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Building Leadership & Understanding

The Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) workshops engage youth in grades 6-12 in activities to build leadership skills while forming relationships with other youth and learning to work together to make a difference in their communities.

Held at five different locations across the state, participants engage in hands-on activities, participate in team-building experiences and listen to interesting speakers. Activities are planned and facilitated by the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors.

Registration opens Nov. 1 and each event has a different registration deadline and event date (see below). The cost of the experience is $95 for the overnight locations, $60 for the one-day location and includes a long-sleeved event t-shirt. Some scholarships are available at the county and state levels.

2018 BLU

Date & location

Check-in, start & end times


Contact & payment address

Central - Feb. 3-4

Koronis Center
15752 County Road 181
Paynesville, MN 56362

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.


Diane Lambrecht
UMN Extension Regional Office
4100 220th Street W, Suite 100
Farmington, MN 55024

Northwest - Feb. 10-11

Castaway Club
51709 County Hwy 31
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

Annette Graves
UMN Extension Regional Office
715 11th St N Ste 107C
Moorhead, MN 56560

Southeast - Feb. 3-4

Ironwood Springs Ranch
7291 County 6 Rd SW
Stewartville, MN 55976

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

Deb Sveen
UMN Extension Regional Office
863 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904

Northeast - Feb. 24-25

Long Lake Conservation Center
28952 438th Lane
Palisade, MN 56469

Check-in: 1:30 p.m.
Start time: 2 p.m.
End time: 11:30 a.m.

Kate Bauman
UMN Extension Regional Office
1861 E US Hwy 169
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
218-327-5958 ext 3009

Southwest - Feb. 24

CANCELLED due to weather. Information about potential rescheduling and partial refunds will be sent directly to registered families.


Casey Olson
UMN Extension Regional Office
46352 State Hwy 329
Morris, MN 56267
320-589-1711, ext 2116



If you have questions about BLU, please contact Jacquie Lonning, citizenship and leadership program director, or get answers to frequently asked questions.

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