Christian County


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Join 4-H Today!

Did you know you could join 4-H at any time of the year? 

Make an appointment with Jennifer to learn how to get started in Christian County 4-H!

4-H is not just for farm kids anymore! 4-H in Christian County offers youth learning opportunities in robotics, computers, scrapbooking, horses, livestock and much more. For more information contact Jennifer Hancock at 417-581-3558 or [email protected].

Did you know that 4-H is the largest positive youth development program in our country? 4-H is open to all youth ages 5 to 18. The 4-H year runs from October 1 to September 30, but families can enroll at any time during the year. 4-H empowers youth to find their personal strengths and interests through hands on learning. 4-H teaches youth essential life skills aiding in college and career readiness.     

Enrollment dues for Christian County 4-H are $30 ($20 state dues + $10 county dues) Any additional out of pocket costs come from any trips, camps or project supplies.

MO HealthNet

Is your child covered by MO HealthNet Medicaid? Request a $20 voucher to join 4-H! Missouri Care and Home State Health insurance pays 4-H membership dues ($20 state dues) for families that have this health insurance! This resource is available to them as youth begin to enroll on October 1. Qualifying families simply contact Missouri Care Member Services at 1-800-322-6027 or Home State Health Member Services at 1-855-694-4663 and request a voucher. The voucher should filled out and turned in to the county MU Extension office.  This brings the total annual enrollment price to $10 per youth to cover the county dues. This includes Clover Kids (ages 5-7; must be 5 years old as of January 1st of 2020). Adult volunteers do not cost anything. Learn more at MO HealthNet Medicaid (PDF).

Christian County 4-H information

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    • Deadeyes: This is a shooting sports club for those that are only interested in the shooting sports program. To participate in 4-H shooting sports, youth MUST first attend a safety course specific to Missouri 4-H shooting sports.  The safety training is only offered a few different times and families must make it a priority to attend this safety training usually held in January. A family can join a different club (primary 4-H club) and still participate in shooting sports (Deadeyes club would be secondary club); this is an alternative for those uninterested in other project areas. Christian County is certified to participate in Archery, Air Rifle, Smallbore Rifle .22, Shotgun, Smallbore Pistol, and Air Pistol. Practices typically take place evenings in Nixa or at Ozark Shooters during the spring. Scheduled meetings are to be determined.
    • Nixa Extreme Explorers: This club has a mixture of boys and girls ranging from 7 to 15. They have participated in several different projects such as arts and crafts, foods, shooting sports and sewing. This group has a few field trips planned for the 2020 4-H year. 
    • New Horizons: This club meets in Sparta. They are a well-rounded club. They do community service each year. This year they are focusing on photography, vet science, beef, dairy, arts and crafts, cooking and goats. New Horizons has both boys and girls ranging in ages 7 to 15. This is a great club with many different activities. This club also has some youth that show beef. 
    • Clever Clovers: This growing community club has members from K-6th grades eager to jump into the 2020 4-H year. Members are exploring a variety of projects from outdoors, gardening, woodworking, animals, to coding and more. 
      • Meeting Info: meetings are monthly, contact the leader for meeting date, 6:30 PM at the Clever Fire Station
      • Amanda Kenly: [email protected]
    • Ozark Clover Kids: This club is targeted toward, but not excluded to, youth ages 5-7. There are a few older siblings in the group (oldest is 9 or 10 years old). This group likes to have fun and learn new things. They will have a large focus on agriculture, including various livestock animals. 
    • Brazen Bullet 4-H Saddle Club: This is a brand new horse-riding club. 4-H members must have at least one year riding experience and must own or lease their own horse during the 4-H year. This club will focus on learning level 1 of the Certified Horsemanship Association to become a level 1 certified rider. The horse-riding portion will take place at the Highlandville Saddle Club. Additional costs may come with this club.
      • Meeting Info: 3rd Thursday of the month; location may vary depending on the season.
      • Angel Hartzell: [email protected], 417-616-4190
    • Blue Ribbon Bandits: This is not a new club to 4-H, but they are a new club to Christian County. They meet in Springfield, but they enroll through Christian County. The majority of the club is made up of homeschool families.  They offer several different projects through homeschool methods. They meet evenings and weekends, with classes designed for youth ages 5-18. Half the projects follow 4-H curriculum while the other half are taught by people within the community. For weekend projects, we have outdoor adventures, bicycle, scrapbooking, leather working, and culinary arts. Weeknight projects offered are entomology, geology, explore your environment, coding, woodworking, rabbits, poultry, needlepoint, ukulele. All weeknight projects start at 6:30. SPIN clubs offered are Lego robotics, and a poultry processing workshop. Groups will be working within the community throughout the year with service projects also. 
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    Christian County 4-H Council

    The 4-H Council meetings are held 4th Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Christian County Extension Office, 202 W. Elm Street, Ozark.

General 4-H information

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    About 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.

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    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.

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    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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