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Randolph County 4-H clubs
Membership in Missouri 4-H Youth Development Programs is open to all youth 5 to 19 years of age (age as of 1/1/18). People of all ages participate in 4-H programs, from pre-schoolers to grandparents. The list of 4-H projects is so varied that every 4-H member and adult volunteer is sure to find something of interest.
It doesn't matter where you live, 4-H is open to all young people. Whether you live in the country, a small town or a big city, you can participate in 4-H.
Joining 4-H is easy! Call the Randolph County Extension Center at 660-269-9656 or Lyann Ritter, Youth Program Associate.
There is a small fee to join 4-H. Check with the extension center for details. In addition, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be charges for materials or special trips.
The program year is from October 1 through September 30.
Randolph County 4-H clubs
Busy Busy Beavers — Meets the second Sunday of the month at the Extension office.
Club leaders: Maria Moyer, 574-356-3919, and Marinda Hess, 660-676-6833
Clark Helping Hands — Meets the second Wednesday of each month at Clark City Hall.
Club leader: Heather Dougherty, 573-819-4364
Magic City Clovers — Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the James Youth Cabin in Rothwell Park.
Club leaders: Julie Wood, 660-295-4645, and Andrea McKeown, 660-651-1833
Neighborly Community — Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lion's Den in Cairo.
Club leaders: Teresa O'Brien, 660-651-5396, [email protected]
Randolph County Builder — Meets the second Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Coopers Oak Winer in Higbee.
Club leader: Travis Mitchell, 660-341-8465
Randolph County Challengers — Meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the James Youth Cabin in Rothwell Park.
Club leader: Amber Baughman, 660-676-5111
Westran Ramblers — Meets the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Huntsville Methodist Church.
Club leader: Betty Mayo, 660-277-4712, and Chrissy Dignan, 816-261-9840
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, Feb. 7, 2023
SEDALIA, Mo. – “Making the best better” for generations of Missouri 4-H club members, 40 volunteers joined the 2022 Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on Aug. 20 at State Fair Community College in Sedalia.The Missouri 4-H Foundation recognizes ...
- 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: Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021
Missouri families and educators! Truman has something important to share with you. As any loyal fan knows, Mizzou’s mascot, Truman, is a Bengal tiger. Sadly, the number of tigers in the wild has declined sharply over the last century. Today, there ...
- Published: Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021
The Missouri State Fair offers an opportunity for members to exhibit their skills in the 4-H Building, their showmanship in the livestock arenas and their character through demonstrations. For many, this is a culminating experience that affects them ...
Publication date: Sept. 1, 2017
Good tree planting practices include good planting stock, a well-selected and properly prepared site, proper planting methods, and adequate protection and care of the tree seedlings before and after planting. Failure in any of these planting ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2016
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