CWF: Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth (grades 9-12). Every summer teens from across the country gather at the National 4-H Conference Center, near Washington, D.C., to learn what it means to be a strong leader in their community, country, and world.

Approximately 50 Iowa 4-H teens will have the opportunity to explore the meaning of social action. Objectives for the program are:

  • Strengthen communication, leadership, and other 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 our nation’s Capital City, Washington, D.C.

These objectives are met through pre-trip education, speakers, workshops, daily excursions to view National sites, day at the Capitol with elected officials, and a delegate designed and implemented action plan.

Citizenship Washington Focus brings together 4-H members from across the country.Read more about the experience.


Trip Flyer


Trip Date

June 16-24, 2017

Trip Highlights

2017 Tentative Schedule (as of August 2016)
Friday: Travel from Iowa
Saturday: Flight 93 Memorial, Pennsylvania
Sunday: Gettysburg Battlefield and arrival at National 4-H Center for CWF
Monday – Friday: CWF Program
Saturday: Return to Iowa

Our focus at the National 4-H Center will be workshops about issues and bill-writing, actively participating in committee meetings, listening to motivational speakers, and community action planning.

The week’s field trips will tentatively include:

  • Mount Vernon
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Capitol Hill visits with elected officials
  • daytime or nighttime visits to many monuments and memorials
  • Washington National Cathedral or Smithsonian National Zoo
  • an evening out for Iowa delegates (theatre production or MLB game)
  • our own day on the National Mall to visit Smithsonian Museums and possibly the US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Please note that even as schedules are shared, they remain tentative as circumstances can change quickly in the DC area.

Youth Registration

Deadline to register is Friday, January 6, 2017. Space is limited to first 50 delegate registrations.

Trip cost is $1570. This includes all lodging, travel, tours, and a majority of meals.

A $510 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration. The remaining balance is two payments of $530 each due on February 1 and April 1, 2017.

Some county 4-H youth programs offer financial assistance to teens. Contact your county extension and outreach office to see what resources might be available. Also, some individual 4-H clubs or local civic groups might provide support as well.

By completing the registration form, the teen participant and their parent/caregiver agrees the teen will:

  • participate in (or view) pre-trip orientation or educational sessions prior to the trip
  • complete needed correspondence in a timely manner
  • follow the CWF Code of Conduct at all times during the trip
  • complete an evaluation of the CWF experience

Click HERE for the ONLINE Registration form & deposit payment with credit card.

Click HERE to open a PDF Registration form to fill out and MAIL IN with your deposit.

Adults Interested in Chaperoning

To indicate interest in chaperoning, please return the chaperone application by January 6, 2017.Why do I have to apply? Because we have so many terrific 4-H volunteers who are willing to spend a week in our nation’s capital with a group of teenagers! Overall we want to select and put in place a chaperone team for the trip that covers the spectrum of talents and skills needed to support a fun, safe and educational experience. The number of chaperones selected will be based on the number of youth on the trip.

Click HERE to learn more about chaperone roles, responsibilities and cost

Click HERE for chaperone application to fill out and MAIL IN

Questions, contact Gail Castillo, CWF Trip Coordinator at or 641-425-6914


Pre-Trip Orientation

Orientations will be announced in January 2017.

The orientation session will cover schedule details, dress code, and code of conduct.

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