New Camper Requirements

All interested students must submit short answers on the application as well as meet certain other requirements:

  • The applicant must be nominated by a Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society member, teacher, county extension agent, youth leader, natural resource professional, or local Farm Bureau.
  • They MUST send a confidential letter (1 page or less) to wildlifecampdirector@gmail.com before the student will be considered for acceptance. The letter should indicate whether or not the student has:
    1. A strong interest in natural sciences and in outdoor activities, and be highly motivated.
    2. Average (or above) grades in natural sciences and mathematics.
    3. A flexible and tolerant attitude about occasional adverse conditions, such as rain, heat, humidity, or insects.
    4. An ability to communicate with diverse groups of people, including faculty, other participants, and guest instructors.
    5. A desire or plan to attend college.
  • They will be asked  short answer questions, such as:
    1. What outdoor activity do you like the most and why?
    2. List your achievements, honors, awards, and/or participation in school, church, community organizations, clubs, etc.
    3. Do you plan to attend college when you graduate?
  • Following completion of the camp they will be required to give educational presentations.
  • Finally they will be required to write a short essay.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society (TCTWS) Board and Wildlife Conservation Camp Committee, based on the guidelines and policies from The Wildlife Society, have decided to cancel the 2020 Wildlife Conservation Camp for the health and wellbeing for all those involved.

We would like to thank all those professional and college mentors, presenters, returning campers, and new campers that have applied and volunteered their time with us already this year in preparing for camp. We hope we can look forward to your applications, presentations, and support next year. Our Camp Director and Committee will be contacting those of you who have applied and or donated to camp to discuss how we will proceed moving forward. Camp will be held at the Rob and Bessie Welder Wildlife Foundation, July 11–17, 2021, and be directed by Angie Arredondo.

Our Camp Committee and the Board will continue to work tirelessly to ensure a fun, safe, and educational camp for all participating next year! Please continue to check our website and our Facebook page for more updates and great resources for students to access until we can all meet again for a fantastic camp in 2021.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our Camp Director anytime. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter, and we wish you and your families are safe and healthy during this time.

Thank you,
Wildlife Conservation Camp Committee & TCTWS President

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