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Events and Conferences

Upcoming 4-H Events

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  • April 25th & 26th Fashion Revue judging and Show - Judging will be held at Vets Building and Show will be held at Elks Lodge. see registration  for details under I&R. 


  • May 6, 2018 Beef Boot Camp, Bolado Park 9 am to 2 pm RSVP tp Shari by text at 831-245-5860



  • May 12th - Spring Fair Day on the Farm The Santa Cruz 4-H program would like to invite you to help with the spring fair event.  We are hosting a mini fair at the Santa Cruz County Fair in Ag History (front of the fair).  You may enter in the baking contest, poultry show, rabbit contest, and still exhibits.  We can also use help with the hosting a booth.  We are setting up at 9 am and cleaning up at 3 pm.  We hope to see you at the event.  For more information and registration: 
  • June 3rd - Interview Workshop presented by Santa Cruz 4-H Interview committee. They are hosting an Interview workshop to help members learn how to write a resume, learn helpful hints for interviewing.  


  • June 16th - Interview Day presented by Santa Cruz County 4-H.  You are invited to participate in the Interview Day Contest.  Earn skills for interviewing, record book points and medal for your hat.  All member that receive a gold will receive a medal for their hat.  

Citizen Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus


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Citizenship Washington Focus is an educational conference for youth ages 15 to 19. Delegates must be at least 15 years of age by time of travel to participate. Hosted at the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C, it gives youth the opportunity to explore, develop, and refine the civic engagement skills they need in order to become outstanding leaders.

Through tours in the living classroom of Washington, D.C. and hands-on educational workshops, youth will learn about the history of our nation, the leaders who have shaped it, and how they can apply their enhanced leadership and citizenship skills to issues in their own community.



2018 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference


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June 16-23, 2018 (Conference Only)   $2,949

This 8-day trip is packed with educational adventure as participants tour our nation’s Capital and learn how our national government works.  Trip includes a pre-conference day of site seeing plus attendance at National 4-H’s Citizenship Washington Focus Conference which includes touring many of the major sites in the National Mall.  Cost includes transportation (air and ground), housing and most meals plus access to the tour sites. 

June 16-26, 2018 (Conference & Extended Trip to Gettysburg, Philadelphia & Baltimore) $3,800

This 11-day trip includes the above conference only package plus 4 extra days of educational tours of Gettysburg, PA, Philadelphia, PA and Baltimore, MD.  Cost includes transportation (air and ground), housing and most meals plus access to the tour sites. 




The CA 4-H Gift Certificate Program is a great way for family and friends to contribute to the cost of your trip. Check out the details here.   

Interested in being a Chaperone for this trip?

If you are interested in chaperoning for the 2018 Citizenship Washington Focus trip, please visit the Chaperone Information page and follow the process to be considered for this important role.  


2018 Citizenship Washington Focus Information


Thank you for setting up your congressional appointments and recording them here. Please fill this out completely as this information will be sent to National 4-H to help us coordinate transportation to the appointments.  

 Click Here to record your congressional appointment.


Delegates for Washington Focus events are able to utilize the new skills they have learned by carrying out a plan of action in their local community. Each delegate will carry out a pre-approved service learning project and complete a 4-H Delivers story upon completion of their service learning project. Tools to help youth and volunteer leaders in planning and implementing a plan are: 

Your pre-approval will need to be submitted, approved and project complete before December 31 of the year you participate in a Washington Focus trip. Once you've identified your issue and begun your planning, complete your pre-approval application and submit it.

It is highly recommended that you use the Service Learning Planning Guide to aid in your planning process. Your 4-H Delivers story will need to be submitted before certificates of completion and pins are awarded. 


CWF Timeline:

12/4/17   Chaperone Applications Due

12/17/17 Final day to register and pay deposit (spots may fill up before this date)

12/22/17 Chaperone’s Notified

12/18-31/17 Chaperone Registration open

1/30/18  Orientation Webinar #1-6:30pm-8pm

2/27/18 Chaperone Orientation Webinar 7pm-9pm

3/2/18 Installment Payment due

3/20/18 Orientation Webinar #2-6:30pm-8pm

  • Congressional Appointment Procedures

4/16/18 Final Payment Due

5/22/18 Orientation Webinar #3-6:30-8pm

  • Travel Schedules & Procedures


This trip is coordinated through the CA State 4-H Office. For more information, please contact 

California Focus

California Focus

A Unique Citizenship Educational Experience!
June 22-26, 2018
Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza- Sacramento

Registration opening in February 2018

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Cal Focus 2015 group

Experience California’s government in action by participating in the legislative, political, and judicial processes. California Focus combines hands-on participation in workshops, debates, simulations, tours, and fun activities. 

For More Information:

4-H State Field Day

NEW date this year!

Saturday, June 2, 2018


 For More Information: 


State Field Day 2018 Logo by Ashley Rosilez, Cerro Alto 4-H Club, San Luis Obispo County
State Field Day 2018 Logo by Ashley Rosilez, Cerro Alto 4-H Club, San Luis Obispo County


Saturday, June 2, 2018
8:00am - 6:00pm
University of California, Davis - West Quad

  • For more information, please contact
  • Event Coordinator: DeAnn Tenhunfeld, 530-750-1340.
  • Each contest also has their own specific coordinator.

About California 4-H State Field Day

The annual California 4-H State Field Day is the largest and most comprehensive educational event for 4-H youth members and 4-H volunteer educators. Since 2002, 4-H'ers from throughout the state have come together to compete at the state level for various competitions. This family-friendly event is for all ages to participate. 

Each contest and activity is coordinated by 4-H volunteers and youth. Event coordination and facility support is provided by the State 4-H Office.

The goal of the event is to provide a culminating experience for 4-H members in their year-long 4-H education in public speaking, textiles, plant sciences, photography, interview skills, and entomology.




4-H Horse Classic

4-H Horse Classic


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California 4-H State Horse Classic
Murieta Equestrian Center in Rancho Murieta, CA
June 27 - July 1, 2018

Leadership Washington Focus

Leadership Washington Focus


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2018 4-H Leadership Washington Focus Conference
July 15- July 20, 2018
National 4-H Conference Center
Chevy Chase, MD

Registration is now open! Register Online


About Leadership Washington Focus (LWF)




Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is a National 4-H leadership conference for youth ages 12-14.Youth can exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other 4-H'ers from across the nation. 

Who can attend

Youth ages 12 to 14. Delegates must be at least 12 years of age by time of travel to participate. You do not have to be a current 4-H member to participate. Please contact us at if you are not a current 4-H member.

Adult chaperones - please see the Chaperone information below.

About the trip and Conference

This 5-day trip is packed with educational adventure as participants tour our nation’s Capital and learn life-changing leadership skills in a conference setting. The program will take place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from the Washington, D.C. border.

At this conference 4-H delegates will:

  • Build confidence in their ability to motivate and direct others in meaningful action
  • Practice effective communication with others through group discussion and public speaking
  • Work with others to create and accomplish goals
  • Develop an understanding of their own personal leadership style
  • Experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, D.C.

Participants are immersed in the culture and history of our nation through on-site workshops at D.C.’s most spectacular sights.

Destinations include, but are not limited to:

  • The White House and Lafayette Park
  • Ford's Theatre
  • The National Archives
  • Presidential and war monuments and memorials
  • Smithsonian museums
  • and more!

For more information

This trip is coordinated through the CA State 4-H Office. For more information, please contact 


Trip package

$2,200 per person, includes:

  • National 4-H’s Leadership Washington Focus Conference
  • Round trip airfare
  • Lodging at the National 4-H Conference Center
  • Most meals during the trip
  • Access to the tour sites
  • Transportation during the program
  • Souvenir pack including: LWF bag, LWF t-shirt, and LWF water bottle

Link to Online Registration

Registration and deposit deadline: December 17, 2017*
*Space is limited this year - spots may fill up before the deadline

Please see the Information for Delegates for the full timeline of payment dates and required webinars to participate in this trip.


Interested in being a Chaperone for this trip?

If you are interested in being a chaperone for the 2018 Leadership Washington Focus trip, please visit the Chaperone Information pageand follow the process to be considered for this important role.

Timeline for Chaperones

12/4/17   Chaperone Applications Due

12/22/17 Chaperones notified

12/18/17 to 12/31/17  Chaperone Registration open

2/6/18  Orientation Webinar 6:30pm-8pm

2/27/18 Chaperone Orientation Webinar 7pm-9pm

5/8/18 Travel Schedules & Procedures webinar  6:30-8pm

Add the webinar dates in bold to your calendar so you don't miss them! You will be notified of the login prior to the webinars.


Information for delegates

After you are confirmed as a California 4-H delegate, please mark your calendars for the following dates:

Timeline for delegates

12/17/17 Final day to register and pay deposit (spots may fill up before this date)

2/6/18  Orientation Webinar 6:30pm-8pm

3/2/18 Installment Payment due

4/30/18 Final Payment Due

5/8/18 Travel Schedules & Procedures Webinar 6:30-8pm

Parade Insurance Form


Completed the following float forms and provide copies: 

  • Parade Insurance Form - Attachment D
  • Driver of float, trailer, and/or vehicle
  • Owner of vehicle (if different than driver) 
  • Driver’s license,
  • Insurance
  • Vehicle and/or trailer registrations
  • Completed parade registration form – see note below

If your 4-H club is only walking in the parade turn in the parade registration form to the 4-H office.

Leaders/ Adults must submit all paperwork at least 3 weeks prior to parade.  The 4-H office will process your request for 4-H insurance through the UCANR.  Your 4-H club must have 4-H insurance in place to participate in the parade.  All forms are to be submitted to 4-H office by email or in person.

 Note: Volunteers cannot sign a contract on behalf of the University.  They can register for the event, but all documents requiring a release of liability needs to come to the office for a signature by the County Director.

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