4-H Connect Retreat

October 18-20, 2024

Location: Boone Y-Camp in Boone, IA
Grades: Youth in grades 7th-10th
Cost: $20
*financial aid available

The 4-H Connect program is a three-day retreat that allows all young Iowans, and particularly untapped and underserved youth, to explore experiential learning opportunities in the 4-H five program priority areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Civic Engagement and Leadership, Healthy Living, Communication and the Arts, STEM in addition to college and career opportunities available through Iowa State University.


The 4-H Connect retreat is a path for youth in grades 7-10 to begin engaging with the Iowa 4-H program. This event is designed to use cultural strengths to introduce young people to their local 4-H program, introduce volunteers and staff to culturally based leadership development best practices, and to connect youth to post-secondary educational opportunities and resources. 

4-H Connect fosters:

  • A sense of belonging and a reflection of youth's identity in Iowa 4-H.
  • Explore educational career opportunities and resources.
  • Connections to build community.
  • Safe, welcoming, and inclusive spaces.
  • Meaningful connections to engage with culturally diverse youth around the state.
  • New Experiences sharing friendships, food and outdoor fun


The first day of the 4-H Connect Retreat begins with an opening session to introduce the youth to one another, to our staff and to hear from a keynote speaker. For the remainder of the evening, young people participate in several activities designed to introduce them to Iowa 4-H. The remaining two days are filled with fun and educational activities, events, and presentations.

Participants will stay in cabins, explore the outdoors, participate in a number of workshops, fun free- time activities, cultural entertainment, and have the opportunity to meet young people from across Iowa. 

Youth in grades 7-10, join us for a weekend of cultural celebration of heritage, leadership experiences, and fun!

Paper Registration Forms

Lorena Dorado-Robles