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4-H Record BooksWere you very active and do a lot in one or more specific areas this year, and you would really like to create a 4-H Project Record Book about it? Now is the time to start a 4-H Project Record!

The 4-H Project Record Books are a summary about our project area(s) over a one-year span where you learned and gained new skills with your 4-H activities, leadership, community service, programs, trips, contests as well as other parts of your life.

Why do a 4-H Project Record Book?

  • Over a period of year, your record book will show how you have grown.
  • The information on your 4-H records will be useful as you fill out other forms in your life, such as 4-H portfolios, resumes, job applications, and college applications.
  • Helps youth set and attain certain goals.
  • Monetary rewards $50-up depending on if you place with your project record book or portfolio.

NC 4-H Project Record Forms
(Forms do differ based on age category)

What should a project record look like once it is completed?

Click link below for an example of a completed record book.

What are project record categories?

Click link below to view categories.

What Project Record Category does my project fit in?

Click link below to view categories.

By clicking on the links above, scroll down to 4-H project record section, you can read the different categories offered. If you have a project you would like to complete but are unsure if there is a correct category, do not worry, contact your 4-H Agent Elizabeth Stratton at elizabeth_stratton@ncsu.edu if you are unsure.

How to Begin?

The 4-H Project Record Books can seem daunting and scary at first. We are here to help! If you are uncertain of how to begin your 4-H project record, where to list particular activities, achievements, skills, or just have general question during the process, feel free to call or email.

Project Record Books are typical due to the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension Office in February every year.

Check out this general resource guide to begin!
Thank you to Henderson County 4-H Agent, Hannah Worrell, for sharing her amazing PowerPoint.

“How to” create a project record! videos below:

Thank you to Henderson County 4-H Agent, Hannah Worrell, for sharing her amazing video guide on completing a 4-H Project Record Book!

Information at a glance:

  • Project Records can be typed or written neatly by hand. There are instructions on the forms that explain how to format your project record. Make sure you carefully read the directions and follow them closely.
  • Listing your community service, citizenship, and leadership activities are all important parts of 4-H! You can list activities that you have done as a Club, County, individually, or with an outside organization.
  • Only two project record books can advance to District from one individual in one year.
  • Break up the sections to complete over time rather than all in one day.
  • Reach out to your Club leaders/fellow members to see if they have suggestions or records for community service, citizenship, and leadership completion over the year.
  • Recommendation: Keep an on-going 4-H Record Book Form on your computer or iPad. This way you can easily enter your information as the activity, project, program, contest, etc. has finished. Easier to keep track and you will not have to try and remember what happened and experiences you learned/gained

For more information or questions, contact Elizabeth Stratton at elizabeth_stratton@ncsu.edu