"You do not have to live on a farm to join 4-H," said Velynda Cameron, 4-H youth development special- ist with the University of Missouri Extension. "Project opportunities include com- puters, robotics, food and nutrition, horticulture, large and small animals and much more."
Children who are 5 to 7 years old are eligible for 4-H Clover Kids, an introductory program. Youth who are 8 to 18 years of age can select from an assortment of 4-H projects and activities that focus on social and life skills including decisions making, communication, social inter- action, civic responsibility and physical fitness.
This year, a new project, Shooting Sports, will be of- fered in Barry County. Lead- ers are certified in smallbore .22 caliber rifle and will begin practice in early
spring. Youth will be trained in gun safety and precision shooting skills. Competi- tions are held at the county, regional, state and national levels.
"We know that active youth enrolled in 4-H are more likely to go to and suc- cessfully complete college education and are more likely to return and con- tribute positively to their home communities," said Elliott-Engel.
Missouri 4-H is the Uni- versity of Missouri Exten- sion's youth development program. The program is de- signed to help create oppor- tunities for young people to be valued, contributing members of their communi- ties. The national organiza- tion is the largest out-of-school youth organi- zation in the world.
To learn more about Barry County 4-H, visit mo4h.missouri.edu or the Barry County University of Missouri Extension office in the Barry County Court- house in Cassville. The en- rollment fee is $10 per youth.
Volunteer opportunities are available for parents and adults interested in partici- pating in the local 4-H pro- gram.
For more information, call Cameron at 417-862- 9284 or Elliott-Engel at 417- 455-9500.