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Project Records- Why Do They Matter?

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. I encourage you to think of the WHY and not just on the WHAT it becomes. 

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:

  2. DOING


Records will be first be judged by 4-H Club Leaders and the top records in each project area will be evaluated against other 4-H records at the county level. Records must be submitted to the 4-H office for county judging by October 10th, 2017. The winning record in each project area will be announced at the 4-H Awards Banquet and winning participants will receive a project pin.

*NEW* - Every member who completes a 4-H record will be entered into a raffle prize for a $25.00 GIFT CARD!

Take the time to get your records started. The judges will be impressed if you can share the process with them during judging.


To learn more about records and to find the resources you need visit the following links:

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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