2024 REC LAB / April 19-21, 2024 /
Jefferson HS / Boulder, MT

What is Rec Lab? It sounds like a funny name for a 4-H event.

Rec Lab stands for Recreation Lab and means that everything is hands-on and fun!

This event is a 4-H member favorite: It provides an opportunity for youth and adults to enhance their leadership, communication, and team building skills in an action-packed and interactive setting.

Rec Lab programming provides participants with tips and tricks for being a better club, camp, and community leader.

This event is ideal for younger senior members to attend as a first-time state event. It allows them to form relationships with 4-H peers from across the state, broaden their skills, and widen their network.  

Youth participants must be 13+ as of October 1.

Adult chaperones must be as least 21 years of age.

Extension Staff and volunteers: The idea of sleeping on an air mattress in a school gym may not be your idea of a fun weekend, but this is a great event for you too! The program is condusive to meeting people from around the state and exchanging ideas. You are sure to gain some great info and bring home motivated youth leaders. 


Registration Fee: $100

Registration includes lodging, snacks, meals, t-shirts, workshops, and exciting speakers.

Registration is OPEN and Can be found in your Zsuites profile. Please read workshop descriptions before completing your registration. Please contact your MSU Extension county office for registration information and deadlines. 

Individual participant registration fees should be paid to the county office. Counties should send one check including all particpant fees to the designated host county.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • Full refund before April 5
  • 1/2 refund April 6 to April 12 
  • NO REFUNDS AFTER APRIL 12 (1 week before event) 
  • Full refund for cancellations due to sickness minus cost for your t-shirt

Plan Your Trip!

One of the best parts of Rec Lab is traveling to different parts of the state. 

Future Rec Lab Locations

This event provides youth and volunteers an opportunity to travel and experience locations that may be very different from their home county by rotating around the state and being hosted by a different 4-H district each year. The camp-like atmosphere and hands-on activities allow for a fun and laid-back weekend to create lasting memories.

download the Montana 4-H District map
2025: District 6
2026: District 7
2027: District 8
2028: District 1
2029: District 2
2030: District 3