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 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 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.
Become a volunteer
4-H offers many ways for adults and youth to volunteer. 4-H needs enthusiastic parents, grandparents, and others who enjoy working with youth.
- Organizing a 4-H club to help kids learn leadership
- Leading 4-H project groups
- Helping at a camp, fair, judging or state event
- Teaching 4-H school enrichment programs
- Assisting with county fundraising activities
- or in many other ways
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. To enroll.
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 Clubs in Jasper County
33 most frequently asked questions about 4-H and 4-H clubs
If you want to know how to join, organize, sponsor, or lead a 4-H club, read the answers to these questions and contact the University of Missouri Extension Office in Jasper County at 417-358-2158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Avilla 4-H meeting dates vary at the Avilla School. Club leader: Sarah Calvin (417) 246-5330
- The Advancers meet the second Thursday in Joplin. Club leader: Rachael Ferguson (417) 850-6036
- Country Kickers meet in Carthage. Club leader: Stephanie Howard (417) 540-6078
- Forest Mill Friends meet the third Saturday of every month at Bethany Baptist Church, Carthage. Club leader: Dixie Rockers (417) 358-1778
- Lincoln meets the third Monday of every month at Jasper United Methodist Church, Jasper. Club leaders: Pam Weaver (417) 388-7031 and Jennifer Chandler (417) 246-5638
- Mt. Moriah meets the second Thursday of every month at Mt. Moriah Methodist Church, north of Carthage. Club leader: Charlene Roper (417) 842-3523
- Pleasant Valley Pioneers meet the second Tuesday of every month at the First Presbyterian Church, Carthage. Club leader: Tianna Fisher (417) 793-8713
- Sarcoxie Chiefs meet the second Monday of every month at the Gene Taylor Community Building, Sarcoxie. Club leader: Lori Meyer (417) 548-7360
- Spring River meets the second Sunday of every month at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, Webb City. Club leader: Ela Winder (417) 317-2990
Jasper County 4-H Parents' Association Officers
President - Jennifer Chandler
Vice President - Sheila Andrews
Secretary - Vanessa Hudson
Treasurer - Dixie Rockers
Board Members - Rachael Ferguson and Pam Weaver
Fair Board Representative - Janie Garner and Melissa Gilbreath
4-H Shooting Sports
The Shooting Sports project includes many options for 4-H members. You will learn safe gun handling skills, and sound fundamentals of shooting under the guidance of caring and knowledgeable adult volunteers. Go to the Missouri Shooting Sports project page for more information on the program.
Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame
“Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H’ers, Ruth and the late George Kolpin of Carthage were inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame, August 15 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia during the Missouri State Fair.
Neither Jasper County 4-H nor the Jasper County Youth Fair would be what it is today if it wasn’t for the contributions of George and Ruth Kolpin. In fact for several years George was the President of the Jasper County Youth Fair Board and his influence can still be felt today even after his passing. Ruth is still involved in the fair by contributing to its success, most recently by being one of the major contributors for the construction of the 4-H Concession Stand.
The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes individuals who have created a legacy of service to 4-H by honoring them with membership in the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame. “These leaders have made exceptional contributions to the lives of Missouri 4-H members and we are proud to honor their service,” said Missouri 4-H Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Reams.
FCS Financial, the Missouri State Fair and the Missouri 4-H Foundation sponsor the annual event.
Pictured (left to right) are Dale Ludwig, Chair of Missouri 4-H Foundation, Ruth Kolpin-Rubison and Ron Petersen (Ruth’s son) holding a photo of the Late George Kolpin.
Missouri Food Quality Assurance (SMQA)
Policy: All 4-H members enrolled in food animal projects including beef, sheep, swine, dairy cattle, meats, dairy goats, rabbits and poultry must complete the appropriate level of MSQA certification to be considered a 4-H member in good standing in that project. guidelines may also apply. Check with your local 4-H youth specialist for current local guidelines. The online tutorial is available at http://www.agebb.missouri.edu/smqa/.
from the National 4-H Preservation Program