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4-H & Youth


Application Deadline
January 15, 2017

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is the only national leadership development experience designed exclusively for 4-H'ers entering grades 7-9. The program will take place July 17-21, 2017 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, just 1 mile from Washington, D.C.

Event Date
November 19, 2016

Come join in the fun and test your knowledge in all things dairy. We will have five to six different classrooms set up with a short, instructed learning session followed by a written quiz to test what you learned. There will be four age groups: 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14 and older. The sessions could be on just about anything, but it will all be related to dairy. Awards will be given at the conclusion of the challenge.

Application Deadline
November 15, 2016

TRY for the Environment is an environmental leadership opportunity for youth in grades 7-12 in the areas of renewable energy, climate change through waste solutions, food systems, forests and trees.

November 12, 2016

TRY 4-H! is a program to introduce families to 4-H by letting young children engage in activities led by our 4-H Teen Ambassadors.

Application Deadline
November 1, 2016

The Nov. 18-20, 2016 Teen Leadership Weekend is an activity-filled weekend for 4-H members, ages 13 to 18 (as of 1/1/17). Participants learn leadership skills; engage in fun, team-building games; and have the opportunity to make new friends from around the state.

Registration Deadline
October 21, 2016

Youth Environmental Summit (YES!) is an annual environmental issues conference for middle and high school students.

A teen-led program for 4-H members ages 13-18 to get younger youth excited about 4-H and to grow the program.

Factsheet, October 2015

Factsheet for 4-H leaders and members in 4-H poultry activities. Written by UVM Extension Livestock Specialist Joe Emenheiser and State 4-H Livestock Specialist Wendy Sorrell. 1 page. October 2015.

4-H sheep delegation


Vermont 4-H'ers Compete at Eastern States Sheep and Goat Shows

Burlington--Six Vermont 4-H sheep members and two dairy goat members recently had the opportunity to compete at Eastern States Exposition, in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Vermont 4-H Well Represented at New England 4-H Horse Contests

Burlington--The New England 4-H Horse Contests, held Oct. 16 in New Hampshire, attracted more than 60 competitors including 23 from Vermont representing University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H.


TRY 4-H! Ambassadors Plan Fun Event for Kids

Derby Line--TRY 4-H! invites kids, ages 5 to 7, to learn about 4-H through a morning of fun hands-on activities, Nov. 12 in Derby Line.


Northfield 4-H'ers Attend "Big E" Working Steers Show

Burlington--Two Northfield 4-H’ers recently returned from Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Massachusetts, where they both were involved with the youth working steers show.