What We Do and Why
Princeton-Blairstown Center's social emotional learning programs promote community and help participants strengthen the creative problem-solving, teamwork and leadership skills necessary for success in the 21st century. Our experiential education facility and staff provide participants with the opportunity to try new things and empower students to connect personal actions and the effect they have on their academic and personal lives.
At Princeton-Blairstown, we EMPOWER students. We believe that powerful experiences in the lives of young people, in a wilderness setting or otherwise away from the patterns and distractions of their everyday physical, emotional, and social environments, can be fundamentally transforming, opening them to their individual potential and to previously unimagined possibilities and capacities. By offering a safe haven in the wilderness of the Delaware Water Gap in Blairstown, we provide the setting and the facilitators to myriad social, emotional, and physical growth opportunities.
We maintain that effective social-emotional education is best carried out through deep and respectful COLLABORATION and a shared vision and purpose that draws upon the experience, expertise, and wisdom of all involved. With this in mind, we build relationships with all of our client schools, their administrators, educators, chaperones, parents, and students with a view to a long and productive collaboration.
We hold that connecting deeply with others and the natural environment promotes a deeper sense of responsibility to oneself, to one’s community, and the spaces we occupy. Therefore, all of our interaction with visitors to Blairstown include a reminder of our deep commitment to SUSTAINABILITY as we strive to live and model energy consciousness and resource conservation. Our goal is to develop a sustainable means of living at our Blairstown Campus which will inspire others to take this philosophy back to their homes, schools, agencies and communities. Whether through a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum, or simply by exploring the natural world around the Blairstown Campus, all of our visitors are invited and encouraged to grow their understanding and appreciation for the natural world.
We are committed to SOCIAL JUSTICE. We provide the tools for our participants and facilitators to create a world where all people share a common humanity and therefore have a right to equitable treatment, support for human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.