Building Leadership & Understanding
4-H youth leader retreats
Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) is an exciting and fun overnight leadership adventure that brings together youth from across Minnesota. Youth learn and practice valuable skills that they will be able to take back with them to their counties and communities and use throughout their lives.
When and where is BLU?
- Feb. 1-2, 2014 - Hampton Inn, Shoreview
- Feb. 8-9, 2014 - Ramada Inn, Marshall
- Feb. 15-16, 2014 - Crookston Inn & Convention Center, Crookston
- Feb. 22-23, 2014 - Radisson Hotel Duluth Harborview, Duluth *Check-in will begin at 2:45, event will start at 3 p.m.
- Mar. 1-2, 2014 - Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Owatonna
Programming begins Saturday at 1 p.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Registration deadlines: Registrations were due on January 13. Very limited space is available, please contact your county office directly, or the state office at the information on the bottom of this page.
What type of activities does BLU offer me?
BLU is full of opportunities!
- Meet and make new friends with youth from across Minnesota.
- Learn from hands-on workshops.
- Gain new leadership and communication skills to bring back to your community.
- Have tons of fun at the dance, small group gatherings, and much more!
Pre-event information, including a packing list will be sent to all participants on the Monday prior to the event they will attend. A copy of the packing list is available here.
Who can attend?
All youth (non-4-H youth are encouraged to participate) enrolled in grades 6-12 and college first year students. Registrations are contingent on appropriate chaperone coverage. If you are interested in volunteering or know somebody who is, please contact your county Extension office. Registrations from each county must be accompanied by the chaperone's name before the registration for participants will be accepted. The right is reserved to refuse registration if appropriate coverage is not provided. Refunds will be issued if the registration is refused.
How much does it cost and how do I register?
The cost to register for BLU in 2014 is $85; registrations after January 13 will incur a $20 late fee. The fee covers all meals, lodging, activities and supplies. Some counties may have scholarship funds available; please inquire directly with your county. The deadline for ordering event t-shirts has passed. At this time, registrations can be completed only by staff.
Not a current 4-H member?
Weather cancellation policy: As we know, Minnesota's winter weather can often provide us with many surprises. We will do our best to reschedule any event that is cancelled due to inclement weather. In the event a rescheduling is not possible, a $20 program fee may be deducted from the registration fee to cover actual expenses, though we will work to make this as minimal as possible. If a t-shirt is ordered, it will be available either via postal mail, or through the county Extension office by the end of March.
Refund policy: Cancellations made after January 13 will be eligible for a partial refund of $40. However, substitutions are allowed. Please contact your County Extension Office immediately if a substitution is made.
To contact the event coordinators, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Thompson, executive office and administrative specialist
Jan Logelin, executive office and administrative specialist
Jacquie Lonning, Citizenship and Leadership program director and state Ambassador advisor