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
Next Generation 4-H Club. Club leader: Alicia Merrifield, 816-297-8872
V-52 4-H Club. Club leader: Michelle Williams, 660-267-3380
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: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023
The Issue4-H and FFA Livestock projects impact youth life skill development in motivation, responsibility, goal setting, discipline, and leadership (Anderson et al., 2015; Boleman et al., 2004; Evans, et al. 2019; Heavner et al., 2011; Rusk et al, ...
- Published: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
Missouri families and educators! Truman has something important to share with you. As any loyal fan knows, Mizzou’s mascot, Truman, is a Bengal tiger. Sadly, the number of tigers in the wild has declined sharply over the last century. Today, there ...
- Published: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021
COLUMBIA, Mo. – More than 100 youths competed at the 2021 University of Missouri Extension State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest on Sept. 11 at the MU Trowbridge Livestock Center in Columbia. This contest brought together 122 Missouri 4-H members to ...
- 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 ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2016
David H. TrinkleinHorticulture State SpecialistDivision of Plant SciencesWhy plant vegetables?Home production of vegetables has been increasing in popularity in recent years. In addition to saving on the family food bill, the availability of fresh, ...