Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 January 31, 2018 8:28 AM updated: January 31, 2018 10:06 AM
Aggieland will host the Federation of Texas A&M University Mothers’ Clubs, a chartered constituent network of The Association of Former Students, this weekend for their annual Aggie Mom Camp.
Described as Fish Camp for moms, the weekend aims to teach Aggie moms about Texas A&M as well as provide an opportunity for attendees to network and hear advice from moms of older students.
“It is a great opportunity to network and meet new friends,” said camp co-chair Connie Pritchard ’81 of Tomball, whose third Aggie kid is scheduled to graduate in May. “It’s helpful to teach the new moms about Texas A&M and know how to stay engaged with their student.
“We’re all in the same boat. We’ve all got kids going off to school,” she said. “There’s a lot of resources at A&M for students. For moms to know there are resources to help their students is monumental. We try to share, allow them to be sponges of information that we offer.”
About 170 moms will come from across the state, and some from further afield, to hear presentations about programs on campus, like Meat Science, Center for Coffee Research & Education and tour The Gardens that are under construction.
“On Saturday night at dinner (at the Hildebrand Equine Complex) everyone has the opportunity to bring their students,” Pritchard said.
Other highlights on tap for the three-day camp, slated to begin Friday, include a performance by the Aggie Wranglers, a yoga and wellness presentation, a session on The 12th Can student-run food pantry, and a meeting with the First Lady of Aggieland herself, Reveille, and Roy May, Jr. ’15, a former yell leader.
Exhibitors and a silent auction will also run throughout the weekend, which closes on Sunday with an annual favorite, the Aggie Mom Follies, co-chair Linda Knapick, from Comal County, said.
“Each camp puts a skit together and each one is hilarious,” she said.
Aggie Moms gig 'em at The Dixie Chicken during a past Aggie Moms Camp.
The camp provides a time for fellowship and idea-exchange among members of different Aggie Mothers’ Clubs ahead of the annual Aggie Moms Boutique, set April 13-14 this year during Family Weekend, one of the federation’s largest fundraisers.
“It’s amazing. If you’ve never been to boutique, you have to come,” Knapick said. “Anything and everything is there.”