Participants should review the general rules and regulations below thoroughly. Additional contest specific information and rules are also available and should be reviewed prior to contest participation.


The Life Challenge Event is open to any current 4-H’er who is 10 on January 1st of 2019 older. Pre-registration for the 4-H Life Challenge Event is required and can be done through your local Extension Office, check with them for specific deadlines. Each participant must turn in a 4-H Permission and Health Form. 4-H’ers can select to do the any of the team challenge events, a college tour, or any combination. For example, you might just want to do the foods and nutrition challenge, or you may want to do all of the challenges and a tour, the choice is yours.

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 (available from your Extension office and on the 4-H website) to see what opportunities will fit your schedule.


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 or volunteers who are helping with the event. To properly prepare for meals, pre-registration is necessary; please contact your local Extension office.


Lodging will be available in Massengale Residence Hall at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus 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.

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.


Participants in ANY PORTION of these events and contests are expected to conduct themselves in a positive manner that contributes to the program. You 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. 

Disruptive behavior may result in expulsion from the event and/or the violator being sent home at the parents’ expense. Remember, character does count.


Results for the Monday Team Challenges will be announced Monday evening during the PASE/Life Challenge Picnic and Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards Presentation. Results for the Tuesday Team Challenge winners will be announced Tuesday afternoon during the awards ceremony. County staff or their representatives following the announcement of winners must pick up ribbons.

FCS Awards

The top five teams in the foods and nutrition, design and ESI/ human development challenges will be recognized and the winning team for will receive $25.00 per team member. Members of the top team in foods and nutrition, design, and ESI/human development competitions will receive a scholarship from the College and Education and Human Sciences.

For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Michelle Krehbiel
PHONE: 402-472-9020