Johnson County 4-H clubs
Blackwater Bobcats 4-H Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at Church of Hope (580 NW 105 Rd, Centerview); Contact Heather Phoenix ([email protected]).
Chilhowee Indians 4-H Club meets the 1st Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. for Clover Kids and 7 p.m. for regular members at the Baptist Church in Chilhowee; contact Jennifer Hancock at 816-237-9923.
Good Neighbors 4-H Club meets the 4th Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church; contact Kathrine Kanneman ([email protected]) 660-747-008, Ann Papasifakis ([email protected]) 660-864-6759 or Rhonda Edmunds ([email protected]) 660-909-3691.
Mineral Creek 4-H Club meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for Clover Kids and 7 p.m. for their regular meeting at the Leeton Christian Church; contact Tricia Fleming at 660-653-4100 ([email protected]) or Alaina Davis ([email protected]) 660-221-6280.
Mt. Moriah Hustlers 4-H Club meets the 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Crest Ridge Elementary School; contact Tiffany Parsons (5starparson[email protected]) or 660-909-4173, Casey Ikerd ([email protected]), or Cindy Hoeper ([email protected]).
Warrensburg Adventure Club – This club works in the afterschool setting and members are enrolled in the Warrensburg afterschool program – Adventure Club. Maple Grove and Martin Warren meet the 1st Wednesday of every month from 5-6 pm. Ridgeview (may be subject to change) and Sterling meet the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 5-6 pm. Contact Casey Conklin ([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 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.