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Solve the Mystery...Unlock the Leader Within. Alabama 4-H Midwinter Teen Retreat 2023

Solve the Mystery…Unlock the Leader Within

4-H Midwinter 2023


  • Explore new and exciting opportunities in 4-H.
  • Reach out to other young people.
  • Attend workshops to learn valuable leadership skills.
  • Help others through community service.
  • Motivate senior 4-H’ers to stay active on the local level.
  • Make the best better.


The Midwinter Leadership Retreat is for enrolled seniors (4-H ages 14 to 18).


Midwinter will be held February 3–5, 2023. Registration is now open in 4Honline and closes January 13, 2023. The cost is $140 and includes lodging, meals, a Midwinter T-shirt, and supplies.



  1. Bring Your Own Detective (Your Money Your Life): Calling all detectives! How well do you think you can budget? 4-H’ers in this workshop will navigate the journey of budgeting through the lens of a 26–year–old adult. This case may seem easy to the solver; however, unexpected events could come your way to throw you off your path. It’s up to you to be your own detective.
  2. Case Solving: The Teen Edition (Mental Health/Navigating Teenage Life): In this workshop, we’ll be tackling everyone’s #1 suspect— mental health. Alabama 4-H State Ambassadors have investigated this tough topic and are ready to guide you through it. This heart-to-heart style presentation will cover everything from mental wellness, coping methods, respecting yourself and others, and much more.


Groups for the 1st Day:

  • Actors (1, 2)
  • Producers (2,1)


  1. Decoding Leadership & Communication (How to Be an Effective Leader & Communicator): Even the best super sleuths have a hard time decoding the ins and outs of leadership. Luckily, our very own Nash Gilbert has come up with the key to unlocking your leader within. This workshop will feature a fabulous interactive presentation and team-building exercises to crack the code of communication and leadership.
  2. ESCAPE! (Advanced Scavenger Hunt): Time to put your thinking caps on! All great detectives need to develop crucial problem-solving and quick-thinking skills to solve a mystery—and mystery will be a major factor of this hands-on, thrilling workshop.
  3. STEM League Station (Break the Code): A good detective often needs to break a code to solve a mystery! This workshop will challenge you to break down the code of DNA in our foods. Participants will also write their own code in invisible ink.


Groups for the 2nd Day:

  • Witnesses (1, 2, 3)
  • Suspects (3, 1, 2)
  • Detectives (2, 3, 1)


Tentative Agenda

Friday, February 3, 2022
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Registration
5:00 p.m.Dinner
6:00 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.Opening Ceremonies
6:10 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Ice Breakers
6:30 p.m. − 7:15 p.m.Workshop Rotation
7:20 p.m. − 8:05 p.m.Workshop Rotation
8:15 p.m. − 9:45 p.m.Games
10:05 p.m. − 10:20 p.m.Wrap-Up/Dismissal
11:15 p.m.Lights Out
Saturday, February 4, 2022
8:00 a.m. – 8:50 a.m.Breakfast
8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Pledge of Allegiance, 4-H Pledge, Inspirational
9:10 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.Workshop Rotation
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.Workshop Rotation
11:05 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Workshop Rotation
12:10 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.Lunch
1:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.Morning Recap
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Ambassador Interrogation
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. County Share Time with Surveys and Q&As
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Free Time
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. County Photos
6:00 pm Dinner
The Grand Ball and Dance & Game Night
11:00 p.m. Lights Out
Sunday, February 5, 2022
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 p.m. Inspirational
7:45 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. Flag Raising
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00a.m. Closing Ceremony


Joy ScottExtension Specialist, 4-H and Youth Development, Auburn University

Revised December 2023, Alabama 4-H Midwinter Teen Retreat 2023, 4HYD-2211

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