CWF: Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth, grades 9 – 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 90 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. 

Trip Flyer


Trip Date

June 10-18, 2016

Trip Highlights

2016 Schedule (as of August 2015)

Friday:  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

Youth Registration

Deadline to register is January 4, 2016.  Trip cost is $1,570.  This pays for all lodging, travel, tours and a majority of your meals. 

A $510 non-refundable deposit is due at time of registration.  The remaining balance is two payments of $530 each and is due February 15 and April 1,, 2016. 

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. 

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 express interest in chaperoning please return the chaperone application by January 4, 2016.  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 capitol 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 to open a PDF chaperone application form to fill out and MAIL IN.

Questions, contact Jeff Macomber, CWF Trip Coordinator at or 515.993.4281.


Trip Orientation

Attend either a face to face or webinar orientation.

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

Face to Face Orientation
Date:  April 16, 2016
Time:  9:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: three locations available across the state 


Polk County Extension & Outreach Office
625 Adventureland Dr  Ste A

Iowa City
Johnson County Extension & Outreach Office
3109 Old Highway 218 S

Carroll County Extension & Outreach Office
1205 W US Hwy 30  Ste G

Webinar Orientation
Date:  April 19, 2016
Time:  5:30-6:45 p.m.
      To verify that your internet connection will support this meeting option, visit this site.

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