A summer of Adventure
What an awesome couple of days days since I have returned to Eagle’s Nest! During my first four days I participated in the Wilderness Clinic led by Marlin and Hannah Blue in which we hiked out to Pisgah Forest with staff members who will be leading trips this summer that require overnights in the backcountry.
We sharpened up on essential camping skills and even learned some new ones while connecting with the beautiful natural world that we have the pleasure to experience here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We were also given invaluable tools on how to teach these same skills to campers. There was even an appearance from the little blue fairies one night; they can sense that the magic is coming!
Throughout our trip I was able to reconnect and have great conversations with other returning staff members but I was also able to forge new connections with some quality new staff members; an experience that any camper or staff member returning to Eagle’s Nest experiences. When we landed back at camp we were given time to plan out the trips we will each be leading this summer – choosing routes, organizing food and gear, etc. What an exciting time!
Then it was time for the Wilderness Clinic to split and scatter to the second round of clinics, which included Riding, Lifeguarding, Climbing and Paddling while new staff continued to roll in for these more specialized clinics. I took part in the paddling clinic led by Ryan who also happens to be the Eagle’s Nest Garden Keeper, which was such a great experience. It’s strange how Eagle’s Nest people are so incredibly multi-talented.
We took two days to canoe down section 9 of the French Broad and the Lower Green where we were instructed on river dynamics, group management and how to best demonstrate and teach skills to campers while on the river (and also just having a rockin’ time actually paddling). We then spent two days in Bryson City taking a Swift Water Rescue in which we learned all about river safety; how to prevent river emergencies and then how to intervene and conduct a rescue in whitewater.
Over the past eight days we have invested our time and energy into improving our own skills, understanding and teaching methods, but that only makes the entire staff so much more stoked for the adventures that we will be taking this summer with campers! With all this effort going into preparing staff, Eagle’s Nest Campers and Hante Participants are in for the time of their lives this summer.
Tyler Kameh, Huck Finn Adventure Leader 2015