4-H members visit Washington, DC Seventy-eight South Dakota 4-H members between the ages of 15-19 and four chaperones recently returned home from Washington, DC after attending Citizenship-Washington Focus, a week-long experience in citizenship and leadership training at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD. The program is designed to help young people understand the structure and function of our system of government, study the heritage of our country's development and prepare plans for active citizen involvement when they return home.
Four-H members attending from Clay County were Nancy Heine, Allison Knutson and Tabitha Hubert, all of Vermillion.
Using the nation's capital as a "classroom", the program included a day on Capital Hill to meet with Congressional aides, tour the Capital and White House and get a view from inside the Library of Congress. Field trips to historical and cultural sites, in addition to workshop sessions packed the week's activities.
Four-H members had the opportunity to view the fireworks on July 4 from the Washington Monument. They spent one day visiting the Smithsonian, Ford Theater and the Old Post Office.
Other highlights of the trip were Mount Vernon, the Newseum, Holocaust Museum, Arlington Cemetery, Kennedy Center, Washington National Cathedral, Iwo Jima, Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, FDR Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Memorial.
Workshops at the center were focused on making "Better Citizens Today Better Leaders Tomorrow." Participating workshops helped build lifetime skills for success. Dynamic speakers inspired youth to reaffirm their commitment to citizen involvement. The committees gave everyone a chance to practice leadership skills and the social events encouraged new friendships with youth from other states.
On the bus trip home the delegation also had a chance to do some touring in Chicago. The Navy Pier, Sears Tower, Shedd's Aquarium and the Magnificent Mile were among highlights of this stop.