Location: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Annual MSU pre-college program that attracts approximately 2500 youth participants and chaperones representing all 83 Michigan counties.
Outdoor Adventure Challenge
The 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge uses the biggest classroom available — the outdoors — to lead young people in activities that are both physically and mentally stressful. Through 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge, participants learn canoeing, kayaking, backpacking, hiking, outdoor survival and safety skills. Most importantly, they learn to communicate with other group members to plan, organize and conduct their own activities in the outdoors. The program teaches youth the skills necessary to deal with stressful situations which may occur in any setting in their lives. It also gives young people a greater sensitivity, understanding and appreciation for both themselves and the outdoors.
The multi-session 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Leader Training Series is designed to train adults interested in using the outdoors to help develop life skills in young people.
New in 2013 the program has been restructured into three levels of training requirements. The training includes an introduction to 4-H and the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge program, training in backpacking, caving, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing and winter camping. Adults receiving the training are expected to work with young people in the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge program and abide by these 4-H OAC program policies. A number of resources exist to support trainees and those already certified. They are listed in the Resources section below.
You must be at least 16 to enroll in the training, and at least 21 to become a certified 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge leader. Enrollment is due a couple weeks before each training date. NOTE: Orientation has been postponed until further notice.
The fees for training cover instructional materials, facilities or camping fees and group equipment costs and mileage for instructors. Fees are due before each training and must be remitted with a training enrollment form (below). Participants also are responsible for the cost of their own food, personal equipment, transportation to and from the training sites, and other personal costs.
For more information on how to get involved as a youth or volunteer, contact your county MSU Extension office or:
Judy Ratkos, Senior Program Leader
4-H Youth Development
MSU Extension Institute for Children and Youth
Michigan State University
160 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039
- 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Instructor NON-Travel Reimbursement Form
- 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Instructor Reference Guide
- 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Instructor Travel Reimbursement Form
- 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Leader Reference Guide
- 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Training Manual (To be updated by mid-April 2013)
- 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Trip Plan Samples
- Guide for Creating an Effective 4-H Youth Conservation Council
- Member’s Personal 4-H Record Book (4H1192)
- No Child Left Inside: 4-H Introduces Kids to a World of Nature
- Outdoor Adventure Challenge Organizations