STILLWATER, Okla. – Washington, D.C. is a place thousands upon thousands of tourists travel to every summer. This year, 55 Oklahoma 4-H’ers and adult sponsors will be added into the mix in the nation’s capital during Citizenship Washington Focus.

Adam Roach, a Pontotoc County 4-H’er from Ada will be among the 55 attendees taking part in CWF from June 22-July 3.

The theme for the program this year is “Better Citizens Today, Better Leaders Tomorrow,” and will offer participants a number of different activities from which they can choose.

“CWF is a week-long 4-H citizenship program conducted by the National 4-H Council for youth, ages 15 to 19,” said Tracy Branch, state 4-H events and activities coordinator. “The program provides opportunities for young people to broaden appreciation and practice respect for themselves and others, increase individual commitment to citizen involvement, understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities and have a lot of fun.”

4-H’ers will have the chance to meet with members of Congress, hear motivational speakers, attend skill-building workshops and assemblies and make new and lasting friendships.

The conference offers on-site workshops at some of the many historical points in Washington D.C., including the Capitol, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, Presidential and war monuments and memorials, the Smithsonian museums and many others.

“Participants will gain cultural experience by attending a dinner theatre presentation of ‘The Buddy Holly Story’,” Branch said. “In addition, the group will take part in the week’s signature event, Nightview, a tour of our nation’s most historic sites beautifully illuminated.

Branch said the group will also have the opportunity for sight seeing during the bus trip are stops planned in Gettysburg and Philadelphia.

“These places are rich in American history and will provide delegates a first-hand look at what they’ve learned in their high school history and civics classes,” Branch said. “Overall, the CWF trip is one of the most enriching trips available to Oklahoma 4-H’ers.”

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