Winter Roundup is an exciting three day, two night conference focused on developing youth and adult leadership in the 4-H Horse Project. The conference is packed with speakers and educational workshops. Topics cover areas such as developing leadership skills, horse care and showing, horse project areas such as Western Heritage, Horse Bowl, Hippology, Speech and Demo, applying to the Dan Patch and Youth Leadership Awards and much more! In addition to the wonderful learning and developmental opportunities available many people say the best part of attending this conference are the valuable connections they make with other leaders across the state. You will gain great ideas from fellow attendees and in many cases leave the conference having developed new friendships. This conference is geared towards and best appreciated by adults and youth 8th grade and above. Mark your calendars today and join us for a weekend you won't soon forget!
- Registration form
- FAQ (frequently asked questions)
- Fees: Early bird registration $80 per person postmarked on or before by Jan. 2, 2018. After Jan. 2, 2018: $100 per person. Non-refundable payment must accompany your registration.
- Please contact Amy DeGroot with any questions about fees and /or deadlines.
- Open to all adult volunteers and to youth leaders.
- Youth need to attend with a parent or designate an adult screened volunteer that is attending the event as their chaperone. Contact Renee Kostick if you have questions regarding this requirement.
Don't wait! First come, first served! Complete the registration form and mail it back.
What does the fee cover?
- Lodging, meals and conference materials
Is this a "winter camping" experience?
- Not primarily. The facility is a large dormitory with dining halls and conference rooms in the center. There are dormitory-style rooms and some three-bed rooms within the same facility, and yes the showers and other facilities are all indoors. The camp does have cross-country skis and snowshoes available. There is a frozen lake out front and a hill where tubing is sometimes attempted by our attendees. For those of you with warmer preferences, sitting by the fireplace is another popular pastime.
What if I can’t get there early on Friday evening?
- Come when you can. We try to have a variety of activities to accommodate people arriving throughout the evening.
I’ve been a project leader for years. Why would I come?
- This is an opportunity to meet other leaders, start new friendships and renew old ones. Sessions and speakers change every year. Some feature new friends. The Horse Library is always set up, giving you a chance to view tapes and the other materials without having them shipped to you. Many of the 4-H State Horse project development committee directors attend, giving you a chance to talk to committee chairs and directors in person. Roundup also gives youth and adult leaders a chance to teach and share with others, an important part of the 4-H model. You may choose to use some of the time for reflecting on projects.
What does the requirement that youth must have chaperones listed mean?
- Asking for a chaperone for all youth simply means that we are requesting that there be a responsible adult designated for each participant. The adult must be on site at the conference at all times and is responsible for the conduct of the youth. The adults and the youth do not "bunk" together. They do not have to attend sessions together. We are simply asking for an adult to be present and responsible for youth attending.
Can my seventh grader attend?
- Generally, no. This conference is primarily for adult leaders with an opportunity for the more senior youth leaders to share in the learning. We may have one or two special circumstances where the youth is under the eighth grade requirement, but is participating in the presentations. Those individuals will not stay overnight at the facility.