4-H Trips & Awards

Applications for these Trips and Awards are found on our Forms & Applications page. Most of them require the trip application or the Wisconsin Member Evaluation form, Award /Trip Preference Form, and a County interview.

All applications are due by September 30th.  They must be submitted to: UW Extension – Awards Committee, 212 River Drive, Suite 3, Wausau, WI  54403-5476.

Individual 4-H Trips

All trips require the Award/Trip Preference Form and a County interview.  Several require the Member Evaluation Form as their application; others require a trip-specific application form.  4-H members, you are encouraged fill these out on your own, in your own words.  If possible, please make use of the downloadable/fillable forms.  Otherwise, please write legibly.

Space Camp – Youth in grades 6 – 8 may apply for this trip. They are selected for this conference, usually held in April, in Huntsville, Alabama.  Delegates participate in hands-on mock space missions and other activities in this NASA program while exchanging ideas with youth from across Wisconsin. To apply for the trip, complete the Application for Space Camp form and the Award/Trip Preference form.  These must be submitted by September 30th.   A required County interview will be scheduled later. The cost of the trip is shared with Marathon County Leaders’ Federation.

Leadership Washington Focus – This five day trip is a precursor to the Citizen Washington Focus.  Youth in grades 6 – 8 are eligible.  Leadership Washington Focus is an opportunity to come together to exchange ideas, form friendships, and travel Washington, D.C. to develop leadership skills while they stay at the National 4-H Center.  The trip includes motivational speakers and educational workshops that increase individual leadership capability and build lifetime skills for success.  Planned activities encourage and form new lasting friendships.  To apply, complete the Award/Trip Preference Form and the Leadership Washington Focus application form.  These must be submitted by September 30th.  A required County interview will be scheduled later.  The cost of the trip is shared with the Marathon County Leaders’ Federation.

Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference – Approximately 600 youth, grades 7 – 10, attend this educational event in Madison each summer. Participants take part in educational seminars and assemblies, meeting people from across Wisconsin. They are encouraged to take what they learn and share it with others in their home community. Youth have the opportunity to attend this conference more than once, but must apply to attend this conference each time. To apply, complete the Award/Trip Preference Form and the Application for State 4-H Conference application form.  These must be submitted by September 30th.  A required County interview will be scheduled later.  The cost of the trip is shared with the Marathon County Leaders’ Federation.

Citizenship Washington Focus – Approximately 200 Wisconsin 4-H Youth are selected to attend this leadership program held at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C.  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, field trips and social events. Up to five youth, 10th – 12th grades,  may be selected for this nine-day bus trip.  To apply, complete the Award/Trip Preference Form and the Member Evaluation Form.  These must be submitted by September 30th.  A required County interview will be scheduled later.  The cost of the trip will be shared with the Marathon County Leaders’ Federation.

National 4-H Congress – Youth are selected to attend this youth leadership conference in Atlanta, GA. Delegates participate in self-development seminars, tours, and a service project, while exchanging ideas with youth from across the country. Members in grades 10–12 may apply. To apply, complete the Award/Trip Preference Form and the Member Evaluation (ME) Form.  These must be submitted by September 30th.  A required County interview will be scheduled later.  The cost of the trip will be shared with the Marathon County Leaders’ Federation.

National 4-H Conference – Six youth are selected to attend this working conference held at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C.  Each participant selects an issue and works with other youth from across the country to develop plans that help direct future 4-H programming across the United States. Delegates spend the majority of time contributing to stimulating, task-oriented groups. One day is spent on Capitol Hill, meeting with legislators and touring.  Members in grades 10 – 12 may apply. To apply, complete the Award/Trip Preference Form and the Member Evaluation (ME) Form.  These must be submitted by September 30th.  A required County interview will be scheduled later.  The cost w, and then are recommended to State Level from where the youth are selected. All applications are due by the end of September. Cost of trip is shared with Marathon County Leaders Federation.

The Annual Leader-Member Recognition Banquet in November celebrates the accomplishments and honors of various 4-H Clubs, Members, and Volunteers.  The forms for application for these awards are on the website Forms and Applications page in the “Trips and Awards” section.

All forms and club books are due in the 4-H office by September 30th.

4-H Club Awards:

Scrapbook – Club Scrapbooks are recognized for the neat, accurate, and eye-appealing information collected and stored during the year of the club’s activities and events.

Secretary’s Book – Club Secretaries are recognized for the neat and accurate completion of the Secretary’s Book. The entire book is to be submitted.

Marathon County 4-H Community Service Project Award Form – The website form is be completed for each Community Service project done during the past year. Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards are awarded for clubs in the Small, Medium, or Large Club divisions.

4-H County Awards for Leaders/Volunteers:

Adult awards are selected from nominations from the clubs, using the Adult Award Nomination form submitted by the end of September.

Friend of 4-H Award (Volunteer of the Year) – Recognizes non 4-H volunteer or business from the community who supports 4-H for the past year. They are selected through people who are nominated from people from the clubs.

Clover Power Plus Award – The Clover Power Plus Award is awarded each year to recognize adult 4-H volunteer(s) who reach youth from multiple clubs or county basis. They are selected through people who are nominated from people from the clubs.

C.J. McAleavy Award – Recognizes dedication to the Marathon County 4-H program on a club and county-wide level. The C.J. McAleavy Award is given to a 4-H leader who has contributed a great deal to the local and county program over a considerable period of time. They are selected through people who are nominated from people from the clubs.

4-H County Awards / Opportunities for Youth Members:

4-H Leaders’ Federation Scholarship – The 4-H Leader’s Federation offers up to five scholarships to assist and encourage Marathon County 4-H members to pursue a higher education at a college or technical institute. To apply, any person must have been in a Marathon County 4-H for five (5) years, a full-time under-graduate student entering at least their second year of college. They must have completed at least 24 college credits and carry a college GPA of 2.5 or better. To apply for the scholarship, the application and recommendation must be completed and submitted by the end of September.

Achievement Awards – Recognition for overall achievement on a project, club, or country basis. This award is for youth enrolling in 7th – 9th grade. To be considered youth must fill out a Member Evaluation form and Award/Trip Preference form. Youth are selected on the basis of the information on the form by the committee.

Brice Bender Award – The Brice Bender Award recognizes active participation in the 4-H program at the club and county level. Two awards are given to youth starting in grades 1 – 7 and then 8 – 13. The award is a cash voucher for future 4-H participation in an event or project. Completed Brice Bender applications are required and due by the end of September.

Camp Counselor – Youth in 8th grade or older may apply to be a counselor at Junior Camp. Youth in 10th grade or older may apply to be a counselor at Camp Upham. Youth learn leadership skills and are responsible for planning and teaching camp activities. Camp Counselor Applicationform is required and can be found on line. Form is usually due March 1st.

I.J. Corey Award – The family of Mr. I.J. Corey developed an award to recognize outstanding 4-H Dairy Exhibitors. The I.J. Corey Award recognizes an individual for their showmanship and project accomplishments. They are selected through an application and interview process during the Wisconsin Valley Fair.

Project Awards – Recognition for achievement in all project areas. One “senior” for youth in grades 9 -13, one intermediate for youth in grades 6 thru 8 and one “junior” for youth in grades 3 thru 5 award is available in each project area. Youth may receive only one award in each level of each project award in their 4-H work. Members can only apply for a total of 3 project awards per year and can only receive a total of 2 project awards per year. Completion of the Project Awardform is required and due at the end of September.

Project Award/Cloverbuds – Cloverbuds are recognized for their project work by submitting their project books by the end of September.

Project Award/Explorers – Explorers are recognized for the project work by submitting their project books by the end of September.

Rank Awards – Recognizes overall 4-H participation. Bronze, Silver and Gold levels may be achieved; however youth may only attain each level once, in a sequential order and only one rank a year. Appropriate pins are issued to recipients. Any member may apply, including Cloverbuds. Completion of the Rank Award form is required by the end of September.

Wisconsin 4-H Key Award – The Key Award is considered the highest member achievement in 4-H. Recipients are recognized for their contributions on the club, county, and state levels and for their leadership in the 4-H program. To apply for the award complete the Member Evaluation form and Award/Trip Preference form, and go through a County interview process. Form is due end of September.

Additional trips may be added or changed through the year and advertised through the Family Focus newsletter.

Share with others: