Patients from the Children's Hospital Hematology/Oncology Clinic make Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend their home for one week. Camp Eagle's Nest offers campers plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors by riding horses, canoeing, rock climbing, tubing and much more. A talent show and karaoke provide spirited entertainment for the campers after the sun goes down. Campers also get a chance to interact with their camp counselors, who are nurses and other clinical staff from Children's Hospital. Camp Eagle's Nest is free for patients, thanks to financial and in-kind contributions to the camp and funding from Children's Hospital.
To support these camps, contact the Children's Hospital Development Department at 865-541-8441.
Children's Hospital Camps
Camp Eagle's Nest CANCELLED for Summer, 2020
For the past 37 years Camp Eagle’s Nest has provided a safe camping experience for East Tennessee Children’s Hospital’s patients in our Hematology Oncology Clinic. I am sorry to report that this year due to the COVID 19 epidemic Camp Eagle’s Nest will not happen as scheduled. This has not been an easy decision for us. The Safety of our patients comes first. After consulting our physicians and infection control experts as well as considering the recommendations of the CDC and the health department the decision was made that an overnight camp is not safe at this time.
We are discussing the possibility of a fall retreat but currently there are too many unknowns to announce anything concrete. Eagle’s Nest has become not a once a year event for our campers. It is something that builds from year to year as our campers develop relationships which continue at camp and at home. We do not want to lose the momentum that has been established over the years.
For now, know that Camp Eagle’s Nest has become a tradition at Children’s Hospital that we hold dear. We believe that it makes a difference in the lives of our children and we look forward to continuing that tradition as soon as we can do so safely.
Rick Callaway, Camp Co-Director Amanda Martin, NP-C, Camp Co-Director
Telephone: 865/541-8476 Telephone: 865/541-8280