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About CWF

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14-19 that takes place at the National 4-H Conference Center , just 1 mile from the Washington, DC border.

Every summer, thousands of young people participate in the program, which provides opportunities for them to:

  • strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level
  • understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders
  • exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds.
  • experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC.
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CWF participants enjoy:

  • a behind-the-scenes look at our nation's capital and the chance to meet Members of Congress
  • motivational speakers, educational workshops, and assemblies that increase individual commitment to citizen involvement and build lifetime skills for success
  • activities that encourage new and lasting friendships
  • an enthusiastic staff of young adults that work directly with them


Participants are immersed in the culture and history of Washington through onsite workshops at its most spectacular sights.

 Destinations include, but are not limited to:

  • The Capitol
  • Mount Vernon
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Presidential and war monuments and memorials
  • Smithsonian museums


The week’s signature event called “Nightview” is a spectacular evening tour of our nation's most historic sites.

In between tours, youth can relax at the National 4-H Conference Center, the premier meeting and conference center in the Washington, DC area especially for young people. It offers a 12-acre campus with 24-hour uniformed security, fitness center, full-court basketball, recreation room with cyber cafe, all-you-can eat buffet in the Clover Café, free parking, and more.