National 4-H Congress is held each Thanksgiving weekend in Atlanta, Georgia. Over 1,000 4-H members from all 50 states and Puerto Rico attend Congress. Watch a video from 2011 National 4-H Congress. At Congress, delegates hear inspirational speakers, participate in workshops, engage in a large-scale community service project, and enjoy many other fun activities.
The Oregon 4-H program views National 4-H Congress as an important opportunity for 4-H members and is committed to providing this experience to as many 4-H members who can benefit from it as possible. Because the trips to Congress are dependent on donations, a selection process is held each year. The State 4-H Recognition Committee selects Congress delegates based on the member's overall achievement in 4-H projects, leadership, communication, citizenship/community service and readiness to benefit from Congress. Oregon Congress trip winners typically demonstrate a considerable breadth and depth of 4-H experience.
4-H members complete and submit the Congress application to their county Extension office by the due date established by the county. Each application must include a completed submission form and the 4-H Resume.
Counties submit the County Nominations for National 4-H Congress form and the completed applicstions to the State 4-H Office by March 1.