New youth program associate
Welcome to Amanda Smith, County Engagement Specialist in 4-H youth development. Serving Camden, Dallas, and Laclede Counties. She can be contacted at [email protected].
Get involved with Camden County 4-H
Camden County currently has 63 members and 18 adult volunteers enrolled in 4-H clubs. Contact Amanda Smith, 417-532-7126 or [email protected].
Camden County clubs
Camden County Creative Kids meets at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Camdenton Branch of the Camden County Library District, Camdenton.
Club leader: Tifinni Hennville, 970-215-7151 or [email protected]
Easy Riders 4-H Equine Club meets at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at the Camdenton Branch of the Camden County Library District from October to April. The club focuses on horseless horse, horse showing and judging and horse riding
Club leader: Donna Ogle, 573-745-1448 or [email protected]
Dreams for Jonna Club meets at 6:30 p.m on the third Tuesday of each month at the the Macks Creek Agriculture Room, at the Macks Creek High School, Macks Creek
Club leader: Debbie Wommack, 417-830-8743 or [email protected]
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 offersógeocaching, 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.