After more than 3,000 miles on a charter bus, educational opportunities, lots of sightseeing and some new friends along the way, the 2016 Citizenship Washington Focus trip is in the books.
A group of 38 Oklahoma 4-H’ers and adults traveled to the National 4-H Youth Center near Washington, D.C., to participate in this educational opportunity.
Elizabeth Klumpp, a member of the Edmond Light Horse 4-H Club in Oklahoma County, was a member of the 2016 CWF delegation. Elizabeth has been in 4-H for eight years. She is currently a junior and attends Edmond North High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Cynthia Klumpp of Edmond.
Tracy Beck, 4-H events and activities coordinator with the State 4-H Office at Oklahoma State University, said for more than 50 years CWF has provided 4-H youth with an opportunity to turn the nation’s capital into a living classroom.
The group also took advantage of the time on the road to Washington, D.C., and stopped at various landmarks and places of historical significance while on the road, including St. Louis, Gettysburg and Philadelphia.
While in Washington, D.C., the group had an opportunity to visit with Oklahoma’s representatives and tour the nation’s Capitol, as well as tour around town to see the Washington National Cathedral, National Archives, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Monument, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, some of the Smithsonian museums and much more.
“While visiting the Capitol we were able to sit on the House floor, which was pretty exciting,” Beck said.
Through the CWF conference, Oklahoma’s youth had an opportunity to participate in educational workshops and attend assemblies that increased their awareness and commitment to citizen involvement.
Some of the committees in which the delegates were involved focused on health, communication, government, responsibility, open-mindedness and talent, all of which will relate to their club work at home.
“It’s a great opportunity to exchange ideas and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds.” Beck said. “Overall, this is a great educational trip for our club members.
”Washington, D.C., provides a wonderful learning environment for our youth.”