Challenge Program

Program Contact: Tanya Barnett, 4-H Youth Coordinator
(360) 379.5610 x 208 • tanya.barnett@wsu.edu


Challenge Course

Fostering team development and personal growth – through group outdoor educational experiences. Youth grades 5-12; the minimum grade and age level for participation is 5th grade and age 10.

What is a 4-H Challenge?

Portable Challenge Experience & Challenge Courses foster team development, leadership and personal growth within a group setting. Using a series of fun and engaging outdoor learning activities, participants strengthen relationships, improve communication, and develop their leadership skills and abilities.


challenge-8The 4-H Challenge Program can be tailored to benefit the mission of any group it serves, such as:

Schools (public or private)

Youth organizations

Adults who work with youth

Leadership groups

Treatment programs

Work training programs

Government and business groups that work with youth

Our nine-element Low Course is built in the beautiful forest setting of Gibbs Lake Park in Jefferson County, Washington.


Challenge by Choice:challenge-boy

Participants are encouraged to take risks in Challenge programs, such as trying a new behavior or an unfamiliar activity. With the support of the group, these perceived challenges can be successfully overcome. However, it is ultimately the participant who decides their level of involvement. Portable Challenge Experience is designed for groups and teams to build communication, trust and social/emotional learning skills in a classroom or outdoor setting. The activities range from 1-4 hours long, sometimes through multiple sessions.


How Much Does It Cost?
Challenge Course
Youth: $15.00
Adult: $20.00
Portable Challenge Experience 
Group: $100.00
All fees are payable to:
Jefferson County Extension, Cupola House, 380 Jefferson Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368

* Above course fees do not include honorariums for facilitators.


Informational and Required Forms

For Participants

Required Adult/Youth Health Form
Liability Waiver

Medical Form

Media Release 

Personal Clothing List