Schuyler County 4-H clubs
- Downing 4-H Club, meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Downing Christian Church (September to April) and Downing Depot Park (May to August).
Leaders: Jennifer Laws (8-18) and Shaelyn Scoon (CloverKids 5-7)
- Greentop Wildcats, meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at Greentop Park (April to October) and Downing Firehouse (November to March)
Leaders: Jacki Sapp (8 to 18) and Shayna Sapp (CloverKids 5-7)
- Queen City 4-H Club, meets at 5 p.m on the second Sunday of the month at the Queen City Park Community Building.
Leader: Marta Aeschliman
- Glenwood Whistle Stop, meets at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Glenwood Full Gospel Fellowship Hall.
Leader: Debra Ferdig
If you would like to join a club or become a volunteer, call the Schuyler County extension center, 660-457-3469, or email Kelli Harris.
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.