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

Record Book Training and Resources

2015-2016 Record Book Manual and Forms

The latest Record Book Manual and Record Book Forms are HERE! 
Last updated on October 15, 2015 for minor corrections and clarifications on pages 7, 8, 14, 15, 16 and 20. 

The Record Book Manual and Record Book Forms have been split into two separate documents. Click the links below to download the most current manual and forms.

Current Manual (PDF):  2015-2016 Record Book Manual

This manual was designed to be more kid-friendly than previous versions. For more in-depth information, see the Record Book Manual for Adult Partners 

Current Forms (Word): 2015-2016 Record Book Forms

(Contains all forms and instructions for regular 4-H members. This version allows you to complete the form directly into the document and expand the rows as needed.)

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.

Individually separated forms:

Personal Development Report (2015-2016) - For Junior, Intermediate, and Senior members.

Annual Project Report (2015-2016) - For Junior, Intermediate, and Senior members.

Leadership Development Report (2015-2016) - For Intermediate and Senior members only.

4-H Resume Template - For Senior Members only.

Primary Members

PDF: Primary Member - Personal Development Report Form (PDF)
(Note: Many counties have revised this form.  Please check with your county for correct forms.) 

Online Record Book

Login to ORB: https://4horb.ucanr.edu/login.cfm 

The 4-H Record Book has undergone transformations over the years to ensure that it meets the needs of our 4-H members. The newest transformation is the 4-H Online Record Book (ORB), which is the Record Book of choice for youth members.  The ORB re-engages young people in the Record Book process  through a new, fun, interactive format that offers social networking opportunities for members and volunteers within clubs.


What this means for 4-H Volunteer Leaders - The 4-H Online Record Book:

  • provides an accessible platform for data collection which is fun, engaging and standardized.
  • provides opportunities for volunteers to mentor youth on a daily basis in a protected social networking site.
  • has built-in reporting systems that will improve staff and volunteer efficiencies.
  • has intentional measures of success that will demonstrate the impact that 4-H youth and adults make locally and statewide.

What this means for 4-H Youth Members - The 4-H Online Record Book:

  • has extended opportunities to stay connected to other club members and leaders online.
  • is a fun and interactive way to log 4-H activities and events and to stay connected to the 4-H program.
  • is a more efficient way to keep Record Book information. No more worries about lost pages or misplaced work.
  • provides effective 21st century skills. Citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology.
  • assists in Star Rankings calculation to minimize any errors and maximize points.

Please report any Online Record Book bugs you encounter by clicking here: ORB BUG REPORT

California 4-H Quick Start Record Book Course

To be eligible for 2015 State Competition, members must complete the California 4-H Quick Start Record Book Course by June 30th, 2015.

Click here to take the 2015 Quick Start Record Book Course.

Record Book Support Group

The California 4-H Record Book Support Group provides a place for 4-H volunteers, staff, and members to discuss the 4-H record book, ask questions, and receive feedback from others around the state, the State 4-H Office, and the Incentives and Recognition Advisory Committee. View the CA 4-H Record Book Support Group Archives.

Examples of Completed Record Books

The posted Record Books are a few of the 2014 4-H State Record Book Competition Winners.  Each book was judged against the same standards and each has different strengths that merited a Winner Award. Winner status does not mean perfect--it means that the member presented a book that demonstrated enough strength, when tested against the standard, to reach a predetermined benchmark score.

Example #1 - Amanda

Example #2 - Harrison

Example #3 - Maryn

Example #4 - Theresa


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