Record Book Results

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:

  • Provide an incentive to Members to record their project work and personal achievement in their 4-H Record Book.
  • Provide 4-H Members with feedback and encouragement about their 4-H project skill development, leadership and citizenship development, and record-keeping skills.
  • Recognize Members for outstanding 4-H work.
  • 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.
In Lafayette, project records are due the last week in February of each year. The books are judged in March-April and are returned to the schools in May. These results include all youth in the parish that turned in project books.

The 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.

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