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4-H CloverThis page provides a general overview of trips, camps, and opportunities offered through Dunn County, State, and National 4-H levels. Specific dates and application deadlines will be announced as trips, camps, and opportunities come around. Applications for these opportunities are found at the bottom of the page and on our Forms and Documents page.


Trips | Camps | Opportunities

American Spirit - East

American Spirit – East

Eastern U.S. | June

This trip is a leadership program that fosters exploration and discovery in 4-H youth by experiencing the American history first hand. It is a week-long trip where members travel to featured sites like The Amish Village, Valley Forge, Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and Liberty Bell, New York’s Harbor Tour and 9/11 Memorial, including a Night Tour of the big City of New York. They will also explore other historical places such as Mayflower II/Plymouth Rock, Boston/Freedom Train, Chinatown, and Niagara Falls. There will be opportunities to see the Atlantic Ocean and go whale watching. Students will record their experience, thoughts, and opinions throughout their journey via a Blog with family and friends, detailing their eye-witness account of America’s East. Along the way, members are required to teach a lesson on American History to their fellow 4-Hers which fosters communication skills and self-confidence.

Qualifications:

Be in 8-10th grade at time of trip.

Be selected at the county level.

Cost: Total cost is approximately $1,200.

American Spirit - West

American Spirit – West

Western U.S. | June

This ten-day trip, where members will travel through America’s historical and infamous Wild West.  This program partners with the National Park Service featuring several national parks stops along the way, like St. Croix Falls National Scenic Riverway, Badlands National Park, Mt. Rushmore National Memorial, Jewel Cave National Monument, Yellowstone National Park, Grant Teton National Park, and Devils Tower National Monument. The activities vary from ranger-led education programs to service learning projects, and of course includes all the fun camping and hiking to boot. Similar to the American Spirit East, participants in this program will also document their hands on experience of America’s West via online media.

Qualifications:

Be in 9-12th grade at time of trip

Be selected at the county level

Costs: The total cost is approximately $1,200.

Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus

This is a week-long trip where members are able to learn about our nation’s historical context and current political procedures by being actively involved in processes. It takes place at the National 4-H Conference Center, which is only a mile away from the Washington, DC Border. Members will have the opportunity to explore destinations such as The Capitol, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian museum, Presidential and war monuments/memorials. Each summer, thousands of 4-H members from across the country participate in this historically grounded excursion and have said they enjoyed the motivational speakers, educational workshops, and behind-the-scenes look at our nation’s capital. Participants pick a week out of 4-5 possibilities to travel.

Qualifications:

10th-12th grade at time of selection. Minimum age 15 during trip;

be selected at the county level;

carry county approval through time of award trip.

Costs:

The total cost for the trip is approx. $1,100.Print

Potential Dunn County Leaders Council sponsorship TBD.

Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference

Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference

WI 4-H Youth Leadership Conference

Approximately 600 youth attend this educational event in Madison each summer. Participants take part in educational seminars, workshops, and assemblies where they will meet people from across Wisconsin. All while having the opportunity to experience the college atmosphere at the University of Wisconsin – Madison by eating on campus to staying in the residence halls. Enjoy social events including movies, volleyball, table games, music, and theater performances. Delegates can also tour Madison area attractions including the State Capitol Building, UW-Madison Campus, Camp Randall Stadium, the Kohl Center, and local companies in the Madison area.

Qualifications:

Be in 7th-10th grade at the time of selection. (Art Team, Drama Company, Press Team, Showcase Singers and Youth Leader Council members may be 9th-13th grade);

be a 4-H member or member of another Extension program;

carry county approval through time of award trip.

Costs: 

The registration cost for Wisconsin 4‑H & Youth Conference is approx. $235.

Potential Dunn County Leaders Council sponsorship TBD.

National 4-H Dairy Conference

National 4-H Dairy Conference

About 200 youth from 4-H dairy projects around the U.S. and Canada congregate in Madison for  the National 4-H Dairy Conference held annually in conjunction with World Dairy Expo. Participants learn about production, processing, marketing and use of dairy products, and develop a broader understanding of careers available in dairy production, biotechnology, genetics, marketing and other selected areas. The conference consists of participatory workshops on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, speakers, tours and visiting the World Dairy Expo.

Qualifications:

Must have participated in the 4-H dairy project for at least three years;Print

be in 10th-12th grade during the program. Maximum age 18 as of January 1, 2013;

have outstanding dairy accomplishment records;

may not exhibit animals at World Dairy Expo or participate in National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest while at National 4-H Dairy Conference.

Costs:

  • The total cost is approx. $275. Wisconsin 4‑H Foundation supports a portion of the cost. The remainder is the responsibility of the delegate.

National 4‑H Conference

National 4‑H Conference

Six (6) youth are selected to attend this working conference held at the National 4‑H Center. Each participant selects an issue and works with other youth from across the country to develop plans that help direct future 4‑H programming.

Delegates spend the majority of time contributing to stimulating, task‑oriented groups. One day is spent on Capitol Hill meeting with legislators and touring.

Youth may request to be considered to attend the agricultural focused Canadian National 4-H Conference in Calgary on August 19-25, 2013. (http://www.4-h-canada.ca/).

Qualifications:

Be in 10th-12th grade during the program. Maximum age 18 as of January 1, 2013;

be selected at the county level;

carry county approval through time of award trip.

Costs:

The total cost of the National 4‑H Conference trip is approximately $1,100.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation sponsors a portion of the cost.The remaining amount is the responsibility of the delegate and his/her family.

National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress 

National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program.  The Congress provides youth, ages 14-19, (delegates cannot be older than 18 on January 1, 2009) a quality, educational and cross-cultural experience that exceeds what any state independently provides. The schedule includes workshops designed to develop leadership skills, plenary Sessions with outstanding speakers and entertainers, a Service Learning Experience during which you will participate in hands-on service projects, as well as, tours and recreational opportunities throughout the Atlanta. The program is built upon the Cooperative Extension System’s belief that young people can be significant partners in addressing the issues that face our nation, especially those affecting youth.  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 Congress program will also provide opportunities for members to explore a variety of Atlanta resources, including Carter Presidential Library, Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Change, Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, The Atlanta Zoo, CNN Center, Atlanta History Center, and the Georgia Aquarium.

Qualifications:

Be in 10th-12th grade at time of selection. Maximum age 18 as of January 1, 2013;

be selected at the county level;

carry county approval through time of award trip.

Costs:

The total cost of the National 4‑H Congress is approximately $1,100.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation sponsors a portion of the cost.The remaining amount is the responsibility of the delegate and his/her family.

STEM Camp

STEM Camp

Eau Claire, WI | October

This camp is meant to increase the knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through fun interactive learning opportunities. Great camp for members that enjoy science, members that are fascinated by discovering how things work, and members that love to build things. In this camp, members will get hands on experience on two different kinds of robotics, science in agriculture, and so much more! Registration fee includes lunch, T-shirt, and Supplies.

Qualifications:

Be in 3rd -5th grade at time of camp.

Costs: The total cost is approximately $35.

Space Camp

Space Camp

Huntsville, AL | April

The 4-H Missions in Space program, known as Space Camp, is a fun-filled weekend for middle school youth at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center where participants complete a simulated Space Shuttle mission, experience training simulators, tour the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, and learn about becoming an astronaut. Space Camp trainees also climb the tallest mountain on the red planet with the Mars Climbing Wall and experience four times the gravity of Earth with the liftoff force of the Space Shot™ simulator. They get an astronaut’s view of Earth while watching amazing films in the IMAX® Spacedome Theater and Digital Theater.

Qualifications:1ff5c4eff33440b05c87946596e97aa1

Be in 6th-8th grade at time of trip. Maximum age 15 at time of trip;

carry county approval through time of trip

delegate selection process varies by county, check with your county office.

Costs:

The total cost of Space Camp is approximately $500.

Potential Dunn County Leaders Council sponsorship TBD.

Winter Camp

Winter Camp

Eau Claire, WI | Winter Months

Especially for young adults to build leadership skills and practice teamwork. Camp at Beaver Creek Reserve and experience nature in the beautiful winter season. Potential activities include learning about different native animals, Animal Tracking, Cross Country Skiing, Geocaching, Nature Hikes, and Snowshoeing.

Qualifications:

Be in 6th -8th grade at time of camp.

Costs: The total cost is approximately $40.

Check out the full Older Youth Trips and Awards Packet!

See the 4-H Fundraising Ideas Packet to raise some money.

Fill out the Older Youth Trips Application here

 

 

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If you have any questions regarding 4-H Youth Development, please contact:

Jason Hausler
4-H Youth Development Educator
jason.hausler@ces.uwex.edu

Stephanie Hintz
4-H Program Assistant
smhintz@co.dunn.wi.us

Dunn County UW-Extension
3001 US Hwy 12 E, Room 102
Menomonie WI 54751-3045
Phone: 715-232-1636
Fax: 715-231-6687

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