This year's Photographs are online: See the January 2015 Collection to see the sets.
Next Year's Western National Roundup will be January 7-10, 2016. This site is under construction - stay tuned for updates for next year!
Congratulations on qualifying to attend the Western National Roundup. During Western National Roundup, you will have the opportunity to...
Looking ahead to the January 2016 Western National Roundup:
Each contestant must have passed his or her 14th birthday and cannot have passed his or her 19th birthday by January 1st of 2015.
(All qualifying dates are based on January 1st of the qualifying year. For the Western National Roundup held in January 2016, the qualifying year is 2015, and so all dates are based on 1/1/2015: Youth must have had their 14th birthday before 1/1/2015, and must not have had their 19th birthday before 1/1/2015.) For the Western National Roundup being held in January 2016, all participants' birthdays must therefore be between 1/1/1996 and 1/1/2001.
We are pleased that you are participating in the Western National Roundup. Please read the following for a brief introduction to the event.
Western National Roundup provides a place for youth to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, and while focusing on the 4-H Mission Mandates: Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics, Healthy Living and Citizenship.
Each participating youth and adult participates in one or more contests and/or workshops. While each attendee receives a souvenir commemorating their time at Western National Roundup, individual and team excellence is rewarded at an award brunch and ceremony, building personal pride and reinforcing the benefits of setting goals. Leadership is developed at these events by encouraging decision-making and teamwork skills, critical thinking, and independence. Healthy Living is demonstrated at the workshops, the dances, the educational tours, and through the lifestyle that is shown through each contest.
Educational tours and entertainment provide service learning and community-based learning opportunities, focusing on the importance of each youth's citizenship within his or her team, community, and nation.
Participation in Western National Roundup is open to 4-H and FFA member delegates, volunteer leaders and Extension/FFA professionals approved by their respective state offices. Such participation shall be without regard to sex, race, color, creed, handicap or national origin.
By attending Western National Roundup, you acknowledge that this event has certain risks and activities that could possibly be hazardous, and there is a possibility that you could be seriously injured, or even killed. You are voluntarily participating in these activities and/or this event with the knowledge of the danger involved, and agree to assume any and all risk of bodily injury, death, or property damage, whether those risks are known or unknown. By attending Western National Roundup you are not holding Colorado State University, Colorado 4-H Foundation, the Reissuance Hotel, or others responsible for any incident. You are responsible for your own self.
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In order for the entry to be valid, the Official Authorization Form must be printed and signed by the respective State 4-H Director/Leader or State FFA Advisor and mailed in with full payment to the address above.
Additionally, the Triple Form must be completed for each attendee as well. This covers the code of conduct, media release, and the health form.
Finally, the Special Needs Notification Form is requested of participating individuals with special needs.
Full payment must be included with the official authorization form. Checks should be made payable to Colorado 4-H Foundation.
All fees and costs associated with any Roundup activity are non-refundable after December 10, including but not limited to all packages, tours, and additional activities.
A hotel registration form is posted on the website. December 14 is the deadline for hotel reservations. This is a firm deadline set by the hotel. This form is to be returned directly to the Renaissance Denver Hotel.
Hotel room charges are the responsibility of each delegation. We suggest that the state coordinator do an early check out Sunday morning to avoid the last minute rush. The hotel will write receipts for those needing them for expense accounts. No out of state tax exemptions are acceptable under Colorado law.
Conference Check-In will be held at conference headquarters at the Renaissance Hotel:
Late Check-In will be held as needed in the same area. Upon arrival please send one adult to check in your state's entire delegation.
Everyone must attend the orientation offered on Thursday evening (see the Schedule Page for exact times) — Attendance is mandatory as this will be the only opportunity to ask questions, clarify conference procedures and expectations, and receive any schedule revisions. Coaches meetings will follow orientation, as will Youth orientation and mixers.
These are required for ALL attendees, youth contestants and guests and adult guests. The registration will not be complete until a complete set of forms for each person is turned in with official authorization form and payment.
Each state will need to delegate one youth participant to carry their state flag in the opening and closing ceremonies. At Conference registration, please notify the conference staff of that person's name. Flag bearers will need to meet at the registration area on Thursday, at 8:00 p.m. for flag practice.
Event Photographers will be onsite throughout the conference. All of their photos will be available to download for no extra charge. Large format prints (up to 16x20 inches) are also available for an extra cost. Please, no photography during State Photos or during Sunday Awards/Team Photos.
Thursday evening Pin Swap will provide time for exchanging pins, stickers, anything representative of your state with other delegates. There are around 800 youth in attendance, but, know each person speaks to around 200 people. Many states send between 100 and 200 items to exchange.
States wishing to visit Denver and the surrounding area on their own should arrange this prior to Thursday, or after the closing activities, Sunday. You may also check the Denver Visitors Guide for more information.
Collegiate 4-H members are needed to help each event run smoothly and serve as role models and facilitators to the youth. Please refer to the Collegiates page (linked under "In Depth" at the top, as well as in the footer) for information and an application.
All Roundup participants will receive a National Western Stock Show pass. This will allow entrance into the NWSS and all participants are welcome and encouraged to attend.