There are several 4-H clubs in Clay County. For event dates/project meetings and more, check out our Clay Co 4-H Google Calendar!
Clay County Newsletter
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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Event date: March 11, 2020 - March 25, 2020
4-H members attend 4-H project meetings to actively engage in experiential learning opportunities. 4-H members attend project events where they apply lessons learned in developing their projects. Sessions (6:00 – 9:00 pm) 1 3/11/2020 2 3/18/2020 3 ...
Event date: March 20, 2020
Event time: | 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Kansas City, MO
4-H members attend 4-H project meetings to actively engage in experiential learning opportunities. 4-H members attend project events where they apply lessons learned in developing their projects.
Event date: April 7, 2020
Event time: | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Kansas City, MO
Voting members consist of up to 8 representatives from each Clay County 4-H club, but meetings are open to any enrolled Clay County 4-H member. These meetings are not open to the public.
Event date: May 9, 2020
Event time: | 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Louis, MO
4-H members, alumni, families and their friends are invited to join us for 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cardinals will be playing the New York Mets in a 1:15 p.m. game in Busch Stadium. Prior to the game, 4-H members and their ...
News & articles
- 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: Monday, April 8, 2019
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Goppert Foundation of Kansas City has made a $50,000 gift to the Missouri 4-H Foundation to grow the Goppert Foundation Endowed 4-H Scholarship Fund, which provides perpetual support for 4-H youth from 10 Missouri counties to ...
- 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 ...
Adults desiring to volunteer with Missouri 4-H must complete this form to consent to a background check.
Completed by project leader and turned in to the club secretary.
The Key Award, the highest award a 4-H member can receive, recognizes significant leadership at the club or group, community and state levels, rewarding hard work, accomplishments and contributions to the overall 4-H program.