Nov 30, 2012 - Brian Warren
my son is a Tiger Cub and I was wondering if you could tell me what he could do to get the William T Hornday award. Since he is a youth do you know what merit badges he has to complete and a project idea. As a Tiger cub some of these badges he cannot receive but they do have belt loops such as fishing, hiking,and wildlife conservation. Would these count? He did just finish his "Leave No Trace" requirements for the Tiger Cub. Thanks.
Nov 30, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Brian - Individual Cub Scouts are not eligible to earn the Hornaday awards. His Pack could earn a unit certificate. See BSA Hornaday page
Mar 12, 2013 - Ken Zabel
If you are interested in working on a Hornaday Project - and if you have any questions, please read this booklet that I put together and send me an e-mail.
Mar 12, 2013 - Charles Stokes
Just found out that one of my scouts (SPL) earned the Silver Medal. I'm very proud of him. He earned it while also doing his Eagle project during his senior year. He is now in college doing well. This was a monumental feat. Took about 6 months to find out he got the silver award. I'm curious to see how many others made it in 2012
Mar 12, 2013 - Yukon Jack
@ Charles. As of 2011, the Silver Hornaday Medal (youth only) has been awarded 94 times since 1924. The Gold Medal (adults only) less than 50. The Bronze Medal just over 1100 (youth). Total Hornaday awards number just under 7,000, so the extra thousands are the certificates, the silver (youth) badge, and the gold (adult) badge.
May 06, 2013 - Chuck Douglass
Question for the forum... if a boy pursues and is awarded the Hornaday Badge, does this single project then also "count" toward the three minimum for the Bronze Medal when he applies for the medal at a later date? The official BSA Hornaday Awards pamphlet alludes to, but does not explicitly state, this case. And, the submission form for the medal does ask whether the candidate has earned the Badge. Anyone?
May 06, 2013 - Yukon Jack
@ Chuck. Yes. The badge->bronze medal->silver medal should be cumulative, not three separate awards. After all, you can't earn the merit badges twice, can you? Bottom line, if a scout earns the silver medal, he should also have already earned the bronze and badge in past years. Of course, some just wait to send in all three (or two) applications at once. Just don't do what I did and send in your applications after the 18th birthday, they'll reject you (even though the scouting.org website says nothing about a paperwork deadline, only a requirements deadline).
Oct 08, 2013 - Gene
Does anyone know if a cub scout pack has ever earned the Hornaday Unit Award? What kind of service project could one realistically plan for kids 7-11 years old?
Oct 08, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Gene - Yes, I expect many have earned it. Pack 81 in Loveland, CO; Pack 303 in Minnetonka, MN; Pack 307 in Alamosa, CO
Pack 307 project is at: rmcbsa.org/HighMountain/News/2013FirstWilliamTHornadayUnitAward
Other prjoect ideas: collecting prairie grass seeds, building bluebird houses, removing invasive species, see longspeakbsa.org/conservation/projects/ProjectIdeas.html
Nov 03, 2013 - Ken Zabel
@Yukon Jack & Chuck Douglass
CORRECTION: The first project CAN be used for the Hornaday badge and one of the medals. However, if you apply for a Hornaday Bronze Medal (3 projects) you CANNOT use the same projects towards the Silver Medal (4 projects). I tell scouts after they complete the third project to decide if they want to complete #4 - or apply for the Bronze Medal. ALL projects are also eligible to earn Hornaday Unit Awards (if 60% of the scouts work on the project).
Nov 04, 2013 - Yukon Jack
Interesting, that is definately something I'd never heard. Can you please provide a link or scout manual or something that details that nuance, because for the life of me it's not on any of the application forms nor scouting.org. Then again, it wouldn't be the first time National had some minute rule that is not clear (or even written down anywhere for scouters to find) that they throw at you without any means to overcome. (Yes, I speak from experience getting awards denied at National and told that any appeal would be denied due to Rule X that I can find nowhere but in their email.)
Nov 04, 2013 - Ed Kelly
RE; Badge project & Medal awards. Thanks Ken...I posted last week the same info plus awards dat for past 5 years but it has been removed?? Anyway, you are correct..It states in the actual youth medal application..."You may also use one project for which you have already earned the William T. Hornaday badge." It should be noted that a scout may complete a total of 4 projects and apply for the silver award but it is possible that he may only be awarded the bronze based upon national's assessment of the project, its learning opportunities and scope. It has happened and there is a post out there in a news article.
Nov 04, 2013 - Ed Kelly
Five year award data from BSA National (Susan Fitzhugh)
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Badge 71 100 111 122 116
Bronze 7 4 1 5 4
Silver 6 3 9 5 4