4-H Center Newsletter


In This Issue

International Programs

NZ application deadline extended 


LWF/ CWF/ National Conference 

Foundation Grants Scholarships

People Partner Grants


Colligate Scholarships 


Workshop Proposals 

Upcoming Dates

December 6/ New Zealand Outbound Extended Deadline

December 13/ REC Lab Workshop Proposals due

December 15/ National Western Stock Show Wool Judging Contest applications due (info in November Newsletter)

January 15/  CWF, LWF, and National Conference  Applications due

February 1/ MT 4-H Foundation Grant Applications due

March 6-8/Montana 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational 

April 24-26/ REC Lab in Hobson, MT

July 6-8/ Pre-Congress

July 8-12/ Montana 4-H Congress 

International Programs 

New Zealand Outbound program

New Zeland Banner

 Application Deadline Extended to December 6!

At least one more person to apply to run the program (preferably 2 more). 


Travel to New Zealand for approximately 20 days during our summer and their winter.

Approximate dates are July 1-21, 2020.

Who Can Go? 4-H members, ages 15-18, are eligible to apply.

What Does it Cost? A $1,500 deposit is due with your application on December 6, 2019.  Approximately $4,000

What will I do? Attend New Zealand Young Farmers' Grand Final event. Visit North and South islands. Short home stays.

Application material

More information on the NZ program

NZ Program Guide 

For more information Contact: Stephanie.davison@montana.edu 

*The program occurs during Montana’s summer and New Zealand’s winter


CWF photo by National Capitol

Citizenship Washington Focus

Delegate/ Chaperone Application Deadline: January 15, 2020
Susan Dufner Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Program Age: 14-19 Years-old
Program Dates: June 13-20

During this week-long trip, delegates go to Washington D.C. to experience our nation's capital, meet your legislators, and meet 4-Hers from around the country. The week is comprised of workshops related to the congressional process, meetings with your legislators, a cultural evening, and visits to monuments and museums on the mall. Two selected adults chaperone the trip. Susan Dufner Scholarship is awarded to one delegate to help with trip costs (application required).


LWF photo by National Capitol

Leadership Washington Focus

Delegate/ Chaperone Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Program Age: Grades 7th -9th  
Program Dates: July 26-31

A sister program of CWF,  Leadership Washington Focus is designed for younger youth, the program takes place at the National 4-H conference center, conveniently located one mile from Washington, D.C. Participants build confidence in their abilities to motivate and direct others in meaningful action, practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking, work with others to create and accomplish goals, develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style, exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-Hers from across the nation. Two selected adults chaperone the trip.

National 4-H Conference Center

National 4-H Conference

Application Deadline: January 15, 2020

Program age: 15-18 years old
Program Dates: March 28- April 6, 2020

Land Grant University 4‑H Departments send delegations of 4‑H youth to participate in the National 4‑H Conference. At the conference, delegates prepare and present briefings on important societal topics to federal officials in Washington, D.C. 4‑H youth also have the opportunity to engage in personal development experiences that increase their knowledge, resources, and skills while discussing topics affecting youth and 4‑H programming nationwide.

Delegates not only learn while at the conference: they are empowered to create positive social change in their communities and have the opportunity to practice and apply their skills in a real-world setting.

The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H youth development programs nationally and in their communities. Conference delegates are prepared, personally and professionally, to become more active participants within their communities and to effectively develop youth-adult partnerships for community action.  

Montana sends a delegation of up to 4 participants (including one adult chaperone).


For more information and application material regarding CWF, LWF, and National Conference can be found on our website. If you have further questions, please contact Stephanie Davison at  sdavison@montana.edu


Foundation Grants and Scholarships 

People Partner Grant

People Partner Grant Application due February 1

These grants provide incentives and financial support to groups and individuals for programs that enhance the quality of living for people in their communities. Each application is eligible for up to $500. 

More information on the People Partner Grant


 AMTOPP Scholarship for Montana 4-H Youth 

AMTOPP Application due February 1

A $250 scholarship for 4-H age youth involved in, or wanting to become involved in, a 4-H project or learning opportunity associated with the “greens industry”. In this case, “Greens Industry” includes areas such as: Fruit and vegetable gardening, floriculture, horticulture, ornamental and turf grass, arborists (trees), crops and weeds, as well as pesticide application. The Scholarship is funded by AMTOPP (Association of Montana Turf, Ornamental & Pest Professionals).  

More Information on the AMTOPP Scholarship


Montana 4-H Collegiate Scholarship Applications

There will be a new online  application coming soon. Check online after December 15th for more information

Montana 4-H Foundation Collegiate Scholarships due April 1

More information on Montana 4-H Foundation Collegiate Scholarships 



2020 Rec Lab

Save the date! 
Hobson, MT on April 24-26, 2020
Registration information coming soon

2020 Rec Lab

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. This is an ideal event for younger senior members to attend a state event for the first time and begin to form relationships with 4-H peers form across the state, broadening their own skills and widening their network. 

Do you have an idea for a workshop? Submit a workshop proposal, both teen and adult presenters are encouraged to share the ideas and knowledge!

Workshop Proposals due December 13, 2019. For more information visit:http://www.montana4h.org/programs/events/rec_lab/rec_lab_workshop.html

Contact the Chouteau County MSU Extension office with questions regarding workshops (406) 622-37510 or chouteau1@montana.edu.