Open enrollment for 4-H clubs in southwest Missouri is underway now and runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1.
As the largest out-of-school youth organization in the world, 4-H is open to all boys and girls, ages 5 to18. Children who are five to seven years old (by Dec. 2012) are eligible for 4-H Clover Kids, an introductory program.
Youths who are 8 to 18 years of age (by Dec. 31, 2012) can select from a variety of 4-H projects and activities that stress social and life skills in areas such as decision making, communication, social interaction, civic responsibility and physical skills.
“You do not have to live on a farm to join 4-H,” said Velynda Cameron, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “Project opportunities include computers, robotics, foods and nutrition, horticulture, large and small animals and much more.”
Missouri 4-H is University of Missouri Extension’s youth development program. The program is designed to help to create opportunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their community.
To learn more about 4-H and how to get involved locally go online to http://mo4h.missouri.edu or visit the nearest University of Missouri Extension Center. Enrollment fees may vary slightly from county to county.
For information on enrolling with an existing club or starting a new 4-H club, contact any of the 4-H youth development specialists in southwest Missouri: Velynda Cameron in Polk County at (417) 326-4916; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; or Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500.