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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:

  1. PREPARING
  2. DOING
  3. SHARING
  4. REFLECTING

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

 

GOOD LUCK!

***Below you will find all the Project Records to be filled out. Also, under the Related Links you will find the List of Records to be Judged form that needs to be completed and attached to the cover of your records!

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