About Us

CONSERVATION LEADERS IN EVERY COMMUNITY.

The Texas Brigades’ mission is to educate and empower youths with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy.
The Texas Brigades is a combination of educational programs, including eight summer camps: Bobwhite Brigade (quail), Buckskin Brigade (deer), Bass Brigade,  Waterfowl Brigade (ducks and geese), Ranch Brigade (cattle), and Coastal Brigade (marine life). An understanding of the importance of this program is represented by its cooperating partners, including Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The Texas Brigades program is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

History

Dr. Dale Rollins, Extension Wildlife Specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, came up with the idea for the Brigades as a way to expand Extension’s educational efforts by developing wildlife ambassadors. His idea came to life in 1993 with the formation of the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade.
As the saying goes, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” To that end, the Bobwhite Brigade has been cloned in five other states through collaborations with Quail Unlimited.
The Buckskin Brigade was used as the base model for Pennsylvania Bucktails.
The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society models its own summer camp (initiated in 1996) after the Brigades.

Today

In Texas, the Bobwhite Brigade has expanded from its original camp in the Rolling Plains to the East Texas Feathered Forces, formed in 1996 and finally to the South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, formed in 1998.
The South Texas Buckskin Brigade, an offshoot of the Bobwhite Brigade, fledged in 2000 and the North Texas Buckskin Brigade held its first Battalion in 2002.
The Bass Brigade (2004), Waterfowl Brigade (2012), and the Coastal Brigade (2016) added focus on aquatic, waterfowl, & marine species and management.
The Ranch Brigade, which launched its first Battalion in 2013, focuses on sustainable beef production from conception to consumer.
Each camp is 4 ½ days of intense, interactive, fun learning from 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.

Our Board of Directors

Jon Taggart President Burgundy Pasture Beef
Dakus Geeslin Vice President Texas Parks & Wildlife
Bryan Jones Treasurer Texas Wildlife Association
Kassi Scheffer Secretary Texas Wildlife Association
Annaliese Scoggin RPBB Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Dr. Dale Rollins RPBB Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Clint Faas STBOB Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Chase Currie STBUB Texas Parks & Wildlife
Keith Lake STBUB Flying A Ranch
Kent Mills NTBB Hi-Pro Feeds
Jimmie Caughron NTBB Retired Texas Parks & Wildlife
Tyson Hart WTFL USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service
Jacob Shaffer WTFL USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service
Chris Farley RANCH Texas Christian University-Ranch Management
Charriss York COASTAL Texas A&M Agrilife Extension
Derek York COASTAL Texas Parks & Wildlife
Matt Brockman Board Member At Large Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
Celeste Dickschat Board Member At Large Brenham ISD
Whitney Klenzendorf Board Member At Large Whit’s Wilderness

Our Past Presidents

Mike Petter Immediate Past President Resource & Land Management
Larry Pierce Past President Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Rory Burroughs Past President Comprehensive Land Management
Ken Cearley Past President Texas Agriculture Land Trust
Dr. Bill Eikenhorst Past President Creekside Veterinary Service
Dr. Dale Rollins Past President Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service