Extension’s most often recognized or acknowledged youth development program is the 4-H club program. Clubs are an important part of the comprehensive youth development program. In addition, 4-H youth development staff in Missouri work behind the scenes with other professionals in the community to better the conditions and climate for families and all youth in the community.
You don’t have to grow up on the farm to belong to 4-H. 4-H is open to all youth ages 5–18. See this informational sheet about 4-H (PDF) or contact the Morgan and Moniteau County MU Extension office to find out more.
Moniteau County 4-H
Busy Bees Club meets at 4 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at Clarksburg School.
Club leader: Jo Cox, 573-821-4431
Eager Eagles Club meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Jamestown Community Center.
Club leader: Diane Matthews, 660-849-2066
Early Birds Club meets at 6 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at Latham School.
Club leader: Morgan Fulks, 573-480-7961
Show Me Club meets at 2 p.m. the first Sunday of each month at McGirk Community Center.
Club leader: Lori Heather, 573-584-3756
Tipton 4-H Club meets at 3 p.m. the third third Sunday of each month at Co-Mo Meeting Room.
Club leader: Michelle Wilfong, 660-473-2246
Robotics: Leader: Danny Boardman, 573-480-6100
SMQA online training
All 4-H members who show any animals must be current on their Show Me Quality Assurance (SMQA) training. Contact the University of Missouri Extension office to check current status. Upon completion of online training, print certificate and return to Extension office for 4-H specialist signature.
General 4-H information
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.