Rhode Island 4-H

Cooperative Extension, College of the Environment and Life Sciences

Record Book Info

The Purpose of Record Books:

4-H Record Books serve a variety of purposes in the Rhode Island 4-H Youth Development 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 report 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 format of 4-H Record Books will depend on the 4-H member’s age, experiences, and whether he or she is entering the book for competition. While following formatting guidelines is important, the benefits of completing a 4-H Record Book are a positive and important experience. (UC 4-H Youth Developement)

Filling out Your Record Book

Throughout the year, take a look at the Record Book Checkoff Sheet that your club leader or a 4-H Staff member will  fill out at the end of the year to nominate you for an award level.  This can help guide you in what areas you need to work on to get the highest awards.

Step 1

This is a general record book that all 4-Hers should fill out. It is 2 pages front and back and should be filled out and turned in every year. This form provides a place for 4-H Member’s to list their project accomplishments, life skills learned, participation in 4-H contests and events, community service activities, school and community involvement, leadership, public presentations, and special awards. The 4-H Record Book replaces the yearly summary sheet. (4-H Members enrolled in animal science projects must also complete the 4-H Animal Project Record).

4H RECORDBOOK (Microsoft Word format)



Step 2

This is a record form for those 4-H Members raising animal projects. It is 2 pages front and back and should be filled out and turned in every year with the 4-H Record Book. The 4-H Animal Project Record provides a place for 4-H Members to keep their animal inventory, health records, breeding and birth data, time management, and feed, bedding, equipment, and project cost information.

Animal Record book (Microsoft Word format)

Animal Record book PDF (PDF format)

Horse Identification Page (These two pages are for horse project members and should be attached to the Animal Project Record)

Show Record(Can be used with any animal project)

Step 3

Turn in your record book!

Make sure your records are signed by the right people. Have your leader or parent check it over for you. Turn it in, on time, to the 4-H Office.


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