To become a 4-H Volunteer you must complete a multi-step registration process.  This process is to ensure the safety of members, volunteers, parents and anyone involved in the 4-H program.  There are three steps which include: registering online, submitting a background check approval form, and to be trained. You must complete all steps in order to be eligible to be a volunteer.  Volunteers who want to become a club leader, have additional training and requirements.  Contact Linda Heryford by calling 417-276-3313 or by email at heryfordl@missouri.edu 

Background check

There is a new volunteer background form this year and it is required in ADDITION to enrolling online.  Please print the form and instructions, follow the instructions, and return the original form to the Extension Office, in person or by mail to Cedar County MU Extension, attn: Linda Heryford, 113 South St., Stockton, MO 65785

Instructions (PDF) 
Background Form (PDF)


Volunteers must complete a one-time training before working as a certified leader.  To complete your training online go to your 4-H Online account at https://mo.4honline.org  In-person trainings are offered in January at regional member and leader training sessions.

Club Leader Materials

Enrollment Checklist (PDF)
Enrollment Summary (PDF)
Fundraising Request (PDF)
Reimbursement from County Council (PDF)

Project Leader Materials

Project Meeting Record (PDF)
Project Resources 


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.