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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 [email protected]

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