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4-H

Members of the Polk County 4-H teen group created a video outlining the history of the 4-H program in the area. The group submitted the piece in a national 4-H film contest. See the video on YouTube: Polk County 4-H History

4-H Shooting Sports Results - pdf

4-H History Preservation Program

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There is no better guide toward our future than to learn from and build upon our past. The primary purpose of this 4-H History Preservation Program website is to provide a central resource on 4-H history, particularly at the national level.

The 4-H History Preservation Program has archived information like 4-H films, songs and music; memories of 4-H; and local, state and national 4-H history. You can also contribute your own memories and historical documents to help the program research, document and preserve 4-H history. Visit the website at http://4-HHistoryPreservation.com for more information.

Polk County 4-H Council

Dates for 2014 meetings - January 28; April 29; July 8; Sept. 23.  All meeting will be held at the Polk County Extension Center, 110 E. Jefferson.

Clubs

Clover Kids (for 5-7 year olds) meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30; Contact the Polk County Extension Center at 326-4916 for location

Eudora 4-H Club meets at 3:30 p.m. the second Sunday of every month at the Eudora Community Building. Club leader: LaNelda Presley

Goodtimes 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Halfway Lions Club. Club leader:

Oak 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Club leader: Angelia Ham

Rock Prairie 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of every month at the Pleasant Hope Elementary School. Club leader: Summer Orbin

Rockin' Willard 4-H Club meets the first Wednesday of the month in Willard.

SoPoCo 4-H Club meets the first Thursday of every month in Pleasant Hope. Club leader: Jeff Voris

Woodlawn 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at the Woodlawn Community Building. Club leader: Pam Higginbotham

Sharp Shooters 4-H Club meets the third Thursday of every month. Club leader: Kristy Viles

GSBR Club meets at the Good Samaritan Boy's Ranch

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)