The 4-H program has a long history of record keeping, beginning in the early 1900’s. 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, set goals, and develop plans to meet those goals. 4-H Record Book competitions evaluate Members' leadership, development, citizenship activities and personal growth, as well as project proficiency. 4-H Record Books may be judged at the parish and state levels.
The purpose of Record Book competitions are to:
top books will be recognized as Brackin-Bowles Outstanding Record Book
winners. The authors will receive cash prizes at the annual 4-H Honors
Night conducted in May of each year.
Club Members select a 4-H project each year based on their interest and complete a "4-H Members Record" which is similar to a scrapbook or portfolio which showcases their project work and involvement in 4-H throughout the year. At the end of each club year, Members submit their books to be judged by volunteers and are awarded an overall quality ribbon similar to the Olympics: Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Also, the books in each project area, within each age division (4th-6th grade, 7th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade), are compared to one another and are awarded placings within each project as 1st through 5th place and after 5th place, the remaining books in that project are given a quality ribbon such as Blue, Red, or White (in that order, based on quality).
Results of the Lafayette Parish 4-H Record Book competition are viewable on this website.