Wildlife intensive leadership development summer camp seeking youth and adults

Do something different with your summer! The Texas Brigades is seeking students’ age 13-17 with curiosity and enthusiasm about wildlife, habitat, and conservation. Each Texas Brigade camp is a five-day program focusing on one of four educational curriculums: Bobwhite Brigade (quail), Buckskin Brigade (deer), Feathered Forces (quail and turkey), and Bass Brigade.

The Texas Brigades’ mission is to empower high school youth with the necessary skills and knowledge in wildlife and fisheries, habitat conservation, land and water stewardship, team-building, communication, and leadership to become ambassadors for conservation in order to ensure a sustained wildlife and fisheries legacy for future generations. Six camps take place this year at locations across Texas.

Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, near Coleman, Texas, June 14-18.

South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, near Pleasanton, Texas, June 22-26.

Bass Brigade, Lake Buchanan, Marble Falls, Texas, July 7-11.

South Texas Buckskin Brigade, Carrizo Springs, July 13-17.

North Texas Buckskin Brigade, Albany, Texas, Texas, July 20-24.

East Texas Feathered Forces Brigade, Lufkin, Texas, July 27-31.

Each camp consists of intense, interactive, fun learning from some of the top wildlife and natural resource professionals in Texas. Subjects covered include everything from biology, habitat management, watersheds, population dynamics, ecology, and botany, to photography, journalism, firearm safety, fishing, communication, critical-thinking, team building, and leadership.

Each camp needs adult volunteers to serve as Leaders every summer. No experience is necessary, just a desire to learn and mentor youth. You will have the opportunity to aid a younger generations’ consciousness of their responsibility to and understanding of their natural world. Not only are you enriching the lives of the cadets, but you too will benefit from the experience.

An understanding of the importance of this program is represented by its cooperating partners, including Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas Wildlife Association, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Texas Chapters of Quail Unlimited, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Helen Holdsworth, Texas Brigades Executive Director

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