Record Books

2016 Record Books due to UW-Extension by 4:30 p.m. on September 6th!

What is a record book?

A 4-H Record Book is all about reflecting on your projects … bringing more meaning to what you learned, how you learned it, and how you can grow from it!  Record books are the final step of your 4-H year; your record book tells your story of your project(s) from beginning to end.  It tells what you had hoped to accomplish when you signed up to take the project, as well as the journey of learning along the way.  In the end, it gives a recap of what happened – did it go well, did it not go so well, what would you do differently, etc.  It is your chance to make sure you have reached the goals you set for yourself when you began your project(s), as well as an opportunity for reflection.  4-H Record Books are a big part of achieving in 4-H!

Why complete a record book?

In La Crosse County 4-H, completing a Record Book allows you to compete for multiple county project awards. These awards are given at the annual Achievement Celebration.  Record Book awards are given based on what you have learned in your project, not how you did in any competition (fair, foods revue, etc).

Record Book Forms:

Below you will find information as well as the forms that you will need to develop your record book.

Junior books are those submitted by members who were in grades 3-7.

Senior books are those submitted by members who were in grades 8-13 (one year past high school).

Record Book Cover

Record Book Evaluation Form  – This form is used by everyone. Any record book that is turned in must have one of these completed and placed on the front of the book.

MPE-A Form – This form is used by everyone. Any record book that is turned in must have one of these completed and placed on the front of the book.

Member Project Evaluation Record Book Form (LAX-MPE) – This form is used by everyone completing a record book. One of these is required for each project completed. The form is placed in the record book by the other project information.

Member Project Evaluation Form (word format) – LAX-MPE

Member Project Evaluation Form (adobe format)  – LAX-MPE

 Dog Project Record  – This form is used by everyone in the dog project. Each project needs to have one of these forms completed. The form is placed in the record book by the other project information.

    • Dogs 1, 2 & 3

Horse Project Record – This form is used by everyone in the horse project. The Horse & Horseless Horse projects need to have one of these forms completed. The form is placed in the record book by the project information.

    • Horse 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5
    • Horseless Horse 1, 2 & 3

Clothing Project Financial Record  – Required in all senior books in each of these projects:

    • Clothing 1, 2 & 3
    • Consumer Savvy 1, 2 & 3

Lifetime Dairy Record – Required in all senior books in each of these projects:

    • Dairy 1, 2 & 3

Dairy Project Financial Record – Required in all senior books in each of these projects:

    • Dairy 1, 2 & 3

Gardening-Photography-Woodworking Form – Required in all senior books in each of these projects:

    • Photography 1, 2 & 3
    • Videography
    • Woodworking 1, 2, 3 & 4
    • Vegetables 1, 2, 3 & 4
    • House Plants 1, 2, 3 & 4
    • Flowers 1, 2, 3 & 4
    • Home Grounds 1, 2 & 3

Meat Animal (Livestock and Poultry) Form – Required in all senior books in each of these projects:

    • Beef 1, 2 & 3
    • Swine 1, 2 & 3
    • Poultry 1, 2 & 3
    • Turkeys
    • Bantams
    • Sheep 1, 2 & 3

Crops FormRequired in all senior books in each of these projects:

    • Corn
    • Forage
    • Small Grains

Youth Leadership Plan – Required in all senior books in each of these project areas:

    • Youth Leadership 1, 2 & 3