Trips and Other Educational Opportunities

4-H offers a wide variety of educational events and opportunities both within the state of Wisconsin and outside the state. Whether you’re looking for something that is specific to your project area or are more focused on experiences through travel, we’ve got something for the sparks of every 4-H’er. Some travel opportunities are eligible to receive partial funding via the county, and application forms for this funding can be found further down.

Application Forms

For members in grade 8 or younger:

For members in grade 9 or older:

        Shawano County Resume and Portfolio:

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Shawano County Funding Requirements

Shawano County 4-H Funding Requirements

If the trip you are applying for automatically receives funding toward your total trip costs, the Shawano County 4-H Leaders expect:

  • Delegates will be an active OYG member by participating in at least 3 OYG community service activities or OYG meetings.
  • Delegate and a parent/guardian will work at least one shift in the 4-H food stand during a designated 4-H Leaders or OYG date.
  • Participants will put together a booth display with other trip participants at the Shawano County Fair.
  • Participants will be available to present highlights of their trip to clubs within Shawano County for one year.

Additional Funding Available:

We realize not everyone can afford even the decreased travel expenses. That is why Shawano County began their scholarship fund. If the portion or your cost of the trip is still too costly at this time for your family, you can apply for a scholarship. Simply contact our office for a simple 1 page form and the Executive Board will consider your request. For most trips, that fund can contribute up to 50% of your portion of the total trip cost.   For example: Total cost of trip=$1000, if 4-H Leaders funds 75%, you are still responsible for $250.  But you can apply to the Scholarship Fund for an additional 50% of your portion or $125.

Award Trips Sponsorship Request Form 2017

4-H Program Opportunity Subjects


American Spirit East

Experience history & heritage by immersing in a 10-day bus journey to the East Coast — Youth-led content throughout the experience — Increase knowledge of American history while experiencing where it occurred — Dynamic exposure to diverse cultural experiences and perspectives of the foundation of our nation.

Participant Eligibility:

  • All youth grades 8-10
  • Each experience is limited to 44 youth. Decisions about who is selected to travel are based on the following factors: first-come-first-serve registrants, number of youth per experience, full rooms by identified gender, ages of youth traveling together, eligibility to participate in future years.


  • Maumee, Ohio
  • Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania
  • New York City, New York
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Lexington/Concord, Massachusetts
  • Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • Niagara Falls, New York

When: June 2-11, 9-18 or 16-25, 2023

Estimated Cost of Experience: $1,650

How to Register: The opportunity to register for 2023 4-H American Spirit will open in 4-H Online 2.0 October 15th. In order to register you will need to log into and have an approved profile/enrollment in and follow the attached directions.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

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 Washington D.C., 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 such as:

  • Citizenship Toolbox: By exploring what it means to be a good citizen, delegates identify their own skill set to become active citizens and leaders in their communities back home.
  • Congressional Issues: Delegates will have open discussions with different perspectives on real national issues in the government today.
  • Bill Writing: Delegates learn the process of writing a bill in the House of Representatives and then write one of their own. They then will hold a mock House of Representatives meeting where they will discuss and either pass or deny said bills.
  • Action Planning: By combining all of the skills they have learned at CWF, the entire delegation will discuss what issues are prominent in their communities. They will then develop a plan to take back and implement positive change into their hometowns.

Participant Eligibility: 

  • 4-H members in 10th-12th grade at selection; minimum age 15 during experience.
  • Delegates register through 4HOnline. Check with your county office about scholarship opportunities.
  • Delegates carry county approval through the experience.
  • Delegates must not have attended CWF in the past.

Where: Chevy Chase, Maryland & Washington D.C.

When: June 24-July 1, 2023

Estimated Cost of Experience: Approximately $1,750. Fees vary due to travel costs.

How to Register: Registration is through 4HOnline. Contact Megan Suehring ( about county funding procedures.

For more information, check out the Wisconsin 4-H website.

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 a Washington DC area hotel (Hyatt Regency in Arlington, VA), it’s usually scheduled around the beginning of April. In 2019, there were approximately 350 delegates, including seven from Wisconsin.

National 4-H Conference delegates will:

  • Participate in a round table topic of their choosing that will focus on key topics such as: leadership, agriculture, crime, and more.
  • Participate in professional workshops.
  • Meet with legislators from their State to discuss important issues relating to 4-H.
  • Have a chance to network with youth and adults from across the country.
  • Learn all about 4-H programming and think about ways to improve programming across the Nation.
  • Develop an action plan that will be put to use in their own communities.
  • Have fun!

Participant Eligibility: 

  • Be in 10th-12th grade during the program. Minimum age 15 and maximum age 18 as of January 1, year of travel
  • Submit an application with references to the State 4-H Office
  • Carry county approval through time of award program
  • Between 8-10 youth are selected to attend this working conference. Each participant selects an issue (for example – education, promotion, environment, violence) and works with other youth from across the country to develop plans helping direct future 4 H programming.

Where: Washington D.C.

When: Friday – Thursday, Late March/Early April

Estimated Cost of Experience: Approximately $1,500

How to Register: State applications, complete with signatures, are due to the State 4-H Office on February 3, 2023. The application materials are available at the link below. The application process includes answering a list of questions, obtaining a county educator (or equivalent) reference, and a resume. Delegates are chosen by a group of State staff members after reviewing each applicant’s qualifications. Interviews may also be conducted.

2023 National 4-H Conference Application Packet (word)

2023 National 4-H Conference Application Packet (PDF)

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Youth as Partners in Civic Leadership

The mission of the Youth as Partners in Civic Leadership Conference (YPCL) is to advance youth voice in Wisconsin by increasing the capacity for youth and adults to share civic leadership in local communities, schools and organizations. We advocate for a youth voice and build mentoring, networking and learning opportunities.

Participant Eligibility: Teams of high-school-age youth (ages 14-18) and adults (21 or older) sharing decision-making roles in communities, schools and organizations (19 to 20 year olds are also welcome but should register as adults.) Groups are limited to 10 people with the preferred ratio of 5 youth to one adult (at least two adults per group of ten).

Where: Upham Woods, N194 County Rd N, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

When: October 20-22, 2023

Estimated Cost of Experience: $120/person, which includes meals and lodging

Three Steps to Register:

1. Group Registration – 2022 YPCL Team form – Deadline: October 1, 2022. Team Leaders should return the form ASAP since space is limited. Please email to We will confirm scholarship availability by October 1, 2022 so you know how much to pay.

2. Team Member Registration – Open in 4HOnline from September 9-October 5, 2022. Each team member (both youth and adult) listed on the Team Registration Form completes individual online registration at 4HOnline. Participants will need to create an account (you do not have to enroll in 4-H) and then register for the event from your profile under the events tab on the left hand side. There is also a paper registration form available for those with no/limited internet access.

If you need help registering in 4HOnline or creating an account, check out the information page here.

3. Submit health forms

  • Youth Health Forms Also available in Spanish
  • Return completed and signed forms to fax to 608-265-6407; or mail to UW-Extension PYD, 432 N Lake St, Room 105, Madison, WI 53706

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Communication Arts

Art Beat!

Art Beat! provides an opportunity for youth and their parents to experience five different art forms in a camping environment at Camp Upham Woods in Wisconsin Dells. The weekend features a look at a variety of arts projects including music, drama, visual arts, art in nature, and more!  Camp begins Friday evening at 6:30 pm and ends Sunday morning at 11:00 am.

4-H members will explore their own creativity while discovering the great variety of 4-H Arts & Communication experiences available to them now and in the near future. Session leaders will be 4-H older youth, adult leaders, and 4-H staff members with a wealth of experience to share. Youth and adult participants will rotate through a variety of sessions which are hands-on and active and held at various sites throughout camp, including outdoors.   Both youth and adult participants stay in the cabins on cabin hill. Parents are not required to attend but are invited. Adult applicants, please note:  All adults will be considered Adult Advisors (chaperones) for the camp – if you are not already an active 4-H volunteer you must complete the requirements to become one before camp – contact your county UW-Extension 4-H Office for assistance.  Please do so as soon as possible to allow enough time to complete the required training and for a background check to be completed before camp.

Participant Eligibility: Youth grades 3-5, their parents, and leaders

When: March 17-19, 2023

Where: Camp Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Estimated Cost of Experience: $125 for Youth, $75 for Chaperones

The registration fee (both youth and adults must pay the registration fee) will include all materials and supplies, overnight lodging, meals, and snacks.  Why not get a whole carload of youth and adults together from your county for some genuine 4-H bonding time?  Transportation is NOT provided by the State 4-H Office.

How to Register: 

Registration will open in 4H Online on January 20 and will close on February 20, 2023.  Upham Woods is able to accommodate 120 participants. Once registration is filled, participants can register to be on a WAITLIST.

To Register:

  1. Log in to 4HOnline account (
  2. Click blue “View” button next to participant’s name.
  3. Click “Events” in the left menu.
  4. Click “Register for a new event” in the upper right corner.
  5. ArtBeat! should pop up as an option. Click and complete registration.

Interested adults who are not already active 4-H Leaders should contact their county UW-Extension 4-H Office as soon as possible for assistance in completing the process to become a volunteer.  The process involves Volunteers in Preparation (VIP), Title IX, Mandated Reporter, and Building Safe Spaces (BSS) Trainings and a Background Check.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Arts Camp

4-H Arts Camp provides youth in grades 6-8 an opportunity to explore different types of art including theater, music, visual arts, dance, and photography while making new friends, developing skills, and enjoying new experiences.

The purpose of Arts Camp:

  • Encouraging expression and participation in the arts with middle school age youth
  • Supporting youth teaching opportunities where they learn to incorporate education, creativity, and reflection into the creative process
  • Increasing awareness of the arts and participation in the arts at the club level

Participant Eligibility: Youth grades 6-8

When: Dates for 2023 Coming Soon

Where: Camp Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Estimated Cost of Experience: $100 for youth, $55 for chaperones

Note: Transportation to the camp is NOT provided by the State 4-H Office.

How to Register: 

Registration dates for Campers and Adult Advisors (will be done in 4HOnline): September 1-20, 2022

  • Re-enroll as a 4-H member in 4HOnline for 2022-23 and complete or update your Health and Authorization Forms in 4HOnline.
  • Complete 4HOnline registration at by September 20, 2022.
  • Send order confirmation along with payment (make check payable to UW-Madison Extension,  do NOT send cash) to: 4-H Art Camp , 432 N. Lake St., Madison, WI 53706
  • Your registration is NOT complete until we receive your payment and you have completed all of the steps.

You can find step-by-step instructions for registering in 4HOnline here:

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Art Lab

Wisconsin 4-H Art Lab is an opportunity for youth grades 9-12 to engage in the arts in downtown Madison. Partnering with UW-Madison and off-campus programs, this weekend will provide youth hands-on learning experience from university partners in a pre-selected art concentration. Program experiences will garner critical and creative thinking, self-expression, and further field knowledge, a focus on applications of art in the everyday world such as entrepreneurship, social justice, and community involvement, Concentrations will be coincided with entrepreneurial development activities such as group discussions, arts entrepreneur talk, and space and resources to plan future action.

Participant Eligibility: Youth grades 9-12; all Wisconsin youth are invited to participate in this program, regardless of whether they are an enrolled 4-H member.

When: TBD

Where: Downtown Madison

Estimated Cost of Experience: TBD

How to Register: This registration will be through 4-HOnline.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

State Arts Teams

Two State 4-H Arts Groups are formed every year to give 4-H youth the opportunity to develop their artistic and leadership skills. They then have the opportunity for real-world applications of these skills at the Summer Academy and Fall Forum.

4-H Drama Company creates a stage performance involving acting, song and dance in the five days leading up to the Summer Academy. Show content is a collaborative effort between company members and their director. Each Drama Company member contributes ideas for the show and works with the group to problem solve issues on the set and in the script.

More information can be found on the Wisconsin 4-H website.

4-H Art Team creates artwork around the theme of the Summer Academy as well as designing and organizing the Summer Academy Art Exhibit, reception and guided exhibit tours. The team members also teach seminars and train to be peer leaders for county and regional events including Fall Forum. The 4-H Art Team is led by a professional artist who teaches team members artistic techniques using a variety of mediums.

For more information, check out the Wisconsin 4-H website.

Applications for State Art Teams will be available soon in 4HOnline. You can apply via the events tab in 4HOnline (if you need help applying in 4HOnline, check this page for a guide). Applications are due November 1st, 2022 for early applications and January 15th, 2023 as the final deadline.

Dairy, Livestock, and Animal Science Programs

Area Animal Science Days

Regional animal science educational opportunities are available to Wisconsin 4-H members.  Specifically, Area Animal Science Days is a series of day-long events held around the state in June where youth in the beef, dairy, horse, sheep, and swine projects increase their decision-making skills and knowledge of animals through judging and grading experiences.  Events include dairy cattle evaluation; livestock (beef, sheep, swine, & meat goats) evaluation; oral reasons contests for senior members; and dairy showmanship contests. In addition, each site may offer a variety of workshops like poster and photography contests or horse judging activities.

Estimated Cost of Experience: $12.00 per participant and will need to be paid by check on the day of the event.

The host counties will be providing lunch on the day of the event for a cost of $10 per person.  All participants, coaches, parents, etc. who plan to eat will need to pre-register for lunch on the registration form.

No refunds will be given if the participant has paid and can’t make the event. All participants will need to pay the registration fee.

How to Register: 2023 Area Animal Science Days Registration Guide .pdf – Google Drive

For more information, check out the Wisconsin 4-H website.

Dairy Quiz Bowl

The Dairy Bowl is a “quiz bowl” competition where all questions deal with dairy topics. Competition in the 4-H Dairy Bowl encourages a 4-H member to develop a more complete knowledge of dairy animals and related subjects. This contest provides an educational dairy program for all dairy project members, including those who may not own a dairy project animal, and provides a way to develop alertness, self-confidence, teamwork skills, and mastery in the area of dairy science.

Teams of four members compete with each other in giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator. Teams receive points for correct answers and may lose points for incorrect answers. The team with the highest final score is the winner.

Teams are divided into three age divisions and teams can consist of 3 or 4 members. The junior division is youth who are under 14 years of age as of Jan.1 of the year of competition. The senior division is youth who are all 14 years of age or older as of Jan. 1, of the year of competition. A mixed team must contain at least one youth from each age division.

The contest is organized on a double-elimination basis with winning teams advancing into further rounds until a champion team emerges.

When: February 25, 2023

Where: UW-Green Bay in the STEM Innovation Building, 2019 Technology Way, Green Bay, WI 54311

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skill-a-Thon Contest

Livestock Bowl is a quiz competition where all the questions are about beef, sheep, swine, and meat goat topics and students use a buzzer in order to answer the questions.  Teams compete in a double elimination format by giving oral answers to questions posed by a moderator.  Each match has both an individual and toss-up question round.  The winning 4-H senior team will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl competition held each fall in Louisville at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).

Skillathon contest is made up of a written quiz and learning stations such as breed identification, feed identification, equipment identification as well as some team activities such as demonstrating evaluation skills.  The top Senior level 4-H team will represent Wisconsin at the National 4-H Skillathon Contest, held each fall in Louisville at the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE).

Participant Eligibility: Participants need to be currently enrolled Wisconsin 4-H members in grades 3 -13. Please see contest rules/eligibility for specific age requirements for members in grades 13. Cloverbud project members are not eligible to participate in this experience.

When: March 25, 2023

Where: UW-Madison Campus

Estimated Cost of Experience: $12.00 per Contestant (Checks payable to: UW Madison-Extension). Payment can be made the day of the contest or sent prior to: WI 4-H, Attn: 2023 State Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skillathon Contest, 432 N. Lake St., Rm 103, Madison, WI 53706.

Registration Deadline: March 10, 2023

Each coach will register their team through 4-H online at

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Meats Judging Contest

Have you been to your local meat market or grocery store lately and think you could choose the best cut of meat out of the case? Have you ever watched a live animal contest and thought you could choose what animals would provide the best meat products? This is your opportunity to put those skills to work. This contest tests the knowledge of youth in the placement of carcass and retail cut classes, carcass grading, and retail cut identification. Top teams earn the opportunity to compete at regional and national competitions.

Participant Eligibility: You must be a currently enrolled WI 4-H member to participate in this contest. The age divisions are: Junior – Age 8-13 as of January 1, 2023; Senior – Age 14-18 as of January 1, 2023. WI 4-H members that are in the 13th grade and have reached their 19th birthday prior to January 1, 2023 are eligible to compete at this state contest as individuals but not as a member of a team. Youth must be in or completed 3rd grade, 8-year-old Cloverbuds cannot participate.

When: Saturday, February 4

Where: Meat Science & Animal Biologics Discovery Building (MSABD) in Madison, WI

Estimated Cost of Experience: $12.00 per Contestant (Checks payable to: UW-Extension). Payment can be made the day of the contest or sent prior to: WI 4-H, Attn: Meats Judging Contest, 432 N. Lake St., Rm 103, Madison, WI 53706.

How to Register: Each coach will register their team through 4-H online at Registration must be completed through 4-H online by January 20th.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

North American Dairy Educational Experience

The North American 4-H Dairy Educational Experience is a contest ran much like the Dairy Management Contest. This contest is held annually at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky at the same time as the National 4-H competition is.

Youth will be given a farm-based scenario. They will then work in teams of 3 to 5 to evaluate the strengths, opportunities the scenario gives. They will have 10 days to complete the evaluation on the farm-based scenario and write a business style paper.

The first and second place senior teams from the Wisconsin 4-H Dairy Bowl Competition will be the two teams to represent Wisconsin.

2022 North American 4-H Dairy Educational Experience (Scenario) Rules

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

State Dairy Judging Contest

Participating in Dairy Judging provides an excellent opportunity for youth to not only increase their knowledge of evaluating dairy cattle but also develop and hone valuable communication skills that will be useful for a lifetime. County 4-H teams compete at district dairy judging contests during regional Area Animal Science Days for the chance to attend the State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. State winners in the senior division go on to represent Wisconsin at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA, World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI, and the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, KY.

Each team is also required to bring along one leadsperson with them and two if possible. We would also appreciate any teams with more than one coach or parent volunteers that would be willing to serve as a group leader, timer, barn helper, etc. 

When: July 17th, 2023

Where: Dodge County Fairgrounds located in Beaver Dam, WI

Estimated Cost of Experience: Registration fees are $12/participant and will be collected at the event.  Checks can be made payable to UW-Madison Extension.

How to Register: Coaches will be sent an invitation to the contest with a reply request for registration by July 12th.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

State Livestock Judging Contest

This contest usually occurs at the end of July and is the contest that selects our State winners for National Competition. The top senior teams travels to Louisville, the second place senior team travels to Denver, Colorado.  Teams that compete qualified at the district Area Animal Science Days throughout the state.

When: Monday, July 25, 2022

Where: Sauk County Fairgrounds

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Dog Program

State Dog Agility Show

This show includes competitions in agility for dogs and their people. The show is open to youth enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project. Participants must meet county requirements for participation. The first official Wisconsin 4-H agility show was held in 2008. Dogs of different levels of abilities and training welcome.

Participant Eligibility: 

When: August 26, 2023

Where: Canine Sports Zone, Middleton, WI

Estimated Cost of Experience: 

Registration Deadline: June 16, 2023

For information on how to register, please refer to this year’s show packet.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

State Dog Obedience and Showmanship Show

The show includes competitions in obedience and showmanship for the dogs and a variety of other activities such as public speaking and demonstrations, art shows, and a Dog Quiz Bowl for their people. The show is open to youth enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project.  Exhibitors and dogs must meet county requirements for participation.

Participant Eligibility:

  • Exhibitors must be in grades 3 through 13.
  • Open to youth currently enrolled and in good standing in the 4-H Dog Project.
  • Exhibitor and dog must meet local county requirements of attendance training and exhibiting.
  • A leader and/or Extension Educator must approve exhibitor for State Show participation. If there is no leader, the form may be approved by the Extension Educator.

When: State Obedience and Showmanship Show will not be held in 2023. We look forward to a great show in 2024!

For more information, including necessary vaccinations for your dog, please refer to the show’s guidelines and rules packet and the WI 4-H website.

State Dog Quiz Bowl

Participant Eligibility:

  • Open to youth currently enrolled and in good standing in the 4-H Dog Project.
  • Teams will consist of up to five members, one of which will be designated at the captain.
    • Newcomer Teams may only consist of members (any grade) who have not previously competed in quiz bowl.)
    • Junior Teams may only consist of members in the grades of 3-8.
    • Senior Teams may only consist of members in grades 9-13. If a team is made up of junior and senior levels, they must enter in at the senior division level.
    • Each county is eligible to enter two teams per age division.

When: During the State Obedience and Showmanship Show.

Further information can be found starting on page 13 of the Wisconsin State 4-H Dog Show Guidelines and Rules.

Global Citizenship

International Exchange

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!

Summer Inbound Hosting Program

Hosting a young person from another country is a wonderful opportunity to expand your horizons, learn about another culture and develop lifelong friendships without even leaving your home! Since 1981, Wisconsin 4-H has welcomed over 2,000 young people from countries all over the world. This summer, nearly forty youth from two different countries will spend one month with Wisconsin host families. Find out how your family can become involved below!

Programs Offered in 2023:

  • Norway
    • Dates: June 25 – July 17
    • Delegate Age Range: 14-18
  • Japan
    • July 24 – August 16
    • Delegate Age Range: 12-18 (majority are 12-14 years old)

How to Register: Find more information on the WI 4-H website here! All applications are due by April 1st for those wishing to participate in a program during the upcoming summer.


What are the requirements for hosting?

Besides being enthusiastic about their international visitor, here are the hosting requirements:

  • Host families must have a child between the ages of 10 and 18 for the summer exchanges
  • Host families must provide a separate bed, but not necessarily a separate room for the exchange student
  • Everyone over 18 in the household (unless a current 4-H member) at the time of the exchange must participate in Wisconsin 4-H Volunteer Screening Process
  • Host families must complete the full application process, which includes the online application, two references from community members, in-home interview, and volunteer training process

Where are the kids from? Can you choose where from?

Countries vary each year. Historically, delegates have came from Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Taiwan. Our staff will do their best to match families with delegates based on information provided in the host family and delegate applications.

How are delegate/host family matches made?

Delegates are matched to host families based on similarities in interests, personality, and disposition. Delegates for the summer program are within 2 years of age of their host siblings. If a delegate requests a specific Wisconsin host family (most often as part of a reciprocal exchange), WI 4-H tries to accommodate the request.  WI 4-H collaborates with host families in order to make the best placement possible.  In most cases, we’ll call you with to discuss a few delegates we think are a good match based on applications and allow you to choose.

I don’t speak any of those languages; is that a problem?

It is not a requirement of the program that you speak any of the delegate’s languages. Most of the delegates understand and speak English to some extent, some better than others, depending on how long they’ve studied English and their willingness to be adventurous with their skills. Most of them begin studying English by 6th grade, if not earlier. Even if their English isn’t perfect, 4-H youth and delegates find all sorts of ways to communicate through games, music, dance, sports, play, teaching each other, and laughing together. One of the purposes of the program is to learn to communicate and feel comfortable with those whose first language isn’t English. (Parents: don’t worry, the groups are accompanied by Adult Advisors who support and help them and us in case of illness or emergency!)

Will my visitor speak English?

Delegates’ English skills vary based on age and country of origin. All delegates have studied English in school, but their abilities will likely be limited. Part of the joy of hosting is learning new ways to communicate!

How old are the delegates?

The youth are ages 12-18.  The majority of Japanese delegates are 12-14 years old, and the majority of Norwegian delegates are 16-18 years old. We ask that host siblings be within about 2 years of the age of their delegate.

Your family can also choose to host an Adult Advisor (chaperone) for half of the homestay (2 weeks).    Apply early for better choices and matches of personality and age.

I don’t have children living at home. Can I host?

Yes! We also need hosts for Adult Advisors (chaperones) for two-week homestays.

Do you need to have a current 4-H’er in your household?

No, however all who are over 18 in the home must become enrolled 4-H volunteers. Just as we would expect 4-H to ensure a host in another country offers our youth a safe home environment, we need to assure our foreign visitors the same.

What are the dates? How long do they stay?

The delegates stay in Wisconsin with one host family for about 4 weeks (Adult Advisors split the time between two host families). Dates vary by country. Please contact us for specific dates.  Involved families will receive detailed schedules and itineraries for arrival and departure.

What is the commitment required?

Families must have an interest in other cultures and working with young people; they are expected to provide a separate sleeping space and meals. Delegates come with their own spending money and insurance. Pick up and drop off is in Madison.  There is no fee to host, and there is no payment for hosting.

We are a very busy bunch! Is this a problem for some families?

Busy is good! Imagine if you were staying with a family in another country – you’d expect to be kept busy so you could learn about everything! It would all be exciting!

Do I need to plan special activities or events for the delegate?

No! The delegates are coming to experience everyday life with an American family, make new friends, and improve their English skills.

Are there organized trip and events planned for them by their organization or the state?

For the Japan/Korea delegation, we work with families to reach consensus on a date/time/place for one Midpoint Meeting in a central location so hosts don’t have to drive too far. This meeting is usually a potluck at a park or event on a weekday evening which allows families to plan their own fun on weekends.

What organization are they involved with? (Are there foreign versions of 4-H?)

The Mexico, Japan and South Korea delegates are from the cultural clubs of  LEX (Institute for Language Experience, Experiment, and Exchange) and Labo (name derived from “language laboratory”). Yes, there are other versions of 4-H around the world – we exchange with Costa Rica 4-S., Korea 4-H, Norway 4-H, and Taiwan 4-H.

How do I apply?

You can get started on the online Host Family Application and learn more about the application process here.

You will also need an in-home interview.  Contact WI 4-H, and we’ll help you complete this.

When are applications due?

All applications are due to the State 4-H Office by April 1st for those wishing to participate in a program the coming summer. However, applications are accepted until all students are placed.  Questions about the application process? Contact WI 4-H International programs at 608-262-2491 or

Summer Outbound Travel Program

Every summer 4-H youth can apply for the amazing opportunity to experience life in another country by  living abroad with a host family for one or two months. All programs are chaperoned by a trained 4-H adult volunteer, who remains in-country with the delegation during the exchange for support and assistance.

Programs Offered in 2023:

  • Costa Rica
    • Dates: June 19 – July 18
    • Age Range: 15-18
  • Japan 4 Weeks
    • Dates: July 12 – August 10
    • Age Range: 12-18
  • Japan 8 Weeks
    • Dates: June 14 – August 10
    • Age Range: 12-18
  • South Korea
    • Dates: July 17 – August
    • Age Range: 12-18
  • Taiwan
    • Dates: July 17 – August 15
    • Age Range: 12-18

Estimated Cost of Experience: The cost varies depending on the program. Approximate cost information for specific countries is listed on the application. We encourage students to fundraise part of their experience to help off-set costs.

How to Register: More information can be found on the WI 4-H website, including applications forms.


Do youth travel alone?

All exchanges are chaperoned by a trained 4-H Adult Advisor staying with another family in the country. Each exchange program offered by WI 4-H has an extensive support network for traveling youth, including hosting organizations, chaperone(s), and the Wisconsin 4-H International Programs office. Adults interested in being Advisors can apply by following the instructions listed on the WI 4-H website.

How are host families selected?

Host families are selected by the partnering organization in the country that the youth will be traveling to. The process varies from country to country, but all of States’ 4-H’s partnering organizations seek to provide our traveling youth with safe and supportive homes abroad.

What does the WI 4-H Program help me with?

Wisconsin 4-H will help guide you through the application process with States’ 4-H. We will conduct orientations for delegates before they leave home, we’ll relay necessary information from States’ 4-H National Office to natural parents during the exchange, support youth with their fundraising efforts, and help answer any questions or concerns along the way.

When are applications due?

All applications are due to the State 4-H Office by December 15th for those wishing to participate in a program the following summer.

Horse Program

4-H Hunt and Dressage Clinics and Show

The 4-H Hunt and Dressage Show is a 3-day clinic featuring a dressage clinics and show, over fences clinics and show, and flat and pleasure classes. Youth can attend educational clinics and showcase their skills in a variety of individual and group dressage classes.

Featured Dressage classes include: Musical Freestyle, USDF/USEF Intro and Training Levels, and Percentage Rides.

Featured Hunt classes include: Hunt Seat Equitation on the Flat, Pony Equitation on the Flat, Pony Hunter Under Saddle, and Working Hunter Under Saddle.

Participant Eligibility: This clinic is open to all youth enrolled in the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Program in grades 6-13.

When: June 23 – 25, 2023

Where: Sheboygan County Fairgrounds; Plymouth, WI

Estimated Cost of Experience: $10.00 per class Entry Fee

How to Register: 2023 Entry Form

More informations about this year’s clinics and show can be found on the WI 4-H website.

Midwest Horse Fair Tack Sale

Let us sell your used tack while you enjoy the Midwest Horse Fair!

Bring items to the 4-H Tack Sale area, located in the lower level of the coliseum, during posted consignment hours.  For a $10.00 donation (per number) to the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association you will receive a consignment number and supplies needed to tag/price up to 23 items. Any item may be consigned if it can be brought into the lower level. Please use good judgment when consigning breakable items

4-H reserves the right to refuse items that are not clean or not equine related.

The Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association will receive a 15% commission on all items sold.

When: April 14 – 16, 2023

Where: Aliant Energy Center, Madison, WI

Estimated Cost of Experience: For a $10.00 donation (per number) to the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Association, you will receive a consignment number and supplies needed to tag/price up to 20 items.

More information can be found on the WI 4-H website.

State 4-H Gymkhana

Wisconsin State 4-H Gymkhana is an annual horse and pony competition for youth in grades 6th-13th featuring speed pattern racing events including: Cloverleaf Barrels, Flag Race, Plug Race, Pole Bending, LT Special, and Key Races.

This event is a fun and challenging opportunity for 4-H Youth to showcase their skills and connect with other 4-H members from across the state.

Participant Eligibility: 

  • Rider must be a 4-H horse/pony project member for the current year, between the grades of 6 – 13.
  • Horse/pony must be the member’s 4-H horse/pony project animal for the current year.
  • The eligibility of rider and horse/pony is confirmed by the three signatures on the entry forms.

When: September 9 – 10, 2023

Where: State Fair Park, West Allis, WI

Estimated Cost of Experience: Entry fees are $10.00 per class.

How to Register: WI State 4-H Gymkhana Entry Form

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

State 4-H Horse Education Days, Horse Bowl, and Hippology Contest

The 4-H Horse Bowl provides an opportunity for youth in grades 3-13 and enrolled in 4-H horse projects to demonstrate their knowledge of equine-related subject matter in a competitive setting. These contests provide an educational experience for both participants and spectators.

Youth answer questions in teams of 3 or 4 members and compete against other teams in the same class. Senior class competitors also complete a written exam on their knowledge.

These events consist of quiz-style questions about the following topics: Nutrition and Feed, Health and Diseases, History, Evolution and Breeds, Reproduction and Genetics, Anatomy, and Showmanship Basics.

When: May 12 – 13, 2023

Where: Dodge County Fairgrounds

How to Register: 

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

State 4-H Horse Leader’s Conference

We are excited for the  2022 WI 4-H Horse Conference at UW River Falls. On Saturday, you will have an opportunity to attend a number of rotating sessions on topics related to horses, developing your leadership skills, learning more about UW River Falls and so much more. On Saturday evening, after the conference will end with dinner. After dinner, members and volunteers are encouraged to attend the 4-H horse association district and state meetings taking place in the same locations. On Sunday, you will have an opportunity to go to the UW River Falls lab farm and experience sessions there with faculty from UW River Falls and other presenters.

Participant Eligibility: Open to 4-H volunteers and 4-H members grades 7 and older.

When: November 12 – 13, 2022

Where: UW-River Falls Campus and Lab Farm

Estimated Cost of Experience: $75.00 per person (includes morning and afternoon breaks, lunch, and dinner on Saturday as well as a breakfast break Sunday morning.)

How to Register: Registration for this event will be completed through 4-H online.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

State Horse Expo

The State 4-H Horse Expo is an annual event for all youth enrolled in the 4-H Horse Program and draws crowds of over 900 youth and 700 horses. Youth participate in a wide variety of competitions and projects focused on horse experience and terminology. Projects include arts, creative writing, and drawing.

Horse Show classes include: Draft Showmanship, Cones, Pleasure Driving, Reinsmanship Pony, Horseless Horse Walk, Saddle Seat, Hunt Showmanship, Western Showmanship, and Trail Riding.

Participant Eligibility: Open to all youth enrolled in the 4-H Horse or Horseless Horse Program. All youth wishing to participate in the State Horse Show MUST be a Horse Project member in grades 6 through 13.

When: September 15-17, 2023

Where: Wisconsin State Fair Park, West Allis

Estimated Cost of Experience: Varies depending on what is entered

How to Register: 2023 Horse Expo Entry Form

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.


4-H Spark Days

Wisconsin 4-H will be hosting 3 separate 4-H Spark Days in June this summer to help youth explore their sparks at different campuses around the State! The Spark Days will be held from June 20-22, 2022. Each day includes hands-on sessions, career pathway exploration, guest speakers, meeting new 4-H friends from around the state, and fun. This opportunity will be open to youth in grades 7-12. More information is coming soon – you can find information about each day below.

Participant Eligibility: Open to all youth grades 7 through 12.

Estimated Cost of Experience: $30 per youth (registration costs will include program supplies, a t-shirt, any local transportation and lunch.)

Transportation: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to the campus. Check with your County Extension Office to determine whether other people from your organization are attending.

How to Register: Registration for this event will be completed through 4-H online.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Agriculture & Animal Science Spark Day at UW-River Falls

Monday, June 20, 2022

Explore your sparks and discover career options you may not have considered. Meet faculty and students to learn more about programs and majors in the Colleges of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science, and more. Experience the campus lab farms, learn about the UWRF college experience, and participate in hands-on sessions.

Urban Agriculture/City Sparks Day at UW-Milwaukee

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Explore unique programs and majors, including Urban Agriculture, Film, Architecture, Freshwater Sciences, Library Sciences, and more on the UW-Milwaukee Campus! Meet people from local community organizations, professionals in different career fields, college students from UWM and MATC, and youth from across the state. You don’t want to miss this!

Join us on the UW-Milwaukee campus on Tuesday, July 21st 9am-5pm to find your SPARKS! In this interactive day you will:

  • Participate in team building activities
  • Explore majors and career paths such as film, architecture, freshwater sciences, and more
  • Meet other youth and current college students
  • Visit beautiful spaces and community organizations in Milwaukee
  • Participate in hands on interactive activities on campus
  • Eat catered lunch from delicious local restaurants

Arts & Culture Day at UW-Madison – CANCELLED

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Fall Forum

Fall Forum is an opportunity for youth and adult leaders to attend the statewide training weekend with county and state staff. Planned by a team of youth and adult volunteers from the  Wisconsin 4-H Leaders Council with the support of county and state staff; promote to youth and adult leaders in your county! Our hope is that 4-H youth and adult leaders will come together to connect, collaborate, celebrate, and continue building excitement and energy for a new year of 4-H learning.

The purpose of Fall Forum is to:

  • Provide an educational opportunity for youth and adult volunteers
  • Develop youth and adult partnerships
  • Create an engaging and welcoming environment to facilitate discussion between counties and regions
  • Encourage diversity of thought, perspective, interests, and people
  • Promote strategies for youth and adults to reach underserved and underrepresented groups

Participant Eligibility: Open to all youth in grades 7 through 13.

When: November 4-5, 2023

Where: Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake, WI

Estimated Cost of Experience: 

How to Register: Registration will open in 4HOnline in September.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

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: Varying from sessions like “Farm to Fork-Teaching as Service Learning,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Social Media in Our World,” and “The Healthy Gourmet,” there’s bound to be a state-of-the-art workshop for everyone!
  • Exploring the city: With educational trips to museums, theaters, and Centennial Olympic park, delegates will get to broaden their appreciation for the arts and many historical events in America.
  • State and Congress-wide meetings: Delegates will be given time to reflect on their recent experiences as well as put their new skills to use!
  • International Events: Let’s take a trip overseas! With a night of international dinner and entertainment, delegates will expand their knowledge on the culture, food, and art of countries from around the globe!
  • Community Service: Delegates will be split up to serve various parts of downtown Atlanta to give back and experience what it feels like to have a positive impact on a community!
  • Educational Tours: Whether delegates are learning about the hottest attractions in “Hotlanta,” exploring the CNN News Worldwide Headquarters, learning about the historical events of the south, visiting the College Football Hall of Fame, walking around the aquarium or exploring the zoo, delegates will get a little taste of what there is to experience in Atlanta!
  • World-Renowned Speakers: In previous years, delegates have heard from Miss America, top-ranked motivational speakers, Miss Delaware and alopecia areata hair loss patient, and holocaust survivors.
  • National 4-H Congress Gala: To close out the experience, delegates will have a formal dinner and ceremony with some special guest appearances.

National 4-H Congress is an experience like no other! 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. We hope to see you at National 4-H Congress in the near future!

Participant Eligibility:

  • 4-H members in 9th-12th grade at registration; maximum age of 18 as of January 1, the year of travel.
  • Youth must carry county approval through trip.
  • Youth can attend National Congress only once as a delegate.



Estimated Cost of Experience: Approximately $1,400.

  • The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation sponsors a portion of the cost.
  • Many county 4-H Youth Development programs provide partial local sponsorships. Check with your county 4-H program.
  • The remaining amount is the delegate and his/her family’s responsibility.

How to Register: Delegates Register on their 4HOnline Accounts. (Further information regarding the registration timeline can be found at the link below.)

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Summer Academy

Join us on the UW-Madison Campus for the new Summer Academy, June 19-22, 2023. This new Positive Youth Development program will help you discover pathways to your future. Signup to learn what it takes to have a career, or a hobby in several SPARK areas including agriculture, STEM, service, leadership, arts, trades, and many more. There will be fun opportunities to build networks and friendships with folks from all over the state of WI.

There will be 7 content tracks for 2023 Summer Academy, with youth able to select their track and get an engaging experience in their content area. The 7 tracks for 2023 are Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Arts & Communication, Culinary & Health, Human Services, Leadership & Civic Engagement, Trades, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math!

Participant Eligibility: Open to youth in grades 7-10.

When: June 19-22, 2023

Where: UW-Madison Campus

Transportation: Bus transportation will be provided statewide for youth participants for Summer Academy. When registering, you will be able to see a selection of bus routes and pickup locations that you can choose from. This cost is included in the registration fee for Summer Academy, and is also covered by a gracious donation from a 4-H sponsor.

The bus options are:

  • Bus 1 (West) – Hudson, La Crosse, Viroqua stops
  • Bus 2 (Northwest) – Minong, Rice Lake, Altoona, Black River Falls stops
  • Bus 3 (Central) – Minocqua, Wausau, Plover, Portage stops
  • Bus 4 (Northeast) – Shawano, Appleton, Fond du Lac stops
  • Bus 5 (East) – Green Bay, Sheboygan, Jackson stops
  • Bus 6 (East/MKE) – Milwaukee, Waukesha stops
  • Bus 7 (Southeast) – Burlington, Elkhorn, Janesville, Evansville stops

Estimated Cost of Experience: $350 per youth. (This cost covers registration, lodging, meals, transportation, and all other costs for our youth participants.)

How to Register: The registration will be done in 4HOnline.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council

The Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council (WLC) provides a statewide forum for youth and adult volunteer leaders to discuss ideas and provide input to enhance UW-Madison Extension 4-H Youth Development programs at the state, county, and local levels. WLC members:

  • Serve as leaders and role models for 4-H youth and adults
  • Advocate for Wisconsin 4-H
  • Provide input for enhancing the 4-H program
  • Provide educational opportunities to 4-H members and leaders
  • Connect the county, regional, and state levels of Wisconsin 4-H, as well as the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation

Elected at the annual Fall Forum, the WLC helps to plan multiple statewide programs and provides leadership in those settings.

Participant Expectations:

  • Attend and participate in Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council Meetings:
    Virtual Orientation: December 2023; Winter Retreat: January 26-28, 2024; Spring Planning Meeting: April 2024; 2023 Fall Forum: November 3-5, 2023; and additional planning meetings.
  • Contribute to statewide events, including but not limited to Pathways Conference – June 2024, Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction at the Wisconsin State Fair – August 2024, Fall Forum, and Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Fundraisers.
  • Fulfill committee work, promote Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development, communicate with and present to counties in your region and other agreed upon responsibilities.
  • Communicate regularly with Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council advisors and members.
  • Conduct yourself, at all times, in a manner that is consistent with Extension and 4-H Youth Development Behavior Expectations.

Participant Eligibility:

  • 4-H youth member in good standing and in 9th through 11th grade at time of election
  • Support from your county 4-H Youth Development Staff/Educator to serve on a statewide council
  • Experience working with youth in leadership roles
  • Willingness to serve on committees and work with adult volunteers
  • Agree to abide by Youth Behavior Expectations

Estimated Cost of Experience: A majority of Leadership Council expenses are covered by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development. Council members are responsible for registration fees for Fall Forum; meals at training events, as well as other supplies such as t-shirts; transportation to workshops and trainings; and apparel costs.  Support for costs may be available from your county leaders’ association or other sources. Cost should not be a barrier for application.

How to Register: 

  • The completed Wisconsin 4-H Leadership Council Application, cover letter, and résumé will open in June 19, 2023 on 4-H Online. Applicants will need to upload their cover letter and résumé to 4-H Online as a PDF. Applications are due no later than 4 pm on October 1, 2023.
  • Applicants need to allow time for their Staff/Educator and another volunteer leader to provide a recommendation. References must be uploaded to the following google form: or sent directly to References are due no later than 4 pm on October 1, 2023. If your county has 4-H Staff/Educator vacancies, you may have an adult 4-H leader, not related to you, complete the reference.
  • Current officers and advisors of the WI 4-H Leadership Council will review applications and invite applicants to a Zoom Interview with WLC Members. Candidates will be notified by October 6, 2023 and interviews will be held October 16-20 based off of candidate availability listed in application. The final slate of candidates will be notified by October 27. These dates are tentative and flexibility is needed with this changing process.
  • The election will be by caucus.  All WI 4-H youth members and leaders will have the opportunity to vote for regional representation via Google Form Sunday, November 5, 2023 at Fall Forum.  There will be an aggregated point system that will be calculated by county; all votes will be counted towards counties official candidate vote. Candidate Résumés will be shared on the Election Website with Recorded Candidate Introductions and Speeches.Newly elected Council members will be announced at Fall Forum and will take office immediately.

For more information, check out the WI 4-H website.

Shooting Sports

Adult Certification Workshops

Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports Leader may be certified in archery, coordinator, muzzleloader, pistol, rifle and shotgun disciplines. Leaders may only teach in the discipline in which they are certified. An adult leader cannot provide hands-on or safety instruction without a 4-H certified leader supervising the range.

Participant Eligibility: Volunteers planning to be shooting sports 4-H leaders and current 4-H leaders may attend. (Those completing a certification workshop with pending 4-H leader status must not instruct 4-H youth until 4-H leader status is approved in the county.)

  • Age 21 or older to attend.
  • Be an approved 4-H leader in your county or working with 4-H staff in your county to gain shooting sports leader status.
  • Complete National 4-H Shooting Sport online training. (This one-time training is required for leaders/volunteers attending their first certification workshop.)
  • Register for a certification workshop of choice and pay fee by credit card. (Only one certification can be obtained at a Saturday workshop.)
  • Attend the complete 8 hours of a Saturday certification workshop.
  • You must consult your county 4-H staff regarding your interest in becoming a certified instructor. Always ask their preferred payment method for national online training and your registration fee for a certification workshop. National online training and certification workshops have separate fees requiring a credit card payment.

Estimated Cost of Experience: $65 for each attendee (Spouses attending the same discipline have one fee reduced to $35. Both must complete separate registration forms and submit separate credit card payments, one for $65 and the other for $35.)

2023 Southeastern Workshop, West Bend, WI 

Date: February 4, 2023

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Location: Washington County Fair Park, 3000 County Hwy PV, West Bend, WI

Disciplines: Archery, Rifle/Air Rifle, Pistol/Air Pistol

Register now:

Registration Deadline: January 27, 2023

2023 Northwestern Workshop, Hudson, WI

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Location: A-1 Archery, 587 Lenertz Rd, Hudson, WI 54016

Disciplines: Archery (This is an archery-only workshop.)

Register now:

Registration Deadline: April 14, 2023

2023 Southern Workshop

Date: April 22, 2023

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Location: Stoughton Conservation Club, 918 Collins Rd, Stoughton, WI 53589

Disciplines: Archery, Muzzleloader, Rifle/Air Rifle, Shotgun

Register now:

Registration Deadline: April 14, 2023

2023 Northern Workshop, Phillips, WI

Date: May 13, 2023

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Location: Price County UW-Madison Extension Office,  104 S Eyder Ave # 240, Phillips, WI 54555

Disciplines: Archery, Rifle/Air Rifle, Shotgun

Register now:

Registration Deadline: May 5, 2023

2023 Central Workshop, Marshfield, WI

Date: September 16, 2023

Time: 8AM – 5PM

Location: Central Wisconsin Sportsmen’s Club,  11841 Stadt Rd, Marshfield, WI 54449

Disciplines: Archery, Coordinator, Muzzleloader, Pistol/Air Pistol, Rifle/Air Rifle, Shotgun

Registration Information: Registration deadline is September 8, 2023. Register here:

Payment will be done through the Brown County Extension webpage – information about payment will be included after you fill out the registration form above.

Competitive Shoots

Dates and information for Competitive Shoots are located below. Past event information remains posted for reference. Events are updated as the information is received from coordinators.

For a general overview, see the list of yearly State Shooting Sports Events. This list includes location, typical time of year when an event happens, and shoot disciplines for quick reference. To see past event results, visit the Shooting Sports Results page.

See information on National Qualifying Events.

Participant Eligibility: 

  • Currently enrolled in a 4-H Shooting Sports project.
  • Actively participating in 4-H Shooting Sports training or having successfully completed 4-H Shooting Sports training.
  • Participating with the approval of their 4-H Shooting Sports certified instructor.

When & Where: See the complete list on the WI 4-H website.

Estimated Cost of Experience: Costs vary.

How to Register: Registration forms for each event can be found on the WI 4-H website, linked above.


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, 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.

Participant Eligibility:

  • 4-H members in grades 6-8 with a maximum age of 15 at time of trip.
  • Must be currently enrolled and carry county approval through time of trip.
  • Enrollment in 4-H Aerospace project is not required.
  • May only attend Space Camp once as a delegate.

When: April 18-22, 2024

Where: Huntsville, Alabama

Estimated Cost of Experience: Approximately $900. (This includes coach bus travel and participation fees at Space Camp.  Final costs are confirmed in February. Payment is due April 1st.)

How to Register:

  • Register through 4HOnline for Space Camp. Registration will be open from November 15-December 15 prior to program year.
  • Delegates will be notified by the State 4-H Office by January 12 of the program year whether they are attending or wait-listed.
  • Registration is done through 4HOnline. If you need assistance with how to register for an event in 4HOnline, instructions are available on our site here: 
  • After registration closes, delegates will be sent a link to register for Space Camp through the Space Camp website. All delegates must register online for Space Camp prior to March 1st.

Advanced Space Camp

Start your engine and begin the countdown!  We are preparing for an incredible journey into the world of Space, STEM, and Robotics.  Every other January, we will be offering a unique experience for youth to take part in two advanced programs:  Advanced Space Academy at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  Wisconsin typically takes two groups of 16 youth to Advanced Space Academy.

Advanced Space Academy explores college and career preparation through an immersive experience in science, technology, engineering and math.  Trainees undergo a variety of astronaut training exercises, engineering challenges, and team building activities, all culminating in an extended duration simulated space mission.  Activities include:  high/low ropes course, simulators, Russian language lessons, SCUBA diving instruction, fighter jet simulators, advanced rocketry, and more! Youth who participate will earn one credit hour of freshman level general science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in this college accredited program.

Participant Eligibility: 

When: Late January for approximately one week. (2024 dates not yet decided.)

Where: Huntsville, Alabama

Estimated Cost of Experience: $2,000 per youth. (The cost includes all travel, meals, lodging, and programming costs.  Youth will travel via coach bus and will stay in the dormitories at Space Camp with the exception of the first nights lodging at a hotel in route to Space Camp.)

How to Register: Registration will be on a first come / first serve basis (only 32 youth total will be chosen for these academies). Registration is typically open in July of the year before the program, with a waitlist available for a few extra spots.

More Information or questions? Contact Justin Lieck at 608-263-5971 or