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

Record Books

What are 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 identify, create, classify, archive, and preserve records. The 4-H Record Book teaches 4-H members these skills through a standard format.


For more information and access to forms, training, and the Online Record Book system, please click HERE.


2019-20 Record Book Info

Please click on the links below for important information on submitting your record book! 

2019-20 Record Book Manual

State Record Book Submission & Evaluation


Plan ahead  - help with preparing your record book:

     Record Book Review: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 5-9 pm at SCREC


2019-20 County Record Book Evaluation Day:


September 20, 2020 at noon at SCREC


Plan ahead - training for next year's (2020-21) record book:

     Record Book Training/Workshop: October 24, 2020 4-6 pm at SCREC


County info - 2019-2020 coming soon!

2017-2018 Important Dates & Submission and Evaluation Info

2017-2018 Club Officer Record Books

Record Book Evaluation Guidelines 


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