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Building Leadership & Understanding

The Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) workshops engage youth in grades 6-12 in activities to build leadership skills while forming relationships with other youth and learning to work together to make a difference in their communities.

Held at five different locations across the state, participants engage in hands-on activities, participate in team-building experiences and listen to interesting speakers. Activities are planned and facilitated by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors.

Registration opens Nov. 1 and each event has a different registration deadline and event date (see below). The cost of the experience is $95 for the overnight locations, $60 for the one-day location and includes a long-sleeved event t-shirt. Some scholarships are available at the county and state levels.

2018 BLU

Important updates due to weather

BLU Southwest

Cancelled due to anticipated severe winter weather. Information about potential rescheduling and partial refunds will be sent directly to registered families.

BLU Northeast

BLU Northeast will be held as planned. Weather and road conditions will continue to be monitored.

Date & location

Check-in, start & end times

Fee

Contact & payment address

Central - Feb. 3-4

Koronis Center
15752 County Road 181
Paynesville, MN 56362

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

$95

Diane Lambrecht
UMN Extension Regional Office
4100 220th Street W, Suite 100
Farmington, MN 55024

lambr031@umn.edu
651-480-7703

Northwest - Feb. 10-11

Castaway Club
51709 County Hwy 31
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.
$95

Annette Graves
UMN Extension Regional Office
715 11th St N Ste 107C
Moorhead, MN 56560

aigraves@umn.edu
218-236-2003

Southeast - Feb. 3-4

Ironwood Springs Ranch
7291 County 6 Rd SW
Stewartville, MN 55976

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.
$95

Deb Sveen
UMN Extension Regional Office
863 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904

dsveen@umn.edu
507-529-2791

Northeast - Feb. 24-25

Long Lake Conservation Center
28952 438th Lane
Palisade, MN 56469

This event will be held as planned. Weather and road conditions continue to be monitored.

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.
$95

Kate Bauman
UMN Extension Regional Office
1861 E US Hwy 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

brow0178@umn.edu
218-327-5958 ext 3009

Southwest - Feb. 24

CANCELLED due to weather. See note above.


$60

Casey Olson
UMN Extension Regional Office
46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267

olso4266@umn.edu
320-589-1711, ext 2116

Timeline

Contact

If you have questions about BLU, please contact Jacquie Lonning, citizenship and leadership program director, or get answers to frequently asked questions.


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