University of Missouri Extension’s 4-H educational program empowers young people to reach their full potential while working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

Montgomery County 4-H clubs

Bellflower Boosters 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m on the third Monday at Bellflower Community Building.

Big Spring Busy Beavers 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday at Big Spring Firehouse. (In June, July and August and on any election day, meetings start at 7:30 p.m.)

Coon Creek Cronies 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday at Grace Lutheran Church, Wellsville.

Kountry Kids 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Jonesburg.

Middletown Meddlers 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Friday at Middletown Community Center.

Montgomery Progressors 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday at Montgomery City Library.

For more information, please contact MU Extension in Montgomery County.

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.