That’s right, we’ll help you unlock your leadership potential as you learn awesome leadership skills and techniques. You and all participants will look for “clues” to unlock the leadership within while learning in workshops and doing fun recreational activities at the Rock Springs 4-H Center south of Junction City, Kansas. You’ll leave with the keys that revel anyone, especially you, can lead, anytime, anywhere. Hurry to register, as there are only 200 spots available for qualified teens!

Meal time at Williams Dining Hall

Meal time at Williams Dining Hall

This leadership adventure is open to all Kansas High School youth who will be a sophomore or junior beginning the fall of 2017. The camp director is Ron Alexander, President and CEO of Alexander and Associates and Faculty Chair for the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita. All instructors are well versed in the Kansas Leadership Center’s Leadership Principles and Competencies. Kansas colleges and universities teach this curriculum in their leadership studies programs, so you’ll be prepared as you begin your college courses.

You’ll stay in one of the beautiful limestone cottages, eat fabulous home-cooked meals featuring the famous Rock Springs rolls, experience a variety of cool recreational activities and make new friends from across the state.

Co-op Cottage

Co-op Cottage

Camp fee is $275 per person.

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Leadership Adventure Course

Leadership Adventure Course

Camp Curriculum

Objectives: By the end of the camp, participants will:
• be oriented to the Kansas Leadership Center framework of leadership
• have a better understanding of their ability to impact situations and initiate change
• have fun
• meet other energized high school leaders from across the state of Kansas

Ron Alexander, faculty chair, Kansas Leadership Center, will lead the design and instruction for all classes.

The curriculum is rooted in the competencies and principles espoused by the Kansas Leadership Center.

• Diagnose Situation
• Manage Self
• Energize Others
• Intervene Skillfully


• Leadership is an activity, not a position.
• Anyone can lead, anytime, anywhere.
• It starts with you and must engage others.
• Your purpose must be clear.
• It’s risky.

Tentative Schedule:

Sunday, July 16
1:30 – 3 p.m. Campers arrive, check-in and explore Rock Springs
3 – 3:30 p.m. Opening Session and Introductions
3:30 – 5 p.m. What is Leadership?
5 – 6 p.m. Hikes and Recreation
6 – 7 p.m. Dinner
7 – 8:30 p.m. Team-Building – Campfire Circle
9 p.m. In cabins
11 p.m. Lights out

Monday, July 17
7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast
8 – 9:30 a.m. What’s Your Purpose?
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – Noon Why is Leadership so Hard?
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 – 5 p.m. Recreation (horseback riding, rifle range, low ropes course, archery, etc.)
5 – 6 p.m. Swimming, Hiking or Rest
6 – 7 p.m. Dinner
7 – 8:30 p.m. Night Hike
9 p.m. In cabins
11 p.m. Lights out

Tuesday, July 18
7 – 8 a.m. Breakfast
8 – 9: 30 a.m. Understanding your Strengths
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45-11:15 a.m. Acting Experimentally
11:15 – Noon Load Up for Home
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 – 2:30 p.m. What’s Next?
2:30 – 3 p.m. Closing Session
3 – 3:30 p.m. Campers Depart

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Questions Frequently Asked by Students

What will I learn at the camp?
Participants will be able to explain the principles and competencies of adaptive leadership, see where they can use adaptive leadership in their own life, evaluate and critique ideas and situations with differing perspectives, and generate solutions to adaptive challenges using these principles.

Who will I learn from at the camp?
All instruction is facilitated by Kansas Leadership Center graduates under the direction of Ron Alexander, Faculty Chair, Kansas Leadership Center.

What do I need to bring?
Since this is an overnight camp, please bring anything you need for two nights. Participants will need to provide their own bed sheets (or a sleeping bag), blankets, towels, and pillows.

What is the dress code?
Dress is casual for this camp. Come prepared to be comfortable.

Can I only stay half the camp?
This immersive experience is a three-day camp. Unfortunately, if you can not stay for the full three days, we recommend you wait and attend next year.

I have food allergies. Will you accommodate me?

Yes, please let us know of any food allergies via the registration form and we will plan accordingly.

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Questions Frequently Asked by Parents

What is the camp schedule?
Students should arrive by 3 p.m. on the first day of the camp. Camp will end at 3 p.m. on the third day.

What’s covered by the registration fee?
The registration fee covers all of the participant’s expenses while at camp:
Six meals and refreshments
Instructional supplies

Is online registration safe? If I have problems registering what should I do?
Registration is handled securely through the, a leading electronic record system. You are welcome to review the form as long as you do enter payment information. Visa, MasterCard, or American Express is accepted in the registration form and will be applied immediately. If you encounter problems or have additional questions, you may contact Kansas 4-H Foundation staff member Rhonda Atkinson or call 785-532-5881.

What if my student is unable to attend after registering?
Registration is not refundable. However, registration and travel insurance is available as an option during registration from CampDoc.

Are there options for monetary help?
As of now, we do not offer financial assistance. However, we are looking into the funding of scholarships for students in the future. For this year, we have worked to minimize the cost of the camp to make it more accessible to participants.

What’s the plan in case of emergency?
With thousands of visitors each year, Rock Springs 4-H Center prepares for the unexpected.

For individual emergencies, we will first contact the local health care professionals at Geary County Community Hospital and then contact the participant’s emergency contact person using the phone number provided on the camp registration form.

For family emergencies, we defer to family members in how to support your participant. If you would like camp staff to make arrangements for your student to have a space alone to receive a phone call, simply contact us to coordinate this together.

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Registration is now open!

Camp Dates: July 16-18, 2017


$275 (includes lodging for two nights, 6 meals, all instruction, and supplies)

High school students who will be sophomores or juniors beginning fall 2017.

Registration is not refundable. However, registration and travel insurance is available as an option during registration from CampDoc.

Additional Information:
Registration is handled securely by Credit card payment is accepted. For registration questions, contact Rhonda Atkinson at or 785-532-5881

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