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Countywide projects

Several 4-H projects require adult leaders to be 4-H trained and certified, so these projects are offered on a countywide basis.

Horses

The horse project is divided into two areas of interest, Horseless Horse/Horse Knowledge or Horse Riding.  Members can enroll into one or both. County coordinator: Jeff Stacy, 417-276-5979

Hippology members test their knowledge of equine-related subject matter in a competitive setting.

Horse Bowl team members answer quiz-bowl style questions.

Resources:

Horse enrollment form (PDF)
4-H Horsemanship Handbook (PDF)
State horse events and contests

Sportfishing

Improve your casting skills, make your own line spinner, and learn to tie better knots and special knots. Leaders: 

Livestock judging

Learn to evaluate animals, judge them like a pro and justify decisions based on sound knowledge. Members work as individuals and as a team. 

Resources:

Help with oral reasons
Livestock judging techniques (PDF)
Giving oral livestock judging reasons (PDF)
Sample sets of oral reasons for livestock judging contests (PDF)

Online judging
There are lots of new educational resources online to assist livestock project leaders in providing educational opportunities for youth under their direction. One such resource is online 4-H livestock judging. By using videos instead of text and photos, youth and adults are able to see livestock in motion. These videos can be accessed at any time with just a computer and an internet connection.

Mike Anderson, a 4-H animal science extension specialist at Iowa State University, has developed a series of online livestock judging videos and tutorials. This is an ongoing project for Mike and new videos are still being added. They are a great starting point because they are contemporary, user friendly and less intimidating to new judgers or younger youth then some of the videos available in the past. They are a great length for younger viewers too. All you have to do is register to use them so you can be notified as new videos are posted! These videos can be accessed at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/livestock-judging-video-tutorials

Livestock Judging.com |  free practice classes
Utah State Extension livestock judging | power points
Judging 101
The Judging Connection
University of Kentucky Agripedia
Colorado State University youth judging
Kentucky FFA Organization practice classes

Shooting Sports
See Shooting Sports tab

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

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.