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General Volunteer Resources - 4-H Project Records: Purpose and Deciding Which Record to Use

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Why 4-H Project Records?

4-H Project Records are used by 4-H members to demonstrate the goals they have set, what they have learned, and what they have achieved during their 4-H year. The records should provide clear and detailed information so that anyone can understand the project and the outcomes and learnings. These 4-H Project Records allow 4-H members to express their learning in a variety of ways: see the Expression Page and Scoring Rubric in your Project Record sheets for more information.

*If using the interactive form, please be sure to download the form to your computer before entering in any information.

Which Project Record is right for me?

Cloverbud: This record is appropriate to use with 4-H members that are between the ages of 5 and 8 years old. This record is meant as an entry into project records; this is a good introduction to the process without being overwhelming.

Beginner: This record is appropriate to use with 4-H members that have not previously completed a project record and are at least 9 years old. This record is meant as an entry into project records regardless of age; this is a good introduction to the process without being overwhelming.

Intermediate: This record is appropriate to use with 4-H members that have previously completed the Beginner Record for at least one year, and are at least 9 years old. This record should be used prior to the Advanced Record, regardless of age or level in project.  A member should use the Beginner record sheet until they are proficient or distinguished in most categories of the Beginner record. We want 4-H members to be successful and build their skills, then move on to the next level.

Advanced: This record is appropriate to use with 4-H members that have previously completed the Intermediate record for at least one year, have demonstrated themselves to be proficient or distinguished in most of the Intermediate Record level, and are at least 12 years old. The hope is that by completing the Intermediate record, the 4-H member has built those skills and has become confident to challenge themselves with the Advanced Record.

If you are unsure which record would be best for you or your 4-H-er, contact your local UMaine Extension 4-H County Office.

4-Her holding up a string during a science experiment
Cloverbuds
4-Her wearing an apron with the 4-H emblem on it
Beginner
4-Her at a table working on a science project
Intermediate
4-Hers working on a bridge-building activity
Advanced
4-Hers at a table working on a project together
Portfolio & Resume
4-h logo in a circle border
Project Record Judging
Youth holding Playdoh "core samples" after a science activity
Activity Reflection Tool


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