The Leading Edge

Entering Grades 9 & 10
What does it take to prepare for college and for a job? Are you resilient enough to handle what life throws at you? Join us for two weeks of leadership training, service and fun as campers explore the connections between psychology, sociology, social action and community. Each day campers will challenge themselves to become more effective leaders through team building games, problem solving and by practicing professional skills (resume writing, building a strong college application, etc.). At the core of leadership is our daily experience serving the local community - including Ronald McDonald House, Beth Emeth Albany, and The Albany Academies. Hone your skills, connect to community and change the world!

Director: Matthew Essery
Matthew Essery has been teaching middle and high school science for almost twenty years. He currently teaches biology and anatomy and has been teaching middle and high school science for almost twenty years. He currently teaches AP biology and Anatomy & Physiology at The Albany Academies. In addition, Mr. Essery has developed leadership programs for teens and run counselor training programs in several camps throughout the Northeast. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a concentration in secondary education from Houghton College and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from Mount Saint Mary College. When he is not teaching, he can often be found hiking the Adirondacks, the Catskills, or going for a run along the Hudson River.

Two Week Session: July 15-July 26
This program is open to the first 16 students who register 
  • Cost for two week session: $475 
  • Early drop off: 7:45 a.m.-8:45 a.m. (no fee)| AA campus - Front Circle 
  • Camp hours: 9:00 a.m.-3:45 p.m.| AA campus 
  • Extended Day hours: 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.| AA campus - Pool Lobby (Hackett Blvd.) 
  • Extended Day cost for 2- week session: $75

The Albany Academy

Albany Academy for Girls

Schellenberger Alumni/ae Center