ROCK-E HOUSE & BASECAMP
Rock-E House & Basecamp provides customized learning retreats for schools, adults, and families. An extension of North Country School and Camp Treetops, Rock-E House & Basecamp offers programs that focus on sustainability through the arts, agriculture, environmental science, and outdoor pursuits.
Rock-E House & Basecamp is ideal for private and public schoolchildren, college students, educators, outdoor enthusiasts, and families. Guests are welcome to enroll in one of our programs or groups (up to 25) can design their own stay.
Facilities and features include a 9-bedroom, 4.5-bath historic farmhouse, well-equipped kitchen, five acres of vegetable and flower gardens, a maple sugaring operation, a 25-trail ski hill, a 36-route rock climbing crag, and 4 miles of horseback and mixed-use hiking trails. There is walk out access to Cascade and Pitchoff Mountains, and ski out access to Mt. Van Hoevenberg Cross Country and Biathlon Center.
A PLACE TO LEARN
To serve as a site for short-term educational programs for children and adults, in 2015 North Country School and Camp Treetops purchased an adjacent waterfront property on Round Lake, which includes 20 acres, a large 19th century farmhouse, boathouse, outbuildings, and 1000 feet of pristine shoreline. With a bold educational vision and a generous matching opportunity created by Eileen Rockefeller Growald (CTT ’63, staff ’69-’71, parent ’97-’99, NCS ’66, trustee ’76-’84 and ’92-’98), supporters of North Country School and Camp Treetops have made possible the acquisition and endowment of Rock-E House & Basecamp.
Under the direction of Executive Director David “Hock” Hochschartner and Director Peter Bullock, Rock-E House & Basecamp offered its first pilot programs in the winter and fall of 2017.
Peter Bullock became the Director of Rock-E House & Basecamp in August 2017. Over the course of his career, Peter has served as interim head, curriculum specialist, and science teacher at several schools in Vermont. He developed and taught school and summer youth programs at Shelburne Farms in Shelburne, Vermont, where he served as a camp director and organizational development fellow.
Peter’s passion for connecting ideas to experience includes guest lecturing at Middlebury College, Champlain College, Community College of Vermont, and the University of Vermont. He enjoys social innovation labs, bird language, science, history, and farm-to-table celebrations. He and his wife, Michelle, have four young children.
DIRECTOR OF ROCK-E HOUSE & BASECAMP
Rock-E House & Basecamp is two hours north of Albany. From Albany take I-87 (the Northway) to Exit 30. Turn left at the end of the exit ramp, taking Routes 9 to 73 West toward Keene and Lake Placid. After 10 miles you will pass through Keene Valley and then Keene. In the center of Keene bear left again to stay on Route 73 toward Lake Placid. After 7.5 miles uphill, past the entrance to North Country School and Camp Treetops, turn right on Wrights Way. Round Lake Campus is at the end of the driveway.