Clockwise, from top: Gettysburg -- From left (front):  Marissa Foels, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Kolin Schnuelle; (back): Justin Bullerman, Shane Sexton, Everett Wegge, Lucas Brincks and Logan Brincks. Mount Vernon -- From left (front): Joni Bruvold, Lucas Brincks, Marissa Foels, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Kolin Schnuelle, Myra Schnuelle; (back): Denise Wegge, Mary Brincks, Everett Wegge, Logan Brincks, Shane Sexton, Justin Bullerman, Lisa Bullerman, Ellen Sexton. United States Capitol -- From left (front):  Myra Schnuelle, Lucas Brincks, Ashley Schwartzoff, Marissa Foels, Kolin Schnuelle, Justin Bullerman; (back): Ellen Sexton, Joni Bruvold, Everett Wegge, Denise Wegge, Logan Brincks, Mary Brincks, Shane Sexton and Lisa Bullerman. (Submitted photos)
Clockwise, from top: Gettysburg -- From left (front): Marissa Foels, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Kolin Schnuelle; (back): Justin Bullerman, Shane Sexton, Everett Wegge, Lucas Brincks and Logan Brincks. Mount Vernon -- From left (front): Joni Bruvold, Lucas Brincks, Marissa Foels, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Kolin Schnuelle, Myra Schnuelle; (back): Denise Wegge, Mary Brincks, Everett Wegge, Logan Brincks, Shane Sexton, Justin Bullerman, Lisa Bullerman, Ellen Sexton. United States Capitol -- From left (front): Myra Schnuelle, Lucas Brincks, Ashley Schwartzoff, Marissa Foels, Kolin Schnuelle, Justin Bullerman; (back): Ellen Sexton, Joni Bruvold, Everett Wegge, Denise Wegge, Logan Brincks, Mary Brincks, Shane Sexton and Lisa Bullerman. (Submitted photos)

Iowa 4-H'ers experience United States history, national security, national diversity, National 4-H Center hospitality and more on their seven day adventure to Washington D.C.

Thirty-three youth, eighteen adults and four ISU Extension Staff from Allamakee, Howard & Winneshiek Counties departed Northeast Iowa on April 6 to participate in the 2013 4-H Citizenship Trip.

After traveling on a Windstar Coach overnight, the first stop was the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA, followed by Gettysburg, Pa., where the group toured the visitor center and experienced the Gettysburg Cyclorama.

James Cole, Gettysburg Tour Guide boarded the coach for a two hour guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefields with stops at Devils Den, Little Round Top, Culp's Hill and the Peach Orchard.

After several hours at Gettysburg the group departed for the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Mass., making that their home for the week's stay. Monday morning was spent at Mount Vernon, George Washington's home. The group toured the grounds, his tomb and the beautiful visitor's center. Monday afternoon was spent at the Washington Naval Yards visiting the Naval Museum and touring the USS Barry.

Monday evening, the group participated in an impressive night tour of the many monuments and memorials in Washington DC after a supper stop at the food court of the Ronald Reagan Building.

Tuesday morning the group toured the National Cathedral. A stop at the Old Post Office and Historic Clock Tower was next, with an opportunity for lunch and an elevator ride to the top of the tower to view the city of Washington D.C.

That afternoon was spent at the National Archives viewing the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights. Following the Archive visit, groups toured the Smithsonian Institution buildings. To wrap up Tuesday, the group boarded the Spirit of Mount Vernon for a dinner cruise filled with an evening of music, dancing, dining and upper deck sailing.

Wednesday, dressed in their 4-H polos and khaki pants, the group toured the United States Capitol and the US Senate. After a lunch break the group remembered and honored the victims at the Pentagon 911 Memorial. Arlington National Cemetery was the groups' next destination. Four youth from the group had the honor of participating in laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Representing Allamakee in this ceremony was Shelby Bodley, Ludlow Future Farmers 4-H Club. Cassy Kennon, Flying Hoofs 4-H Club member represented Howard County in the ceremony. Winneshiek County 4-H'ers, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Decorah Chiefs 4-H Club and Logan Brincks, Bloomfield 4-H Club finalized the Iowa State University 4-H Group. One more stop at the Iwo Jima Memorial was made before the group arrived at Ford's Theatre for the production of Hello Dolly.

Thursday the group loaded the bus for the last day of touring. The first stop was a photo opportunity at the White House and Lafayette Park. Union Station was toured next attracting over 25 million visitors each year. The Holocaust Museum and Bureau of Engraving & Printing were final historical stops for the groups' educational focus. Georgetown Cupcakes, otherwise known as DC Cupcakes on the TLC Network, was the final stop with participants enjoying a tasty treat for the ride home.

"These youth are becoming productive citizens, successful learners, effective leaders and outstanding communicators through their participation in the 4-H Citizenship Group and from their travels in Washington D.C." commented Joni Bruvold, Winneshiek County Youth Coordinator. Prior to this trip, 4-H Citizenship members participated in a two year educational program studying both the local and national governments. Last year the members learned about the local, area and state governments and traveled to the State Capitol in Des Moines to meet with local government officials. This year the youth have been learning about the federal government as well as national history before traveling to Washington D.C.

Attending the trip from Winneshiek County were 4-H'ers Logan Brincks, Lucas Brincks, Justin Bullerman, Marissa Foels, Kolin Schnuelle, Ashley Schwartzhoff, Shane Sexton and Everett Wegge. Adult chaperones from Winneshiek County included Mary Brincks, Lisa Bullerman, Myra Schnuelle, Ellen Sexton and Denise Wegge. ISU Extension Staff were Lynette Houser, Joni Bruvold, Kaitlin Hanson and Sue Pederson.

To learn more about 4-H Citizenship contact the Winneshiek County Extension Office.