Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Farm Bureau Leadership Conference

Attention Current Sophomores and Juniors!!!! If you are interested in the opportunity below, please email Cory at There is an application and selection process. The event takes place June
18-22 at Tarleton State University

Since 1963, more than 13,000 high school juniors and seniors have attended the annual Texas Farm Bureau Youth Leadership Conference (formerly known as the Citizenship Seminar) each summer.

The purpose of the training school is to give selected high school students in Texas a better understanding of the various forms of government and their responsibilities as citizens. Comparisons of the different kinds of economic systems are outlined. Students are selected by county Farm Bureaus with the cooperation of local school officials. Transportation, rooms, meals and a small tuition fee are financed by the sponsoring county Farm Bureaus, sometimes with cooperation of local service clubs.

The conference runs three full days and includes lectures, discussions, and films by outstanding authorities in government, history, and economics. Recreation is also provided.
Students are encouraged to meet with school and civic groups upon their return home to share the information and knowledge they have received.

Students may also participate in the Free Enterprise Speech Contest, in which scholarships are awarded.

State Youth Water Camp

The 2012 State Youth Water Camp will be July 8-12, 2012, at the Bentley 4-H Center in Monahans, TX.  The Camp is open to high-school youth who are interested in water conservation and water issues, and who are willing to work in teams. Adult project leaders may also apply, but must pass a background check before participating.
State Youth Water Camp is a five day educational camp planned to teach high school youth the importance of water stewardship, train them in water conservation and preservation, and illustrate how our water resources are being used by industry, agriculture and municipalities. We accomplish this through hands-on experiences, guest speakers, and field trips. The Camp is co-sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Upper Pecos Soil & Water Conservation District.

Applications and information are available at: or from any AgriLife Extension office. Applications must be received in the AgriLife Extension office in Ward County by May 18, 2012. Participants will be informed of their acceptance by May 31, 2012.  Registration is $150.00, due in the AgriLife Extension office in Ward County by June 8, 2012.  Soil and water conservation districts, ground water conservation districts and youth organizations are sources of scholarships. Water Camp is open to all Texas youth, but space is limited so we encourage early registration.

For more information, call the AgriLife Extension office in Ward County at 432-943-4112/2682.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

State Wide 4-H Photogrpahy Workshop

June 21 and 22, 2012
June 21st: 8:45am- 4:00pm (Check in: 8:00-8:45am)
June 22nd: 8:30am- 12:00pm (Check in: 8:00-8:30am)

$20 for youth and adults

Entry Deadline: June 4, 2012
Join us for the 2012 4-H Statewide Photography Workshop!
Learn new and basic photography techniques at the Statewide Photography Workshop! The first day will be filled with photography sessions such as the evolution of cameras, still life photography, editing your photos with Photoshop and much more! The second day will be a field trip to the antique tractor fairgrounds where we will take pictures of tractors, old buildings, people in costume, and horses.
Schedule and speakers to be posted soon:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Items In Need Of A New Home

Below is a list of items in the office that are in need of a new home. If you are interested in any of the items, please contact John - 854-9600
3 Sewing Machines – Brother model RFB LS2125
2 Bins of fabric and remnants – ribbons, fleece, some felt and threads
3 Bins of sewing accessories – measuring tapes, pins, rulers, scissors, elastic, and etc
1 box crochet equipment and patterns
5 Looms
1 bag batting (old)
4 Sewing cardboard cutting boards
3 Rafts – Sevylor Tahiti K79 Inflatable Raft retail value $95.26
4 oars
2 Kids Life Preserver – no brand
3 inflatable kiddie pools – no brand
6 Tennis Racquets/ 1 Squash Racquet/ 1 backgammon racquet
1 box shuttle cocks
1 set of tent pegs
1 box of children’s helmet – no brand –old
5 Austin Guitars Model #AUPPI – with carrying case
1 Lionel train set – ‘Rail Blazer’ (unknown if it works)
1 bag Stuffed Animals and random clothes (ties)
1 box costume hats
1 bin - Candle Making kit
1 Dream Catcher craft kit
1 Kite
2 Easter baskets
2 Drawstring backpacks

Nutrition Science Academy

Youth ages 13-17 who are interested in exploring nutrition science will participate in hands-on activities in university classrooms and labs.  See the attached promotional flyer for more details.
Click here to see flyer for more information:

Sunday, March 18, 2012

2013 Steer Validation Tag Order

The 2013 Steer Tag order form has been posted to the Travis 4-H Website. Forms and money are due to my office by April 12th.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

TCYS -Rule Change Additions/Corrections

TCYS is taking rule additions/corrections for the 2013 show. If you would like to submit a suggestion, please go to the Travis County Youth Show Website and on the home page, at the bottom is the form that is to be used for all submissions. Complete the form and send it to the individual as indicated on the top of  the form.

TCYS Website

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Texas 4-H Calf Roping and Break-A-Way School

On June 17-21, 2012, the Statewide Texas 4-H Calf Roping and Break-A-Way School will be held in Stephenville, Texas.  The school will be held at the Tarleton State University Equine Arena.   This event has been developed in order to encourage young people in 4-H to develop leadership ability and to exercise their abilities in working with younger members in roping activities in 4-H.    Participation is open to all districts of the state, with applications being accepted on a first-come, first- serve basis with first priority to those boys and girls who are 12 years of age and older.  

The cost of the school will be $380.00 for the week. There is a limited number of indoor stalls.  Therefore, a maximum of one horse per applicant.

This will include group insurance, meals, lodging, stall rent for one horse and will cover the cost of practice calves used in the teaching process.  Most meals will be taken in the Tarleton State University Dining Hall.  All students will be housed in the Tarleton State University Dormitories.  Students will not be allowed to stay elsewhere.  

It is necessary for adult chaperons, either in the form of Adult Leaders or County Extension Agents, during the school.   Each county which sends participants should encourage one or more agents or leaders to attend.   We will need at least one female adult leader to serve as chaperon for the girls.   Cost for an adult leader chaperon is $175.00 each to attend.  If chaperon is bringing a horse, add a $25.00 stall fee. Expenses continue to increase. The intent of the Texas 4-H Calf Roping School is not to make a profit. However, we must be able to cover our financial obligations.

Sign up will be on a first come-first serve basis.  The maximum number which can be accommodated is 48.
HORSE  RULE -  All horses brought to the roping school must have had a Negative Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) test within the past 12 months.  An accredited veterinarian can take care of the testing procedures and provide you with a VS 10-11, EIA test form.  You must send in a copy of the VS 10-11 form for every horse you intend to bring to the school.  Copies must be mailed in with your roping school application.

Participant applications can be found at

This year all of the money (deposit and balance) must be sent to The Texas 4-H Foundation.  The balance needs to be at the Foundation no later than JUNE 1, 2012.

A separate sheet attached to the entry form will allow you to fill out names and return with your deposit to the address shown on the form to the Texas 4-H Foundation.  Print off a second copy of this sheet to send with your balance. 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Aggieland Lamb and Goat Camp

Lamb Camp - Friday, July 20, 2012 at 11a.m. - Sunday, July 22, 2012 at 3 p.m.
Goat Camp - Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11 a.m. - Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 3 p.m.
Cost: Campers: $150 - Adult/Sponsor: $60

Who: Anyone ages eight years-old and older

Registration: Will be open March 21, 2012 by 12p.m.

Each registered camper is required to have at least one registered adult. Each adult/sponsor that will be attending camp is REQUIRED to complete the registration process. Each registered camper is required to bring their own animal. This will allow their full participation in showmanship activities. Facilities for your animals and trailers will be provided at Louis Pearce Pavilion. Age and sex of the animal does not matter. 

Refunds will only be given with notice 2 weeks prior to the date of camp.
Youth and adults - Click here to register online for Lamb Camp and Goat Camp.

Click here for more information

Sunday, March 4, 2012

D-10 Leadership Lab

Leadership Lab is an overnight camping experience for youth ages 13-18. The focus of the event is to provide 4-H members the opportunity to learn valuable leadership and life skills by participating in a variety of educational activities, team-building exercises and learning sessions.
Registration via 4-H Connect - May 15-31, 2012

Additional information about this event may be found at: D-10 Leader Lab Information

Texas 4-H Congress

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Texas 4-H Congress is the premiere citizenship and leadership experience for Texas 4-H members between the ages of 15 and 18. Held on the even numbers years in the Texas State Capitol, Texas 4-H Congress allows 4-H members to experience the law making process first hand by writing, submitting, and then serving as a member of the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Press, or as a Lobbyist. From these roles, the 4-H members determine the fate of each bill submitted over the four day event.

Travis County is allotted two (2) slots. Interested youth must complete the application found on the website (click here) and submit the application to the extension office by the April 27th deadline.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

National 4-H Council - Revolution of Responsibility

National 4-H Council has developed a Join the Revolution of Responsibility Video Contest for you to promote the great stories of community impact in your area. The contest launches tomorrow and the grand prize is $5,000 for the winner’s County 4-H Program.

Please read this detailed fact sheet for more information and an easy way for you to promote this to your peers! Preview the contest Facebook application here. Submission and voting will open Thursday, March 1st.

Summer Camp Opportunities

The Texas 4-H Conference Center offers a variety of camping opportunities during the summer. Check out the center's website to learn more about the following camps:
Prime Time
Camp Corral
County Camp
Mission Possible

Texas 4-H Conference Website

2012 4-H Congress

The 2012 National 4-H Congress will be Thursday, November 22 through Tuesday, November 27 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Georgia. National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the National 4-H program. Each year a National Design Team of Extension educators, 4-H youth, and 4-H adult volunteers analyze current youth issues and determine the most effective ways to address them. The program combines a variety of fun and exciting educational, recreational and networking opportunities. The program combines plenary sessions, seminars, discussion groups, and a service learning experience. The nation’s most outstanding community leaders, speakers, and educators present the most current and timely information available.

 For more information please check out the following website. Registration is open from February 13, 2012 to April 16, 2012 on 4-H Connect. 

Range Workshop

The 58th Annual Youth Range Workshop will be held on June 24-29, 2012, at the Texas Tech University Center at Junction.  This opportunity is for 4-H youth ages 14-17.  Check out the promotional flyer and application here.

2012 MASH Camp

Registration for MASH Camp is now open on 4-H CONNECT!  MASH Camp is a hands-on learning experience that allows youth to learn about the medical, athletic training, safety and health fields.  During the three-day, two-night camp, youth will participate in activities with the Texas A&M Athletic Department, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Medicine and Health Science Center, in addition to TEEX Disaster City, to explore higher education and discover career opportunities.

The camp will be held on campus of Texas A&M Universitiy in College Station from June 27th thru June 29th.  It is open to youth entering grades 7 thru 11 and those who just completed the 11th grade in the 2011-2012 school year (ages 13 – 17).  4-H membership is nota requirement to participate in this camp!  The registration fee is $250.00.  Registration will remain open until May 18th or until the camp fills up, whichever comes first. Click here for the Promotional Flyer