Kyle Student Explains Benefits of Texas Brigades Program to Hays County Commissioners Court
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday heard from Hays CISD student Cooper Moore about his experience with the Texas Brigades Program, a wildlife-intensive leadership camp designed to teach young people life skills and land stewardship in an outdoor environment. The 501-c-3 program is sponsored by numerous state and local agencies, including Texas AgriLife Extension Service, conservation services and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department among others.
Cooper gave a PowerPoint presentation to the Court about the areas of training in which he participated and told the Court that the program greatly enhanced his public speaking abilities and his knowledge of flora and fauna. “Using radio telemetry to track quails and taxidermy were my favorite parts,” he told the Court in response to a question.
Habitat and watershed management, conservation, photography and firearms safety are just a few of the areas that the program encompasses. Cooper told the Court he hopes to return next year as an assistant leader in the program. He also noted the $400, 5-day camps held in several locations throughout Texas have a financial assistance program and encouraged anyone interested to apply. For more information, visit www.texasbrigades.org.
“I wish all youth could go to this – I think it would make a great difference in their lives,” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, a long-time friend of the Moore family.
Below, left to right, Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Precinct 2 Commissioner Mark Jones, County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Cooper Moore and his mother, Debbie Moore, Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant following Cooper’s presentation to the Court about his learning experience and the fun he had in the Texas Brigades Program. Cooper brought along a tri-fold display board made in camp to share some of his learning experience with the Court.