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4-H Record Books

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Record Books

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.


Why have 4-H record books?

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.


Make Record Books Valuable

  1. Use your Record Book as a tool for sharing and reflection!
  2. Set project goals early.
  3. Set aside time at the end of the 4-H year to reflect on those goals. Think about what was a "success" and "unsuccessful." What made them succeed or not succeed? What changes could you make in the future?
  4. Educate on the difference between "What I Did" and "What I Learned." The "What I Did" is literally what you did. While the "What I Learned" is a reflection on what you took away from your time spent on the project.
  5. Keeping a record of your 4-H projects can help you when you apply for college scholarships too!
  6. By recording your activities you can remember all the fun you've had so far!