Recordkeeping in 4-H

Recordkeeping is a Skill for Living

4-H record requirements vary among counties, clubs and projects. 4-H records help youth:

  • establish good organizing and planning habits;
  • evaluate economic growth;
  • gain satisfaction and motivation from progress;
  • improve written communication skills;
  • improve decision making and priority setting skills; and
  • establish positive direction and identify goals.

4-H members do not learn these skills automatically. Younger 4-H’ers need practice, encouragement and help in the record keeping process.

4-H records are very valuable at the local project and club level:

  • as evidence of accomplishments (for employment, family awareness, recognition, goal setting, etc.);
  • as a tool for helping leaders and other youth know the young person better; and
  • as a tool for involving the family in the youth’s goals and accomplishments.

4-H scrapbooks – including video, audio, and other media – can also be a fun and useful way to keep records of activities and projects.

Project Record forms are available online.