There are nine active 4-H clubs in Bates County. Contact the club leader to learn more.
Altona 4-H Club. Club leader: Kirsten Collier, 816-590-7376
Ballard 4-H Club. Club leader: Michelle Rotert, 660-227-9155
Busy Beavers 4-H Club. Club leader: Karen Scrivener, 660-598-2011
County Line 4-H Club. Club leader: Melody Wikoff, 660-643-7831
Hudson Hustlers 4-H Club. Club leaders: Jamie O'Farrell, 660-492-3573 and Jennifer Hawkins, 417-359-3846
Next Generation 4-H Club. Club leader: Alicia Merrifield, 816-297-8872
Peru Star 4-H Club. Club leader: Tabatha Vanmeter, 660-227-0134 and Dorothy Carter, 660-200-5403
Summit Go-Getters 4-H Club. Club leader: Becky Randalls, 660-200-5471 and Julia Barber, 660-679-8003
V-52 4-H Club. Club leader: Michelle Williams, 660-267-3380
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 Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. 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: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri 4-H Foundation recently awarded eight families with the 4-H Century Family Award. Each family represented a combined 100 years or more of membership and volunteer service within 4-H. Bates County The Barber family ...
- Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Lila Wantland judged herself to the top of the senior division of the Missouri State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. The contest was held Aug. 17 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Wantland was the high individual in the intermediate division of ...
- Published: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
HANNIBAL, Mo. – In her 20s, Linda Studer had a dream of opening a business in historic Hannibal.Then, as they say, life got in the way. She was busy helping others fulfill their dreams at a nonprofit employment group in northeastern Missouri. Her ...
- Published: Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Seventeen teams competed for charity at the third annual Missouri 4-H Foundation Quiz Night, Dec. 2, at Knights of Columbus Hall in Columbia.“Thanks to the tremendous support of our 4-H partners and friends, together we raised ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2016
Home production of vegetables has been increasing in popularity in recent years. In addition to saving on the family food bill, the availability of fresh, inexpensive produce from the family garden is conducive to maintaining good dietary ...