Community Service and Leadership Training

A 4-Week Summer Program

Our teen community service summer program, for boys and girls aged 14-16 and who are committed to making a difference in their communities and their own lives.

The Goals

Develop skills in self-sufficiency, leadership, and community service useful at home, in school and in any work related activity. (Community service credit available.)

I didn't realize what an incredible experience Community was going to be for Max. The name says it all: community in terms of the community service work and, even more importantly, community in terms of the relationships that are built. The small group living in Blodgett House was so close-knit and comfortable and accepting of one another.
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HVC Community Parent

The Environment

Live in a restored farmhouse on 17 acres of woods and fields, prepare your own meals or share them at the Hidden Valley Dining Hall, and spend time in three environments – your micro community, the camp, and the neighboring Maine towns. 


The Blodgett House – Visited by Teddy Roosevelt on his expeditions to Maine. 
Photos: Kevin Forti, k4t Photography

Activities at Blodgett House

  • Team building and leadership workshops
  • Problem solving & communication skills
  • Discussions such as “moral & ethical dilemmas in groups and communities.”
  • Food preparation using organic garden vegetables from the Blodgett House garden
  • Small construction projects

Projects at the Camp

  • Develop your own camp classes and teach younger children.
  • Create a demonstration wind or solar power project.
  • Build a bench or a stained glass window for one of the camp’s common areas.
  • Learn construction skills by building a shed from scratch.

Typical Schedule

MORNINGS
Breakfast at the Blodgett House
Chores and Workshops
Community Service at Camp
Lunch at the camp or on the road

AFTERNOONS
Assist in Hidden Valley classes, or
Lead a special project for camp interest groups, or
Work on a building or decorative project, or
Volunteer outside of camp.
Dinner at the Blodgett House or at camp

EVENINGS
Lead a Cabin Night program, or
Sing, tell campfire stories, or
Go on a special trip to a Maine performance or events.

The month at HV Community concludes with a special trip to Canada, Campobello Island or Quebec.

Our Mission

The goal for Hidden Valley Community participants is to strengthen one’s capacity as a community member and become a better person at all levels of community life. The program also represents the camp’s understanding that Hidden Valley is not an island. Since 2003, our volunteers have led the camp’s efforts to share with its neighbors our rural community’s way of life. 


Left: On air at a local community radio station. Right: Bingo at a senior home.


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