Cow Island Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) | Ages 14–18
This twelve-day adventure for high school students focuses on what it means to be an environmental leader through active community service and environmental stewardship. The CELP program culminates in a four-day sea kayak expedition where students volunteer their time to improve the islands of Casco Bay. Each student will have the opportunity to earn documented community service hours.
Students must apply to attend. Please submit your application no later than June 1, 2018. Applicants are accepted throughout the spring, so make sure to get your application in as soon as possible.
Session I – July 7th-18th (For current 8th-10th graders)
Session II – August 4-15 (For current 9th-11th graders)
What is CELP?
This 12-day outdoor adventure for high school students explores elements of what it means to be an environmental leader through active community service, community field trips and environmental stewardship. CELP culminates in a four-day sea kayak expedition where students volunteer their time to improve the islands of Casco Bay. This program is open to current 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students. Students have the opportunity to earn documented community service hours through this program.
What will daily life look like at CELP?
During the first half of the program students get to know one another while living, working and playing on Cow Island. CELP students will get to know Cow Island’s ecosystems and Rippleffect’s sustainability practices by being directly involved in the management of Cow Island’s garden and composting systems. CELP students visit Portland’s EcoMaine facility, teach Rippleffect’s younger students to get excited about gardening, play on Cow Island’s zip line and climbing wall, and identify their own leadership strengths. Toward the end of the program CELP students travel the Maine Coast on a four-day sea kayak expedition to improve the islands of Casco Bay. Students live in rustic tents or yurts while on Cow Island. Toilet facilities consist of solar-powered toilets. There are no showers on Cow, although evening swims and paddling sessions provide a fun alternative!
Who is eligible to apply?
The first session of CELP is open to 8th-10th grade students. The second session of CELP is open to 9th-11th grade students.
CELP is open to students who would like to learn more about themselves as leaders, are interested in living and learning in the outdoors, and are excited to meet new people and try new things. No prior outdoor experience is necessary to participate in CELP!
How do I get in?
Students are accepted by application only. All applications are due by June 1, 2016 but this is a first come, first served application process, so early applicants have the advantage!
How much does it cost?
This program is funded in part by grants, which allows Rippleffect to offer this program on a sliding scale between $500-$1,245. The full cost for each student is $1,245.00 and families pledge to pay an amount on this scale that works for them. Full scholarships are available upon request.
Financial Assistance for our Youth Summer Programs is available!
Rippleffect is committed to providing affordable, accessible programs for youth. We believe that participating in an adventure should not be deterred by financial limitations. For more information on scholarship options please click here.
The full cost for each student is $1,245.00 and families pledge an amount that works for them on a sliding scale between $500-$1,245.
An $100 deposit is required to reserve your child's place. Register online or by phone (207) 791-7870.