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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 past two years. 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: P1456
Publication Number: P3152
Publication Number: F0636

News

Hunter wearing camouflage secures a portable platform to the side of a tree.
Filed Under: 4-H Safety Programs, White-Tailed Deer December 1, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Although they are beneficial as a hunting tool to increase visibility, elevated tree stands come with many safety concerns.

Fortunately, it is easier than ever to hunt safely from trees. When using a tree stand, design choice and placement location are your most important decisions. Finding a healthy, large tree with no visible signs of damage or rot is essential when using fixed, permanent or ladder-style tree stands. These stands require a sturdy base to mount and climbing gear to reach ideal hunting height.

A hunter in camouflage and an orange vest places his rifle into storage on the back of an ATV in the woods.
Filed Under: ATV Safety November 30, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Hunting and driving all-terrain vehicles are so linked in Mississippi that many people forget safety precautions when using these powerful machines.

Bradley Staton, Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H ATV associate, offered a few tips to increase the chances that people will have a safe time in the woods on ATVs.

"Always wear protective gear," Staton said. "That means a helmet to protect the head if you lose control and flip the ATV, and appropriate clothing, including long sleeves, a jacket and boots. And, since it's hunting season, always wear an orange vest so others hunters in the same area can see you."

A woman stands in front of several award ribbons.
Filed Under: 4-H, Women for Agriculture November 21, 2017

INDIANOLA, Miss. -- Learning how to show pigs in 4-H livestock competitions made a leader out of Sarah Thomas Smith.

Smith, 17, is a junior at Indianola Academy in Sunflower County, Mississippi. She has been an active member of the Sunflower County Livestock 4-H club since 2010.

Five people stand in a row holding their awards.
Filed Under: 4-H November 17, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The first Mississippi team ever to compete in the North American International Livestock Exposition came home with a first-place win in the evaluation division.

The four-member team was an all-star group of 4-H members made up of winners of the premier exhibitors’ competition at the Dixie National Livestock Show in February. The national event was held in Louisville, Kentucky, with teams from 19 states competing Nov. 13-15.

Close-up photo of a brown and white owl as it looks off to the right.
Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education, Wildlife November 17, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. – What do Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh, the U.S. Forest Service, Tootsie Pops and Xyzal have in common? All prominently feature owls in their stories and marketing campaigns.

Some owls help sell products such as lollipops and allergy medications. Others sell ideas, like the Forest Service's Woodsy Owl -- "Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute." Harry had a pet owl named Hedwig, and Winnie had a friend named Owl.

Success Stories

Man in green dress shirt sits at a table with a woman in a white dress
4-H Extension Matters: Volume 3 Number 4

Tiara and Jeremy Brown, former 4-H’ers from Clay and Oktibbeha Counties, respectively, discuss how the 4-H youth development program has something for everyone.

Tiara and Jeremy are both from families that were very involved in 4-H. They met while attending Mississippi State University, graduated, and married. Jeremy went on to work as a mechanical engineer at Yokohama Tire Manufacturing in West Point, and Tiara works as a special education teacher at Central School, also in West Point.

Three women and one man hold a large 4-H clover
STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Volunteers Extension Matters: Volume 3 Number 4

When she started volunteering with Tate County 4-H almost 15 years ago, Joy Magness didn’t know much about the youth development program delivered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

She was home-schooling her two children, Samantha and Eli, and her fellow home-schooling parent and friend Adelia Gaines asked Magness if she’d like her kids to join 4-H and if she’d like to volunteer.

Pavilion surrounded by trees
4-H Extension Matters: Volume 3 Number 4

Arboretum Celebrates 20 Years with MSU Extension • Plant Disease and Nematode Analysis Fee Changes • Improving Mississippi’s Fiscal Health • Know Your Roots to Attract More Customers

a red and blue ribbon from the Neshoba County Fair
4-H, Commercial Horticulture Extension Matters: Volume 3 Number 4

When Mississippi’s Giant Houseparty kicked off at the end of July, hundreds of exhibitors displayed thousands of items that showcase their handiwork to the Neshoba County Fair’s many visitors.

The Exhibit Hall, organized and operated by the Neshoba County office of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, annually displays the handiwork of adults and children in several categories, including fresh fruits and vegetables, field crops, food preservation, arts and crafts, posters, and food and nutrition.  

White horse stands beside teen boy with blue dress shirt and black cowboy hat
4-H Extension Matters: Volume 3 Number 4

Noah Carpenter will tell you himself that he wouldn’t have the life skills he has today if not for 4-H.

“My involvement in 4-H has taught me responsibility, teamwork, and leadership skills,” he says. “I’m better at communicating with others because I’ve built self-confidence through showing horses.”

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