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Building Leadership & Understanding

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.

What happens at BLU?

The Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors work with a regional planning team to 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 and will share the same activities in each region. Regional teams will further engage participants in leadership and service topics important to their region, and activities may vary from one event to the next. All events involve participants in hands-on activities, games, small group discussions, and social activities. 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 2017.

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.

How much does it cost?

In 2017 the fee to take part in overnight BLU events was $95 and the fee for the one-day BLU in the Southwest was $60. The fee covers all meals, lodging, activities, supplies, and a long-sleeve t-shirt (adult sizes only). Fees for 2018 BLU events have not yet been determined.


If you have questions about BLU, please contact Jacquie Lonning, state program director, Citizenship and Leadership,

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