4-H Feeding Missouri

by Alison Copeland

The goal of 4-H Feeding Missouri is to raise one million meals the month of February in a first-of-its-kind statewide food drive, and every 4-H club in the state can contribute to its success!  From February 1-28, 4-Hers across Missouri will engage in a friendly service competition to see which clubs can contribute the greatest amount of food, donations and volunteer hours. They’ll have an opportunity to organize and/or participate in food drives, fundraising, volunteerism and educational outreach to learn about hunger and food insecurity.  Stay tuned for more information!

In the meantime, please consider including educational opportunities about hunger and food insecurity during club meetings and other events leading up to the February drive.  Included on the 4-H Feeding Missouri webpage is a resource section that features a “4-H: Empowering Youth to End Hunger in Their Communities Toolkit” with ready-made activities for youth to learn about this topic.  You can draw from this resource to help youth learn about hunger and food insecurity.     

2018 Missouri 4-H Equine Tour

Forty-nine enthusiastic Missouri 4-H teens embarked upon the eighth annual 4-H Equine Career and Horse Industry Tour in late May, 2018 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 Nebraska Sand Hills Haythorn Ranch 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 Nebraska Agriculture Technical College and Colorado State, watched morning practices of the famous Westernaires, which is a youth drill and trick-riding troupe.  Equine welfare issues were a focus at the Elm Creek, NE, BLM wild horse facility and a visit at an equine rescue facility.  Probably the highlight for all was a trail ride in the Rocky Mountains near Estes Park with breakfast on the trail.  The tour also included a visit with two celebrity horses, War Paint, the Kansas City Chiefs' mascot and Thunder, the Denver Bronco's mascot.

Camden County had two participants in the tour:  Macey Brown and Alicyn McNerney.  Alicyn McNerney was the recipient of this year's Jonna Kay Witherow Memorial Scholarship.  The 4-H Equine Tour was one of Jonna's favorite 4-H events and she attended all four trips to different parts of the country.

Over the past twelve years, this equine tour has helped over 500 young people make informed, educational decisions about 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 to clarify their current goals.  For more information about 4-H and the 4-H Equine tour, contact your local Extension Office or visit http://mo4h.missouri.edu/


4-H News

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

July 2018 (PDF)
April 2018 (PDF)
March 2018 (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 63 members and 18 adult volunteers enrolled in 4-H clubs. Contact Sam Lower, 417-532-7126 or lowers@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.


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.