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4-H Project Record Books

The 4-H program has a long history of record keeping. In 4-H, young people track their activities, events, skill development, and learning experiences, and much more using the 4-H Project Record Book.

Age Categories: Cloverbud, 8-10, 11-12, 13-15, & 16-18

2021 Program Year Record Book Forms

PDF Fillable Forms for 2021 Program Year

Livestock Show and Sale Project Books

Youth who participate in the Livestock Show and Sale must complete the Project Record form (above) as well as the Livestock portion (below) of the book. Livestock Books are to be turned in July 6, 2021.


Word Documents

For more information on Project Record books check out our State 4-H page on 4-H Awards & Incentives.

Poultry Project Record Books

Please note this is just a supplemental part of your record book, you must fill out the 2021 Program Year Record Book Form according to your age.

Which Project Record Category does my project fit in?

Livestock Show and Sale Record Book

Why 4-H project record books?

  • To give children an opportunity to reflect on what they’ve learned and accomplished through a year. they document new skills and experiences in a written report to measure their achievements and growth.
  • To encourage children to set foals, pursue strategies to meet those goals, and to overcome obstacles.
  • To award 4-H members for participation in the 4-H activities which provides an incentive for participation, learning, and achievement.

District 4-H Project Record Rules and Regulations

Age Categories: 8-10, 11-12, 13-15 & 16-18

Each county may enter two participants per age division per category for District Competition. Records are only judged on the District Level. Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will be selected.

1. The project record competition recognizes excellence in annual 4-H project record books. Youth, who have been declared county champions in one or more of the curriculum areas listed, are eligible to compete for district awards in four age groups: 8-10, 11-12, 13-5, and 16-18.

2. District gold awards are valued at $50.

3. Age eligibility is established on January 1 of the project year. Work on the project may cover no more than 12 months. The 4-H program year is January – December, annually.

4. Records will be held in the County Extension office after judging. The 4-H’ers may not make improvements or alterations to the content of the record books after they have been submitted for county competition. This will ensure equal time for competitors to work on their project records. Project work in records should reflect work from January through December. Records are due in the State 4-H office on March 1 or as noted by the state 4-H staff.

5. A 4-H member may submit up to two project records for district competition. Counties may submit their top two projects in each category for district competition.

6. The district award will be mailed to the County Extension office and distributed as determined by the county 4-H program staff. Award checks are written in the fall upon completion of all 4-H award areas.

7. Project records that are partially funded will receive a monetary award, which reflects current funding.

8. A 4-H member can be named a district gold winner in a curriculum area only one time for each age category. They can continue competing in that category, however, can only be named a gold winner once.

Learn more about Project Record Books.