Nevada County 4-H Youth Development Program
Nevada County 4-H Youth Development Program
Nevada County 4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
Nevada County 4-H Youth Development Program

Record Book

 2017-2018 Record Book Manual and Forms

4-H Record Books serve a variety of purposes in the California 4-H Youth Development Program. While society has changed, the goals of teaching record-keeping to youth remain the same.

  • 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 and develop plans to meet those goals. 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 an industry-standard practice of identifying, creating, classifying, archiving and preserving 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 Book may be required to receive participation awards (such as star ranking, medals or pins based on 4-H Record Book achievements).

A record book is required by the Nevada County Steps to Success 2017-18 in order to show and/or sell an animal at the fair. Members 9 years or older must submit a record book to their club per their club's record book procedures to show or sell an animal at the fair.

This is the one and only California 4-H Record Book. Each county must come into alignment with this book and eliminate all supplemental forms and/or other requirements.

The latest Record Book Manual and Record Book Forms are HERE! 
The 2017-2018 edition has added clarifications. The forms and interpretations of sections have not changed from the 2015-16 edition.

2017-2018 California 4-H Record Book Manual

California 4-H Record Book Manual - Adult Partner's Guide

Club Record Book Review/Evaluation

Current Record Book Forms (Word) - 2017-2018 Record Book Forms (For Junior, Intermediate, and Senior members)

(Contains all forms for regular 4-H members. This version allows you to complete the form directly into the document and expand the rows as needed. Instructions for completing each form are found in the Record Book Manuals.) 

Individually separated forms:

Personal Development Report (2017-2018) - For Junior, Intermediate, and Senior members.

Annual Project Report (2017-2018) - For Junior, Intermediate, and Senior members.

Leadership Development Report (2017-2018) - For Intermediate and Senior members only.

Resume Template (2017-2018) - For Senior members only. Visit the How to Create a 4-H Resume page.

My 4-H Story Instructions

Primary members do not complete a 4-H Record Book.
Nevada County 4-H provides the PRIMARY Personal Development Report for those that wish to complete these simple forms specifically designed for 5-to-8 year-olds. Primary members are not eligible for competition, including 4-H Record Book awards or competition. Primary work is not carried over to the PDR when primary member becomes a regular member.

Brand New! Primary Member Personal Devlopment Report

Some great examples and resources are available on the CA State 4-H Website. Refer to the "Examples of Completed Record Books" section at the bottom of the webpage.

online record book
Online Record Book Homepage

Logging in to ORB

ORB FAQ

ORB Help Site


Enrolled 4-H members and adult volunteer leaders may access the Online Record Book. The system uses 4hOnline enrollment data to pre-fill in club and project information. 

Nevada County 4-H does not manage the Online Record Book (ORB). If you have questions or are experiencing difficulties please visit the Online Record Book Home Page to submit requests. Additionally, please visit the ORB Help Site for online tutorials created by California 4-H to assist with the Online Record Book.

The 4-H Online Record Book:

  • Has a social connection! It extends opportunities to stay connected to other club members and leaders online.
  • Is a fun and interactive way to log 4-H activities and events.
  • Is a more efficient way to keep Record Book information. No more worries about lost pages or misplaced work.
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