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  • Congratulations to MU Extension West Central representatives and Sage (far left) from our own Cooper County!


     

  • Cooper County Volunteers Inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame


    Trudy and Earl Twenter of Pilot Grove were  inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 19, 2017, at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.  Trudy and Earl have served the Cooper County 4-H program for more than 30 years.  Trudy was club leader and project leader for foods, breads, clothing and child development.  She also taught First Aid classes.  Earl was a project leader for beef, forestry and gardening, and was a beef superintendent at the Cooper County Fair.  Earl and Trudy have also been very involved with 4-H exchange programs and Citizenship Washington Focus.  Included in the picture are Missouri 4-H Foundation Chair Dr. Marla Tobin (left) with Cooper County 4-H volunteers Trudy and Earl Twenter and State 4-H Council member Ashlyn Peterson (right). Photo by Amanda Stapp.

     

 

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.