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 January 1). 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. A 4-H staff member will be able to guide you to 4-H opportunities in your area. For Adair county, call 660-665-9866 or email

There are presently nine 4-H clubs in Adair 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.

Adair County 4-H Clubs:  Adair County 4-H Aggies, Clover Classics, East Center, Hazel Creek, Liberty, Novinger Town and Country, Oklahoma Indians, Salt River, and Show-Me.

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.

Teen Option — The Adair County 4-H Council recognizes that many teens are extremely busy with school activities, and often, a job as well. With this in mind, and recognizing that teens can offer much in the way of leadership to our 4-H program, the Teen Option has been approved to help older 4-H members meet the completion requirements set forth in the Adair County 4-H Council Constitution and By-laws. Individual members complete a plan using the Adair County Teen Option Form (PDF) and file it with the local University of Missouri Extension Center.

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