Award Trips

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.

National Award Trip Opportunities 

Open National Award Applications:

  • National 4-H Dairy Conference
  • National 4-H Members Conference

Member Opportunities

National 4-H Dairy Conference

October 2023, 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.

Application Deadline: December 9, 2022

National 4-H Members Conference (USA)

April 14-19, 2023, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia, USA

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.

Application Deadline: December 9, 2022

4-H Canada Citizenship Congress

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 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.

Trained Leader Opportunity

4-H Canada Leadership Summit

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.

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