Summer Academy

June 24-27, 2024

Hosted by Wisconsin 4-H and Community Youth Development of UW-Madison Extension.

Join us on the UW-Madison Campus for the new Summer Academy, June 24-27, 2024. This new Positive Youth Development program will help you discover pathways to your future. Signup to learn what it takes to have a career, or a hobby in several SPARK areas including agriculture, STEM, service, leadership, arts, trades, and many more. There will be fun opportunities to build networks and friendships with folks from all over the state of WI.

The schedule for 2024 Summer Academy will be available soon.


Track offerings for 2024 Summer Academy are still being determined. Check back here soon for more information!

Additional Details

Summer Academy will be held at the UW-Madison Campus, where youth and adult chaperones will stay at Chadbourne Residence hall. Youth will be participating in a wide variety of track-based activities and seminars. They will be able to visit different locations on Campus and in Madison. They will also have the opportunity to hear from speakers, watch a performance from the 4-H Drama Company, and participate in a variety of fun hands-on activities!


Youth currently in grades 8-11 will be able to register for Summer Academy when registration is open on March 1. The registration will be done in 4HOnline. You can find the registration by going to your youth’s profile and clicking on the events tab in 4HOnline. The event will be called “Summer Academy”.

If your youth is already enrolled in 4HOnline, you can find instructions on how to register for the event here.

If your youth is not already enrolled in 4HOnline, you can find instructions on how to create a profile and register for the event here.

Paper enrollment forms are available here:


You can find all the information you need for Summer Academy in the handbook! This includes information about Campus, the tracks, the program, and more. 2024 Handbook available soon.


The registration fee for Summer Academy is $450 per youth. This cost covers registration, lodging, meals, transportation, and all other costs for our youth participants. A portion of the cost of this program is supported by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and a generous donor, who help to reduce the cost of the program for each participant. We graciously thank these donors for their contributions to Summer Academy!


Bus transportation will be provided statewide for youth participants for Summer Academy. When registering, you will be able to see a selection of bus routes and pickup locations that you can choose from. This cost is included in the registration fee for Summer Academy, and is also covered by a gracious donation from a 4-H sponsor.

The bus options are:

  • Bus 1 (West) – Hudson, La Crosse, Viroqua stops
  • Bus 2 (Northwest) – Minong, Rice Lake, Altoona, Black River Falls stops
  • Bus 3 (Central) – Minocqua, Wausau, Plover, Portage stops
  • Bus 4 (Northeast) – Shawano, Appleton, Fond du Lac stops
  • Bus 5 (East) – Green Bay, Sheboygan, Jackson stops
  • Bus 6 (East/MKE) – Milwaukee, Waukesha stops
  • Bus 7 (Southeast) – Burlington, Elkhorn, Janesville, Evansville stops

Adult Advisors

4-H Volunteers are invited to apply to be Summer Academy Adult Advisors now through March 15th.  Adult advisors will help create a safe, welcoming environment for our youth during Summer Academy on the UW-Madison Campus.  

Young Adult Leaders: We are also recruiting for the Young Adult Leader role. This position is geared toward college students, 4-H alum, and young professionals with a preferred age of 19-25. This role will work closely with adult advisors to support our youth participants while also partnering with youth leaders to deliver educational content. A stipend will be available for this role. Please promote on behalf of our team using the Young Adult Leader position description. Interested applicants can apply using the Wisconsin 4-H: Statewide Educational Experiences, Adult Advisor Application.

These volunteers will have the opportunity to fill several key roles during our week in Madison, including:

  • Lead Floor Advisor
  • Dorm Monitor
  • Theater/Assembly Monitor
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Recreation Supervisor

Additional application information is available here:

Trainings, as well as an on-site orientation, are a vital part of being an Adult Advisor for this program. Additional training requirements will be posted soon.

State Scholarships

Needs-based scholarships are available for youth who participate in Statewide Educational Experiences. Scholarships require an application that is submitted to the state office. For more information on these scholarships and to apply, please visit the Scholarship page on our website.

This program is supported by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.  For more information please go to

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