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. You can find this information in our publication Iowa 4-H Record Keeping Philosophy 4H 95 (in Revision).

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 mebers 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.

4-H record keeping should reflect the 4-H member'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