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Gap Program

A view of a mountain and a camper doing a yoga pose.

Fall Semester Gap at Glen Brook is an 11-week, place-based program for 18–21 year-olds that focuses on personal development through practical skills, living in community, and engaging with the natural world. Our 5-week Winter term focuses on the art of cooking.

Fall gappers experience community living, outdoor expeditions, farm work, working in a commercial kitchen, preparing all of their own food, and participating in an experiential curriculum that requires a high level of introspection and vulnerability.

On our winter term, gappers spend 5 weeks learning the art of cooking from the Glen Brook staff and local artisans. Hands on experiences will be integrated with more traditional learning as we explore the connections between the future of our planet, the food we eat, seasonal living and the principles of permaculture.

A camper working on a piece of wood in the woodshop.
A camper polishing a paddle.

General Schedule for the Fall Program

Activity Description
Orientation A week of relationship-building to the cohort, the land, and our purpose.
Homesteading Two weeks of digging deeper on the farm and in the kitchen.
Apprenticeships Two weeks of learning by doing focusing on farm, facilities, kitchen, or outdoor leadership.
Orienteering A week of developing map and compass skills, learning to rely on yourself and others.
Canoe Expedition A week of canoeing with the paddles you will carve for yourselves.
Electives Two weeks of choosing your own classes, workshops, and projects from an abundance of options provided by our staff from hewing logs to comedic improvisation. An array of skills for sustainable joy in life.
Deep Dive The independence to create a project as a group that leaves a meaningful legacy for generations to come.
Community Learning The cohort will take part in ongoing workshops throughout the program exploring their personal identity and impact on the natural world and society.

Learn More about Fall and Spring Semesters

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