The week at the Teen Leadership Paddle might sound like the plot from a television sitcom: A group of high school students leaves cellphones, video games and air conditioning behind to venture into the great outdoors.
But the nine Maryland teens paddling and camping their way down the Patuxent River this past week embraced the experience, enjoying a chance to hone both environmental knowledge and leadership skills.
Sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the program is open to students entering grades nine through 12 in the fall. Founded in 2010, it includes sessions in July and August.
Participants must go through an application process....