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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 powerful experience in the life of a young person. We believe that, if we can come to better understand how an Eagle’s Nest experience encourages 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 well do our programs support our mission? We invite you to sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, reminisce and reflect on your time in Pisgah Forest, and share your thoughts in this brief survey. The questions we pose to you are based on a framework of virtues and the character strengths that support them. 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: Character Strengths and Education at Eagle's Nest Foundation

Scholars have identified six core virtues (wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance, and transcendence) that together reflect human character. These scholars have also identified measurable character strengths that make up each virtue. On the pages that follow, please review a set of character strengths for each virtue and then assess the degree to which you feel Eagle's Nest Foundation's educational programs promote these strengths.

At the end of each section, you will find an area for your comments. Leaving a comment is optional, but your insights are very valuable to us. For example, if you "strongly agree" with a particular statement, it would be helpful to know which ENF program activities promoted this character strength (and corresponding virtue) and the effect it has had on your life.

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1. Virtue: Wisdom

There are four character strengths within the virtue of WISDOM: creativity, curiosity, love of learning, and perspective. Please review the definition of each and then select the degree to which you agree with the statements that follow.
  • Creativity: Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things; includes artistic achievement but is not limited to it.
  • Curiosity: Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; finding subjects and topics fascinating; exploring and discovering.
  • 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.
  • 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

There are four character strengths within the virtue of COURAGE: bravery, perseverance, honesty, and enthusiasm. Please review the definition of each and select the degree to which you agree with the statements that follow.
  • 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.
  • Perseverance: Finishing what one starts; persevering in a course of action in spite of obstacles; "getting it out the door"; taking pleasure in completing tasks.
  • 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.
  • Enthusiasm: Approaching life with excitement and energy; not doing things halfway or halfheartedly; living life as an adventure; feeling alive and activated.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

3. Virtue: Humanity

There are three character strengths within the virtue of HUMANITY: love, kindness, and social intelligence. Please review the definition of each and then select the degree to which you agree with the statements that follow.
  • Love: Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated; being close to people.
  • Kindness: Doing favors and good deeds for others; helping them; taking care of them.
  • 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.
Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree

4. Virtue: Justice

There are four character strengths within the virtue of JUSTICE: judgement, teamwork, fairness, and leadership. Please review the definition of each and then select the degree to which you agree with the statements that follow.
  • 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.
  • Teamwork: Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group; doing one's share.
  • 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.
  • 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

There are four character strengths that together promote the virtue of TEMPERANCE: forgiveness, humility, prudence, and self-control. Please review the definition of each and then select the degree to which you agree with the statements that follow.
  • Forgiveness: Forgiving those who have done wrong; accepting others' shortcomings; giving people a second chance; not being vengeful.
  • Humility: Letting one's accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is.
  • Prudence: Being careful about one's choices; not taking undue risks; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted.
  • 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

There are five character strengths that together promote the virtue of TRANSCENDENCE: appreciation of beauty, gratitude, hope, humor, and spirituality. Please review the definition of each and then select the degree to which you agree with the statements that follow.
  • 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.
  • Gratitude: Being aware of and thankful for the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.
  • Hope: Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it; believing that a good future is something that can be brought about.
  • Humor: Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people; seeing the light side; making (not necessarily telling) jokes.
  • 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 III: Summary and Final Thoughts




Section IV: Contact Information

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