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Eagle’s Nest Coronavirus COVID-19 Response


April 30, 2020:  COVID-19 update from Executive Director

So much has changed since last month when I wrote to you with the hope that our Camp and Hante programming would continue as scheduled this summer. However, even then the possibility of insurmountable challenges to our scheduled programming given the health, safety, and social distancing guidelines recommended by government and health professionals was becoming evident. Because safety and community responsibility are of the utmost importance to Eagle’s Nest Foundation, we have closely monitored the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic in North Carolina and associated orders of civil authorities in response to the spread throughout the state.

As of April 23rd, 2020, North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper extended the stay-at-home order to May 8th, 2020, and introduced North Carolina’s three-phase reopening plan. The reopening plan, even on the most optimistic timeline offered, completely prevents us from operating our scheduled programming this summer. We are devastated by this reality—but we also know that not operating our programming as scheduled is in the best interests of our participants’, staff’s, and community’s health and well-being. Therefore, Eagle’s Nest Foundation will not be able to operate any of our scheduled Camp sessions or Hante Adventures this summer. We are heartbroken, as we know you are too.

Eagle’s Nest is committed to keeping our mission strong and our staff and faculty working and planning for The Outdoor Academy to open as usual this fall semester, and for a joyful and vibrant summer season in 2021.  We are tracking developments from civil authorities and governmental health guidelines. If a window opens up late this summer, and we can safely and legally run some sort of programming, you will be the first to hear of this opportunity.

2020 Camp and Hante families, we are developing processing systems and details for the tuition you have paid. As we have previously indicated, you are eligible for a full refund of your tuition though we sincerely hope you will consider donating or rolling over a portion or all of your balance if you are able. You will be receiving a detailed letter within the next week with specifics. You will also be hearing more from Paige Lester-Niles, our Camp Director, today. 

Eagle’s Nest Community, right now, if you are able, we need your help. We urge you, as our families, alumni, and friends, to make an unrestricted donation to support our operations during this extended period when our revenues will be significantly depleted. We have received some assistance through the CARES Act and are pursuing every available option to keep our organization, and in turn our mission, viable and sturdy during these extraordinary times.  Your contribution–now tax-deductible up to $300 even if you do not itemize, or 100% deductible if you do itemize–will significantly contribute to the financial wherewithal of our Eagle’s Nest. 

This community, together, will weather this pandemic. We have done so before in similar circumstances when we closed for a summer during WWII; we can do so again, now.  We are here for you and will be in frequent communication.

With deep gratitude for each of you,

Noni Waite-Kucera
Executive Director