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4-H General Record Sheet Requirement

March 24, 2020
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4-H Record Sheet Requirements

            In the past, 4-H members were required to complete and submit a record sheet or project manual specific to project(s) members were completing. In 2019, the only projects that will require completion and submission of project manuals are the animal projects: small pets, dog and cat. These manuals are the same manuals used in the past and are to be turned in at the time of animal project check-in (times vary by animal). ALL other projects that required submission of record sheets or project manuals specific to project are no longer required for submission. Instead, all 4-H projects, including animals, require ONE 4-H General Record sheet for ALL projects (described below).

Project manuals will still be available for members who request them. 4-H members should submit project manual requests to their 4-H leader or via 4-H Online. 4-H Project Record Sheets are available below and from 4-H Club Leaders.


4-H General Record Sheet

Each member, is required to complete and submit ONE “4-H General Record Sheet” for all projects. All 4-H projects will be on the same 4-H General Record Sheet.  Example: if a member exhibits three projects; woodworking, creative writing and beekeeping, that 4-H’er must complete and submit one 4-H General Record Sheet for all three projects. 4-H General Record Sheets are to be reviewed and signed by a 4-H leader prior to 4-H project check-in. General Record Sheets need to be turned in during 4-H project check-in. Judges will have access to record sheets during project judging.



The purpose of 4-H record sheet completion is to teach members how to keep records, which is an important life skill. Record keeping is an ongoing process that should not end when the 4-H year ends. 4-H strives to connect the life skills learned or practiced during the planning, creation, and exhibition of 4-H projects.


  1. To learn how to set goals, make plans for action, and how to decide how well you did (evaluation).
  2. To learn the skills of record keeping and organization to use now and in the future.
  3. To learn to communicate and summarize.
  4. To learn responsibility by completing a task.
  5. To evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms.

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