Texas Brigades is now accepting applications for its youth summer camps. The seven leadership camps focus on natural resources and wildlife conservation and are open to youth 13-17 years of age. The all-inclusive tuition for each camp is $500 per participant and the application deadline is March 15.
Each camp features a single theme and is limited to 30 participants, called cadets. Themes include deer, bass, redfish, waterfowl, ranching and quail camps.
Dr. Dale Rollins, Texas A&M Extension Service wildlife specialist, came up with the idea for Texas Brigades in order to expand AgriLife Extension’s educational efforts through the development of the next generation of wildlife ambassadors.
The 2019 summer camp dates and locations are:
- June 7-11, Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, Centennial Lodge, Coleman.
- June 16-20, South Texas Buckskin Brigade, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton.
- June 22-26, South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, Buck Horn Creek Ranch, McCoy.
- July 7-11, North Texas Buckskin Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.
- July 16-20, Coastal Brigade, Sea Star Base, Galveston.
- July 17-21, Bass Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.
- July 22-26, Ranch Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.
Texas Brigades is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with AgriLife Extension, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. Other collaborators include universities, conservation groups, local soil and water conservation districts, private businesses, individuals with an interest in natural resources, and those involved in wildlife conservation and youth leadership development.
Through the application of science-based knowledge, AgriLife Extension creates high-quality, relevant continuing education that encourages lasting and effective change.