4-H Recordbooks


Have you ever thought about doing a recordbook? A recordbook 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 recordbook say that it helped them with filling out their scholarship applications a lot.

Dates to Remember

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

RECORDBOOKS DUE: Thursday, June 18,  2020 to the County Extension Office by 5 pm

County Recordbook Judging Date: Friday, June 15, 2020 at the Kaufman County Extension Office (If you would like to judge, email Carrie Sharp at cl-sharp@tamu.edu).  Any record books with competition will be send out of county for judging.

District Recordbook Judging Date: July 9, 2020, Deadline to enter on 4H Connect is July 2nd, 2020

State Recordbook Judging Date: TBD

Recordbook Changes

New this Year!

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/
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 2018-2019 Texas 4-H Project List.

About Recordbooks

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 Recordbooks are books you make to record your annual projects. The “At a Glance Guide” will help you organize your Recordbook.

“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.

Tips and Highlights:


 Recordbook 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 – 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.

Recordbook Categories

Below is a list of categories for the 2017-2018 4-H year. When developing the new list of categories, a description was also written to help you make the best category selection.

  • Agriculture Sciences
  • Beef
  • Citizenship & Civic Education
  • Communication and Expressive Arts Open
  • Dog Care & Training
  • Consumer Education
  • Entomology
  • Fashion & Interior Design
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Gardening & Horticulture
  • Goat
  • Health & Person Safety
  • Horse
  • Leadership
  • Natural Resources
  • Photography
  • Plant & Soil Science
  • Poultry
  • Public Speaking
  • Rabbit
  • Science, Engineering & Technology
  • Sheep
  • Shooting Sports
  • Swine
  • Theater & Performance Arts
  • Veterinary Science


 Recordbook Examples


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


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