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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Education, Environment, Environmental Education, Philanthropy, Private Operating Foundations, Secondary & High Schools, Youth Development

Mission: The Eagle''s Nest Foundation (ENF) is a non-profit organization chartered in 1950 located on 180 wooded acres in Western North Carolina''s Blue Ridge Mountains. The mission is "Experiential education for young people, promoting the natural world and the betterment of human character." The goal of ENF is to provide hands-on education for young people while encouraging them to appreciate nature and challenging them to improve their character. The organization believes in the ideals of equality, honesty, belonging and self-awareness.

Programs: There are three programs offered by the foundation: Eagle's Nest Camp is a summer camp for youth age 6-17 accredited by the American Camp Association where campers are empowered to open their eyes, hearts, minds and souls and cultivate their self-awareness, sense of responsibility and self-expression; Eagle's Nest Hante is an adventure program that allows teens to experience the beauty of nature through rock climbing, whitewater paddling, wilderness treks and international travel; and The Outdoor Academy of the Southern Appalachians is an academic semester school for 10th and select 11th graders where students experience hands-on learning in an academic community centered around a deep connection to nature, lasting relationships and the excitement of living in a challenging atmosphere.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I, unlike some of my fellow counselors, began my Eagle's Nest experience not as a bright-eyed child but as a young adult who was in desperate need of all the things that Eagle's Nest offers. I did not realize until I got there, only a day into my orientation experience, how much I needed to be surrounded by a group of the most kind-hearted, intentional, nurturing, adventurous, and most importantly GOOD people. Eagle's Nest restored my faith in the world and reminded me of all the wonderful parts of myself that had long since been ignored by my peers in other "communities." I think it is very rare for a "work" environment to feel as rewarding and as inspiring as Eagle's Nest. Every day I woke up excited for the activities I had planned for my campers and for the interactions we would have that would later become cherished memories. As a new comer to the world of Eagle's Nest, I was nervous, at first. I could not have been more pleasantly surprised by how welcoming and inclusive every single staff member was. Eagle's Nest is one of the few places that practices what it preaches. We are able to help our campers build these communities and relationships that are long lasting and true because WE as the counselors and staff do so with each other. I have nothing but appreciation and love for this organization and it has only just recently touched my life. I cannot imagine the capacity of appreciation those who have been a part of the Eagle's Nest community since childhood have for the organization. Whenever people I know ask me about camp who have never experienced it, I tell them that it is the most magical, happiest place on earth. I mean it from the bottom of my heart.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A review isn't necessary to praise Eagle's Nest Camp, instead a thank-you is what it deserves. The community of Eagle's Nest is what kept me coming back year after year for twelve years now. It's addictive in the best way possible. To put into words the gratitude for the experiences and the people that I've encountered on the beautiful campus is unfortunately a task I will never deem finished. Fear of failure, exclusiveness, boredom and monotony simply do not exist in this place. Adults and children alike are constantly cultivating laughter, friendships and their identity. A strong sense of tradition instills pride in all and drives them to continue those traditions year after year. Not only are children developing skills they rarely have a chance to obtain, they are also developing the skills necessary for life that are often overlooked. Relating to people, being nice, respecting the environment, laughing at yourself, working hard to achieve an advancement, screaming until all of the air has escaped your lungs, dancing at the square dance, singing Beatles songs after lunch everyday. Facing each day realizing its potential and going to sleep at night knowing you fulfilled it. By experiencing and learning all of these things, I know what I should expect out of life, and never to settle for less. So thank you Eagle's Nest. Not for shaping me, but for giving me the room to shape myself.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Eagles Nest Foundations has been apart of my life for almost 10 years now! I can't believe that. As a camper, I was introduced to a community that finds an importance in learning and achievements. I was included in a community where not only could I be myself, but I was provided with the support to explore who I was and the type of leader/community member I had potential to become. I will forever say that Eagles Nest has changed my life. I have no doubt that I wouldn't be the person I am today if It wasn't the opportunity I had years ago to attend Eagles Nest Summer camp. I also was a Outdoor Academy student about 3 years ago. Located on the same campus on the off seasons, Eagles Nest is a semester school, known as The Outdoor Academy. It is for 10th graders in high school. Being immersed in nature and being given the opportunities to explore the mountains, I found myself artistically driven and inspired by the silence and beauty of nature itself. To make things a bit simpler... Eagles Nest has been a hug part of my life. I have been attending the summer camp since a very young age, was a student at the Outdoor Academy (Spring 2009, Semester 28) and I was also a Jr. Counselor (Summer 2009). I look at Eagles Nest as a home of mine. I was always so excited and thrilled when summer came around and it was time to return. My personal attachment to Eagles Nest is something I hold very close to my heart. It’s simply a place where I grew up. It’s a place where I was given the opportunity to enrich myself personally. I respect Eagles Nest for many different reasons, one including that I believe Eagles Nest is a safe environment and has a supportive community, allowing the freedom to gain personal achievement and obtain inspiring leadership skills. I look up to ENF very fondly and I am very proud to be given the opportunities I was provided with as a camper at ENC.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Eagles Nest Camp is a wonderful foundation that works to help children discover who they are and feel comfortable in their own skin. The friendly environment at Eagles Nest makes it easy for children to learn, grow, and to truly be themselves. As a former Eagles Nest camper, I am extremely thankful to my parents for sending me to a place where I could learn valuable life skills, make long lasting friendships, and gain independence. I feel so proud and fortunate to be a part of the Eagles Nest community.