The purpose of 4-H recordkeeping is to teach how to keep records, an important life skill. Recordkeeping is an ongoing process.  Keeping records is a great way to document your participation in the 4-H program.  You will be able to refer to your information when you apply for 4-H awards, scholarships, and more.  

Objectives of keeping records

1.     To learn how to set goals, how to make plans for action, and how to decide how well you did (evaluation).

2.     To learn the skills of record keeping and organization to use now and in the future.

3.     To learn to communicate and summarize.

4.     To learn responsibility by completing a task.

5.     To evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms.

Available Forms

Additional items you may include in your records: your fair exhibit write-up, pictures, news clippings, certificates, etc., as they tell the story of your experience in the project area. You may record ribbon placings received for exhibition; however the actual ribbon should be stored in a separate location from your 4-H records.

Tips for keeping records

·   Working on your records throughout the year is helpful. 

·   Records are required for most 4-H award applications.

·   You can have records for projects that did not have an exhibit for the fair.  Projects are what you enroll in and work on throughout the current 4-H year, while exhibits are one piece of a project that you choose to prepare and take to the county fair. 

Example: Project – Food and Nutrition (help prepare meals, help grocery shop, set table, make cookies for bake sale, made chocolate chip cookies for fair exhibit, etc.)  Exhibit – Chocolate chip cookies (made to be judged and on display during fair)

Ways to save your records:

·         In a tabbed 3 ring binder

·         Labeled hanging files

·         Files in a computer

·         Other ideas

Record Keeping Forms:

General Record Keeping Forms

Beef, Meat Goat, Sheep, Swine:

Horse & Pony


  • See general forms above



Non-Livestock Worksheets

County 4-H News

February 20, 2015

Marshall County ISU Extension and Outreach, along with Pilgrim Heights, will be having its 2nd Annual Citizenship/Leadership Camp! The purpose of this camp is to help youth develop citizenship and leadership skills. Pilgrim Heights Camp & Retreat Center, under the direction of Our Sacred Space, Inc. has attained an American Camp Association Accrediation, which means the camp you will be attending cares enough to undergo thorough review of all operations.

February 13, 2015

Each year the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame honors a person from each Iowa county by inducting them into the Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted at the Marshall County Extension office for persons you feel have made a significant contribution to the Marshall County 4-H program, both current and past supporters.

February 9, 2015

Come on out to the Central Iowa Fairgrounds on April 18th for the 2nd Annual Clover 5k Run/Walk! All proceeds go towards the Marshall County 4-H Foundation and the Central Iowa Fair to help with 4-H fees and improvements to the fair. 

February 2, 2015

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep near wild animals?  5th and 6th grade 4-H members from five counties (Boone, Greene, Hardin, Marshall & Story) are invited to participate in a campout at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday, May 29th through Saturday, May 30th.  4-H’ers will sleep near the animals and experience the Henry Doorly Zoo in a fun new way!     They will experience the Lozier IMAX Theater.  The screen is as tall as four giraffes and as wide as seven rhinos.  There are six speakers that each weigh as much as a Siberian Tiger.  You won’t want to miss this!   For registration information, please contact your local ISU Extension Office.  For trip questions, please contact Natalie Hedlund at or (515) 432-3882.  

January 29, 2015

If you are interested in finding out how your meal gets on your plate, sign up for JBS Pork University!

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