Bates County 4-H clubs

There are 10 active 4-H clubs in Bates County. Contact the club leader to learn more.

Altona 4-H Club. Club leader: Pam Bolling, 660-424-4054

Ballard 4-H Club. Club leader: Michelle Rotert, 660-227-9155

Busy Beavers 4-H Club. Club leader: Hailey Gillis, 660-200-5283

Clover Leaf 4-H Club. Club leader: Michelle Laughlin, 913-522-9919

County Line 4-H Club. Club leader: Carla Armentrout, 660-200-6367

Hudson Hustlers 4-H Club. Club leaders: Jamie O'Farrell, 660-492-3573 and Jennifer Hawkins, 417-359-3846

Next Generation 4-H Club. Club leader: Alicia Merrifield, 816-297-8872

Peru Star 4-H Club. Club leader: Tabatha Vanmeter, 660-227-0134 and Dorothy Carter, 660-200-5403

Summit Go-Getters 4-H Club. Club leader: Julia Barber, 660-679-8003 and Josh Fleischer 660-679-1643

V-52 4-H Club. Club leader: Michelle Williams, 660-267-3380


About 4-H

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 and 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 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 and 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.

Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting your local extension office. 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.

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 fundraisers. 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.