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Beloit Office
(785) 738-3597

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(785) 524-4432

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(785) 346-2521

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Post Rock District 4-H Events & Activities

For State & District 4-H News and additional information concerning these events, see our 4-H Newsletter and Post Rock District 4-H Insider Experience on Facebook.


County Fair Information

County Fair information for 4-H events and activities will be posted with details at the Post Rock District’s County Fairs page.

Fair and other 4-H updates are also shared within our Facebook group for active families. Join PRD 4-H Insider Experience.

Leadership Bootcamp

Leadership BootcampAspiring youth leaders are invited to participate in Leadership Bootcamp from 9:00AM-3:30PM on June 24 at the Beloit Municipal Building (119 N. Hersey Ave, Basement). It will be a day of interactive leadership skill development with peers from north central Kansas! A $5 participation fee is due at time of registration. Lunch will be provided. Leadership Bootcamp is open to all youth entering 6th through 12th grades. Register by June 17. Questions? Contact Nora Rhoades at nrhoades@ksu.edu or 785-378-3174.

Informational Flier 

Register Online: http://bit.ly/LeadershipBootcamp2021
OR Register at Post Rock District Office

Rock Springs 4-H Camp

Rock Springs Camp4-H Camp will be here soon! Campers and counselors have received information to help you prepare. Please contact your local office with your transportation plan. Don’t forget to complete the CampMinder health information. Find planning resources at the Post Rock District Rock Springs 4-H Camp page.

Virtual Judging Experience

Crops, Horticulture, Family and Consumer Science, and Photography will be available for a non-competitive virtual judging experience. The experience will be available Tuesday, June 22 until Wednesday June 23. The experience is being planned by Southeast Area 4-H, but anyone can participate. Participation will require an internet connection and a connected device (computer or tablet). Using a phone will be difficult to see the photos/classes and to complete. You will be sent a link for the contests prior to the contest start time. You will also need adequate time to finish the contest in one sitting. Contact an extension office if you would like to complete it at the office. Register by June 15 at https://tinyurl.com/apv6e7ea.

Dog Project Meetings & District Show

Dog Project MeetingsKelli Burrus will be holding two Dog Project meetings focusing on Dog Showmanship and Dog Obedience. The meeting will take place at the Osborne County Fairgrounds on Sundays, June 13 and 27 from 2:00-4:00PM (note time change). The date for the Post Rock District Dog Show is Tuesday, July 27 at the Osborne County Fairgrounds Covered Arena. Contact your local office if you are interested in these project meetings.

Geology Field Trips

The 4-H Geology Action Team has been working hard to plan opportunities for youth to learn and engage in the 4-H Geology project. The group is excited to announce three great options for youth to collect specimens and learn from experts in the field. For 2021 there will be three single day field trips offered in different part of the state: June 12th – Western Kansas Smoky Hills; June 19th – Southeast Kansas; June 26th – Central Kansas. Please keep these dates as place holders as more information for registration and logistics are posted on the Kansas 4-H Geology webpage.

K-State Polytechnic Summer Programs

Kansas State Polytechnic has youth summer programs with topics ranging from unmanned aircraft systems to robotics to aviation, etc. Participants enhance their knowledge while experiencing what Kansas State Polytechnic has to offer in a variety of programs and settings. View their summer programs website for more information.

Wheat Variety Plot

It is time to enroll or re-enroll in the Kansas 4-H and FFA Wheat Variety Plot program. The new year’s program begins fall of 2021 and goes through September 2022. There is no cost for the program, but you must enroll by July 12. Contact your local extension office for more information!

District Horse Shows & Horse Level Testing

A 4-H member must be between the ages of 9 and 18 as of December 31 of the current 4-H year and must have successfully passed Horse Achievement Level I before the deadline of his or her District Horse Show in order to be eligible. Show dates, registration, and contact information are posted at the District Horse Show website. The Post Rock District is in the Northwest and that show is July 8 in Norton. You can find other helpful information at the Kansas 4-H Horse Project webpage. 4-Her’s are allowed to attend up to 2 shows- their “home district” and one additional. When you register for the state show, district classes will be used in its entirety and not a combination of 2 different districts. Any family that attends more than 2 shows, or chooses 2 shows other than their original district will become ineligible to compete at the state show.

Achievement Level 1 must be completed by the District Show registration deadline (Northwest registration deadline is June 25!). All higher levels must be completed by the state fair registration deadline, in order to participate in respective state fair classes. The Level Testing exams are available through your local extension office. Youth will need to come to the office to complete the exams; please call in advance to schedule your appointment. We can also help you get a riding test scheduled, but please reach out ASAP as evaluators are busy!

Swine Classic

The Dr. Bob Hines Knasas Swine Classic will be held in Manhattan on July 9-10. Along with the showmanship competition and a prospect and market hog show, there is a swine photo contest and skillathon. Complete details is available at www.KSUswine.org.

Spring Livestock Shows

There are many spring shows available for livestock project participants. While the Post Rock District does not plan or coordinate these events, we can refer interested 4-H and FFA members to the appropriate contacts. The "North Central Kansas Livestock Circuit" has a Facebook group with helpful information and show dates.

State Wheat Expo

The 2021 Kansas 4-H Wheat Expo will be on Wednesday, August 11 in El Dorado. The event is a fun, educational, and hands-on program for all Kansas 4-H members, siblings, parents, grandparents, and KSRE Extension staff. You do not have to be enrolled in crops/wheat to participate. Registration opens mid-June. Find details at the Kansas 4-H website.

Fall 4-H Day

Save the date for a fall 4-H Day on September 25! Our goal is to offer this in-person opportunity to practice and showcase communication skills and talents. This will be similar to a typical Post Rock District 4-H Day experience, with both individual and group exhibition opportunities. More information will be released at a later date. You can find the contest areas at the Post Rock District’s Communications Resources page.

Kansas 4-H Project Resources

Visit your project’s website at Kansas 4-H to connect to a wide variety of resources such as curriculum, exhibiting expectations, leader resources, and more. If you are looking for guidance or new ideas in a project area, reach out to your local office and we’ll help direct you to resources that will assist with finding your spark!

4-H at Home

4-H at Home provides learning resources for kids, teens and families to enjoy from home (or anywhere!). Explore National 4-H’s 4-H at Home website to receive hands-on, educational activities, including activity guides and curriculum to help explore your spark!

Horticulture Resources

If you are interested in the Kansas 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest (in August at K-State), or want to build your project know, you can find study resources at the Kansas 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest page. This year’s contest will use the current study materials posted.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Trainings

Risa Overmiller, 4-H Program Coordinator, is willing to provide in-person trainings if your club or a group of members in your county are interested. Contact her at overmiller@ksu.edu to schedule! YQCA is a national, multi-species youth livestock quality assurance program. It is an annual training open to youth and focuses on food safety, animal well-being, and life skill development. A YQCA certification is valid for one year, so youth need to re-certify annually. YQCA is required to participate in the Kansas State Fair and Kansas Junior Livestock Show. YQCA can be completed online or in-person. Learn more at the K-State Youth Livestock webpage.

Community Service Funding Available!

The Post Rock District’s Community Action Team encourages all clubs to get involved in a service project this spring! Have an idea, but need some funding to get you started? Contact Nora Rhoades at nrhoades@ksu.edu to attend a Community Action Team meeting. A youth 4-H member should prepare to present the club's project and funding request. Refer to the flier for more tips on how to plan a spring clean challenge and request funds! Check out the Spring Clean Challenge Flier. The Community Action Team is extending the opportunity throughout the remainder of the 4-H year.

Spring Clean Challenge Flier

Elderly Outreach Project

The youth on the Community Action Team devised a plan to help each 4-H club in our District identify elderly citizens in their local communities. 4-H members will focus on building intergenerational relationships as each club completes this outreach project. Each club will receive $180 to assist with completing the project. Reach out to Nora Rhoades, Youth Development Agent, nrhoades@ksu.edu, or Jaden Huehl, Elderly Outreach Project Leader, at jadenhuehl@icloud.com if you have questions.

Elderly Outreach Project Details
Elderly Outreach Project Flier

Record Book Lessons at Club Meetings

Kim Naber, 4-H Program Coordinator, is excited to offer short record book lessons as part of your 4-H club meeting! A ten to fifteen-minute segment on record keeping and record book tips can be catered to meet your member needs. The lessons are for virtual or in-person meetings. Any Post Rock District 4-H Club can take advantage of this opportunity! To schedule, contact Kim, kimn@ksu.edu.