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 center to find out more.
Morgan County 4-H
Kountry Kids 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month in Stover.
Club leader: Bobbie Kroeschen, 660-221-4359
Radiant Rascals 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Versailles Fire Department Training Room, Highway 52 and D Road, Versailles.
Club Leader: Dawn Walls, 573-569-0042
Little Rascals 4-H Club (5- to 7-year-olds) meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Bank of Versailles Drive-thru, 111 N. Fisher Street, Versailles.
Club leader: Sarah Schad, 573-392-5814
Silver Spurs 4-H Club meet at 5 p.m. the third Sunday of each month in Fortuna.
Club Leader: Pam Colvin, 573-378-0987
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.
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News & articles
- Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Starting this fall, Missouri 4-H will be able to reach more youths and families across the state through an easy-to-use online learning platform called Canvas that brings 4-H project-based learning directly into the home.This ...
- Published: Tuesday, March 17, 2020
With the recent restrictions on gatherings due to COVID-19 affecting Missouri 4-H members, volunteers, and faculty and staff, we have received many questions about how to handle eligibility for participation at county fairs.As a reminder, Missouri ...
- Published: Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019
Lila Wantland judged herself to the top of the senior division of the Missouri State 4-H Dairy Judging Contest. The contest was held Aug. 17 at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. Wantland was the high individual in the intermediate division of the ...
- Published: Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018
HANNIBAL, Mo. – In her 20s, Linda Studer had a dream of opening a business in historic Hannibal.Then, as they say, life got in the way. She was busy helping others fulfill their dreams at a nonprofit employment group in northeastern Missouri. Her ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2016
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, inexpensive produce from the family garden is conducive to maintaining good dietary ...
Adults desiring to volunteer with Missouri 4-H must complete this form to consent to a background check.