National 4-H Conference, held each year in April in Washington, D.C., involves more than 300 delegates in strategic planning for the future of 4-H.
Delegates meet in consulting groups to discuss plans for 4-H and the Cooperative Extension System, as well as officials from federal agencies and the National 4-H Council. Their recommendations will go to all the states, national leaders, and others involved in determining 4-H programs. Idaho’s delegates also meet with the state’s elected representatives at the Capitol.
Participants will take a break from the Conference tasks to tour historic sites, including the Capitol, the National Mall, and various national monuments. Special activities include a talent show and a banquet and Clover Ball held on the final night of the conference.
Delegates must be 15-18 years old on January 1st of the year they attend. Preference will be given to current high school sophomores and juniors. Delegates are selected for their achievements through 4-H, especially in leadership. Idaho delegates to National 4-H Conference must have attended at least one state or district teen leadership event. Delegates are expected to share their experiences with other 4-H members and volunteers at various 4-H events, and to find opportunities to present to youth and adults in their communities.
Online applications will be available from October 1st through midnight on November 2nd, 2015. You must be enrolled and in active status in 4-H for the 2016 program year to apply to the 2015 National 4-H Conference (contact your county for re-enrollment information). Conference dates this year are April 9-14, 2016. Travel dates will likely be April 9 – 16, but will be determined by the coordinator.
- National 4-H Conference Application: Apply through 4-H Online
- National 4-H Conference Chaperone Application: Apply through 4-H Online
- National Conference Instruction Packet |pdf|National Conference Packet
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