Trips & Awards

4-H Teen Recognition Night is an evening of excitement, friendship, and good times.  Traditionally, 4-H has provided the means for a young person to receive awards and recognition for outstanding effort in project work, leadership, citizenship, and achievement. Selection for trips and awards is made by a volunteer committee who review the 4-H Member Record Books. 4-H Member Record Books are distributed to 4-H members by 4-H club leaders and are available at the Extension office. 4-H Member Record Books are to be completed by 4-H members. A letter is sent in October to teens ages 13 years and older. This letter requests that they sign up for the trips and awards they want to apply for and provides the date that these applications and record books are due.  Once selections have been made, a date is set and 4-Hers from across the county come together with their families and friends to enjoy dinner and to be recognized for all of their accomplishments during the 4-H year.  The event is well attended with honored guests including our 4-H Resource Educator, 4-H Team Leader, CCE Board President, and 4-H Program Issue Committee Chairman.   Once certificates and awards are handed out, many of the teens thank their parents and club leaders for encouraging them to do their best, in all that they do, including 4-H.

4-H TEEN RECOGNITION NIGHT for the 2018-2019 4-H YEAR:
  • Friday, January 17, 2020; 6:30 pm; Cornell Cooperative Extension, Hamden 

AGRI-BUSINESS CAREER TRIP to Cobleskill and the Albany area: Awarded to teens who may be interested in a career in Agri-Business.

2020 Date: TBA

ANIMAL CRACKERS (During May in Morrison Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca): There will be hands-on stations set up for 9-13 year old 4-H participants across New York State. The topics that are focused on change from year to year.

2020 Date: May 2

2020 Topics: Horse & Poultry

CAPITAL DAYS (During May in Albany):  Awarded on the basis of citizenship, leadership, ability and overall achievement. The participants in this program spend three days with 4-Hers from every county in New York State meeting with senators and assemblymen, touring the Capitol, Legislative Office Building, and State Museum.

2020 Date: May 17-19

CAREER EXPLORATIONS (During June at Cornell University in Ithaca): An opportunity for youth to explore the resources of Cornell University. The three days are a chance to learn about science and technology, check out college life, and develop leadership skills through one of several special programs.

2020 Date: June 30-July 2

CITIZEN WASHINGTON FOCUS: This is a 4-H leadership program for youth, ages 15-19, from across the country. This is a unique, exciting experience that will lead to becoming Better Citizens Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow. CWF participants enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at our nation’s capital and the chance to meet Members of Congress; motivational speakers, educational workshops, and assemblies that increase individual commitment to citizen involvement and build lifetime skills for success; activities that encourage new and lasting friendships; and an enthusiastic staff of young adults that work directly with them. For more information, visit the National 4-H website.

4-H DAIRY DISCOVERY Hands-on educational sessions challenge participants to consider the many diverse and exciting career opportunities within the dairy industry. Open to 4-Hers ages 15-17. Applications due February 15. There is a small cost for the trip.

2020 Date: TBA

NATIONAL 4-H CONFERENCE (During March at the National 4-H Center in MD): National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Citizenship, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world.  The delegates choose an important societal topic and in round table groups prepare a briefing. During the conference, the groups present their briefing to federal officials around the Washington, D.C. area. Open to 4-Hers ages 15-17. 7-9 delegates are chosen by the NYS 4-H Office to represent NYS at this week long conference. Although the selection process for delegates is competitive, the trip is well worth it. For more information, visit the National 4-H website.

NEW YORK CITY HONOR AWARD TRIP (During November to New York City): A one-day cultural experience trip awarded based on accomplishment and achievements in 4-H.

2020 Date: November TBA

STATE TEEN ACTION REPRESENTATIVES RETREAT (STARR) (During April at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse): A three day, fun-filled event where 4-H teens participate in a variety of workshops and activities meant to challenge, excite, and further develop life skills.

2020 Date: April 24-26

NEW YORK STATE FAIR (New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse):  State Fair is an opportunity for fun, leadership, and learning. There are many ways for teens to be involved from teens selected to work specifically in the County Booth finding items for evaluators, keeping things tidy, and providing hands-on activities to Teen Assistants (TAs) selected to work the entire State Fair, coordinating animal shows and the Youth Building too. For more information, visit the Teen Council page.  Open to 4-Hers ages 13 years and older with preference given to those who have completed a public presentation.

2020 New York State Fair Date: August 26-September 7

STATE TEEN AMBASSADOR TRAINING (During April at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse):  This three-day training is for every level of teen ambassador and advisor. The training is designed to offer practice in public speaking, debate, and personal conduct speaking with decision makers.

VERMONT CAREER EXPLORATION TRIP (in Vermont): Teens explore careers and participate in cultural experiences.  This trip is offered every other year.

2020 Date: April or May TBA

Emily Roach
4-H Resource Educator 
[email protected]
(607) 865-6531