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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

NOTE: All locations are tentative and are subject to change. (5/22/2020)

Northern: January 22-24, 2021
Sly Park Environmental Education Center in Pollock Pines

Bay/Coast: January 15-17, 2021
Walker Creek Ranch in Petaluma

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

Central: January 22-24, 2021
Wonder Valley Ranch Resort in Sanger

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.


Each year, our education focus is based on a platform set by the California 4-H State Ambassadors.

Participants can choose several workshops to attend at the Youth Summit, with topics related to leadership, the forthcoming Youth Summit theme, and careers. When schedules are released in the fall, 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

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 will be looking for upbeat volunteers to apply as Chaperones for the Youth Summits.  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.