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School Counseling: Adventure Based Education (ABE)

Adventure Based Education


                                                                                                                                  Adventure Based Education

Counselors at Woodbury School have managed an adventure program (ABE) for all middle school students for the past 20 years. Students in grades 6 & 7 participate in classroom adventure experiences held indoors or outdoors depending on weather, and students in grade 8 spend a half day at the Salem Challenge Course, located off to the side of Woodbury School.

The purpose of ABE is to help students work with one another in their classrooms and with their teams in the best way possible, by participating in fun activities designed to bring out individual and group strengths. Students use the Full Value Contract (see below and click on the document for further details) as a way of working with one another in ABE as well as during the rest of the school year. Students are presented with a different challenge each week - a puzzle of sorts - and only by working as a team can the problem be solved and the students feel successful. 

Up on the docket for fall 2019: 

Eighth graders will participate in a half-day challenge course experience on a designated day either in September or October (TBD by teams) with their co-advisories starting around 7:45 and ending just before lunch time (Please bring water and a snack!).  

Seventh graders will be heading out in October for three days of ABE challenges with their team classes.  Stay tuned for updates from the team!

Sixth graders will be heading out in September for three or four days of ABE challenges with their team classes.  Stay tuned for updated from the team!

All counselors have participated in trainings through Project Adventure and High Five, internationally known companies that teach adventure skills and classroom curriculum. Our course is also inspected annually by one of the two companies.

All students participate in activities as we pride ourselves and focus on "challenge by choice."  Every activity is designed in such a way that everyone can play an important role in the group's success, and no one is forced to be put into a situation that makes someone feel uncomfortable or unsuccessful. The following Full Value Contract helps to ensure that every student walks away from a challenge feeling a sense of accomplishment:

Full Value Contract

-Be Here

-Be Safe

-Be Honest

-Let Go and Move On

-Have Fun



Adventure in Your Backyard

Listed below are the two adventure-based organizations Woodbury School uses to maintain our course and licensure.  Click on the image to connect you to their respective web sites to learn more about adventure based educaiton right here in New England!






 A few quick reminders:

Adventure Based Education (ABE) is starting up for all grade levels in September or October for the start of the 2019-2020 school year.  

  • Eighth Graders will go out by co-advisories for a half-day ABE class (7:45-11:06) and will return to school for lunch and UAs.
  • Sixth Graders will be on a six week rotation with Guidance for their ABE classes.  Classes go out for one period one day a week.
  • Seventh Graders will begin their ABE classes in October.

Check out our ABE page or our Calendar page to see when ABE classes are happening for your child and to see other upcoming events!

Email Betsy Palardy at with questions, or call (603) 893-7055 x3180.