CWF: Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth, grades 10 – 12, from across the country.  Every summer nearly 1,500 young people stay at the National 4-H Conference Center, near Washington, D.C., to participate in this week-long program.   

Approximately 100 Iowa 4 H Youth will have the opportunity to attend this leadership program. Participants learn the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders. The week consists of participatory workshops, speakers, committee work, field trips and social events. 

Start planning now to participate in a 2015 CWF trip!  Check back in September for registration information.  


Trip Dates

There are usually two different 8-day opportunities planned. 

Trip Highlights

A Typical Trip Schedule would be:
Travel from Iowa
Saturday:  Flight 93 Memorial
Sunday:  Gettysburg Battlefield and arrival at National 4-H Center for CWF
Monday:  Mount Vernon, Iwo Jima Memorial and Nightview of Washington D.C.
Tuesday:  Arlington National Cemetery and FDR Memorial
Wednesday:  Capitol Hill, Union Station and Air Force Memorial or Twilight Tattoo
Thursday:  National Cathedral or Smithsonian Zoo and a theater production
Friday:  National Mall & Memorial Park, Smithsonian Museums and Holocaust Museum
Saturday:  Return to Iowa

Trip Orientation

Participants may attend either a face to face or webinar orientation.

The session covers schedule details, dress code, code of conduct and get acquainted with participants and chaperones and answer specific questions. 

Youth Registration

Deadline to register is usually around December 15 with the trip cost just over $1500.  This pays for all lodging, travel, tours and a majority of your meals. 

One-third of the cost is a non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration.  The remaining balance is due in two payments within the next 4 months. 

Some county 4-H youth programs offer financial assistance to participants. Contact your county extension office to see what opportunities exist. Also some individual 4-H clubs or different civic groups provide support as well. 

Adults Interested in Chaperoning

Each trip needs about 5 chaperones. Registration cost for Chaperones is about half.  To express interest contact Jeff Macomber, CWF trip Coordinator at or 515.993.4281 with questions.

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