"Tell me, and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand."
- Indian Proverb
Working At Night Eagle
As you search for summer employment in the field of camping, it is as important that you investigate the camp and people who direct it, as it is that they investigate you. If you believe in the camp's philosophy and goals and are comfortable with the program offered, you will do a good job for the campers and the camp. While there are many similarities among camps, each is different. Below is an attempt to explain some of the ways that Night Eagle is a unique working environment.
Activities and trips out of camp are planned during a weekly staff meeting, but can be changed at the last minute in order to take advantage of weather, guest instructors, etc. There is a daily planned program, and every counselor must be innovative in offering activities that teach basic skills and values. Although we, as staff, participate in the activities, we do not try to dominate them. And, we never do for a boy what he can do for himself. Instead, we constantly try to find ways to let each camper do well.
At Night Eagle we simplify our lives and reduce our dependence upon material things. We make the campers aware of concerns of society and try to teach them that they can make a difference in the world.
We supervise the campers closely to ensure that the freedom of one child is not taken as permission to interfere with the freedom of another, and we look beyond outward behavior to try to discover its underlying causes. Because we are trying to develop a sense of security in the world, we are careful to make sure that no child is teased, scared by ghost stories, or intimidated by pranks in the name of fun.
The spiritual dimension of life is very important at Night Eagle, so we want staff members who are interested in growing with us in this area. Young people today desperately need the hope that comes from a belief in things beyond themselves, and we feel that it is easier for campers to develop that hope if we as counselors are secure in our own outlook toward life.
Finally, we develop opportunities for work through chores and work projects so boys feel useful and needed. Therefore we need staff who find physical work invigorating and fun. This may sound like a tall order for one summer, but keep in mind that much strength and support come from fellow staff members and, in some cases, from the campers, themselves.
Words from former counselors . . .
“I just wanted to thank all of you for the wonderful past three years I have had at camp. My experiences at Night Eagle taught me much about patience, honor, and the natural world, and have helped to strengthen my faith more than probably anything else. It is difficult to put my gratitude in words.”
- Earth Song, NY
“I just wanted to write and say thank you for the opportunity this past summer. I had an incredible time at camp. Being a counselor at Night Eagle gives you the ability to really teach children, because it is not only direct teaching but teaching through being a role model. The way I was able to teach wilderness skills as well as spirituality and just how to be a good human is incredible. I am so grateful that you have done the hard work to create a camp like you did. It is helping to heal this earth.”
- Earth Spirit, VT
There is truly something magical at Night Eagle. My short time there had a much larger impact on my life than I would have ever imagined. I doubt you need to hear it, but the world that you create there is a rare gem in today's world that can barely define what true masculinity is. In all my travels and experiences across the country, I have never found a more safe, secure, and truly genuine expression of what boyhood (and manhood) should be than at Night Eagle.
Night Eagle is a rare opportunity for boys to experience what boyhood was meant to be. Away from the pressure and misguidance of today's society, it frees a boy to simply be a boy and celebrates all the little miracles along the way. In hindsight, it allows even young men to grow, mature, make mistakes and still, long after leaving, have it remain in his heart.
There are few things on this planet worth really fighting for. Boyhood (and those who strive to give them the opportunity to experience it) are definitely two of those things that need to be protected. You are truly a man among men, and I am so thankful to have been a part of your world.
- Kola Sees the Heart, NV
“It must be magic,” says Sun Spirit (camper 2004-2008) in a recent interview with Bay State Parent magazine, “because the math doesn’t add up. Friends made in a few weeks at Night Eagle will feel closer than friends you’ve had for years in the "real" world. And this connection, this togetherness, is something we are very conscious of at Night Eagle.
For one reason or another, society sets up a lot of barriers around boys. There are these ideas about manliness, there are stigmas around showing emotion, there is the pressure to perform and impress. We talk about these barriers and actively try to break them down, and the result is incredible; something I’ve never seen anywhere else.
Night Eagle gives boys the freedom to find out who they really are. Sometimes they’re surprised with what they find, but they’re never disappointed.”
- Sun Spirit, MA