As never before, today’s youth face an ever-increasing disassociation with natural areas and its resources. This is as a result of many factors including urbanization, educational priorities, family structure, culture, priorities, values, and beliefs. This trend is detrimental not only to the individual’s knowledge and awareness of the resource, but also (and likely more important) a detriment to the resource itself. This disassociation with natural areas can lead to lost learning opportunities, potential lack of involvement, and/or loss of natural resources. The Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge will help address this situation through an experiential, educational contest conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel and other natural resource professionals.
- Outdoor Challenge Logo – JPG
- 2010 Photo Gallery –
- 2013 Outdoor Challenge Handbook – PDF
Outdoor Challenge – On schedule
How: Register on 4-H Connect
Registration Open: TBD
Late Registration: TBD
Contest Fee: $30/per contestant
Lodging, Facility and Meal Expenses: Varies based upon needs. Dorm lodging will be available. Pricing packages will be listed on 4-H Connect when registering. A meal plan will be offered that will include 3 meals on Saturday and 2 meals on Sunday. Participants may elect to bring their own food (no cooking facilities provided). Note: there is no time in the schedule to allow contestants to go into town to eat.
The 4-H Outdoor Challenge is a contest. Contestants will need to come prepared to compete in each of the events listed below. The contest schedule is very tight; therefore, there will not be time for instruction or training at any of the events.
The contest consists of 10 events that each team will compete in and potentially earn points for their team. The lowest scoring event will be dropped from each team’s Outdoor Challenge total. Throughout both days of competition, the team will rotate from one event to the next with an official contest group leader.
Throughout the duration of the Outdoor Challenge, all contestants must wear closed-toed shoes (no flip-flops or sandals) except during the swimming event. All contestants are expected to be at their designated event at his/her scheduled time. In the event the contestant(s) are absent at the specified time, the team will forfeit the event and receive a zero (0) score. Adults and non-contestants are not permitted to directly assist team members nor be located in the immediate contest area at the time of competition. Non-competitors are certainly encouraged to spectate, photograph and even cheer on their contestants. All competitors must abide by rules and instructions provided by contest officials. Any competitor deliberately acting in an unsafe manner, will be asked to leave the immediate event area, which may result in the forfeiture of the event and/or contest. The decisions of all contest officials are final and may not be protested.
- Youth 4-H members 8-18 years old as of September 1, 2010
- Three age divisions for this event
- Juniors = 8, 9, or 10 (as of September 1, 2010)
- Intermediates = 11, 12, or 13 (as of September 1, 2010)
- Seniors = 14 -18 (as of September 1, 2010); must not have turned 19 by that date
Each age division will be divided into three gender classes:
1.) both male
2.) both female
3.) coed (1 male, 1 female)
By participating in the Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge, youth will improve skills in the following:
- Shooting Sports (rifle, shotgun, and archery)
- Camping/Outdoor Living Skills
- Identification of Wildlife and Natural Resources
- Outdoor Safety
|Recommended Skill Sets Prior to Competing|
- Firearm/archery safety
- Shotgun trap
- Rifle .22 target shooting (standing)
- Swim for distances of two pool lengths
- Basic boating skills (canoeing and/or kayaking)
- Basic camping skills
|Natural Resources Program Refund Policy|
|4-H Connect has a general NO REFUND POLICY. However, for Texas 4-H Natural Resources events, written/email refund requests received prior to two weeks from the event start date will be granted minus a 15% processing fee. Written/email requests received later than two weeks prior to event start date will be granted minus a 50% processing fee. All refund requests should include whom the refund check should be written to (County/Club/Individual) and a mailing address. Requests must be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please note: Refund requests may take up to 6-8 weeks for processing and delivery of check.|
Mr. Derrick Bruton
Extension Program Specialist – 4-H
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75252