A Ballinger student was awarded a scholarship by the Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District that paid for a camp last summer that is designed to teach leadership, team building and communication skills.

A Ballinger student was awarded a scholarship by the Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District that paid for a camp last summer that is designed to teach leadership, team building and communication skills. Cameron Poteet of Ballinger was awarded a scholarship by the Runnels SWCD to attend the Buckskin Brigade Camp in Santa Anna held June 12-16.   The Texas Brigades is a wildlife and natural resource education and leadership development program in which students study a particular species or activities in that area of the state. Poteet made a presentation to the RSWCD board after attending the five day camp designed to teach life skills and increase knowledge of wildlife and habitat management.  Each year the district will sponsor one to three students who are interested in developing their leadership, team-building and communication skills.  The camps help students no matter where life takes them and students study specific topics including the of bobwhite, buckskin, bass, waterfowl and ranching. The Runnels Soil and Water Conservation District also sponsors youth to the Youth Range Workshop in Junction.  At the Texas Section Society for Range Management Youth Range Workshop, participants gain useful knowledge and skills in the areas of ecology, inventory practice, management and evaluation of resources.  Experts from across the state are recruited to teach theparticipants in fields ranging from watershed management, to prescribed burning, to soil health, and may areas in between.

"Through these activities, youth will develop valuable life skills that will help them regardless of their career goals," said Scott King, chairman of the Runnels SWCD board. "We feel that these are a valuable tool to extend our youth’s education and are therefore willing to help sponsor youth to these workshops."    All of the camps are held in June or July and are available to  Runnels County youth ages 13-17. For information on the camps please contact Runnels SWCD at 2000 Hutchins Ave. in Ballinger or call 365-3415 ext. 3.