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.
Completed applications must be postmarked by December 1 (or the first business day after this if December 1 falls on a Sunday) for the following year’s conference. For 2014, conference dates are April 5-10. Travel dates will likely be April 4-12, but will be determined by the group.
- National 4-H Conference Application | pdf |
- Recommendation Form | pdf | doc |
- National 4-H Conference Chaperone Application | doc |
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