Growing up in Colorado, we lived on the greatest flat top mountain in the nation. Historically was a volcano at one time that erupted and left over 1,000 lakes. What a great landscape to keep my brothers and I busy, fishing, camping, and playing outdoors. Those memories have lasted for years. The wandering streams have lead me to the ocean and back, where i got to see many different fish, mammals, and replay those memories. That’s what led me to being a biologist and part of that path kept me involved with kids. I enjoy helping kids out when needed and parents with their kids in many situations.
In 2014, Steven Bardin approached me about attending Bass Brigade as an instructor. I have enjoyed helping these cadets overcome little things, but to them its major. Bass brigade is 1 of 6 camps offered by Texas Brigades (www.texasbrigades.org), and whose mission is to educate and empower youths with leadership skills and knowledge in wildlife, fisheries, and land stewardship to become conservation ambassadors for a sustained natural resource legacy. Texas Brigades host camps on waterfowl, white-tail deer, quail, and ranch management.
Throughout the camp cadets compete with each other and in groups, and are rewarded for their hard work with prizes including fishing related items, fishing trips, gift cards, and other outdoors items. The cadets who go back into their communities and spread the conservation message are rewarded by coming back to camp as assistant leaders and with individual scholarships.
Camp is held in Coleman County at the prestigious Warren Ranch (http://www.warrenranch.net).