Outdoor Challenge

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
  • Firearm Safety at the Outdoor Challenge – link
  • 2015 Outdoor Challenge Handbook – PDF
  • 2013 Results – PDF

When June 19-21, 2015
Where:  Collin County Adventure Camp; Anna, TX
Registration: 4-H Connect
Opens May 1 – June 1, 2015
Contest Fee: $TBA/per contestant

General Rules

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.

Due to the large number of events and the growth in participation, it is important for everyone to be flexible and patient as we proceed through the contest.  There may be gaps in time between events, so it is recommended to utilize the time to relax, study, hydrate, and/or prepare for the next event.

The contest consists of 10 events that each team will compete in and potentially earn points for their team. A team consists of exactly 2 members (no more, no less) within the same age division and gender class (see Target Audience section below), and will compete in the 10 events listed below. Throughout both days of competition, the team will rotate from one event to the next with an official contest group leader.  The lowest scoring event will be dropped from each team’s Outdoor Challenge total.  Total team score will consist of the sum of the highest nine event scores. If a team chooses not to participate in an event, the team will receive a score of zero for that event.

Throughout the duration of the Outdoor Challenge, all contestants must wear closed-toed shoes (no flip-flops or sandals) except during swimming. 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 or exhibiting unsportsmanlike behavior, 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.  Contest officials reserve the right to interpret guidelines and make contest judgement decisions as needed, and will be done so in as fair a process as possible.

Target Audience
  • Youth 4-H members 8-18 years old as of September 1, 2013
  • Three age divisions for this event
  • Juniors = 8, 9, or 10 (as of September 1, 2013)
  • Intermediates = 11, 12, or 13 (as of September 1, 2013)
  • Seniors = 14 -18 (as of September 1, 2013); 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)

Knowledge/Skills Gained

By participating in the Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge, youth will improve skills in the following:

  • Shooting Sports (rifle, shotgun, and archery)
  • Sportfishing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Camping/Outdoor Living Skills
  • Orienteering
  • Identification of Wildlife and Natural Resources
  • Outdoor Safety
  • Teamwork
  • Decision-making
Recommended Skill Sets Prior to Competing
  • Firearm/archery safety
  • Archery
  • Shotgun shooting
  • Rifle .22 target shooting (standing)
  • Basic boating skills (canoeing and/or kayaking)
  • Basic camping skills
  • Basic First Aid skills
  • Fishing
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: tx4hnaturalresources@tamu.edu Please note: Refund requests may take up to 6-8 weeks for processing and delivery of check.
Contact Information
Mr. Derrick Bruton
Extension Program Specialist – 4-H
District 4
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75252
Phone: 972-952-9264
Fax: 972-952-9632
E-mail: dbruton@ag.tamu.edu

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