The Scoop on 4-H Project Records

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4-H Project Records

Maybe you have heard the phrase “project record” in relation to 4-H, but wasn’t sure what it was all about. On this page, you’ll discover what a project record is, what benefits they offer to your 4-H’er, and how to participate in our upcoming Project Record workday at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Polk County.

What is a Project Record?

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. They are turned in at the end of the year and are judged at the county level. County winners are sent forward to be judged at the state level. After the books have been judged, they will be returned to the 4-H members who created them. Medals (and even cash prizes!!) are awarded for winning project records.

Project Records are broken down into sections such as:

  • Personal information about the 4-H member
  • The member’s own story
  • The focus of the 4-H project
  • A listing of leadership/citizenship/community service activities completed in the year
  • Awards and recognitions received
  • Photos and supporting materials (if available)
  • Goal setting

The Benefits of Completing a 4-H Project Record

The 4-H program prides itself on developing life skills. Through the completion of a record book, young people learn skills such as planning, goal-setting, communication, organization, and a greater understanding of what they learned in their specific project area.

Youth take ownership of their own project. Certainly, they can receive help on their efforts, but the final result should be something they are proud to have created. 

Some of the benefits of completing a 4-H record include:

  • Learning how to set goals, how to make plans for action, and how to decide how well you did (evaluation).
  • Learning the skills of record-keeping and organization to use now and in the future.
  • Learning to communicate and summarize.
  • Learning responsibility by completing a task.
  • Evaluating information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms.

Project Record Downloads

Would you like to get started on your own project record? You can download the forms in pdf format and fill them outright within Adobe Acrobat. First, find out what category your record fits in, then download the appropriate age-level form.

Polk County 4-H Project Record Work Day

For youth that have participated in programs this past fall I encourage them to try and put together a project record, however, parental support is key to their success. Record books will be due for judging on February 28. 

I will be holding a project record workshop Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 3:30 p.m. for any youth who participated in the following clubs this past year:

  • Kids in the Kitchen Club
  • Timbertime Woodworking Club
  • Sewing Club
  • Goat Club (any level)

Click the image or link below to register for the workshop. 

Project Record Workshop ReminderRegister online