Members of the Polk County 4-H teen group created a video outlining the history of the 4-H program in the area. The group submitted the piece in a national 4-H film contest.
4-H History Preservation Program
to learn from and build upon our past. The primary purpose of this 4-H History Preservation Program website is to provide a central resource on 4-H history, particularly at the national level.
The 4-H History Preservation Program has archived information like 4-H films, songs and music; memories of 4-H; and local, state and national 4-H history. You can also contribute your own memories and historical documents to help the program research, document and preserve 4-H history.
4-H History Preservation Program
For information about clubs, contact the Polk County Extension Center at 417-326-4916.
Eudora 4-H Club meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of every month at the school in Morrisville. Club leader: Shelly Tomlinson
Good Times 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. the second Monday of every month at the Halfway Lions Club. Club leaders: Hal & Tresa Ryan
Woodlawn 4-H Club meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of every month at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Club leader: Shelia Samek
Special Interest (SPIN) clubs meet for short periods of time and focus on one project area – Contact the Polk County Extension Center at 417-326-4916 for information or contact Velynda Cameron.
- Shooting Sports 4-H SPIN Club — project focus is all 4-H shooting sports disciplines
- Sportfishing 4-H SPIN Club — project focus is fishing
- SoPoCo 4-H SPIN Club — project focus is livestock
- Zoology 4-H SPIN Club — project focus is zoology
Polk County 4-H Handbook (PDF)
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, April 18, 2023
COLUMBIA, Mo. – During National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 16-22, 2023, Missouri 4-H wants to thank the heart of the organization, the volunteers! Each year, thousands of people choose to spend their time volunteering for Missouri 4-H, and ...
- Published: Wednesday, April 12, 2023
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Celebrating National Volunteer Week, April 16-22, the Missouri 4-H Foundation is proud to present Brian McKimmey with the 2023 Naomi Crouch 4-H Volunteer Leadership Award. McKimmey is recognized for more than 16 years of service and ...
- 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, ...
- Published: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri 4-H Foundation has recognized seven families with the 2022 Missouri 4-H Century Family Award. Each family represents a combined 100 years or more of membership and volunteer service within 4-H.Franklin CountyThe ...
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, ...
Completing MO 4-H Level 2 Recognition Form Y2100 - 4-H Recognition Worksheet
Completing MO 4-H Level 3 Recognition Form Y2200 - 4-H Recognition Worksheet