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Saline County 4-H newsletter

Upcoming events

NW Regional Energizer, Jan. 24, 2015
Registration deadline: Jan. 8
Registration form and schedule (PDF)

Camp information

2015 4-H camp counselor application (PDF)
Deadline: Jan. 9, 2015
Applicants must be 14 as of Jan. 1, 2015.

2015 camp dates and registration materials will be posted in February.

How to join 4-H

4-H programs are open to all youth who are 5 to 18 years old by December. You may live in the country, in a small town or a big city and still be part of 4-H. Getting involved in Saline County 4-H is easy; just contact the local University of Missouri Extension Office at 660-886-6908 or email Amanda Struchtemeyer, a University of Missouri Extension 4-H Youth Development Specialist, at struchtemeyera@missouri.edu and she can guide you to the 4-H opportunities in the county. To start the enrollment process you will need to complete the Member Enrollment Form (PDF) and Youth Health Form (PDF).

Saline County has several community clubs. Members attend monthly meetings where they elect officers, plan educational programs of business, community service projects and learn together about parliamentary procedures, leadership, communication and other skills that are helpful throughout life.  In addition members enroll in projects they are interested in. Projects range from beef and sewing to robotics and computers. For a complete listing of projects and other valuable information regarding 4-H, check out the 4-H Clover (PDF).

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)