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.
Kansas State Fair 4-H Division
The Kansas State Fair is quickly approaching. You can find information about the 4-H Division at the Kansas 4-H website > Events and Activities > Kansas State Fair – 4-H Division.
Fall 4-H Day
We are excited to offer an in-person Fall 4-H Day Saturday, September 25, at Lakeside School! Register at bit.ly/2021PRDFall4-HDay. Registration deadline is September 6. Learn more at the Post Rock District website > 4-H Youth Experience > Communications Resources.
For this 4-H Day event only, Post Rock District participants can count participation for the current program year (2020-21, ends on September 30) as well as the upcoming program year (2021-22, begins October 1). While we hope to provide a traditional 4-H Day experience during the late winter/early spring of 2022, this special allowance will ensure youth have an in-person communications engagement opportunity amid the on-going pandemic.
Take the Health Pledge
315 health pledges were made during the Jewell, Lincoln, Mitchell, Osborne, and Smith County Fairs! Way to go! Each pledge identified ways to commit one’s health to better living. Did you miss the health pledge booth during your fair? From September 1 through September 30, 4-H members who have not yet completed the pledge can do so at: https://bit.ly/2021HealthPledge Each 4-H member will earn the green tie-dye shirt after completing the pledge. We’ll contact you once it can be picked up from your local extension office. Parents and siblings of current 4-H members can also complete the pledge, but shirts are not guaranteed for those who are not a 4-H member (while supplies lasts).
Re-ignite Your Spark in Kansas 4-H: A Volunteer Training
Sit and think for a moment. What makes your 4-H volunteer role have meaning and purpose? What is something that you are passionate about, the hidden flame that motivates you? The Search Institute describe this passion as one’s “spark.” Sparks are activities and interests that brings out a person's energy and joy, allowing them to express their personality and contribute to the world.
Join Kansas 4-H for an evening to re-ignite your spark in 4-H as we hear from current volunteers and passionate 4-H alumni. Participants will explore how to find their spark, engage families, and realize the impact they have on youth.
The training will take place on September 23, 2021 at 7:00PM. Register online at LINK (not yet available from state). Registered volunteers can participate virtually or attend the Post Rock District’s meet-up in Downs at the Zion Lutheran Church, 1019 Blunt Street. Contact your local extension office if you have any questions!
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Project Leader Training Series
Project leaders play a valuable role in the 4-H experience. Project leaders provide education and support to youth related to a specific 4-H project of interest. Adults serving as project leaders need to complete the Kansas 4-H volunteer registration and screening through 4-H Online. Older youth serving as project leaders need to be actively enrolled as a 4-H member.
Kansas 4-H is offering a training series to support project leaders with tangible ideas and resources you can use to engage 4-H Youth. All sessions are free and will be recorded. The sessions are scheduled to start at 6:30PM CST. You do not have to attend all sessions, but registration is required to participate live or receive the recording. Register online at: 4-H Volunteer Project Leader Training Series Registration
If you are interested in serving as a Post Rock District 4-H Project Leader, please reach out to Nora Rhoades at email@example.com to discuss, plan and promote experiential learning experiences to youth across the District.
Sept. 21 – Personal Development– Public Speaking
Sept. 23 – STEM – Rocketry
Sept. 28 – FCS - Textile Science
Sept. 30 – Animal Science – Livestock
Oct. 5 – Service Learning
Oct. 7 – Creative Arts – Visual Arts – Barn Quilts
Oct. 12 – Financial Literacy
Oct. 14 – Ag & Nat Resources – Wildlife
National 4-H Week – Find Your Spark!
National 4-H Week is October 3 – 9th. The theme is “Find Your Spark”. The purpose of National 4-H Week is to help spread the word about the great opportunities provided throughout the 4-H experience. Now is the time for your 4-H Club and you as a 4-H member/family to plan a way to celebrate and spread the good news about 4-H in October! Some popular ideas include: decorate a business window, record a radio PSA, plan a social media campaign, speak about 4-H during announcements at school, participate in a community service project, wear your favorite 4-H t-shirt, place an article in the newspaper, etc. You can find resources at the National 4-H Website.
48 Hours of 4-H Service Weekend
The weekend after National 4-H Week, October 9-10, is the perfect opportunity to setup a service project. Invite your friends, clubs, adult volunteers, potential 4-H members and 4-H Alums, too! It's time to make plans for your club to participate. Visit the 48 Hours of 4-H website for a helpful guide, to register your projects(s), and submit your impact report!
Northwest Kansas Team Building Workshop
In the workshop, Michelle Cummings with Training Wheels, will share insights and strategies on how to surface behaviors through play and experiential learning activities. This high-energy, hands-on workshop will teach participants how to play some of the industry’s best icebreakers, leadership games and unique ways to reflect on what you are learning. Michelle will engage you physically, intellectually and mentally with lots of opportunity for laughter and learning. Attendees will discover how powerful the impact of the value of connection, leadership, and purposeful play have on the participants in your programs. There is a workshop on October 1 or October 2 (or attend both!). It is open to youth 7th grade and older as well as adult sponsors and volunteers. It is a great opportunity for 4-H, FFA, and other teen leadership focused teams! Registration is due September 24.
Kansas Youth Leadership Forum (KYLF)
The Kansas Youth Leadership Forum (KYLF) is planned for November 20-21, 2021 at Rock Springs 4-H Center. KYLF is for youth ages 14-18 before January 1, 2022. KYLF will feature leadership workshops, Youth Council Elections, and opportunities to learn and have fun.
Registration opens in early September at the Kansas 4-H website. Registration deadline is October 15, 2021 at an early bird rate or before November 1 at the regular rate.
Post Rock District staff will provide a chaperone for this personal development event. Transportation will be available through the Post Rock District.
State Youth Council and National Conference Applications
The Youth Council Application and National Conference Application will be combined this year, with applicants indicating if they are applying for one or both opportunities.
Any Kansas 4-H member between the ages of 14 and 18 before January 1, 2022 may apply as a Council Rep and those 15-18 before January 1, 2022 may apply for National Conference.
This year's KYLF delegation will elect representatives from the four extension program areas (NE, NW, SE, SW) for one-year terms on Council. Up to 6 National Conference Delegates will be selected through an interview process at KYLF and they serve a two-year term on council.
Application information for State 4-H Youth Leadership Council and National Conference will be available at the Kansas 4-H Youth Leadership Council website. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2021.
Rock Springs 4-H Camp: Priority Enrollment Open for 2022
Kansas 4-H Camp at Rock Springs is expanding to involve more opportunities for youth. Starting in 2022, 4-H Camp will be open to all youth ages 8-18 with both three-night and six-night options. 4-H membership is not required. Registration and payment will take place directly with Rock Springs Ranch at rockspringsranch4Hcamp.org. You can schedule an appointment if you would like our team to assist you with the new online registration process.
There will continue to be opportunities to earn a financial scholarship through many county-level councils and clubs in Post Rock District, but they will happen as a reimbursement to the family instead of a deduction of the payment due for camp.
Youth can register for any session of interest; the historical camp groupings are discontinued. If you are more comfortable attending a session when a Post Rock District staff member is at Rock Springs, we will have one professional assisting with camp programming during the June 15-18, 2022 session. Transportation will not be provided by Post Rock District, regardless of youth age or session attending.
Early bird registration will be open from September 1- October 31, 2021. 4-H members who register during the early bird window will receive a 10% discount. Monthly payment options are available. At the time of registration, 10% of the fee will be due. The remainder of the camper fee will be due by May 1. It is recommended to register early, as camp sessions will fill on a first-come-first-serve basis.
NCK Leadership Summit
Join fellow young leaders in North Central Kansas at the Leadership Summit on October 30 in Beloit. Youth in 6th through 12th grades are invited to participate in a highly interactive day focused on practicing and developing communication skills that can help you make a difference in your club, school, community, and beyond! Complete details will be released in the October 4-H Newsletter. Save the date to level up your leadership and communication skills!
District Officer Training and Quiz Bowl
Save the date for the Post Rock District’s Officer Training and 4-H Quiz Bowl on November 6 in Mankato. The Officer Training will take place in the morning and Quiz Bowl will be in the afternoon. More details will be released in the October 4-H Newsletter. If you are a teen leader or adult volunteer interested in helping plan and teach activities at the Officer Training please contact Nora Rhoades at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elderly Outreach Project
The Community Action Team provided each 4-H Club with $180 to complete an elderly outreach project by September 30, 2021. Please submit a photo and summary of your project to the local extension office. If you did not complete a project, the Community Action Team requests funds to be returned to the local office so it can be dedicated to another project.
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!
Project Record Keeping
Project records provide an opportunity to develop record keeping skills through the summarization of a given year’s 4-H work within a certain project, including, but not limited to: goals, learning experiences, finances, leadership, service, and exhibits. Project Record Reports have replaced KAPs. To learn more about the new recording keeping process, find forms, and understand expectations to receive project record keeping recognition please visit our Record Keeping Resources webpage.
Member Achievement Pins
Achievement pins recognize 4-H members as they reach milestones throughout their 4-H journey. Learn more about the Member Achievement Pin recognition opportunity at our Awards and Recognition webpage.
Post Rock District Shooting Sports
4-H members can enroll in shooting sports if his/her 4-H age is 8 or older and if Post Rock District has a certified instructor in the discipline area. For the 2021-2022 year, youth should enroll in a community club in their respective county and then engage in the district-wide shooting sports project meetings for each respective discipline. Independent 4-H members cannot enroll in shooting sports projects. Post Rock District does not have a chartered project club specifically for shooting sports at this time. Due to the enrollment limitations and special requirements associated with being able to offer shooting sports, no discipline of shooting sports should be selected by a community club to be a “club project” of focus throughout the year.
Each youth enrolling in at least one shooting sports discipline will owe a special project fee to their respective 4-H Council. This fee covers unique expenses for Post Rock District remain eligible to offer shooting sports (insurance, instructor re-certification, etc.). All live-fire discipline meetings/practices must take place under the direct supervision of the certified instructor, and youth only become eligible to compete once they have completed an instructor’s required practices. Post Rock District has certified instructors for archery, shotgun, bb gun, and air rifle. If you try to enroll for any disciplines we do not have an instructor for, you will be notified by our staff regarding an incomplete and incorrect enrollment.
If you are an adult interested in becoming a registered Kansas 4-H volunteer and shooting sports instructor for one of state’s offered disciplines, contact Nora Rhoades at email@example.com. Instructors can host meetings/practices at an approved location of their choosing; however, all instructors are expected to openly promote educational opportunities to all Post Rock District youth enrolled in the relevant shooting sports discipline.
Post Rock District is required to have a registered and certified volunteer Shooting Sports Coordinator. This position is currently vacant, and we are allowed to operate on an interim basis with Nora Rhoades, District Youth Development Agent, acting as the Coordinator because she has completed the required certification. However, this allowance is not long-term, so if you are interested in becoming the Post Rock District Shooting Sports Coordinator (or Co-Coordinators) please reach out to Nora so training expectations and responsibilities can be shared.