4-H 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.

~ California 4-H Youth Development

Calling all Winnebago County 4-H Members!

We challenge each and every one of you to complete a “record book” this year!
Record keeping is a life skill that can take many forms, especially as technology continuously evolves.
Looking for creative options to completing a record book?

Check out these new formats for 2019:

Traditional Record Book

Traditional Record Book Guidelines

Digital Record Book

Digital Record Book Guidelines

Video Record Book

Video Record Book Guidelines

Why Complete a Record Book?

  • Record Books help you reflect on what you’ve learned. Reflection is part of the Experiential Learning model used by 4-H to enhance teaching and help reinforce learning.
  • Basic bookkeeping and record keeping skills are used throughout life—in school, for managing your own finances/household, day-to-day record keeping for many jobs, or for managing a farm or personal business.
  • This scrapbook of your accomplishments and learning experiences may help you complete school, scholarship or job applications in the future.
  • Outstanding Record Books are recognized at the club and county levels in the fall each year.
  • Record Books may also be part of the application process for 4-H Awards. For example, for Key Award and Scholarship applications you will need 3 years of record books available for review.

Record Book Forms and criteria are available on the pages below or you may call the Extension Office (920-232-1974) to request printed copies of these forms.


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