Young Lincolnites Go to Washington

By: Mr. Wilson on December 29, 2009
Many many moons ago -- probably 1990 or so -- I gathered with several other youngsters from around Lancaster County and their parents to plan a trip. The trip would be a two-week journey from Lincoln to Washington D.C. and back. Preparation for the trip would take years. We had to raise money -- lots of money -- and make travel arrangements. We even took dining etiquette lessons. Finally in the summer of 1993 we left in a charter bus, a couple dozen 14 to 18 year-olds, many of whom had never before been away from mom and dad for so long. We went to Chicago, Detroit, Niagara Falls, New York City, Philadelphia, and, eventually, Washington D.C, where we attended Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF). It was an incredible experience that left me with many happy memories. We even won the CWF talent show that year with a hilarious interpretation of a tune from Sister Act, complete with nun getup. I'll have to see if I can dig out the photos... Why do I bring this up? It seems five slots have opened up (PDF) for the next CWF in 2010:
Five spots have opened up for the June 2010 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) group. Any Lancaster County youth age 14-18 can join CWF, a summer citizenship program which culminates in a nine-day, intensive trip to Washington D.C. and New York. CWF delegates learn about the democratic process and their role as citizens. Youth who sign up now are able to start earning funds through organized fund-raising. A $100 deposit is needed to reserve your spot. For more information, contact Deanna Karmazin at 441-7180 or
If you know any area youths who might be interested, please encourage them to give the opportunity a serious look.


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December 30, 2009 at 12:14AM

Mr Wilson - thanks for your blog on CWF. I am the orgnizer of this educational experience now and would love to talk to aybody interested.  You are is an experience of a lifetime!! Maybe you should come back as a sponsor!

December 30, 2009 at 7:29PM

I did CWF way back during the summer of 1982. It was strictly D.C. for a week in those days. What an awesome trip!

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