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Building Leadership & Understanding
BLU 2015

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 an overnight 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. This year's theme is 4-H BLU, Tune into You, which will focus on self-acceptance and acceptance of others and may be most appropriate for middle school and early high school youth, but is open to youth through one year past high school.

When and where is BLU?

Region Dates Location Deadline to register
Central Feb. 7-8, 2015 Holiday Inn
9200 Quaday Ave. NE
Otsego 55330
Dec. 17, 2014
Northwest Feb. 21-22, 2015 Days Inn
600 - 30th Ave. S.
Moorhead 56560
January 12, 2015
Southeast Feb. 21-22, 2015 Kahler Grand Hotel
20 - 2nd Ave. SW
Rochester 55902
January 12, 2015
Northeast Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2015 Inn on Lake Superior
350 Canal Park Drive
Duluth 55802
January 12, 2015
Southwest Feb. 28-Mar. 1, 2015 Ramada Inn
1500 E. College Drive
Marshall 56258
January 12, 2015

Programming begins Saturday at 1 p.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Pre-event registration is required and is now open!

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 stay in a hotel overnight and are chaperoned by screened adult volunteers.

Who can attend?

All youth (non-4-H youth are encouraged to participate) enrolled in grades 6-12 and college first year students are welcome to attend, though this year's content is most directed to youth in middle school and early high school. There may be additional leadership opportunities during the event for youth who are in higher grade levels.

All registrations are contingent on appropriate chaperone 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?

Registration for the 2015 BLU events is now closed. The cost to register for BLU this year was $85. The fee covers all meals, lodging, activities, and supplies. An optional conference t-shirt was also available for $12. Registration information, including potential changes to the 2016 BLUs will be announced by September 2015.

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: Please review and complete the refund request form.


To contact the event coordinators, email

Jan Logelin, executive office and administrative specialist
Jacquie Lonning, state program director, Citizenship and Leadership

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