2021 Extension Youth Conference

4-H Extension Youth Conference is open to all youth who have finished the seventh grade. You do not need to be in 4-H to attend!

Don’t Miss the Excitement:

  • Be inspired by Nick Scott!
  • Make a difference through service learning
  • Interact with North Dakota 4-H Ambassadors
  • Make new friends
  • Have a blast at a banquet and dance

Join us on the campus of NDSU in Fargo June 21-24, 2021. Stay in the dorms and experience the dining center meals! Registration fee is $250 and includes all meals from Monday evening through Thursday noon, overnight housing for Monday through Wednesday evening, a photo and an event t-Shirt. Check in June 21 from 2-3 p.m. with check out at noon on June 24.

Early registration bonus: Open registration - March 31: $200
Bring a Friend discount: Bring someone new and you both receive $50 off registration!

Registration deadline: June 1 - Late registration: $280
Scholarships awarded to Communication Arts district winners

Highlights include:

  • Great speakers and breakout sessions
  • Participate in workshops to learn about: Artificial Insemination, Self Defense, Fishing Lures and Succulent Grafting/Propagation
  • Help the community through service
  • Learn about the North Dakota Ambassador program
  • Experience the ND Ambassador election process
EYC Workshops

101: Succulent Grafting/Propagation - Succulents are a popular plant that store their own water. Participants in the workshop will learn how to propagate, plant and care for some common succulents.

102: Range Judging - Range judging is the identification of different plants and their characteristics. Not all grasses and forbs are created equally. Learn how each plant is unique and has a special purpose. You'll also learn how range plants aren't just found out on the prairie, they have a purpose in the cities as well!

103: Wood Burning - Explore the 4-H woodburning trunk and create a piece of art all your own! Learn about what kinds of wood are safe to burn and what the tools are for!

104: STEM Escape Room - Can you solve the clues in time to breakout before your time is up!? You will take part in a STEM related escape room using Breakout EDU boxes. You will solve a number of clues with your team to open escape room locks and solve a mystery. Will your team be the first to crack the code!?

105: GIS Mapping - This workshop will introduce ArcGIS Online and provide an opportunity for participants to explore an online mapping environment. Focus will be on the development of a “Storymap” that describes a trip, or a place that the participant has been.

106: Rube Goldberg - We will be learning the basics of what a Rube Goldberg machine is and the different kinds of simple machines that are put together to accomplish the objective. 4-Hers will have a chance to get hands on and create the own Rube Goldberg machine!

201: AI Simulation -A.I.? Artificial intelligence? No, artificial insemination! Learn about the reproductive organs and cycle of a cow. It won't all be bookwork; the hands-on portion includes real reproductive tracts!

202: Meats - Who loves the smell of meat grilling on the patio on a summer’s night? From picking out the best meat cut to the seasoning and cooking, you'll be a grilling pro by the end of this workshop!

203: Self Defense - Come join the NDSU Police Department for a fun and informative session covering basic safety tips and tricks along with an introduction to self-defense tactics and techniques. Comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear advised.

204: Soap Making - Creating healthy habits are important, especially when looking at the global pandemic we experienced. So why not take something necessary and turn it into fun! Making your own bars of soap has a practical use but lets you be creative, making something you will love and use every day!

205: Painting - Calling all Van Goghs! Unleash your inner painter as we create a fun painting in a supportive atmosphere. No experience required.

206: Dancing with the Ambies - Bring your dancing shoes! Learn country swing, line dances, and more while having fun to some great music!

207: Scrap Art - Junk is Cool! Get your creative juices flowing and learn how to make assemblages from junk and vintage materials.


Special Accommodations -Accommodations for people with disabilities and/or requests for physical and/or medically prescribed dietary accommodations may be requested by contacting the Center for 4-H Youth Development at (701) 231-7251 by May 21, 2021 to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements. Please indicate your specific accommodation.

North Dakota 4-H Ambassador Elections - Are you interested in providing leadership, helping others, and promoting 4-H and youth involvement in North Dakota?

Eligible 4-H members may apply for a North Dakota 4-H ambassador position. Applications, along with four references, must be submitted prior to the conference. Applicants will be involved in a series of judging events during EYC and be notified on Wednesday afternoon if they have been accepted into the program. Applications and more info. can be found on the ND 4-H Ambassador website.

Ambassador Candidate Preconference Workshop - Ambassador candidate workshops will be held as a pre-conference activity. This is held on the NDSU campus on Monday, June 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Who should attend? Any new ambassador candidate who is running during EYC, and any new ambassadors elected in the past year that has not already attended.

What if I can’t attend? Can I still run? We would like to see you make an attempt to attend this pre-conference, but if you can’t, you may take the sessions at a later date. Not attending will not affect your status as a candidate. Of course, attending the election process still is required.

What if I need to come the day before? If you need to come the night before, housing on the NDSU campus can be provided for you at no additional cost.

Rules and Procedures - A number of policies and procedures designed to ensure the safety and well-being of youth participants are outlined briefly below.

Youth and Ambassador/Chaperone Groups - All youth participants will be assigned to a specific group and led by 4-H ambassadors and/or adult chaperones. One chaperone/ambassador will be assigned for every 10 youth. 

Conduct Policy - 4-H Extension Youth Conference teaches responsibility, not as a burden, but as a way to increase participants’ sense of connection and empowerment. You are expected to attend your assigned sessions and your attendance will be monitored. During the evenings, you may be able to choose from various activities. You are expected to stay on campus. You are expected to observe the designated curfew and be in your assigned room. Adult chaperones will do a bed check each night to account for each participant.

Future EYC Dates:

  • June 21-24, 2021
  • June 20-23, 2022
  • June 19-22, 2023
Top of page