Record keeping is a vital life skill taught through 4-H. It helps 4-H members develop goals and then see if those goals were met at the end of the year. It also helps record your history with 4-H, such as your leadership, community service projects, and workshops you participated in or taught.
Record keeping can be fun, because it is something that you create! It can be a calendar on the wall, a notebook, or your computer. Whatever works best for you!
Why keep records? 4-H records help you develop a recordbook, as well as apply for awards, scholarships and college. The recordbook is the complete history of a member’s 4-H activities. Winners in each age division advance to district. Senior 4-H members who place first in district advance to the state recordbook judging.
The 4-H recordbook is an organized presentation of what you have learned and accomplished in 4-H. When accurately kept and carefully assembled, it is a useful tool for determining your own progress and personal growth. The recordbooks document knowledge, attitudes and skills that have been learned. They relate the experiences in leadership, citizenship and community service that have been shared.
The Texas 4-H Recordbook system is now available online…. 4-H members will be able to maintain their recordbook online.
- There will be three (3) levels of recordbooks based on 4-H age (junior, intermediate, and senior). Information requested for each level will progressively add on to each other. The junior & intermediate books will be significantly simplified from the current recordbook. The senior level book will be similar to the current record book with some minor edits.
- Parts of the report form will be standardized to allow for ease of completion and judging.
- Much of the data from previous recordbooks that a member may have saved on their home computer may be ‘cut and pasted’ into the new forms.
- All 4-H members (juniors, intermediates, and seniors) will begin using the new online forms or new paper forms that will be available for download from the Texas 4-H website.
- Recordbooks will still be printed and turned in (in hardcopy form) to be judged at the Brazoria County 4-H Office.
Check out these resources to help you on your way! Need more information? The visit the Texas 4-H website!