2018 Teen Leadership Conference

Categorized: 4-H & Youth, South Dakota 4-H

: Jun 4th

Teen Leadership Conference 2018: Fear Factor with mountains and arrowsSDSU Extension and the South Dakota 4-H Youth Council will host Teen Leadership Conference, June 4 - 8 at South Dakota State University.

Teen Leadership Conference is an annual conference in June hosted by 4-H Youth Council in collaboration with South Dakota 4-H and SDSU Extension at the main campus of South Dakota State University (SDSU) in Brookings, South Dakota. This conference is open to any teens regardless of their involvement with 4-H. Teens have an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, while exploring the beautiful SDSU campus.

Online Registration

Register online using the form below by May 8, 2018. To receive the $25 early registration discount for teens, register by April 20 and use the promotional code TLC25. Payment can be made either by credit card or check. To pay by check, select Show other payment options below the Order Now button and mail payment to iGrow, SAG 217, Box 2207, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007 by May 10. Do not bring the payment to camp.


Camper Information Guide

Contact Hilary Risner or Amber Erickson with any questions.

Conference Participation Preferences

During registration, you will be asked to select your interest in and rank the following camp options.

Conference Tract

  • Agvocacy: Safe Animal Husbandry Practices presented by Heidi Carroll, SDSU Extension Livestock Stewardship Field Specialist & Beef Quality Assurance Coordinator - Animal Husbandry is at the forefront of the consumer’s minds. This tract will prepare you to be better informed about safe livestock production practices, while keeping animal well-being at the forefront of your decisions.
  • Health & Wellness: Living an Active Life presented by Nikki Prosch, SDSU Extension Health & Physical Activity Field Specialist - Balancing the stresses of life can be overwhelming; this tract will provide participants healthy and active ways to relieve that stress.
  • Leadership: Poverty Education and Simulation presented by Dr. Amber Letcher, Assistant Professor & SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist - Poverty is everywhere and effects nearly everyone, in one form or another, even in South Dakota. This tract will help participants better understand the impact of poverty utilizing a hands-on approach.
  • Science: Entomology presented by Amanda Bachmann, SDSU Extension Pesticide Education & Urban Entomology Field Specialist - Does the study of insects fascinate you? Are you interested in participating in the 4-H Entomology project, but not sure where to start? This tract will get you started in the right direction.

Workshop #1

  • Bullying is Everyone’s Business presented by Christine Ramsay-Seaner, SDSU Assistant Professor, NCC - Have you ever been a victim of bullying? Or want to know the signs of a bully? This workshop will help participants understand that sticks and stones aren’t the only thing that can hurt you.
  • Life Skills in the Home presented by Amber Erickson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Field Operations Coordinator - Teens will engage in fast-paced minute-to-win-it games where they will gain experience and education on skills that they can apply at home and as they transition to college and adulthood.
  • Light-up Décor Using Circuits presented by Christine Wood, SDSU Extension 4-H Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Field Specialist - Do you know how circuits work? Do you think you can make a circuit? Test your knowledge and skills in this workshop by making your own circuit decorations.
  • Kindness Rocks Project presented by Jennifer Ringkob, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Marshall & Day Counties - Participants will paint kind words, phrases and images on rocks that they will hide around campus. The GPS coordinates of the rocks placed will be gathered and utilized in a scavenger hunt later in the week.

Campus Tour

  • Health and Wellness
  • Equine Facility
  • Seed Testing Lab
  • Yeager Media Center

Workshop #2

  • 4-H Project Exploration: Science of Agriculture presented by Amber Erickson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Field Operations Coordinator - This workshop will give participants a glimpse into the Science of Agriculture Challenge that is currently offered by South Dakota 4-H. Members will identify an issue in the agriculture industry and work as a team to formulate a solution to the issue.
  • F2 = Facilitating the Facilitator presented by Matthew Olson, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Pennington County - Have you ever been placed in a situation where you were expected to facilitate a workshop or activity with youth or even teens around your age? This workshop will help you be more prepared to facilitate those activities with confidence.
  • Getting Social on Social Media presented by Hilary Risner, SDSU Extension Regional 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Attendees will learn how to effectively self-promote utilizing social media and better understand the pitfalls of social media as they embark on future college and career goals.
  • Lightening Talks/TedX presented by Bradley Keizer, SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor - Fall River & Custer Counties - Come learn about the new age style of public speaking. These presentation styles will be sure ways to impress your 4-H clubs and teachers!


* In order to provide the best experience possible we are open to the need to be flexible; all times and locations are tentative.

Monday, June 4

  • 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Check-In (Teens may start arriving at Caldwell Hall at 3:00 PM)
  • 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM Small Group Session
  • 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Large Group Photo Opportunity
  • 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Opening Ceremony - Volstroff Ballroom, SDSU Student Union
  • 10:30 PM Dorm Floor Meetings
  • 11:00 PM Lights Out

Tuesday, June 5

  • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast - Larson Commons
  • 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Large Group Session - Rotunda D
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Guest Speaker Presentation - Rotunda D
  • 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Tract Session #1
  • 11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Speed Friending
  • 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch - Larson Commons
  • 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Workshop Session #1
  • 2:15 PM – 4:00 PM Community Service Engagement
  • 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Free Time/Wellness Center/Jitterbugging Workshop
  • 6:30 PM – 10:00 PM Barn Dance (pizza provided prior to dance) - SDSU Animal Science Arena
  • 10:30 PM Return to Dorms
  • 11:00 PM Lights Out

Wednesday, June 6

  • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast - Larson Commons
  • 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Large Group Session - Rotunda D
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Tract Session #2
  • 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Campus Tours
  • 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Lunch - Larson Commons
  • 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Keynote Workshop #2
  • 2:15 PM – 3:30 PM Games on the Green
  • 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Free Time
  • 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Small Group Session
  • 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Supper - Larson Commons
  • 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM Talent Show - SDSU Performing Arts Center
  • 9:30 PM – 10:00 PM Pie in the Face
  • 10:30 PM Return to the Dorms
  • 11:00 PM Lights Out

Thursday, June 7

  • 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast - Larson Commons
  • 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Large Group Session
  • 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM Workshop Session #2
  • 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM 4-H Forum
  • 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch - Larson Commons
  • 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Campus Education Scavenger Hunt
  • 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM Small Group Session
  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Free Time/Closing Banquet Preparations
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Closing Banquet - Club 71, SDSU Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM Dance - Club 71, SDSU Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium
  • 11:30 PM Lights Out

Friday, June 8

  • 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Breakfast - Larson Commons
  • 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM Large Group Session
  • 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM Depart for Home (teens may start departing from Caldwell Hall at 8:30 AM)
  • 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Lunch - Larson Commons

Packing List

  • Umbrella
  • Bedding (sheets, blanket, pillow and/or sleeping bag)
  • Toiletries
  • Professional attire for closing banquet
  • (1) Old Shirt that can be destroyed
  • Recreation clothes (might get dirty)
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Bug spray
  • Tennis shoes
  • Swim suit (optional)