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f. Back to the Basics Training Presented and Created by: Micah Holcombe, CEA 4-H, Bell County. So what is a 4-H recordbook?. Recordbooks are great ways to keep records of your 4-H career. They are fun to look at when you graduate! Provides many opportunities for awards and scholarships!
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f Back to the Basics Training Presented and Created by: Micah Holcombe, CEA 4-H, Bell County
So what is a 4-H recordbook? • Recordbooks are great ways to keep records of your 4-H career. • They are fun to look at when you graduate! • Provides many opportunities for awards and scholarships! • Help you with filling out scholarships and awards. • If you win with your state recordbook, you win a trip to Washington, DC!
Where do you begin? • Determine your main project- typically your favorite project and one you have the most project experiences, leadership, and community service. • Write down your other projects and rank them from least important to most important. • Keep records of your projects and activities-4-H and non 4-H. • Expand on your 4-H projects.
Ways to keep records • Calendar Method: Buy a calendar and write down EVERYTHING you do something in your 4-H projects. • Leadership- helping a friend or helping lead at a 4-H event • Community Service- 4-H activities and non 4-H activities • Project learning experiences • Workshops and clinics
Ways to expand on your records • Take pictures of everything you do in 4-H • Take action shots of you doing things especially leadership, community service, and learning about your project. • Work leadership and community service • Help friends • Take leadership responsibilities • Work on leading and taking part in member lead community service.
What to do next? • Go to www.4hreports.com • Start working on your personal information page • Add activities as you go! Preferably each month so you do not forget them. (You will have to enter specific dates now). • Keep a calendar of those events/activities you do if you do not update the reports.
Other ways to help you with your recordbook • Attend the recordbooktrainings- April 18th • Ask others who have completed a recordbook to look over theirs for ideas on how to do a recordbook. • Look at Bell County and State recordbookwebsite: http://agrilife.org/bell4h/4-h-activities/recordbooks/ - County http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/youth_recordbooks - State • Take tutorial on recordbook website.
Past Categories - 39 • Aquatic Science • Beef • Citizenship & Civic Education • Clothing and Textiles • Communication & Expressive Arts Open • Conservation of Natural Resources • Consumer & Family Science Open • Consumer Education • Dairy • Energy Management • Entomology • Environmental Sciences Open • Family Life • Food & Nutrition • Forestry • Gardening & Horticulture • Goat • Health • Healthy Lifestyles Open • Horse • Housing & Home Environment • Leadership • Personal Development/Leadership Open • Photography • Plant & Soil Science • Plants and Animals OpenPoultry • Public Speaking • Rabbit • Range Management • Recreation • Safety • Science & Technology Open • Sheep • Shooting Sports • Sportfishing • Swine • Veterinary Science • Wildlife & Fisheries Red indicates proposed merging into another category. Blue indicates a category that will be renamed.
New Categories - 31 • Beef • Citizenship & Civic Education • Clothing and Textiles • Communication & Expressive Arts • Companion Animal • Consumer Education • Dairy • Entomology • Family Life • Food & Nutrition • Gardening & Horticulture • Goat • Health • Horse • Housing & Home Environment • Leadership • Natural Resources • Personal Development • Photography • Plant & Soil Science • Poultry • Public Speaking • Rabbit • Recreation • Safety • Science, Engineering, & Technology • Sheep • Shooting Sports • Swine • Veterinary Science • Wildlife & Fisheries
2012-2013 Changes • Make minor edits to forms and guide • Make more user friendly • Consolidate categories and create descriptions • Develop recordbook judging resources • Guides to help prepare judges for county, district, and state judging • Online system items to address: • Archive old forms • Post 2012-13 forms • Better printing output • Conduct workshop(s) for CEAs • Develop additional “how to” videos • Develop one page tip sheets for CEAs and club managers • Update Family Guide to better match form expectations
Dates to Remember: • Next Recordbook Training: April 18, 2013 • Recordbook Drafts Due: June 3, 2013 (email is best so I can make changes that way) • Recordbooks Due: June 17, 2013 When you turn in your recordbooks, you will receive your binder! No binders will be given out before you turn them in for the final due date!