It All Started With a Vision...
The Bald Eagle Boys Camp board of directors was formed in 1990 from a small group of Mennonite businessmen who had a vision for reaching out to troubled boys and their families.
The camp began operation in January of 1995 with only three campers and five full time staff. Since then, we have grown to serve up to forty boys. Boys from the age of 9-15 are served in our program.
Bald Eagle Boys Camp is part of the WRTCA (Wilderness Road Therapeutic Camping Association), a group of camps that upholds the Loughmiller camping model. This model has been developed for more than seventy years and has been implemented in successful programs all across the nation.
Former Director Dave King
The Eagle's Nest: Articles by Our Campers
What is The Eagle's Nest?
Each session our campers share their thoughts, experiences, and adventures. We’ve chosen to post some of their articles on our web site to give you a window into the rich life of therapeutic camping.
A. No, we are a long-term therapeutic camping program. The average stay of one of a camper is 18 months. That time is divided into 6 week sessions here at Camp, followed by a 4-day home visit.
A. While some cannot pay the full per diem amount, we do expect families to commit to a monthly payment based on your annual income and a sliding scale. The rest is made up by potential scholarship funds, donors, etc.
A. While we do not have a traditional academic program, we do provide an excellent alternative education for our campers, with hands-on life skills being our focus. Upon leaving our program, most boys are able to go back into the proper grade in school.
A. The definition of success definitely affects the answer to this question. However, we do say that we have an 85% success rate, meaning that boys who leave our program do not get involved in the justice system, and they are able to stay in school.
A. We accept boys from ages 9 to 15.
A. It is very important for a boy to feel like he is part of the decision. We expect a full commitment not only from the boy, but also from his family. If the boy, his family, and the people at Camp agree together that the camp program is a good fit for a boy, good things will happen.
A. Most of the boys and families we serve are within 4 hours of camp. Living much farther away creates complications for doing family work, attending meetings, and providing home visit transportation.