Missouri 4-H parent/guardian code of conduct

The mission of the Missouri 4-H Program is to engage youth as valued, contributing members of their communities in partnership with caring adults. The opportunity to participate in and/or volunteer with Missouri 4-H is a privilege and honor, not a right. All youth participants, parents/guardians supporting their child’s participation in 4-H, and volunteers are expected to sign the Missouri Code of Conduct before becoming involved with Missouri 4-H. Continued participation in Missouri 4-H is based on individuals meeting the requirements of the program including the Missouri 4-H Youth Code of Conduct and Parent Code of Conduct. For those adults who opt to become a Missouri 4-H volunteer, there is also a 4-H Youth Protection Policy (Code of Ethics for Staff/Volunteers).

The Code of Conduct will apply and be enforced for all 4-H members, 4-H parents and 4-H volunteers.


The 2017-2018 4-H enrollment process will take place online this year. Please go to mo.4honline.com to enroll as a member or volunteer. The process is pretty straight forward. If you have any questions please feel free to email or call our office. To enroll contact Linda Heryford at 417-276-3313 or heryfordl@missouri.edu

Cedar County Clover newsletter

A monthly newsletter for 4-H families and friends. We primarily use an online (email notification) newsletter.  If you would prefer the hard copy we will still mail one out to you at your request.  In addition, Club Leaders will be sent a few copies to hand out at club meetings if needed as requested.

December 2017 (PDF)
November 2017 (PDF)
October 2017 (PDF) 
September 2017 (PDF)
July 2017 (PDF)

4-H county council  

The Cedar County 4-H Council includes members and volunteers from each local club. The council meets six times a year to develop and maintain countywide programming. Public is welcome to attend. 

Next county council meeting 
January 22 , 2018, at the Land O Lakes Fair Grounds, El Dorado Springs, MO at 6:30 p.m.  

Cedar County 4-H Family Handbook (PDF)  4-H council constitution and bylaws, clubs, awards and activities available to members

Application for County Council officer (PDF)  Due September 15th 

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.