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.
Resources for Students and Parents
- Family Guide to Record books – Updated 10/4/2019
- Record Books PowerPoint – Updated 10/25/2019
- Video Training Sessions hosted by Michelle Mihalek
- ZSuites Online Record Book Training Sessions
- ZSuites Online Record Book FAQs
- Record book Categories – Will Remain the same (Not Updated)
- Record book Forms (includes Check Sheet and Personal Information Page) – Updated 10/4/2019
Really cool easy to follow videos about the record books
- Montgomery 4-H County Agent Michelle Mihalek has a GREAT YouTube video series on recordbooks if you cannot make it to the in – person workshops at the office.
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!!!
- COUNTY RECORD BOOKS DUE ONLINE:
- Deadline – FRIDAY, June 11, 2021 to the Extension Office (full book turned in, hard copy).
- 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.
- DISTRICT RECORD BOOKS
- Deadline to enter on 4H Connect is July 1st, 2021
- Judging Date: July 8, 2021
- STATE RECORD BOOKS
- State Record book Judging Date: TBD
Record Book Changes
Again this Year! The 2020-2021 Texas 4-H Record Book Guide has been released. You can download the new Guide at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/recordbooks/
- 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 2019-2020 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
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 – 2017 – 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):
- Recordbook Example #1: Cattle
- Recordbook Example #2: Vet Science
- Recordbook Example #3: Beef Story
- Recordbook Example #4: Rabbits
- Recordbook Example #5: Meat goats
- Recordbook Example #6: Dog Eye View
- Recordbook Example #1: Sport-fishing Senior
- Recordbook Example #2: Photography Senior
- Recordbook Example #3: Food and Nutrition Senior (Story Only)