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Helpful Resources for Members

Here are some helpful resources that can help you on your 4-H journey.  

New Member Guide (3.23 MB)

Goal Centered Learning

Project Vs Exhibit

Goal Setting: Writing Project Area and Exhibit Goals

Project Area Guides

Fun on the Go Lessons

Iowa 4-H Opportunities

Check out some of the fun and exciting learning opportunities from Iowa 4-H.  

Iowa 4-H Youth Conference

Iowa 4-H Camera Corps

State 4-H Recognition Opportunities

Citizenship Washington Focus: CWF

Global Citizenship

Iowa Legislative Day

Check out Iowa 4-H for more programs and event information.  

Recordkeeping Resources

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 a format and process that meets their needs and their learning style.


  •  To learn how to set goals, make action plans, and determine how well you did.
  •  To learn the skills of record keeping such as organization, planning, and decision-making.
  • 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 applications.

To learn more about the 4-H Recordkeeping Philosophy, Check out the Record Keeping Overview publication.  Most Boone County 4-H Awards require recordkeeping.  

Goal Writing

Don't forget to write different goals each year and challenge your self to learn something new each year.  

Goal Setting: Writing Project Area and Exhibit Goals

Record Keeping Forms

Yearly Participation Summary Fillable PDF | Word 

The following are Animal Worksheets.  Some animal worksheets don't have questions about goals and learning.  If the worksheet doesn't have questions on goals and learning, please complete a Project Record.  


Pen of 3 Record Keeping Options:  (Select the form that works the best for your record keeping process.)

Option 1 - Excel with Just the Total Expenses Listed Option 2 - Excel with Expenses Listed by Month Option 3 - Word Format | Example
Example Record Keeping Forms

(All Sample Record Keeping Forms are for Junior level basic records)




Award Criteria






Award Nomination Forms

Club Awards

Ensley Club Citizenship Award Nomination Form


Member Awards (Recordkeeping not required)

Spirit Award Nomination Form

I CARE Nomination Form



Member Awards (Recordkeeping must be turned in with Award Nomination)

Multi - Award Nomination Form (for Front of Record Book)


Adult Awards

Adult Awards Nomination Form (includes Alumni Award, Meritorious Service & Friend of 4-H)

Fran Thompson Outstanding Leader Award Nomination Form


Club Leader Resources

Summary of Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards (for leaders and one per club)

Past Award Recipients


2023 4-H Award's Day Recipients




Pictures from awards day can be found on our Facebook page



Boone County 4-H Scholarships - Due September 15th
Iowa 4-H Foundation Scholarships - Due February 1st

The Iowa 4-H Foundation gives out $100,000 in scholarships each year.  Check out the Iowa 4-H Foundation for more information. 

Boone County Scholarships


4-H Council

The Boone County 4-H Council is a group of 9th through 12th grade 4-H'ers who are interested in a leadership and citizenship role in the county youth program.  They help promote an active and fun 4-H program.

Objectives of the council are the following

  • To provide leadership training and opportunities to older 4-H'ers
  • To provide input and recommendations into the county 4-H program, its policies, procedures, guidelines, and activities.  To be a liaison between 4-H’ers and adults
  • To serve as role models and examples for younger 4-H'ers.
  • To be an ambassador to the public for promoting 4-H programs.
  • To promote active participation by all 4-H'ers in the total county 4-H program.
  • To enhance your self-confidence and self-esteem.
  • To plan, conduct, and evaluate county 4-H educational events and activities.


How to Join

Membership on Boone County 4-H Council is open to 4-H'ers who are high school freshman to seniors based upon written answers on an application, earning points, and participating in an interview.  The Completed points form is due to the Boone County Extension Office by September 1. After September 1, youth will be contacted to set up a short interview.  

New and returning County 4-H Council members will begin terms in September/October and will be installed at Awards Day in November.  Council members will hold a one-year term.

County Council Applications: must be turned in yearly to stay a member of the Boone County 4-H Council.






4-H Taskforce Working Groups

Taskforce working groups are comprised of both youth and adult volunteers that work on the focused goals of the individual taskforce.  Members of each taskforce have a term commitment of two years with the option to serve two consecutive terms.  Members must be off for at least one year before having the option of joining again. All taskforce members must be approved by the Boone County Extension Council and adult members must pass a background check.    

Policy & Resolution

This group will be comprised of up to 10 members, with at least 1/3 being youth.  The focus of this group will be resolving issues, reviewing policies, and making suggestions of policy changes to Boone County ISU Extension staff.   The group will meet face-to-face once per year and as issues arise. 

Recordkeeping & Recognition

This group will be comprised of up to 10 members, with at least 2 youth representatives.  The focus of this group will be evaluating the 4-H record keeping and awards systems, reviewing award nominations and selecting awardees, recruiting award donors and presenting awards at 4-H Awards Day.   Group members will work on award nomination review for one week in September, meet face-to-face at the end of September to approve awardees and coordinate 4-H Award’s Day in November.  This taskforce will meet face-to-face as needed. 


This group will be comprised of up to 10 members, with at least 3 youth representatives.  The focus of this group will be providing ideas for and assistance with 4-H fundraising events and campaigns. Since the 4-H Foodstand is Boone County 4-H’s biggest fundraiser, taskforce members will assist Foodstand managers before, after and during county fair which includes cleaning Foodstand before and after fair, cleaning and closing Foodstand during fair and helping Foodstand managers as needed.   The group will meet face-to-face once per year and as needed.

Marketing & Recruitment

This group will be comprised of up to 10 members, with at least 1/3 being youth.  The focus of this group will be providing ideas for and assistance with 4-H marketing & recruitment efforts.  The group will meet face-to-face once per year and as needed.

If interested in joining a Taskforce, please contact

Natalie Hedlund, 4-H Coordinator

Address: 1327 SE Marshall Street, Boone, IA 50036   FAX: (515)432-3883 

Phone: (515) 432-3882