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Post Rock District

Beloit Office
(785) 738-3597

Lincoln Office
(785) 524-4432

Mankato Office
(785) 378-3174

Osborne Office
(785) 346-2521

Smith Center Office
(785) 282-6823

Post Rock District 4-H Events

We are excited to provide a listing of many current and upcoming events and activities available for Post Rock District 4-H members. There are so many opportunities in 4-H, and we may have missed some below. If you notice an opportunity missing, contact a Post Rock District Office.

For State & District 4-H News and additional information concerning these events, see our 
4-H Newsletter. Be sure to engage with Post Rock District 4-H Insider Experience on Facebook for updates and reminders.

 

4-H Camp Registration & Camperships 

4-H Camp Registration 

Ready, set, register! All 4-H camp sessions are now available for registration online at www.rockspringsranch4hcamp.org. Each family registers directly with Rock Springs Ranch.
If you have questions about the sessions or camp experience, it is best to contact Rock Springs Ranch directly at (785) 257-3221 or campregistrar@rockspringsranch.org.

Before you register, contact your local office and your club leader. There may be club or county-level event scholarships available, and it is important to know how to select payment so your scholarship can be included.

Full-Ride Campership for Teen Leaders at 4-H Camp

A Rock Springs Ranch donor, the Patterson Family Foundation, is providing full-ride camperships to Counselor in Training (CIT) participants during the 2023 4-H camp season! Rock Springs Ranch is looking for teens age 16 to 17- years, especially rising 12th grades, to participate. Participants will receive camper care training and counselor experience, in addition to "camp" time with peers. If you are interested in the CIT program, submit a letter
of interest at the online link, as soon as possible!

 

4-H Council Meetings

Below are the scheduled meeting dates for the 4-H Councils in Post Rock District. Dates, times and locations are subject to change and members will be notified in a timely manner.

Jewell County 4-H Council
Meetings are at the Jewell County Courthouse at 7:00 p.m.
October 18, 2022 
December 5, 2022
February 13, 2023
April 17, 2023
June 23, 2023

Lincoln County 4-H Council
Meetings are at the Senior Center at 6:30 p.m.
February 16, 2023
April 6, 2023

Mitchell County 4-H Council
Meetings are at the First Beloit State Bank unless otherwise stated at 7:00 p.m.
October 24, 2022 
January 23, 2023 at Tipton Community Center
March 27, 2023
May 22, 2023 at Tipton Community Center
August 28, 2023
October 23, 2023

Osborne County 4-H Council
Meetings are at the Osborne Extension Office, 113 N First St., Osborne, KS at 7:30 p.m.
November 7, 2022
January 23, 2023 
February 27, 2023
March 27, 2023 
April 17, 2023
June 12, 2023

Smith County 4-H Council
Meetings are at the Smith County Courthouse 
January 15, 2023 at 2:30 p.m.
February 12, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.

 

4-H Day 

4-H Day is an opportunity for Post Rock District 4-H members to showcase and further develop communication skills. The 2023 Post Rock District 4-H Day Guide is available online or at your local Extension Office. Review the guide before registering to understand the available contests and information about participating in-person and virtually. Register online at the 4-H Day event webpage.

  • February 11 in Beloit beginning at 8:00 a.m. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 2.
  • March 6 in Osborne beginning at 4:00 p.m. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 23.

Volunteer at 4-H Day: Youth and adults can serve as volunteers at 4-H Day! If you are interested and able to help as a door monitor or judging contest assistant, please call the Mankato Office at 785-378-3174 or email tiunderw@ksu.edu.

4-H Day Judging Contests:4-H Day is a great opportunity to try a judging contest! Learn about the planned judging contests and find study resources at Post Rock District's Judging Contests webpage.

 

4-H Day With Wildcat Women's Basketball

The annual "4-H Day with the Wildcat Women’s Basketball" will be on Sunday, February 12 at
Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan. Join Kansas 4-H as the Wildcats take on the Oklahoma Sooners! For $25, each attendee will receive a ticket to the game, an awesome game day tshirt, and a $10 meal voucher to use at the main concession stands. This year, a
ticket/voucher option with no t-shirt is available for $15. Register by January 15 at: https://conta.cc/3UkNwlO. The event flier is here.

 

Ambassador and Communication Training Funding Available

Kansas 4-H Ambassador and Communication Training will be held February 24-25 at Rock Springs Ranch. This is an opportunity for teen leaders (13 or older 4-H age) to practice and improve communication, marketing, employability, and job skills. You'll get to do all of this while having fun and meeting like-minded leaders from across Kansas! Post Rock District will provide a chaperone and transportation to the training. We will travel to the event after school on Friday and return home Saturday evening. Six Post Rock District youth are eligible to earn a full scholarship to attend this training for free. To be eligible, you need to submit a 50-200 word essay answering some or all of the questions: Why am I enthusiastic about 4-H? How has 4-H helped me become a leader? How am I working to build my skills as a leader this year? What is one way I can help the 4-H experience reach more kids in my community? The essay can be typed or handwritten. If you are interested in attending the training, notify Kim Naber at kimn@ksu.edu or call your local office, so we can help you register and receive the financial support. Registration is due February 1, accessible at the Kansas 4-H event's webpage.

 

Animal Science Webinar Series

On the fourth Monday of each month, Kansas 4-H is hosting a webinar focused on all things animal science. This series gives members an opportunity to learn more about the livestock industry, career opportunities and good animal husbandry practices. Register and learn more at the Animal Science project webpage.

 

County Fair 2023 Dates

Jewell County Fair: July 6-9, 2023
Lincoln County Fair: July 19-22, 2023
Mitchell County Fair: July 19-22, 2023
Osborne County Fair: July 26-30, 2023
Smith County Fair: July 20-24, 2023

 

Discovery Days

2023 will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Kansas 4-H's Discovery Days! It will take place June 7-9 at the KSU Manhattan Campus. Discovery Days is a personal development event for teens (13-18 years old before Jan. 1). A chaperone and transportation will be provided to enrolled Post Rock District 4-H members. Save the dates - more information will be
released in the coming months.

 

Equine Webinar Series

On the third Monday of each month, Kansas 4-H is hosting a webinar series giving 4-H members, volunteers and parents equine-related knowledge and skills as well as insight into the horse industry in Kansas. Topics will include basic 4-H Horse project knowledge, horse health, and college and career readiness. Register and learn more at the Equine event's webpage.

 

Host International Youth

 

Junior Meat Goat Producer Day

Join the K-State Youth Livestock Program on March 18 for the biennial K-State Junior Meat Goat Producer Day in Weber Arena on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. This educational program will be a fun-filled day in which youth, parents, agents, and project leaders can increase their knowledge of youth meat goat projects. Presentations will be provided by K-State faculty members, graduate students, former exhibitors, and guest speakers. All ages and skill levels are invited! Participants will receive a K-State Meat Goat Show Guide, t-shirt, and complimentary lunch. Only those who register by the deadline on February 22 will receive a t-shirt. The registration fee is $20/person before February 22 and $25/person after the deadline. This is a family event! Anyone attending must register, including all youth and adults. Register at https://commerce.cashnet.com/KSUASIND.

K-State Junior Meat Goat Producer Day Event Flyer

Junior Swine Producer Day

Join K-State Youth Livestock Program on March 11, 2023 for the biennial K-State Junior Swine Producer Day in Weber Arena on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan. This educational event will be a fun-filled day in which youth, parents, agents, and swine project leaders can increase their knowledge of youth swine projects. Presentations will be provided by K-State faculty members, graduate students, former exhibitors, and guest speakers. All ages and skill levels are invited! Participants will receive a K-State Show Pig Guide, t-shirt, and complimentary lunch. Only those who register by February 15 will receive a t-shirt. There will also be door prizes! The registration fee is $20/person for those who sign up by the February 15 deadline, or $25/person after that date. This is a family event! Anyone attending must register, including all youth and adults. Register athttps://commerce.cashnet.com/KSUASIND.

K-State Junior Swine Producer Day Event Flyer

 

Kansas 4-H and Vanier Scholarships

Kansas 4-H and Vanier Scholarships: The applications for Kansas 4-H and Vanier Scholarships are now available on the Kansas 4-H website under Awards & Recognition. It is important to review the requirements before getting started on your application. Applications and supporting documents are due no later than March 1, 2023.

Local Continuing Education Scholarships for 4-H Members: If you are continuing your education after high school, there may be a local scholarship opportunity you are eligible for as a 4-H member! Find applications and details on the Post Rock District's Education Scholarships website. Contact your local office with questions.

 

Northwest 4-H Judging Event - Super Saturday

Save the date for the annual Northwest 4-H Judging Event, "Super Saturday". It will take place on Saturday, March 25 at Colby Community College. There will be contests for entomology, photography, crops, life skills, horticulture, and livestock. Most contests will take place in the morning, with the livestock judging taking place in the afternoon.
Afternoon Project Workshops will be available for those who wish not to participate in livestock judging. Super Saturday is open to youth 7-18 years old. 4-H membership is not required. Let your local office know if you are interested and we can help connect you to registration and complete details once they become available.

 

Post Rock District Quiz Bowl

The 4-H Quiz Bowl provides an opportunity to learn more about the 4-H organization. While a quiz bowl is semi-competitive, the experience is designed to be a fun, educational opportunity for 4-H members! Post Rock District's annual 4-H Quiz Bowl will take place on March 4 at Rock Hills High School in Mankato, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Thank you Jewell County 4-H Council for hosting the event. Registration, rules and a study guide are available on the Quiz Bowl event webpage. It is free to participate, but registration is needed by Thursday, February 24.


Youth will participate in teams of four. There will be two age divisions, junior and senior. Team members must participate in the division of the oldest member. When you register, state what team you intend to be on. If you don't have a team yet, just sign up and we will combine youth into teams!

 

Post Rock District Skating Party

All Post Rock District 4-H families are invited to enjoy a 4-H Skating Party on Saturday, March 4 at the Formoso Skating Rink, the same day as 4-H Quiz Bowl. Skating will start at 2:00 p.m. Thank you Jewell County 4-H Council for hosting and making the event free for participants. RSVP by February 24.

 

State 4-H Ambassador Opportunities

State 4-H Communication Training
In 2023, the Kansas 4-H training for youth ambassadors is expanding and open to all teen
leaders! The Kansas 4-H Ambassador and Communication Training will be February 24-25
at Rock Springs Ranch. Youth involved on the Post Rock District Ambassador Team will receive a priority opportunity to have their registration covered to attend. Post Rock District will provide a chaperone and transportation to this personal development event.

State Ambassador Action Team Seeking Teen Leaders
The Kansas 4-H Ambassador Action Team is looking for teen leaders wanting to make a difference. Through this team, you'll help with ambassador initiatives across the state and support learning opportunities to build communication skills. Adult volunteers are also needed on the team. If you are interested in this state-level leadership opportunity, contact Nora Rhoades at nrhoades@ksu.edu.

 

State Fair Animal Exhibition

Exhibiting an animal beyond the 4-H division at a Post Rock District county fair means that ownership and identification must meet the requirements outlined by the K-State Youth Livestock Program, Kansas State Fair, Kansas Junior Livestock Show, and all other show governing bodies. The 4-H member is responsible for understanding the deadlines and
expectations involved. It is strongly recommended to contact the Post Rock District office well in advance of May 1 if you are considering showing an animal at the Kansas State Fair, so expectations and processes can be reviewed and met. The Post Rock District and 4-H
Councils are not responsible for missed opportunities if a county fair pre-fair deadline does not align with another level of exhibition’s requirements.

 

Valentine's Cookie Sales - Smith County 4-H Council Fundraiser

Smith County 4-H will have the annual Valentine Cookie Sales from January 1 – February 5, 2023. Members will gather on February 8 to bake the cookies and prepare them for delivery. Order form is here.

 

Willie and the Beanstalk Competition

Willie and the Beanstalk is a soybean competition for Kansas K-12 students to encourage interest in the field and increase their knowledge of soybean development. This as a learning opportunity where youth can investigate plant genetics, plant nutrition, plant growth, soil properties, and environmental factors that all come together to produce the largest soybean plant. Students who enter the competition will work to see who can grow the largest soybean plant. This year's competition will be held as part of the 2023 Spring University Open house, with a new virtual scoring option available this year. Learn more
about the rules and registration at the K-State Department of Agronomy website.

 

Youth For the Quality Care of Animals Classes

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national, multi-species youth livestock quality assurance program that covers food safety, animal well-being, and character development. It is required to be completed annually by all Kansas State Fair Grand Drive and Kansas Junior Livestock Show participants. Learn more about YQCA at the K-State
Youth Livestock Program website. YQCA training can be completed online or by attending an in-person class. Please sign up for the classes and pay your $3 at yqcaprogram.org before attending an in-person class. The current Post Rock District YQCA class schedule is below. If your club would like a different training date, contact Blaire Todd, blairet@ksu.edu, 785-738-3597 or Risa Overmiller, overmiller@ksu.edu, 785-282-6823. Blaire will cover Lincoln and Mitchell Counties and Risa will cover Jewell, Osborne, and Smith Counties. Contact Blaire or Risa to register for the in-person classes.

  • February 11 at Noon in Beloit
  • March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Osborne