Countywide projects

4-H offers a wide range of projects. Much of the knowledge acquired takes place at the club and individual level; however, some projects are offered at the county level. If you would like to join one of these groups, please contact us. We can connect you with these leaders if you have any questions about the project or are wanting to join. A big thank you to those volunteers who have stepped up to take on this role for our 4-H youth.

  • Clover Kids – Youth ages 5-7 meet monthly to participate in hands-on learning experiences and engage with youth their age.
  • Shooting Sports – Youth ages 8-18 have the ability to participate in one or multiple disciplines under the instruction of certified leaders. Some disciplines are restricted to the youth’s age. Archery, Air Rifle, Smallbore Rifle, Air Pistol, Shotgun, Smallbore Pistol, Muzzleloading. See more information below.

Animal projects (Beef, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Swine)

All 4-H and FFA members showing market and breeding animals must complete the ShowMe Quality Assurance certification process before being eligible to show at any local fairs or the Missouri State Fair.

Weigh-in dates:

These dates are set by the livestock committee and are announced through FFA and 4-H media outlets. Please contact the Extension Office if you have any questions or need a weigh-in form.


Each year a copy or fax of the Horse Enrollment form (PDF) with horse description is due by May 1 to the Cole County Extension office. You must attach either a photograph or registration papers, and a current negative-Coggins test is required to show.


Exploring 4-H Robotics is an ideal way to introduce science, math, engineering and technology while teaching life skills. Through hands-on activities, the 4-H Robotics projects teach basic concepts related to robotic subsystems such as structure, power, sensors, control and programming. These concepts are the foundation for building robots and robotic subsystems from a variety of materials and packaged kits. 4-H Robotics has projects for a wide variety of interests and available resources.

  • Level 1: Junk Drawer Robots (project RO881)
  • Level 2: Junk Drawer Robots (project RO882)
  • Level 3: Junk Drawer Robots (project RO883)
  • Robotics 1: With EV3 (project RO884)
  • Robotics 2: EV3N More (project RO885)
  • Additional Robotics Platforms (project RO886)
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Vex
    • Tetrix
    • SeaPerch
    • Arduino
  • Youth Robotics Competition Partners (project RO887)
    • BEST
    • BotBall
    • FIRST
    • RoboFest
    • SeaPerch
    • SuGO Botx
    • VEX

LabSpace Robotics Events
Cole County 4-H has partnered with the 4-H Alumni at LabSpace Robotics to provide instruction for Robotics project areas. For more information about upcoming classes and events, visit the LabSpace Robotics website.

Shooting Sports

Shooting Sports families must have a United Sportsmen's Club Membership. Youth are required to bring the Shooting Sports Project Record Log (PDF) to each practice and have it signed by the certified instructor. Members that sign up for the shooting sports projects must complete two safety classes the first and second year they are enrolled in the project. For more information on disciplines, events, or how to enroll in shooting sports, please contact the Extension Office.