How to join 4-H

Membership in Missouri 4-H Youth Development Programs is open to all youth 5 to 19 years of age (age as of 1/1/18). People of all ages participate in 4-H programs, from pre-schoolers to grandparents. The list of 4-H projects is so varied that every 4-H member and adult volunteer is sure to find something of interest.

It doesn't matter where you live, 4-H is open to all young people. Whether you live in the country, a small town or a big city, you can participate in 4-H.

Joining 4-H is easy! Call your local university extension center, which is listed in the telephone book with other county offices. A 4-H staff member will be able to guide you to 4-H opportunities in your area. For Randolph county, call 660-269-9656 to speak with Vickie Troyer University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth program assistant.

There are presently six 4-H clubs in Randolph County. Club members attend monthly meetings, where items of interest to the entire club are discussed. It is within these meetings where members learn parliamentary procedure, leadership and public speaking skills, among others. In addition, club members enroll in a variety of projects annually. Members meet with others in the project and are led by a volunteer project leader. These projects range from the traditional "cows and cookies" variety, to the innovative computer and aerospace projects.

Randolph County 4-H Clubs:  Magic City Clovers, Busy Busy Beavers, Randolph County Challengers,  Neighborly Communities, and Westran Ramblers.

There is a small fee to join 4-H. Check with the extension center for details. In addition, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be charges for materials or special trips.

The program year is from October 1 through September 30.


4-H Newsletters

March Newsletter 2019 (PDF)

December Newsletter 2018 (PDF)

September Newsletter 2018 (PDF)

August Newsletter 2018 (PDF)

May Newsletter 2018 (PDF)

March Newsletter 2018 (PDF)

January Newsletter 2018 (PDF)

December Newsletter 2017 (PDF)



Clubs in Randolph County

Randolph County Challengers - Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7PM at the James Youth Cabin in Rothwell Park
Club leaders:  Amber Baughman, 660-676-5111

Neighborly Community - Meets the 2nd Thursday of the month at 6:30PM at the Lion's Den in Cairo
Club leaders: Bryon and Teresa Wiegand, 660-295-4626

Westran Ramblers - Meets the 1st Monday of the month at 7PM at the Huntsville Community Room, behind City Hall
Club leader: Betty Mayo, 660-277-4712

Busy Busy Beavers - Meets the 2nd Sunday of the month
Club leader: Marla Stegall and Marie McSparen, 660-833-9033

Magic City Clovers - Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7PM at the James Youth Cabin in Rothwell Park
Club leaders: Julie Wood, 660-295-4645, and Lindsey Hunt, 660-263-4694






Vickie Troyer
4-H Youth Development Program Assistant


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.