National Award Trips are a highlight for many 4-H members and leaders, providing an opportunity to create new friendships and learn more about the 4-H program.
Please review this document before starting your application – National Award Trip Opportunities
Open National Award Applications:
- National 4-H Members Conference (USA)
- 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress
- 4-H Canada National Members Forum
- National 4-H Dairy Conference
Application Deadline: November 9, 2023
4-H Canada National Members Forum
Open to members of age 16 to 21
Developed in 1931, this hallmark program rotates annually between three host locations (East, Central and West). With a different leadership development theme each year, delegates also visit a local agricultural event, such as the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, or Regina’s Canadian Western Agribition. Through experiential learning, workshops and interactive site tours, delegates develop a deeper awareness, knowledge and understanding of the program theme. They return home equipped to apply new knowledge and skills to club projects in their home communities.
National 4-H Dairy Conference
October 2024, Madison Wisconsin, USA
Open to members of age 15 to 18
One (1) 4-H member can attend from Nova Scotia. Members attend the Dairy Conference and the National Dairy Show in Madison. It is important that our provincial delegate be a member who has achieved outstanding accomplishments while in the dairy project. Participants learn about production, processing, marketing and use of dairy products, and develop a broader understanding of careers available in dairy production, biotechnology, genetics, marketing and other selected areas. The conference consists of participatory workshops at the University of Wisconsin campus, speakers, tours and visits to the World Dairy Expo. Representatives can show Holstein or color breeds because both groups help sponsor the trip.
National 4-H Members Conference (USA)
April 19-24, 2024, Arlington, Virginia
Open to members of age 16 to 19
The annual US National 4-H Conference is the premiere civic engagement opportunity for 4-H members across the U.S., Canada and globally. Participating 4-H Canada members will put their newly developed and refined skills into practice in a real-world setting. Conference delegates choose an important societal topic and in round table groups prepare a formal briefing. Presentations of these briefings are made to U.S. federal officials around the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to the conference activities, 4-H Canada delegates also have a chance to tour Washington and visit some of the nation’s famous cultural and political sites including the Lincoln Memorial and Capitol Hill.
4-H Canada Citizenship Congress
May 2024, Ottawa, ON
Open to members of age 16 to 21
The 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress will deepen your understanding of governance and public policy, nurture your communication skills and expand your horizons as you discover Canada through the nation’s capital. Workshops will culminate with the annual debate, where you and your fellow members will construct insightful arguments and practice your skills of persuasion and public speaking. Ultimately, you’ll learn more about Canada, its government and yourself.
4-H International Rural Exchange – IRELAND
May 17 – 23, 2024, Ireland
Open to 4-H members ages 16 to 21
From May 17 – 23, 2024, twenty (20) 4-H members from across Canada will travel to Ireland to tour agricultural businesses and festivals. Delegates will stay in a hotel and follow a guide in association with the International Rural Exchange (IRE Canada). IRE Canada, also known as A-Way To Work, is a Canada non-profit organization specializing in international work and travel experiences for young Canadians since 1985. IRE Canada has partnered with a conglomerate of provincial 4-H organizations (including 4-H Nova Scotia) to offer the 2024 4-H International Rural Exchange Trip to Ireland.
Trained Leader Opportunity
4-H Canada Leadership Summit
April 12-14, 2024, Vancouver, BC
Open to all Trained Leaders
4-H Canada’s Leadership Summit is an opportunity for 4-H volunteers, professionals, and the 4-H Canada Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) to come together and showcase the communities they are building, share innovative program ideas, and hear from experts on emerging topics.
Registration Deadline – October 24, 2023