I have to begin this post by thanking Henry, my student leader, he absolutely was the reason camp went so smoothly. Henry has spent the last year giving presentations to various organizations about the camp. He was the cadet of the year for 2012 camp and came back this year to be my student leader. His job at the camp was to share his experiences with, help to motivate, and help to guide my cadets this year. Henry and I were the school leaders for 5 great kids (Cody, James, Joe, Justin, and Warren). Throughout the camp the cadets learned in the class room and in the field about the entire aquatic ecosystem. Instructors were TPWD employees, Agrilife employees, Tarleton State professors, and industry professionals. Classroom topics ranged from aquatic plant identification to the physiology of bass species. Field work included electrofishing, seining, fly fishing, water quality analysis and so much more. By the end of camp the cadets were giving presentations, helping to write management goals, creating trifolds, and holding mock town hall meetings. The growth from day 1 to day 5 was remarkable. Joe ended up being voted cadet of the year, James won trifold of the camp, and the overall group finished 2nd to the girls for school of the year.
If you have a someone in your life 13-17 years old that is interested in fish please contact me and I would love to help them become a 2014 cadet. I only wish this camp was around years ago so I could have had this experience as a kid.