Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 March Madness

The Travis County 4-H Shooting Sports Club would like to invite all Travis County 4-H members to join us on March 2, 2013 in Manor, Texas at the Austin Rifle Club for the 13th Annual March Madness Invitational Shoot.

For details visit
No pre-qualifying shooting events are necessary to compete.

Date: Saturday March 2, 2013 at the Austin Rifle Club, Manor, Texas
Registration: Deadline - Postmarked by February 16, 2013.

May also be sent by email to (entry fees must be
received by February 26, 2013)

Clubs wishing to shoot must register together and pay with one check.
Alternate Contact:

Fashion Storyboard Workshop

If you enjoy being creative and like to design clothes, accessories or various other items, then join us for the Fashion Storyboard Workshop -

Wednesday, March 13th
Travis County Extension Office
10:00 am to 12 noon
Cost is $5.00 for 4-H members and $15.00 for non 4-H members.

Click here for more information and to check out the flyer.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Howard County Lamb and Gaot Camps

Big plans are being made for our 2013 Howard College Lamb Camp.  Remember that only the first 200 paid entries will be accepted!  

Facts concerning the Lamb Camp:
1.  There will be a charge of $85.00 per person (every person attending).  This includes four meals and a camp tee shirt or cap.  **Add $20 per lamb provided by Howard College.
2.  Participants need to make their own hotel reservations.  The Hampton Inn and Suites will serve as the host hotel.  Mention the camp for the special rate.  Rates set at $109/night plus tax for the standard room.  Contact Mitesh or Roshni Patel at 432-264-9800 for reservations.  Check them out on the web at:
3.  If possible, bring electric clippers, blocking table, hand shears, wood cards, and all other necessary show equipment.
4.  If possible, bring your own lamb for demonstration purposes.  Please let us know if you prefer us to furnish you with an animal to work with.
5.  Registration is Sunday, June 9th, 9:00 A.M. -- 12:00 Noon at the Howard College G. C. Broughton Agriculture Complex
6.  Participants must be nine (9) years old or entering the third grade.
7.  No refunds will be awarded after May 1st.

Participants will receive:

            1.  Camp tee shirt or cap.
            2.  Awards for winners of each showmanship age group.

Click here for the registration form and flyer -  Information is located on the 4-H Website under the tab "4-H Livestock and Animal Information" Look for the Sheep and Goat Section. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

4-H Fashion Show Information

Clothing and Textiles Project Members, the 4-H Fashion Show information has been posted to the website.  Click here to find out more information.

  • Open to all ages of 4-H Members
  • Construction Division
  • Consumer Buying Division
  • Textiles Contest

Leadership Opportunity at Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo

Youth have the opportunity to sing the National Anthem, recite the 4-H Pledge and FFA Motto prior to the start of market shows at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo. This year I am using an online method for youth signing up. The dates and species for the shows are listed on the online form. Please pass this along to youth who you think might be interested in this opportunity.

County 4-H Roundup

Roundup Contests are a great way to meet other youth in the county and across the district. Roundup consists of several contests for youth to participate. Youth may choose to demonstrate/illustrate something, write a speech, gain knowledge in a specific topic, but most importantly, youth will be able to share their knowledge/talent.

Educational Presentations - Speech
Public Speaking - Speech - Individual
Share-the-Fun - Talent
Horse or Beef Quiz Bowl

For more information on this event and registration form, Click Here

Texas Brigades Summer Camps

Registration for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Texas Brigades summer camps program has begun. 

    This year’s slate of seven camps includes a new one that departs from the traditional wildlife-only topics, according to coordinators. 

    “Our newest addition is the Ranch Brigade,” said Dr. Dale Rollins, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist at San Angelo and founder of the Texas Brigades. “We’re excited to offer it as part of our ongoing youth educational series as its message of conservation ranching fits our mission very well.

    “This is our 21st year of turning out young leaders through the Texas Brigades program and it’s heartwarming to watch them mature and assume professional leadership roles. And while our camps feature quail, deer, bass, ducks and now livestock, our real goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and mettle to really make a difference in wildlife conservation and proper land management throughout their lives.”
    Youth are taught leadership skills, natural resources conservation and proper ranch management at the camps scattered across the state, according to Rollins. Each camp is limited to 20-30 students from ages 13 through 17.

    “The camps are designed to develop life skills such as critical thinking and team-building through fun and interesting activities that focus on a particular species of wildlife and now livestock,” Rollins said.
The camp dates and locations are:

– Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, June 15-19, Centennial Lodge, Coleman.

– South Texas Buckskin Brigade, June 16-20, Southern Star Ranch, Uvalde. 

– South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, June 23-27, 74 Ranch, Campbellton.

– Bass Brigade, July 8-12, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna. 

–  North Texas Buckskin Brigade, July 14-18, El Escondrijo Ranch, San Angelo. 

– Waterfowl Brigade, July 21-25, BigWoods on the Trinity, Tennessee Colony. 

– Ranch Brigade, July 31-Aug. 4, Camp Buckner, Burnet. 

    The camps are a partnership effort of AgriLife Extension, Texas Wildlife Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, several universities, conservation groups, local soil and water conservation districts, private businesses, and individuals with an interest in wildlife and youth leadership development. 

Tuition is $400 per cadet per camp, but Rollins said sponsors are available to provide financial aid when needed. 

    “And I want to remind those familiar with the Brigades that we’re always looking for highly motivated adults from 20 to 60 years of age who are willing to serve as ‘covey,’ 'school,' ‘herd,’ and now ‘ranch’ leaders,” Rollins said. “They’ll get a full helping of appreciation and optimism about today’s youth and the powerful impact they can have on conservation.”

    Applications may be completed online or downloaded at . For more information, contact Holdsworth at hholdsworth@texas-wildlife.orgor Kassi Scheffer at or you may call 855-TXBRIGS (855-892-7447). 

    This year’s registration deadline is March 15.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Swine Skill-A-Thon Contest

By clicking this link you will find the guidelines for the 2013 Swine Skill-a-thon Guidelines. The attached document is meant to be a guide for CEA’s, Volunteer Leaders, and Youth interested in the Swine Skill-a-thon. Hopefully, this will ease some anxiety related to what the skills stations might consist of, and what the impromptu topics might be associated with the contest. 

The guide indicates there will be four skills stations in the contest, and gives eight possible topics that they could be related to. The guide also limits the possible speech topics to three. Youth will have 15 minutest to prepare and 5 minutes to give their speech. A rubric for the speech is also attached. This document will also be posted on the State 4-H Roundup website. 

This contest at Texas 4-H Roundup is open to youth who who are 11 years of age to 18 years of age as of August 31, 2012.  Texas 4-H Roundup takes place in June on the Texas A&M University Campus.

If junior level members are interested in a possible county contest, please contact Cory. This would allow for any junior members to get a head start for the upcoming years to know and understand this contest.

Friday, January 25, 2013

TCYS Photos

Before we post the link to the pictures there are some housekeeping notes to cover. Please read.
  1. DO NOT COPY! It is illegal to copy pictures from this website and copy printed pictures. If you want to put your pictures online/facebook you need to purchase the digital file.
  2. There are two Galleries for you to look at: TCYS 2013 (this year’s pictures) & TCYS (past year’s pictures). The past year’s pictures will only be online for 30 more days.
  3. All orders must be placed through this website (link below). Once you click on the Buy This Photo you will see two folders (Digital & Print). Your printing options are digital files, 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10 prints. You can purchase from multiple folders and pay one time when you check out.
  4. If you have any questions please email Dawn at
  5. All digital file orders that were placed during the show have been emailed.
  6. All print/novelty orders that were placed during the show have been processed and will be mailed in 1-2 weeks.
or go to

Discount Reminder
Don’t forget friends & family of TCYS receive a discount from D-S Photography on all portrait sessions. High School Seniors, Families, Kiddos, Couples, Headshots and more! Call 512-565-3520 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 512-565-3520 FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting or email for all the details.

How about some clapping for some special people...
The Show, Auction and PBR Bull Riding would not be possible without the TCYS Board of Directors, Volunteers and Sponsors and so many more. Be sure to shake their hand and thank them when you run into them. The list below is all this year’s sponsors. Remember them when you are choosing a business to buy from, organization to help or just a person to do something nice for.

HEB, Rhyan Technology Services, Harrell Enterprises, Ronny Smith Memorial Buyers Group, Avondale Wealth Management, Morris Glass, Reinforcing Steel Supply,
LS Ranch – Rebecca Shumaker, Capitol Cleaners, Cavender’s, KOKE FM,
Country Line Magazine, Pest Wranglers, Tex-Con Oil, Good Luck Grill, Austin Vol-Tech, Burkland Family Enterprises, Dustin Gersch Edward Jones, Callahan’s General Store,
Jim Ferguson Automotive, J&B Feed & Hay, Rolling Thunder Ranch, Tex-Mix,
Amtex Scale, Williamson County Equipment, McNeil FFA Alumni, Lake Travis FFA Alumni, Manor FFA Alumni, Bowie FFA Alumni, Travis County 4-H, Manor 4-H,
Wilbarger Creek 4-H, Friendship 4-H, 4-H Capital, T.C.C.C. 4-H, Oak Hill 4-H,
Del Valle 4-H, Discover 4-H, KST, Country Line Magazine, Miller Uniforms, Landord Equipment, TDS, Capital One Bank, Direct Propane, Texas Pork Producers,
Reinhardt Enterprises, Cynthia Bargsley, June Manor, Akins FFA Alumni, Tracey Cortez, Julia Ricicar, Bishop Show Pigs, Joe & Violet Alexander, Terry & Ann Jackson,
Peggy Ferguson, Freytags Floral, William Kirchner Family, Taco Cabana, Lanier FFA, Voelker Welding & Construction, Robert Eller, Robert Eller Jr, Carl Eller, Debbie Eller,
Will Duval, Diane Hagan (If I missed anyone I am so sorry!)

Thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a great organization.
Dawn Hunt - Your favorite photographer

Thursday, January 24, 2013

State Photography Contest

Attention Senior Aged 4-H Members. The 2012-2013 State 4-H Photography Rules and Guidelines have been posted. Check them out now to begin planning for photo opportunities. Click here for more information.

Theme:  Holiday Season in Texas

JPEG Images Due to Cory via email: March 20th. Each county is allowed to submit 15 photos (1 per category). For the best photos to advance to the state contest, all categories with more than one photo will be judged at the county level and winning entry will be notified if advancing to the state contest.

County & District Photography Contest

Rules and guidelines for the District 10 Photography Contest have been posted to Travis County 4-H Website. The contest is open to 4-H youth ages 8 and in the third grade to 19 years of age. Click here to find additional information.

Clover Kids may submit photo entries to be judged at the county level only.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

January Edition of Texas4-H Standard Newsletter

See what all is going on through the Texas 4-H Standard Newsletter - Click Here

Texas 4-H Day at the Capitol

Don't miss out on a great citizenship experience for Texas 4-H members - the 2013 4-H Day at the Capitol. The event will be held on Wednesday,February 6, 2013 in Austin.

Join in on the fun of seeing the Texas 4-H Program being recognized by both the House of Representatives and Senate chambers in the morning. In the afternoon, 4-H members parents, and volunteers will be scheduled to visit with both their House of Representative and Senator and present them with a token of appreciate from the Texas 4-H Program. 
Registration deadline is this FRIDAY, JANUARY 18th. Cost to participate is $20.00 per person and includes a long sleeve t-shirt and other materials for the day. All 4-H members, parents, and volunteers are encouraged to register on 4-H CONNECT.