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Interested in your child joining 4-H?

Clubs in Audrain County

B & G Hustlers Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Courthouse Community Room at 414 N. Clark in Mexico, Mo.
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Be Bo Bouncers Club meets the fourth Monday of every month at the Beagles Community Center in Mexico, Mo.

Busy Beavers Club meets the second Tuesday of every month at the 4-H Center in Mexico, Mo.

Country Bumpkins Club meets the second Monday of every month at the 4-H Center in Mexico, Mo.

F & L Hustlers Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at the Little Dixie fire station number 3 on Highway T and County Road 217.

Merry Martins Club meets the second Monday of every month at the Audrain County Martinsburg Branch Library in Martinsburg, Mo.

Mid MO Country Kids Club meets the second Sundayof every month, rotating to meet in homes of 4-H members or at the 4-H Center in Mexico, Mo.

Rugrats Club meets each Monday during the school year at the Garfield Community Center in Mexico, Mo.
 

If you would like to join a club or become a volunteer leader, call the Audrain County extension center at 573-581-3231.

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)