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The Texas Brigades program is looking for a few good leaders. Actually, they are looking for 170 leaders. The Texas Brigades’ mission is to educate and empower youths with the leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy.

The Texas Brigades program is looking for a few good leaders. Actually, they are looking for 170 leaders. The Texas Brigades’ mission is to educate and empower youths with the leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy. This will be the 23rd year of the Brigades.

The application deadline is March 16, and may be found at http://www.texasbrigades.org/Applications/applications.html.

Participants are selected through a competitive application process. The organization is looking for youth ages 13-17 years of age, says Helen Holdsworth, Executive Director. No experience is necessary, but applicants should have a strong interest in learning about wildlife, natural resources, livestock, and/or the environment. “We are looking for those with an interest in learning and then sharing what they have learned with their communities,” reports Holdsworth.

The four and a half days camps are held on private ranches across the state. “These landowners open their gates to us for five days, allowing us to utilize the land as a living laboratory. Natural resource professionals give of their time to mentor the youth. This is a valuable networking opportunity,” she says.

The cost of the camp is $400 but scholarships and financial assistance are available. “We do not want the fee to be a barrier to anyone. We have donors who are willing to support the youths’ educational experience,” says Holdsworth.

For more information, call 855-TXBRIGS or (210) 556-1391 or email hholdsworth@texas-wildlife.org.