Youth Travel Opportunities

4-H offers youth multiple amazing opportunities to travel beyond their county lines and to gain new experiences.  There is something for youth starting in 6th grade and above – and even for 4-H adult leaders!  All of the Wisconsin 4-H educational travel opportunities can be found, with extra details about each opportunity, on the state website located HERE.

County Guidelines to Apply for Trips

The Jackson County Parent and Leaders Board has come up with the following process for trip selection in Jackson County, due to the fact that numerous trips only allow a certain number of individuals from a county to attend.

In order to go on a trip outside of the county you must complete ONE OF THE FOLLOWING APPLICATION PROCESSES (please note that they both have the same deadline):

Application Process 1:

  • Complete the 2018-2019 Trip and Award Application
  • Complete a Resume
  • Complete a Cover Letter
  • Attend the Parent and Leaders Board interviews
  • Submit application, resume, and cover letter by the Monday, November 12, 2018 (postmarked by this date if mailing) to the Extension Office. No late applications will be accepted.

Application Process 2:

  • Complete the ME Form
  • Submit application, resume, and cover letter by the Monday, November 12, 2018 (postmarked by this date if mailing) to the Extension Office. No late applications will be accepted.

Personal interviews will be conducted in the middle, or end, of November.   Date and time to be determined.  If you are not able to attend the November interview time, arrangements can be made for an alternative interview time.  All interviews must be completed prior to December.

Trip Opportunities & Descriptions:

Below includes the different educational experiences that are offered, a little bit about them, the dates, and the age group that can attend.  When more information becomes available about the applications and registration it will be posted here, as well as in ‘Current News’.

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. Below you will find highlights of the different parts of Youth Conference that come together to make it a wonderful Educational Experience.

Space Camp

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.

  • April 26-30, 2018
  • There is an application process for this camp. Registration takes place November through December and then in January delegates are notified by the State 4-H Office if they are selected or wait-listed (limit of approximately 120 delegates).
  • For grades 6-8
  • Direct Link for more information: https://fyi.uwex.edu/wi4hedopp/space-camp/

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. Delegates also participate in various educational workshops.

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.  Here are just some of the activities delegates will partake in while at National Congress: educational workshops, exploring the city, state and congress-wide meetings, international events, community service, educational tours, world-renowned speakers, and the National 4-H Congress Gala.

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.

  • April 6-12, 2018
  • There is a county application process that takes place in October or November.
  • For grades 10-12
  • Direct Link for more information: https://fyi.uwex.edu/wi4hedopp/national-4-h-conference/

International Opportunities to host or to travel

Wisconsin 4-H International Programs emphasizes the 4-H values of belonging and understanding through international exchange. In today’s ever changing world the skill of global citizenship becomes more and more important all the time. Help the youth in your community build bridges and connect with others from around the world!

You can participate in any of the following:

  • Homestay Abroad
  • Host for One Month
  • Host for an Academic Year

For more direct information about international opportunities please refere to the following website: https://wi4hinternational.org/

In-County Opportunities

4-H Summer Camp: The Great Outdoors

Takes place from July 17-19, 2018 at the Lost Falls Campground (west of Black River Falls).  Youth will explore the beautiful outdoors of Jackson County. Learn bike safety and maintenance then go for a ride. Practice your fishing cast and learn about the fish in the Black River. Learn how to use a compass and recognize plants while going for a hike. Lay on the beach and learn about constellations. We’ll camp along the river at Lost Falls Campground in tents and listen to the owls hoot and raccoons skitter through the night. Castle Camp is for youth who have just completed 3rd-6th grade (4-H and non-4-H alike) and starts at noon on July 17 and ends at noon on July 19. Registration needed to be completed before June 29, 2018.

Registration generally opens in the middle of March.

4-H Cloverbud Summer Camp: The Great Outdoors

Takes place on July 18, 2018 from 8AM-4PM at the Lost Falls Campground (west of Black River Falls).  Cloverbud-age (just finishing K-2nd grade) youth will have a chance to join in the fun at Lost Falls Campground during one day of Summer Camp. Cloverbud participants will have hands-on fun and adventure. Registration was due before June 29, 2018.

Registration generally opens in the middle of March.