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AGES 14 - 18


American Thanksgiving Program

Saturday, November 23 - Sunday, December 1, 2019

An ideal option for secondary school boarders who wish to stay in the eastern U.S. over the holidays, this program will immerse students in life on an Adirondack farm as they help our experienced educators prepare a traditional Thanksgiving feast. This will be a time to make new friends and deepen both outdoor and cultural skills. 


Participants will share rooms and meals at the Eileen Rockefeller House, complete with mountain views over private Round Lake, a modern kitchen, and direct access to North Country School’s working farm and forest. They will learn how to care for sheep, goats, horses, and chickens and cook from scratch using fresh garden squashes, potatoes, herbs and more. 

Rock-E House & Basecamp includes 6 km of ski and hiking trails, sledding hills, its own downhill ski slopes, easy access to High Peaks Wilderness hiking trails, and more. Close proximity to Whiteface Mountain and Mt. Van Hoevenberg XC ski center open up further opportunities for downhill or cross-country skiing, or even trying out skeleton or luge. Additionally, we are just 7 miles from the village of Lake Placid, which offers a range of shopping and dining options.


Program includes:

  • Full time program leaders

  • Flexible itinerary - students can stay close to the kitchen or head out on skis

  • Cooking classes (and fully equipped kitchen for students to cook for each other)

  • Helping to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal

  • Caring for animals on the farm

  • On campus ski trails and private 35 trail downhill slope

  • Downhill skiing at Whiteface Resort

  • Cross-country skiing at Mt. Van Hoevenburg

  • Shopping and exploring in Lake Placid

  • Plus plenty of down time to relax, chat with friends, and explore campus


Program tuition is $2,000 + transportation to Lake Placid, NY. Additional days: see additional costs below. 


  • Accommodations: shared room & shared bath in fully updated, 19th century lake house

  • Fresh farm-to-table meals and snacks 

  • All daily activities, including ski rentals and campus ski trails. Two (2) days Whiteface ski lift tickets included. 

  • Transportation during program 


In order to accommodate all school holiday schedules, we offer additional days of coverage for $50/day. Email us to reserve extra days. 


Getting here has never been easier with flights from Boston, New Haven and other points to Adirondack Regional Airport (SLK) located within a 35 minute drive. Other airport options include Albany International Airport (ALB) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). 

Fees for car service to and from airports vary. Below are one-way fees provided by local carriers (listed). By traveling with a companion or group, your fees can be shared.  

  • SLK: $72 (including gratuity) via Polar Express 

  • ALB:  $275 + gratuity via Namas Car Service

  • JFK: $650 + gratuity via Namas Car Service

  • BOS: $650 + gratuity via Namas Car Service



Registration ends November 18, 2019

Ages 14 - 18

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