Do you love kids? Do you enjoy playing sports, building community, cooking, arts and crafts, climbing, canoeing, hiking, telling stories, watching stars, laughing, or playing games?  If so, you might be a wonderful Eagle’s Nest Staff member.

Before applying for a position with Eagle’s Nest Camp or Hante Adventures, please read the frequently asked questions below to learn more about our staff community and application process.

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How do I apply for a position with Eagle's Nest Camp or Hante Adventures?


What is the value of working at Eagle's Nest?


Does Eagle's Nest have internships?


Do I have the right kind of experience to work at Eagle’s Nest?


When should I apply?


What policies should I read before applying?


What about staff training?


Does Eagle's Nest have a religious affiliation?


Where will I live while I am at camp?


What kind of time off will I receive this summer?


What do people do on their days off?


What is the salary for summer staff at Eagle's Nest?


What will I be teaching and what are my general responsibilities? ?


Who are the other staff members?


Who are the campers? Where are they from?


Tell me about the campus and facilities.


Where is Eagle's Nest?


What's the weather like at camp in the summer?


How do I apply for a position with Eagle's Nest Camp or Hante Adventures?

Please complete the appropriate application below. The application form and supplementary questions must be answered for applications to be considered. Applications can be completed online or downloaded and mailed to Eagle’s Nest Camp, P.O Box 5127, Winston Salem, NC 27113 or emailed to campapplications@enf.org.

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Full Time, Year-Round Employment Opportunity with Eagle’s Nest 

Assistant Camp Director Job Announcement 2019


What is the value of working at Eagle's Nest?

Working as an Eagle’s Nest staff member will give you the experience and skills that future employers are looking for. Here are some of the skills that you will cultivate this summer at Eagle’s Nest:

  • Leadership
  • Communication Skills
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Collaborative Skills
  • Creativity
  • Training and Certifications
  • Internship Credit
  • Diverse and Global Experience
  • Letters of Recommendation

-Retrieved from ACA’s Project Real Job

-For a further explanation of each skill listed above, see these pdfs provided by ACA: Working at Camp Is a Real Job!; Summer Camp Jobs Exposed!

-For help putting camp on your resume, here is advice from ACA.


Does Eagle's Nest have internships?

Yes! Eagle’s Nest staff positions can fulfill a variety of internship requirements. We are happy to work with you and your school’s specific requirements.


Do I have the right kind of experience to work at Eagle’s Nest?

We hire many people with a wide range of experience! You don’t have to be an expert at everything to be an Eagle’s Nest counselor. Some of our staff are “generalists” who help teach a variety of different classes. We do like to hire people with extensive experience in particular areas, though. That could mean experience playing, captaining, and/or helping coach in various sports; it could mean being highly experienced in ceramics, woodworking, or horseback riding. Some of our wilderness staff have or are working toward degrees in outdoor education or recreation, while others simply have strong training, experience, and certifications. We also prefer to hire staff who have experience working with children and youth, and a desire to continue doing so. We look at the whole applicant when we consider potential staff members.

We do have a few basic requirements of every applicant. Counselors must be at least 18 years-old and have been out of high school for at least a year (that is, they have a year of college, work, or gap year experiences). All of our staff must also have CPR and First Aid by the time orientation begins. For those who wish to be Hante Adventures trip leaders, we require extensive wilderness and/or international travel and leadership experience, as well as a current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications at a minimum (WFR preferred).

Eagle’s Nest Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disabling condition, or sexual orientation.


When should I apply?

We begin receiving and reviewing new applications in November & December and begin contracting new employees as early as December and late as April. Applications are received and reviewed until all spaces are filled. There is no deadline for submitting staff applications; however, it is best to apply in the early winter.

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What policies should I read before applying?

Camp Staff Policies

Dress and Appearance Codes

Clinics Schedule


What about staff training?

All Staff Orientation is a wonderful opportunity to come together and learn more about the mission of Eagle’s Nest, the community we aim to create and uphold, and ways in which we can nurture and teach the campers who are attending during the upcoming summer. All Staff Orientation is mandatory for all staff members.

Staff members teaching rock climbing, canoeing, some wilderness classes, and horseback riding will need to attend additional clinics or orientations that will take place prior to All Staff Orientation. These four-day clinics cover additional information about the policies and procedures for the program in which they will be teaching. Staff members are not paid for this training.  Canoe clinic participants receive Swift Water Rescue Certification during canoe clinic. Eagle’s Nest offers a Lifeguard Training Course during this pre-camp time for those who wish to become lifeguards. There is a fee for this clinic, though we make every effort to offer it at a low cost.

Clinics Schedule


Does Eagle's Nest have a religious affiliation?

Eagle’s Nest is independent and welcomes people of all faiths. We pay full honor to ceremony, music, mystery, magical experiences and things greater than ourselves. This occurs in a Sunday Friendship Circle, in the dining room, and in our all camp ceremonies and meetings. We feel that these ceremonial structures are healthy and nurture a sense of belonging.


Where will I live while I am at camp?

The majority of our staff are cabin counselors and live in cabins with the campers and at least two other staff members. Each cabin counselor has a single bed and space for their personal belongings. The cabins are fully screened “open air” cabins with bathrooms inside the cabin. Cabins have electricity and hot running water. Other support and leadership staff live in separate staff housing on campus. Staff members who bring cars will be able to park on campus.  We also have storage available for personal bikes.


What kind of time off will I receive this summer?

Working for Eagle’s Nest requires a great deal of energy and commitment. Time off is an important way for staff to reset and recharge. Staff members have a minimum of two hours each day in which they are not obligated to specific duties. In addition, camp provides 24 consecutive hours off per week, one night off per session (roughly 6:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.), and one “lunch out” (12:15 p.m. –  2:15 p.m.) per session. We have a staff lounge with phones, computers, wireless internet access, and a refrigerator.


What do people do on their days off?

There is a great amount to do in the surrounding areas during your time off. Most staff members spend time with other staff who share their same time off and go off campus to explore Brevard, Hendersonville, and Asheville. These areas are great places for a concert, festival, movie or meal throughout the summer. There are also multitudes of campsites, day hikes, and waterfalls to enjoy in the surrounding areas, as well as an array of shops and restaurants to visit.


What is the salary for summer staff at Eagle's Nest?

Eagle’s Nest’s salaries are above or comparable to other ACA-accredited camps. The range of payment is $250 to $350 per week. Salary is figured for each staff member according to experience, certifications and responsibility level for the position. In addition, room, board and laundry are provided, as well as workers’ compensation for time on duty.


What will I be teaching and what are my general responsibilities? ?

You will be teaching four activity periods each day, either as the “lead” instructor or in an assistant role. Eagle’s Nest offers a wide range of activities, including arts classes, athletics classes, wilderness classes, and “special” classes that are often created by our inspired staff members. During the application and interview process, you will have the opportunity to express the types of classes that you are most qualified for and interested in teaching. We hope for staff members to have the opportunity to teach a variety of classes throughout the summer.

General cabin responsibilities
You will live in a cabin with about 14 campers, three counselors (total) and a Junior Counselor. As a cabin counselor you will be responsible for helping the campers with day-to-day activities, serving as a mentor to them, and also as their substitute parent. You will help them with many things including cabin clean up, homesickness, interpersonal relationships, bed wetting, etc.

General program responsibilities
As an activity instructor, you will be working with at least one other staff member per activity, to teach campers skills in their chosen class. Your primary role is to ensure the safety and skill development of our campers. You will also be responsible for planning and implementing a class lesson plan. Class content should be taught in a way that meets our program goals. Some of these goals include working within a team, learning good sportsmanship, and individual skill development.

General community responsibilities

  • Organize and lead or help to lead several all-camp evening activities each session and at least one weekend activity during the summer.
  • Be present at all “All Camp” activities (evening activities, square dances, cookouts, Capture the Flag, ceremonial times, etc.) except when on a day off or night out.
  • Be present at flag raising in the mornings and goodnight circle in the evenings.
  • Be a Table Parent. Care for the campers during meal times and check in with them throughout the day.

Who are the other staff members?

Our wonderful staff is made up of talented people from a variety of backgrounds, ages, and Eagle’s Nest experience. Many of our staff members are brand new to Eagle’s Nest and are from all over the country and the world. Others have been members of the Eagle’s Nest community in some capacity—as Eagle’s Nest campers, The Outdoor Academy students, or Hante Adventures participants—who return to work for Eagle’s Nest. The majority of staff members are in college.  We also have several staff members who have finished their undergraduate studies and are looking summer teaching or trip leading opportunities. Most of our staff members are 20 – 30 years old. Almost all of our staff members have a background that includes experience in teaching, working with children, outdoor leadership, and/or working in community service.


Who are the campers? Where are they from?

Our campers are predominantly from the southeast, although we do have campers from all over the United States and several other countries. The campers range in age from 6 to 17 years old, with the most concentrated ages being 9 to 14 years old. Campers are from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, with many campers receiving scholarships throughout the summer. We are an independent camp, so we have campers representing many different religious beliefs and backgrounds. Families who choose to send their children to Eagle’s Nest are supportive of our mission and seek to promote the growth of their children through community living and responsibility. They are also excited to give their children the opportunity to spend 1 -3 weeks living simply (away from computers and cell phones) surrounded by the beauty of the natural world.


Tell me about the campus and facilities.

Eagle’s Nest has whitewater canoes for our whitewater paddling program, traditional climbing gear for our rock climbing program that uses our on-site climbing tower and nearby outdoor sites, ceramics wheels and kilns, a lodge with a fireplace that hosts many all-camp activities, dances, and drama classes, a dance studio, a twelve horse barn with two pastures and a riding ring, an athletics field, basketball court, tennis courts, a photography dark room, a blacksmithing area, a swimming lake, a garden, musical instruments, a woodworking area, and trails on our 182 acres of land (143 acres of this land is conserved by the Cleanwater Management Trust Fund and the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy).

Our campus is large and hilly, so counselors should be prepared to walk up and down hills to classes throughout the day.


Where is Eagle's Nest?

Eagle’s Nest is located in the mountains of western North Carolina. The Southern Appalachian Mountains, or the Blue Ridge as it is often called, is a beautiful region. It is very green and lush thanks to the gracious amount of rainfall that we can receive in our area. Our campus is nestled in a river valley close to the Pisgah National Forest. In less than a hour, you can drive to a number of spectacular waterfalls, to a scenic highway called the Blue Ridge Parkway, to cold rushing rivers, and excellent climbing sites.

Eagle’s Nest is located in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina on 182 acres among the foothills of the Pisgah Forest range. Although Eagle’s Nest is in a rural setting, the town of Brevard is less than 10 minutes away by car. Eagle’s Nest also has a couple of bikes that you can use to pedal into town or on trails near camp. Brevard is a small college town that is becoming increasingly popular with tourists and staff from a range of camps in the area. In Brevard you’ll find a small movie theater, restaurants, bookstores, a library, and other conveniences. The city of Asheville is about a 45-minute drive away. Asheville is also a popular tourist and staff destination, a unique small city with a wide variety of good restaurants, cute shops, live music, artistic and historical sites, and the like. It also has more typical urban resources like large movie theaters, a mall, etc. The closest airport to camp is also located in Asheville, as is the Greyhound bus station. Other large cities near camp include Greenville, SC (an hour and fifteen minutes away),  Charlotte, NC (a major metropolitan area about 2 hours drive), Atlanta, GA (another major city about 3 hours away), and Nashville, TN (home of country music, about 5 hours away).

Eagle’s Nest will pick up staff members arriving by bus or plane to Asheville ONLY. Rental car agencies are available in Brevard, and arrangements can usually be made for pickups at car return offices.

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What's the weather like at camp in the summer?

The climate at camp is very pleasant. Nights in the early summer can get quite chilly (it can reach around 45 degrees Fahrenheit) and afternoons can get quite hot (in the 90-95 degree Fahrenheit range). We also get a fair number of afternoon thunderstorms.

 


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