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. Contact the Morgan and Moniteau County MU Extension office to find out more.
Moniteau County 4-H
Early Birds Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at Latham School.
Club leader: Morgan Fulks, [email protected]
Show Me Club meets at 2 p.m. the first Monday of odd months at McGirk Community Center. Meets on the first Monday of even months for community service events.
Club leader: Gary Reichel, [email protected] | Facebook group
Due to unforeseen schedule changes, please contact clubs to verify meeting information.
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.
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Event date: Oct. 29, 2023
Event time: | 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This event is open to all youth interested in learning more about the 4-H program. Our goal is to start the new 4-H year by showcasing a broader experience of opportunities within the 4-H program!Call your local extension office for more ...
News & articles
- Published: Tuesday, June 6, 2023
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri 4-H clubs across the state have finished the fifth annual 4-H Feeding Missouri initiative. Each year, 4-H partners with Feeding Missouri and Missouri Farmers Care’s Drive to Feed Kids to bring awareness and raise ...
- Published: Thursday, March 16, 2023
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Seventeen Missouri 4-H clubs have been awarded 2023 4-H Feeding Missouri grants through the Missouri Farmers Care Foundation. This is the fourth year the Foundation has provided grants for Missouri 4-H clubs to fund local food ...
- Published: Tuesday, March 7, 2023
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri Extension 4-H State Meats Judging Contest drew 45 competing 4-H members from across the state last month.Held in partnership with the MU Meat Science program, the competition provided youths the ...
- Published: Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023
The Issue4-H and FFA Livestock projects impact youth life skill development in motivation, responsibility, goal setting, discipline, and leadership (Anderson et al., 2015; Boleman et al., 2004; Evans, et al. 2019; Heavner et al., 2011; Rusk et al, ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2016
David H. TrinkleinHorticulture State SpecialistDivision of Plant SciencesWhy plant vegetables?Home production of vegetables has been increasing in popularity in recent years. In addition to saving on the family food bill, the availability of fresh, ...