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County Record Book Competition

The California 4-H Youth Development Program has a long history of record-keeping as an activity by 4-H members. In early 4-H history, Record Books focused on project profit and loss and other activities in agricultural and home economics projects. As 4-H moved from a primarily agricultural focus to encompassing suburban and urban clubs, the Record Book process changed. In the 1980’s, the state level Record Book was reformatted to conform to national achievement (which was then eliminated in the early 1990’s) and the core values of the 4-H Youth Development Program. In the 21st century, the 4-H Record Book has undergone another transformation to ensure positive outcomes of youth participating in the 4-H Youth Development Program. Practices have been modified to meet the needs of a changing society. In order for the 4-H Record Book process to pilot youth into prepared and engaged partners within their communities, it has undergone changes to meet the mission of 4-H Youth Development.

Due Dates

The 2020-21 Record Books for LA County Competition are due:

The books must be submitted with appropriate forms. The books will be judged on Saturday, September 11, 2021.  

**Updates for COVID-19 and Record Books**

We will still have a County Record Book Competition for 2019-2020 4-H Record Books.   

  1. We will be following the above deadlines of Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 for record book turn in.
  2. If you are not comfortable submitting your record book for the competition, you may complete your record book with all the required signatures, make a copy of the 2019-2020 portion and submit the copy to the county competition. Indicate on the ID form that you are submitting a copy and whether you want the copy returned to you after the competition or not.
  3. Remember to obtain all the required signatures.  Allow enough time for this to be done.
  4. The State has indicated that this year the Expression Page for the Annual Project Report and the Collection of Work section of the record book are optional.  You may include them, but they are not required.
  5. Include the word "virtual" for activities that were done remotely or virtually, such as on Zoom.
  6. Records will be viewed with the consideration of the COVID-19 restrictions and the understanding that clubs varied in how they operated during this pandemic.
  7. Clubs will still need to provide a record book evaluator (judge) if they have at least one record book submitted for the LA County record book competition. The name and contact information (including email address) for the judge from a club should be emailed to Noel Keller (nkeller91711@gmail.com) by 6pm on Tuesday, September 8, with the email title of “County Record Book judge”.  Judging will be done using COVID-19 guidelines, in-person and by small teams on Sept. 12 from 8:00a-5p at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 6338 N. Figueroa St., LA.  Following COVID-19 guidelines, the judges should bring their own snacks, water, lunch, pencils, mask and gloves to the event.
  8. To help with planning, club leaders are asked to indicate how many record books they expect to have for the county record book competition by Friday, Sept. 4. For this, send an email to Noel Keller at nkeller91711@gmail.com with the email title of "County Record Book count".  Indicate how many Junior, Intermediate and Senior record books expect to be submitted by your club and, if possible, who the evaluator will be from your club.
  9. At this time, it has not been decided how the presentation of county awards will be done.  Watch for updates on this.
  10. Due to the continually changing conditions and restrictions, any of the above may need to be adjusted.  Watch for updates on this.  Contact Noel Keller (nkeller91711@gmail.com) if you have any questions about any of this.