Trips and Camps


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 Resources 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.

Delegates must be 4-H members or members of another Extension program.

Cost: Total cost is approximately $1,400.

Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus, or CWF for short, is the premier week long 4-H citizenship and leadership experience. CWF brings 4-H delegations from all over the country to stay in the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, right outside our Nation’s Capital! Participants learn about the roles of Senators and Representatives in the United States’ government and how these parts work together to form an effective Congress. Additionally, youth get to see and experience government in action by meeting with their State’s members of Congress and watching a House of Representatives meeting.

Qualifications:

10th-12th grade at time of selection. Minimum age is 15 at the time of the program.

Delegates may only attend once as a youth.

Costs:

The total cost for the trip is approx. $1,400.

Scholarship funding may be available through local awards program.

Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference

Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference

Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference is a three and a half day Statewide Educational Experience. Youth from all over Wisconsin come to Madison, Wisconsin for educational seminars, assemblies, speakers, exploration, and fun on the UW-Madison campus! Youth Conference is made possible by contributions from our State Teams (Wisconsin Leadership Council, Drama Company, Art Team, and Communications team), 4-H staff from across the state, and a planning committee made up of staff, volunteers, and youth.

Is there a subject that you are interested in but have never gotten the chance to learn about in school? Youth Conference is a great place to explore some of these topics! Examples of these are:

  • STEM seminars with a variety of topics like robotics, space, entomology, medical careers, and more!
  • Leadership seminars like Unleash Your Inner Leader and Keeping Up with Cloverbuds
  • Healthy living seminars such as water sports with Hoofers, Yoga, and Run Smart, Live Smart!
  • Art seminars with the Art Team, gardening specialists, and Drama Company
  • And a variety of other seminars that you will love to learn from!

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).

Delegates must be 4-H members or members of another Extension program.

Costs: 

The registration cost for Wisconsin 4‑H & Youth Conference is approx. $300, plus some seminars have additional fees.

Scholarship funding may be available through local awards program.

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;

be in 10th-12th grade during the program. Maximum age 18.

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. $375. 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

National 4-H Conference annually brings 4-H youth and adults from around the nation to work towards strengthening and expanding the 4-H Youth Development program at the local, state, and national levels. National 4-H Conference is the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program. The National 4-H Headquarters is charged with sharing the recommendations that emerge from the conference with the Secretary of Agriculture, National Extension Program Leaders, and others who determine 4-H programs. At the same time, the conference is a rich and meaningful experience for the youth and adult participants. Held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, it’s usually scheduled around the beginning of April. Last year, there were approximately 350 delegates, including seven from Wisconsin.

Qualifications:

Be in 10th-12th grade during the program. Minimum age of 15 and maximum 18 on Jan. 1 of program year.

Delegates may only attend once as a youth.

Costs:

The total cost of the National 4‑H Conference trip is approximately $1,300.

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

Scholarship funding may be available through local awards program.

National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress 

National 4-H Congress is a five-day Educational Experience held in Atlanta, GA. Congress is the premiere nation-wide event for 4-Hers to network with others from around the country, Canada, and Puerto Rico. While at Congress, 4-Hers engage in leadership, citizenship, global awareness, and inclusion. Upon leaving, delegates will have had the opportunity to expand their knowledge about the world, the United States, and network with others from across the country. They will gain many new connections that will last a lifetime.

Qualifications:

Be in 10th-12th grade at time of selection. Maximum age 18 on Jan 1st of the program year.

State 4-H committee selects 8-10 delegates from applications.

Delegates may only attend once as a youth.

Costs:

The total cost of the National 4‑H Congress is approximately $1,200.

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

Scholarship funding may be available through local awards program.

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

Space Camp is just what you think it is – it’s a camp experience where you learn and experience a ton of different aspects about life as an astronaut, working at NASA, and exploring places beyond Earth! Wisconsin 4-H Space Camp participants experience the Pathfinder Program. The Pathfinder Program is a 3 day experience where youth participate in a variety of simulated space activities, such as:

  • A Simulated Space Mission (including roles at mission control, on the ISS, in a space shuttle, and on the surface of the moon) with a team of other 4-Her’s.
  • A variety of Space Simulators such as the multi-axis trainer, five degrees of freedom chair, and the space shot.
  • Building and launching their own model rocket.
  • On-site meals and sleeping habitats simulating a real space training experience.
  • Learning all about space exploration and astronaut life in museum tours guided by a Space Camp expert.
  • A team quiz bowl where participants test their knowledge against others at the end of camp.

Qualifications:

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

Delegates may only attend once as a youth.

Costs:

The total cost of Space Camp is approximately $625.

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

Scholarship funding may be available through local awards program.

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.

 

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

 

Luisa Gerasimo
4-H Program Educator
lgerasimo@co.dunn.wi.us

 

Extension Dunn County
3001 US Hwy 12 E, Room 216
Menomonie WI 54751-3045
Phone: 715-232-1636
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