Citizenship Washington Focus

2021 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 the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, right outside 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.

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

2021 Tentative Schedule (link)

Around 100 Wisconsin 4 H’ers attend this leadership program sponsored by National 4-H Council. Delegates choose which week to attend. Held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 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 $1,400. 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.

2021 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Promotional Flyer


4HOnline Registration

4HOnline registration will be open from November 15 – December 20. We have reserved two separate weeks for CWF in 2021 and assignments will be done on a first come, first serve basis. If you anticipate having summer conflicts make sure to log on and register as soon as possible. Some switching of dates may be possible.

We do our best to honor the delegate’s request for a certain week but some adjustments may be made due to space limitations.

Letters are sent to delegates (copy to county staff) in early March confirming their assigned week and containing additional information.

Registration Timeline

Nov 15-Dec 20: Register for Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) and complete/update your health form at your 4HOnline account. Opens 4:00 p.m. Nov 15, closes midnight Dec 15; First come, first serve for program week assignments.

After January 15: If a cancellation is made, delegate is responsible for entire program cost unless a substitute delegate is identified.

February 15: Adult Advisor applications are due to the State 4-H Office. (Selections made around March 1.)

March 5: Watch for a registration confirmation letter including National. Code of Conduct & Media Release Forms.

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

April 1: Postmark deadline for National Code of Conduct and Media Release forms.

May:  Tentative Mandatory Orientation Zoom Call, between 7:30-8:45 p.m., Week 2- May 5 and Week 5- May 7.

June:  Watch for final letter including group roster and Health Update Form. (Bring completed form to boarding site.)

Youth Registration Instructions

Registration will be 4:00 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 to midnight Friday, Dec. 20, 2020

NEEDS TO BE UPDATED FOR 4HONLINE 2.0 – ADD LINK to new how to register document

Payment Procedures

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

Pre-Registration and Other Information

2021 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.
  • Complete the two-step registration process (4Honline November 15-December 20 and Additional Forms April 1)
  • 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.
  • Be active on the National 4-H Youth Conference Center front lawn through various activities.
  • Live at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center.
  • 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

Orientations have been cancelled along with the program for 2020.

All Delegates and Adult Advisors will attend their assigned week orientation teleconference. 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 in May of Program Year, 10:00am-3:00pm. Lunch is provided. Location: TBD

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 done online through your 4HOnline profile on the events page under “Educational Programs Adult Advisor Application”. If you need help finding the application, this document will help.

A complete application must be submitted to WI State 4-H by 4:30pm February 15. 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 March (except for National Congress, notified in July). If you would like a paper copy of the application, please contact Justin at or 608-263-5971.

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!

More information can be found on the Adult Advisor Page.

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