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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 St. Cloud Holiday Inn & Suites
75 - 37th Ave. S.
St. Cloud 56301
January 5, 2016
Northwest Feb. 20-21, 2016 Castaway Club
51709 County Hwy 31.
Detroit Lakes 56501
January 15, 2016
Southeast Feb. 20-21, 2016 Kahler Apache
1517 16th Street SW
Rochester 55902
January 15, 2016
Northeast Feb. 27-28. 2016 Long Lake Conservation Center
28952 438th Lane
P alisade, 56469
January 15, 2016
Southwest Feb. 27, 2016 Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State St.
Marshall 56258
January 15, 2016

Pre-event registration is required and will open on November 23.

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.

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. 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 information, including potential changes to the 2016 BLUs will be announced by mid-November.

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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