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Record Books & Award Applications - Due October 2nd

The 4-H program has a long history of record keeping. The focus reflects the importance of this life skill in our daily lives. In 4-H, young people have tracked their activities, events, profits and losses, skill development and learning experiences, and much more using the iconic 4-H Record Book. In addition to record keeping, the 4-H Record Book gives members an opportunity to reflect on their year, measure their achievements and growth, and set goals, and develop plans to meet those goals.

4-H Record Books serve a variety of purposes in the Ford County 4-H Program. Such as:

  • 4-H Record Books give members an opportunity to reflect on their work annually. they document their skill development and their learning experiences in a written report. 4-H members measure their achievements and growth in their total years in 4-H.
  • 4-H Record Books encourage members to set goals, pursue strategies to meet those goals, and to shift gears in the face of challenges and obstacles.
  • Completing a 4-H Record Book is a process where 4-H members record project and club work. Records management is competency skill to identify, create, classify, archive and preserve records. The 4-H Record Book teaches 4-H members these skills through a standard format.

What does this mean for YOU? The Project Record(s) Book, Achievement Pin Applications, etc. are DUE to the Extension Office by 5:00 p.m. on October 2 (since October 1st is on a Sunday). 

Ford County 4-H Youth may choose to use either record keeping option:

  • the fillable PDF Project report forms (click here)
  • or the online ZBooks software (click here)
    • If you were unable to attend the recent online training for ZBooks, the ZBooks Training Video is available by clicking here.