William T. Hornaday Unit Award

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This is the William T. Hornaday Unit Award.
For the Boy Scouting specific requirements for this award, see William T. Hornaday awards (Boy Scouts).
For the Venturing and Sea Scouting 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.

William T. Hornaday Unit Award

William T. Hornaday Unit Award certificate.
Level:Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, and Scouters

The William T. Hornaday Unit Award may be earned by a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship that plans and carries out at least one conservation project.

William T. Hornaday Awards are presented for distinguished service in natural resource conversation. These awards are unusual prizes with demanding expectations. Unit award judging is performed by the local area BSA council.


William T. Hornaday Unit Award requirements

Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships are eligible for the award. A unit may either be nominated or apply to their local BSA council for recognition.

  • The unit must plan and carry out at least one environmental / conservation project.
  • At least 60 percent of the registered members in the unit must participate.
  • The scope of the project should be appropriate for the type of unit applying.
  • For a Boy Scout troop, the project is to be equivalent in scope to an Eagle Scout leadership service project.
  • The project must benefit a school, community, religious organization, or BSA property, or fulfill some other public service purpose.
  • The project must be from an approved conservation category:
    • 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 project must contribute to sound conservation and environmental improvement in the local community, the region, or the nation.

Units to be recognized must complete the Hornaday Unit Award forms and submit them to the local council. The forms are available at the BSA Web site: http://www.scouting.org/awards/hornaday/pdf/award.pdf

Unit award recipients receive the William T. Hornaday Unit Award certificate, No. 21-110.

Source: BSA's Hornaday Awards web page, retrieved 08/21/2018

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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.

Help with these requirements


Prior to beginning:

1. 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.
2. 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 Guidelines for the Conservation Adviser page on the BSA site; see also the Guidelines for the William T. Hornaday Award Conservation Adviser Adobe Acrobat PDF found on the SageVenture.com site.

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