Note: This means that parents and club leaders must have time to review and sign off on the record book before this date.
By keeping a project record book, 4-H members will learn, practice, and share the following skills:
How to make plans for action, and how to decide how well they did (self-evaluation);
Record keeping and organization to use now and in the future;
To communicate and summarize information;
Responsibility by completing a task; and
To evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms.
The County of Dutchess partially funds Cooperative Extension programs in Dutchess County including the 4-H program. For the County to continue funding us, we need all 4-H members to complete their 4-H Record Books as evidence of how valuable the 4-H program is.
These are the pages designed by the species or interest area advisories that help to track and report on the project(s) 4-H members work on throughout the year. If 4-H members belong to multiple clubs, they will need to complete the project pages that are relevant to each club.
These pages are for 4-H members to track and report on more general things that they do in 4-H like public presentations, community service and other fun 4-H activities. There are three levels to choose from that vary in difficulty. Each member will choose the level that is appropriate for their abilities and complete one copy of the core pages for their record book.
Level 1: The easiest level and is aimed at younger 4-H’ers (5-7 years old)
Level 2: This level is more challenging than Level 1 (8-12 year olds)
Level 3: This is the most challenging level and is aimed at the older, more experienced 4-H’ers.(Youth ages 13 and up)
Note: 4-Her’s who feel the level for their age group is too easy or too difficult, may choose a different level with permission from their club leader.
Every 4-H record book should include completed project pages for each club a 4-H member belongs to and one copy of the completed core pages from the appropriate level.
A record book can be enhanced by…
Ideally, a 4-H record book should be presented in the following way…
4-H Public Presentations is a program in which youth learn to create a presentation and develop the skills needed to present it before an audience. They learn about the research process and the steps needed to organize information into an interesting and creative presentation.
Youth learn about the varied purposes of presentations and how to tailor their presentations appropriately to fit their intentions. Beginners are encouraged to select simple topics with which they are extremely comfortable, so that the presentation process is the focus of their learning without the stress of learning about an unfamiliar topic.
As youth progress and grow each year, they are challenged to try one of the more difficult types of presentations, to use more advanced technology in their presentations where appropriate, and to venture into unfamiliar topics or presentation styles.
Last updated December 18, 2019