There are six active 4-H clubs in Benton County.
All Arounders 4-H Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Monday of every month in the FFA Room at the High School in Warsaw.
Club leader: Anita Campbell, 660-438-7916 or [email protected]
Benton County Robotics 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of every month in the Wayne County City Hall building.
Club leader: Jim Kjar, 660-553-0245 or [email protected]
Lake Creek Lamplighters 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the Lake Creek Community Center, North of Cole Camp.
Club leaders: Stephanie Louiselle, 660-281-3270 or [email protected]; Kristie Jonson, 660-287-3344 or [email protected]
Lincoln Cardinals 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Benton County 4-H/FFA Building in Lincoln.
Club leader: Jill Strozewski, 660-654-4972 or [email protected]
Searchers 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every month at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Cole Camp.
Club leader: Brittany Tubbs, 660-723-5950 or [email protected]
Turkey Creek Homesteaders meets at 2:30 p.m. on the second Sunday of every month at Evening Shade Church, on Evening Shade Ave.
Club leader: Amie Breshears, 660-438-5974 or [email protected]
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.