Record Keeping

Philosophy for 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. Youth are encouraged to select from a variety of alternatives to meet their individual record keeping needs and learning styles.

Objectives for 4-H Record Keeping

  • To learn how to set goals, how to make plans for action, and how to decide how well you did (evaluation).
  • To learn the skills of record keeping and organization to use now and in the future.
  • To learn to communicate and summarize.
  • To learn responsibility by completing a task.
  • To evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms.

Guidelines for 4-H Record Keeping

All 4-H'ers are encouraged to develop a record keeping system that includes:

Formatting Your Recordkeeping System

You can use a traditional paper recordkeeping system or use the following formats or elements in your recordkeeping system:

  • Video or Audio Recordings (4H 0097A) (Use 4-H96 A, B or C as a reference)
  • Portfolio (4H 0097B) (Use 4-H 0096 A, B or C as a reference) 
  • Computerized form (Use 4 H 0096 A, B or C as a reference) 

4-H record keeping should reflect the 4-Her's goals, accomplishments, and future plans

Project Area Recordkeeping Forms

Breeding Animals

Dairy and Dairy Goat


Horse and Pony

Market Animals


Safety and Education in Shooting Sports (SESS)

4-H/Extension Resources