Current 4-H Programs, Trips, and Opportunities

Current Trips:

4-H Offers many trips to a variety of ages of youth each year. Things have been a bit dicey with travel due to Covid, however, we are accepting applications for Nationwide trips via 4HOnline. Youth and families will need to monitor the website and 4HOnline to find when registration opens for specific trips. International travel is different, and application information can be found here. In order to find out more about the state and nationwide events, check out the Statewide Events and Opportunities site.

National 4-H Congress: November 25-29, 2022

Held in Atlanta, Georgia, this travelling opportunity is open to 4-H members in 9th-12th grade. Registration opens on July 1 on 4HOnline and will close on August 1. Remember that our Federation will pay up to 1/2 your costs if you’re selected to go! Find out all about this excellent experience here!

Upcoming Programming:

June 6th, 2022, 5:00-7:00 PM: Dog Project Practice Nights

Dog project training will be held on Mondays, starting June 6th at the Vernon County Fairgrounds and will continue through the end of August, weather permitting. There will be no class on July 4th. Advanced agility will begin at 5:00 PM and beginner agility and dog obedience will begin at 6 PM. Refer to the 2022 Dog Pre Reg Form for all rules and times.

Check the dog project Facebook page for updates and cancellations:

July 7th-August 11th, 3:30-4:30 PM: Bugs in the Garden

Hosted in partnership with the McIntosh Memorial Library. Join us Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 in the Growing Together Garden (across the street from the library) to learn about gardening, bugs, STEM and more! Cost is free. Open to grades: 1-5. Register here.

July 16th, 2022, 10 AM-1:00 PM (depending on # of entries): Foods Revue and Tasting Event

Westby Library Basement. The purpose of the Foods Revue and Tasting Event is to encourage the creative, design, and cooking skills of our 4-H youth. Youth may choose to enter a variety of different classes that focus on presentation, style, and sharing a dish they made to earn feedback. Likewise, this program provides an opportunity to explore potential careers in restaurant or bakery management, interior design and more.

Entries will be broken down into age groups: (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-13)

When planning entries, take proper precaution and consider food safety. No raw meats/fish, refrigerated items must be transported in a cooler with ice, food must be transported in fully sealed dishes that maintain temperature. Youth will have time to plate food/work in the kitchen before presentation. Kitchen will be open at 8:30 a.m.

After judging and tasting take place, participants will take part in a potluck consisting of entries. Vernon County 4-H will provide the main dish (meat), and eating utensils. Ribbons will be given after potluck, and there will be a crowd choice winner as well!

Full class information and paper entries can be found here: Foods Revue and Tasting Event

The deadline to register is Wednesday, July 16th! Online entry form can be found here.

July 17th, 2022, 11:30 AM: 25th Annual Shooting Sports Competition

Join others in our 25th annual invitational shoot, open to 4-H members in Vernon, Monroe, and Richland counties. Pre-registration fees are $5 per youth or $15 for families over 3. Day-of fees are $8 per youth. Rules and requirements can be found on the registration sheet: Shooting Sports Competition.

July 31, 2022, Afternoon TBA: Disability Awareness Day

A half-day program for all youth, grades 3-8, July 31st, Viroqua. Taught by youth, the program participants will experience hands-on what it is like to live with a disability, to increase respect and understanding, and have time to reflect on what they have experienced and to make change. The program will include American Sign Language, trying out adaptive sports by playing wheelchair basketball, and experiencing day to day tasks through the lens of living with a disability. Cost is free. Register here.

August 9, 2022, 9-11:30: Cloverbud Garden Gala

The Gala is from 9-11:30 on August 9th, hosted in conjunction with McIntosh Memorial Library. Youth and adult chaperones will guide Cloverbud (K-2) participants throughout the day in a rotating schedule, hitting all four topics: bug pinning, harvest, garden reading, and garden art. Parents are welcome to join for the day. Please drop off your youth at 9 and return promptly at 11:35 to pick up your child at the Library. The gardens are across the road, where the old swimming pool used to be. Please have your youth bring a labelled, filled water bottle, and prepare them to be outside (sunscreen, appropriate clothing). Register here.

August 14-16th: 4-H Camp at Upham Woods

Join us for an overnight camping adventure at UW-Madison’s Upham Woods in WI Dells. August 14-16. Camp includes hiking, canoeing, caving, native wildlife and so much more! Cost for non-4-H member is: $150/$75 for member. Open to grades: 3-8. Register here.

August 25: 9-Noon: Posterpalooza

Thinking about entering a poster in the fair? Join us for Posterpalooza on Wednesday, August 3 from 9-Noon in the Erlandson Building. This is a drop in event, you can come any time during that timespan. Steps to be successful: 1) look in this year’s fairbook to see if you can enter a poster in one of your projects, 2) register to enter and follow the rules for submitting all of your fair entries to your club leader, 3) attend posterpalooza, where you will have the opportunity to look and interact with posters, and then sit down and work on your own poster. We will provide basic materials such as posters, markers, and fun additives. You bring pictures and information to put on. Again, come any time during our hours and leave when you want. This event is geared towards Cloverbuds-6th grade, parents are expected to stay with youth and guide them through the process. No registration required.




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