Johnson County 4-H clubs
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Johnson County has 10 4-H clubs. If you are a first time attendee for a club meeting, please contact the club leader to confirm the meeting date, time and place. The ones listed below are the regularly scheduled times, but may change based on club activities.
Blackwater Bobcats 4-H Club meets the second Thursday of each month at 6 p.m at Church of Hope (580 NW 105th Road, Centerview); Contact Lacy Shanks at 816-258-1552 or [email protected].
Chilhowee Indians 4-H Club meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for Clover Kids and 7 p.m. for regular members at the Baptist Church in Chilhowee; Contact Jennifer May or Susan Remington.
Good Neighbors 4-H Club meets the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church; Contact Ann Papasifakis, Melisse and Kegan Wilson at [email protected].
Heartland 4-H Club meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Library in Knob Noster; Contact Sabrina Howser or the MU Extension Office at 660-747-3193.
Mineral Creek 4-H Club meets the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. for Clover Kids and 7 p.m. for regular meeting at the Leeton Christian Church; Contact Alaina Davis or Tricia Fleming.
Mt. Moriah Hustlers 4-H Club meets the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds; contact Tiffany Parsons, Casey Ikerd or Cindy Hoeper.
Royal Clovers 4-H Club meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Warrensburg; contact Trisha Shackelford.
Spirit 4-H Club meets at the Whiteman Air Force Base Youth Center, call for dates and times; contact The Youth Center at 660-687-5586 or Jennifer Stahly. This club focuses on military youth.
Union Chapel Lions meets the third Tuesday of each month (subject to change) at 7 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Holden; Contact Karen Johnson.
Warrensburg Adventure Club — This club works in the afterschool setting and members are enrolled in the Warrensburg afterschool program Adventure Club.
- Maple Grove and Martin Warren meet the first Wednesday of every month from 5 to 6 p.m.
- Ridgeview (may be subject to change) and Sterling meet the second Wednesday of the month from 5 to 6 p.m. Contact Casey Conklin or the MU Extension Office in Johnson County.
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. You can also visit 4-H Online to join.
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.