There are three active 4-H clubs in Barry County.
Exeter Trailblazers 4-H Club meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Meetings are at the Exeter Lions Club Meeting room.
Club leader: Tammy Gunter, 417-489-8447 or see the Exeter Trailblazers Facebook Group.
Screeching Eagles 4-H Club meets on the first Sunday each month at 3PM. Meetings are held at the YMCA in Monett.
Club leader: Beth Luebbering at [email protected] Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Horner Ridge Runners 4-H Club meets the third Thursday of each month at the Cassville Branch Library.
Club leader: Carolyn Kilts. See their Facebook page for more information.
4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 18, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to:
- meet the diverse challenges of today’s world
- build self-confidence
- learn responsibility
- make positive decisions
4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.
With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers—geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.
Clover Kids clubs
Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.
How to join
Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.
Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.
Be a 4-H volunteer
Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.
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News & articles
- Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
“Birth order and it’s effects on the person has been fascinating scientists and the general public for at least one hundred years,” says Janice Weddle, County Engagement Specialist in Youth Development for the University of Missouri Extension. ...
- Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Starting this fall, Missouri 4-H will be able to reach more youths and families across the state through an easy-to-use online learning platform called Canvas that brings 4-H project-based learning directly into the home. This ...
- Published: Thursday, May 7, 2020
NOEL, Mo. - Noel Primary School’s Tiger Paws in-school 4-H club had a very successful first year with teacher Dene’e Jones as club leader. Jones incorporated 4-H into the school week with second graders schoolwide, about 70 students. She ...
- Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
With the recent restrictions on gatherings due to COVID-19 affecting Missouri 4-H members, volunteers, and faculty and staff, we have received many questions about how to handle eligibility for participation at county fairs. As a reminder, Missouri ...
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