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Building Leadership & Understanding
BLU 2016

The 4-H Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) program is an exciting and fun leadership adventure, hosted by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors, that brings together youth from across the state of Minnesota in a leadership workshop. Each retreat uses a youth-teaching-youth model to teach a leadership topic, participate in team-building activities, and meet other youth from their region.

When and where is BLU?

Region Dates Location Deadline to register
Central Feb. 6-7, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.
St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites
75 - 37th Ave. S.
St. Cloud 56301
January 5, 2016
Northwest Feb. 20-21, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Castaway Club
51709 County Hwy 31.
Detroit Lakes 56501
January 15, 2016
Southeast Feb. 20-21, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Kahler Apache
1517 16th Street SW
Rochester 55902
January 15, 2016
Northeast Feb. 27-28. 2016
1:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Long Lake Conservation Center
28952 438th Lane
Palisade 56469
January 15, 2016
Southwest Feb. 27, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall 56258
January 15, 2016

Pre-event registration is required. See instructions below on how to register.

What happens at BLU?

The Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors plan and facilitate each of the BLU events. The State Ambassadors use a youth-teaching-youth approach to teach their peers about a leadership topic each year. They engage participants in hands-on activities, games, small group discussions, and a participant dance during each event. Participants are chaperoned by screened adult volunteers. Meals during the event are covered as part of the registration fee. A basic schedule will be posted on this page in late January 2016.

Who can attend?

All youth enrolled in grades 6-12 and college first year students are welcome to attend. Non-4-H youth are encouraged to participate.

All registrations are contingent on appropriate chaperone (21 years of age and older) coverage, if you are interested in volunteering, or know somebody who is, please contact your County Extension Office.

How much does it cost and how do I register?

Program fees and dates vary by location. The fee listed covers all meals, lodging, activities, supplies, and an event t-shirt (adult sizes only). Cost should not be a barrier to participation. Please inquire with your county 4-H program about scholarships that may be available, or contact Jacquie at

Registration is preferred to be completed online through the 4-H member's 4HOnline account. Instructions for registering through 4HOnline are available here (PDF).

If paper registration is preferred, be sure to download the appropriate registration form below and submit with payment to the provided address.

Region Date of event Deadline to register Event fee
paper registration form (PDF)
Feb. 6-7, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.
January 5, 2016 $100
paper registration form (PDF)
Feb. 20-21, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.
January 15, 2016 $100
paper registration form (PDF)
Feb. 20-21, 2016
1:30 p.m. - 11:00 a.m.
January 15, 2016 $100
paper registration form (PDF)
Feb. 27-28. 2016
1:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.
January 15, 2016 $100
paper registration form (PDF)
Feb. 27, 2016
9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
January 15, 2016 $70

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.

Refund policy: Please review and complete the refund request form.


To contact the event coordinators, email

Kristina Abbas, Citizenship & Leadership program assistant and event coordinator
Jacquie Lonning, state program director, Citizenship and Leadership

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