4-H enrollment now open

Friday, November 22, 2013

Enrollment for 4-H clubs are now underway and will be open until Dec. 1.

As the largest out-of-school youth organization in the world, 4-H is open to boys and girls, ages 5 to 18. Children who are 5 to 7 years old are eligible for 4-H Clover Kids, an introductory program.

Youth's ages 8 to 18 can select from a variety of 4-H projects and activities that stress social and life skills in areas including; decision making, communication, social interaction, civic responsibility and physical skills.

"You do not have to live on a farm to join 4-H," said Velynda Cameron, 4-H youth development specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

New in Barry County this year is the Shooting Sports project. Leaders are certified in caliber Rife (.22) and will start practicing in early spring. Youth are trained in gun safety and precision shooting skills. Competitions happen at the county, regional, state and national levels.

Missouri 4-H is a University of Missouri Extension's youth development program. The program is designed to help create opportunities for young people to be valued and contributing members of their community.

To learn more about 4-H visit http://mo4h.missouri.edu or the Barry County University of Missouri Extension Center in the County Courthouse, Cassville. Enrollment fees are $10 per youth member.

There are opportunities for adults to volunteer and for parents to be involved with their children at all levels of the 4-H program.

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