Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14 to 19 that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, DC border.

Participant Opportunities

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 on site 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


Citizen Washington Focus Applications (PDF) are due to the 4-H office by January 15th. The 4-H council will then go over applications to see which members will be awarded attendance to the event.