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Northwest Iowa 4-H Youth Travel To Nation’s Capitol

By Staff | Apr 13, 2010

A unique educational experience awaits seven Palo Alto County 4-H members later this Spring when they will visit our nation’s capital. Local 4-H’ers Dylan Fischer, Kendra Feldman, Alesha Sikora, Miranda McGrauth, Michael Sundall, and Carissa Sundall all from Ruthven, Haley Banwart from West Bend, and adult chaperone, Barry Fischer, from Ruthven will be among 110 Northwest Iowa youth and adults representing the state of Iowa at the National 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) experience in Washington D.C. during June, 2010. 

Senior 4-H members from 15 Northwest Iowa counties will participate in the upcoming Citizenship Washington Focus trip. The 4-H youth and adult chaperones will spend nine days seeing the sights of our nation’s capitol and working on legislation with 4-H delegates from across the US. The group departs on Friday, June 4th to return on Saturday, June 12th. Participating 4-H’ers will be working to raise funds for their experience.

Past Citizenship Washington Focus delegates report that this national educational program provides personal skill building in citizenship, leadership, and communication areas.   “It is an experience and an opportunity for 4-H members to explore leadership and their role in citizenship in their local community,” noted Julie Naig, Iowa Sate University Extension County Youth Coordinator.

According to Naig, 4-H youth who have participated in previous CWF trips have returned to report that it has been the single most educational highlight or event of their 4-H career.  

The CWF event is held at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  4-H youth travel with adult chaperones to the Washington D.C. area on chartered buses.  he trip includes an overnight stay at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and a tour of the famous Civil  War battlefields while in route to the National 4-H Center.  The national CWF experience also includes tours of Washington D.C. as well as hands-on learning workshops and a great opportunity to network with other 4-H’ers from across the country. 

As part of this year’s CWF trip, Some of the planned educational tours include Beltsville National Extension Research Center, Mount Vernon, the war and presidential memorials, and the Smithsonian museums. Delegates will spend an evening at the Kennedy Center and tour the Holocaust Museum, as well as Arlington National Cemetery. There will be an opportunity to visit the nation’s capitol and meet Congressional representatives. While at the National 4-H Center, delegates will hear motivational speakers, serve on committees, establish community action plans, and make lasting friendships during the social events.