Record Books

The county Record Book Deadline is May 26, 2023. See the one page document, County Record Book 2023, for more information.

For more information on this process, please read the one-page document below or watch Steven’s Spotlight.

County Record Book 2023

Steven’s Spotlight – Record Books

Record Book Work Nights April 10 3:30 – 6 PM and May 8 3:30-6 PM at the AgriLife Extension Office.


Recordkeeping is a valuable skill taught to members of the Texas 4-H program. Members are encouraged to keep project records and have these records reviewed annually by submitting a Texas 4-H Record Book. The primary purposes of completing a Record Book are for a young person to develop the skills necessary to set goals, work toward achieving those goals, reflect on his/her experiences, and set new and higher goals for themselves. A secondary benefit is to prepare young people for the process of completing academic scholarship and/or collegiate admission applications.

Recordkeeping – maintaining a history of one’s activities such as financial dealings or life events by entering data in ledgers, journals, calendars or putting items into a file system; an essential life skill. 4-H

Record Book – the competitive event where 4-H members assemble their records into a specified document and submit those for evaluation against other 4-H members. However, one may choose to complete a record book just for the skill learned and not elect to submit for competition.

Purpose/Objective of 4-H Record Book

  • Allow 4-H members to tell how they have grown, what they have learned, where they came up short and to do it creatively within outlined parameters.
  • Demonstrate the importance of keeping a written document of what has been done.
  • Provides a written platform for goal setting and documentation of the actions required to reach goals.
  • Provide an opportunity for competition at the County, District, and State level

Below are some resources from Texas 4-H. The family guide will help you walk through the entire record book process, I would suggest having it in front of you as you watch the training series on YouTube from Montgomery County 4-H Agent Michelle Mihalek. Please also review the record book categories to see where your project is categorized. If you have questions, please ask your club leader or 4-H Agent!

Record Book Family Guide 2022-2023

Record Book Categories 2022-2023

Record Book Forms 2022-2023

Record Book Score Sheet


1: What is a 4-H Record Book?

2: 4-H Record Book Story and Photo Portfolio

3: 4-H Record Book Form Section I

4: 4-H Record Book Form Sections II & III

5: 4-H Record Book Form Final Sections

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