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Educational Program

Success Leadership Program

For middle school and high school students
A school group and Hulbert staff gathered on the front porch of The Hulbert Outdoor Center.

Program Overview

The Success Leadership Program helps middle and high school students learn how to become leaders in their school and community. The program kicks off with a 3-day conference at Hulbert where students engage in teambuilding sessions, leadership workshops, and community project lessons. Participants return to their school ready to educate their peers about what they have learned and to lead a Community Day to benefit local nonprofits and their community.

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“Whether it was on the high ropes course or problem solving with his classmates, a new person began to emerge over the three days.  It is safe to say that Hulbert was a transformational experience in the life of this student.  When he returned to school, he committed himself to academics and will now be attending university in the fall. ”

School Director

“It was simply the most amazing student trip that I have ever experienced.”

School Group Chaperone

“This year, we will send our middle and high school students.  We look forward to continuing this partnership with Hulbert for years to come.”

Educator

Program Components

A instructor leading a team building activity during the winter.

Teambuilding Activities

During teambuilding sessions students identify their personal leadership strengths, recognize ways to be a leader, consider how they each contribute to the team, how they can tackle challenges, and how they can support and encourage each other. Instructors use props, ropes course elements, and imagination to structure experiences that illustrate the importance of trust, communication, diversity, safety, responsibility, planning, decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, and fun in everyday life. Instructor-led discussions help students to recognize the many roles a leader may take on and different leadership styles.

Campers sitting together.

Leadership Workshops

The three leadership workshops introduce students to a leadership philosophy that focuses on understanding what motivates people and how to approach leadership from a place of personal strength, positivity, and understanding. Our leadership model challenges students to identify and utilize their own unique talents and those of their team members and emphasizes the power of each student to choose to strive to be their best selves in each situation and to bring their talents and knowledge to the service of their communities.

Four students presenting a poster.

Community Project Sessions

Students participate in project sessions to understand what makes a community strong, healthy, and happy, and the special role of nonprofits in contributing to community success. Students identify three local nonprofits to present to their school and brainstorm ideas for community projects. Students practice giving presentations and prepare to plan a larger presentation at school.

Students working on an art project.

Post-Conference Work

Back at school, student leaders plan and deliver a presentation to teach their peers about what they have learned. They then invite all students to engage in "Community Day" projects that benefit their community and to vote for one nonprofit to receive their community fund donation. Following completion of projects, student leaders reflect on their experience and how they can continue to be leaders in their community. Students' and teachers submit written reflections to Hulbert.

Meals

Our chefs take special care to ensure our meals are nutritious, tasty, and include lots of options to satisfy a range of food preferences. Menus include cereals, eggs, breads, pasta, pizza, chicken, turkey, roast beef, sandwiches, soups, tacos, and plenty of salads, vegetables and fruits. Our kitchen provides vegetarian alternatives, and we take pride in the supplier relationships we have established with local growers and farm stands nearby in Vermont and New Hampshire. We do our best to accommodate dietary needs by not serving nuts, and by making vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Meals are served in our large dining hall.

A buffet table with grilled cheese, tomato soup, and a collection of salads.

Accommodations

Hulbert is located on Lake Morey in Fairlee, VT, surrounded by large playing fields and hundreds of acres of woodland. Hulbert’s accommodations are in our warm, winterized cabins. Each cabin has four bedrooms containing four beds and two full communal bathrooms. The cabins are within a short walking distance of the Main House.

Inside of Hulbert cabin with two bunk beds.
A Hulbert group learning how to use the climbing wall.

Staff

Led by Program Director Ross Cannon, Hulbert staff can be described in one word: outstanding! They are energetic, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable – and seamlessly adapt their approach to best suit the age and background of the program participants. Each staff member brings their own educational and professional expertise to their role at Hulbert, contributing to a varied and dynamic program.

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Let’s Connect

We offer camps and programs for people of all ages. Let’s talk about you, your child, your family – and discover together which experience you would value most. There are many options and possibilities!