Look at all the fun things to get involved with in Christian County 4-H!

Don't miss out on this JUNE issue of MU Christian County 4-H NEWSLETTER.  It's jam-packed with information, dates, and events you don't want to miss! June 2019 Newsletter


4-H Summer Camps!


The St. Louis Zoo?  Come on!!  

Did you know Christian County 4-H has Scholarships available to help defer costs? http://extension.missouri.edu/christian/documents/4H/trip_scholarship_application.pdf 




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Did you know you could join 4-H at any time of the year? 

Make an appointment with Jennifer to learn how to get started in Christian County 4-H!

4-H is not just for farm kids anymore!  4-H in Christian County offers youth learning opportunities in robotics, computers, scrapbooking, horses, livestock and much more. 
For more information contact 4-H Youth Development Educator                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

    Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports Safety Requirements  

All 4-H members wishing to enroll in a Shooting Sports project (SS741-SS749) for the first time must complete 6 hours of instruction in shooting sports safety. Young people are encouraged to enroll in a shooting sports discipline project (SS741-SS749) during the same year. The SS740 project does not count against the project limitation. 

Procedure for the SS740 Shooting Sports Safety project: 

  • All shooting disciplines of the 4-H Shooting Sports program are to be covered in the 6 hours of safety instruction.
  • The SS740 Shooting Sports Safety course must be completed prior to the youth participating in a discipline project (SS741-SS749) but need only complete it once.
  • It is strongly suggested that 8- and 9-year-old members* repeat the safety instruction a second year.

*Ages for the shooting sports project are based on 4-H age (age on Dec. 31 of the current program year).

For more information on Missouri 4-H Shooting Sports:


**Christian County 4-H is currently active with certified MO 4-H safety instructors in the following shooting sports disciplines:

·         (SS741) Archery

·         (SS742) Air Rifle (BB and/or pellet)

·         (SS743) Smallbore Rifle (.22 cal.)

·         (SS745) Shotgun

Christian County 4-H Clubs:

We have six 4-H Clubs in Christian County.  Here are some details about each:


·         Deadeyes: This is a shooting sports club for those that are only interested in the shooting sports program.  To participate in 4-H shooting sports, youth MUST first attend a safety course specific to Missouri 4-H shooting sports.  The safety training is only offered a few different times and families must make it a priority to attend this safety training usually held in January.  A family can join a different club (primary 4-H club) and still participate in shooting sports (Deadeyes club would be secondary club); this is an alternative for those uninterested in other project areas.  Christian County is certified to participate in Smallbore .22 Rifle, Air Rifle, and Archery.  Lee Thurman is the club leader and certified in smallbore rifle, air rifle and archery.  Emily Renner is a certified archery instructor and Phil Renner is the County Shooting Sports Program Coordinator.  Practices typically take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Nixa during the Spring.  Scheduled meetings are to be determined.
 Melissa Thurman: 
mel.thurman@yahoo.com, 314-520-1636
 Lee Thurman:
 lthurman21@att.net, 314-520-0975

 Emily Renner: mlernnr@yahoo.com, 417-551-1245

·         Nixa Extreme Explorers: This is a club led by Beth Biondo for the past ten years.  This club is currently made up of mostly girls and a few boys ranging in ages 8 to 15.  This year they are going to focus on healthy eating and life skills.  They also do a lot of fun arts and crafts. 

*Meeting Info: 3rd Sunday of the month, Nixa Central Bank basement, 2:00-4:00 PM

Beth Biondo: Biondo.beth@yahoo.com, 417-880-2984


·         New Horizons: This club meets in Sparta.  They are a well-rounded club.  They do a lot of community service and do a lot of different projects; arts and crafts, cooking, sewing, gardening, wildlife, photography, etc.  New Horizons has both boys and girls ranging in ages 7 to 13.  This is a great club with many different activities.  This club also has some youth that show beef. 

*Meeting Info: 2nd Monday of the month, Sparta Middle School room 93, 6:30 PM
Nicole Humble: sparta4h@gmail.com, 417-818-4935
Julie Clonts:
 sparta4h@gmail.com, 417-818-0119

·         Billings County Liners: This is a small club made up of a few families that are heavily involved with the goats project.  They are extremely experienced with meat goats and a new family with experience in dairy goats has recently joined.  This club has boys and girls ages 10 to 17. 

*Meeting Info: monthly meetings on various days, Billings Community Building, 6:00 PM

Quincy McCroskey: q.mccroskey@yahoo.com, 417-234-3481

·         Clever Clovers: This is a brand new club going into the 2019 4-H year.  It will be a great group of both boys and girls, pre-school, high school and everything in between. 

*Meeting Info: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6:30 PM at the Clever Fire Station


·         Ozark Clover Kids: This is a brand new club going into the 2019 4-H year.  This club is targeted toward, but not excluded to, youth ages 5-7.  They will have a large focus on agriculture, including various livestock animals. 

*Meeting Info: 2nd Sunday of the month, 4-H Building in Ozark, 2:00 PM

Melissa Stine: farm5mama@gmail.com

Amanda Kimmons: kimmonsfarm@yahoo.com


Is your child covered by MO HealthNet Medicaid?  Request a $20 voucher to join 4-H!

MO HealthNet Medicaid

Get Involved! Become a 4-H Volunteer!

Missouri 4-H volunteers help youth ages 5 to 18 feel safe and supported to learn and lead. Contact the Christian County, 4-H Development Educator for more information at (417) 581-3558. All Volunteers are required to complete a Annual Background Check Consent Form LG639. Go to http://4h.missouri.edu/volunteer.aspx.

Additional Links:

4-H is now ONLINE  4-H online Link4honline.com/

University of Missouri Extension Christian County 4-H  http://extension.missouri.edu/christian/4h.aspx
4-H Mall  http://www.4-hmall.org/home.aspx
National 4-H Council  http://www.4-h.org/
Missouri 4-H  http://4h.missouri.edu/
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/ChristianCo4H


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.