William T. Hornaday awards (Boy Scouts)

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This is the William T. Hornaday award for Boy Scouts.
For the Venturer- and Sea Scout-specific requirements for this award, see William T. Hornaday awards (Venturers and Sea Scouts).
For a list of all William T. Hornaday awards, see William T. Hornaday awards.


The William T. Hornaday badge is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket.
The William T. Hornaday badge is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket.


William T. Hornaday Unit Award certificate.
William T. Hornaday Unit Award certificate.
William T. Hornaday Silver Medal. 1. William T. Hornaday Silver medal is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket; 2. William T. Hornaday Award knot is placed above the left pocket.
William T. Hornaday Silver Medal. 1. William T. Hornaday Silver medal is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket; 2. William T. Hornaday Award knot is placed above the left pocket.
William T. Hornaday Bronze Medal. 1. William T. Hornaday Bronze medal is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket; 2. William T. Hornaday Award knot is placed above the left pocket.
William T. Hornaday Bronze Medal. 1. William T. Hornaday Bronze medal is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket; 2. William T. Hornaday Award knot is placed above the left pocket.

The William T. Hornaday Awards are presented for distinguished service in natural resource conversation for units, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, and Scouters. Boy Scouts, Venturers and Sea Scouts may earn the Hornaday badge or the Hornaday Bronze or Silver Medal. Adult Scouters may earn the Gold badge or Gold Medal. Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews, or Sea Scout ships may earn the William T. Hornaday Unit Award.

These awards are unusual prizes with demanding expectations. Award judging is performed by the national Hornaday Awards Committee who follow Dr. Hornaday's injunction:

Unusual prizes are to be won only by unusual services.


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William T. Hornaday awards (Boy Scouts) requirements


Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts may earn an individual youth member award or a troop/team unit award. All award recipients must meet age, elective work, project and documentation requirements.

To earn these awards, you must be a First Class Scout or a Venturer, and you must have a conservation adviser.

William T. Hornaday badge

1. Earn three of the following merit badges:

2. Earn any two merit badges from the following list:

3. Plan, lead, and carry out a significant project in natural resource conservation, from one of the following project categories (total: one):

  • 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

William T. Hornaday Bronze medal

1. Earn the Environmental Science merit badge and at least three additional merit badges from the following list:

2. Earn any two merit badges from the following list:

3. Plan, lead, and carry out three significant projects from three separate categories listed:

  • 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

William T. Hornaday Silver medal

The William T. Hornaday Silver medal is the BSA's highest individual youth member conservation award. 1. Earn all of the following merit badges:

2. Earn any three of the following merit badges:

3. Plan, lead, and carry out four significant projects in natural resource conservation or environmental improvements, one each from four of the eight project categories listed:

  • 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


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
2018 Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

Troop and team unit award

Boy Scout troops or Varsity Scout teams may complete a conservation project to receive a unit recognition certificate.



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Notes

Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. Many of the requirements for advancement in Scouting call for an increasing awareness and understanding of the natural sciences. Many former Scouts have become leaders in conserving our environment and protecting it from abuse. Right now Scouts are involved in learning about environmental problems and actively working to make a difference.

This awards program was created to recognize those that have made significant contributions to conservation. It was begun in 1917 by Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hornaday was an active and outspoken champion of natural resource conservation and a leader in saving the American bison from extinction.

The Hornaday Awards are highly prized by those who have received them: Only slightly more than a thousand medals have been awarded over the past 70 years. These awards represent a substantial commitment of time and energy by individuals who have learned the meaning of a conservation/environmental ethic. Any Boy Scout or Venturer willing to devote the time and energy to work on a project based on sound scientific principles and guided by a conservation professional or a well-versed layperson can qualify for one of the Hornaday Awards. Any of the awards will take months to complete, so activities should be planned well in advance.

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Procedure

Prior to beginning:

1. Allow sufficient time to accomplish work and projects before the candidate(s) reach age limit requirements. Candidates for the individual awards usually need at least 18 months to complete requirements.
2. Review the merit badge requirements to see what the candidate has been previously satisfied as a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout. Formulate a plan for completing the remaining outstanding requirements.
3. Review all information and forms at the BSA Web site regarding the William T. Hornaday Award (see External links below). Carefully review the 'Checklists for Submitting Applications' page on the BSA site.
4. Print the specific forms for the desired award found on the Applications and Nomination Forms located on the BSA Web site.
5. Select a qualified adviser for the award. Contact your area council for assistance with adviser selection. Make sure your adviser knows and understands the BSA adviser recommendations on the Becoming an Advisor page on the BSA site.

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Leave No Trace-related awards


External links

  • William T. Hornaday Awards — (official BSA link), which also provides links to the following sub-pages:
    • Who Was William T. Hornaday
    • How Do I Earn a Hornaday Medal
    • The Awards
    • Hornaday Projects
    • How Applications Are Judged
    • Checklists for Submitting Applications
    • Guidelines for the Conservation Adviser
    • Application Forms
    • FAQ
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