Student Leadership Summer Courses

CBF's Student Leadership course participants hike, fish, wade, observe, sail, seine, and paddle in some of the most beautiful and inspiring natural areas in the Chesapeake watershed all while learning how to be effective advocates for the world that surrounds them!

About CBF Student Leadership Summer Courses

Memories from these experiences serve as an enduring motivator for our future leaders.  They provide a foundation of knowledge upon which students can build professional skills.  Please examine our eligibility requirements below and send us an email at if you are interested in learning more.

 Course Dates

Maryland and Pennsylvania:

  • July 9-13, 2018
  • July 30-August 3, 2018


  • July 30-August 3, 2018


While CBF recognizes that there are many types of student leaders, we have chosen the following eligibility requirements to more effectively support students after the summer course has concluded.

Student applicants must be:

  • Entering 9th-12th grades for the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Active in either student government, a student environmental organization, or their school's eco-club.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted online through March 30, 2018. This is a competitive process and space is limited. Unfortunately, we will be unable to accept all applicants. We will notify applicants by April 16th of their participation status.

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Course Fee

The summer course fee is $100 per student and includes instruction, program materials, three meals a day, lodging, guest speaker fees, and various recreational activities.  CBF will collect the course fee after students receive notice they are accepted to the program.

Questions: Contact or call 410-268-8816

Program Staffing and CBF Educators

There will be at least two CBF educators staffing each summer course. Other CBF staff and educators may join the group as captains, hosts at island education centers, or as resources for learning. Learn about all of our educators at  

CBF educators are certified in:

  • Wilderness First Responder medical training
  • Adult and Child & Infant CPR
  • Community Water Safety
  • American Canoe Association Certification

Our educators serve as facilitators. They establish a clear learning pathway for the student experience, guiding students' journey while allowing ample freedom and choice for them to explore and investigate environmental issues that reflect their interest. We believe that allowing students to follow their passion is the best way for them to discover their own leadership capacity. Our professional educators ensure a safe and positive learning environment, while respecting students as individuals. We seek to cultivate within each group a culture of empowerment, encouraging curiosity and mutual respect. 

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