National 4-H Conference
Overview

April 9-14, 2016
National 4-H Youth Conference Center
Chevy Chase, Maryland


The National 4-H Conference delegates participate in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program.  The National 4-H Headquarters then shares the recommendations with the Secretary of Agriculture, National Extension Program Leaders, and others who determine 4-H programs.  This event brings together youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county Extension staff from across the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the Canadian Provinces.

The University of Missouri 4-H sends three delegates and a chaperone to the National 4-H Conference each year.  Because few Missouri 4-H members are chosen to experience this event, it is a great honor to be one of the delegates.

A thank you to the Turner family
When 4-H history was being made, Nellie Turner and her family were there. In 1927, Nellie attended the first National 4-H Conference—then called 4-H Club Camp—and took part in adopting the 4-H pledge and motto. Her son Ed Turner presided over the dedication ceremony of the National 4-H Center near Washington, D.C. in 1959.  Ed’s sister Joan Hickman was present at the dedication of the national center’s courtyard statue. 

For many years, the Turner family has helped three Missouri delegates attend the National 4-H Conference, with an annual gift of $3,000 for expenses. To assure perpetual support for a Missouri delegation, the Turner family has made a gift commitment of a $60,000 endowment.