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National 4-H Conference

April 7–12, 2018 | Chevy Chase, Maryland

Members of the South Dakota 4-H Program, have the opportunity to apply for National 4-H Conference scheduled for April 7 – 12, 2018, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Youth must be 16 – 18 years old by the date of the event to apply.

Conference Overview

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. Visit the National 4-H Conference website for more information!

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.).

The National 4-H Conference trip is sponsored and fully funded by the South Dakota 4-H Livestock Industry Trust Fund.

How 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 1, 2018.

A designated committee of 4-H Youth Development professionals and/or previous trip participants will review applications and notify youth who are selected to attend National 4-H Conference as a delegate.

For more information and the application materials, view the South Dakota 4-H Trip Application to the National 4-H Conference.

Chaperones

Qualifications

Adults, age 21 or older, who have a strong interest in youth development, are experienced at chaperoning youth, and are a:

  • SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor; or
  • SDSU Extension Field Specialist; or
  • Registered South Dakota 4-H Volunteer without restrictions.
  • Preference will be given to applicants without children on the trip.

Responsibilities

  • Representing SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development per the South Dakota Code of Conduct; serves as a role model; provides a safe and caring environment for all youth delegates
  • Ability to chaperone all youth delegates within the framework of the trip’s itinerary
  • Willingness to listen to ideas from all youth and provide appropriate feedback
  • Enforcement of rules and expectations for all youth to ensure appropriate behavior per the South Dakota 4-H Code of Conduct, the specific trip’s Code of Conduct and the South Dakota 4-H Dress Code
  • Participate fully in the trip activities, providing supervision and guidance to all youth delegates from the trip’s start to its’ finish

Application

If you meet the Qualifications and can assume all of Responsibilities listed above during National 4-H Conference, please fill out the Chaperone Application form. The form is due to the State 4-H Office, on or before January 1, 2018.


CWF

CWF is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for 4-H’ers, thousands of which come to the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD, each summer, to learn about the democratic process, their role as citizens, and experience our nation’s capital. The 2018 South Dakota Delegation will travel to CWF June 16 – 24, 2018.

Participants

Who can participate?

4-H’ers ages 15-18, as of January 1 of the trip year are eligible to attend CWF. Contact the 4-H Youth Advisor for your County to determine other county-specific steps to apply for CWF. Counties give their selected CWF youth delegates initial instructions and forms in December to send to the State 4-H Office on/before January 12.

How much does CWF cost?

The cost for the 2018 CWF is $1,600 per youth delegate (transportation, lodging, and most meals). Some Leader Associations provide scholarships. Youth delegates should plan to bring approximately $300 in spending money.

Typical CWF Itinerary

  • Saturday: Leave South Dakota via coach bus
  • Sunday: Arrive at National 4-H Center
  • Monday: Tour Washington D.C. sights
  • Tuesday: Workshops & meetings
  • Wednesday: Capitol Hill Day
  • Thursday: Workshops, sightseeing & Cultural Heritage Evening
  • Friday: Delegation Day on the National Mall & Talent Show
  • Saturday: Leave Maryland via coach bus
  • Sunday: Arrive in South Dakota

County Selection Process

CWF youth delegates are selected at a County level based on local policies and procedures. South Dakota 4-H’ers wishing to participate in CWF need to contact their 4-H Youth Advisor to find out if their County has CWF delegate reservations. If yes, then youth and their families need to complete the application steps the county and state 4-H Office require.

Delegates must be able to perform the following essential functions of the trip with or without reasonable accommodations:

  • Age-appropriate social & intellectual skills to actively participate in all activities
  • Physical stamina to walk long distance & endurance for participating in a 16-hour day

The State 4-H Office and the National 4-H Council coordinate registration, transportation, lodging, some meals, activities and events for the South Dakota delegation.

Non-Refundable Payment Schedule

The first payment of $400 is due to the State 4-H Office on December 1 with the County’s completed reservation form. CWF delegates’ completed forms and the second payment of $600 is due January 12. The final $600 payment is due to the State 4-H Office on May 1.

Chaperones

Qualifications

Adults, age 21 or older, who have a strong interest in youth development, are experienced at chaperoning youth, and are a:

  • SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Program Advisor; or
  • SDSU Extension Field Specialist; or
  • Registered South Dakota 4-H Volunteer without restrictions.
  • Preference will be given to applicants without children on the trip.

Responsibilities

  • Representing SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development per the South Dakota Code of Conduct; serves as a role model; provides a safe and caring environment for all youth delegates
  • Boarding the bus in Rapid City or at any of the assigned pick up locations
  • Ability to chaperone all youth delegates within the framework of the trip’s itinerary
  • Willingness to listen to ideas from all youth and provide appropriate feedback
  • Enforcement of rules and expectations for all youth to ensure appropriate behavior per the South Dakota 4-H Code of Conduct, the specific trip’s Code of Conduct and the South Dakota 4-H Dress Code
  • Participate fully in the trip activities, providing supervision and guidance to all youth delegates from the trip’s start to its’ finish

Application

If you meet the Qualifications and can assume all of Responsibilities listed above during 2018 CWF, please fill out the Chaperone Application form. The form is due to the State 4-H Office, on or before December 1, 2017.

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