University of Maryland Extension

Record Books

Record Books, Clover Scrapbooks and Senior Portfolios are due in the 4-H Office by February 5, 2020. Books will be judged beginning the week of February 10.


We often hear from youth and adults that the purpose of record books is so that they can show in the fair and learn how to keep records of their 4-H experiences.  While these are both true they are not the primary purpose of the 4-H record book.  With any learning opportunity the acquiring of knowledge or experience is only the first part of the learning process.  To complete the learning process it is important to reflect on what we have learned and how we can apply it to our lives.  Completion of record books gives 4-H youth an opportunity at the end of the year to stop and reflect on the lessons that they learned while completing their project.  In each project record sheet there is a section for youth to share what their goals were and if they achieved them, what lessons they learned, and what life skills they learned (based off of the life skills wheel).


Portfolios to be considered for National 4-H Conference only are due to the Extension Office by October 8, 2019. Portfolios to be considered for Leadership Trips are due January 6, 2020. All other Portfolios are due February 5.

Click on the links below to access your 4-H Animal Record Keeping Forms. If you prefer to type your records, make sure to open the (workable documents) version of the forms. These will open in Microsoft WORD.

Record Book covers (green 4-H folders) may be purchased at the 4-H Office for $3.00. Limited quantities of 4-H project activity guides are also available at the 4-H Office for nominal costs or you may order them online:
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