William T. Hornaday awards (Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts)
| For the Venturing and Sea Scouting specific requirements for this award, see William T. Hornaday Awards (Venturing)|
For a list of all William T. Hornaday Awards, see William T. Hornaday Awards (awards table).
The William T. Hornaday Awards are presented for distinguished service in natural resource conversation for units, Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters. Venturers may earn the Hornaday badge or the Hornaday Bronze or Silver Medal. 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.||”|
William T. Hornaday awards (Boy Scouts and Varsity 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.
Individual youth member awards
Eligibility: Any Boy Scout or Varsity Scout completing requirements before his 18th birthday is eligible to earn the William T. Hornaday Award for Boy Scouts.
William T. Hornaday Silver medal
The William T. Hornaday Silver medal is the BSA's highest individual youth member conservation award.
William T. Hornaday Bronze medal
William T. Hornaday badge
Troop and team unit award
Boy Scout troops or Varsity Scout teams may complete a conservation project to receive a unit recognition certificate.
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, Varsity 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.
Help with these requirements
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 Guidelines for the Conservation Adviser page on the BSA site; see also the Guidelines for the William T. Hornaday Award Conservation Advisor (102K PDF) found on the SageVenture.com site.
- 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
- BSA Factsheet 02-568 — William T. Hornaday Award for Distinguished Service in Conservation
- Hornaday Project Categories Suggestions and examples of Hornaday projects, broken down by categories
- Guidelines for the William T. Hornaday Award Conservation Advisor PDF located on the SageVenture.com Web site.