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4-H Records Program

The Mississippi 4-H Record program has been in existence for several years. After the program lost national sponsorship, Mississippi 4-H recognized the importance of the record program and continued it with emphasis on building life-long skills that will benefit young people throughout their lives.

One of the new features of the 4-H record program is that intermediate and senior aged 4-H'ers now have the option to type the complete record report form. All of the report forms are available via the web, however, the intermediate and senior records can be typed or handwritten. Hard copies of each report form are still available through the County Extension Office for those individuals choosing to do their record in their own hand-writing.

Record keeping is an important skill. The 4-H record keeping process encourages members to develop skills in observation, gathering data, collecting and manipulating data, and general bookkeeping skills. All members are encouraged to keep a record book. The record book is a tool for members to help learn these skills. The 4-H record allows 4-H members the opportunity to set goals and keep records on the progress made toward reaching those goals. The record book also allows the 4-H member to record losses, profits and other helpful information about their 4-H project work.

The Report Forms

The Mississippi 4-H Record Keeping program has two different report forms for 4-H members. The record has three age categories and utilizes two different report forms. The age categories are: Juniors age 8-9; Juniors age 10-11; Intermediates age 12-14; and Seniors age 15-18.

There are two report forms utilized by the 4-H members. Both junior age divisions complete the report form identified with the ages 8-11 in the heading. The intermediate and senior age division utilizes the report form with ages 12-18 in the heading. The report forms are only one part of the total 4-H record book.

4-H Resume

Another phase of the record keeping program is the 4-H Resume. This opportunity is available only for senior (15-18) 4-H members. Members submitting resumes must have actively been enrolled in 4-H during the current year. A 4-H member can submit a record book and a resume in the same year either in the same project category or in two different project categories.

Awards

The awards for completing 4-H record books are very diverse in nature. For both junior age categories, those records receiving blue ribbons are awarded cash awards along with 4-H ribbons.

Those intermediate records received are judged and placed in a blue, red, or white ribbon category. There are cash awards according to the record placing.

The senior age category records are judged the same as the intermediate records, with the exception of having trips awarded for those projects that carry trips to National 4-H Congress.

Other Records Submitted

  • Volunteer
  • 4-H Club
  • 4-H Volunteer Association
  • 4-H County Council
Record Book Categories
Other Project Categories
  • Achievement
  • Agriculture
  • Beef
  • Breads
  • Citizenship
  • Clothing/Textiles & Fashion Revue
  • Conservation of Natural Resources/Wildlife
  • Dairy [Includes Dairy Goats]
  • Foods (includes Food & Nutrition, Food Conservation and Safety)
  • Forestry and Wood Science
  • Garden and Horticulture
  • Horse
  • Leadership
  • Photography
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Pet Care/Dog care
  • Bicycle
  • Careers
  • Child Development
  • Computer
  • Consumer Education
  • Dairy Foods
  • Engineering
  • Fitness Leadership/Health
  • Home Environment
  • Home Management
  • Meat Goat
  • Personal Development
  • Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Poultry
  • Public Speaking
  • Recreation/Expressive Arts
  • Safety
  • Veterinary Science

 

Parts of the Member Record Book

Section I
Photo and Information Page

  • Include one wallet-sized school picture
  • Include the following information:
    • Name, Address, City/State/Zip
    • Age and Date of Birth
    • Name of Main Project

Section II
The Content Page
Include the following:

  • Photo
  • Table of Contents
  • Mississippi Report Form
  • 4-H Story
  • Project Pictures

Section III
The Mississippi Report Form

  • If 4-H'er has completed record book more than one year, include all previous report forms

Section IV
The 4-H Story
The story should include:

  • Introduction of member
  • Explanation of program
  • Highlights of other projects
  • Explanation of how 4-H helped you become a better citizen
  • Information about your future plans and career path

Section V
The Project Pictures

Other Helpful Information

  • Each of the report forms can be obtained from your local County Extension Office or you can print copies of the forms from this site.
  • One of the new features of the recordkeeping program is that reports for ages 12-18 can be typed using font size 12 - Times New Roman.
  • Score sheet for member record include the following:
    • Project Work 50%
    • Leadership 25%
    • Citizenship 25%
  • Please refer to the 4-H Record Instruction Guide for information about putting your 4-H record together.

Forms

Two options are available for using the forms. You may select PDF (12-18 only) and complete the form online and print it OR if you will be working with the form for an extended time and wish to be able to save your changes and access the file later, you should download the Word document to your computer. When using the Word document, be sure to press the insert key before you start typing.

Just for the Record: A 4-Her's Guide to 4-H Records Download the .pdf  
Mississippi 4-H Report Form Ages 8-11 Download the .pdf Download the Word doc
Mississippi 4-H Report Form Ages 12-18 (F1046) Download the .pdf Download the Word doc
4-H Resume Packet Download the .pdf Download the Word doc
Annual 4-H Volunteer Record Form (F132) Download the .pdf  
Secretary's Record (F626) Download the .pdf  

 

 

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Publications

Publication Number: M0080
Publication Number: P3028
Publication Number: p3080

News

Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education May 16, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Three Mississippi State University Conservation Camps are giving Mississippi middle and high schoolers a chance to explore wildlife, the outdoors, and careers in science and nature this summer.

The MSU Extension Service and the MSU College of Forest Resources have offered the Conservation Camps since 2005.

Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, explains a riding pattern he will judge to a group of young women. McBeath, a long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H Program, is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Homan)
Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Equine May 10, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H program is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year.

Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, received the honor at the recent American Youth Horse Council symposium in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He has spent nearly four decades working with youth to establish strong foundations for successful experiences with horses.

Brittny Fairley, right, checks Dequesia Perry’s blood pressure in their health science class at the Hinds County Career and Technical Center in Raymond, Mississippi, on May 4, 2017. They are members of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteers group in Hinds County who received training to deliver basic health information and provide supervised basic screenings. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith)
Filed Under: 4-H, Community, Leadership, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, Health, Rural Health May 9, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Rocheryl Ware sees members of her 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteer group as catalysts that can help change Mississippi's health landscape.

The Rankin County 4-H robotics team, Wait For It, was in the winning alliance of three teams at the FIRST Tech Challenge in Houston, Texas. Members Lilli Stewart, left, Lauren Blacksher, Noah Gregory, Maisyn Barragan, Jordan Hariel, Logan Hariel and Mathew Blacksher are on the playing field of Minute Maid Park in front of 25,000 people to receive their award on April 22, 2017. (Submitted Photo)
Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math May 3, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mariah Morgan remembers inquisitive 8-year-olds, just learning how to program beginner robots for 4-H projects. The rest of the world now sees one of them as a team of champion programmers.

Wait For It, the Rankin County 4-H robotics club, just earned top honors at the FIRST Tech Challenge at Minute Maid Park in Houston. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology."

This north Mississippi robotics team, Challenge Accepted, took part in the world competition in Houston, Texas. Team members from DeSoto and Tate counties are Jon Shidler, left, Jon Rodgers, Zack Sahnger, Skyler Smith, Brandon Hess, Nathan Rodgers and Alex Turner. Members not pictured included Ella Douglas and Cade Holliday. (Submitted photo)
Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math May 3, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi 4-H offers a unique way to celebrate the unofficial Star Wars Day, May 4, by encouraging support of the state 4-H Robotics Program.

May 4 is recognized for its connection to the famous movie line, "May the force be with you."

"May the Fourth has become a day to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math," said Mariah Morgan, an assistant Extension professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach.

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