From the Penikese Island boat dock to the main building, it’s about a 250-yard walk over sand and dirt paths. Pass between the boat shop and the pole barn, and the main building beckons: a gray, two-story saltbox with wood-burning stoves, kerosene lanterns and composting toilet.
For 38 years, boys headed to the Penikese Island School made this walk after taking the 12-mile, hourlong boat ride from Woods Hole. Soon, the voyage will start again, this time to Penikese, a residential treatment facility for boys ages 14 to 17 with certain mental health disorders coupled with substance abuse problems. Read more.