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Eighth Annual 4-H Equine Career and Horse Industry Tour

Fifty-one enthusiastic Missouri 4-H teens embarked upon the eighth annual 4-H Equine Career and Horse Industry Tour in late May, 2014 traveling to destinations in Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado.   The quote from Mary Webb, “Saddle your dreams before you ride them” sums up the focus of this great opportunity for youth who hope to couple their equine passion with a career.   The tour explored the ranching and rodeo world at the renowned Pitzer Ranch, spent at night at the Sand Hills Calamus Ranch after an afternoon of ‘tanking’, and had a special ‘behind-the-chutes tour at the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.   Participants gained insight into equine and animal science programs at Kansas State and Colorado State, watched morning practices of the famous Westernaires, a youth drill and trick riding troupe and the Denver Polo Club, and even got to try out the sport of vaulting.  Equine welfare issues were a focus at the Elm Creek, NE, BLM wild horse facility and a visit at an equine rescue facility where the group helped with morning chores.  Probably the highlight for all was a trail ride in the Rocky Mountains near Estes Park with a steak dinner on the trail.   “Always follow your dreams” was the special message delivered by Kate Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, who visited with the group. 

Over the past eight years, this equine tour has helped over 500 young people make informed, educational decision with regards to their future with horses.  Their dreams may have widened, their career path may have been changed or their future educational plans may have been altered.  For more information about the Missouri 4-H program, contact your local University of Missouri Extension office at 573-346-2644 or visit: http://mo4h.missouri.edu/



 

Program Highlights

2013 Camden County 4-H (PDF)

4-H News

The Clover Connection is a monthly newsletter for 4-H families and friends. 

September 2014 (PDF)
June/July 2014 (PDF)
May 2014 (PDF)

Get involved with 4-H

Young people are welcome to join any of the Camden County clubs. They can attend meetings, complete 4-H projects, exhibit their projects in the local fairs and the state fair, participate in local events, state and national trips and events and qualify for college scholarships. Camden County currently has 243 members and 45 adult volunteers enrolled in 4-H clubs. Contact Michele Kroll, 573-346-2644 or krollm@missouri.edu, for more information. 

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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)