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National 4-H Conference

National 4-H Conference

March 19-24, 2022 // Washington, D.C. or Virtual
Open to enrolled 4-H teens across Ohio!

Background: The National 4-H Conference is the premier civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members (15-19 years old) who are actively engaged in 4-H programs across the U.S. and its territories. The conference is administered by 4-H National Headquarters of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This experience upholds a tradition dating back to 1927. Known then as the “National 4-H Club Camp,” delegates slept in tents on the grounds of the National Mall in front of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in Washington, D.C. Held annually, except for several years during World War II, the camp served to develop the next generation of leaders. Delegates attended training workshops, became acquainted with government, and had the opportunity to meet with state leaders. In 1958, the event name was changed to National 4-H Conference and, in 1959, the meeting moved from the National Mall to the newly founded National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD (right outside of Washington, D.C.). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, National 4-H Conference was cancelled in 2020 and held virtually in 2021. 

Additional information about the National 4-H Conference can be found within the application and from National 4-H.


Selection Process:

  1. Interested Ohio 4-H members must complete an application and return to Kayla Oberstadt (via email to oberstadt.1@osu.edu) by January 24 at 11:59 p.m. Applicants must be 15-19 as of January 1, 2022 and currently enrolled as an Ohio 4-H member.
  2. After an application is received, the State 4-H Office will request a referral from county 4-H professional for the respective candidate.
  3. A selection board of advisors, 4-H educators, and past Ohio Teen Leadership Council members will review applications and conduct interviews, as needed.
  4. Those selected will be expected to fully engage in all pre-conference and conference activities and adhere to all National 4-H guidelines, complete all required work as a result of conference participation, and share knowledge gained with Ohio 4-H upon their return.

Interested in applying for this opportunity? Complete this application and email to Kayla Oberstadt (oberstadt.1@osu.edu) by January 24 at 11:59 p.m.


NATIONAL 4-H CONFERENCE FACILITATORS AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP TEAM (YLT):

Roundtable Facilitators (ages 19-24) and YLT (ages 16-18) play a critical role in the success of the National 4-H Conference! 

For more information about these two opportunities and to apply, visit USDA NIFA's conference webpageApplications for both opportunities are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 30.


Thank you to the Ohio 4-H Foundation and donors to Celebration of Youth for sponsoring the 2022 Ohio delegates to National 4-H Conference!