The Leadership Camp Experience

Do you think you have what it takes to be selected as Fairfield County's 2011-2012 Gault Energy-PBI Arctic Ambassador? If so, here’s how to enter our Leadership Camp competition.

Application Criteria

  • Ambitious students who are residents of Fairfield County, entering the 11th grade this fall, will be 16 years old by September 30, 2011, and are currently active in high school and/or community environmental preservation programs are eligible.
  • Candidates may apply online and are required to write an essay (no more than 1,000 words in length) responding to the prompt question on the application. See application form for parent's signature and waivers. Your online essay and application must be received by Gault Energy no later than May 6, 2011, 4:30 p.m. Late entries will not be accepted. You may apply online here.
  • Semi-finalists will be called for interviews with the Leadership Camp selection committee in early May. The selected Gault Energy-PBI Arctic Ambassador will be notified in writing by mid-May.
  • The Gault Energy-PBI Arctic Ambassador will prepare for the Ocotober 9-15, 2011 trip by reading up on climate change and polar bears, and must be available for media interviews both pre-trip and post-trip, and write articles about their experience for Polar Bears International. The student will report back to his/her classmates through a daily web journal, which will also be posted on the Polar Bears International website.
Other highlights of your trip include:

  • Meeting the people of "First Nation," to learn how humans have lived with the Great White Bear for centuries.
  • Exploring, by helicopter with a biologist from Parks Canada, the maternity polar bear denning area in Wapusk National Park to learn about how the female polar bears use the permafrost peat to build their cozy dens.
  • Conducting field research, and learning more about current field projects, while living on the polar bears' frozen tundra habitat in the comfort of the Tundra Buggy® Lodge.
  • Creating, upon returning home, a forward action plan to help educate your peers and inspire a new mindset on conservation issues.

To apply, fill in the Leadership Camp application here. Applications must be received by May 6, 2011, at 4:30 p.m.