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Adirondack Leadership Expeditions

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Adirondack Leadership Expeditions Program Information

Gender: Single Gender and Coeducational Groups
Ages: 13-17
Grades: K-12th
Estimated Enrollment: 8 per group maximum
Length of Stay:
Program was founded in: 2003
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Adirondack Leadership Expeditions Contact Information

Address:
82 Church Street
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
Phone: (518) 897-5011
Fax: (518) 897-5017
Email: admissions@adkle.com
Website: www.adirondackleadership.com
School Contact: Derry O'Kane
Alternative Contact: Robert F. Theisen, Ph.D.
Therapy Provided?: Yes

Program Description:

Adirondack Leadership Expeditions is an intensive, outdoor-based, character development program that promotes personal growth through a focus on insight-oriented experiences. The forested, mountain setting removes distractions and supports students in the development of healthy relationships, critical thinking skills and self-worth. Our dedicated mentors and counselors work shoulder-to-shoulder with students while challenging them to address personal issues and achieve far more then they expect of themselves in a safe and nurturing environment.



Adirondack Leadership Expeditions is a character-development wilderness program for troubled teens that promotes personal growth through a focus on insight-oriented experiences. The forested, mountainous setting removes urban distractions and simplifies options to help students gain insight into their core values and accept responsibility for their choices. Our wilderness program's nurturing approach helps participants address personal issues, achieve success in a safe environment, and develop their leadership potential. Wilderness programs for troubled teens serve as excellent alternatives to boot camps, providing professionally supervised environments in which students can build the skills to engage in healthy relationships, develop critical thinking skills, and dramatically increase their self-worth.

Adirondack specializes in helping teenagers (ages 13 to 17) who are experiencing or exhibiting any of the following: entitlement, manipulation, family conflict, isolation, low self-esteem, substance use, defiant behavior, attention deficit, learning differences, school failure, and negative peer relationships.

ALE is not intended to serve adjudicated youth, and has no state contracts to do so. The program does not accept students who have been diagnosed with major mental health disorders, have serious histories of running away, practice self-mutilation, exhibit habitual patterns of violence outside of the home, or who are currently demonstrating a willingness to hurt themselves.
Adirondack specializes in helping teenagers (ages 13 to 17) who are experiencing or exhibiting any of the following: entitlement, manipulation, family conflict, isolation, low self-esteem, substance use, defiant behavior, attention deficit, learning differences, school failure, and negative peer relationships.

Our admissions philosophy is based upon the belief that all behavior is driven by emotional needs – and that even though these needs are often very reasonable (acceptance, attention, power, control) the behavioral strategies that our students have previously employed are not.

The goal of Adirondack Leadership Expeditions is to teach participants to think more insightfully, assess their abilities, improve communication skills, and engage in healthy behaviors.

The teenagers who attend our programs are generally bright, creative adolescents who have fallen into negative behavior patterns. These teens may show signs of slipping grades and poor academic performance, hostility toward authority figures, poor choices of friends and peer groups, and other behaviors that, if they continue, could sabotage their success in the future.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALE is not intended to serve adjudicated youth, and has no state contracts to do so. The program does not accept students who have been diagnosed with major mental health disorders, have serious histories of running away, practice self-mutilation, exhibit habitual patterns of violence outside of the home, or who are currently demonstrating a willingness to hurt themselves.


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