Get involved with Camden County 4-H
Joining 4-H is as simple as contacting your local MU Extension office at 573-346-2644 or emailing your Youth Development Educator Leslie Lawson at [email protected].
Camden County clubs
Easy Riders 4-H Club meets the 2nd Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM at Unbridled Equestrian Center in Linn Creek. This club focuses on horseless horse, horse riding, horse showing, and horse judging. Club leader: Donna Ogle, [email protected]
Lazy Lopers 4-H Club meets the 2nd Friday of each month at 7:00 PM at SD New Horizons Ranch in Linn Creek. This club focuses on horseless horse, horse riding, horse showing, and horse judging. Club leader: Brittany Meads, [email protected]
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 offersógeocaching, 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.