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There are several active 4-H Clubs in Cole County. 4-H is about more than plows, sows, and cows. Shooting Sports is the fastest growing project but with so many projects choices everyone can find something to meet their goals. 4-H is open to all youth ages 5-18. Go to our Cole County 4-H Home Page or contact the office at for more information.

4-H Member Planning Calendar (PDF)

The 4-H year begins October 1st but we accept enrollment year round. Steps to become a 4-H member:

  1. Choose a club. Feel free to visit a club that meets near your or at a convenient day of the week.
  2. Select at least one project. Pick up a booklet from your club leader or go to the Missouri 4-H website for a list of opportunities. Or feel free to design your own project!
  3. Enroll online.
    • Dues are currently $25 payable online at time of enrollment (by December 31); $30 January 1 through August 31. Clubs may have additional dues payable to the club's Treasurer.
    • Parents do not need to register unless you wish to become a volunteer.  Find the steps to volunteer here.

Please do not let cost be a burden. Sponsorships are available by completing the Sponsorship Application Form (PDF). We have ways to help everyone become involved.

More information about 4-H in Missouri can be found at

Contact us with any additional questions.

Member in Good Standing Policy:

  • Complete 1 Demonstration during the 4-H year (hands-on, PowerPoint, team, speech, etc.)
  • Attend 50% of club/group meetings. New members must attend 50% of meetings from the time of joining a club.
  • Enroll in at least 1 project and complete 6 hours of project work receiving guidance from a recognized adult volunteer. Certain projects may require a certified instructor and may have additional requirements (ie. Shooting Sports, SportFishing, Horse Bowl, etc.)
  • Club dues:
    • Members must enroll and have dues paid to club by December 31 each year. Late enrollments will be assessed a $5 late fee. (Added February 2016)
    • New members enrolling after January 1 need to pay dues to club in a timely manner. (Adopted September 2012)

Secondary Club Member Policy:

  1. The 4-H Member from a surrounding county is encouraged to join their home county's program first. If special circumstances exist that make it a burden to participate in their home county, the member must request in writing their reason for wanting to join Cole County's program.
  2. Project Leaders will determine if there is room to accommodate the youth.
  3. If accepted, the member must complete the following steps:
    1. Join a Cole County 4-H club as a second club in 4HOnline
    2. Pay Cole County dues plus any club dues
    3. Participate in Cole County fundraisers
                                 (Adopted May 2015; effective October 2015)


Volunteers are needed to help the program grow. Steps to becoming a Cole County 4-H Volunteer:

  • Enroll in 4HOnline (Missouri's 4-H Enrollment Database -- - Documentation of a volunteer applicant's full contact information, desired volunteer role and agreement with Missouri 4-H policies (e.g., Confidentiality, Youth Protection) is done through online enrollment in the Missouri 4HOnline system. Applicants need to set up an adult volunteer profile
  • Background checks - All new volunteers must complete the Annual Background Check Consent Form (LG639). The form should be mailed or delivered to the Cole County Extension office. The Missouri 4-H office will sends a postcard to volunteer applicants once the screening is successfully completed.
  • Volunteer Orientation - This one-time requirement helps new volunteer applicants understand the depth and breadth of the Missouri 4-H Program. In-person training is the best format; however online orientation (and feedback form) is located within 4HOnline. Contact our office for next in-person session.