Image courtesy of the National 4-H Conference Center.
Members of the South Dakota 4-H Program, have the opportunity to apply for National 4-H Conference scheduled for April 9-14, 2016, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Youth must be 16 – 18 years old by the date of the event to apply. Applicants should submit their applications to their local 4-H Youth Program Advisor. Upon approval, the 4-H Youth Program Advisor will submit the signed application, via email or USPS mail, to the State 4-H Office by January 15. A designated committee of 4-H Youth Development professionals and/or previous trip participants will review applications and notify delegates on/before February 15. For more information, view the 2015 Application Packet.
About the National 4-H Conference
The National 4-H Conference is a premier professional and leadership development event for 4-H members, ages 16 – 19, across the U.S. and its territories. The conference is administered by the National 4-H Headquarters of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Held annually, except for several years during World War II, the camp’s mission is to assist in the development of the next generation’s leaders. Delegates attend training workshops, become acquainted with government and have the opportunity to meet with state leaders.
This experience has been a tradition for 4-H members since 1927. In 1958, the event name, formerly known as the “National 4-H Club Camp,” was changed to National 4-H Conference. Prior to 1959, delegates slept in tents on the grounds of the National Mall in front of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, DC. In 1959, the meeting moved from the National Mall to the newly founded National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD (right outside of Washington, D.C.).