Welcome to Cass County 4-H

Welcome to a brand new year of 4-H activities and fun!  I'm so excited to have our returning families and I welcome the new!  It will be a year of great opportunities; to make friends, have fun, help others, participate in hands-on-projects, special group events and to grow in life skills.  If you enjoy friends, families and doing fun things; then 4-H is the place for you!   


Janice Parris  

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What is 4-H? 

Janice Parris, Cass County 4-H Youth Program Assistant


4-H is all about kids!  4-H is kids making friends and lasting relationships. 4-H is kids working together creating blankets to give to the homeless and singing Christmas carols to shut ins. 4-H is kids learning to build robotics or bird houses.  4-H is learning photography or cake decorating.  4-H is working with an animal whether it is a steer, rabbit or dog. 4-H is fair time and the excitement of entering exhibits, interviewing with a judge and receiving fair ribbons. 4-H is holding an office and running a club meeting developing leadership skills.  4-H is kids giving demonstrations enhancing their public speaking skills. 4-H is summer camp filled with activities, nature, friends and fun and learning to get along.  4-H is smiles and laughter, encouraging and bonding with one another.  4-H is kids working with caring adults to learn life skills. 4-H is kids reaching out to others. 4-H is all of this and so much more.  It is a community of youth and adults working together to make our world a better place.  4-H is our investment in the future. 4-H is what our kids and our world needs today!

The National 4-H Council states,” In 4-we believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization, empowering nearly six million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. 4-H is changing kids’ lives.”

Consider donating some time to the 4-H organization and help provide more kids the hands on experience, support and encouragement they need to thrive.  Let’s watch our kids make the world a better place for all of us. 

If you would like to volunteer time to 4-H, please contact me at parrisja@missouri.edu or call 816-380-8460


2019-2020 Club Directory (PDF) 


4-H Online Enrollment (Click Clover





The Clover 2019-2020







Volunteer Enrollment for the 2019-2020

Being a 4-H volunteer is satisfying and can positively influence youth ages 5-18. Becoming a 4-H volunteer is not hard; however, it is important to start and complete the steps in a timely manner so that youth are engaged in the 4-H activities they signed up for as soon as possible. Applicants should strive to complete all volunteer application steps by December 1.   

A — Applicants (new and returning) need to ask local 4-H staff or middle management volunteer such as a club leader about current volunteer needs (e.g., co-leader for a 4-H club). Ask to see volunteer role descriptions to identify a role that might be a good fit.

B — Build a new or, if returning, annually update your volunteer profile at http://mo.4honline.com  --- You must answer YES to the volunteer question!!

Help Guides for 4-HOnline enrollment:

C — Complete the one-time 4-H volunteer orientation, if you are a brand new 4-H volunteer applicant. The orientation helps new applicants learn basic terms, organizational structure and safety practices.

D –Complete the Background Check Consent Form (LG639)Form Instructions

Background checks ARE required for all volunteers


4-H Family Handbook

Cass County 4-H Family Handbook (PDF)


Clover Crier Newsletter


  November 2019 Clover Crier 

   October 2019 Clover Crier

   September 2019 Clover Crier

   August 2019 Clover Crier

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              February 2019 Clover Crier

             January 2019 Clover Crier

Cass County MO, 4-H Facebook Page   


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.