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Character Education at Eagle's Nest Foundation

“Experiential education for young people, promoting the natural world and the betterment of human character.”

As you well know, part of the mission of Eagle’s Nest Foundation is to promote the betterment of human character. This is a lofty goal, but time spent at Eagle’s Nest Camp, Hante Adventures, or The Outdoor Academy can be a transformative experience in the life of a young person. We believe that, if we can come to better understand how an Eagle’s Nest experience positively influences the betterment of human character, we can be more intentional and effective in how we leverage our programming to support this critical element of our mission.

The purpose of this survey is to explore a basic question: how are we doing? The questions we pose to you are based on a framework of exploring character strengths and virtues. Please use the survey to assess the degree to which you feel the Eagle’s Nest Foundation programs (Eagle’s Nest Camp, Hante Adventures, and The Outdoor Academy) you’ve experienced promote a given character strength and the betterment of human character. Space is included for your comments, and you may contact us if you have questions.

We are most grateful for your support of this important project. Thank you!

Eagle's Nest Foundation Character Education Survey

Section I: Who are you?



What is the length of your association with Eagle's Nest Foundation and its programs?
years

Section II: Virtues and Associated Character Strengths

Social psychologists, Christopher Peterson and Martin Seligman, identify 24 specific "character strengths" under six broad "virtues" that consistently emerge across history and culture. The virtues are: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence.

For each of the following six virtue sections, please assess the degree to which you feel Eagle's Nest Foundation's programs promote a given character strength. Under each character strength, we also provide an area for your comments. For example, if you "strongly agree" with a statement, it would be helpful to know which ENF program activities contribute this character strength.

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*For more information, see Peterson & Seligman, Character Strengths and Virtues: A Handbook and Classification, 2004.


1. Virtue: Wisdom

a. Creativity: Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things; includes artistic achievement but is not limited to it.
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b. Curiosity: Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

c. Love of learning: Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one's own of formally; related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

d. Perspective: Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself/others.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

2. Virtue: Courage

a. Bravery: Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; speaking up for what's right even if there's opposition; acting on convictions even if unpopular; includes physical bravery but is not limited to it.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

b. Perseverance: Finishing what ones starts; persevering in a course of action in spite of obstacles; "getting it out the door"; taking pleasure in completing tasks.
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c. Honesty: Speaking the truth but more broadly presenting oneself in a genuine way and acting in a sincere way; being without pretense; taking responsibility for one's feelings and actions.
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d. Enthusiasm: Approaching live with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure; feeling alive and activated.
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3. Virtue: Humanity

a. Love: Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated; being close to people.
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b. Kindness: Doing favors and good deeds for others; helping them; taking care of them.
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c. Social intelligence: Being aware of the motives/feelings of others and oneself; knowing what to do to fit into different social situations; knowing what makes other people tick.
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4. Virtue: Justice

a. Judgement: Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; not jumping to conclusions; being able to change one's mind in light of evidence; weighing all evidence fairly.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

b. Teamwork: Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group; doing one's share.
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c. Fairness: Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting feelings bias decisions about others; giving everyone a fair chance.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

d. Leadership: Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same time maintain good relations within the group; organizing group activities and seeing that they happen.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

5. Virtue: Temperance

a. Forgiveness: Forgiving those who have done wrong; accepting others' shortcomings; giving people a second chance; not being vengeful.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

b. Humility: Letting one's accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

c. Prudence: Being careful about one's choices; not taking undue risks; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

d. Self-control: Regulating what one feels and does; being disciplined; controlling one's appetites and emotions.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

6. Virtue: Transcendence

a. Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence: Noticing and appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life, from nature to art to mathematics to science to everyday experience.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

b. Gratitude: Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

c. Hope: Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it; believing that a good future is something that can be brought about.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

d. Humor: Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people; seeing the light side; making (not necessarily telling) jokes.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

e. Spirituality: Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe; knowing where one fits within the larger scheme; having beliefs about the meaning of life that shape conduct and provide comfort.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree




Section IV: Survey Feedback

In the section below, please provide feedback on the survey itself. Your comments and suggestions will help us improve the survey before we distribute it to the entire Eagle's Nest Foundation community. Thank you!
a. Clarity
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b. Survey Structure
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c. Giving Thanks
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Section V: Contact Information

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