Life Challenge

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  • Nebraska 4-HLife Challenge

    Life Challenge

Life Challenge is a two-day event designed to help youth learn about issues related to Family and Consumer Sciences, explore career opportunities that are available, compete with other teens from across the state, and have FUN! The event is being sponsored by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation with the support of the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Opportunities at Life Challenge include family and consumer science team problem solving challenges, ESI Contest, and campus tours. Youth can participate in any or all of these activities. Some 4-H’ers might also want to participate in the Premier Animal Science Events (PASE) that will be taking place on campus at the same time as Life Challenge. Check the PASE schedule to see what opportunities will fit your schedule. In addition, you will have chances to explore the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus, meet with faculty members, and have time for fun with friends. Download the 2017 Life Challenge Information packet for more information. 

Eligibility: The Life Challenge Event is open to any current 4-H’er who is at least 10 years of age as of January 1st of the current year. Pre-registration for the 4-H Life Challenge Event is required and can be done through your local Extension Office. Each participant must turn in a 4-H Permission and Health Form. 4-H’ers can select to do any of the team challenge events, a college tour, or any combination.

Youth ages 10-11 may want to participate in the Career Exploration Event. This will be held on both Monday June 29th and Tuesday June 30th. The event will focus on exploring different careers. Pre-registration will be required and can be done along with PASE/Life Challenge registration. Each participant must turn in a 4-H Permission and Health Form. 

Entry Fee: 4-H members involved in any of the challenges are required to pay a non-refundable entry fee of $8.00 per individual per challenge. Pre-registration is required for participation in all contests, tours, meals, and housing.

Meals: Through a generous contribution by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority and the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, Monday’s picnic supper will be provided at no charge to participants. Monday and Tuesday's lunch will be available at a cost of $4.00 per contestant. These meals will be offered free of charge to staff, parents and family members who are helping with the event. To properly prepare for meals, pre-registration is necessary; please contact your local Extension office. 

Lodging: Lodging will be available in Burr Residence Hall at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus (35& Holdrege) on Sunday and Monday evenings. Pre-registration is necessary; please contact your local Extension office. Youth pre-registering for a stay in the residence halls will be assigned roommates and will stay in double rooms unless accompanied by their parent or guardian, in which case they may stay with their parent or guardian. Rooms are $24.00 per person, per night and include continental breakfast. Lodging fees are required in advance and are non-refundable. Sheets, pillows and pillowcases will be provided. Participants will need to bring their own blankets, towels and personal products. 

Schedule of Events


Participants in ANY PORTION of these events and contests are expected to conduct themselves in a positive manner that contributes to the program. Disruptive behavior may result in expulsion form the event and/or the violator being sent home at the parents’ expense. Remember, character does count! Youth are expected to:

  • Participate fully in all scheduled programs.
  • Be courteous and kind to everyone. 
  • Respect people, furnishings and equipment.
  • Observe building and residence hall rules. 
  • Do not use alcohol, drugs (except as prescribed by a doctor) or tobacco products. 


To register, please contact your local Extension office.

PASE and Life Challenge Results

Results, Videos & Photos

Click the button below to see a list of downloadable contest results from Premier Animal Science Event and Life Challenge contests.

Contest results

Babysitting Videos

Awards Photos