The Atascosa County Soil and Water Conservation District 307 sponsors part of the entry fee for the Texas Brigades Summer Camp held each summer. This summer, two local students attended two separate camps and presented what they learned at the August 14 meeting of the Atascosa County Soil and Water Conservation District #307.
Trey Haggen attended camp at the Coastal Brigades held at the Sea Star in Galveston on July 17-21.
Coastal Brigade selects 30 of the brightest and best 13-17 year olds from across Texas to attend camp and become ambassadors of land stewardship and our coastal resources. At camp, cadets participate in a number of handson activities covering a number of topics including fish identification, saltwater species collection techniques, water quality, habitat management, angling, boater safety, ethics and more. The other major components of Coastal Brigade are life-skills including leadership, teambuilding, critical-thinking, public speaking and communication.
Trey said next year he would like to attend the Bass Brigades, and return to the Coastal Brigades as an Ambassador of Land Stewardship (ALS). This was his first year and looks forward to attending more in the next few years.
Stayton Haggen attended a different camp than Trey this summer at the Buckskin Brigades held at the Welder Wildlife Refuge in Sinton on June 17-21.
Both Buckskin Brigade camps offer participants an in-depth view of Texas’ deer. The committees select the students who will participate in a five day, intensive training to develop an in-depth understanding of one of the most sought-after trophies in Texas. Along with training to assist with the development of leadership skills, public speaking and working as a team, Buckskin Brigade teach participants deer anatomy and biology, habitat and nutrition requirements, rattling, scoring and survey methods, as well as rifle and archery basics and hunting/firearm safety. The Brigade model of leadership development, education and empowerment continues with our Buckskin Brigade programs.
Stayton said next year he would like to attend the Bass Brigades, the Coastal Brigades and return to the Bob White Brigades as an ALS, which he attended last year.