Everything at Eagle’s Nest Camp from the meals, to the Cabin assignments, to the daily schedule, is thoughtfully planned for the best possible Camper experience. Read below about some of our traditions and daily routines that make Eagle’s Nest such a special and unique family!
A Day In The Life Of A Camper
A Day In The Life Of A Camper
The sound of the old bell wakes me from a deep sleep. It’s a little chilly this morning, but the smell of bacon cooking helps me get out of my cozy bed. On the way to flag raising, I chat with my cabin mates about the day ahead.
I greet my Table Family for a breakfast of eggs, bacon and Chef Ashton’s delicious hash browns. A great way to start the day!
Grab a broom! It’s time for Cabin Cleanup! If we make 6 “A’s” on cabin inspection we’ll go to Big Scoop and get ice cream.
I’m heading to the garden for my 1st period activity. We’re going to dig around in the dirt to find red potatoes and harvest some salad greens. I can’t wait to eat these vegetables for dinner in the next couple of days!
During 2nd period my Explorer’s Class is collecting “swamp gas” from the fishing pond. The gas is methane that’s made when things decay. We collect it in a jar by stomping around near the cattails and then we get to light it on fire in a dark area.
Lunch time! We’re having tacos with fresh guacamole – my favorite! I can’t wait for After Lunch Singing. I hope Felix plays his washboard again.
Rest period always comes at the right time! Time to write a letter home and take a quick nap.
Afternoon classes are starting. I have canoeing third period, so I’m going down to the lake to practice my “J” stroke and cross-bow draw. Tomorrow we’re going paddling on the Nantahala River! I can’t wait to try out my new skills on some whitewater rapids.
The vase I threw on the wheel in 4th period Ceramics is ready to be glazed. I made it for my table sister. I hope she likes it!
Tonight we’re having beef brisket for dinner, along with squash from our garden and fresh-baked bread made by the campers in Cabin 1. The skits after dinner that introduce Twilight and the Evening Activity are my favorite – the counselors are hilarious!
It’s Twilight, so I get to choose what activity I want to go to. Some of my cabin mates and I are going to go to free swim at the lake. I love jumping off the diving board.
Goodnight Circle. We all sing “Day is Done” before heading off to snack and the evening activity. Tonight it’s a campfire on Nature Hill. I can’t wait to listen to stories and sing songs with my friends. I bet we’ll see fireflies and roast marshmallows. Yum!
After a few minutes of flashlight time, the sounds of the cicadas outside lull me to sleep. I’m excited to wake up and have another great day at camp tomorrow!
Campers stay in 12 spacious, breezy cabins and are placed with other Nesters based on grade and gender. All cabins have indoor plumbing, showers, and hot water. The cabin groups are led by caring counselors, and campers get to know their cabinmates well during evening hours, rest periods, morning cleanups and cabin outings.
We believe that healthy foods are a cornerstone to a healthy lifestyle. Campers dine on meals prepared with fresh meats and dairy products, and natural and organically grown produce such as garden-fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, unrefined sugar, honey and olive oil. All meals are wholesome, low in sodium and fat, and desserts are served in moderation. All campers participate in baking bread, preparing meals and composting. Vegetarian, vegan and other special diets are available upon request at each meal.
Care packages may be sent to campers. We encourage you to send caring things such as cards, games, books, stationary, etc., but we ask that you do not send food, gum, candy or even “health food”.
When a child receives a package at Camp, he or she will open it with her counselor. Food or sweets, in spite of the sweet thoughts with which they were sent, cannot be given to the camper. We can give you information for a number of companies who put together and mail care package for campers.