Cameron Poteet was awarded a scholarship by the Runnels Soil & Water Conservation District to attend the Buckskin Brigade Camp in Santa Anna.  The Texas Brigades is a wildlife and natural resource education and leadership development program.      Cameron made a presentation to the board after attending the camp which is a five day camp designed to teach life skills and increase knowledge of wildlife and habitat management.  It is a fun, intensive, hands-on experience.  Each year the district will sponsor one to three students who are interested in developing their leadership, team-building and communication skills.  These camps help students no matter where life takes them.  Texas Brigade camps include, bobwhite, buckskin, bass, waterfowl and ranch.

Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District will also sponsor youth to the Youth Range Workshop in Junction.  At the Texas Section Society for Range Management Youth Range Workshop, participants gain useful knowledge and skills in the areas of ecology, inventory practice, management and evaluation of resources.  Experts from across the state are recruited to teach the participants in fields ranging from watershed management, to prescribed burning, to soil health, and may areas in between.

Through these activities, youth will develop valuable life skills that will help them regardless of their career goals.

Runnels SWCD feels that these are a valuable tool to extend our youth’s education and are therefore willing to help sponsor youth to these workshops.  If you know of a youth age 13-17 that would be interested in any of these workshops please contact Runnels SWCD at 2000 Hutchins Avenue in Ballinger or call 365-3415 ext. 3.

Picture:  Board of directors: C. J. Robinson, Debbie Kemp, David Ocker, and Fred Wilde viewed Cameron Poteet’s presentation about the Texas Buckskin Brigade that he attended.

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