Good record keeping is a skill you will use your entire life. AND, believe it or not, it CAN be fun! One tip . . . don’t wait until you only have a few days left to finish (or start) your Record Book. This causes frustration! You will enjoy doing your Record Book so much more if you keep up on it. Really!!!
4-H Record Books serve a variety of purposes in the 4-H Program. While society has changed, the goals of teaching record-keeping to youth remain the same.
- 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 and develop plans to meet those goals. Completion of the Project Records awards 4-H members for participation in 4-H activities, which provides an incentive for participation, learning, and achievement.
- Completing a 4-H Record Book is a process where 4-H members record project and club work. Records management (RM) is an industry-standard practice of identifying, creating, classifying, archiving and preserving records. The 4-H Record Book teaches 4-H members these skills through a standard format.
- The 4-H Record Book is an excellent tool to use when applying for college, programs, jobs, and scholarships. It is REQUIRED to apply for a Carbon County 4-H Foundation scholarship.
4-H Record Books are an educational component of the 4-H Youth Development Program and is an excellent way to complete your 4-H project. Members have the option to have their record book judged for competition and prizes or to be turned in for completion only.
Carbon County 4-H does not require members to complete a Record Book to complete their 4-H project.