Welcome to Barry County 4-H!

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Achievement Day

Spring — Allows members to participate in several learning activities. Blue ribbon winners in selected categories may be chosen to represent Barry County at Regional Achievement Day held in July in Springfield. Top participants in Public Speaking (categories: Prepared Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Public Service Announcements, Technology Assisted Speaking, and Interpretation) will have the honor of representing Barry County at the State Contests. Categories include: Judging & Demonstrating, Personal Development, Fashion Revue, Public Speaking, Clover Kid Sharing, and Power Point Presentation.  Held at the Carthage Vo-Tech Center, Carthage High School.  

Awards Banquet

November - An opportunity to honor the Barry County 4-H members and volunteer leaders for their outstanding participation and accomplishments achieved in the 4-H program. The program recognizes outstanding project members of the year, and special recognition of members. The basis of these awards are selected from the End of Year Report forms.  4-H members participating in 4-H events and/or 4-H trips are also recognized. Volunteers who have served 5, 10, 15 and more years are also given recognition.


Bright and Bold or Making the Best Better

(all ages) — Workshops for leaders and members in the Southwest Region. At these workshops, families participate in officer training, leader training, information sessions, and general sharing sessions.


Fashion Revue


Members enrolled in 4-H clothing projects — An opportunity for members to show off their garments. This event is combined with McDonald and Newton counties. The classes are Clothes You Make and Clothes You Buy, Junior (ages 8-10), Intermediate (ages 11-13), Senior (ages 14 and older); Knitted and Crocheted Garments (any age). Category winners are selected to compete at the state level.


2015 Club Sign up now active!

National 4H have launched a new website allowing families to enroll in 4H electronically. All Barry Co. 4H families are encouraged
to self enroll at the 4HOnline site. As always, if you have any concerns or questions feel free to call the office!

Barry County 4-H News

We are excited to announce Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development is transitioning enrollment to Missouri 4HOnline. 
Please log on at http://mo.4honline.com. A link to the detailed, step-by-step instructions is included on the login screen, but we think you will find the system very easy to navigate.

Please call the MU Extension Barry County office at 417-847-3161 for assistance setting up accounts and for any questions you might have.

We look forward to a great year and appreciate your support and patience as we work together to Make the Best Better for Barry County 4-H.


Exeter Trailblazers 4-H Club meets the third Saturday of each month at various times and locations.
Club leader: Salina Bridges, 417-835-5429 or see the Exeter Trailblazers Facebook Group.

Screeching Eagles 4-H Club meets in Purdy and in Pierce City.
Club leader: Nathan Witt, 417-459-14204 or nathan.witt@mo.usda.gov

Wheaton Wranglers 4-H Club meets in Wheaton School Ag classroom, second Tuesday each month

Club Leader: Michelle Chappuis, 417-592-9107 or see the Wheaton Wrangler Facebook Page



For information on joining 4-H or being a volunteer, call the extension office at 417-847-3161.


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.


4-H Online enrollment system
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.