Jackson County

4-H

Here are the steps for joining 4-H

  1. Call a 4-H Club Leader - Find a club that…
    1. Meets in your area
    2. Meets on a day that works for you
    3. Does projects that are interesting
  2. Go to a Club Meeting – How do you like it?
    1. If you like it – GREAT! Move on to step 3
    2. If you don’t – Go back to step 1
  3. Enroll in 4-H
    1. Must done after October 1
    2. Create a family and then add members
    3. There is a $25 fee per 4-H member (adult volunteers are free).
    4. There are options to cover this cost. Have questions ask away!
      1. Your Health Insurance (Missouri Care)
      2. Scholarship through Jackson County 4-H
  4. Jackson County 4-H membership annual dues are $25 with an optional $40 for County dues. Check with your club to see if they have club dues.
  5. Are you getting the Monday Message?
    1. We get your email address through 4-H Online, but sometimes an email address will slip through the cracks. Simply let us know and we will add you.
  6. Do 4-H!
    1. This is the best part! 4-H is all about “Learning by doing” so get out there and DO! If there are events, activities, camps, or conferences that look interesting to you sign up and go! If you have questions ask us!
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    Jackson County 4-H clubs

    For more specific information on clubs and meeting details, call the extension center at 816-252-5051.

    Traditional clubs

    • 4-H Beginnings
      • Leader - Jessie Furgins
      • Meets in Blue Springs
    • 4-H Youth Futures: College Within Reach
      • Leader - Isha Williams
      • Meets in the greater Kansas City area. Contact leader for meeting information.
    • Classy Clovers Club (focuses on a variety of project areas)
      • Leader – Dwayne Morrison
      • Meets in Blue Springs area on first Monday of each month at 7 p.m.
    • Green Acres Urban Farm and Research Project (focuses on Agriculture, Aquaponics, and Food Production)
      • Leader - Bill Coe
      • Meets in Kansas City, Missouri at East High School every Monday
    • KC Teen Preneurs (focuses on Entrepreneurship and Horse)
      • Leader – Valencia Broadus
      • Meets in Kansas City area. Contact leader for meeting times
    • Peacedale Club (focuses on livestock, foods, and fitness)
      • Leader – Abbie Seeley
      • Meets in the Buckner area on every 2nd Sunday of each month at 3 p.m.
    • Royal Clovers Club (focuses on a variety of project areas)
      • Leader – Grace Johnson
      • Meets in the Blue Springs area on 1st Monday of each month at 4 p.m. 

    Project clubs

    • Osage Oaks Equestrian Club meets in Buckner area. (Horse)
      • Leader - Amy Kirkland
      • Contact leader for meeting times
    • Silver Spurs Club meets in the Lee's Summit area. (Horse)
      • Leader – Mike Higgins
      • Contact leader for meeting times
    • Sunset Trails Club meets in the Lee's Summit area. (Horse)
      • Leader – Julie McNiff
      • Meets 2nd Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
    • Countywide Shooting Sports Club meets at the Blue Springs extension center.
      • Leader – Angela Brown
      • Meets 2nd Tuesday every OTHER month at 7 p.m.

    Special Interest clubs (SPIN)

    Are you a volunteer with the content knowledge and passion to teach youth? Is there a group of young people who are excited to learn about a particular topic? 

    What is SPIN Club? 4-H Special Interest Club, or “SPIN” Club, is a way for youth who want to learn about a specific subject to connect with their peers who have similar interests and adult volunteers who are experienced in that area. 

    What topics will there be? It varies, depending on our volunteers’ areas of expertise and what youth are interested in learning. Sports, nature, science, art, music, dance; there are lots of possibilities! 

    How long will it last? SPIN Clubs will meet for at least six hours total, typically in 1-1½ hour sessions which occur weekly or every other week. 

    Who can participate, and how big are the groups? SPIN is open to anyone currently enrolled in 4-H as well as those who are new to 4-H and would just like to enroll in a SPIN experience. The suggested maximum number of participants in each club is 12, and the required minimum is 5. 

    Call Jessie Furgins at 816-252-5051, or email her at [email protected] for information about how to get started.

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    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.

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    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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