University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H educational program empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow ... making a real difference in their community country and world. 4-H provides opportunities to gain leadership, citizenship and life skills through fun and innovative hands-on activities. Build friendships at camps, conferences and events as well as club and project meetings. 4-H welcomes all young people ages 5 to 18. For kids ages 5 to 7, there is a special 4-H program called Clover Kids.
Henry County 4-H clubs
Please check with the club leaders for time/place changes before attending. Some months they change dates/locations.
- CCA Patriots -- usually meets at 3 p.m. on the fourth Friday of every month at the Christian Academy. May vary depending on holiday schedules. (No meeting in July and August)
Club leader: Rosalyn Wisniewski 660-525-2346
- Clinton Cool Cats -- usually meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Clinton United Methodist Church. (No meeting in July and August)
Club leaders: Pam Jones 660-885-7508 and Amanda Johnson 660-525-0949
- Clinton Cougars -- usually meets at 5:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the Clinton United Methodist Church. (No meeting in July and August)
Club leader: Janet Caple 660-885-5835
- Montrose Busy Beavers -- usually meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month in the basement of St. Mary's School in Montrose. (No meeting in June, July and August)
Club leaders: Janna Wareham 660-492-0080 and Kim Carter 660-492-0298
- Mt. Zion Lions -- usually meets at 6 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. (No meeting in June, July and August)
Club leaders: Candy Foster 660-924-1176 and Jennifer Greenwell
- Shawnee Indians -- usually meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month at the Shawnee R-3 School. (No meeting in July and August)
Club leaders: Michelle Taylor 660-351-3867 and Susan Crooks 660-885-4692
To join a club, volunteer or learn more about 4-H programs, contact Erin Kitsmiller at the Henry County Extension Office.
Henry County 4-H Council officers
- Co-Presidents -- Brendon Engeman and Jessalyn Caple
- Vice President of Programs -- Lane Wareham
- Vice President of Hospitality -- Bailey Carter
- Secretary -- Abby Jones
- Photogragher -- Keon Engeman
- 4-H County Liaison -- Keon Engeman
- Adult Advisors -- Pam Jones and Donna Engeman
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.