CWF 2018

Week 1: June 3 - 9
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Week 2: June 10 - 16
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Week 3: June 17 - 23

Week 4: June 24 - June 30
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Week 5: July 1 - 7

Week 6: July 8 - 14

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About Citizenship Washington Focus

Every summer, high school students from across the country travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), 4‑H’s premier leadership and citizenship program for high school students.
CWF is more than a Washington, D.C. field trip – it’s an opportunity for 4‑H’ers to learn how to be citizen leaders and make a difference in their communities.
CWF participants -

  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at our nation's capital and the chance to meet members of Congress
  • Develop communication, leadership and citizenship skills through hands-on learning and group activities
  • Build new and lasting friendships.

Register for CWF

Sign up your delegation for the 2018 4‑H Citizenship Washington Focus.

Contact Us

General questions: National 4‑H Conference Center

Contracts, dates, and rates: Ashley Sawyers or call 301-961-2812

Rooming lists, transportation or t-shirts: Ashley Sawyers or call 301-961-2812

Programming or educational opportunities: Freeman Thompson or call 301-961-2917

Program Assistants or the application process:  Freeman Thompson or call 301-961-2917


CWF is sponsored in part by Comcast and Microsoft.

What Makes CWF Unique?

Citizenship Washington Focus isn’t just another school sightseeing trip to Washington, D.C. Our focus is life-long civic empowerment and engagement for 4 H members.

National and Local Viewpoints
CWF brings together 4 H delegations from across the country to engage in civic discussions and problem solving, giving participants the chance to learn about different experiences and perspectives.

Licensed, Collegiate Facilitators
Youth are mentored and taught by highly trained and licensed Program Assistants, many of whom are 4 H alumni.

Safety and security
Youth stay at the National 4‑H Conference Center. The Center is located on a 12-acre campus just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border. Unlike many hotels, no alcohol is allowed on the property, and security guards monitor the campus 24 hours a day.

Exclusively 4‑H focused
CWF is a 4‑H tradition that dates back more than 50 years, and is the only such national citizenship and leadership program designed for and offered exclusively to 4‑H members.

CWF Costs

Inclusive of all taxes.
Youth:  $865 per person (based upon quad occupancy)
Adults:  $906 per person (based upon double occupancy)
Transportation package: $169 per person
Fees Include

  • 6 nights lodging and 14 meals at National 4‑H Youth Conference Center
  • Citizenship Washington Focus polo Shirt and lanyard
  • Arrangements and logistical support
  • Curriculum materials
  • Various tours and workshops
  • Admission and ticket fees to sites on CWF itinerary (not trips arranged by delegation)
  • Facilitation by our highly trained and licensed collegiate program assistant team

Souvenir Packs
Souvenir packs include a backpack, water pouch and sunglasses.  (additional $12 per person)

Educational Workshops

Participants are immersed in the culture and history of Washington through educational workshops, facilitated by our highly trained collegiate program assistants.  Workshops start with the basics of good citizenship and culminate with action planning for their own communities.

Citizenship Toolbox
Delegates begin to explore and define what it means to be a good citizen and learn how to use their individual skills to become leaders in their own communities.

Congressional Issues
Open dialogue and varying perspectives are the critical elements for this workshop as delegates discuss several national issues that our country is currently facing to gain an understanding of how similar issues relate to every citizen.

Issues have included: Youth Labor in Agriculture, Food Labeling, Renewable Resources, Regulations on School Lunches, College Tuition Rates and Federal Funding for Arts Programs in Schools.

Bill Writing
Delegates receive in-depth instruction about the bill writing process that takes place in the House of Representatives and use this knowledge to compose a bill of their own that addresses current issues facing their country and communities.

Delegates will learn and put into practice the skills of teamwork, consensus building, gathering support, persuading others, and public speaking as they plan and implement their strategy behind supporting (or not supporting) and lobbying for public opinion for different bills.

Action Planning
Putting practice into action. Using all that they have learned, delegates will discuss issues important to their communities and develop Action Plans to take home to their schools and communities.

Capitol Hill Orientation
Delegates learn about varying resources on Capitol Hill and prepare for their day of speaking to their members of congress about issues important to their constituencies.


Washington, D.C. Tours

CWF tours are more than just sightseeing in Washington D.C. Our licensed Program Assistants immerse delegates in the culture and history of our nation’s capital. Delegates use D.C. as a living classroom, learning about the history of our nation, the leaders who have shaped it, and their own role in civic affairs both nationally and locally.
CWF tours include –

  • Our signature Nightview event, touring the most famous D.C. monuments and memorials at night
  • A day on Capitol Hill – delegates see the U.S. Capitol, meet with elected officials from their state, and tour the Library of Congress and Supreme Court
  • Arlington National Cemetery, Mount Vernon, and the Washington National Cathedral
  • Delegation day, which may include Smithsonian Institute Museums, cultural events, or other notable sites in and around the District

Promotional Resources

One Page Handout


CWF Logo

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Press Release Template


Registration Announcement


Planning Materials

How to Plan a CWF Delegation

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Coordinator Handbook


Delegate Orientation Slideshow


Schedule for CWF programming for all weeks except week 5. Week 5's final schedule will be released in the coming days.


2018 Tentative Schedule- Week 5


Emergency Guidelines

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Delegate Packing List



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Fundraising Ideas

American Legion Sample Solicitation Letter


Corporate Sample Solicitation Letter


Family Sample Solicitation Letter


Religious Community Sample Solicitation Letter



Transportation Form


Code of Conduct / Media and Information Release Form


Group Photo Order Form


Transportation and Directions

6-Day DC Bus Permit

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Map and Directions

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Become a CWF Program Assistant

National 4 H Council programs are exciting learning experiences for youth and adults from all over the United States and the world. Program Assistants make these programs successful by using their skills and knowledge to help the participants have the most educational and fun experience possible in Washington D.C. and at the National 4 H Conference Center.

Program Assistants for the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) and Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) programs must be able to successfully fulfill the requirements of the D.C. Tour Guide License.

Applications are due Monday, January 15, 2018.

Apply to Be a Program Assistant

CWF & LWF Program Assistant Position Description


CWF & LWF Program Assistant Application


CWF & LWF Program Assistant Timeline


A Day in the Life of a 4‑H CWF Program Assistant (VIDEO)

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Dan A. Klingenberg Leadership Circle

The Dan A. Klingenberg Leadership Circle is an endowment fund that supports the role of the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Program Assistant. Your support allows Program Assistants to grow, learn and build job skills and career readiness.


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