Why Keep Records and Resumes?
Keeping records of your 4-H experiences is a way of reflecting on and enhancing learning. Reflection allows you to think about the how’s and why’s of an experience or activity to identify what you learned through the experience, enabling you to then apply that learning in other situations.
4-H record keeping is helpful in teaching important life skills, such as self-discipline, decision making, goal setting, wise use of resources, communication, sharing, etc. Accurate and up to date records not only provide a history of your 4-H experience, they are also helpful in successfully completing applications to colleges and universities, scholarships and employment.
Resumes and Project Records are due to the Extension Office by October 1 of each year. They are judged and premiums are awarded (money) for completed project records. Records are returned at the 4-H year end "Celebration of Achievement" at the beginning of every November.
Record Judging Rules, Awards and Information.
The classes for record judging are:
Cloverbuds - Grades K – 2 or 3 Class II – Grades 3-6 Class III – Grades 7+
Project Record Judging
Class II and Class III: Records will be judged on knowledge gained and growth in the project area (60%), completeness (20%) and legibility (20%). The judge will evaluate each record subjectively and award a blue, red or white ribbon sticker. The 4-H Council will pay premiums of $3 (blue), $2 (red) and $1 (white) for each record. In addition, the top two records in Class II and the top two records in Class III will each receive a savings bond (purchase price of $25). Class II and III will also receive a plaque in the first year of submitting a blue ribbon project record and engraved project plates for each blue ribbon record. Additional plaques will be given as necessary.
Cloverbuds: All Cloverbuds will receive a blue ribbon sticker and a $3 premium. There will not be a savings bond award for Cloverbuds. They also receive a certificate and small 4-H gift.
Class II: Resumes are judged objectively with points given for various activities.
The 4-H members with the top four resumes will each receive an engraved medallion.
Class III: Resumes are judged objectively with points given for various activities. The 4-Hers with the top four resumes will each receive an engraved medallion.
Cloverbuds: all submitting resumes will receive a participation medallion.
All Classes - Gate sign in the first year of submitting any record.
Pins – membership pins: 1 year, 5 year, 10 year (Cloverbud years count).
Records are also one of the requirements of the $500 Aitkin County 4-H Council Scholarship.