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National 4-H Conference

  • April 9–14, 2016
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Ages 15 to 18 (sophomores and juniors preferred)
  • Attended state or district leadership event.

National 4-H Conference, held yearly in Washington, D.C., involves 300 delegates in strategic planning for the future of 4-H.

Conference dates this year are April 9–14, 2016. Travel dates will be determined by the coordinator.


Delegates meet in consulting groups with federal officials and the National 4-H Council. The groups discuss plans for 4-H and the Cooperative Extension System. Their recommendations 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 take breaks from conference tasks to tour historic sites, including the Capitol, the National Mall and various national monuments. More activities include a talent show and a banquet and Clover Ball held on the final night of the conference.

Delegates should share their experiences with other 4-H members and volunteers, and present to youth and adults in their communities.


Delegates must be 15 to 18 years old on Jan. 1 of the year they attend. Preference is given to sophomores and juniors.

Delegates are selected for their 4-H achievements, especially in leadership. Idaho delegates must have attended a state or district teen leadership event.

Application Timeline

Online applications are available from Oct. 1 to midnight on Nov. 2. You must be enrolled and in active status for the 2016 program year to apply to the 2016 National 4-H Conference. Contact your UI Extension county office about re-enrollment.

4-H Headquarters

University of Idaho Extension, 4-H Youth Development

Physical Address:
Mary E. Forney Hall
1210 Blake Avenue, Room 206
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Mailing Address:
4-H Youth Development
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3015
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Phone: (208) 885-6321

Fax: (208) 885-4637


Web: 4-H Youth Development

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