Created By: Neil Callahan
Edited by: Jackie L. Helton and April W. Bowman
What are Project Record Books?
Curriculum Books are 4-H books which contain
knowledge about a subject.
Project Record books are sheets that are
completed that tell what you learned and did
from your curriculum book.
3. Curriculum Books or Guides come in many
subjects. For example:
Animal Science
Life Skills Gained Through
Project Record Books
• Communication skills
• Decision making skills
• Categorizing & Organizing data
• Analyzing & Utilizing information
• Sharing information with others
• Civic responsibilities in the community
What do you do with the
Curriculum Book?
• Use the book to learn about the subject.
• Expand your knowledge. Learn more about the
subject using other sources.
• Choose an activity that you would like to do that
involves using the knowledge you have learned.
• Complete the activity.
• Document what you did and learned using the
proper project record sheets.
Project Record Sheets
Project Record Sheets and Project Record Book
competition are divided into 5 age categories:
Cloverbud (5-8 years old)
9-10 years old
11-12 years old
13-15 years old
16-18 years old
Please note that Cloverbud books are not submitted to
district for competition..
Project Record Categories
Animal Science
Citizenship & Civic Education
Communication & Expressive Arts
Consumer & Family Science
Environmental & Earth Education
Healthy Lifestyles
Personal Development & Leadership
Plant Science
Science & Technology
Project Selection Sheets
Project Selection Sheets list most Curriculum
Books that 4-H has available within these
Each selection sheet is divided into 5 age
categories that help make it easier to select age
appropriate materials.
It is recommended that youth start with the first
book in a series even if they are old enough to be
working in the third book of the series.
Filling Out Project Records
Each Project Record Sheet has a separate set of
instructions that will tell you how to fill it out. Be
sure to read them carefully before starting.
Read the Project Record Sheet carefully and
answer the questions as stated.
Always follow the instructions to the letter.
If you have questions, please contact April
Bowman, 4-H Agent at 703-2850 or at
[email protected]
What if?
What if I want to do a 4-H Project Record
on a subject that has no 4-H
Curriculum Book?
A curriculum book is a guide that helps you
complete your project record sheets. You may do
independent study in order to complete your
project record if there is not a curriculum book
available. Contact your 4-H Agent to discuss
what category your project record falls under
before beginning.
Where Do I Start?
• You should start in January listing your
goals for the year. Include things that you
want to do AND things that you want to
learn for ALL of your 4-H projects.
• Include a date that you want to accomplish
this goal.
• You may add pages to have more space.
What’s Next?
• As you do activities and learn things, list them in
Section 2. Be specific.
– i.e. Instead of saying “I learned about bicycle
safety” say “I learned that I need to wear a
helmet, knee and elbow pads to keep me safe
when riding my bike” and “I learned how to
adjust my brakes on my bicycle to keep me
• You may add pages to this section.
• You should only include things in this section that
relate to this ONE project.
Section 3 – Express Yourself
• This section is slightly different for each age group.
• Stick to your page limit!
• Suggested items for inclusion are:
– Labeled and scrapbooked pictures
– Poems that you have written related to your project
– A collage of pictures that you have cut out of magazines
– A videotape of you (2 minutes only)
My Story
• Your story should:
– Introduce yourself, your family and tell about
where you live
– Introduce your 4-H club and any project helpers
that you have.
– Include a paragraph on each 4-H project AND a
paragraph on each 4-H activity.
– Conclude by telling something that you like
about 4-H, etc.
• If you do more than one project record you
only need to write one story.
13-18 Year Olds
• Teens must list their involvement with:
– Leadership
• Holding Office
• Teaching a Workshop
– Citizenship
• Helping someone with a campaign
• Running for an office
– Community Service
• Adopt a Street, Grandparent, Stream, etc.
• Volunteering at a Nursing Home
Putting the Bow On
• Once you have completed your project, you may
want to rewrite it so that everything is neat.
• Place your project record in a pocket folder.
• Write your “Name, Age Category, County/District
(Northwest), and Category” on the top right corner
of your folder.
Jane Doe
Animal Science
Things to Know about
Project Records
• Only two project records per 4-H member can be
submitted for district competition.
• You may not make improvements to a project
record once it is turned in to the 4-H Office.
• You can be named a district gold medal winner in
a category only once for each age category.
• Incomplete project records are not accepted for
Dates To Remember
Project Records are due to 4-H Office by the
First Friday in January following New Years.
The project records will be judged for county
County winners will be awarded at Achievement
Night and move on to district competition by
March 1.
Adult Supervision
• The project record work should be the work of
the 4-H member, not an adult.
• Each 4-H’er should set their own goals, however
some goals would be similar for all 4-H members.
Project Record Recognition
• Prizes are given to county winners.
• Everyone that completes a project record will earn
scholarship dollars.
• District awards are given for each age group.
Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded.
• Gold winners receive $50 cash or other awards as
posted in the 4-H Awards Handbook at
Any Questions?

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