Summer Leadership Challenge

Adventure Awaits!

Take the Leap into an Unforgettable Summer!

For 50 years, Hyde’s Summer Challenge programs have inspired students and parents looking to take the summer experience to the next level by developing character, making new friends and accomplishing what they never thought they could.

Summer Leadership Challenge is a summer camp-like experience where teens gain confidence and courage through adventures such as camping, canoeing, and hiking mountains in the Bigelow Range, performing on stage in a theatrical blockbuster, competitive athletics, scaling the Tippy Bridge on the high ropes course, going white water rafting, and doing community service projects such as digging in community gardens, building wildlife habitat, and cleaning local beaches.

Summer at Hyde is about challenging yourself through exploring new interests, strengthening current skills and gaining a new appreciation of your unique potential as a student and a family. The program takes place on the Bath, Maine campus.

August 1-15, 2020 in Bath, Maine
Tuition: $3,250
Teens ages 13-18



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A Gift for the Parents & Guardians:

Since school is for kids, and Hyde is for families, we have something especially for parents and guardians. If you register your teen for Summer Leadership Challenge and pay the deposit by April 15, 2020, you will receive;

The Biggest Job We'll Ever Have

  • The Biggest Job We’ll Ever Have: Find the Right Balance Between Character and Achievement for Your Child by Laura and Malcolm Gauld (Scribner, 2002). Offering a new paradigm for reconnecting education with values, Laura and Malcolm outline a clear route to raising happy and confident kids.
  • Biggest Job Parenting Workshop at Eagle Hill High School Video, presented by Laura Gauld and Pam Hardy, (moderator of the Biggest Job Parenting Teens podcast). In this eye-opening workshop (run time 1 hour, 41 minutes), you will learn helpful tips such as when to step in and when to step away when your children are struggling with life’s challenges. They also cover the 5 Fundamentals of parenting that make clear the answers to the tough decisions you have to make as a parent.

The Hyde Promise

Hyde School was founded on the belief that each of us is gifted with a unique potential that defines a destiny. A commitment to character development enables us to achieve personal excellence and find fulfillment in life. Every experience throughout Summer Challenge intentionally provides opportunities to discover and develop character and inner leadership while you apply courage, curiosity and concern to your life.

Program at a Glance

Week #1

Summer week 1

Students get to know each other during a week filled with building

  • confidence
  • trust, and
  • community

through on-campus challenges such as;

  • the high ropes course
  • team building activities in the Sunken Garden, and
  • discovery group competitions.

Week #2

Summer week 2

The group heads north to Hyde’s property in Eustis, Maine, led by our own expert instructors for camping

  • boating
  • hiking, and
  • outdoor adventures.

Students learn to channel their inner strength and grit. They must face obstacles outside their comfort zone not only in the wild, but back on campus where they start to hone their

  • speaking
  • reading, and
  • problem-solving skills

in a creative learning environment.

Week #3

Summer week 3

Back in Bath, known as “the city of ships,” students explore the rich heritage of the Maine coastal community. They

  • sail along the Kennebec River on schooners
  • kayak on the New Meadows river
  • help out with local organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and the Food Pantry, and then
  • head back north to Caratunk, Maine to go white water rafting.

Week #4

Summer week 4

The final week of Summer Leadership Challenge is filled with preparations for

  • a discovery group competition
  • swapping contact info to keep in touch, and
  • working together to perform a stellar theatrical performance for Family Weekend.

Before & After
Summer Leadership Challenge
with Annie Schneeberger ’20


Summer Gallery

My Summer Experience

By Brett VanVort ’16

Brett VanVort '16
Brett VanVort ’16 now captivates audiences equipped with both his new-found courage and passion for music he discovered during Summer Leadership Challenge

During my interview at Hyde, I vividly remember Dean of Admissions, Jason Warnick, candidly describe his experience when he attended the school as a student. He noted that his favorite memories were the ones he made over Summer Challenge, a program for both newly admitted students and those interested in a month-long summer adventure. Speaking of camping, rafting, performing arts, and academics, I was beginning to be sold on this idea of Hyde. The Summer Challenge was an opportunity where I could get comfortable with the campus, make friends, and do things that I have never tried before.

New Confidence

3 Students Talk About their Experience at Summer Leadership Challenge

Faculty member and Summer Leadership Challenge Program Director Jen Lobozzo interviews three students who have participated in SLC via Facebook Live. Find out their most memorable moments and what they got out of the program.

Download the Transcript (PDF)



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