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4-H Record Book Competitions
Where and how are 4-H record books reviewed and judged?

Club Review

4-H Record Books are first reviewed at the local level by 4-H Community Club/Unit Leaders and Project Leaders. Club level judging is based on the Danish system where 4-H Record Books are judged against a standard. Seals are awarded based on the member’s 4-H project work, personal growth and the book’s organization. Through their personal achievements and 4-H participation, members may earn Star Rank recognition.

County Competition

Members may submit their 4-H Record Books for county competition. Books are judged on the member’s 4-H work, leadership and citizenship development, and personal growth. County level judging should be based on the Danish system with all books judged against a standard. Judges provide a critique and suggestions for future growth and involvement. Counties may designate awards for 4-H Record Books in specific project categories and age groups based on meeting published standards.

State approved Record Book Evaluation Form for Club and County

Club and County Record Book Judging Evaluation form

4-H Record Books 


Record Book Competitions: Provides an incentive to members to record their project work and personal achievement in their 4-H Record Book.  Members receive feedback and encouragement on their 4-H project skill development, leadership and citizenship development, and record-keeping skills.  Members are recognized for outstanding 4-H work.

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. They are either in hard-copy form or digital form.

  • 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.

Not Required for 4-H Membership
4-H Record Books are not required for membership or for participation in 4-H activities such as club events and activities, or for attending 4-H camps or conferences. A 4-H Record Books may be required to receive participation awards (such as star ranking, medals or pins based on 4-H Record Book achievements).


A digital version, the Online Record Book can be found at

Tassajara Valley 4-H