Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for National 4-H Conference?
state/land-grant university has their own processes for identifying and
selecting delegates. To learn more about becoming a delegate, contact your
State 4-H Program Office. Need help? Find your State 4-H Program Office.
How old do I need to be to attend the National
delegates must between 15 (by January 1 of the conference year) and 19 years old. Adult Chaperones must be at least 24 years old (with the exception of Extension staff members)
and must meet their state’s requirement for a chaperone.
How many delegates can a land-grant university
send to the conference?
limit on the number of
delegates a land-grant university can send to the conference. However, the only
stipulation is that delegations cannot exceed 8 youth:1 chaperone.
Can I exhibit at National 4-H Conference?
National 4-H Conference is a working conference for the youth and adult
delegates selected to attend. The program does not include exhibit space for
What is the dress code?
general, delegates wear “business casual” attire for daytime events such as
assemblies, workshops, and roundtable discussions. Delegates wear business
attire for Capitol Hill Day. It’s especially important to wear or bring a pair
of comfortable walking shoes for Capitol Hill Day. Delegates typically dress in
casual clothes for evening entertainment and activities. More information to
help delegates prepare for the Conference – including a dress guide can be
found on the “Youth Delegate” page.
Where is the National 4-H Conference?
conference takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase,
Maryland. The 12-acre campus-like setting in Maryland, one mile from the
nation's capital, is operated by 4-H's private partner—National 4-H Council.
What is a round table?
round table consists of 15-17 youth and one collegiate facilitator. Round tables will discuss issues effecting
youth on a national scale. By the end of
the conference youth will have discussed a specific issue tied to a specific
federal agency, found the gaps and successes in the current approach of that
agency, and presented to key decision makers in that agency about their
findings and suggestions.
Can youth choose their round table topic?
Yes. There will be seven to eight topics to choose
from. Youth will be assigned to a topic
by their preference ranking of the topics and availability.