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