There are three active 4-H clubs in Barry County.
Exeter Trailblazers 4-H Club meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Meetings are at the Exeter Lions Club Meeting room.
Club leader: Tammy Gunter, 417-489-8447 or see the Exeter Trailblazers Facebook Group.
Screeching Eagles 4-H Club meets on the first Sunday each month at 3PM. Meetings are held at the YMCA in Monett.
Club leader: Beth Luebbering at [email protected] Check out their Facebook page for more information.
Horner Ridge Runners 4-H Club meets the third Thursday of each month at the Cassville Branch Library.
Club leader: Carolyn Kilts. See their Facebook page for more information.
4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 18, 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
- make positive decisions
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 Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.
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.
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News & articles
- Published: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021
The Missouri State Fair offers an opportunity for members to exhibit their skills in the 4-H Building, their showmanship in the livestock arenas and their character through demonstrations. For many, this is a culminating experience that affects them ...
- Published: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021
Maya Hufman, Greene County 4-H member and reigning National Teen Miss United States Agriculture.As the reigning National Teen Miss United States Agriculture, Greene County 4-H member Maya Hufman has the privilege of speaking to thousands, educating ...
- Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020
University of Missouri Extension Wright County Engagement Specialist Janice Weddle and University of Missouri Extension Douglas County Engagement Specialist Dr. Krista Tate conducted surveys in rural areas to better understand and document outcomes ...
- Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
“Birth order and it’s effects on the person has been fascinating scientists and the general public for at least one hundred years,” says Janice Weddle, County Engagement Specialist in Youth Development for the University of Missouri Extension. ...