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4-H

4-H educational programs empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

Logo and Theme

Platte County 4-H, the Bridge to Success is the theme for the 2014-2015 Platte County 4-H year. The theme contest for 4-H members and volunteers, is an annual tradition. The theme is used throughout the year on t-shirts, certificates, programs and posters, and becomes the theme for the annual essay contest.  

Platte County 4-H Newsletter 

The 4-H newsletter is published monthly. It provides our members with the most up-to-date information available on clubs and happenings in Platte County 4-H.

4-H clubs

When and where clubs meet in Platte County (PDF)

Become a 4-H volunteer

Information can be found at the Missouri Center for 4-H Youth Development website.

Searching for 4-H Alumni

If you are a past member or volunteer with Platte County or any other 4-H, we want to hear from you and know how to contact you.  We also want you to find your 4-H projects, records, photos to share on the alumni display at the Platte County Fair. A special Table for Golden Memories in 4-H will connect current and past 4-Hers.There is a Friends of 4-H organization if interested in providing long term financial or volunteer support.

In exchange for sharing your contact information, we will keep you updated on exciting events and news impacting 4-H locally. Share your information here.

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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.

Resources

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)