Older Youth Opportunities

American Spirit Experience 2022

Here are the details regarding the overall experience that I have to share: 

Dates: June 3-12, 10-19 or 17-26, 2022

Highlighted Location(s):

* Maumee, Ohio

* Philadelphia,  Pennsylvania

* New York City, New York

* Boston, Massachusetts

* Lexington/Concord, Massachusetts

* Gloucester, Massachusetts

* Niagara Falls, New York

 What is this Experience: 

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 (Youth in 11th -12th grade eligible for 2022 dates ONLY)
  • Pre-Registration in 4-H Online 2.0 open January 3-14, 2022. Youth and their parent/guardian must complete the online registration together; it includes several questions for the youth participant to answer!
  • 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, # of youth per experience, full rooms by identified gender, ages of youth traveling together, eligibility to participate in future years
  • Estimated Cost of Experience = $1,650


Here are the details regarding a timeline that I have to share: 

January 3, 2022 Registration for American Spirit Experience Open to ALL in 4-H Online
January 14, 2022 Registration for American Spirit Experience Closes in 4-H Online
January 28, 2022 Communication Regarding Participants Selected/Able to Travel E-mailed
February 14, 2022 Committee Planning Zoom continued Planning for 2022
February 20, 2022

Payment Deadline from Counties/Participants

Payable to 4-H American Spirit, 5 University Drive, Sheboygan, WI 53081

COVID Questions
UW Madison, Wisconsin 4-H and the American Spirit Planning Committee is committed to ensuring a solid educational program in a safe and healthy environment.  As we move forward with planning and preparing for American Spirit in 2022,  we will continue to utilize the latest research and information on how an educational travel experience, through several states, can happen safely; using information from the CDC, the hospitality community (PCMA, MPI, etc.) and the American Camping Association.   All participants will be required to agree to and abide by COVID Safety Protocols.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Amy if you have any questions or need help with anything!


Trips & Conferences:

Members in grades 7 and up can apply to attend State and National Trips. Any member that is active 4-H Member can participate. If you attend a trip/conference and fill out your reimbursement form the Leaders Association will pay up to 40% or $300. Members can also fund raise money by working with the trip committee. This committee helps you raise money, to help pay for your trip. The money will go into an account and paid out at the time of trip expenses.

To apply for trips/conferences mail or email Amy your 4-H resume and two references to:

Crawford County UW-Extension
Attn: Amy Mitchell, 4-H Youth Development Agent
225 N. Beaumont Rd., Ste 240
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Or email amy.mitchell@wisc.edu

Trip and Conference Additional Information:

Crawford County 4-H Ambassador Program:

Members in grades 9-13 are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. Ambassadors will be promoting 4-H throughout the county, assist in leading 4-H activities and events, work with other youth from around the county and most importantly HAVE FUN! 

Applications are now available: 2020-21 4-H Ambassador Application


Any high school Senior, who is an active member is eligible to apply for the Leaders’ Association Scholarship. Members are awarded $250.00 to help with their college education. Scholarship Application

Any high school Senior or college student can apply for the WI 4-H Foundation Scholarships. Visit http://wis4hfoundation.org/scholarships/ for more information.

There are other various 4-H related scholarships available, watch your Clover Leaflet for additional announcements.

Wisconsin Key Awards:

The Key Award is the highest award given in the 4-H program throughout the state. The Wisconsin Key Award Program recognizes a select group of 4-H participants who have demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applies leadership skills, and actively participated in the functions of their 4-H club and community. The award is given to members in grades 9 and above, who have been in 4-H for three years and have one year of leadership. To apply for this award, send your 4-H Resume and cover letter to Amy Mitchell, by mail or email. This happens in September of each 4-H year.

State Art Groups:

Members in grades 9-13 who are interested in Arts and Communications can apply for the State 4-H Arts Groups: Drama Company, Art Team, and Press Team. The 4-H Arts groups are formed for the express purpose of giving 4-H youth the opportunity to develop their artistic and leadership skills in real-world applications at the 4-H and Youth Conference and at the Wisconsin State Fair. Visit Wisconsin 4-H Communications Art page for more information.