What is a 4-H Record Book/Portfolio? Creating a Record Book/ Portfolio is the process of setting down, in book form, all of the information about a 4-H'er and the work done on projects. It tells when and why the 4-H'er got started in the program and describes what they have done in 4-H. This includes a record of resources, money and time spent, progress toward completion of the project, and activities performed while working on the project. It allows the 4-H'er to learn valuable record keeping skills while demonstrating to others their abilities in becoming responsible and useful citizens. All forms needed to complete the Record Book are available from the 4-H Office.
Record keeping is a skill that is needed throughout life. It is one of the many life skills taught in the 4-H program. No matter what career 4-H members enter, record keeping "know how" is clearly needed and used throughout their life.
Record keeping provides a tool for members to see how they have participated and grown in 4-H activities, how they have improved their project work and how they have helped improve their communities for others.
Keeping records can help members establish goals, assume responsibility and evaluate their progress. In addition, records can lead to awards, trips and scholarships within the 4-H program; as well as future employment.
It is the way outstanding 4-H members are recognized for their personal achievements.
Up to four Seniors, Intermediates and Juniors are selected as County winners in each project area. In addition, a champion and reserve champion Record Book will be selected in the four major project areas per each age division.
Some additional awards are given outside the individual project areas, such Leadership, Citizenship, and Achievement. These awards are based on the information in the 4-H Record Book. Some of these awards require that special records be included in the book.
Star Rank Awards are pins given to all members who meet the various Star Rank requirements listed on the 4-H Star Rank Award Application.
The Washoe County 4-H Office has examples of records including: Project Records, 4-H Annual Achievement Record, 4-H Star Rank Award Application.
Records must be accurate, complete and well organized. The Record Book/portfolio is one method of telling others about the 4-H'er. The pride and interest taken in putting the Record Book/portfolio together is reflected in the book and gives an immediate impression of the 4-H'er.
Awards are recognition for achievement. Record Books may be the only information the judges have to rate achievement. Therefore, make your 4-H Record Books as complete as possible.
The accepted standard for submitting records is that they are accurate, neat, and legible. No special consideration will be given to computer-generated forms.
A 4-H Memory Book/ Scrapbook is where 4-H'ers keep souvenir material such as past records, club stories, pictures, news clippings, mementos, ribbons, certificates, medals, letters, programs, etc. It does not need to be turned in as part of the records, and is more of a personal collection related to your time in 4-H.
Washoe County 4-H Awards Records Committee (A subcommittee of the Washoe County 4-H Leaders Council), 2021, Guidelines for keeping 4-H records books, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, Washoe County Forms
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