National 4-H Conference

National 4-H Conference annually brings 4-H youth and adults from around the nation to work towards strengthening and expanding the 4-H Youth Development program at the local, state, and national levels. Held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, it’s usually scheduled around the beginning of April. Last year, there were approximately 350 delegates, including six from Wisconsin.

Between 6-8 Wisconsin youth are selected to attend this working conference. Each participant selects an issue (education, promotion, environment, violence, etc.) and works with other delegates to develop plans directing future 4 H programming.

Delegates spend the majority of time contributing to stimulating, task oriented groups. One day is spent on Capitol Hill meeting with legislators and touring.


  • Be in 10th-12th grade during the program. Minimum age 15 and maximum age 18 as of January 1, 2018;
  • Be nominated at the county level;
  • Carry county approval through time of award trip.


  • The total cost of the National 4 H Conference trip is approximately $1,300.
  • The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation sponsors a portion of the cost.
  • Many county 4-H Youth Development programs provide partial local sponsorships.
  • The remaining amount is the responsibility of the delegate and his/her family.
  • Check with your County 4-H Youth Development Agent about county nomination procedures and possible scholarships.
  • Completed signed applications are due to the State 4-H Office no later than December 1, 2017.
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