NOBLEBORO – The Hebron Academy senior class recently participated in the Leadership Decisions Institute, a challenging experiential learning program offered by Camp Kieve. Instructors Ross Cameron, David Nichols, Cara Martin and Liz Lawler led activities and small group discussions on such topics as communication skills, leadership, relationships and problem-solving.

Hebron Academy Dean of Students Jamie Roche and Class Advisers Jeanine Eschenbach and Andrew Stephenson accompanied students to the training, which was carried out as part of the academy’s residential life program.

The students first attended the institute last spring for a three-day program designed to help prepare them for their senior year. Prior to that, instructors asked students to describe the issues they faced in life at school.

“We’re very pleased with the instructors at LDI and the way that they tailored the program specifically for our students,” said Roche. “Our hope is that students will understand that they can each make a difference at the school and that they will apply their experiences with Kieve to their lives at Hebron.”

The institute is designed to help students make healthy decisions about difficult issues such as substance abuse and peer relationships. It also works to build student self-esteem and communication skills.

Using the experiential education model in which students are active participants, the program seeks to provide students with factually accurate information, the confidence to make healthy decisions and leadership skills that they will take into their futures.

The institute is part of Kieve Affective Education Inc., a nonprofit organization located on Damariscotta Lake. Founded in 1926, some of Kieve’s other programs include a residential week-long institute program, wilderness programs for girls and women, a traditional boy’s summer camp, Kieve West – a Colorado-based exploration program and the Kennedy Learning Center, a private retreat and conference/meeting center.

For more information about the institute call 563-5172, e-mail [email protected] or go to the Web site at

For more information about Hebron Academy, an area independent, co-educational boarding and day school for grades six through postgraduate, visit or call 966-2100.

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