4-H News

The 4-H Clover News is a monthly 4-H newsletter

May 2014 Newsletter (PDF)
April 2014 Newsletter (PDF)
March 2014 Newsletter (PDF)
February 2014 Newsletter (PDF)
January 2014 Newletter (PDF)

4-H Counselor Camp

Teens will learn the skills required to become an awesome and effective 4-H camp couselor.  Counselors will also plan and implement evening recreation and campfire ceremonies at residential 4-H Camp.  Topics covered include:  flag ceremonies, leading songs and games,homesick campers, positive youth development, camp theme nights, camp crafts, cabin fun and camp safety.  The camp will be held on July 15, 2014, at Windereme Conference Center and is for ages 13 to 18.  Cost is $30.  Registration deadline is June 27, 2014, or until filled. 

4-H Counselor Camp Workshop Letter (PDF)
4-H Counselor Camp Schedule (PDF)
4-H Counselor Camp Registration Form (PDF) 

4-H Residential Camp

Join campers from the Lake of the Ozarks Region at our annual summer camp celebrating a wide variety of 4-H adventures.  Join us for fun adventures as we explore the "Diary of a not so Wimpy 4-H Camp Kid" on July 16 to 18, 2014, at Windermere.  Activities of a not so wimpy 4-H camp kid will include camp diaries, leather craft, duct tape wallet/purses, archery, photography, fishing, cave tours, inflatables, cabin fun, capture the flag, canoes, swim party, souvenir camp t-shire, campfires and smores of fun.  This camp is for ages 8 to 12.  Cost of camp is $130 per camper.  4-H Camp registration deadline is June 27, 2014, or until camp is filled.  Camp usually fills early so please register early!  For more information and to register for camp, please contact the Laclede County Extension Center, 417-532-7126, or fill out the registration forms and mail to P O Box 1405, Camdenton, MO  65020.

For more information about the camping site at the Windermere Conference Center go to their web page www.windermereusa.org

4-H Camp flier (PDF)
4-H Camp Registration Form (PDF)
Youth Health Statement, Parent Consent & Event Acceptance Form (PDF fillable)

Summers at Mizzou

Experience your future on July 13 to 17 and July 20 to 24, 2014, by attending camp at Mizzou.  The July 13 to 17 camp will offer the following programs:  The Stress of Life, Through Artist's Eyes: A Studio Experience, Director's Cut, Build-a-Business and Scrub-in to a Health Career.  The July 20 to 24 camp will offer the following programs:  Future Internet Apps to Build Your Career, Meet the "Big Muddy" - Missouri River Academy, Dog Days of Summer and GeoTech. 

For more information contact Teresa Bishop at bishopta@missouri.edu or by phone at 573-884-0554 or visit http://4h.missouri.edu/programs/summers.  There are four ways to register: at http://4h.missouri.edu/programs/summers, mail complete forms and payment to MU Conference Office, 348 Hearnes Center, Columbia, MO  65211, fax completed forms and credit card information to 573-882-1953 or call 573-882-8320 or toll free at 1-866-682-6663 (credit card only). 

Because of Camp

Be sure to check out the YouTube video from the American Camp Association:  Because of Camp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AzqybYCVKQ

The Power of Camp

Be sure to check out the YouTube video about the power of Camp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwWw8sPml4g


Joining a 4-H club is as easy as contacting the Laclede County Extension Center at 417-532-7126 or contacting Sam Lower, 4-H Youth Development Specialist, lowers@missouri.edu   Information about 4-H clubs and leader contacts is available.

Barn Bums Club meets at 6:30 pm on the third Thursday of every month at the Laclede County Water District #3 (located by the water tower on Hwy East 32). 
Club Leader:  Aaron Wrinkle

Freedom Reins Club (Horse focused club) meets at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month at the Hillside Christian Church, Marshfield.
Club leader: Kaci Chapman 

Friendship Club meets at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month at the First United Methodist Church, Lebanon.
Club leaders: Tammy McKimmey, Dana Phillips and Susan Kromrie

Laclede County Aggies Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month at the Lebanon FFA Educational Building.
Club leaders: Glenn and Jennifer Raef

Trail Blazers Club meets at 10:00 a.m. on the first/second Saturday of every month at the Gasconade C-4 School.
Club leader:  Sarah DuBose

Whippoorwill Club meets at 7 p.m.on the second Monday of every month at the Conway Community Building.
Club leader: Theresa Coryell


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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.


Y630, 4-H Member Enrollment Form (PDF)
Y640, Youth Health Statement, Parent Consent and Event Acceptance Form (PDF)
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.
Missouri 4-H Volunteer Application Form (PDF fillable) | Spanish version (PDF)