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The 4-H Outdoor Adventure Program is an outdoor leadership program designed for teens with guidance from adults. The purpose is to develop character and integrity in young people through teaching teamwork, leadership and outdoor skills; and allows them to share their knowledge and skills with others. It provides participants the opportunity to see themselves from an entirely new perspective. Experiencing the challenge of the out-of-doors, participants grow personally, developing an understanding of themselves and their limitations. By being a member of a crew, they learn to understand and appreciate the needs of others and their team. Involvement in the program instills a new respect for the natural environment, and helps participants encompasses many 4-H project area and develops in young people an appreciation for and respect of the outdoors, animal life and other areas of nature


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does Outdoor Adventure accomplish?
    Outdoor adventure teaches leadership while being outdoors.
  • What is the age requirement?
    14 years old or older on January 1 to participate in all Oklahoma State Outdoor events. 13 years old or older on January 1 to participate in the Shakedown Training.
  • What is the cost?
    The cost will vary with trip location.
  • Do the participants need any spending money?
    Small amount of money will be needed for souvenirs and snacks they want to purchase.
  • What is the cancellation policy?
    Trip and shakedown are non-refundable.
  • What are the chaperone requirements?
    Chaperones must be 25 years old, certified 4-H volunteers. One chaperone must be currently certified in outdoor wilderness first aid.
  • What trips have been taken in the past?
    • 2012 – Pecos Wilderness in Northern New Mexico. Near Santa Fe, NM
    • 2013 – Carson National Forest in Northern New Mexico. Near Taos, NM
    • 2014 – Buffalo River in Arkansas.
    • 2015 – Chicago Basin and Big Molas Lake, Colorado. Between Durrango and Silverton.
      2016 - Pecos Wilderness in Northern New Mexico. Near Santa Fe, NM
    • 2017 – No trip was taken
    • 2018 – San Juan Mountains, CO. Round trip from Little Molas Lake to Beaver Dam Ponds in the Weminuche Wilderness Area on the Colorado Trail
  • What must be purchased for the trip?
    Required Personal Equipment List at the end of the information and registration document contains the required items. The equipment list describes what is required and what is optional. There is also a doctor’s physical required for youth participating in the July trip. The doctor’s physical is not required for Shakedown Training.
  • What forms must be completed to participate in Outdoor Adventure?
    First everyone must complete the registration form. Once the registration form is received, we will send Youth Form 1 and a Health and Medical Record (completed by a physician) for the youth participants and Adult Form 4 for the chaperones. The Youth Form 1 and the Adult Form 4 are required for Shakedown. The Medical Record is only required for the float in July.
  • What is Leave No Trace?
    Leave No Trace is a set of principles that promotes reduction of human affects on the wilderness. General saying is “only leave foot prints, and only take pictures.”
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