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Saline County 4-H
Welcome to Saline County 4-H! We are excited about your interest. 4-H envisions our world as a place where youth and adults learn, grow and work together for positive change. There is a place for you in that vision! 4-H welcomes youth ages 5-18 years old by Jan. 1 of each year. Contact the Extension Office with questions — we’d love to connect with you!
Saline County 4-H clubs
Saline County has several community clubs. Members attend monthly meetings where they elect officers, plan educational programs of business, community service projects and learn together about parliamentary procedures, leadership, communication and other skills that are helpful throughout life. In addition members enroll in projects they are interested in. Projects range from beef and sewing to robotics and computers. For a complete listing of projects and other valuable information regarding 4-H, check out the 4-H Clover.
First Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
Kayla Foster, 660-631-4706
Third Monday, 6:30 p.m.
First Christian Church, Sweet Springs
Pat Werneke, 660-335-6687
First Sunday, 5 p.m.
Community Center, Sweet Springs
Michelle Fuehring, 660-229-1820
First Sunday, 6 p.m.
Civic Center, Blackburn
Amanda Finkeldei, 660-641-1762
Town & Country
Third Sunday, 6 p.m.
Shooting Sports Building, Marshall
Kim Vogel, 660-886-6011
Work to Win
Second Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
Malta Bend School, Malta Bend
Jill Buck, 660-631-2068
County 4-H Council
- President: Nancy Laurenti
- Vice-president: Julie Vogel
- Secretary: DeEtta Murphy
- Treasurer: Kim Vogel
General 4-H info
The 4-H camp experience
4-H camp has a rich history and tradition in Missouri. 4-H staff have conducted camps for more than 60 years. Historically, 4-H camps were some of the original users of the group camp facilities found in Missouri state parks, and today many 4-H camps still use them.
4-H camp programs offer a variety of camping experiences
- Residential Camps for one or more nights
- STEM and Arts & Crafts Learn-shops
- Community Service
- Camp Fires
- Teamwork Activities
Camping also provides opportunities to experience new and exciting activities. Climbing walls, swimming, archery, canoeing and many other activities are offered in a safe, supervised environment where campers can explore new areas of interest with encouragement from trained counselors and staff.
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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Event date: Oct. 29, 2023
Event time: | 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
This event is open to all youth interested in learning more about the 4-H program. Our goal is to start the new 4-H year by showcasing a broader experience of opportunities within the 4-H program!Call your local extension office for more ...
News & articles
- 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 ...
- Published: Monday, Sept. 28, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo – The 2020 University of Missouri Extension State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest took place virtually Sept. 12-13. More than 100 youths from across the state applied their evaluation and communication skills in this contest.Youths ...
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, ...