SAN ANTONIO – Interested in wildlife and/or livestock? Are you interested in earning a college scholarship? By participating in a Texas Brigade program, and sharing what you learn with your community, you are well on your way to one!

The Brigade 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. Cadet graduate, Sean Skweres says, “This is a very interactive and hands-on camp. Texas Brigades taught me numerous life lessons and helped me develop remarkable public speaking and excellent problem solving skills.”

This will be the 23rd year of the Brigades. The Texas Brigades program is seeking 170 first-class youth leaders. The application deadline is March 16, 2015 and may be found at http://www.texasbrigades.org/Applications/applications.html.

Participants are selected through a competitive application process. Helen Holdsworth, Executive Director, says they are looking for youth ages 13-17 years of age. Texas Brigades is also accepting applications for adult volunteers. 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 4.5 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 said.

The cost of the camp for youth applicants accepted into the program 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 210-556-1391or email hholdsworth@texas-wildlife.o