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Building Leadership & Understanding
BLU 2017

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
Southeast Feb. 4-5, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Ironwood Springs Ranch
7291 County 6 Road SW
Stewartville 55976
Central Feb. 11-12, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Koronis Center
15752 County Road 181
Paynesville 56362
Northwest Feb. 11-12, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Castaway Club
51709 County Hwy 31
Detroit Lakes 56501
Northeast Feb. 25-26, 2017
1:30 p.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Long Lake Conservation Center
28952 438th Lane
Palisade 56469
Southwest Feb. 25, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall 56258

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 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.

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 will be posted in November 2016, and dates vary by location. The fee covers all meals, lodging, activities, supplies, and an event t-shirt (adult sizes only). The full program cost is due at the time of registration in order for the registration to be confirmed. 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


To contact the event coordinators, email

Jacquie Lonning, state program director, Citizenship and Leadership

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