4-H Awards and Trips

4H CloverTRIP AWARDS

Thank you for your interest in applying for a Douglas County 4-H Trip Award. As you read through this packet, you will find all the information you need to be successful during the selection process. The Douglas County 4-H Leaders’ Association generously funds 50% of the cost of these trips for 4-H members in good standing. Additional funding may be available if there is financial hardship. Contact Sharon Krause for a confidential discussion. Representing Douglas County on state and nation wide trips is a rewarding opportunity, but it comes with great responsibility.

We expect professional behavior from all applicants throughout the entire application and interview process. All Trip Award Applications are due to the UW-Extension Office by September 19, 2016.

Applicants who have been selected for an interview will receive a letter from the Awards Committee, confirming the time and date of the interview.

If you have questions, feel free to contact, Sharon Krause,  the UW-Extension Office at (715) 395-1365.

Trip Calendars References

  • An example of information to include in your cover letter
  • An example of how and what to present in your resume
  • To help you plan and practice for the interview
  • To give you a clear idea of what is expected from you in the interview
  • If you have more questions after reading the FAQ, contact Sharon Krause, or call her at the office at 715-395-1365

Included in this packet which will help you organize your application

2017 

AWARDS 

      MEMBER EVALUATION (M.E.) 

Your M.E. packet is due by Tuesday, September 5, 2017 and should include the following:

  • ME. Form (8 pages)
  • Fair Participation Form
  • Trip Preference Form (with signatures)
  • Leader Evaluation and Recommendation Form (can be sent in by leader)

 

Packets turned in late will NOT be eligible for awards or trips!

General Award Forms

Awards Recommendation Form – Awards-Recommendations-Form-2016 (2)

Awards Committee Reporting Form – Awards Committee Reporting Form

Club Achievement Form – Club Achievement Form

Club Awards Form – Club Award Forms

Community Service Award Form – Community Service Award

Volunteer of the Year Nomination Form – Volunteer of the Award Nomination Form

Family of the Year Nomination Form – Family of the Year Nomination form

General Achievement Guidelines – These are the minimum expectations for all 4-H members on an annual basis.

Members need to complete the six steps in order to achieve.  By achieving, members receive a yearly achievement pin and may qualify for additional awards based on the recommendations of your club’s General Leader.

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Be enrolled in a minimum number of projects by grade:
  2. Be active in club membership (according to club guidelines).
    • Grades K-2, at least one project
    • Grades 3-5, at least two projects
    • Grades 6-8, at least three projects
    • Grades 9 and over, at least four projects
  3. Document your project work to include evaluation of each project taken.  Enter at least one item to be judged or exhibited publicly outside of the club level for each project in which you are enrolled (at a fair, contest, revue, organized competition, pow wow, etc. in which the member’s skills can be tested/judged by others).
  4. Maintain and turn in a record of your year in 4-H.
  5. Have a clean disciplinary record within the 4-H system from September 15 to September 15 of the judging year.

Note:  Members may add or drop projects no later than April 15 of the 4-H year.

Record Book Guidelines

The record book year is October 1 to September 31.

All standard record book forms can be downloaded from the 4-H Forms page.

Green 4-H Record Book covers and fasteners can be obtained from your club’s General Leader or the UW-Extension office.

Each club may recommend two members per grade division for Blue Ribbon Record Book Awards.

A leader recommendation sheet (provided to and filled out by a club’s General Leader) must be turned in with each record book recommended for county awards.  If the sheet is not included, your book will not be considered for any awards.

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade:

This age group must use the Cloverbud Activity/Record Book available from the UW-Extension county office.   All Cloverbuds must complete the record book in his/her own handwriting with exception for extenuating circumstances that are communicated to the awards committee in advance, i.e. the member does not know how to write or has a disability that does not permit him/her to write.

Grades 3 and up:

This age group must maintain the standard 4-H record book.  Youth in this age group may download the pages and forms needed and complete the record book through the use of a computer, or complete the record book in his/her own hand writing, with exception for extenuating circumstances that are communicated to the awards committee in advance, i.e. the member has a disability that does not permit him/her to write.

Cloverbuds

All record books must:

  1. Be neat.
  2. Complete a minimum of seven (7) activity pages in the Cloverbud Activity/Record Book, either at the monthly countywide Cloverbud meeting, at the club meeting, or at home.
  3. Have completed inside front and back covers, using the green 4-H Record Book cover.

Grades 1 and up:

All record books must:

  1. Be neat.
  2. Have completed inside front and back covers, using the green 4-H Record Book cover.
  3. Contain a Photo Page.
  4. Contain the statement of true and own work.
  5. Contain a 4-H Activities page.
  6. Contain a 4-H Yearly Calendar highlighting what you have done each month.
  7. Contain a Project Plan Evaluation for each project in which you are enrolled.
  8. Have parents’ or leader’s comments filled out on the project plan page(s).
  9. Contain a My 4-H Story page to summarize your 4-H year.
  10. Contain pictures, newspaper articles, and judge’s sheets from contests to enhance the record book.
  11. Include at least two, but not more than three, consecutive years in the record book at judging time.

Grades 7 and up:

All record books must:

  1. Follow 1-11 above.
  2. Contain information on leadership activities/opportunities.
  3. Include at least two, but not more than three, consecutive years of leadership.

Order for the record book

  1. Current year on top
  2. Current photo and demographic data
  3. Activities
  4. Yearly Calendar
  5. Project Evaluation(s)
  6. 4-H Story
  7. Photos, judges sheets, newspaper clippings, etc.

DO:

Make it about YOU, not your club.
Highlight your name in included articles.
Work on your record book all year.

DO NOT:

Do not include ribbons or pins.
Do not type unless you are in Grades 3 or above.
Do not include whole Bugles, whole programs, or 4-H project materials.

Record Book Awards

The Record Book Award is awarded to members who exhibit exemplary record books, based on the record book guidelines.  Record books are judged on the content of what you write about and include, not the thickness or weight of the book. Each club may recommend up to two members per grade division.

Record books are judged in the following grade divisions (grade as of January 1 of the enrollment year):

  • Cloverbuds
  • Grades 3-4
  • Grades 5-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • Grades 9 and up

Criteria – Member must:  Turn in completed record book which reflects the Record Book Guidelines.

Outstanding Cloverbud Award

Recognizes Cloverbuds who are off to a good start in 4-H.  Each club may recommend two Cloverbuds for each grade division.

Grade divisions (as of January 1 of the current enrollment year):

  • Kindergarten
  • Grades 1-2

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Meet general achievement guidelines.
  2. Complete record book per guidelines.
  3. Demonstrate enthusiasm and positive 4-H participation.

Outstanding Member Award

Recognizes 4-H club members who show outstanding participation at a club level and beyond.  Each club may recommend two members per grade division.

Grade divisions (as of January 1 of the current enrollment year):

  • Junior (Grades 3-5)
  • Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
  • Senior (Grades 9 and up)

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Meet general achievement guidelines.
  2. Complete record book per guidelines.
  3. Participate in club 4-H events (i.e. community service, fair, contests, etc.).
  4. Participate in county 4-H events (i.e. fair, contests, fun activities, etc.).
  5. (Senior Division only) Be enrolled in 4-H for at least two years.

Leadership Award

Recognizes members for displaying outstanding leadership at many levels.  There can be two awards given in each division for each club.

Grade divisions (as of January 1 of the current enrollment year):

  • Junior (Grades 3-5)
  • Intermediate (Grades 6-8)
  • Senior (Grades 9 and up)

Criteria per division:

Junior – Member must:

  1. Have completed 2 years in 4-H.
  2. Meet the general achievement guidelines.
  3. Completed 2 years of records in record book per guidelines.
  4. Be active in leadership roles in 4-H club, community, and county.

Intermediate – Member must:

  1. Have completed 2-3 years in 4-H.
  2. Meet the general achievement guidelines.
  3. Completed 2-3 years of records in record book per guidelines.
  4. Be enrolled in the Youth Leadership Project.
  5. Document leadership activities.
  6. Be active in leadership roles in 4-H club, community, and county.

Senior – Member must:

  1. Have completed at least 3 years in 4-H.
  2. Meet the general achievement guidelines.
  3. Completed 2-3 years of records in record book per guidelines.
  4. Be enrolled in the Youth Leadership Project.
  5. Document leadership activities.
  6. Be active in leadership roles in 4-H club, community, county and outside of the county.

Achievement Award

Recognizes older members who exhibit outstanding 4-H achievement in all of their projects.  There are up to four awards given each year.  Each club General Leader may recommend up to four club members.

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Be in grades 9 and over as of January 1 of current 4-H year.
  2. Meet the general achievement guidelines.
  3. Complete record book for at least two, but not more than three, consecutive years per record book guidelines.
  4. Have excelled in project work.
  5. Be active in club and county activities.

Foods Award

Provides recognition from the Burnett County Home and Community Education Club (HCE) to a foods project member.   4-H members can win this award only once.

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Meet general achievement guidelines.
  2. Complete record book per guidelines.
  3. Have been in foods project at least three years.
  4. Have participated in foods revue during current 4-H year.
  5. Have exhibited in at least one fair and have showed excellence.

State Key Award

The Wisconsin Key Award is the highest 4-H award, providing special recognition to a 4-H member who has demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H program, developed leadership abilities, and has been a helpful member of their club and community.

The number of Key Awards allowed is determined by the state, based on total county enrollment.

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Meet general achievement guidelines.
  2. Complete record book per guidelines and submit record book.
  3. Complete and submit an Award Trip Application (see Member Forms).
  4. Have been an active, contributing member of the 4-H community.
  5. Have served in leadership roles and participated in club, county and out of county activities as documented in the member’s 4-H record book.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference

Approximately 700 youth attend this educational event in Madison each summer.  Participants take part in educational seminars and assemblies and meet people from across Wisconsin.  They are encouraged to take what they learn and share it with others in their home community.

Number of delegates awarded this trip by the Awards Committee is determined annually by the state and the Leaders Association.  An individual can be awarded this trip once in his/her 4-H career.

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Be in grades 8-10 as of January 1 of the coming 4-H year.
  2. Meet general achievement guidelines.
  3. Complete record book per guidelines and submit record book.
  4. Complete and submit an Award Trip Application (see Member Forms).
  5. Have been in 4-H at least three years.

Important Trip Information:

Trip costs are currently shared between the Leaders Association and youth. The Leaders Association pays 80% of the registration fee and the youth 20% plus some additional costs such as spending money and related items.  Parents are responsible for completing necessary participation and health forms and transportation.

Citizen Washington Focus

Thousands of youth from across the country are selected to attend this leadership program held at the National 4-H Center in Washington,  D.C.  Participants learn the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders.  The week-long trip consists of participatory workshops, speakers, committee work, field trips and social events.

The Awards Committee may choose up to two delegates each year.  An individual can be awarded this trip once in his/her 4-H career.

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Meet the general achievement guidelines.
  2. Complete record book per guidelines and submit record book.
  3. Complete and submit an Award Trip Application (see Member Forms).
  4. Must have been in 4-H at least three years.
  5. Have been to Wisconsin 4-H Youth Conference.
  6. Be in grades 10-12 as of January 1 of the coming 4-H year, and at least age 15 at the time of the trip.

Important Trip Information:

Trip costs are currently shared between the Leaders Association and youth.  The Leaders Association pays 80% of the trip and the youth pays 20% plus some meals and personal spending money.  Parents are responsible for completing necessary participation and health forms and transportation to and from boarding and disembarking points.

National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress is the most significant event of the 4-H program.  The Congress provides youth with a quality educational and cross-cultural experience that exceeds what any state independently provides. It is designed to address the needs and issues of youth while helping to develop capable, competent, and caring citizens.  Approximately 1300 members of 4-H Youth Development Programs from around the country and Puerto Rico gather to learn new skills in leadership, community service and multi-cultural integration. In addition to attending assemblies and workshops, they participate in discussion groups on issues facing our country today and moderate a town hall meeting at which they share the results of those discussions.

The Awards Committee may select up to one youth annually to attend the National 4-H Congress.  An individual can be awarded this trip once in his/her 4-H career.

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Meet the general achievement guidelines.
  2. Complete record book per guidelines and submit record book.
  3. Complete and submit an Award Trip Application (see Member Forms).
  4. Have been in 4-H at least three years.
  5. Have been to Wisconsin 4-H Youth Conference and Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF).
  6. Be in grades 10-12 and no older than 18 years as of January 1 of the coming 4-H year.
  7. Continue to be enrolled and as active as possible through the dates of the trip.

Important Trip Information:

The Leaders Association currently pays 100% of this trip.  The youth pays for some meals and personal spending money.  Parents are responsible for completing necessary participation and health forms and transportation to and from boarding and disembarking points.

 

State Fair Demonstration Contest

An opportunity for 4-H youth to perform a 10-minute demonstration at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee.

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Meet the general achievement guidelines including a record book.
  2. Be 12-18 years old as of January 1 of the year participating in the State Fair.
  3. Be selected by Demonstration Contest judge at the annual Burnett County Cultural Arts Fair.
  4. Meet all State Fair requirements and obligations.

Important Trip Information:

Trip costs are currently shared between the Leaders Association and youth.  The Leaders Association pays 80% of the fee for lodging and meals in the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center.  The youth will pay 20% plus any additional costs such as spending money and related items.  Parents are responsible for completing necessary participation and health forms and transportation.

State Fair Clothing Revue

An opportunity for 4-H youth to model their clothing project at the Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee.

Criteria – Member must:

  1. Meet the general achievement guidelines including a record book.
  2. Be at least 14 years old as of January 1 of the year participating in the State Fair.
  3. Be selected by Clothing judge at the annual Burnett County Food and Clothing Revue.
  4. Meet all State Fair requirements and obligations.

Important Trip Information:

Trip costs are currently shared between the Leaders Association and youth.  The Leaders Association pays 80% of the fee for lodging and meals in the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center.  The youth will pay 20% plus any additional costs such as spending money and related items.  Parents are responsible for completing necessary participation and health forms and transportation.

 

 

 

 

 

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