4-H Record Books

Completing a 4-H Record Book is a great way to learn more about your project and capture all the amazing things you’ve done during the year. By keeping records, you will also have an advantage when applying for awards, special trips, scholarships, and 4-H leadership positions. Additionally, youth with exceptional record books are recognized at our annual Achievement & Recognition Program. Keeping continual records on PDF fillable Record Book forms is one option (paper forms are also available). Another is to use blank paper, a notebook, or calendar and then transfer the information later into the report forms. Some clubs have specific record book requirements – your club leader will explain any requirements to you. 

The Achievement & Recognition Committee is offering multiple opportunities for you to reflect on and record your 4-H achievements for 2021-2022:

  •  My 4-H Story – Complete the My 4-H Story. Some prompts are on this form for you to think about and give you suggestions on what to include in your story.
  • Standard Record Book Format – Using a green record book binder and the standard forms below, fill out all areas/sheets. Books will need to be turned in to your General Leader. You will need to complete a record book if you want to apply for project awards. Guidelines and project sheets are found below.
  • Creative Works– Let’s be creative! – Share your 4-H experiences for the year in a scrapbook, video (see http://go.wisc.edu/my4hvideo for tips), slideshow, or a different format of your choice. Think about what you felt, learned and experienced in your 4-H year and tell your story. Send your electronic submissions to your General Leader.
  • Cloverbud – Download the Cloverbud record book below and fill in your information; or, use the My 4-H Story 

Additional information:
• All End of Year Reflection entries must be submitted to your Club Leader who will select a due date in August so they can get them to the 4-H Office by September 1st
• Your Club Leader will record all entries from the club and bring them to the 4-H Office by September 1st
• Please submit any electronic entries to your Club Leader
• While your reflection is not due until fall, we recommend you start documenting and reflecting now. Keep a file to make your entry easier in fall.
• All members will receive an achievement disc for your entry and a project disc if you submit a record book entry for a project.
• Attention Club Leaders: 4-H Record Reflections are due by September 1st to the 4-H Office. Please fill out and turn in the Club “End of Year Reflection” List  along with your club’s Record Books/Reflections.

See 4-H Record Keeping – “End of Year Reflection” 

  • Project Award application and instructions can be found here: Project Award
  • Career Award application and instructions can be found here: Career Award

Resources for Standard Record Books

Washington County 4-H record books can be completed using standard forms found below. Check with your club leader if you have any questions about 4-H Standard Record Books. See also Record Book Guidelines with Award Scoresheets

Cloverbud resources

Youth member resources

1) All Record Books should include these 5 pages

2) Choose your project pages to include in your Record Book

Animal Science 

Art & Communication

Environmental Education

    • Shooting Sports & Natural Sciences is used for the following projects:
      • Adventure
      • Archery
      • Air rifle
      • .22 rifle
      • Muzzle-loading
      • Shotgun
      • Bicycling
      • Bees/bee keeping
      • Entomology
      • Exploring your environment
      • Fishing
      • Forestry
      • Geology
      • Recycling
      • Water
      • Wildlife
      • Wildflowers
      • Winter travel

Family, Home, & Health

Mechanical Science

Plant & Soil Science

All Other Projects

    • General Project Sheet is used for the following projects:
      • Cavies
      • Child Development
      • Citizenship
      • Clothing
      • Clowning
      • Communications
      • Computers
      • Consumer Savvy
      • Creative Writing
      • Crops
      • Exploring
      • Fruits
      • Geocaching
      • Goats
      • Health
      • Home Environment
      • International
      • Knitting
      • Music
      • Pets
      • Poultry
      • Quilting
      • Scale Models
      • Self-Determined
      • Service Learning
      • Small Engines
      • Speaking
      • Tractors
      • Veterinary Science
      • Videography


Questions or Concerns? Contact 4-H Youth Development Staff


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