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The California 4-H Youth Summits are three-day leadership development conferences hosted in four locations across the state.

In a safe camp-like atmosphere, 4-H’ers will:

  • Learn and practice personal leadership skills
  • Learn about career pathways and college
  • Build connections with 4-H members, volunteers, and staff throughout the area


2021 Dates and Locations to be Announced!

Northern: Coming soon!

Bay/Coast: Coming soon!

Southern: January 15-17, 2021 at Pathfinder Ranch in Mountain Center

Central: Coming soon!

Who should attend

Intermediate 4-H'ers (ages 11-13). Senior 4-H members, ages 14+, can sign up as facilitators (staff).


Youth Summit programs are designed to grow the leadership abilities of intermediate 4-H'ers (ages 11-13) and give hands-on leadership opportunities to senior 4-H'ers (ages 14+). Participants are mentored by senior 4-H'ers and caring adult volunteers. Younger members develop stronger relationships with their older peers as they both develop their leadership skills.


This year, we have a special educational focus on empowering youth with the tools to create change in their communities on issues that matter to them.

Participants can choose several workshops to attend at the Youth Summit, with topics related to leadership, advocacy, and careers. Check out the pages for each event to see the list of workshops offered.

Each Youth Summit includes a Leadership Lab for learning how to practice leadership skills. Read more about it

Help spread the word

Want something to share with your club? Try our flyer! Post the flyer in your newsletter and share it in an email to your members. Check out our Marketing page for social media images, an email blast template, and more.

Planning team

The Youth Summits are planned by a team of senior 4-H members (ages 14+) in partnership with the California 4-H Management Board. They are responsible for making the Youth Summits informational, useful, and FUN!

The Youth Summit planning teams at their spring retreat in Yosemite.
The Youth Summit planning teams at their spring retreat in Yosemite.


We are looking for upbeat volunteers to chaperone the Youth Summits.  Chaperones must apply and be accepted. We are following the guidelines for overnight chaperones. Please see the Chaperone information page for the application process and requirements.

After you are accepted to be a chaperone, you will receive an email from the Chaperone coordinator that will include a link to the youth summit chaperone registration form.