4-H Recordbooks

Record Books

Have you ever thought about doing a record book? A record book is good for those who want to keep  records of their 4-H career, win awards for resumes, or help you with filling out your scholarship applications. All seniors who complete a record book say that it helped them with filling out their scholarship applications a lot.

General Information

Training Videos

Really cool easy to follow videos about the record books

Dates to Remember

It is best you start NOW on your record book!!! It is way easier for all ages now so get started and be ahead of the game!!!

    • Deadline – WEDNESDAY, May 24,  2023 to the Extension Office (full book turned in, hard copy or emailed to cl-sharp@tamu.edu).
    • Once again we are swapping books with another county.  Record Books not turned in by the deadline will not be considered for judging.  BUT they will be critiqued for year end Project Completion recognition.
    • Deadline to enter on 4H Connect is June 14th, 2023
    • State Record book Judging Date for senior books placing 1st at district: TBD

Record Book Changes

Again this Year!  The 2022-2023 Texas 4-H Record Book Guide has been released. You can download the new Guide at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/recordbooks/

Please note the following changes:
  • The record book format is the same for all age levels. Entry requirements differ for Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors.
  • There is a universal set of record book forms which will be used for all age levels. Entry Requirements differ for Juniors, Intermediates and Seniors.
  • The score sheet has been updated and is included in the Family Guide.
  • Record book categories have been revised to align with the 2020-2021 Texas 4-H Project List.

About Record Books

The 2022-2023 Texas 4-H Record Book Guide has been released. You can download the new Guide at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/recordbooks/Why is it important you keep a record of your 4-H activities? Because, by recording your activities you can remember all the fun you’ve had so far, and set future goals! Keeping records of 4-H projects could help you when you apply for college scholarships too! 4-H Record Books are books you make to record your annual projects. The “At a Glance Guide” will help you organize your Record Book.

“For the Record” is the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program’s record keeping program. It is a two part educational process that teaches basic record keeping skills and then allows a 4-H member to participate in the record book competition.

 Record Book Forms

Specific Categories

Depending on your age group you will fall into the Junior, Intermediate, or Senior category for the Recordbooks. As you progress to the next age group, you will keep your previous year’s report forms and keep adding new ones each year.


For grades 3-5. Clarification – 2021 – Junior Record Books are not to be penalized for including or not including non-4-H activities in the Junior Report Form.
This group focuses on 1 main project for the current 4-H year.


For 6-8 grade.
This age group focuses on 1 main project for the current 4-H year.


For grades 9-12.
This age group can do a max of 4 projects for the current 4-H year.

 Record Book Examples


Examples to help assist you with record books (Note: these are past record books that are in a different format, but will help with writing the new ones and wording):


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