Brunswick’s vast new Vermont Campus provides an abundance of natural resources and essential away space in which students must switch off and disconnect to grasp and explore the benefits of both aloneness and direct, personal interaction — applying their classroom learning in the field, and deepening as never before their relationships to themselves, the world, and each other.
The campus sits on more than 650 acres of wilderness, hiking trails, and open fields in Randolph, Vermont, offering lodging, meeting rooms, a dining hall, and, most importantly, space — land, woods, streams, and nature in its abundance.
Each advisor and student travels by Amtrak train to the campus during a boy’s sophomore year for a weeklong off-campus wilderness-education and applied-classroom-learning experience.
In short, it is a place absent of iPhones, Snapchat, and technology, where Brunswick boys must interact directly with one another and their advisors without distraction. This unmediated interaction fosters incredibly earnest conversations at times, and just plain entertaining ones at others.
Two senior leaders accompany each group, helping to guide and mentor younger students through the program.
Time spent in Vermont enhances all aspects of a Brunswick education.
The program lends itself to collaboration, teamwork, inquiry-based learning, and experiential education — and benefits the entire Brunswick community of students and faculty.
A typical day begins with breakfast prepared by students, followed by study hall. Each student spends the majority of the morning at an activity such as community service at a local farm or cross-country skiing.
Leadership and character lessons commence after lunch, followed by projects on site and/or community service work. There is time for exercise before dinner and allocated free-time and discussions begin after dinner.
Circle discussions conclude each night’s activities before lights out at 10:30 p.m.