WHERE & WHEN WILL THE CAMPS BE HELD?
- Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade – The 1687 Foundation (Rising Star, TX)
June 5-9, 2020
- South Texas Buckskin Brigade – Welder Wildlife Refuge (Sinton, TX)
June 14-18, 2020
- South Texas Bobwhite Brigade – Buck Horn Creek Ranch (McCoy, TX)
June 20-24, 2020
- Bass Brigade – Warren Ranch (Santa Anna, TX)
July 14-18, 2020
- Ranch Brigade – Warren Ranch (Santa Anna, TX)
July 20-24, 2020
- North Texas Buckskin Brigade – Warren Ranch (Santa Anna, TX)
July 26-30, 2020
- Coastal Brigade – Sea Star Base (Galveston, TX)
July 28-Aug. 1, 2020
- Waterfowl Brigade – Stay tuned for 2021!
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?
Because camp facilities vary, 20-30 cadets are selected for each camp.
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
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
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 businesses, banks, and organizations, as well as your local Soil and Water Conservation District, or other conservation and agricultural organizations. Don’t let the cost stop you from applying! Texas Brigades will help you locate a sponsor. A form to request Tuition Assistance can be found on our Applications page.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM SELECTED?
Selected applicants will be notified by April 15th, 2020. The following items must be submitted by the listed deadlines to keep your place at camp:
May 1st – Written confirmation of attendance and $100 non-refundable deposit due for ALL camps. This will be applied toward your tuition payment.
May 15th – Full Tuition and Paperwork Due for June Camps (Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, South Texas Buckskin Brigade, & South Texas Bobwhite Brigade)
June 15th – Full Tuition and Paperwork Due for July Camps (Bass Brigade, Ranch Brigade, Coastal Brigade, & North Texas Buckskin Brigade)
2020 Summer Camp Applications
Interested in attending one of our Summer Camps? Click the different application buttons below to familiarize yourself with each position, and check out the essay questions! Click the “Apply Now!” button when you’re ready – we look forward to seeing your application!
- • CADET APP •
- • ADULT LEADER APP •
- • TUITION ASSISTANCE FORM •
- • ASST LEADER/COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP APP •
- • SPECIAL AGENT APP •
2020 Cadet Application
CADET APPLICATION PERIOD: NOVEMBER 1, 2019 – MARCH 15, 2020
Applications received after the deadline (11:59pm on March 15th) may be waitlisted, depending on availability of preferred camps.
BECOMING A TEXAS BRIGADES CADET
We are looking for 13-17 year old students (incoming 8th graders to incoming high school seniors) who are highly motivated, active in a variety of extracurricular activities, and interested in learning more about the outdoors, wildlife, and natural resource conservation.
Being selected for a Texas Brigades Summer Camp (becoming a Cadet) is a competitive process. Cadet applications require completion of two essay questions (see below) as well as listing achievements, honors, awards, and hobbies. Applicants are given the opportunity to rank their top 3 Texas Brigades Summer Camp choices. All camps, locations, and dates are listed throughout the website and application. Please make sure to consider your parent’s/guardian’s summer schedule, as well as your own, when making camp selections.
Notifications of camp selections will be made on April 15th, 2020. Upon selection, you must confirm your spot with a $100 non-refundable deposit by May 1st, which will be applied towards your $500 camp tuition. Full tuition & paperwork are due by either May 15th or June 15th, depending on your camp’s date. Tuition assistance is available; please fill out our Tuition Assistance Request form on our Applications webpage.
2020 CADET ESSAY QUESTIONS
*We strongly encourage applicants to prepare answers to the following questions prior to starting the application so they can easily transfer them into the application. Essay responses should be about 250 words per question.*
- Who do you know that is a leader? What qualities do you believe make them an effective leader, and how has that inspired you to become one yourself?
- Describe your reasons for wanting to be selected as a Texas Brigades cadet.
2020 Adult Leader Application
ADULT LEADER APPLICATION PERIOD: NOVEMBER 1, 2019 – MARCH 15, 2020
Applications received after the deadline may be waitlisted, depending on availability of preferred camps.
BECOMING A TEXAS BRIGADES ADULT LEADER
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. 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. 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 brush, etc. If the kids can do it–you can too! Experience with wildlife, fisheries, and/or animal agriculture is not required.
Becoming an Adult Leader is a competitive, TWO PART process. You must complete this application, as well as submit a background check (link will be sent to you) for your application to be considered complete. Applications for each camp are pooled and graded by a committee; the top 4-6 applicants are selected and notified of their acceptance by April 15th. Immediate family members of youth applicants may not be selected as an Adult Leader for the same camp.
You will be asked to provide the contact information for two references (no family members, please) as part of your application.
Are you a teacher? Graduating as an Adult Leader from any of our Summer Camps is worth 40 hours of continuing education!
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Cadet Tuition Assistance Form (Preview)
**The Tuition Assistance form will become available on April 15th, 2020 (after selections are announced).**
The $500 camp tuition helps Texas Brigades 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. Please complete a Cadet Application before submitting a Tuition Assistance Request, so that we may better serve you. Once available, you will be able to fill out a form below to get started with this process.
2020 Assistant Leader/College Scholarship Application
ASSISTANT LEADER/COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION (AND BOA) DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2020 at 11:59pm
BECOMING A TEXAS BRIGADES ASSISTANT LEADER
You may apply for this position if you have previously attended a Texas Brigades Summer Camp and are interested in being a leader among your peers. 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.
Becoming an Assistant Leader is a competitive, TWO PART process. You must submit a Book of Accomplishments (BOA) and complete this application to be considered for an Assistant Leader position and/or college scholarships. This application requires the completion of an essay question (see below). You may apply now and submit your BOA closer to the deadline.
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 based on the quality of their BOAs. If you are not selected as an Assistant Leader, or cannot attend camp, you are still eligible for a college scholarship. You do not have to be a graduating senior to be awarded a college scholarship.
For instructions on how to submit your Book of Accomplishments or tips on constructing it, check out our Resources page.
2020 ESSAY QUESTION
* We strongly encourage applicants to have their answer prepared prior to starting the application for easy transfer. Essay response should be about 250 words.*
- Which BOA Activity (since the 2019 Camp Season) are you most proud of, and why? How have you grown as a leader since you attended camp last year?
Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
2020 Special Agent Application
SPECIAL AGENT APPLICATION (AND BOA) DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2020 at 11:59pm
BECOMING A TEXAS BRIGADES SPECIAL AGENT
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. 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.
Becoming a Special Agent is a competitive, TWO PART process. You must submit a Book of Accomplishments (BOA) and complete this application to be considered for the Special Agent position. This application also requires that you complete an essay question (see below). You may apply now and submit your book closer to the deadline.
Applications (and BOAs) for each camp are graded by a committee; the top 1-3 applicants are selected to return as Special Agents.
For instructions on how to create your Book of Accomplishments or tips on constructing it, check the Resources page on our website.
2020 ESSAY QUESTION
*We strongly encourage applicants to have this information prepared prior to starting the application for easy transfer. Essay response should be about 250 words.*
- What are your personal strengths? If selected as a Special Agent, how do you see yourself using your strengths to contribute to the success of camp?
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Program Applications & Registration
Texas Brigades Volunteer Registry
OUR VOLUNTEER REGISTRY IS OPEN YEAR-ROUND!
PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT the Adult Leader application! The Adult Leader application can be found in the Camp Application section above.
BECOMING A TEXAS BRIGADES VOLUNTEER
Volunteers are the heart of Texas Brigades. Our programs utilize volunteers every summer as Committee Members and Instructors. Year-round, our volunteers serve as mentors for our cadets and organizers of our events. By registering as a volunteer, you allow us to match you with Texas Brigades volunteer opportunities that might interest you in your area! Please note: the Volunteer Registry is NOT the Adult Leader application. If you wish to attend one of our camps as an Adult Leader, you need to fill out the Adult Leader application in the Camp Application section above.
Applications for Class VIII will open in Fall of 2020
Our Wildlife Intensive Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) program 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 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.
- 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 email@example.com.
2020 Texas Brigades Summer Staff Application
SUMMER STAFF APPLICATIONS DUE: MARCH 15th, 2020
Summer Staff Application Period: November 1, 2019 – March 15, 2020
Summer Staff positions are PAID positions with the Texas Brigades office. You may apply for a summer staff position if you are interested in assisting Texas Brigades with its Summer Camp programs and are 17 – 24 years old. Familiarity with Texas Brigades camps (have previously attended camps, have completed projects/submitted a Book of Accomplishments) is preferred, but not required. To complete your application, you will need to submit a 1-page resume either through the form or by email. A telephone interview will be scheduled once we have received both your application and resume.
Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org