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.

Record Book

 

Why have 4-H record books?

4-H Record Books serve a variety of purposes in the Gallatin 4-H Youth Development Program.

  • 4-H Record Books give members an opportunity to reflect on their yearly work. 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 a 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.
  • In order to participate in the fair each summer, youth must show a completed record book to an interview judge.  

 

Record Book Forms:  

PRINT VERSION- The following record book forms are meant to print off before use.
My 4-H Year
Non-Animal Project Journal & Financial Record
Animal Project Journal & Financial Record
Cloverbud Record Sheet
 

ELECTRONIC VERSION- The following 4-H record keeping forms are interactive Adobe PDF files. They can be saved to your computer for electronic use throughout the year (you can type your record information right into them and they include calculating functions).YOU MUST Save each file to your computer FIRST to use form functions.  Do this by right-clicking and using the 'save link as' function.

If you choose to save them for electronic use you must have version 7 or higher of Adobe Reader. To download the latest version of Adobe Reader click here.

My 4-H Year
Non- Animal Project Journal & Financial Record
Animal Project Journal & Financial Record

 

What are the requirement for a completed record book?

Example book

  • Each youth in 4-H will have 1 record book (binder or green cover) that contains all forms and project books for each project the youth is participating in.
  • My 4-H year is the first set of pages.
  • Animal Project Journal or Non-Animal Project Journal
  • Curriculum Book with a certain # of learning activities completed.  Each curriculum book is different, but most follow the 7 activities a year requirement.  This pdf is a great resource though to confirm how many learning activities need to be completed in your book.