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Take a Look at the New 4-H Records

The 4-H year runs from October 1 to September 30th and there are a lot of things that go on during the year. Have you ever taken the time to reflect on what all actually happened? By practicing record keeping, you will be able to answer questions like:

What new projects did I try? Were there challenges?
Did I attend a leadership event? What leadership skills did I gain?
What kind of goals did I set for yourself? Did I achieve them? What set me back?
What life-skills have you developed? From who? How can I use them again?
How much money did this project cost? Can I sell my project for profit? How can I use the money?
We should think about why we do the projects we do. Maybe we do a project to try something new and gain a new skill. Maybe we do a project to help someone else learn or to help our communities. 

Start by setting a goal and write it down! You can gather it all into a folder and as you work on it throughout the summer you can write down the challenges and successes you face. Keep your receipts on items purchased.

TAKE PICTURES! Pictures tell a story- beginning, during, and end. Who doesn't like to look at pictures? Share them.

Learning to keep records and understand the process of how and why we do the what is a life-skill that you use in school and in your future career. The record keeping process should be:

PREPARING.....DOING.....SHARING....REFLECTING

 

WHERE DO I START?

To learn more about records and to find the resources and record templates you need visit the following link:  http://www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H/youth-records/ or stop by the 4-H Office for a hard copy.

The Cloverbud Participation Summary and Cloverbud Program Record are posted in the downloads section on the Becker County 4-H Webpage.  Cloverbuds are K-2nd grade graduates of the current 4-H year.

Basic Division Records are for 4-H'ers that are 3rd-6th grade graduates of the current 4-H year and Experienced Division Records are for 7th grade graduates and older.  

Be sure to read the guidelines posted on the State 4-H webpage on tips and helpful hints on filling out your records.

4-H members filling out records for the first time may stop by the Extension Office to pick up a complimentary 4-H Recordbook cover.  

NOTE:  One participation summary and calendar can be completed and submitted for all of your records.  A financial summary and record sheet should be included with each record entered.

 

 

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