Online registration for new and re-enrolling members begins October 1.  If you need assistance finding a club, please contact the Bates County Extension Office at 660-679-4167.

4-H Online enrollment

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Click here for a quick guide on new enrollments and re-enrollments

West Central Regional Energizer will be here soon!

2018 WC Regional Energizer Registration Sheet 

Click HERE to view a full-size flyer of the WC Regional Energizer.


Shooting Sports Safety 

The Bates County 4-H Shooting Sports Safety meeting will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018, at the Butler High School. Doors open at 1:30 and the meeting will start at 2:00.
If you are not able to make the Bates County meeting, you are still required to attend a Shooting Sports Safety meeting before you will be allowed to shoot.  Click HERE for other meetings around the state. You will be responsible for having their 4-H staff contact the Bates County Extension Office with proof of attendance.  Please call the office if you have any questions, 660.649.4167. 

4-H News 'n Notes

A monthly newsletter for 4-H families and friends

4-H Family Handbook

The Bates County 4-H Family Handbook (PDF) includes the 4-H Council constitution and bylaws, clubs, awards, and activities for the year.

photo: volunteer ad with 4-H volunteer and member

Get involved

Bates County 4-H has approximately 300 youth members, ages 5 to 18, and 150 adult volunteers. 4-H clubs are located in each corner of the county and points in between. Youth can join any one of 10 clubs where they can attend meetings, complete 4-H projects, exhibit at county and state fairs, participate in local, state and national trips and events, and qualify for college scholarships. A map of available clubs can be found on the 4-H clubs page. To find out more, contact the Bates County Extension Office at 660-679-4167 or batesco@missouri.edu.

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How to join 4-H

University of Missouri Extension 4-H

Empowering young people to reach their full potential

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 19, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to:

  • meet the diverse challenges of today’s world;
  • build self-confidence;
  • learn responsibility; and
  • make positive decisions.
4-H clubs

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 Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.


4-H Online enrollment system
Missouri 4-H Clover—A guide to 4-H projects, activities and publications. It is designed to assist volunteers, members and their families select projects and activities, and set goals.

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.