For more information on local clubs, contact Becky Bell, 4-H Youth Program Assistant, at 417-345-7551 or [email protected].
Denim & Dust co-led by Angel Dotson, Angie Gann, and Heather Tucker, will meet the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, 26 Oak Ridge Rd. Buffalo.
Eagles Club meets at the courthouse, 108 S. Maple St. in Buffalo, the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Club leader is Cindy Anglen.
Friendship Builders Club meets at the MIssion Chapel Baptist Church, 152 State Hwy. 38, Elkland, MO, at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Club leader: Sarah Durand.
Dallas County 4-H Council meets in the courthouse basement on the second Monday of every month at 6 p.m.
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.