2018 Camp Bobwhite, June 12-14

Camp Counselor Application (PDF) due March 16, 2018.

Swim Waiver (PDF) for counselors and campers.

Camp Application (PDF). 

17th Annual 4-H Day with the Cardinals

Missouri and Illinois 4-H members, parents, volunteers and alumni will gather at Busch Stadium on Saturday, May 19, 2018 for the 17th annual 4-H Day with the Cardinals.  The Cardinals will be playing the Philadelphia Phillies in a 1:15 p.m. game. Tickets for the game will be $25.00 each and includes a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H Clover on the back and the Cardinals emblem on the front. Ticket order forms are available at the University of Missouri Extension office, or download and mail in the Ticket Order Form (PDF) 

2017-2018 Enrollment Opens Oct. 1

Click here to enroll now!

Ray County Fourcast newsletter

A monthly newsletter about upcoming events and opportunities for 4-H youth.

4-H Clubs in Ray County

Central 4-H Club meets on the second Thursday of every month at  7 p.m... at Hardin City Hall in Hardin.
Club leaders: Jamie McGinnis and Amanda Wollard

Clever Clovers 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m... on the second Tuesday of every month at Elkhorn Elementary School in Excelsior Springs.
Club leaders: Vicki Squires and Kim Zimmerman

Dale-Patton 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m... on the third Sunday at LeeRoy Martens' home in Richmond.
Club leaders: Marjorie Jenkins and Mary Martens

Guys and Gals 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m.. on the second Thursday of every month at the Ray County FFA-4-H Building in Richmond.
Club leader: Gwen Gilbow

Lawson 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m.. on the first Thursday of every month at the United Christian-Presbyterian Church, 305 East 4th in Lawson.
Club leader: Rhonda Luther

Millville 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m.. on the first Wednesday of every month at Millville Methodist Church.
Club leaders: Shari Renfro and Erin Dana

Olde Tyme 4-H Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.. at  the United Christian-Presb. Church, 305 East 4th, Lawson, MO 64062. Club leaders: Shanon Keighley and Amy Schnetzler


4-H Council

The Ray County 4-H Council meets quarterly at the county extension office. Each club has the opportunity to have two voting members and two voting adults representing their club at each meeting. It is recommended that each club choose members and adults to represent their club for a full 4-H year. These club representatives should report news from the council meeting at the next club meeting following the council meeting.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the fourth Monday of these months: January, March, May, June, September and November.

Council Officers

President:   Jodi Stewart
Vice President:  Shari Renfro
Treasurer:  Gwen Gilbow
Secretary:  Theresa Erskine

Forms And Information

2017 Ray County Fair Book (PDF)

2017 Fair Entry Forms (PDF)

2017 Horse Enrollment Form Y1440 (PDF)

2017 Ray County Horse Entry Form and Rules (PDF)

State Livestock and Horse Information (website) -- DNA card, nose print summary, etc.

4-H Camp 2017 Application coming April 1

Swim Waver 2017 (PDF)

Y640, Youth 4-H Health Form (PDF)Peer Competition information and Missouri Recognition Forms for youth ages 8-18. 

Youth Scholarships and Awards

Missouri 4H Foundation Scholarship information.

Missouri Century Family information


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.