Citizenship Washington Focus

2024 CWF – 1 week in late June (Sat.-Sat.), exact dates TBD

What is Citizenship Washington Focus?


Citizenship Washington Focus, or CWF for short, is the premier week long 4-H citizenship and leadership experience. CWF brings 4-H delegations from all over the country to stay in Washington D.C., our Nation’s Capital! Participants learn about the roles of Senators and Representatives in the United States’ government and how these parts work together to form an effective Congress. Additionally, youth get to see and experience government in action by meeting with their State’s members of Congress and watching a House of Representatives meeting. Delegates also participate in various educational workshops such as:

  • Citizenship Toolbox: By exploring what it means to be a good citizen, delegates identify their own skill set to become active citizens and leaders in their communities back home.
  • Congressional Issues: Delegates will have open discussions with different perspectives on real national issues in the government today.
  • Bill Writing: Delegates learn the process of writing a bill in the House of Representatives and then write one of their own. They then will hold a mock House of Representatives meeting where they will discuss and either pass or deny said bills.
  • Action Planning: By combining all of the skills they have learned at CWF, the entire delegation will discuss what issues are prominent in their communities. They will then develop a plan to take back and implement positive change into their hometowns.

These are just a couple of the activities delegates will participate in. Delegates will also get the opportunity to tour our Nation’s Capital and experience the culture that comes with it. After completing the CWF program, they will have stronger knowledge about being an active citizen and our Government. They will also have the opportunity to discover new skills and be exposed to different perspectives and cultures from around the U.S. On top of all this, it gives delegates another opportunity to bond and network with other 4-Hers from Wisconsin and beyond. We hope to see you participating in CWF in the near future!

Questions about CWF that you can’t find the answers to on this website? Feel free to contact Justin Lieck, Educational Programs Assistant at or 608-263-5971.

Additional Program Information

Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland & Washington D.C., late June 2024

Dates include travel time to/from Washington, D.C.

2024 Tentative Schedule available at a later date

Around 100 Wisconsin 4 H’ers attend this leadership program sponsored by National 4-H Council. Delegates choose which week to attend. Held at an area hotel in Washington, D.C. Participants:

  • learn the importance of civic and social responsibilities relating to the development of better citizens and leaders
  • be inspired by speakers
  • participate in workshops, committee work, field trips and social events

Participants are:

  • 4-H members in 10th-12th grade at selection; minimum age 15 during experience.
  • Delegates register through 4HOnline. Check with your county office about scholarship opportunities.
  • Delegates carry county approval through the experience.
  • Delegates must not have attended CWF in the past.


  • Cost is approximately $1,750. Fees vary due to travel costs.
  • The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation sponsors a portion of the cost.
  • Many county 4-H Youth Development programs provide partial sponsorships. Check with your county 4-H program.
  • The remaining amount is the delegate and his/her family’s responsibility.


  • Contact your County 4-H Youth Development Staff about county funding procedures. Registration is through 4HOnline.

2024 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Promotional Flyer


4HOnline Registration

Registration for the 2024 CWF will be done through 4HOnline. More information will be available at a later date.

Registration Timeline

December 1-31: Register for Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) 2024.

Late 2023: Adult Advisor applications are due to the State 4-H Office. (Selections made around March 1.)

January/February 2024: Watch for a registration confirmation letter including National. Code of Conduct & Media Release Forms.

March 2024: Payments due to your County 4-H Office (date to be determined locally)

March 2024: Postmark deadline for National Code of Conduct and Media Release forms.

May 6, 2024:  Delegate orientation at Upham Woods, Wisconsin Dells, between 1-3pm.

June:  Watch for final letter including more information.

Youth Registration Instructions

Registration will be done through 4HOnline. You can find information on registering for an event in 4HOnline here.

Payment Procedures

Please check with your 4-H Youth Development Staff Member regarding payment procedures.

Pre-Registration and Other Information

2023 CWF Information and Registration

CWF Program Description- Accommodation Notice

Delegate Information

Delegate Eligibility

  • 4-H members in 10th-12th grade at selection; minimum age 15 during experience.
  • Register through 4HOnline. Check with your county office about scholarship opportunities.
  • Delegates carry county approval throughout the program.
  • Delegates must not have attended CWF in the past.

What Should Delegates Expect?

  • Participation in a delegate orientation session 1-2 months prior to departure.
  • Conduct research to be completed prior to departure to the experience to prepare for a congressional meeting on Capitol Hill.
  • Experience high temperatures with summer humidity in Washington D.C., therefore plan to pack light, appropriate clothing.
  • Select a committee to serve on throughout the week; these include communication, government, healthy living, open-mindedness, responsibility, and talent.
  • Learn about and contribute to a mock bill writing activity where delegates draft bills and lobby for its successful passage through the CWF House and Senate.
  • Stay at a Washington D.C. area hotel.
  • Experience landmarks, monuments, and museums in Washington, D.C.
  • Identify ways that you can make a positive impact in your home community from the tools you gained during Citizen Washington Focus.

CWF Delegate Orientation Information

Orientation will be held in May, 2024 for CWF 2024. Orientation will be held online via Zoom.

All Delegates and Adult Advisors will attend the orientation. More information is available in the CWF Handbook.

CWF Handbook

The CWF Handbook will be posted here when it is available.

Adult Advisor Information

Adult Advisor face-to-face orientation is Required.

Saturday May 6 of Program Year, 10:00am-3:00pm. Lunch is provided for adults only. Location: Upham Woods

What are the expectations of Adult Advisors?

  • Applicants must be in good physical condition to withstand rigors associated with the program. Expect much walking on hard surfaces, handling luggage, and sharing a sleeping room. Sleep deficit is common.
  • Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) leaders can expect long bus rides.
  • CWF participants usually experience high temperatures with humidity in Washington D.C.
  • Public speaking is required.
  • Adult leaders must work cooperatively with fellow Adult Advisor Team Members and remain with the delegation at all times during the program.
  • Adult leaders are required to submit a report and evaluation upon completion of the program.
  • Participation at scheduled teleconference or in-person orientations is mandatory.

How do I apply?

Applications are available now. More information and the application can be found on the Adult Advisor Page.

A complete application must be submitted to WI State 4-H by 4:30pm January 30. A reference is required, you can find a copy of the reference form here. A phone interview may also be conducted. All applicants will be notified of their status in early February (except for National Congress, notified in July). Application can be submitted to or mailed to 4-H Educational Programs, 432 N Lake St, Room 105, Madison, WI 53706.

Each program has a different focus with different desired attributes for leaders. If someone doesn’t fit into one position, they might be great elsewhere. If you are not selected this year, please don’t be discouraged! Apply again next year.

Related Links

State Scholarships

Needs-based scholarships are available for youth who participate in Statewide Educational Experiences. Scholarships require an application that is submitted to the state office. For more information on these scholarships and to apply, please visit the Scholarship page on our website.

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