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4-H Record Keeping - Benton County

4-H is not just learning by doing. It's learning by doing it, sharing it, understanding it, relating it, and using it. Record keeping encourages you to reflect on your experience so you can share it with others and learn.

Would you believe that creating a record of your 4-H work can be a valuable and easy way to bring you more success with your 4-H projects, your school work, and even your future career? If you DON’T believe this, keep reading!

Record keeping for 4-H projects and activities is now easier than it ever was, and it’s part of doing a complete job.

How To Do It

Below in the downloads you will find the 4-H Record guidelines for Benton County. It is a quick glimpse at the record keeping process and how easy it is to get started. 

Please take a moment to look at all the documents in the downloads below as it includes both guides and the forms for completing records. Detailed forms on specific project areas can be requested from the office. i.e. photography, foods, beef, dog, etc.


The purpose of 4-H record-keeping is to teach an important life skill. Because of individual differences, youth are encouraged to select from a variety of alternatives to meet their needs and learning styles. 4-H is not just doing, but learning by doing it – sharing it – understanding it – relating it – and using it. Record keeping encourages reflection (understanding, relating) so that 4-H members can apply their learning to other situations.


1. To learn goal-setting, action plans and evaluation.
2. To learn the skills of record-keeping and organization for current and future use.
3. To learn to communicate and summarize.
4. To learn responsibility through completion of a task.
5. To provide an opportunity to reflect.
6. To evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and applications.



Ann Olson
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(320) 968-5077
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