4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.


VIEW THE 2023 Crawford 4-H Program Book (PDF)

4-H Camp

Check out the exciting line-up of 4-H Camps at the Lake of the Ozarks Camp Clover Point:

  • 4-H Counselor Camp (ages 14-18)
  • Traditional 4-H Camp (ages 8-13)
  • 4-H Shooting Sports Camp (ages 10-18)
  • 4-H Canine Camp (ages 8-18)


Blue Ribbon Kids 4-H Club meets at 2 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month at Amazing Grace Community Church in Cuba. Leaders: Dana Pilkenton, dpilkenton@cuba.k12.mo.us or 573-259-8320

Crossroads 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month (excluding January) at the Cuba Firehouse. Leaders: Lacy Ludwig, lkb3z8@mst.edu or 573-578-8045

Final Drive 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Cuba Fire Station. Leaders: Vicki Bouse Ladd, vickibouse.ladd@gmail.com or 573-263-4481

Forest Hill 4-H Club meets at 1 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month at Calvary Baptist Church in Bourbon. Leader: Terri Rowden, terrirowden@gmail.com

Lone Star 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Church of Christ in Cuba. Leader: Linda Bast, dlbast@centurylink.net or 573-885-2058

Oak Hill 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the last Monday of the month (no meetings in December) at Knights of Columbus Hall in Cuba. Leader: Genifer Cape, gencape@gmail.com or 573-259-1857

Outdoors and More 4-H Club meets at 1 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month at the Steelville Telephone. Leader: Dana Richter, drichter@misn.com or 573-775-6715

Ozark Trails 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Steelville Library. Leader: Jay Adams, 573-205-4195

Prairie 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Amazing Grace Community Church, Highway 19, north of Cuba. Leaders: Sandy Stewart, grannystew418@gmail.com or 573-205-0195; Fannie Lea, fannielea57@gmail.com or 573-885-2588

ShowStock 4-H Club meets at 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month at the Cuba Firehouse. Leaders: Jessica Pinnell, jesspinnell84@gmail.com or 573-263-1776; Lindsay Ruble, lindsaywhite.23@gmail.com

Yadkin Creek 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Steelville Presbyterian Church. Leader: Kim Zeiss, kjzeiss@gmail.com

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.