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4-H Camps, Trips and Workshops

December 14, 2018
Monroe County 4-H Members in green Indiana 4-H polos at Indiana State Fair Youth Leadership Conferen

4-H Camps, Trips and Workshops

(updated as information becomes available)

4-H Trips and Workshops are a great way to meet 4-H members and youth from around Indiana and even from around the country. Monroe County 4-H members and youth have the opportunity to attend any trip or workshop that interests them. Most opportunities do have a cost associated. Some are supported by the Monroe County 4-H Board of Directors and additional scholarships may be available where needed.

If you have any questions or want to know more about any of the opportunities below, please contact the Purdue Extension - Monroe County office. You can call 812-349-2575 or e-mail You can also request to speak with members who have attended these trips before and we are happy to connect you with those people. 

Be sure to take some time and look through these wonderful and exciting events! 

Experience 4-H @ Purdue

Experience 4-H @ Purdue are topic specific workshops for 4-H and non-4-H members to learn more about what Indiana 4-H has to offer.  Each workshop is a one day event on Purdue University's campus, targeting a subject area in which youth will work with 4-H specialists and campus-based faculty. Experience 4-H @ Purdue targets 6th-8th grade youth.

Workshops run from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and give youth a chance to experience hands-on learning, visit Purdue University campus, facilities, and staff, as well as make connections with other youth from across the state.

Leadership Summit

November 16, 2019, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m (2019 Registration coming soon!)

The Indiana 4-H Leadership Summit is a one-day opportunity intended to energize 4-H members, volunteers, and staff.  The event will provide education and resources focused on leadership in 4-H programming. Participants will be inspired to pursue excellence in their local communities.

Fluid Power Action Challenge

January 26 and March 2, 2019 (Registration due January 16)

The 4-H NFPA Fluid Power Action Challenge is a team learning event that challenges youth in grades 6-8 to solve an engineering problem using fluid power. Each team will learn about design and build a hydraulic mechanism! The workshop and challenge are both held at Purdue University where the team of 4-5 students will learn from the top faculty and staff at Purdue.

Contact Katie at the Extension Office via e-mail ( or phone (812-349-2575) to register. The Fluid Power Team will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Teens as Teachers

February 8-10, 2019 (Registration due January 15)

Do you enjoy helping others learn something new? Are you interested in learning new skills in Animal Science, Biotechnology, Leadership or Healthy Living? Do you want to better your presentation and leadership skills? Teens as Teachers might be for you! This Indiana 4-H Conference is held annually for teams of 3-5 youth to learn new activities that they can bring back and teach in their communities.

Monroe County has several teens trained as Teens as Teachers in Animal Science, Leadership and Healthy Living.

National 4-H Conference

April 6-11, 2019. (Applications deadline closed for 2019, stay tuned for 2020 information) 

National 4-H Conference is the annual premier national civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the country. Delegates will not only learn while at the conference, but will have the opportunity to practice and apply in a real world setting their newly developed and refined skills. Delegates choose an important societal topic and in round table groups prepare a briefing. During the conference, groups present their briefing to federal officials around the Washington, D.C. area. 4-H members in grade 10 -12 may apply. One to four delegates will represent Indiana at National 4-H Conference. Visit the National 4-H Conference website.

National 4-H Conference Application

Youth may complete their application through their 4HOnline account. Follow the instructions in the document listed below to submit your application.National Event Application Instructions

If you would like help reviewing your application, please contact Katie via e-mail at or by phone at 812-349-2575.

Heifer International

April 11 - 15, 2019 (2019 applications deadline closed, stay tuned for 2020 information!)

**Congratulations to the 4-H members selected for the 2019 Monroe County 4-H Heifer International Team!**

Lucy Clarke                               Abby Hudoff

Katie Clarke                              Jenna Deckard

Kim Clarke - Adult volunteer

Join other Indiana 4-H members as we travel to Perryville, Arkansas, where we will visit the Heifer International Learning Center and Global Village in which you will see re-created urban slums, bamboo huts, shanties, refugee camps, and more. Heifer International creates and experience in which nothing (shelter, food, water, or cooking fuel) can be taken for granted. Monroe County can send one team of 4 youth (grades 7-12) and one adult. The cost for the trip is $185.00 if you are selected. Those selected for the team will be notified by December 1, 2019.

Monroe County 4-H Camp

June 2-5, 2019 at Timber Ridge Camp (Registration information coming soon!)

4-H Camp is open to any Monroe County 4-H member in grades 3-8. Monroe County 4-H Camp is held annually at Timber Ridge Camp near Spencer, Indiana. 9th through 12th grade 4-H members may apply to be camp counselors. 18-22 spots are available for counselors each year. More information will be available soon! 

4-H Academy @ Purdue

June 12 - 14th, 2019 at Purdue University (2019 Monroe County 4-H Summer Trip Application coming soon!)

4-H Academy @ Purdue gives youth in grades 9-12 a chance to live on a Big Ten College Campus, attend hands-on educational workshops designed around their interests while meeting and working with youth from around Indiana. This 3 day, 2 night workshop is a great opportunity to explore Purdue University, meet professors and industry leaders and learn more about varying interests. 

Workshop topics include: 

Indiana 4-H Entrepreneurship Academy

2019 Date TBA at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (Registration due to Indiana 4-H by May 15, 2019)

Purdue Extension and Indiana 4-H Youth Development, in partnership with the Purdue Foundry, are offering an opportunity to incoming Indiana high school juniors and seniors who demonstrate an aptitude in the areas of math, science and technology along with an interest in entrepreneurship.

Selected students will attend the five-day, high-tech focused Purdue Entrepreneurship Academy at Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus. The Academy is coordinated by Indiana 4-H staff with critical assistance from Purdue University faculty, industry leaders and successful high-tech business entrepreneurs. Students work in teams on a fundamental business case to determine the best way for a business to compete, identify capital needs to start a business and devise a plan for managing a business successfully. 
Participants are provided with business cases, two days of instruction and necessary materials to assist them in the successful completion of the program. On the final day, teams give a 15-minute investor pitch to a panel of judges in a business plan competition setting. Tuition vouchers to Purdue University are awarded to the top three teams whose presentations are judged as having the most solid business strategy and potential for success. Students who complete the program will receive credit toward the Entrepreneurship Certificate program at Purdue University.

State 4-H Junior Leader Conference (SJLC)

June 18 - June 21, 2019 at the University of Indianapolis (2019 Monroe County 4-H Summer Trip Application coming soon!)

SJLC is for any Junior Leader in grades 9-12 who want to learn new leadership skills, share knowledge that they gain with their club, want to meet new friends from around Indiana and who like to have fun. SJLC is planned by a 16 member Jr. Leader Council that was elected at last year's conference. 

4-H Round Up

June 24 - June 26, 2019 at Purdue University (2019 Monroe County 4-H Summer Trip Application coming soon!)

4-H Round-Up is an exciting opportunity offered to youth who have completed grades 7, 8, and 9. Attendees have an opportunity to explore a variety of careers by attending classes created just for Round-Up attendees at Purdue University. Participants will get a taste of college life and will live in a Purdue Residence Hall for two nights. Youth have an opportunity to meet others from across the state and further develop their leadership skills. Recreation events are planned in the evenings and blocks of free time allow attendees the opportunity to build friendships on their own.

State 4-H Band

June 22 through June 24, 2019 at Purdue University

State 4-H Band workshop is three days in length.  Youth will improve their instrumental skills as they prepare for a concert band performance during 4-H Round-Up.  Any youth entering or currently in high school may apply.  Selection is made by the State 4-H Band Director and Coordinator. Applications are due April 15th. 4-H members may apply through their 4HOnline account. 

You can find instructions on how to submit an application and getting a band director recommendation form here.

State 4-H Chorus

June 22 through June 25, 2019 at Purdue University

State 4-H Chorus workshop is four days in length. Youth will improve their vocal and choreography skills as they prepare for a show choir performance during 4-H Round-Up. State 4-H Chorus members also perform at the Indiana State Fair on 4-H Day. Any youth entering or currently in high school may apply. Selection is made by the State 4-H Chorus Director and Coordinator.

You can find instructions on how to submit an application and getting a choral director recommendation form here.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

June 29 - July 6th, 2019 (Registration Deadline: March 15)

This one time trip is an exciting experience for 4-H members and other youth to go to the nation's capital and learn more about the meaning of citizenship. Listening, learning, sharing, receiving, caring and touring combine to provide a deeper respect and understanding for our American heritage and the principles, processes and structures of the U.S. government. 

Young people acquire increased motivation and skills for dealing with contemporary social issues and for taking leadership in community development, government affairs, and related projects when they return home. Each delegate will take part in workshops on contemporary issues and topics such as international affairs, human relations, government, ecology and conservation, family life and dating, community development, drama and creative expression, economics, agricultural policy, leadership, and careers. In addition, advanced training sessions are scheduled to provide in-depth concentration on one topical area such as community development, heritage, economics, politics, environment and ecology, human relations, communications, family life and dating, advanced citizenship-seminar policy, and others of current interest. 

4-H member must be at least 15 years of age and in 9th grade or higher by June 15. The trip to Washington, D.C., will be made by Purdue charter bus. 

Jr. Leader Completion Trip

July 2019 to Chicago, Illinois (Registration information coming soon!)

In July 2019, the Monroe County Jr. Leaders will celebrate another great year with a completion trip to Chicago, Illinois. Any Jr. Leader who will complete the year's requirements (attend 4 meetings, participate in 3 community service activities, 1 4-H service, 12 hours in foods stand) is eligible to attend. Stay tuned for more detail information and registration info!

Indiana State Fair Youth Leadership Conference (ISFYLC)

July 30 through August 3, 2019 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (2019 Monroe County 4-H Summer Trip Application coming soon!)

ISFYLC is an opportunity for youth in grades 9-12 to see behind the scenes at the Indiana  State Fair, participate in State Fair Service opportunities, submit proposals to the Indiana State Fair Board of Directors and visit the State House and deliberate mock bills on the senate floor. The great opportunity is open to 4-H members and non-members who have an interest in leadership and citizenship. More information and trip applications will be made available soon. 

Ariel Clausman, a Monroe County 4-H member, is serving as a 2019 ISFYLC Group Advisor. Let her know if you have any questions about this trip! Others who attended in 2018 include: Ashlyn Stanger, Olivea Buchanan, Devin Percival and John Smith.

State Fair Exhibit Hall Workers

end of July through completion of Indiana State Fair at the Indiana State Fairgrounds (Applications due April 15)

Any 4-H member who is 15 years or older may apply to work in the 4-H buildings at the Indiana State Fair. Workers stay at the State Fairgrounds and develop communication skills and workplace skills that will help them to succeed in future job opportunities. Applications and more detailed information will be made available soon. 

National 4-H Congress

November 29 - December 3rd, 2019 (Applications due May 1st)

National 4-H Congress is one of the premier experiences for 4-H members across the country. For more than ninety years, 4-H members have been gathering to celebrate the successes and accomplishments of 4-H at this event. National 4-H Congress provides a life-changing experience for youth to meet other 4-H members from across America, as they participate in educational workshops focusing on diversity, cultural experiences, leadership, team development, and of course having fun! 4-H members in grades 9-12 may apply. Nine select applicants and the Indiana State Fair Fashion Revue Grand Champion will comprise Indiana's delegation. 

National 4-H Congress Application

Youth may complete their application through their 4HOnline account. Follow the instructions below to submit your application. National Event Application Instructions

Lizbeth Funkhouser is representing Monroe County at the 2018 National 4-H Congress. Check back here to find out what she enjoyed most about the trip after she returns.


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