Orange County 4-H
University of California
Orange County 4-H

Record Books

4-H Record Books

The 4-H program has a long history of record keeping. The focus reflects the importance of this life skill in our daily lives. In 4-H, young people have tracked their activities, events, profits and losses, skill development and learning experiences, and much more using the iconic 4-H Record Book. In addition to record keeping, the 4-H Record Book gives members an opportunity to reflect on their year, measure their achievements and growth, and set goals, and develop plans to meet those goals.

Why have 4-H record books?

4-H Record Books serve a variety of purposes in the California 4-H Youth Development Program.

  • 4-H Record Books give members an opportunity to reflect on their yearly work. They document their skill development and their learning experiences in a written report. 4-H members measure their achievements and growth in their total years in 4-H.
  • 4-H Record Books encourage members to set goals, pursue strategies to meet those goals, and to shift gears in the face of challenges and obstacles. Completion of the Personal Development Report awards 4-H members for participation in 4-H activities, which provides an incentive for participation, learning, and achievement.
  • Completing a 4-H Record Book is a process where 4-H members record project and club work. Records management (RM) is a competency skill to identifiy, create, classify, archive, and preserve records. The 4-H Record Book teaches 4-H members these skills through a standard format.

Record Book Forms and Links

Online Record Book (ORB) Access: Click HERE

Online Record Book (ORB) Manual: Click HERE


Club and County Record Book Judging Evaluation Form: Word
Club and County Record Book Judging Evaluation Form: PDF

+Annual Project Report (long)(rev 2012)
+Annual Project Report (short)(rev 2012)
+Jr - Teen Ldr Report Form (rev 2012)
+PDR (personal development report) (rev 2012)
+PDR Event Chart Template - w-examples
+PDR Event Chart Template
+Primary PDR (personal development report)
+Record Book Manual 2011 (rev 7-2012)


2014 Record Book Due Dates

Due Dates:

* Primary, Junior, and Intermediate Record Books are due by August 13th

* Senior Record books are due August 27th

 There will be 3 drop off locations available this year for your convenience:

  • UC South Coast Research & Extension Center
    Monday-Friday from 7-4pm
    7601 Irvine Blvd, Irvine 92618

  • Strothman Residence
    (No drop off Tuesday or Wednesday)
    7652 Wyoming St
    Westminster, 92683

  • Schreiber Residence
    (9-2pm only)
    3309 S Timber
    Santa Ana, 92707

2014 Record Book Judging Flyer

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