I recently went to the Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade. The Brigades are a five day long, intense camp where you learn about conservation, leadership, teambuilding, media skills, and at the Bobwhite Brigade; quail.
If you didn’t want to learn about quail, the Texas Brigades have more to offer. There are two Bobwhite Brigades, two Buckskin Brigades, Bass Brigade, and this year the 1st Battalion Waterfowl Brigade. All of the camps are spread out across Texas.
I was introduced to the Texas Brigades by my grandfather, Mike Seaquist. I had no idea what the Brigades were and what was expected of me. I never expected to disect quail on the 1st day of camp, march and call cadences, give a “Silver Bullet,” and sleep less than 8 hours a night; but its called dedication. Every single person chose to stay up late, to work hard, and to be the best we could be.
A Silver Bullet is a famous quote that means something; working hard to conservation. We march and call cadences to show that 5 or 6 people cam come together to be one person. Six people marching together but hear 1 footstep or hear multiple voices but 1 mouth.
This year I was an ACL< Assistant Covey Leader. An ACL is a cadet that worked his or her way back to camp. You have Cadets, then ACL’s, then Special Agents, the W.I.L.D. Program, and the Covey Leader. ACL’s help the cadets with their work, take pictures, everything a vadet would do but a step up.
At the end of camp every ACL is rewarded with schoarship money. The top assistant earns $1000.
From last years experience when we used a GPS to locate “Juliet,” my covey’s quail. Juliet was sadly killed by what we think was a raptor. With my expectations this year I thought “Petri” was going to die. When I saw Petri flush I was amazed. It was the first time I ever saw a quail flush. Petri was not going to give up so easily. He flushed 3 times before we caught him. We had to walk half a mile to find Petri but I was glad to see him safe in the wild.
To go to the brigades you have to be 13-17 years old and the regristration fee is $400. Not to worry, the Brigades are very generous and ther are sponsers that can help you pay for camp. I highly recommend this camp to anyone that likes to be outside, likes animals, wants to have a good time and see a whole new perspective on life.
Any questions or for more information please go to http://www.texasbrigades.org/
“Tell me, I forgot
Show me, I remember
Involve me, I understand”
Texas Brigades Motto