National 4‑H Conference delegates engage in personal development experiences that increase their knowledge, resources, and skills while they discuss topics affecting youth and 4‑H programming nationwide. Delegates are empowered to create positive social change in their communities and have the opportunity to practice and apply their skills in a real-world setting.    

The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H youth development programs nationally and in their communities. Conference delegates are prepared, personally and professionally, to become more active participants within their communities and to effectively develop youth-adult partnerships for community action.  

National 4-H Conference is held in Washington D.C.
Application Deadline is January 15.
Montana sends a delegation of up to 4 participants (including one adult chaperone).

Youth must be 15-18 years old and not a high school senior during the 4-H year in which they apply to attend. Adult chaperone must be an enrolled 4-H volunteer (25 years or older).

To attend complete the application and return to the 4-H Center by January 15.

Youth Application
Adult Application

Please include TWO letters of recommendation with the application from each of the following:

  1. County Agent
  2. One other person who is familiar with your leadership skills

Partial funding will be provided by the Montana 4-H Foundation to selected delegates (support dependent on the number of delegates).

National 4-H Conference is held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. The National 4-H Youth Conference Center is located in a quiet, 12-acre campus-like setting in Maryland, one mile from the nation's capital, making it the perfect gateway to Washington, D.C.'s leaders, monuments and museums. Now one of the largest non-academic youth education and conference facilities in America, the National 4-H Youth Conference Center has a colorful history that dates back more than a century. The Conference Center is operated by National 4-H Council.

National 4-H Conference website
National 4-H Youth Conference Center website


For more information regarding this program, contact Stephanie Davison, sdavison@montana.edu