Alberta 4-H Centre

History of the Alberta 4-H Centre

In 1972, Wilf Longson brought forward an idea that would forever change the face of 4-H Alberta: establish a foundation and raise funds for a vital hub, a place all of 4-H Alberta could enjoy.

He envisioned a property located in Central Alberta that would serve as a multi-purpose space to accommodate outdoor programs, seminars, conferences, and other group activities. It would have the capacity of holding approximately 175 guests overnight and 300 guests throughout the day.

After many years of hard work, exploring, and consulting with multiple key stakeholders and 4-H enthusiasts, the decision was made: Battle Lake was the right fit and an option was signed to purchase 143 acres of land from Dr. Grant MacEwan, the land that would later be known as the Alberta 4-H Centre.

In September 1977, the land was officially purchased; 4-H clubs across Alberta held a variety of fundraising activities and presented Dr. Grant MacEwan with a cheque of $50,000! Following the acquisition of the land, the 4-H Foundation was established to help raise funds for the future Alberta 4-H Centre.

Today, the Alberta 4-H Centre is so much more than just a central gathering place. The centre serves as a home away from home for 4-H youth during the annual summer camping program. It is a hub for family events like weddings and reunions; our corporate partners use it as an inspiring space for annual general meetings and team building retreats.

Battle Lake History:

The Alberta 4-H Centre sits on the land of Battle Lake. The lakes name is a translation from Cree and refers to frequent conflicts between the Blackfoot and Cree in the region near the Battle River.