A native of Natchez, Mississippi, Camp Founder/Director Bruce Moreton grew up exploring the creeks, rivers, forests, and bayous of Southwest Mississippi. A graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Bruce has taught English and social studies for over 35 years and has been involved in a wide range of youth-oriented activities, both in the community and in the schools in which he has taught. Currently, Bruce serves as the men’s tennis coach at Castleton University in Castleton, Vermont, and has made Night Eagle his main focus.
An American Red Cross volunteer since he was eleven years old, Bruce earned his water safety instructor certification when he was seventeen and is currently certified as a Red Cross standard First Aid/CPR/AED instructor and as a lifeguard and a lifeguard training instructor. With over forty years of residential and primitive camp experience in the Southeast and in New England, Bruce continues to spend much of his time in the woods working with children and adults of all ages.
"I do not think the measure of a civilization
is how tall its buildings of concrete are,
but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man."
- Sun Bear
His lifelong appreciation of the wonders of the wilderness and its potential for the education of the youth of today, and his solid background in a range of camping experiences as waterfront director, tennis instructor, program director, and cabin counselor at Summit Camps in North Carolina; waterfront director/swim instructor at Camp Skylemar in Maine; founder of Quest, a travel camp in Mississippi; director and counselor at Farm and Wilderness Camps (Flying Cloud) in Vermont; and waterfront director at Gwynn Valley Camp and at Falling Creek Camp in North Carolina) make him an ideal leader of Night Eagle Wilderness Adventures.
After searching for several years in New England and North Carolina for a place on which to start his own primitive boys' camp, Bruce finally came upon 135 acres in East Wallingford, Vermont, that was ideal for a camp. Bruce lives year round in Vermont. His two sons, Wyatt and Tripp, grew up at Night Eagle and share his love of the camp.
In a summer camp, staff is the determining factor between opportunities lost or a learning experience so rich for a boy that its possibilities can never be measured. Night Eagle's real strengths lie not only in its program, but in its staff.