4-H Record Keeping

The purpose of 4-H record keeping is to teach how to keep records, which is an important life skill. Record keeping is an ongoing process that does not end when the 4-H year ends.


  • Record Book Forms
    Expected Standards
    4-H Yearly Summary

    Basic 4-H Project Record Sheet (Juniors 4-6 grade)
    Experienced 4-H Project Record Sheet
    (Intermediates 7-8 grade)
    Advanced 4-H Project Record Sheet
    (Seniors 9-12 grade)

    Photography Project Worksheet (all grades)


    • Livestock Record Book Forms
      Beef, Meat Goat, Sheep, Swine:
    • Market Animals
      Record Worksheet 4H-228JR (4-6 grades)
      Project Worksheet 4H-228WS (7-12 grades)
    • Breeding Animals
      Record Worksheet 4H-229JR (4-6 grades)
      Project Worksheet 4H-229WS (7-12 grades)
    • Dairy/Dairy Goat
      4H 392 WS Dairy Animal Project Worksheet (ALL grades)
      4H 393 WS Dairy Animal Lifetime Record
      4H 393A WS Dairy Goat Lifetime Record
    • Horse & Pony
      4H 512WS Horse/Pony Worksheet (ALL grades)
    • Dog
      Pet Project Worksheet (MSWord, PDF)
    • Poultry
      4-H Poultry Project Worksheet
    • 4-H Rabbit Project Worksheet

      Can't find what you are looking for?  Visit the Iowa 4-H webpage at /4h/projects/recordkeeping.htm

      Allamakee County Suggested Order for 4-H Record Book
      1. Title Page with Photo
      Suggestions for your title page: current photo, name, 4-H club, years in 4-H, grade in school (last fall).
      2. Expected Standards for Allamakee County (green)
      3. Local 4-H Club Program (optional)
      4. 4-H Yearly Summary – The summary helps you summarize your participation in 4-H projects, local group involvement and at community, county, area, and state levels.  Pictures and clippings related to club events may be placed here. Examples: club meetings, camps, float, county and state fair non-project activities
      5. Project Records – One form is needed for each project in which you are enrolled.
      *Goals are required for each project area.
      *Financial records are encouraged for all members. Intermediate and senior members are required to include some type of financial statement on their projects. 
      *Project related photos, clippings, and exhibit information should be placed after the forms.
      ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
      Remember to organize your 4-H record book.
      It is recommended that each project area should be separated with a “tab” divider, and arranged with the most recent material on top in each project area.

      Record Keeping Tips:
      1. Be Neat.
      2. Check spelling, grammar, and math.
      3. Be sure to tell what you learned in each project throughout the year.
      4. Please do not include the following items:  fair ribbons, feed tags, 4-H newsletter, club programs, or stall cards.
      5. Goals are what you want to learn in each project and includes three parts:
                • ACTION - how you are going to do it.
                • RESULT  - what you will do
                • TIMETABLE - when you plan to have it completed. 
      Ask yourself: Do you have control over all 3 parts of the goal? 
      Examples:  I want to learn how to make chocolate chips cookies to serve at the March  4-H meeting. I want to train my dog to sit before county fair time. NOT : I want to win a blue ribbon at fair.


  • 8 Record Book Tips



    Share |