CWC 4-H Hosts Leadership Lock-in!


The Crow Wing County 4-H Ambassadors have been hard at work developing and planning a lock-in for youth to learn more about leadership and embracing who they are. The Ambassadors are excited to announce that they will be hosting the first annual Junior Ambassador Leadership Lock-in!

When: May 6-7

Who: All youth grades 5-8 (must be enrolled in 4-H by the event- but new youth are welcomed!)

What: Overnight Leadership Lock-in! Dinner and breakfast will be provided! Together with leadership from the Crow Wing County Ambassadors, we will learn how to use your strengths in leadership, what it is like to be YOU and have FUN!

Cost: $5

Where: Lake Edward Town Hall, Nisswa

RSVP: Register by April 29 with the Extension office 218-824-1065

More details and the registration form can be located at 

For more information please contact the Crow Wing County Extension office or an Ambassador! 


4-H Summer Camp

4-H Summer Camp will be taking place June 8-10, 2016 near Park Rapids, MN.  Camp is for all youth 3rd through 6th grade, and is for both 4-H members & non-members.

This year’s theme is “Go for the Gold” – there will be many fun activities, such as hands-on workshops, outdoor recreation, nature activities, adventure games, archery, canoeing, swimming, crafts, evening campfires, science education and more!

Cost is $130, which includes lodging, meals, a camp t-shirt, materials, and transportation.

Registration is due by Friday, May 6.

Check out the event page on our website to learn more about camp and access the registration form.

CWC Poultry Club Chick Chain

Do you love animals? Do you have a little extra space in your yard? Would you like to learn about money management? The 4-H Chick Chain may be right for you!

The Chick Chain Program is designed to give an opportunity for new and existing 4-H members 3rd grade and above in the Poultry Project to learn more about raising backyard chickens.  Youth have an opportunity to learn life skills while having fun learning about chickens and the poultry industry.

This second year, the Crow Wing County 4-H Poultry Club, along with Crow Wing County Farm Bureau and the Wild Bird Store will be awarding 10 broiler chicks to each 4-H participant that qualifies for the program.  Chicks will be purchased from a reputable hatchery and will be properly vaccinated.

Applications are due to the Extension Office by March 10th.  (There is a maximum of applicants that will be awarded chicks)

For more information on the Chick Chain see application.

If you have any questions about the Chick Chain please contact Michelle Bernatsky

New members welcomed!! To enroll or learn more about 4-H contact the Extension office at 218-824-1065.

Summer Internship with Crow Wing County 4-H

Crow Wing County 4-H is seeking applicants for a summer internship position.  Learn more about University of Minnesota Extension and explore job opportunities in 4-H Youth Development!

Application deadline is February 15.

Candidates must have a high school diploma, and at least two years of undergraduate study is preferred.  Candidates must apply on-line through the University of Minnesota job site. The application materials will include a standard application, résumé, cover letter, list of three references and a college transcript. Learn more and apply online. 

For more information, please contact Michele VanDyke at

Join us for 2016 Project Day!

4-H County Project Day is taking place Saturday, February 20th, at Central Lakes College (501 W College Dr, Brainerd).  This event is open to all 4-H and non-4-H members and features a series of fun sessions for all ages.

Design and build your own ski jump.  Make your own butter.  Paint your own piece of artwork using acrylic paint.  These are just a few of the session topics to choose from!

Cost is $5 per youth ($14 maximum per family) and registration is due by February 12.  Visit the Project Day Event Page to learn more and access the registration form.

Project Day 2016

Mark your calendars! Project Day 2016 is taking place Saturday, February 20.  This year’s Project Day topics are still under construction- however please plan on attending. This is for all youth grades k-13. Join us as we teach you more about your favorite project area or learn about a new one!

Project Day Instructors NEEDED! We are looking for adults and older youth to help lead project sessions. Have a good idea and want to share? Know a community expert? Or interested in helping during the day? Please contact the 4-H office if you answered yes to any of these questions! We can’t have Project Day without your help.

Register Today! Northeast BLU Leadership Retreat

Registration is now open for the 2016 4-H Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) workshops! Each BLU brings together youth from across the region to engage in activities and leadership lessons. All activities are planned by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors, and will focus this year on exploring your passions to “Find your Element,” and envision how you can live out your passion in your life.

WHAT:  NE BLU Leadership Retreat

WHO: Youth in grades 6-13

WHEN:  Saturday, Feb 27 – Sunday, Feb 28

WHERE:  Long Lakes Conservation Center, Palisade

COST:  $100 for all youth participants (scholarships available)

REGISTRATION DUE:  Friday, January 15, 2016

Visit the NE BLU Event page for further information and registration details.

Crow Wing County 4-H Arts-In (performing arts) Registration is Now Open

If you like singing, dancing, acting, making props and just plain having fun, then consider being part of the Crow Wing County 4-H Arts-In. Arts-In is a great opportunity for youth to work together to design, draft, conduct and participate in plays at the county fair.

Registration and payment are due to Extension office no later than June 12. With no refunds after June 26. The cost for junior Arts-In (grade K-5) is $10 per youth. This group will be performing a Sea Creatures/Ocean theme skit. The senior Arts-In (grade 6 – 13) cost is $15 per member with a skit theme to be determined.

Youth participating in Arts-In will perform during the Crow Wing County fair August 4, 5 and 7 at 7:00 p.m. in the 4-H building. Practices will be held at the Land Services Building and the 4-H Building at the fairgrounds. Practice will begin the end of June, Monday and Tuesday nights, until the fair. Other practices may be added. Attendance at practices is required.

To download the registration form please visit .

If you would like more information on 4-H in Crow Wing County please contact 4-H Program Coordinator, Courtney Johnson at 218-824-1065, or visit our website at

Remember, it’s free to join 4-H. Enroll today at and visit the Minnesota 4-H website for more information on the 4-H youth development program.


4-H enrollment and animal IDs are due May 15

If you haven’t enrolled in 4-H yet this year, now is the time. You can enroll online at If you need to enroll by paper form, stop in at the Extension office, 322 Laurel St., Brainerd, and staff will help you.

There is no fee to join 4-H.

If you are new to 4-H, visit the state and county sites for enrollment and project information and to see what’s going on in Crow Wing county.


18 County 4-H’ers learn to lead at 4-H BLU

More than 500 youth learn leadership skills at the 2015 4-H Building Leadership & Understanding conferences

Brainerd (2/April /2015) – In February and March, more than 500 youth from across Minnesota gathered to participate in the annual 4-H Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) youth leadership conferences. The five regional two-day BLU leadership events were filled with exciting and fun activities that help youth learn and practice valuable leadership skills that they will be able to take back with them to their counties and communities, and use throughout their lives.


This year’s conference theme was, “Tune into You,” which focused on understanding what makes you unique, self-acceptance, and accepting the uniqueness of others. The topic was selected by the 4-H state ambassadors based on a survey from youth at previous events.  Activities guided participants in exploring self-awareness, resisting peer pressure, and identifying personal values. There was also plenty of time dedicated to meeting new friends and having fun, with skits, singing, dancing and games designed and facilitated by the ambassadors to help youth participants get to know one another and have a good time.

Using a youth-teaching-youth model, the 4-H BLU leadership conferences are developed and led by 4-H State Ambassadors, Minnesota 4-H youth who have been selected to serve as spokespeople for 4-H, and to educate youth and adults about the importance of youth development, leadership, citizenship, service, teamwork, and other invaluable life skills.

“A core element of 4-H programming is helping young people to realize their own leadership potential in society, “ said Jacquie Lonning, Extension Youth Development Citizenship &  Leadership state program director. “Through these experiences, we give youth the opportunity to learn about themselves, their peers, and realize their potential in making positive changes in their communities at home, locally, and nationally.”

“Youth who attend BLU bring back valuable leadership skills to all of Crow Wing County. They use these skills not only in 4-H, but they also bring them back into their classrooms, other organizations and their communities.” said Courtney Johnson, Crow Wing County 4-H Program Coordinator.

To learn more about 4-H in Crow Wing County, contact 4-H Program Coordinator Courtney Johnson, at 218-824-1069 and visit the website,

About Extension 4-H: 4-H is a youth development program of the University of Minnesota Extension.  Available for youth grades k-1 year after high school, 4-H’ers participate in hands-on learning experiences in STEM, citizenship & leadership, animal science, creative arts and much more. Through this unique learn-by-doing process, youth obtain essential life skills such as problem solving, decision making, coping and communicating that help them succeed in their school, college, community and career. Research shows that youth who participate in 4-H have better grades and are more emotionally engaged with school, are more than twice as likely to be civically active and contribute to their communities, and are 47% less likely to have risky or problem behaviors.