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Monday, September 21, 2015

Enrollment Period for 4-H Youth Program Begins

(BUTLER, MO – September 21, 2015) - Enrollment for 4-H clubs in Bates County begins October 1. All enrollments can be done on-line at https/ To be able to participate in the fairs and other 4-H events, youth should be enrolled no later than January 1, 2016. There are eleven 4-H clubs in Bates County. To find the club most convenient to you, call the Bates County Extension Office at 660-679-4167.

As the largest out-of-school youth organization in the world, 4-H is open to all boys and girls, ages 5 to18. Children who are five to seven years old (as of Jan. 1, 2016) are eligible for 4-H Clover Kids, an introductory program.

Youths who are 8 to 18 years of age (as of Jan. 1, 2016) can select from a variety of 4-H projects and activities that stress social and life skills in areas such as decision making, communication, social interaction, civic responsibility and physical skills.

“You do not have to live on a farm to join 4-H,” said Alan J. Mundey, 4-H Youth Development Specialist. “Project opportunities include computers, robotics, photography, shooting sports, foods and nutrition, horticulture, large and small animals and much more.”

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

To learn more about 4-H and how to get involved locally go online to or visit the nearest University of Missouri Extension Center.

For information on enrolling with an existing club, becoming a volunteer or starting a new 4-H club in Bates County, contact Alan J. Mundey, 4-H Youth Specialist, phone: 660-679-4167, email:

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