William T. Hornaday Award
Discontinued - replaced by Distinguished Conservation Service award.
The William T. Hornaday Award recognizes Scouts and Scouters for their service to conservation and ecology efforts in their communities. There are seven different Hornaday awards with varying requirements. The youth individual awards are based on earning certain merit badges and completing one or more significant conservation projects.
- The Silver Medal award is the highest possible attainment in conservation for a Boy Scout
- The Gold Medal is the highest possible attainment in conservation for a Scouter. The gold medal may be considered when a qualified Scouter is recommended by his or her council, by an established conservation organization, or by any recognized conservationist. The nominee must have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to the education of youth on a national or international level, reflecting the natural resource conservation/environmental awareness mission of the Boy Scouts of America. Nominations must be approved by the BSA's national conservation committee.
- A Unit Certificate can be awarded to a pack, troop, or crew of five or more Scouts when at least 60% of then participate in completing a unique, substantial, conservational project, but the square knot is reserved for those earning one of the medals.
These are the merit badges used for the Hornaday awards:
|Environmental Science||Fly-Fishing||Nuclear Science|
|Fish and Wildlife Management||Gardening||Oceanography|
|Public Health||Insect Study||Pulp and Paper|
|Soil and Water Conservation||Landscape Architecture||Reptile and Amphibian Study|
|Bird Study||Mammal Study||Weather|
The categories for conservation projects are:
- Energy conservation
- Soil and water conservation
- Fish and wildlife management
- Forestry and range management
- Air and water pollution control
- Resource recovery (recycling)
- Hazardous material disposal and management
- Invasive species control
- Hornaday Badge - Scout earns three of the bold merit badges, plus two others. Complete a project in natural resource conservation, from one of the project categories listed.
- Hornaday Bronze Medal - Scout earns the Environmental Science merit badge and at least three other bold merit badges, plus two others. Complete three projects from three separate categories listed.
- Hornaday Silver Medal - Scout earns all bold merit badges, plus any three others. Completes four projects, one each from four of the eight project categories listed.
Knot Description: Green/blue/white on green/blue/white knot on tan background with tan border.
Award Requirements: Download application and nomination forms from BSA Hornaday page.
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Mar 12, 2013 - Ken Zabel
The project can be done on BSA property.
According to the BSA literature, a den would not be able to earn a Hornaday certificate. It needs to be 60% of the Pack participating.
All three youth awards are consolidated into one, requiring two projects. It most closely resembles the old bronze medal. The award is a certificate and the square knot. No medal.
Adults can only receive a national award, most closely resembling the old 20-year gold medal. Also now a certificate and knot, no medal.
The badges and unit award are totally gone. No more entry level recognition or club scout opportunity. The organization certificate remains.
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