Challenge Yourself In A New Environment
The Lennox Lodge Program is named after HAPA parent Bim Black, who donated funds to the school to purchase 600 beautiful acres of pristine wilderness in Eustis, Maine, now called the Black Wilderness Preserve. Lennox Lodge is a 21-day program for students involving wilderness experiences such as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and multi-day expeditions. Wilderness skill-building exercises push students to face challenges and take risks.
While in the program, students also continue to work on their academics. 15-20 hours per week are set aside specifically to focus on this. Students keep up with their school work through internet-based teacher and class interaction.
Everyone helps maintain the Lodge, where chores include cooking your favorite meal for the group. This simple living allows for a greater focus on community and fosters personal growth.
About the Lodge
The 1500 square foot Lennox Lodge features;
- a large kitchen
- great room
- internet-connected classroom
There are three modern yurts adjacent to the Lodge where students sleep.
The yurts have;
- propane heat
- electric lights
- 24 beds
A mile south of the Lodge are three back country yurts with only wood stoves that provide an opportunity where groups can truly experience “roughing it.”
There are also six primitive campsites for true Maine adventures on the Preserve. Many of these sites are accessible by our fleet of modern canoes and kayaks.
Other Programs on the Black Wilderness Preserve
Lennox Lodge is a popular destination for student trips, FLC trips, and Outpost.
Trips to Lennox Lodge are held throughout the academic year as Leadership Opportunities. These provide a way for students to learn and develop leadership skills in a small classroom. Groups average 6+ participants and trips run from two to six days.
The Lennox Lodge property is also a popular location for fall canoe trips, winter snowshoe trips, and spring Wilderness FLCs. Families brave the elements while learning new things about themselves and each other.
“Outpost” is a 4-5 day Wilderness Experience for current students that is based on outdoor components such as hiking, camping, and community service. Outpost provides a wonderful opportunity for student reflection with a focus on teamwork and accountability.