Countdown to 2019 Camp Applications Opening!

2019 Summer Camp Applications: Available Nov. 1, 2018

Applications for 2019 Summer Camps will be available on November 1st, 2018. We look forward to seeing your application!

2019 Cadet Application – Available Nov. 1, 2018

CADET APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 15, 2019 

We are looking for 13-17 year old students (incoming 8th graders to incoming seniors) who are highly motivated, active in a variety of extracurricular activities, and interested in the outdoors, wildlife, and natural resource conservation.

Being accepted to a Texas Brigades Summer Camp (becoming a Cadet) is a competitive process. Applicants will have the opportunity to rank their Top 3 camp preferences. Applications for each camp are pooled and graded by a committee; the top 20-30 applicants are selected and notified of their acceptance.

All camp locations and dates are mentioned throughout the website and application; please consider your and your parent’s/guardian’s summer schedule when making your camp selections.

**Cadet Applications require completion of two essay questions, as well as listing achievements/honors/awards and hobbies. We strongly encourage applicants to have this information prepared prior to starting the application. Essay responses should be about 250 words per question.**

2019 Essay Question #1: In your opinion, is there a large difference between how natural resources are used in urban (city) and rural (country) communities? Why or why not?

2019 Essay Question #2: Describe your most memorable outdoor experience and explain why that experience is so important to you.

Notifications of camp acceptance will be made on or before April 15th, 2019. Upon acceptance, you must confirm your spot with a $100 non-refundable deposit by May 1st, which will be applied towards your $500 camp tuition. Final camp tuition & paperwork are due by the following deadlines, depending on your camp’s date:

Full Tuition and Paperwork Deadlines:

MAY 15th – June Camps

  • Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade
  • South Texas Buckskin Brigade
  • South Texas Bobwhite Brigade

JUNE 15th – July Camps

  • Bass Brigade
  • Ranch Brigade
  • Coastal Brigade
  • North Texas Buckskin Brigade

Please direct questions to camps@texasbrigades.org.

Cadet Tuition Assistance Application

THIS IS NOT A CAMP APPLICATION–TUITION ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS DUE BY TUITION DEADLINE (Varies by camp)

The $500 camp tuition allows Texas Brigades to provide a truly unique experience for each individual. We have many supporters across the state and financial assistance may be available to you! Texas Brigades will help you raise funds to attend camp. Click Here to get started with this process.

Assistant Leader Application – Available in November for 2019 Camps

ASSISTANT LEADER APPLICATIONS (AND BOAs) DUE MARCH 15, 2019

You may apply for this position if you have previously attended a camp and are interested in being a leader among your peers. This application is a TWO PART PROCESS. You must submit a Book of Accomplishments (BOA) and complete this application to be considered for the Assistant Leader position and to be considered for college scholarships. You may apply now and submit your book closer to the deadline.

Becoming an Assistant Leader is a competitive process. Applications (and BOAs) for each camp are graded by a committee; the top 4-6 applicants are selected to return as Assistant Leaders and awarded college scholarships. You do not have to be a graduating senior to be awarded a college scholarship.

As an Assistant Leader, you will be assisting your Adult Leader and assigned group throughout camp. From the classroom to the field, you will guide your group to success! Your role is a vital part in helping the camp run successfully.

For instructions on how to create your Book of Accomplishments or tips on constructing it, check the “Resources” page on our website.

Please direct questions to camps@texasbrigades.org.

**Assistant Leader Applications require completion of an essay question. We strongly encourage applicants to have this information prepared prior to starting the application. Essay response should be about 250 words.**

2019 Essay Question: What do you perceive to be your strengths and weaknesses as a leader? How would being an Assistant Leader help you improve in these areas?

Special Agent Application – Available in November for 2019 Camps

SPECIAL AGENT APPLICATIONS (AND BOAs) DUE MARCH 15, 2019

You may apply for this position if you have previously attended a camp and are interested in working for a specific camp committee; preference will be given to those who have at least one (1) year of Assistant Leader experience. This application is a TWO PART PROCESS. You must submit a Book of Accomplishments (BOA) and complete this application to be considered for the Special Agent position. You may apply now and submit your book closer to the deadline.

Becoming a Special Agent is a competitive process. Applications (and BOAs) for each camp are graded by a committee; the top 1-3 applicants are selected to return as Special Agents.

As a Special Agent, you will be assisting Camp Instructors and Texas Brigades Summer Staff with a variety of camp duties. From filling water coolers, to setting up for the next activity, or even helping conduct room inspections, your role plays a vital part in helping the camp run successfully.

For instructions on how to create your Book of Accomplishments or tips on constructing it, check the “Resources” page on our website.

Please direct questions to camps@texasbrigades.org.

**Special Agent Applications require completion of an essay question. We strongly encourage applicants to have this information prepared prior to starting the application. Essay response should be about 250 words.**

Essay Question: What do you perceive to be your strengths and weaknesses as a leader? How would being a Special Agent help you improve in these areas?

Adult Leader Application – Available in November for 2019 Camps

ADULT LEADER APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 15, 2019

Becoming an Adult Leader is a competitive process. Applications for each camp are pooled and graded by a committee; the top 4-6 applicants are selected and notified of their acceptance. Immediate family members of youth applicants may not be selected as an Adult Leader for the same camp.

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are interested in the outdoors, wildlife and natural resource conservation, who wish to share that interest with young adults and who are ABLE TO HANDLE THE HIGH AMOUNTS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY WHILE AT CAMP. Physical activity will include team-building and leadership exercises, being in and outdoors throughout the day, walking/marching in Texas summer heat & humidity, walking through country landscapes, etc. If the kids can do it–you can too!

An Adult Leader serves as a mentor, counselor, and guide for five or six teenagers (13-17 years of age) as they progress through a five day camp. As an Adult Leader, you will participate in ALL of the activities in which the youth participate, some of which are physically demanding. Experience with wildlife, fisheries, and/or animal agriculture is not required.

Please direct questions to camps@texasbrigades.org.

Staff Applications

Texas Brigades Summer Staff Application – CLOSED UNTIL 2019

2019 SUMMER STAFF APPLICATIONS DUE: TBD 

You may apply for a summer staff position if you are familiar with Texas Brigades camps and/or have previously attended camps, have completed projects/submitted a Book of Accomplishments, and are interested in assisting Texas Brigades with its summer camp programs. To complete your application, you will submit a 1-page resume. A telephone interview will follow the application deadline.

Please direct questions to info@texasbrigades.org

Program Applications

W.I.L.D. Class VII Application

Class VII Is In Session! Congratulations to those selected!

About W.I.L.D.

W.I.L.D. was created in an effort to further develop participants’ knowledge of wildlife and natural resource conservation. W.I.L.D. is an advanced program for young adults that engages and exposes participants to natural resource policies and procedures, hands-on field research and data, career-building, and professionalism.

Each W.I.L.D. Class is a small, elite group of no more than 10. One spot is available for applicants who do not have previous experience with Texas Brigades programs.

Admission to the the W.I.L.D. program is competitive and includes the following selection processes:

  • Round 1: Online applications will be reviewed; only qualified applicants will move to Round 2.
  • Round 2: Phone interviews will be conducted; top applicants will be selected and notified of their acceptance.

Throughout the academic year (September – May), W.I.L.D. participants will be required to attend 4 separate weekend-long sessions plus one week-long Spring Break session. Examples of session topics include professional development, natural resource policy, and site visits to see conservation efforts in action. Courses will be held in multiple locations across the state. Scheduling of these dates will occur once final participant selections are made.

A non-refundable tuition fee of $250 will be required upon acceptance to the program to cover associated costs.

Applicants should meet the following qualifications:

  • Required Qualifications:
    • Age 18 – 23
    • Senior in High School or above
    • Highly motivated and active in a variety of extracurricular activities
    • Strong interests in the outdoors, wildlife, and natural resource conservation
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Attended at least one Texas Brigades camp
    • Additional preference will be given to those who returned as an Assistant Leader

Please direct any questions to info@texasbrigades.org.

About The Camps

WHERE & WHEN WILL THE CAMPS BE HELD?

  • Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade – Centennial Lodge, Coleman, TX
    2019 Dates TBD
  • South Texas Buckskin Brigade – Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton, TX
    2019 Dates TBD
  • South Texas Bobwhite Brigade – Buck Horn Creek Ranch, McCoy, TX
    2019 Dates TBD
  • Bass Brigade – Warren Ranch, Santa Anna, TX
    2019 Dates TBD
  • Ranch Brigade – Warren Ranch, Santa Anna, TX
    2019 Dates TBD
  • Coastal Brigade – Sea Star Base, Galveston, TX
    2019 Dates TBD
  • North Texas Buckskin Brigade – Warren Ranch, Santa Anna, TX
    2019 Dates TBD
  • Waterfowl Brigade – No 2019 Camp; Stay tuned for 2020!

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS?
All students with an interest in learning life and leadership skills, and/or an interest in biology, wildlife, fisheries, conservation, or the outdoors are encouraged to apply. You must be 13-17 years of age and you should also be willing to complete three educational programs when you return home.

HOW MANY CADETS ARE AT THE CAMP?
Each camp is a little different because of facilities. There will be 20-30 cadets at each.

HOW DO I APPLY?
Apply online, via our website. By clicking the appropriate application link, you will be directed to the online application. Once submitted, you should receive a confirmation email within 24 hours. If you have trouble with the online application, please contact the Texas Brigades office.
Phone: (210) 556-1391
E-mail: camps@texasbrigades.org

IS THERE A FEE?
Yes. Camp tuition is $500 and covers all meals, lodging, and supplies for 5 days (that’s only $100 a day!). We encourage you to solicit all or part of your tuition from local business, banks, and organizations, as well as your local Soil and Water Conservation District, or other conservation and agricultural organizations. Texas Brigades will help you locate a sponsor, if requested. An application for Camp Tuition Financial Assistance can be found here. Don’t let money stop you from applying! We will help you find financial assistance.

DEADLINES

If you are selected to attend a camp, you must secure your spot with a $100 deposit. Deposits for ALL CAMPS are due on May 1st, 2019.

Full tuition and paperwork is due:

May 15th – June Camps (Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, South Texas Buckskin Brigade, & South Texas Bobwhite Brigade)

June 15th – July Camps (Bass Brigade, Ranch Brigade, Coastal Brigade, & North Texas Buckskin Brigade)