Rec Lab will be hosted by District 1 in Thompson Falls on March 23-25, 2018. Youth participants must be 13+ as of October 1, 2017 and Adult chaperones must be as least 21 years of age.

This event provides an opportunity for youth and adults to enhance their leadership, communication and team building skills in an action packed and interactive setting. Rec Lab programming is designed to provide participants with tips and tricks for being a better club, camp and community leader.

By rotating around the state and hosted by a 4-H district each year, this event also provides youth and volunteers an opportunity to travel and  experience locations that may be very different from their home county. The camp-like atmosphere and hands on activity allows for a fun and laid back weekend to create lasting memories.

Contact your MSU County Extension office for information how to register for this event.

Registration Details:

Registration for this event is completed in 4honline. Please use the worksheet to help in collecting workshop information. The registration fee is $100 until February 23rd ($115 February 24 to March 9). Registration will not be accepted after March 9.  Complete registration information can be found here.

Participants will be housed at the Thompson Falls High School and should bring: sleeping bag, air mattress or sleeping pad, towel and other personal items. If you do not wish to stay at the school you will be responsible for making your own lodging arrangements at your own cost.  YOUTH MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT CHAPERONE

Community Service Project

The District 1 2018 Rec Lab Committee has partnered with the Thompson River Animal Care Shelter (TRACS) for this year’s Community Service Project.  Animal care facilities across the state of Montana often have needs that 4-H can assist with and provide positive youth development opportunities.  Most shelters operate as non-profits and rely on donations from their communities to meet the needs of the animals they care for.  During the community service time at Rec Lab this year, TRACS will present information on the many ways 4-H can assist animal care facilities in their home communities AND, depending upon availability, bring some animals out and about for socialization with the 4-H youth and volunteers in attendance.

We are asking attendees to review the list below and consider bringing any of the items listed to donate to the TRACS to meet some of their current material needs.


Sturdy collars; small, medium, & large

Medium or large, “Flexi” brand retractable leashes

Stuffable “Kong” toys for dogs

US-made chewies for dogs

Soft cat toys with bells &/or feathers

Office Needs:

Printer paper

HP 950/951 ink cartridges

File folders (manilla or colored), 3 tab cut


“Greenies” brand treats for dogs and cats

Canned kitten or puppy food

Training cookies for dogs

Hot dogs (used to hide pills for veterinary treatment)

Comfort and Clean:

Bleach and “OdoBan” disinfectants

Laundry soap and dryer sheets

Bath towels (don’t have to be new)

Old blankets and bedding

New garden hoses and nozzles

Questions concerning the 2018 4-H Rec Lab Community Service Project can be directed to Dave Brink at the Mineral County MSU Extension Office, (406) 822-3545, or email .

Future Rec Lab locations

download the Montana 4-H District map
2018: District 1
2019: District 2
2020: District 3
2021: District 4
2022: District 5