Registration for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Texas Brigades summer camps program is underway.
This year's slate of seven camps includes a new one that departs from the traditional wildlife-only topics, according to coordinators.
"Our newest addition is the Ranch Brigade," says Dr. Dale Rollins, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo and founder of the Texas Brigades. "We're excited to offer it as part of our ongoing youth educational series as its message of conservation ranching fits our mission very well.
"This is our 21st year of turning out young leaders through the Texas Brigades program, and it's heartwarming to watch them mature and assume professional leadership roles. And while our camps feature quail, deer, bass, ducks—and now, livestock—our real goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and mettle to really make a difference in the wildlife conservation and proper land management throughout their lives."
Youth are taught leadership skills, natural resources conservation and proper ranch management at the camps scattered across the state, according to Rollins. Each camp is limited to 20 to 30 students from ages 13 to 17.
"The camps are designed to develop life skills such as critical thinking and team-building through fun and interesting activities that focus on a particular species of wildlife and now livestock," Rollins says.
The camp dates and locations are:
--Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, June 15-19, Centennial Lodge, Coleman, Texas.
--South Texas Buckskin Brigade, June 16-20, Southern Star Ranch, Uvalde.
--South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, June 23-27, at the 74 Ranch, Campbellton.
--Bass Brigade, July 8-12, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna, Texas.
--North Texas Buckskin Brigade, July 14-18, El Escondrijo Ranch, San Angelo.
--Waterfowl Brigade, July 21-25, Big Woods on the Trinity, Tennessee Colony, Texas.
--Ranch Brigade, July 31-Aug. 4, Camp Buckner, Burnet, Texas.
Tuition is $400 per cadet per camp, but Rollins says sponsors are available to provide financial aid for youth when needed.
Applications may be completed online or downloaded online.
For more information, contact Helen Holdsworth at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kassi Scheffer at email@example.com or you may call 855-TXBRIGS (855-892-7447).
This year's registration deadline is March 15.