The CWF Experience by Baylee Rollins (attended 2013) and Taylor Rollins (attended 2014)
Citizenship Washington Focus was more than just another camp to Taylor and me. While
we were there we got to interact with and meet tons of new people from all over the United States.
We also developed many new leadership, communication, and citizenship skills all at a National
level. On top of meeting many new friends and learning new things, we also got to visit many
sites throughout Washington, D.C. such as The Capital, Mount Vernon,
Arlington National Cemetery, numerous presidential and war monuments and memorials, and a special trip to the National Zoo. One day while we were there, we met and spoke with some of our Representatives in Congress. Overall this was one of the best 4-H trips
that we have ever experienced and we recommend it to anyone who is willing to spend a week of
their summer having a fun and enjoyable time learning alongside other 4-H members.
P.S. – The food is AWESOME!!
2015 Citizenship Washington Focus is slated for Virginia the week of July 5-1, 2015. CWF is a tremendous opportunity for senior 4-H members. Applications are due to the State 4-H by Friday, February 20.
NEW FOR 2015 – The Virginia 4-H Foundation is offering one FULL scholarship per district. More than one youth per district can apply to attend, however only one youth per district will be awarded a scholarship. All applicants must submit the $200 deposit with their application. If awarded a scholarship, it will be refunded following the trip to ensure attendance. Youth will be notified mid-March. Please see the application for more information.
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14-19 that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, DC border.
Every summer, thousands of young people participate in the program, which provides opportunities for them to:
- strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level
- understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders
- exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds.
- experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC.
CWF participants enjoy:
- a behind-the-scenes look at our nation's capital and the chance to meet Members of Congress
- motivational speakers, educational workshops, and assemblies that increase individual commitment to citizen involvement and build lifetime skills for success
- activities that encourage new and lasting friendships
- an enthusiastic staff of young adults that work directly with them
Participants are immersed in the culture and history of Washington through onsite workshops at its most spectacular sights.
Destinations include, but are not limited to:
- The Capitol
- Mount Vernon
- Arlington National Cemetery
- Presidential and war monuments and memorials
- Smithsonian museums
The cost of the trip is $940.00. Many delegates recruit sponsorship from local civic groups. National 4-H has created templates for scholarship letters. Please visit the fundraising section on the site below for templates.
conference-center-overview/ educational-programs/ citizenship-washington-focus/ information-planning- resources/
Delegates are responsible for getting themselves to/from the center. Upon arrival, transportation for the week is included in the cost of the trip.