4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

4-H is the educational program of University of Missouri Extension involving youth and adults. It is a family-community effort supplementing and complementing the mission of the home, church and school for development of youth. In addition to the club model, school enrichment, and special interest projects are offered.

4-H is for all youths in both rural and urban settings.

4-H is one of the largest youth organizations in the United States.

As part of the University of Missouri and Lincoln University, 4-H is based on research to help children and teens become competent, caring, contributing and capable adults.

4-H welcomes all young people ages 5 to 18. For children ages 5 to 7, there is a special 4-H program called Clover Kids. 4-H members attend camps, display their work at fairs, travel the world, host youth from other states and countries, attend meetings and much more. 4-H prepares youth for the future while making new friends and memories.

Have you ever thought about being a project leader? Read "So You Have Been Asked to Be a 4-H Project Leader" (PDF)

Clubs in our Area

Shiloh Club meets in Mound City, Mo.

Sunrise Club meets in Oregon, Mo.

For more information on any of these events or 4-H clubs in your area call the Holt County Extension Office at 660-466-3724

Holt County 4-H Newsletter

October 4-H Newsletter

November 4-H Newsletter


Building Your 4-H Club Website (PDF)



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.