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4-H News Blog
Jenny Flatt, 4-H youth specialist for Cole and Osage counties, writes informative articles for 4-H leaders, volunteers and families.

Upcoming events

Calendars:    August (PDF) | September (PDF) | October (PDF)

Fair Events are in full-swing!

KRCG Live at Sunrise at the Jefferson City Jaycees' Cole County Fair

Cole County 4-H Foundation 3-Gun Shoot - June 14, 2014

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Join 4-H

Members

To join 4-H, please attend a club meeting of your choice. You will find a list of clubs in Cole County on the 4-H clubs page. Annual dues vary between the clubs. Missouri 4-H is moving to an online enrollment system. More information will provided late Sept/early Oct 2014.

Please do not let cost be a burden. Scholarships are available by completing the Financial Assistance Form (PDF). We have ways to help everyone become involved.

Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help the program grow. Please complete a Volunteer Application Form (PDF) and Adult Health Statement. All forms may be turned in to the club leader or the Cole County Extension Center.

All volunteers must complete a one-time orientation process by one of the following methods:

  • Online: For convenience, complete the Online Volunteer Orientation.
  • One-on-one: Contact the Cole County Extension Center at 573-634-2824 to schedule a convenient time.
  • DVD: DVDs are available as well at the Cole County Extension Center.

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Support for Cole County 4-H

United Way logoUnited Way of Central Missouri sponsors Cole County 4-H.

 

How to join 4-H

University of Missouri Extension 4-H

Empowering young people to reach their full potential

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 19, 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 our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to:

  • meet the diverse challenges of today’s world;
  • build self-confidence;
  • learn responsibility; and
  • make positive decisions.
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.

Resources

Y630, 4-H Member Enrollment Form (PDF)
Y640, Youth Health Statement, Parent Consent and Event Acceptance Form (PDF)
Missouri 4-H Clover—A guide to 4-H projects, activities and publications. It is designed to assist volunteers, members and their families select projects and activities, and set goals.

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.
Missouri 4-H Volunteer Application Form (PDF fillable) | Spanish version (PDF)