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Below are the questions we are asked most frequently about our camps. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us.

WHAT APLICATION CHANGES WILL OCCUR FOR 2021 CAMPS DUE TO CANCELLATIONS IN 2020?

Q: What if I was accepted as a cadet to a camp that was canceled? Am I automatically considered for 2021?

A: No. If you are interested in attending camp as a cadet in 2021, you must complete the online application at www.texasbrigades.org/applications by the March 15th deadline. If you were previously selected for a camp that was canceled, you may select that same camp in your 2021 application or choose differently, the choice is yours.

Q: What if I was accepted as an Assistant Leader or a Special Agent to a camp that was canceled? Am I automatically considered for 2021?

A: No. If you are interested in attending camp as an Assistant Leader or Special Agent in 2021 you must complete the online application at www.texasbrigades.org/applications and submit a BOA by the March 15th deadline. (See 2021 BOA expectations, below)

Q: What are the 2021 BOA expectations if I was not able to attend camp in 2020?

A: If you are applying for an Assistant Leader or Special Agent position, you must submit a BOA to complete your application. If you were not able to attend camp in 2020, you can submit one of three variations of a BOA:

  • Submit the same BOA you submitted for 2020 camp (2019/2020 activities), OR
  • Submit additional 2020/2021 activities with the BOA you submitted for 2020, OR
  • Submit an entirely new BOA with only your 2020/2021 activities.

Q: What if I was accepted as an Assistant Leader to a camp that was canceled? If I submit an application and BOA, can I receive another scholarship in 2021?

A: Yes. If you graduated from a Brigade camp in 2019 and did not get to attend camp in 2020, you are eligible to apply for a 2021 Assistant Leader position and earn a college scholarship.

Like with any year, college scholarships are based off of the “current year” advocacy. If you are interested in receiving a college scholarship, you must submit 2020/2021 activities in your BOA.

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND A TEXAS BRIGADES SUMMER CAMP?

Almost without exception, cadets from past Brigade camps rank the Texas Brigades as the best camp they have ever attended! In fact, most return home from the hardest week of work they have ever been through to work throughout the year for the opportunity to return as an assistant leader!

WHAT WILL I LEARN AT A TEXAS BRIGADES SUMMER CAMP?

Each camp is unique, but you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about deer, quail, bass, waterfowl, and cattle! You will study anatomy, biology, habitat management, population dynamics, conservation, watershed management, and more. In addition to a heaping dose of ecology, you will study photography, art, entomology, botany, fly-tying, firearm safety, and leadership skills.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN ``LEADERSHIP SKILLS``?

No matter what profession you choose, it will be important for you to develop the ability to think, plan, and communicate. Many of the activities at the Texas Brigades revolve around team building and critical thinking. A major component of the Brigades involves developing your ability to tell your story to the people in your community. You will learn to write for the print media, how to present educational programs, and even how to be interviewed on the radio and television.

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS?

All students with an interest in biology, wildlife, fisheries, conservation, ranching, or the outdoors are encouraged to apply. You must be 13-17 years of age* and you should also be willing to commit to conducting a minimum of three educational programs when you return home. *18 year old are allowed to apply; preference is given to those that have not graduated high school.

HOW MANY CADETS ARE AT THE CAMP?

Each camp is a little different because of facilities. There will be 20-30 cadets at each.

WHERE WILL THE CAMPS BE HELD?

  • Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade – 1687 Foundation, near Abilene, TX
  • South Texas Buckskin Brigade – Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton, TX
  • South Texas Bobwhite Brigade – Buck Horn Creek Ranch, McCoy, TX
  • Bass Brigade – Warren Ranch, Santa Anna, TX
  • Waterfowl Brigade – Pintail Hunting Club, Garwood, TX
  • Ranch Brigade – Warren Ranch, Santa Anna, TX
  • North Texas Buckskin Brigade – Warren Ranch, Santa Anna, TX
  • Coastal Brigade – Sea Star Base, Galveston, TX

HOW DO I APPLY?

We prefer you to apply online here. Once submitted, you should receive a confirmation email within 72 hours. If you have trouble with the online application, you may obtain a copy by contacting the Texas Brigades office. If you have obtained a paper copy, you may submit via email.

Phone: (210) 556-1391
E-mail: camps@texasbrigades.org

Or Mail to:
Texas Brigades
6644 FM 1102
New Braunfels, TX, 78132

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I AM ACCEPTED?

All applications are evaluated by the camp steering committee. The committee selects the cadets and two alternates. All applicants will be notified of their status following the selection progress.

MAY I APPLY TO MORE THAN ONE CAMP?

Yes, you may apply to more than one camp. In order to accommodate as many participants as possible, though, it is unlikely you will be accepted to more than one camp.

IS THERE ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT THAT I WILL NEED FOR THE CAMP?

Successful applicants will be given a detailed list of items to bring. Plan on bringing a camera, clothes to wear in the field (boots are a must!), sunscreen, and bug spray. You may possibly be doing some shooting, so bring ear and eye protection if you have it. We will have safety equipment, firearms, and ammunition.

IS THERE A FEE?

Yes. The fee of $500 covers all meals, lodging, and supplies. We encourage you to solicit all or part of your fee from your local Soil and Water Conservation District, bank, civic group, or conservation organization. The 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.

WHO ORGANIZES TEXAS BRIGADES?

Texas Brigades is an organization formed by a cooperative effort of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Wildlife Association & Foundation, Texas Parks & Wildlife, and USDA-NRCS. These partner organizations provide varying levels of support. Texas Brigades is supported by numerous individuals, private businesses, foundations, and other non-profit organizations. Texas Brigades is managed by Executive Director, Natalie Wolff and overseen by an elected Board of Directors.