Record Keeping

Dallas County 4-H members applying for record-keeping awards, please use the forms/process on this page

Make sure to download forms and save them to your computer before completing your work.

The purpose of 4-H recordkeeping is to teach how to keep records, which is an important life skill. Recordkeeping 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 recordkeeping needs and learning styles.  You can find this information in our publication Iowa 4-H Record Keeping Philosophy


  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.

Project Forms


Project Records document your goals and achievements in a project area. Choose one for each project area you wish to record information on.

  • Project Worksheets are an optional tool that can help you plan or track aspects of your project.

Summarize your learning annually

  • Reflect and evaluate your journey.
    • You can use Yearly Self-Evaluation 4H 5012 as a self-evaluation or as a guide for a member-mentor discussion.

Forms for Breeding and Market Animals

Breeding Animals


Market Animals

Forms for Other Animals

Dairy and Dairy Goat


Horse and Pony