4-H Record Books

4-H Record Book Clip Art

All 4-H Project Record Books must be received by the 4-H Office by November 1st.

Note: This means that parents and club leaders must have time to review and sign off on the record book before this date.

Why are Project Record Books Important?

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.


The 4-H member’s specific project/interest area(s) (Project Pages)

A section everyone will complete regardless of project area(s) (Core Pages)

What are the “Project Pages”?

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.

What are the “Core Pages”?

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.

What each 4-H Record Book MUST contain:

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.

How to enhance a 4-H Record Book:

A record book can be enhanced by…

Using correct grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary according to 4-H’ers level and abilities

Including pictures with dated captions and credit for the photographer

Including original artwork

Inserting certificates, evaluation rubrics and other project achievements

Recommended presentation for a 4-H Record Book:

Ideally, a 4-H record book should be presented in the following way…

1 inch 3-ring Binder with cover page on the front and 4-H’ers name and club written on the spine of the binder (to help keep everything organized in one spot!)

Table of Contents

Neat and clean pages

Additional materials (like certificates or rubrics) in sheet protectors

Cover Pages:



Dairy Cattle


General Interest


Meat Goat



Model Horse

Llama and Alpaca






Shooting Sports 


Ivy Akademy

Project Record Book Pages:

Beef Record Book

Canine Record Book

Dairy Cattle Record Book

Cloverbud Dairy Cattle Record Book

Entomology Record Book

General Interest Record Book

Cloverbud General Interest Record Book 

Goat Record Book

Meat Goat Record Book

Cloverbud Goat Record Book

Hog Record Book

Horse Record Book 

Cloverbud Horse Record Book

Model Horse Record Book

Llama and Alpaca Record Book

Photography Record Book

Cloverbud Poultry Record Book

Poultry Record Book  

Cloverbud Rabbit Record Book

First Year Rabbit Record Book

Intermediate Rabbit Record Book

Senior Rabbit Record Book

Commercial Rabbit Record Book

Cloverbud Cavy Record Book

First Year Cavy Record Book

Intermediate Cavy Record Book 

Senior Cavy Record Book

Sheep Record Book

Shooting Sports Record Book

S.T.E.M. Record Book

Ivy Akademy Cloverbud Record Book

Core Record Book Pages:

Level 1 Core Pages

Level 2 Core Pages

Level 3 Core Pages 


Jane Rodd
4-H Youth Development Program Leader
(845) 677-8223 x105

Last updated July 26, 2019