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Joining a 4-H club is as easy as contacting the Laclede County Extension Center at 417-532-7126 or contacting Sam Lower, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, [email protected].
Barn Bums Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the White Oak Pond Church (South5 Lebanon)
Club leader: Aaron Wrinkle
Country Kids 4-H Horse Club meets second Saturday of every month at the Laclede County Saddle Club at 10 a.m.
Club leaders: Brian and Tammy McKimmey
Drive Club meets third Saturday each month at 3:30 p.m. at (Stoutland area location to be announced each month)
Club leader: Becca Witt
Friendship Club meets at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month at the First United Methodist Church, Lebanon.
Club leader: Susan Kromrie, Kim McSorley and Elada Wears
Laclede County Aggies Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the Lebanon FFA Educational Building.
Club leaders: Melessia McCormick
Trail Blazers Club meets at 10 a.m. on the first/second Saturday of every month at the Gasconade C-4 School or Plato School.
Club leader: Sarah DuBose
Show Barn Club meets at Phillipsburg Christian Church first Thursday each month at 6:30 p.m.
Club leader: Steve Cushing
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.