4-H educational travel opportunities are a great way for youth to explore within and outside of Taylor County! Youth have the opportunity to travel anywhere from five miles to over one thousand miles on educational experiences within their state, around the country, and internationally. Many opportunities exist for youth to learn and explore new places!
4-H SPIRIT OF AMERICA EXPERIENCE
Spirit of America East (Grades 8-10)
Travel to the East Coast (Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Canada) via bus; itinerary may vary. Visit various attractions, take part in activities: Valley Forge, Niagara Falls, whale watching cruise, and much more.
Spirit of America West (Grades 9-12)
Travel West and learn about our nations National Parks! We till be partnering with the National Park Service and will incorporate SIX National Parks in the experience! These parks are St. Croix Falls National Scenic Riverway, Badlands National Park, Mount Rushmore National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Devils Tower National Monument. Activities will include ranger-led educational programs, service learning projects, hiking, some camping, and fun!
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)(Grades 10-12)
Each year youth in grades 10-12 (as of Sept. 1) travel by bus to Washington, D.C., for a week-long program 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, off-site experiences including a day on Capitol Hill and social events.
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. In 2015, there were approximately 350 delegates. Between 6-8 Wisconsin youth are selected to attend this working conference. Each participant selects an issue (education, promotion, environment, violence, etc.) and works with other delegates to develop plans directing future 4 H programming.
National 4-H Congress (Grades 10-12 as of October 1; maximum age of 18 as of January 1, 2016)
Delegates participate in self-development seminars, tours, and a service project, while exchanging ideas with youth from across the country.
Space Camp (Grades 6-8; maximum age of 15 at time of trip)
Attend Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama for a long weekend. Go on a simulated space mission and learn about the space program while exchanging ideas with youth from across Wisconsin. Youth may only attend Space Camp once as a delegate.
WISCONSIN STATE 4-H & YOUTH CONFERENCE (Grades 7-10)
Over 400 youth attend this four-day educational event in Madison each summer. Participants take part in seminars and assemblies and meet people from across Wisconsin.
International 4-H Travel Opportunities
Wisconsin 4-H challenges youth to become global citizens by offering international homestays and hosting experiences. You could travel to Japan, Australia, Norway, Mexico, or Costa Rica! You could also have an intercultural experience by hosting a foreign exchange student. If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities, visit Wisconsin 4-H International Programs online.
For more information on each of the Wisconsin 4-H Educational Travel Experiences
All Educational Travel Opportunities:
All 4-H members and leaders attending a 4-H educational travel opportunity must follow the Wisconsin 4-H policies and any specific guidelines and/or policies of travel experience.
Sponsored Educational Travel:
Some 4-H educational travel opportunities in Taylor County are partially sponsored by the Federation of Taylor County 4-H. In recent years, sponsored travel experiences included: Taylor County 4-H Summer Camps, Wisconsin State 4-H & Youth Conference, Leadership Washington Focus, Citizenship Washington Focus, National 4-H Congress, American Spirit East, and National 4-H Conference.
Information and applications for educational travel opportunities that are sponsored should be referenced from the current year July/August 4-H Newsletter. Those seeking sponsorship should return their application and materials by the second Monday in September (September 9, 2019), only hard copies will be accepted. They may be turned in at the Extension Office or postmarked no later than the second Monday in September. Youth who have applied for educational travel experiences will be informed of interview times after applications are received.
To receive support from the Federation of Taylor County 4-H, youth must apply based on instructions from the July/August 4-H Newsletter and complete an interview with members from the Federation of Taylor County 4-H. Participants will need to write out two checks for their educational travel experience, both made payable to the Federation of Taylor County 4-H. The first check will be made payable for the 1/2 portion of the experience. The second check will be made payable for the other 1/2 portion of the experience. Both checks will be kept at the Extension Office in the locked safe. After youth are selected for sponsorship by the Federation of Taylor County 4-H, they will be responsible for the total cost of the educational travel experience if they are unable to attend. After returning from the educational travel experience, if no discipline is reported, one of the checks will be shredded.