4-H is a family-oriented program that positively impacts the lives of youths who participate in the 4-H program. A study shows that 4-H helps youths develop the following skills:
- Connect with caring adults
- Feel that they belong and accept others of diverse backgrounds
- Feel that they are in a safe physical and emotional environment
- Plan and make decisions
- Learn by doing
- Help others
KNOX COUNTY 4-H COUNCIL meets at the Knox County University of Missouri Extension office on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m.
KNOX COUNTY 4-H/FFA FAIR BOARD also meets at the Knox County University of Missouri Extension office on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
Knox County 4-H clubs
COLONY 4-H CLUB meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month in Colony at 10 a.m. Leader: Jamie Campbell
COUNTY LINERS 4-H CLUB meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Mark Penn's shop at 7 p.m. Leader: Casie James
LIBERTY LEADERS 4-H CLUB meets in the Edina United Methodist Church basement on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Co-leaders: Debra Campbell & Bobbi Clark
Knox County Youth and former 4-H member Jared Neimeyer and two current 4-H members are interviewed by 4-H to share the message of inclusion!
About 4-H clubs
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.