Educational Travel Opportunities and 4-H Key Award

 (Last updated 07/30/21)

Columbia County 4-H Award and Educational Travel Opportunities

The Columbia County 4-H Leader’s Association invites you to apply for one or more of the educational travel opportunities or the 4-H Key Award this year. The 4-H Leader’s Association sponsors these opportunities and awards which are available only to 4-H youth in grades 6-13.  Currently, per the Columbia County 4-H Leader’s Association Standing Rules, the organization will pay ½ the registration cost of one educational travel opportunity per member annually.  Members may attend each experience only one time with 4-H Leader’s Association support.  An exception will be made for a member nominated and then selected to be part of the state’s National 4-H Conference delegation.  In that case, the 4-H Leader’s Association will pay ½ of the member’s registration cost for National 4-H Conference and the member may choose to attend one other trip, with 4-H Leader’s Association support, in the year they are selected to be part of the state’s National 4-H Conference delegation.


All eligible Columbia County 4-H members MUST complete the following:

  • an Award and Educational Travel Opportunity Selection Form;
  • a Cover Letter; and
  • a Resume.

You will not know how far you could have gone or what you could have done until you try!

Members who have questions, should contact Pat at 608-742-9685 or

Cover letter, resume and selection form for 2021 National 4-H Congress Due: August 15, 2021

Cover Letter, Resume and Selection Form Due ( Excluding National 4-H Congress):  To be Determined

Send to:  Columbia County Extension 112 E. Edgewater St., Room 212, Portage, WI 53901
Email to:

Interview Date:  To be Determined

SPECIAL Guide To Apply For Award & Educational Travel Ops 2021 (PDF)

Selection Form- 2021 National 4-H Congress ONLY (Fillable PDF Form)

(Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):


Travel Opportunities Sponsored by Columbia County 4-H Leaders Association

Note: Youth may register and attend without 4-H Leaders Association sponsorship as well.

Space Camp2 youth – Estimated Cost: $625. April 16-20, 2020. Delegates team up for hands-on mock space missions and other STEM activities in this NASA Program while exchanging ideas with 4-H youth from across Wisconsin. Delegates must be in grade 6-8 at the time of the program. Maximum age is 15 at the time of the program . Camp counselors may be in grades 9-10. Delegates may only attend once as a youth, excludes counselors.


WI 4-H & Youth Conference – 4 Youth – Estimated Cost: $300. Selected youth spend four days on the UW-Madison Campus (June 22-25, 2020) where they choose to participate in a variety of seminars, tours, general assemblies, and recreational activities, while also getting a taste of college life. Participants must be in grades 7-10 at time of registration in fall-winter.


Chicago Daze3 Youth – Estimated Cost: $175 (day trip) or $350 (overnight trip) (slightly more if a smaller number of participants) Participants will decide if they prefer a day or an overnight trip. Selected youth will travel by train to Chicago and by bus or other public transportation around Chicago for this day trip. Participants will tour Chicago sites as determined by participants, and may include:

the Field Museum of Natural History; Shedd Aquarium; Lincoln Park Zoo; Museum of Science & Industry; Millennium Park; Wrigley Field; Segway Tour of Chicago sites; and more. This trip is held if there is enough interest and if there is a volunteer coordinator and chaperone(s). This trip has been a partner program with Marquette County youth for the past two years.


Citizenship Washington Focus2 Youth – Estimated Cost: $1,400.00. Selected youth attend a weeklong program at the National 4-H Center outside of Washington D.C. to learn about citizenship and government, along with opportunities to observe the attractions of Washington D.C. Participants may select from two 2020 dates: June 13-21 and July 4–12 (each is Saturday to the following Sunday). Participants must be in grades 10-12 at time of registration in fall-winter with minimum age of 15 during program.

National 4-H Congress – 2 Youth – Estimated Cost: $1,200. Delegates participate in self-development seminars, tours and a service project, while exchanging ideas with youth from across the country in Atlanta, GA, November 26–30,2021. Participants must be in grades 10-12 at time of participation with maximum age of 18 on Jan. 1 of program year.

National 4-H Conference – 1 Youth, with highest interview and application scores, is nominated to apply following the Columbia County 4-H interview process – Estimated Cost: $1,300. The 2020 conference will be March 28-April 2 in Washington D. C. The State 4-H committee selects 8 – 10 delegates from nominee applications. Each participant selects an issue and works with other youth from across the country to develop plans that help direct future 4-H programming. Delegates spend the majority of their time contributing to stimulating, task oriented groups. One day is spent on Capitol Hill with legislators and touring. Participants must be in grades 10-12 during the program with minimum age of 15 and maximum 18 on Jan. 1 of program year.


American Spirit East – 1 Youth – Estimated Cost: $1400. Delegates must be in grades 8 – 10 at the time of registration and may choose from 1 of 3 travel times in 2020 – June 5-14; June 10-18; or July 3-12. Approximately 132 Wisconsin youth learn about America’s heritage and build awareness of the many steps taken to gain U.S. independence and freedom by visiting historical sites in Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and more. Delegates must be 4-H members or members of another UW-Madison Extension program.


4-H Key Award – 2 Youth. The Wisconsin 4-H Key Award Program recognizes a select group of 4-H participants who’ve demonstrated consistent growth in their 4-H involvement, developed and applied leadership skills, and actively participated in the functions of their 4-H club and community. Selection of 4-H Key Award recipients is based on an evaluation of the candidate’s total 4-H record. To be eligible, candidates must be in 9th grade or above and must have completed at least three years of 4-H and one year of youth leadership. The quota of award recipients is determined by county 4-H enrollment of youth ages 14 years and older. Quotas are 2% of that population or a minimum of two per county. This award is only given once



 All 4-H members applying for an award or educational travel opportunity will be interviewed.

Members should be prepared to answer the following questions in their interview:

 Interview Questions (Word, 1 page, 13 KB)