2018 Record Books due to by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 23rd!
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).
Required 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).
Each and every record book must contain the following 4 forms in the front of the book, regardless of grade level:
Member Project Evaluation Form (1 per Project in the Record Book)
In addition to the above forms, some projects have special additional forms that must be included in the Record Book if the member participated in that project:
Dog Project Record – Required in all books (Jr. & Sr.) for members in the Dog Project.
Horse Project Record – Required in all books (Jr. & Sr.) for members in the Horse & Horseless Horse Projects.
Clothing & Consumer Savvy Project Financial Record – Required in all senior (grade 8-13) books of Clothing and/or Consumer Savvy Project members.
Non-Livestock Financial Project Record – Required in all senior (grade 8-13) books for members in any of the following projects:
- Photography 1, 2 & 3
- 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 (grade 8-13) books for members in any of the following projects:
- Beef 1, 2 & 3
- Swine 1, 2 & 3
- Poultry 1, 2 & 3
- Sheep 1, 2 & 3
Crops Form – Required in all senior (grade 8-13) books for members in the Corn, Forage, and/or Small Grains projects.
Youth Leadership Plan – Required in all senior (grade 8-13) books for members in the Youth Leadership project.
Cloverbud Record Books:
Cloverbuds are youth members in grades K-2, and these members are not required to complete a Record Book. However, it is a good idea to have your Cloverbud complete a Record Book for their appropriate age level to help them learn how to do a Record Book for when they are older. Cloverbud Record Books will not earn county awards, but will receive a participation award for doing one, as well as feedback from a reader that’s appropriate for their age.
Cloverbud Record Books do not have to have any of the above forms except for the Record Book Cover. This is the only required form of Cloverbuds.
Since Cloverbuds can only be in the Cloverbud Project, they may wish to model their books less by project type and more by event, time of year, or in a scrap booking style.
The sky’s the limit as to what a Cloverbud can put in their Record Book. What kinds of areas were they really interested in this year – animals, fishing, flowers? What are their best art or writing projects they brought home from school? Where are those pictures of their trip to the aquarium? This the kind of “record keeping” of educational experiences we want our Cloverbuds to submit.
The Cloverbud Project is all about exploring different areas to find what interests them, and the UW-Extension office emails a monthly e-newsletter to these members to help spark some of those interests called Cloverbuddies. This publication is considered their “Project Literature” for the year. You may wish to include some pages from this as well. If you have additional questions about Record Books and your Cloverbud, please contact the UW-Extension office.