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Southwind District

Erie Office

111 South Butler
Erie, KS 66733
Fax:  620-244-3829

Fort Scott Office

210 South National
Fort Scott, KS 66701
Fax:  620-223-0332

Iola Office

We've moved!
1006 N. State St.
Iola, KS 66749
Fax:  620-365-7944

Yates Center Office

211 W. Butler
Yates Center, KS  66783
Fax:  620-625-8645



4-H Day Camp

You'll have a roaring good time at camp on Friday, June 11 at the Southwind Iola office.  Enjoy the day playing games - new and old!  Create crafts, prepare a healthy snack, and learn new things.  It's open to ALL youth ages 7-12.  Camp is from 8:30am to 2pm and costs $5.  Bring your lunch, and bring a friend!

4-H Livestock Camp

Come learn about livestock judging, livestock skillathons, livestock quiz bowls, and meats judging!  June 22nd and 23rd at the Bourbon County Fairgrounds from 9am to 4pm.  The cost to attend is $10, which includes materials, lunches and snacks.  Call the Southwind Iola office to register by Friday, June 18th: 620-365-2242

livestock camp

Southeast Area Livestock Contests

Three contests in one day at this annual event at the Woodson County Fairgrounds in Yates Center.  Join us on Thursday, June 24th for a Meats Contest, Livestock Skillathon and Livestock Judging Contest.  Click on the image below to print.

livestock contests

Show Lamb and Goat Clinics

Join Bourbon County Ssummer Intern Clay Brillhart on Monday, June 28 with your goat, and Wednesday, June 30 with your lamb at the fairgrounds in Fort Scott at 6:30 pm for showmanship and feeding advice.  These clinics are open to all!  Clay will discuss feeding, fitting, and showing both nights.  Call Clay with any questions: 620-238-1882.

sheep clinic

Southwind 4-H Events Snapshot

Want to see what's coming up "at a glance"?  Here's a list of events that happen every year in our district - just check back for specific dates.

District and Local Events

4-H Day: Speaking skillfully before an audience is one of the hallmarks that Kansas 4-H members have been successfully doing for over 100 years. Kansas youth through 4-H have learned the skills necessary to get up before an audience and eloquently speak. 4-H has helped youth learn the skills necessary to clearly organize and present thoughts and ideas through project talks, demonstrations, illustrated talks and public speaking presentations. The complete Kansas 4-H communication fact sheet series is listed below. These may be helpful to Kansas 4-H families as they begin to prepare for county 4-H day presentations.

4-H Camps:  4-H Camps are a great way for youth to experience new activities and make new friends. 

  • Sunny HillsCamp is held at Rock Springs, and is open to youth who have completed grades 3 through 7.  There is a lot of fun to be had at 4-H Camp, like: canoeing, archery, crafts, campfire, horseback riding, and more! Sunny Hills Camp will be June 15-18, 2021.  The cost to attend is $250.  Make sure that you submit this form online AND bring your payment (checks made to 4-H Council) to your local Extension Office by May 1st.  You can also mail your check directly to Jennifer Terrell in the Erie office: 111 S. Butler, Erie, KS  66733. Rock Springs Ranch has limited the district to 50% capacity, which means that Southwind District is limited to 20 campers.  All registrations must be submitted and paid to be considered for the slots on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A wait list will be formed for those wishing to attend beyond the limit.  The wait list has no guarantee and does not require payment until May 1st.  Counselors are needed for camp, and can fill out an application here.  If selected, counselors will report to camp on June 14 for training. 
  • Greenbush 4-H Adventure Camp is for members ages 7 to 9.  A Greenbush 4-H favorite is the special Greenbush S'Mores!  There's also astronomy, archery, canoeing, and other educational activities.  The fee to attend Greenbush is $75.  There are two sessions: June 7-8, and June 8-9.  The registration form is here; click here for the medication form.
  • Campference is June 27-30, and is for youth ages 12-14.  Campference features workshops about opportunities in the 4-H program.  Youth learn leadership skills and how to better interact with others. The camp is $320 to attend.  Registration is due by May 15.  If available spaces are filled prior to May 15, registration will close, so act now!  To register, go to: https://web.cvent.com/event/965ecee2-12fd-4eb7-9361-2bb31b550e55/summary

Achievement Recognition:  Each county holds this annual event to honor 4-H members and leaders.  Membership pins, Key Awards, Project Awards, and more are given during this event.  Everyone involved in 4-H, as well as community leaders, are encouraged to attend.  4-H'ers can receive awards by filling out their record books.

State and National Yearly Events

Citizenship In Action:  Held in February, for youth ages 13-18  - Would you like to have more influence in laws and rules that affect your life? Then you’ll want to go to Kansas 4-H Citizenship in Action! The purpose of the event is for Kansas youth to learn how the state legislative process works and how their voice and participation in decision-making can make a difference in their local communities. The legislative visit will not only familiarize youth with the capitol building, but will also show them how they can affect the legislative process.This two day event is sponsored by the State 4-H Youth Leadership Council.

Discovery Days:  Last week of May/First week of June, for youth ages 13-18 -Discovery Days offers classes and tours about 4-H projects, careers, hobbies, community service and more!

Kansas Youth Leadership Forum (KYLF): Held in November full weekend before Thanksgiving, for youth ages 14-18 - Come and build your leadership skills and potential through workshops, consulting groups, inspirational speakers and more.

Kansas State Fair: Held the second through the third weekend of September - Kansas 4-H projects provide members positive ways to learn as they complete their projects. Fairs are also one way to exhibit and showcase what skills 4-H members have learned throughout the year.


Save the Dates!

Sunny Hills Camp at Rock Springs: June 15-18

Canvas Barn Quilt Clinic: June 23 in Yates Center

Southeast Area Livestock Contests: June 24th at the Woodson County Fairgrounds in Yates Center.

Campference: June 27 - 30

Show Lamb/Goat Clinics in Fort Scott: Goats June 28, Lambs June 30