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New Perspectives - Apr, 1996 Issue #39 

Deer Hill Road Box 520
Stow, Maine 04039
Candi Mays, Co-owner
800 99-SUMMIT 

The Summit Achievement program is a new, adventure based residential program for troubled teenagers. Located in the Western Mountains of Maine, Summit provides individualized treatment programs for teens aged 13-17 who are experiencing problems at home, at school, or with peers. Building on the model practiced so successfully at Outward Bound, the Summit program combines experiential activities designed to build self esteem and personal responsibility, with a traditional treatment program supervised by a cadre of Clinical Professionals. Individualized treatment and educational programs are offered for 30 to 90 days. Additionally, a 6 week summer adventure program is offered that focuses on building successes that can be applied in the coming school year. 

The campus located at the Cold River Lodge is set on 54 acres along the Eastern boundary of the White Mountain National Forest, a 780,000 acre preserve which encompasses the whole of the White Mountains. The rolling fields give way to rich pine forests bordered by the Cold River from which the lodge derives its name. Classic log cabin dormitories are just a short walk from the lodge, providing students with dramatic views of the mountains. 

Individualized counseling, and flexibility according to the child's needs are the goal of the Summit program. Although a new program, Summits founders have years of experience in experiential and alternative education methods. Fully licensed by the State of Maine as a Residential Facility with Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Certifications, Summit combines adventure elements, proven to make an impact on difficult teens, with a committed group of psychological professionals. The Summit program enrolls teens year round. 

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