American Spirit East

About American Spirit East – cancelled for 2021

The American Spirit Experience is a wonderful opportunity to develop knowledge of America’s heritage, citizenship, and leadership. It is also a great opportunity to meet new people, develop leadership and public speaking skills, and travel the east coast.

The Program has the Following Objectives for its Participants:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding of America’s heritage
  • Build awareness of the many steps taken to gain U.S. independence and freedom
  • Further develop skills in leadership and personal expression of values
  • Increase awareness of self in relationship to others
  • Share what was learned with others in your club and county

Featured Sites Include:

  • Valley Forge
  • Philadelphia – Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, and more
  • New York – Harbor Tour, 9/11 Memorial, Night Tour of New York, Statue of Liberty
  • Plimoth Plantation/Plymouth Rock
  • Boston – Freedom Trail, Atlantic Ocean
  • Whale Watching and Lobster dinner
  • Niagara Falls/Old Fort Erie

Requirements

The State 4-H Office will be facilitating two weeks of American Spirit starting in 2019. Participants must be in 8-10th grades when registering. The approximate cost of American Spirit is $1400. Please contact your county office regarding potential scholarship opportunities.

Questions? Contact Amber Rehberg at 608-262-1557 or amber.rehberg@wisc.edu.

Additional Information

Dates of Event — choice of:

TBD 2022 (2021 American Spirit has been cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns).

Featured sites include:

  • Valley Forge
  • Philadelphia – Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, and more
  • New York – Harbor Tour, 9/11 Memorial, Night Tour of New York, Statue of Liberty
  • Plymouth Plantation/Plymouth Rock
  • Boston – Freedom Trail, Atlantic Ocean
  • Whale Watching and Lobster dinner
  • Niagara Falls/Old Fort Erie

Qualifications

  • 4-H member in 8-10th grades when registering.
  • Delegates register through 4HOnline between November 1-December 20 prior to program year.
  • Delegates must not have attended American Spirit East in the past.

Cost

The approximate cost of American Spirit is $1400. Please contact your county office regarding potential scholarship opportunities.

Registration

Registration

Registration will be done through 4HOnline and will open between November 1 – December 20, 2021 (for 2022). Registration for travel week preference will be done on a first come, first serve basis. There will be a wait list created for each week in case of cancellations. If you need help registering through 4HOnline, please consult the registering for an event in 4HOnline Document. You will be sent additional details after registration with more information on American Spirit and the orientation. Payment is due January 15th. Counties will be invoiced through the State office.

Participant Orientation dates will be announced at a later time. Adult advisors are required to attend one of the orientations.

Questions on registration? Contact Justin Lieck at 608-263-5971 or justin.lieck@wisc.edu.

Delegate Info

Qualifications

  • 4-H member in 8-10th grades when registering.
  • Delegates register through 4HOnline.
  • Delegates carry county approval through the experience.
  • Delegates must not have attended American Spirit East in the past.

Experience Timeline

  • November 1 – December 20, 2021 (for 2022) – Registration will be open on 4HOnline
  • January 15th – Payment Due
  • Spring – Participants attend American Spirit Orientation
  • 3 Travel weeks – Friday – Sunday in June/July

Itineraries will be given closer to the experience.

What Should Delegates Expect?

  • Participation in a delegate orientation session 1-2 months prior to departure.
  • Conduct family heritage research to be completed prior to departure for Ellis Island Simulation
  • Experience high temperatures with summer humidity in the East Coast, therefore plan to pack light, appropriate clothing.
  • Time on the road completing activities, connecting with other youth, and learning through youth led ‘Teachable Moments’.
  • Learn about our country’s vast history through many historic cities.
  • Experience landmarks, monuments, and museums across New England.
  • Identify ways that you can make a positive impact in your home community from the tools you gained during the American Spirit Experience.

Adult Advisor Info

What are the expectations of Adult Advisors?

  • Applicants must be in good physical condition to withstand rigors associated with the program. Expect much walking on hard surfaces, handling luggage, and sharing a sleeping room. Sleep deficit is common.
  • American Spirit leaders can expect long bus rides.
  • Participants usually experience high temperatures with humidity in the East Coast.
  • Public speaking is required.
  • Adult leaders must work cooperatively with fellow Adult Advisor Team Members and remain with the delegation at all times during the program.
  • Adult leaders are required to submit a report and evaluation upon completion of the program.
  • Participation at scheduled teleconference or in-person orientations is mandatory.

How do I apply?

Applications are done online through your 4HOnline profile on the events page under “Educational Programs Adult Advisor Application”. If you need help finding the application, this document will help.

A complete application must be submitted to WI State 4-H by 4:30pm February 15. A reference is required, you can find a copy of the reference form here. A phone interview may also be conducted. All applicants will be notified of their status in early March (except for National Congress, notified in July). If you would like a paper copy of the application, please contact Justin at justin.lieck@wisc.edu or 608-263-5971.

Each program has a different focus with different desired attributes for leaders. If someone doesn’t fit into one position, they might be great elsewhere. If you are not selected this year, please don’t be discouraged! Apply again next year!

More information can be found on the Adult Advisor Page.

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