4-H Awards and Trips

TRIP AWARDS

4-H offers many educational and fun trips to its members.  Douglas County 4-H’s Leaders Association budgets thousands of dollars every year to help pay for these trips.  These awards are based on an evaluation of members’ accomplishments and experiences in 4-H projects and activities. This is called the Member Evaluation (M.E.) process and it happens every September.  Youth 13 years and older may apply for funds by filling in an application form and doing a short interview with the Association’s board of directors.  The form helps youth present their accomplishments in
4-H leadership, projects and activities and the interview gives them an opportunity to discuss their 4-H experiences in more detail.  The process takes some time, but funds for some of these trips range up to more than $1,000.  The experience also helps prepare youth for college and jobs.
The M.E. forms are mailed to every eligible member the first week of August and are due the Tuesday after Labor Day.  Interviews are conducted within 2 weeks and the trips are awarded during Achievement Night in October.
For more information or to download forms, see below.  You may also contact a club leader, a member of the Board of Directors, or the 4-H Youth Development office at 715-395-1363.

2019 TRIPS 

Space Camp:

Are you interested in Space, Science, Technology, Teamwork and so much more? If you answered yes, then you should check out our WI 4-H Space Camp Experience in 2019!

Space Camp is just as you might imagine – it’s a camp experience where you learn and experience about life as an astronaut, working at NASA, and exploring places beyond Earth!   This year’s WI 4-H Space Camp will be held April 25-29, 2019. Our website at https://fyi.uwex.edu/wi4hedopp/space-camp/ will provide you with more information.

WI 4-H youth 6-8th grades are invited to register for Wisconsin 4-H Space Camp starting this Wednesday, November 7th at 4 pm. Space Camp is a wonderful opportunity for you to explore your curiosity, meet new friends and develop life skills.   Participants take a bus down to Huntsville, Alabama with 4-H members and adult leaders from around the state to participate in the Pathfinder Program at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.   Registration will be open November 7th – January 10th.   Registration is limited to 130 participants and will be determined based on age, first come first serve, and a lottery system.

ALL youth must register in 4HOnline.  Many counties have an application and interview process for financial support for Space Camp.  If you received funding/scholarship from your 4-H Leaders’ Association, you are not automatically registered; you must register in 4HOnline.  Participants will be notified of their registration status by January 15th.

Questions? Please contact Amber Rehberg at amber.rehberg@ces.uwex.edu or Justin Lieck at Justin.lieck@ces.uwex.edu. We hope to see you when we blast off in April!

Attention WI 4-H Youth Leaders Grades 8-10…do not miss out on two incredible opportunities to learn and grow!

Space Camp Counselor:

Are you a youth leader in grades 8, 9 or 10?  Are you interested in science, space, technology, and robotics?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to consider applying for a WI 4-H Space Camp Counselor position.  Participating in Space Camp as a delegate is a preferred qualification, but NOT required.

The Wisconsin 4-H Space Camp Counselor Team develops leadership, communication skills and confidence by working together with 4-H Staff Advisors to help campers enjoy and learn more during their experience by leading games and aerospace activities, mentoring new campers, and assisting adult leaders while having fun at the orientation and during the spring program in Huntsville AL.

Training is mandatory including a teleconference on Monday, January 27 (7:00-8:30 p.m.), a training workshop on February 16, 2019 (9:00am-5:00 p.m.), and a face-to-face meeting Saturday, March 30 beginning at 10:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 31, 2019.

The application is posted online at https://fyi.uwex.edu/wi4hedopp/space-camp-counselor-info/. Please complete the application and submit it to your County 4-H Office so it is received by November 15, 2018, then your County 4-H Educator can write and send a reference along with your application to the State 4-H Office by the November 22. If you do not have a county educator, you may seek a reference from a teacher or other professional who knows about your 4-H leadership skills.

A Selection Committee will choose approximately 12 to 15 counselors for the 2019 team. You will receive notification of your status from the WI 4-H State Office around December 15, 2019. A final pool of candidates will attend the February 16th training workshop and the final team will be selected from that pool. If you are selected for a leadership position on the team, registration materials will be sent to you to complete and return by March 1, 2019.

American Spirit EAST Experience:

Don’t miss out an opportunity of a lifetime by participating in the 2019 American Spirit EAST Experience.  The State 4-H office will be facilitating two weeks of American Spirit EAST in 2019; June 7-16 or July 5-14. You can find more information on our website: https://fyi.uwex.edu/wi4hedopp/american-spirit/.

The American Spirit Experience is truly an incredible opportunity to further develop your leadership and citizenship skills, all while exploring the east coast.  Along with 44 youth grades 8-10 and 5 adult advisors you will have an opportunity to explore America’s heritage.  The program has the following objectives for its participants: increase knowledge and understanding of America’s heritage, build awareness of the many steps taken to gain U.S. independence and freedom, further develop skills in leadership and personal expression of values, increase awareness of self in relationship to others and for participants to share what was learned with others.

Featured sites include: Valley Forge, Philadelphia – Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, New York – Harbor Tour, 911 Memorial, Night Tour of New York, Mayflower II/Plymouth Rock, Boston/Freedom Trail/Lexington & Concord/Atlantic Ocean, Whale Watching/Lobster Dinner/Salem, Niagara Falls (Passports NEEDED!)

American Spirit Registration opens on November 7th at 4 pm. ALL youth must register in 4HOnline.  Many counties have an application and interview process for financial support for the American Spirit EAST Experience.  If you received funding/scholarship from your 4-H Leaders’ Association, you are not automatically registered; you must register in 4HOnline.  Participants will be notified of their registration status by January 10th.

Questions? Please contact Amber Rehberg at amber.rehberg@ces.uwex.edu or Justin Lieck at Justin.lieck@ces.uwex.edu. We hope to see you on the bus to discover and further develop your American Spirit!

Citizenship Washington Focus 

Every summer, high school students from across the country travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), 4‑H’s premier leadership and citizenship program for high school students.  CWF is more than a Washington, D.C. field trip – it’s an opportunity for 4‑H’ers to learn how to be citizen leaders and make a difference in their communities!  CWF participants have the opportunity to enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at our nation’s capital and the chance to meet members of Congress, develop communication, leadership and citizenship skills through hands-on learning and group activities and build new and lasting friendships.

If you are in grades 10-12 and are interested in learning more about citizenship and meeting 4-Her’s from across the state and country, than CWF is for YOU!  The cost for CWF will be approximately $1,400 per person (the total will be determined as soon as transportation costs are confirmed.)   Youth are responsible for the cost of the experience.  Many counties facilitate Awards & Educational Experiences Application and Interview Processes to offer scholarships for this and other experiences.  If you are unsure of your county’s funding process, please contact your local 4-H Youth Development Staff Member.   If you missed the county process and there is financial need; we have a limited number of state financial need-based scholarships of $250- $500.  (Details of this are being worked out).

Citizenship Washington Focus Registration will OPEN in 4HOnline on November 15 at 4 p.m. Limited space is available for each week, be sure to log on early if you are planning on attending. In 2019, WI 4-H will be participating in CWF June 15-23 or July 6-14, 2019.

More information on CWF can be found online at our website: https://fyi.uwex.edu/wi4hedopp/citizenship-washington-focus/. Another helpful resource is the registration guide, which will tell you everything you need to know about CWF Registration.

Questions? Please contact Amber Rehberg at amber.rehberg@ces.uwex.edu or Justin Lieck at Justin.lieck@ces.uwex.edu.

FORMS:

MEMBER EVALUATION (M.E.) 

Your M.E. packet is due by Tuesday, September 4, 2019  and interviews date to be determined. FORMS FOR 2019 WILL BE COMING SOON!
Please read the letter below and return the four (4) forms listed below to: UW-Extension 4-H Youth Development, 1313 Belknap St., Room 107, Superior, WI  54880

M.E. Letter

  1. ME. Form (8 pages) Member Evaluation Form 2018
  2. Fair Participation Form Fair Participation
  3. Trip Preference Form (with signatures) Trip Preference Form
  4. Leader Evaluation and Recommendation Form (can be sent in by leader)  Leader Recommendation

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

Additional documents to view for your interview if selected.

General Award Forms

Individual Community Service form – Individual Community Service Award Nomination Form

Family of the Year Nomination Form – Family of the Year

Banner Club Award Form – Banner Club Award 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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