Member Evaluation Short Forms (MES)

 (Last updated 10/2/17)

2017-2018 Columbia County 4-H Older Youth Opportunities

Columbia County 4-H sponsors a variety of trips and awards available only to 4-H youth in grades 8-12. To be considered for a trip/award and Leader Council money support, you MUST complete a member evaluation form (MES), which is available from the UW-Extension Office or available below. Opportunities are described below. You will not know how far you could have gone or what you could have done until you try!

Leader’s Association pays for half the cost of trips awarded through the application process. Applications require one letter of recommendation from a non-related general leader or person who has been a project leader of the applicant. The recommendations should be sent to the UW-Extension Office by Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The leaders must review the completed MES form before completing their recommendations. Only one trip per member will be awarded per year. Members who would like a sample MES or who have questions, should contact Karen at 608-742-9684 or



Written Application, Recommendation & Selection Form Due:
               Tuesday, October 10, 2017 to the UW-Extension Office

Interview Date:
               Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the CCHC, Wyocena






State 4-H & Youth Conference  (MES required, no interview) – 10 Youth – Estimated Cost:  $250.00.  Selected youth spend four days on the UW-Madison Campus (late June) where they choose to participate in a variety of seminars, tours, general assemblies, and recreational activities, while also getting a taste of college life.  Youth must attend State 4-H & Youth Conference before being eligible for all other award trips, except the Chicago Daze trip.  Participants must be in grades 8-10 as of October 1, 2017.


Chicago Daze  √  (MES required, no interview) – 8 Youth – Estimated Cost:  $150.00 (day trip) or $300.00 (overnight trip) (slightly more if a smaller number of participants); participants will decide if they prefer a day or an overnight trip.  Selected youth will travel by train to

Chicago and by bus around Chicago for this day trip. Participants will tour Chicago sites as determined by participants, and may include: the Field Museum of Natural History/Shedd Aquarium/Lincoln Park Zoo/Museum of Science & Industry.  Participants must be in grades 8-11 as of October 1, 2017.  This trip will only be held if there is enough interest and if there is a volunteer coordinator and chaperone(s).


Citizenship Washington Focus      (MES and interview required) – 3 Youth – Estimated Cost:  $1,400.00.  Selected youth attend a week long program at the National 4-H Center outside of Washington D.C. to learn about citizenship and government, along with opportunities to observe the attractions of Washington D.C.  Participants may select from three (3) 2018 dates:

Week 3: June 16-24; Week 4:  June 23–July 1; Week 6:  July 7–15 (all are Saturday to the following Sunday).  Participants must be in grades 10-12 as of October 1, 2017 with minimum age of 15 during program.


National 4-H Congress  ∗ (MES and interview required) – 2 Youth – Estimated Cost:  $1,200.00.  Delegates participate in self-development seminars, tours and a service project, while exchanging ideas with youth from across the country in Atlanta, GA,  November 23–27, 2018.  Participants must be in grades 10-12 as of October 1, 2017 with maximum age of 18 on Jan. 1 of program year.


National 4-H Conference    (MES and interview required) – 1 Youth selected to apply – Estimated Cost:  $1,300.00.  The 2018 conference will be April 6 – 12 in Washington D. C.  Six (6) to eight (8) youth in grade 10-12 are selected on the state level to attend.  Each participant selects an issue and works with other youth from across the country to develop plans that help direct future 4-H programming.  Delegates spend the majority of time contributing to stimulating, task oriented groups.  One day is spent on Capitol Hill with legislators and touring.  Participants must be in grades 10-12 as of October 1, 2017 with minimum age of 15 and maximum 18 on Jan. 1 of program year.


4-H Key Award (MES and interview required) – 2 Youth.  This state-level award is sponsored by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau and its affiliates, and provides special recognition to 4-H members who have demonstrated consistent growth in their club program, developed their leadership abilities, and been helpful in their club and community.  Participants must be at least 14 years of age as of January 1, 2017.  This award is only given once.


∗ Must have attended State 4-H & Youth Conference; however, if you are applying for an MES trip for the first time as a junior or a senior in high school, please contact the UW Extension Office at 608-742-9680 for more information. 

√ Trip is contingent upon having Columbia County chaperones.