DownEast Teen Leadership Camp


DownEast Teen Leadership Camp (DETLC) is an annual, five-day residential camp for students entering grades 7,8 and 9 held at the University of Maine at Machias during the last week of July/early August. The main focus of this camp is to deter students from using drugs and alcohol in the future by using a different approach: positive reinforcement.

Philosophy: DETLC is founded on the belief that adolescents can make positive decisions regarding their lives if they have:

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  • Postive self-esteem
  • Understanding of their motivations and goals
  • Coping skills (decision-making, goal-setting, assertiveness, etc.)
  • Positive role models
  • A positive support network

Goals: DETLC is designed to provide students, entering grades 7, 8 or 9 in Washington County, with the opportunity to develop skills and attitudes that will prevent adolescent involvement with alcohol, tobacco and other drugs by:

  • Providing ways to enhance self esteem in self and in others.
  • Developing awareness of positive alternatives to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use as a coping mechanism.
  • Promoting development of problem-solving, decision-making, goal-setting, and other coping skills.
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug issues.
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of relationship issues in adolescence.
  • Motivating students to use their knowledge and skills to be positive role models, and to become involved with school/community activities to prevent alcohol, tobacco, and other illegal drug use by adolescents.

During the School Year

After camp is over, students are able to stay involved with DETLC by means of the DETLC Advisory Board, who help plan the camp program for the following year.

For information about DETLC, contact Terri Woodruff at 255-3741 or email