Missouri 4-H empowers young people to reach their full potential.
It brings young people ages 5–18 and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon their communities. Through 4-H, young people learn to:
- Meet the diverse challenges of today’s world
- Build self-confidence
- Learn responsibility
- Make positive decisions
Read more to discover how to become involved in 4-H.
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.
Lincoln County 4-H clubs include:
- The Cuivre River Eager Beavers, who meet on the third Thursday of every month at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Troy.
- The Fun-Damentals, who meet on the second Tuesday of every month at Lincoln County Medical Center.
- The Hawk Point Hawks, who meet on the second Wednesday of every month at the Hawk Point Community Building.
- The Kountry Kids, who meet on the second Monday of every month at the extension center.
- The Millwood Knights, who meet on the first Monday of every month at Millwood Knights of Columbus Hall.
- The Moscow Mills Willing Workers, who meet on the first Monday of every month at Northroads Church.
- The Olney Blue Skies, which meets on the first Thursday of every month at Olney Park House.
- The Rockin' River, which meets the second Monday of every month at Elsberry High School.
- The Spring Branch Helping Hands, who meet on the second Monday of every month at the Lincoln County Council on Aging in Troy.
- The Spring Creek Lively Steppers, who meet on the second Thursday of every month at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.
- The Sugar Grovers, who meet on the second Tuesday of every month at the extension center.
- The Winfield-Foley Fireflies, who meet on the second Monday of every month at the Methodist Church in Winfield.
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 fundraisers. 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.