William T. Hornaday awards (Venturers and Sea Scouts)

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For the Boy Scouting and Varsity Scouting specific requirements for this award, see William T. Hornaday Awards (Boy Scouting)

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."

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Award requirements

Venturers (including Sea Scouts) may earn an individual youth member award or a crew/ship unit award. All award recipients must meet age, elective work, project and documentation requirements.

Individual youth member awards

Eligibility:

  • Any Venturer completing requirements before his or her 21st birthday may earn the William T. Hornaday Award for Venturers.
OR
  • A male Venturer 17 years old or younger, holding First Class rank or higher, and having earned all the required merit badges may complete this award under the Boy Scout requirements for the William T. Hornaday Award for Boy Scouts.

William T. Hornaday badge

William T. Hornaday badge. William T. Hornaday badge is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket.
William T. Hornaday badge. William T. Hornaday badge is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket.
1. Complete the Ecology and the Plants and Wildlife Ranger Award electives.
2. Plan, lead, and carry out at least one project from one of the categories listed below:
  • 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

William T. Hornaday Bronze Medal. 1. William T. Hornaday Bronze metal 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 metal is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket; 2. William T. Hornaday Award knot is placed above the left pocket.
1. Complete the Ecology and the Plants and Wildlife Ranger Award electives.
2. Plan, lead, and carry out three projects from three separate categories listed below:
  • 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
3. Submit required documentation:
a. Expectations
1. Describe the origination of the idea.
2. State the project's purpose and identify the conservation issue it addresses.
3. Conduct research, investigation, and study.
4. Develop project plans.
5. Implement and manage the projects.
6. Demonstrate leadership and involve others.
7. Describe how the project influenced the attitudes of others.
8. Record the time and resources devoted to each project.
9. Explain the relationships among projects, if projects are interrelated. Each project, however, must be from a different category of conservation, as described earlier.
b. Specific information
1. The research performed in connection with the conservation projects undertaken. The relevant research must be cited at the appropriate location in the conservation project documentation. A bibliography must be provided that lists sources cited. The bibliography must be formatted according to established standards.
2. The applicant's entire Hornaday effort. This evaluation, included in the application in a separate section, should contain information on alternatives considered for each project and an explanation of why each specific conservation project was selected, procedures used, processes used, staffing levels used, funding requirements, and so on.
3. The lessons learned. Included in the report in a separate section, this details what the applicant, in hindsight, would do differently on each project. The section should include recommended changes in project selection; procedures, processes, and staffing levels used; funding requirements; and evaluations of project effectiveness over time.

William T. Hornaday Silver medal

William T. Hornaday Silver Medal. 1. William T. Hornaday Silver metal 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 metal is pinned immediately above the seam of the left pocket; 2. William T. Hornaday Award knot is placed above the left pocket.
1. Complete the Ecology and the Plants and Wildlife Ranger Award electives.
2. Plan, lead, and carry out four projects from four separate categories listed below
  • 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
3. Submit required documentation:
a. Expectations
1. Describe the origination of the idea.
2. State the project's purpose and identify the conservation issue it addresses.
3. Conduct research, investigation, and study.
4. Develop project plans.
5. Implement and manage the projects.
6. Demonstrate leadership and involve others.
7. Describe how the project influenced the attitudes of others.
8. Record the time and resources devoted to each project.
9. Explain the relationships among projects, if projects are interrelated. Each project, however, must be from a different category of conservation, as described earlier.
b. Specific information
1. The research performed in connection with the conservation projects undertaken. The relevant research must be cited at the appropriate location in the conservation project documentation. A bibliography must be provided that lists sources cited. The bibliography must be formatted according to established standards.
2. The applicant's entire Hornaday effort. This evaluation, included in the application in a separate section, should contain information on alternatives considered for each project and an explanation of why each specific conservation project was selected, procedures used, processes used, staffing levels used, funding requirements, and so on.
3. The lessons learned. Included in the report in a separate section, this details what the applicant, in hindsight, would do differently on each project. The section should include recommended changes in project selection; procedures, processes, and staffing levels used; funding requirements; and evaluations of project effectiveness over time.


Crew and ship unit award

Venturing crews or Sea Scout ships that complete a conservation project with 60% of the members participating may be awarded a unit recognition by filing the Hornaday Unit Award available at: http://www.scouting.org/awards/hornaday/pdf/award.pdf

Procedure

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, 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

See also

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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