4-H: 2018 Teen Trips and Awards

There are many trips and awards for which eligible teens in 4-H may apply. The application process for each trip or award involves the application itself and an interview which will take place in December or January, depending on the trip(s) or awards for which you are applying. The application and the interview each comprise 50% of your total evaluation score.


Costs for the trips are shared with the Portage County 4-H Leaders Association.

Application can be dropped off or mailed to the UW-Extension office:

Portage County UW-Extension
Attn: 4-H Youth Development
1462 Strongs Avenue
Stevens Point, WI 54481



U.S. Space Camp

DateApril 26-30, 2018Astronaut

WhereHuntsville, Alabama
Ages: Gr 6-8 (maximum age of 15 at time of trip)
Your Cost: Approximately $175
Max Number: 4 delegates, 1 counselor
Application Due: November 1, 2017

Interview Date:   November 14, 2017 (delegate)

Mid-December (counselor)

A fun-filled educational weekend at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participants will complete a simulated Space Shuttle mission, experience training simulators, tour the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and learn about becoming an astronaut.

Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference

DateJune 25-28, 2018Madisonskyline
WhereMadison, Wisconsin
Ages: Gr 7-10 at time of selection
Your Cost: Approximately $100
Max Number: 5 delegates
Application Due: December 22, 2016
Interview Date: January 11, 2017Approximately 600 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.

National 4-H Congress

DateNovember 23-27, 2018
WhereAtlanta, Georgia
Ages: Gr 10-12 at time of selection (maximum age of 18 as of January 1, 2017; at least 3 years in 4-H)
Your Cost: Approximately $350
Max Number: 2 delegates
Application Due: December 22, 2016
Interview Date: January 11, 2017Delegates participate in self-development seminars, tours, and a service project, while exchanging ideas with youth from across the country. Seminars range from ethics topics, career planning and organization to diversity, character and success. Hands-on experiences such as community service and cultural activities.

Citizenship Washington Focus

Date: 8 days in June & July, 2018
Where: National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C.
Ages: Gr 10-12 at time of selection (minimum age of 15 at time of trip; at least 2 years in 4-H and 1 year in the Youth Leadership project)
Your Cost: Approximately $350
Max Number: 2 delegates
Application Due: December 22, 2016
Interview Date: January 11, 2017Approximately 200 Wisconsin 4-H Youth are selected to attend this leadership program held at the National 4-H Center. Participants learn the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders. The week consists of participatory workshops, speakers, committee work, field trips and social events.

Leadership Washington Focus

 DateJuly 15-20, 2018WashingtonDC
WhereNational 4-H Center in Washington, D.C.
Ages: Gr 6-8 at time of selection
Your Cost: Approximately $350
Max Number: 2 delegates
Application Due: December 22, 2016
Interview Date: January 11, 2017For more than 50 years, thousands of 4-H’ers have participated in the high school program, Citizenship Washington Focus. The Leadership Washington Focus program was then introduced as its precursor for middle school 4-H’ers. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border. Participants will be immersed in the culture and history of our nation through on-site workshops at D.C.’s most spectacular sights!

National 4-H Conference

DateApril 2019
WhereWashington, D.C.
Ages: Gr 10-12 during the program (minimum age of 15 and maximum age of 18 on January 1, 2017)
Your Cost: Approximately $350
Max Number: 2 delegates
Application Due: December 22, 2016
Interview Date: January 11, 2017Each county in the state can nominate two candidates to be considered for the National 4-H Conference. In the fall of 2017, candidates will receive the state application to fill out for travel in 2019 if selected as one of the 6 state delegates. The state will review all of the applications an select only 6 delegates to represent the state of Wisconsin. This is a special trip and not considered one of our major trip selections. Each participant selects an issue (i.e., education, promotion, environment, violence) and works with other youth from across the county to develop plans to 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.

Wisconsin Key Award

 Requirements: Must be in at least 10th grade of the current year, have at least 3 years’ experience in 4-H and 1 year of enrollment in the Youth Leadership project.
Maximum Number: Up to 3 recipients.This is the highest state 4-H award offered. It is based on all 4-H work done by the member since joining 4-H, including youth leadership.

Leaders of Tomorrow Award

Requirements: Must in at least 11th grade, and exhibit leadership ability and potential.
Maximum Number: Up to 2 recipients.Recognizes character, balanced personal development, and excellence in leadership.

4-H Ambassador

The Ambassador term will start in March. Ambassadors will serve an active term of one year but will also be an associate member of Ambassadors for the duration of their 4-H membership.

Requirements: Must be in 6th grade or higher; must exhibit leadership ability and potential; must exhibit personal appearance and poise; must exhibit knowledge of 4-H.
When: 4-H Ambassadors serve a one-year term beginning in March. They will be recognized in October at the end of their career at the 4-H Leaders Banquet.
Maximum Number: Up to 4 Ambassadors are chosen.
Duties: Present the 4-H story at community activities and events and promote 4-H.
Responsibilities: Hand out ribbons and trophies at the Amherst and Rosholt Fairs; participate in the Amherst and Rosholt Fair parades; make presentations to groups (we will train you); presentation of flags and pledges at the 4-H Leaders’ Banquet and Award program; help with the 4-H Awards Program; be available to represent 4-H at other events during the year. Contact the UW-Extension Office if you have any questions.