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Created By: Neil Callahan Edited by: Jackie L. Helton and April W. Bowman. 4-H PROJECT RECORD BOOKS. What are Project Record Books?. Curriculum Books are 4-H books which contain knowledge about a subject.

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created by neil callahan edited by jackie l helton and april w bowman
Created By: Neil Callahan

Edited by: Jackie L. Helton and April W. Bowman

what are project record books
What are Project Record Books?
  • Curriculum Books are 4-H books which contain knowledge about a subject.
  • Project Record books are sheets that are completed that tell what you learned and did from your curriculum book.

3. Curriculum Books or Guides come in many subjects. For example:

  • Electricity
  • Horse
  • Leadership
  • Animal Science
life skills gained through project record books
Life Skills Gained Through Project Record Books
  • Communication skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Categorizing & Organizing data
  • Analyzing & Utilizing information
  • Sharing information with others
  • Civic responsibilities in the community
what do you do with the curriculum book
What do you do with the Curriculum Book?
  • Use the book to learn about the subject.
  • Expand your knowledge. Learn more about the subject using other sources.
  • Choose an activity that you would like to do that involves using the knowledge you have learned.
  • Complete the activity.
  • Document what you did and learned using the proper project record sheets.
project record sheets
Project Record Sheets

Project Record Sheets and Project Record Book competition are divided into 5 age categories:

  • Cloverbud (5-8 years old)
  • 9-10 years old
  • 11-12 years old
  • 13-15 years old
  • 16-18 years old

Please note that Cloverbud books are not submitted to district for competition..

project record categories
Project Record Categories
  • Animal Science
  • Citizenship & Civic Education
  • Communication & Expressive Arts
  • Consumer & Family Science
  • Environmental & Earth Education
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Personal Development & Leadership
  • Plant Science
  • Science & Technology
project selection sheets
Project Selection Sheets
  • Project Selection Sheets list most Curriculum Books that 4-H has available within these categories.
  • Each selection sheet is divided into 5 age categories that help make it easier to select age appropriate materials.
  • It is recommended that youth start with the first book in a series even if they are old enough to be working in the third book of the series.
filling out project records
Filling Out Project Records
  • Each Project Record Sheet has a separate set of instructions that will tell you how to fill it out. Be sure to read them carefully before starting.
  • Read the Project Record Sheet carefully and answer the questions as stated.
  • Always follow the instructions to the letter.
  • If you have questions, please contact April Bowman, 4-H Agent at 703-2850 or at
what if
What if?

What if I want to do a 4-H Project Record on a subject that has no 4-H Curriculum Book?

  • A curriculum book is a guide that helps you complete your project record sheets. You may do independent study in order to complete your project record if there is not a curriculum book available. Contact your 4-H Agent to discuss what category your project record falls under before beginning.
where do i start
Where Do I Start?
  • You should start in January listing your goals for the year. Include things that you want to do AND things that you want to learn for ALL of your 4-H projects.
  • Include a date that you want to accomplish this goal.
  • You may add pages to have more space.
what s next
What’s Next?
  • As you do activities and learn things, list them in Section 2. Be specific.
    • i.e. Instead of saying “I learned about bicycle safety” say “I learned that I need to wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads to keep me safe when riding my bike” and “I learned how to adjust my brakes on my bicycle to keep me safe”.
  • You may add pages to this section.
  • You should only include things in this section that relate to this ONE project.
section 3 express yourself
Section 3 – Express Yourself
  • This section is slightly different for each age group.
  • Stick to your page limit!
  • Suggested items for inclusion are:
    • Labeled and scrapbooked pictures
    • Poems that you have written related to your project
    • A collage of pictures that you have cut out of magazines
    • A videotape of you (2 minutes only)
my story
My Story
  • Your story should:
    • Introduce yourself, your family and tell about where you live
    • Introduce your 4-H club and any project helpers that you have.
    • Include a paragraph on each 4-H project AND a paragraph on each 4-H activity.
    • Conclude by telling something that you like about 4-H, etc.
  • If you do more than one project record you only need to write one story.
13 18 year olds
13-18 Year Olds
  • Teens must list their involvement with:
    • Leadership
      • Holding Office
      • Teaching a Workshop
    • Citizenship
      • Helping someone with a campaign
      • Running for an office
    • Community Service
      • Adopt a Street, Grandparent, Stream, etc.
      • Volunteering at a Nursing Home
putting the bow on
Putting the Bow On
  • Once you have completed your project, you may want to rewrite it so that everything is neat.
  • Place your project record in a pocket folder.
  • Write your “Name, Age Category, County/District (Northwest), and Category” on the top right corner of your folder.

Jane Doe



Animal Science

things to know about project records
Things to Know about Project Records
  • Only two project records per 4-H member can be submitted for district competition.
  • You may not make improvements to a project record once it is turned in to the 4-H Office.
  • You can be named a district gold medal winner in a category only once for each age category.
  • Incomplete project records are not accepted for competition.
dates to remember
Dates To Remember
  • Project Records are due to 4-H Office by the First Friday in January following New Years.
  • The project records will be judged for county winners.
  • County winners will be awarded at Achievement Night and move on to district competition by March 1.
adult supervision
Adult Supervision
  • The project record work should be the work of the 4-H member, not an adult.
  • Each 4-H’er should set their own goals, however some goals would be similar for all 4-H members.
project record recognition
Project Record Recognition
  • Prizes are given to county winners.
  • Everyone that completes a project record will earn scholarship dollars.
  • District awards are given for each age group. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded.
  • Gold winners receive $50 cash or other awards as posted in the 4-H Awards Handbook at