Leadership retreat held for 4-H youth


BROWNWOOD — 4-H members in grades 7-12 and adult leaders can hone their leadership skills at the Teen Leadership Retreat from Jan. 4-6 at the Texas 4-H Conference Center near Brownwood, the program coordinator said.

“The teen retreat at the Texas 4-H Conference Center provides a state level leadership experience for senior 4-H youth,” said Cari Snider, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service youth program coordinator, Brownwood.

Snider said the retreat allows participating youth to explore new or revised projects and curricula they can implement in their respective counties.

She said the program is designed for 4-H youth serving in a leadership capacity in the Texas 4-H program.

“County council and club officers will have the opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in a variety of topics taught by AgriLife Extension 4-H specialists and agents,” she said. “There will be sessions on leadership and team building, advocacy, STEM and what we call the Survival Guide to Turning 18.”

The program begins the morning of Jan. 4 with registration, followed by a general welcome and orientation, adult chaperone meeting, ice-breakers, games and more.

The following day there will be a flag ceremony, breakfast and opening assembly, followed by concurrent learning sessions.

“Attendees will be put on teams and much of the day will be devoted to the concurrent sessions and outdoor activities,” Snider said. “We’ll also have a flag lowering, team challenge and evening dance. The theme for his year’s dance will be Space.”

Jan. 6 activities will include a flag ceremony and breakfast, followed by cleaning the dorms and departure around 9 a.m.

Registration continues through Dec. 21. The cost is $140 for youth and $90 for adult chaperones. It includes two nights lodging, four meals, snacks and all program supplies.

Each county is requested to provide adult chaperones for the weekend. Any adult attending must be registered on 4-H Connect, complete the online Child Protection Training and submit a background check through 4-H Connect.

Registration is available online at the center’s website, https://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu.

“The program is a great opportunity to meet with other 4-H members from throughout the state,” Snider said. “You can develop new friendships and learn interpersonal skills that will serve you a lifetime. And while this is a learning retreat, the main objective for the weekend will be to have fun.”


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