4-H Carnival

The 2017 4-H Carnival is coming up soon so get your calendars marked – March 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds. This event is open to anyone!  Each 4-H Club is to provide a basket and a game for the carnival, we would like larger clubs to consider doing two baskets and two games. The 4-H council officers are beating the bushes to get donations for prizes to be auctioned or raffled off. If you know of a business that would be willing to make a donation, please contact the Extension Center. The 4-H Carnival is the one and only fundraiser for the 4-H Council so we need all hands on deck to make this a success and be able to provide all the financial support to members – scholarships for trips, achievement day, recognition banquet, leader trainings, and fun activities for members.

New 4-H Year!

Re-enrollment for the 2016-2017 4-H year will begin October 1st through 4-H Online.  Be sure to update addresses and contact information, if necessary.  If you do not have access to a computer or internet, families can come by the Extension office during office hours to complete their enrollments.  Here is a flyer to help with the enrollment process for new and returning members.

National 4-H Council, HughesNet sponsor STEM camp

Source: Kim Hall, 660-747-3193

WARRENSBURG, Mo. – The National 4-H Council and HughesNet awarded a $10,000 grant to promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming to 4-H campers in Missouri. 4-H is part of University of Missouri Extension.

Campers in Clay, Cass, Henry, Johnson, Lafayette, Ray and St. Clair counties will benefit from the programming June 7-9 at Camp Bob White in Knob Noster State Park, says 4-H youth specialist Kim Hall.

Programming for the camp includes robotics, meteorology, astronomy and aerospace. Speakers include a storm chaser, personnel from Whiteman Air Force Base who work with drones, and an engineer from HughesNet, a satellite communications company.

A Tufts University study shows that 4-H members are two times more likely than their peers to participate in STEM activities in grades 10-12.

A program of Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities, 4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization, engaging 6 million young people throughout the U.S.

For more information, go to 4h.missouri.edu.


Interested in robotics?  Follow this link for more information on the robotics project in our region.

The Clover Connection

A monthly newsletter for 4-H families and friends

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4-H Family Handbook 

For information regarding 4-H events/activities in Johnson County refer to the Johnson County 4-H Family Handbook (PDF)


See what is happening in the Johnson County 4-H Program. 2017 Calendar of Events tentative (PDF)

Get involved

Johnson County 4-H has 250 youth members, ages 5 to 18, and 75 adult volunteers. 4-H clubs are located in each corner of the county and points in between. Youth can join any one of 11 clubs where they can attend meetings, complete 4-H projects, exhibit at county and state fairs, participate in local, state and national trips and events, and qualify for college scholarships. To find out more, contact the Johnson County Extension Center.

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.