Forty years of student leadership: Baltimore County Student Councils


As it has for the past 40 years, the Baltimore County Student Councils held its annual three-day Leadership Workshop on September 22-24. The fall workshop, held at Camp Ramblewood in Darlington, was attended by 187 middle and high school student leaders and advisors.

“What makes this annual Leadership Workshop so unique is the fact that all workshops, seminars, and activities are led and taught by experienced student leaders who have been trained to facilitate the sessions,” explains BCPS Student Councils Region Advisor Barbara Fuller.  “It affords the student staff members the opportunity to interact with their peers on another level.”

This year’s Student Staff Chair, Lizzy Peper of Towson High, reflects on the event.  “Overall Camp Ramblewood this year was a fantastic success! Just by looking at the delegates’ faces you could tell that the hard work and enthusiasm of the student staff and advisors had paid off. From energizers to workshops, everyone was open to meeting new people and learning new leadership techniques. Each time you walked into a room you could feel the energy. It was truly a rewarding experience for everyone, and I hope that each delegate took back something they had learned to apply to their own lives and schools!”

For the 12th year in a row, Superintendent Dr. Joe Hairston attended the Leadership Workshop on Saturday to greet and interact with the student leaders of Baltimore County. The day before, on Friday, principals of many of the participating schools visited the camp to confer with their student delegations and join them in their workshops.

Photos courtesy of Lizzy Peper, student staff chair of BCPS and a student at Towson High School.
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