go to the same activities every day?

For the most part, yes, though campers may choose to take some activities that meet every other day. Going to the same activity classes every day/every other day allows campers the opportunity to learn new skills and build on the ones they already have.


What is a typical day like?

Click here to learn more about a day in the life of an Eagle’s Nest Camper.


Is there financial aid available?

Yes! Click here to learn more about Financial Aid.


What should I bring to camp?

A complete packing list can be found in our Parent Manual. Click here for the  Parents/Guardians Manual 2018.


Can campers call home or email their parents?

In order to manage homesickness, campers may not call home except in cases of emergency. We encourage campers to communicate via letters to family and friends while they’re at camp. The camp leadership will happily speak with parents who would like an update about how their child is doing. We welcome your calls and emails!


Travel information

Click here for more information on travel.


Can campers go on trips or special adventures?

Yes! We are fortunate to be located just a few miles down the road from both Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest. Our canoeing, rock climbing, and campcraft classes journey off campus often to paddle the best whitewater in the southeast, climb at Looking Glass Rock, and go on multi-day backpacking trips.

For those campers who are interested in extended trips off campus, we offer several Added Adventures throughout the summer. Added Adventures are week-long trips to different locations in the southeast for small groups of  campers.

Hante Adventures are 2-3 week wilderness and cultural expeditions for 7th– 11th graders. The trips encompass a variety of outdoor activities and span the United States and the world. Participants grow their wilderness skills, work toward becoming strong leaders and experience personal challenge and growth, all while connecting with a small group of peers in some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


Who are your staff members?

Eagle’s Nest takes pride in the quality of its camp counselors and instructors. We maintain a strict selection process of hiring highly skilled and educated counselors and teachers. We carefully choose counselors who are creative, mature, engaging and fun-loving. Our staff enjoys the outdoors and has a love for working with children and youth. In fact, many of our counselors are previous campers. Eagle’s Nest maintains a ratio of one staff member to every four campers, and all staff members must be at least 18 years old and have one year of life experience beyond high school. All staff members are certified in CPR and First Aid at a minimum. Click here to meet the Summer 2019 staff.


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