Go to Washington, D.C. for a week in June to experience our nation's capital, meet your legislators, and meet 4-Hers from around the country. During this week-long trip, delegates have the opportunity to tour the Smithsonian and the National monuments as well as visit with Montana Senators and Representatives. Montana delegates travel as a group with two adult chaperones.

County agents should recommend delegates for participation. Delegates travel as a group with chaperones to the National 4-H Conference Center. The week is comprised of workshops related to the congressional process, meetings with your legislators, a cultural evening, and visits to monuments and museums on the mall.

Trip dates: June 15-22, 2024 or June 20-27, 2024

Location: Hyatt Regency - Bethesda, Maryland

Application Deadline: February 23, 2024

Eligibility: Current 4-H members 4-H age 14-19

The cost ranges from $2,000-$4,000 depending on flight costs. The CWF registration cost is $1,495 per youth delegate for double room occupancy, which includes program activities and most meals. Airfare, ground transportation, and the states' night out meal are additional. Since our Montana Delegation may want to arrive the night before to arrive by check-in time, there may be one more night hotel cost in addition.

Check with your MSU Extension agent about contributions from your 4-H Council. The Susan Dufner scholarship is available to one individual age 17 or over (by the time of travel).

There are up to two adult chaperones. Those currently involved in 4-H are eligible to apply. Deadline is to be determined. Complete chaperone application and return to state 4-H office.

Complete the CWF Application 2024 by February 23rd. 

Please send a check with an initial portion of the registration cost of $750 written out to MSU Extension 4-H and Nat 4-H Conference on the memo line by February 23rd and mailed to:

Christine Sommers-Austin

MSU Extension, State 4-H Center

PO Box 173580

Bozeman, MT  59717


Susan Dufner Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application (Deadline February 23, 2024)

Through a memorial established with the Montana 4-H Foundation in memory of Susan Kay Dufner, this is a scholarship to help fund a trip for one 4-H member (age 17+) to attend the Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF).

Who: 4-H members must be enrolled in 4-H and 17 years of age or older by the time of travel. Recipients may not have received a prior 4-H award for any out-of-state trips.

What: Recipient(s) is awarded money to offset the cost of the Citizenship Washington Focus trip.

How: Complete and return the following scholarship application to the Montana 4-H Center (due date to be determined).

Learn more about CWF.

For more information regarding this program please contact Christine Sommers-Austin at [email protected]