National 4-H Conference

The overall purpose of National 4-H Conference is to provide an opportunity for youth, adult volunteer leaders and Extension staff to work together in addressing the issues of youth and how the 4-H Youth Development program can best meet the needs of youth at the local, state and national levels through educational programming.

National 4-H Conference has long been a model of youth/adult partnerships. Everyone attending Conference is a delegate with equal voice in the matters of Conference: consulting groups, operations committees and development recommendations.

National 4-H Conference is held in April at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD. Maine selects four participants annually based on records of their 4-H and community involvement and candidate interviews.

Each youth who is chosen to attend will be asked to pay a nonrefundable deposit. In the past, funding for these trips has been generously supplied by the Maine 4-H Foundation and delegates have been responsible for $275 of that cost. However, given our uncertain economic times, it is unsure how much the Foundation will contribute this year. Financial information will be updated as soon as possible.

2020 National Conference dates will be March 28 – April 2, 2020, and orientation will be in February, 2020.  These candidates were selected in April at the 2019 National Trip Interviews.

2021 National Conference will be April 10 – 15, 2021.  Orientation will be in February 2021. Candidates will be selected in May at the 2020 National Trip interviews. Interview dates are May 2, & 3, 2020. You will be contacted via email to set up a specific time once your application has been received.

Information about applying for National 4-H Conference.

National 4-H Conference Website