The William T. Hornaday Award recognizes Scouts and Scouters for ecology efforts
and service to conservation in their communities. To earn the Hornaday Award as
an individual, youth members must earn a series of merit badges followed by a concentrated
series of conservation and/or environmental education projects to be conducted in
the member's community or nearby, under the advise of a trained conservation, naturalist,
or environmental engineering expert.
There are seven levels to this award -- the Unit Certificate for Scouting groups,
the Badge (shown above), Bronze Award and Silver Award for youth, the Gold Badge
and Gold Medal for Adults, and the Gold Certificate for outside organizations and
corporations. Holders of the Bronze and Silver Awards and the Gold Medal may wear
the square knot shown above.
The Unit certificate is awarded by the local council to a den, pack, patrol,
team, crew, or group of five or more Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, or Venturers for
a unique, substantial conservation project.
The Hornaday Badge is awarded by the local council to an individual Scout, Varsity
Scout, or Venturer for outstanding service in conservation.
The Bronze medal is awarded to an individual for exceptional service in natural
resource conservation or environmental improvement. A national committee judges
The Silver medal is awarded to an individual for unusual and distinguished service
in natural resource conservation or environmental improvement. Applications are
reviewed three times a year by a national committee.
The Gold Badge is nominative in nature and is awarded by the local council to
an adult Scouter to recognize leadership to conservation at council or district
level for at least three years
The Gold Medal is nominative in nature and recognizes adult Scouter for outstanding
service in natural resource conservation and youth education on a multistate or
national basis. Nominations are made by a national or regional conservation organization
or agency. (A maximum of six per year can be awarded)
The Gold Certificate is nominative in nature and recognizes a corporation or
organization for outstanding contribution to youth conservation education for at
least three years (A maximum of six per year can be awarded)
See the BSA Hornaday
Award Page and our Hornaday Award
page for additional information, and
CLICK HERE for application forms for the various awards.
For a history of the Hornaday Award program,
Below are images of the various Hornaday Awards
Page updated on:
May 23, 2014