Phelps County 4-H clubs

Bourbeuse Valley 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the Hilderbrand's home on state route H in St. James.
Club leaders: Belinda Hilderbrand, 573-699-4632, and Heather Clark, 573-263-1166
Bourbeuse Valley 4-H Club Facebook

Country Kids 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at Lucy Wortham James Elementary School, St. James.
Club leaders: Christina Nothnagel, 573-263-1099, and Kim McDowell, 573-308-7000
Country Kids 4-H Club Facebook

Elk Prairie 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month at Rolla Technical Institute.
Club leaders: Laura Brown, 573-368-9834, and Christy Ford, 573-465-1962
Elk Prairie 4-H Club Facebook

Evening Star 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at the St. James Christian Church.
Club leaders: Connie Laney, 573-699-4686, and Diana Reed, 573- 265-5781
Evening Star 4-H Club Facebook

Little Piney 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month at Mt. Zoin Baptist Church.
Club leaders: Joyce Williams, 573-308-5406
Little Piney 4-H Club Facebook

Royal 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month at 23257 State Route B, St. James.
Club leader: Terry Campbell, 573-699-4268
Royal 4-H Club Facebook

Soaring Eagles 4-H Club meets at 3:45 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at St. Patrick's School.
Club leaders: Doris Backes-Delp, 573-465-1067

Young Riders 4-H Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month in Rolla.
Club leaders: Ashley Berry, 573-578-6987, and Ashley Hammock(opens in new window), 573-433-0490
Young Riders 4-H Club Facebook

Meeting places and dates may change. Check with club leaders.

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.