University of Missouri Extension's 4-H educational program empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults.
McDonald County 4-H clubs
Cornerstone 4-H Club meets at the Southwest City Library on the first Monday of every month.
Club leader: Rhonda Holly, 417-762-3163
Crossroads 4-H Club meets at the Crossroads Baptist Church on the second Sunday of every month.
Club leader: Rita Garnett, 417-628-3254
Splitlog 4-H Club meets at Splitlog Baptist church on the first Monday of every month.
Club l Jennifer Keaton, 417-775-2231
Hooves, Paws, and Claws 4-H Club meets rotationally between club member's houses on the first Monday of every month. (Call first because time and place can change.)
Club leader: Julie Hilton, 417-355-3679
Noel Tech Wizards 4-H Club meets on Monday every other week at Noel Elementary right after school.
Club leader: Linda Howerton, 417-435-9500
Mustang Pride 4-H Club meets on Monday every other week at Noel Elementary right after school. This is a S.T.E.M. 4-H Club.
Club leader: Linda Howerton, 417-435-9500
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 Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. 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.
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