Senior Symposium (Spring) & Trip Selection (Program is Full. Registration is closed.)

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Date: May 4-7, 2023

Location: Camrose Regional Exhibition & Camrose Resort Casino Hotel

Registration: Open now in the online registration system. Closes April 18, 2023

Registration Cost: $250

Who Can Attend: Must be a current 4-H Alberta Senior Member. In order to be eligible for a trip spot, you must be at least 16 by the time of travel for the trip.

Program Description

The Senior Symposium is a program for current 4-H Alberta Senior Members province wide. The 2023 Spring Senior Symposium offers engaging and hands-on programming with a focus on health and wellbeing. Your weekend will include keynote speakers, large group activities, workshops, and a whole lot of 4-H fun! The Spring Senior Symposium also hosts Trip Selections for 4-H Members interested in travel opportunities.

This year the Spring Senior Symposium will be hosted at the Camrose Regional Exhibition (CRE). Delegate’s accommodations will be provided at the nearby Camrose Resort Casino. Travel between the resort and the CRE will be supervised and pre-scheduled.

Senior Symposium Schedule

Thursday, May 4th

7:00pm Arrival and Hotel Check-in
8:00pm Welcome Activities & Refreshments
10:30pm End of Day 1
Friday May 5th 

(Trip Selection Day)

8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Trip Selection Program Component Alternative Program for Delegates Not Participating in Trip Selection
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Trip Selection Program Component Alternative Program for Delegates Not Participating in Trip Selection
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Evening Activities & Refreshments
10:30pm End of Day 2
Saturday May 6th
8:00 am Breakfast
9:00am Morning Welcome
10:00am Morning Activities & Speakers
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Afternoon Activities & Workshops
6:00pm Banquet Dinner & Awards
9:00pm Dance! & End of Day 3
Sunday May 7th
8:00 am Breakfast & Pack Up
9:30am Wrap Up Activities
12:00pm Lunch & Check-Out
1:00pm End of Day 4
Trip Selection
The trip selection component of the Senior Symposium is optional for all delegates who attend.
If you do not want to participate in the trip selection component, there will be other great activities and programming running.
If you choose to participate in the trip selection process you can expect an application form, reference form, facilitated small group discussion and hands on teamwork activities!


Important information to note:
  • The completed trip application form (emailed following registration approval) is due before midnight (by 11:59pm) on Monday April 24th.
  • Inside the trip application is a separate reference form link that is your responsibility to send to one of your current or most recent 4-H Leaders for them to fill out.
  • The separate Leader reference form is also due before midnight (by 11:59pm) on Monday April 24th.
  • In order to be eligible for a trip spot, you must be at least 16 by the time of travel for a trip.
  • The trip fees listed are separate from the Senior Symposium registration fee. Trip Fees will be paid by the 4-H Member once they have been awarded a trip and have confirmed their availability. 
  • All trip dates may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


Trip winners will be selected based on a points system. Points will be awarded for the:
1 trip application form & reference form (completed by April 24th)
2 group peer evaluations (completed during the Senior Symposium on Friday May 5th)

3 facilitator teamwork evaluations (completed during the Senior Symposium on Friday May 5th)


4-H Alberta is pleased to be able to offer the following 2023 Senior Symposium trip opportunities:

Ag Next Generation – Alberta Agriculture Tour
Date: July 17-21, 2023
Spots Available: >10
Trip Fee: $400

This is your opportunity to explore the agriculture industry in Alberta! Jump on the bus with your fellow 4-H members and prepare for a whirlwind tour with stops at large scale Alberta agriculture operations and local food producers. Enjoy fantastic meals made from Alberta products, camp overnight in local communities and discover the various opportunities in agriculture with hands-on learning! 

B.C. Camping Trip
Date: July 26 – August 1, 2023
Spots Available: <10
Trip Fee: $400

Travel on a bus to various beautiful locations throughout central BC, meeting with local 4-Hers and participating in fantastic 4-H activities. Visit local agriculture destinations, swim in interior BC lakes, and enjoy your camping experience this summer!

Northern Alberta & Northwest Territories Camping and Agriculture Development Tour
Date: August 2-11, 2023
Spots Available: >10
Trip Fee: $400

This is the ultimate camping trip. Pack up your gear and load on the bus because we’re heading north for an unforgettable adventure. Experience vast swathes of boreal forest and arctic tundra, mighty rivers and majestic lakes. Along the way you’ll tour a variety of farms and agricultural enterprises to expand your knowledge on the diverse and exciting agriculture practices happening in your own backyard. Oh, and don’t forget your bug spray.

4-H B.C. Provincial Club Week
Date: March, 2024
Spots Available: <10
Trip Fee: $400

Fly out to B.C. for Provincial Club Week (PCW), a unique six-day experience for senior members, with a focus on personal development. The PCW conference will include sessions on effective communication, self-awareness, building positive relationships, and collaborative teamwork. Participants also take an active leadership role in the program’s on-site organization through participation in social, recreation, banquet, talent show and sponsorship committees. 

4-H Canada National Member’s Forum
Date: November, 2023
Spots Available: <10
Trip Fee: $400

Members Forum is 4-H Canada’s longest-running program. This iconic event is the premier opportunity for 4-H youth across Canada to come together for an impactful, engaging, and fun-filled conference in Toronto. Through experiential learning and interactive activities, delegates will connect with other 4-H’ers, explore career paths with expert mentors, and develop the skills they need for the future.

4-H Canada Citizenship Congress
Date: May, 2024
Spots Available: <10
Trip Fee: $400

4-H Canada’s Citizenship Congress is considered a flagship program that gives 4-H members knowledge and insight about Canada, its history and its systems. Delegates will travel to Ottawa to explore and develop skills related to civic engagement, governance, parliamentary procedures, citizenship, and politics as they prepare for the annual Citizenship Congress debate.

Alternative Program
For registrants who do not want to attend the trip selections component of the Senior Symposium, you will spend Friday participating in small group workshops, various recreation options, and hands-on activities. You will rejoin the trip selections group for dinner and evening activities!

Spring Senior Symposium Registration is first come, first serve. Spaces are limited and your spot in the program is not reserved until full payment is received.

The registration fee includes all food, accommodation, programming and delegate packs. If you will require any accommodations or support during the program, please include details in the notes section of your registration.

If you have any questions about registration or programming, please email or call Madeleine Luft: 403-370-7337.


Regarding Highway Cleanup

The 2023 Spring Senior Symposium falls on the same weekend as Alberta Transportation’s highway clean-up. The Spring Senior Symposium (formerly “Selections”) has been hosted during the highway clean-up weekend for many years so as not to conflict with school, 4-H communication, and achievement day schedules.

4-H Alberta recognizes that some 4-H clubs have highway cleanup participation as a club member requirement and count on their Senior Members’ help. However, clubs are encouraged to consider alternative solutions to help their Senior Members attend the Senior Symposium and meet their 4-H requirements. 

Some examples of possible solutions include: having a family member participate in their place, completing a separate community service/fundraiser activity, planning a workshop for their club, etc. We encourage Senior Members to work with their clubs to come up with a positive solution.

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