How to join 4-H

Membership in Missouri 4-H Youth Development Programs is open to all youth 5 to 19 years of age (age as of 1/1/19). People of all ages participate in 4-H programs, from pre-schoolers to grandparents. The list of 4-H projects is so varied that every 4-H member and adult volunteer is sure to find something of interest.

It doesn't matter where you live, 4-H is open to all young people. Whether you live in the country, a small town or a big city, you can participate in 4-H.

Joining 4-H is easy! Call your local university extension center, which is listed in the telephone book with other county offices. A 4-H staff member will be able to guide you to 4-H opportunities in your area. For DeKalb county, call 816-933-2138 or email Debbie Davis, University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth specialist, or Steven Steiner, University of Missouri 4-H Youth Program Associate.

There are presently three 4-H clubs in DeKalb County. Club members attend monthly meetings, where items of interest to the entire club are discussed. It is within these meetings where members learn parliamentary procedure, leadership and public speaking skills, among others. In addition, club members enroll in a variety of projects annually. Members meet with others in the project and are led by a volunteer project leader. These projects range from the traditional "cows and cookies" variety, to the innovative computer and aerospace projects.

DeKalb County 4-H Clubs:  High Hopes #75 (Stewartsville), Wrangles #73 (Maysville), and Rising Stars (Union Star).

Welcome letter to new families (PDF)

This video was made for Adair County but all information is current for DeKalb County as well. Please use the appropriate county for your registration: ex: DeKalb County, Debbie Davis is the Youth Specialist, phone number 816-933-2138



There is a small fee to join 4-H. Check with the extension center for details. In addition, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be charges for materials or special trips.

The program year is from October 1 through September 30.


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