4-H Record Book Judging
What are 4-H record books?
The California 4-H Youth Development Program has a long history of record-keeping as an activity for 4-H members. The 4-H Record Book is used to ensure positive outcomes of youth participating in the 4-H Youth Development Program and to pilot youth into prepared and engaged partners within their communities.
4-H record books are required for 4-H members to receive credit for their 4-H year. They are a valuable education experience. Members use forms to record their yearly activity and to reflect upon their growth. They can then enter record book competitions and earn recognition for their involvement.
Why have 4-H record books?
4-H record books serve a variety of purposes in the California 4-H Youth Development Program. While society has changed, the goals of teaching record-keeping to youth remain essentially the same.
- 4-H record books give members an opportunity to reflect on their yearly work. Members document their skill development and learning experiences in a written report. 4-H members measure their achievements and growth.
- 4-H record books encourage members to set goals and develop plans to meet those goals. Completion of the Personal Development Report awards 4-H members for participation in 4-H activities, which provides an incentive for participation, learning, and achievement.
- 4-H record books teach members records management skills. Records management (RM) is an industry-standard practice of identifying, creating, classifying, archiving, and preserving records.