270. Adirondack Leadership Expeditions
Adirondack Leadership Expeditions was a wilderness program which was open between 2003 and 2013. Local citizens were worried about the presence of the teenagers as result of some of the teenagers having escaped the program.
The program used muscle men to drag teenagers to the program. Due to the large forest an expedition even got lost and had to be rescued.
A former student writes:
After a five or six hour drive we arrived in the Adirondack mountains. I remember being taken out of the car and up to the room where the director of the program was. About eight staff members were standing around me in the room and they asked me a bunch of questions about how i felt. I didn’t’t’t feel particularly good at the moment and then the drove me out to a forest. It was snowing out and the temperature was -10. They told me to take off my clothes
so I could get into gear. I was outside without clothing for i guess about five minutes and then I was blindfolded and guided through the woods where the staff gave me my course book. I spent my first three nights with two staff before i went to my actual group. When i met the group i was with a bunch of kids in the same situation. During my entire stay in wilderness it was freezing outside. There were some nights it was so cold they had to let us use tents they
use on the base camp of Mount Everest. There was one day I remember it was so
cold i could not move my fingers
It could not have been fun to be there as a teenager.