Many 4-H alumni say that their memory books are the best scrapbooks they have of their childhood. Memory books include accounts of what a young person accomplished with a particular project, often with photographs of him or her and the project. They also reflect how that person felt about the project, what he or she learned and goals he or she had for the future.
Some of the skills you are helping to build include:
- Good organizing and planning habits. Participants have to think of a logical sequence to complete a project, recognize personal priorities in completing the activity realize how to tell the story accurately and remember to save and include necessary information, such as prices of supplies and amount of time required to complete the project.
- How to evaluate the economic worth of an activity. Records require participants to figure out the amount of time and money spent on each project. Most also ask members to reflect on how much satisfaction or use they get out of the completed project.
- Improved written and oral communication skills, as members record efforts and explain them to project leaders, club leaders, judges and other 4-H members.
Memory Book pages are available at the UW Extension office or, better yet, online at http://lincoln.uwex.edu/4-h-youth-development/4-h-community-club-programs/4-h-awards/awards-for-youth/memory-book-forms/ There is a Memory.
Book page for each project; perfect to help you organize your book. Best of all, you are able to fill the forms in directly online and print them off completely filled in! Be sure to talk to your club leader about completing your 4-H Memory Book. It’s never too late to start on your Memory Book!
Memory Book Judging Process
Memory books will be judged as a whole document within the books. Youth will receive a 1st, 2nd or 3rd rating on their books according to number of points earned, except Cloverbuds who will receive participation award.
A Club Leader or Project Leader must sign the recommendation form and may also comment on the youth’s work on his/her yearly record. The recommendation form will not be seen by the youth. Only the memory book committee sees this form and will use it to help better evaluate the youth’s work.
A parent/guardian must also sign a memory book page and may comment on his/her work on the record.
All youth who complete a memory book will receive a certificate at the fall recognition banquet and an incentive prize.
Yearly records will be divided and judged in groups according to grade:
- Grades 5 yr old K-2 (participation award)
- Grades 3-5
- Grades 6-8
- Grades 9 and over
Any type of yearly memory will be accepted and judged according to the standards outlined on the judging sheet.
The deadline for memory books is September 17th to the UW-Extension Office. 4-H club members should contact their club leader to find out the date they want your memory book by.
Project pages for the memory book and more information are available on the Lincoln County 4-H website: http://lincoln.uwex.edu/4-h-youth-development/4-h-community-club-programs/4-h-awards/awards-for-youth/memory-book-forms/
Memory Book Judging Help Needed
We are asking that at least one representative from each club attend the Memory Book judging on September 25th at the Lincoln County Service Center—Lower Level Conference Room in Merrill beginning at 5:30 pm.