William T. Hornaday Award for All scouts, Venturer scouts

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William T. Hornaday   William T. Hornaday Award   Scout Award

This Award is meant for All scouts, Venturer scouts.
The William T. Hornaday Award recognizes Scouts and Scouters for their service to conservation and ecology efforts in their communities. There are seven different Hornaday awards with varying requirements. The youth individual awards are based on earning certain merit badges and completing one or more significant conservation projects.

These are the merit badges used for the Hornaday awards:
Environmental ScienceFly-FishingNuclear Science
Fish and Wildlife ManagementGardeningOceanography
ForestryGeologyPlant Science
Public HealthInsect StudyPulp and Paper
Soil and Water ConservationLandscape ArchitectureReptile and Amphibian Study
Bird StudyMammal StudyWeather

The categories for conservation projects are:

Hornaday Awards:

Knot Description: Green/blue/white on green/blue/white knot on tan background with tan border.

Award Requirements: Download application and nomination forms from BSA Hornaday page.
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 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

Mar 21, 2014 - Lowell
Was wondering if the unit award can be earned at the same time as the badge award?
Apr 26, 2014 - Marc
Because the Hornaday awards require the completion of merit badges, how do the young women in our Venture Crew earn this award if they do not earn merit badges?
Apr 28, 2014 - Yukon Jack
@ Marc. The Hornaday youth badge and medals have different requirements for Venturers and Boy Scouts. Girls in a crew are 100% able to complete the Venturing requirements. A boy who is both in Venturing and Boy Scouts must pick which requirements he wants to do...cannot pick and choose. A boy who is only registered as a Venturer, but is still earning merit badges for Eagle is technically not a boy scout, and should use the Venturing requirements, not the boy scout (i.e. merit badge based) requirements.
Jun 16, 2014 - DL Wayne
Our Pack built wood duck houses and installed them this spring on DNR managed land, the local Parks staff made certain areas available to us but it wasn't really a joint project. Could this still qualify for Hornaday?
Jun 20, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Wayne - The BSA Hornaday page linked above has details and application forms.  If you feel your project meets the stated requirements, then you can complete the unit award form and submit it to your council.  The council will accept it or not, and then pass it on to the national office.  The application requires the contact information of the conservation advisor that was involved.

Typically, planning a project for the award makes more sense than applying for the award as an afterthought after doing the work.
Jul 04, 2014 - Ken Zabel
@ Wayne - for a cub scout level project, building and installing duck houses definitely will qualify the pack for a Hornaday Unit Award - IF 60% of your pack participated.  If not the pack, perhaps a den?  I would be glad to be your Hornaday Advisor and help you with the application.  Send me a message - HornadayAdvisor@gmail.com
Dec 20, 2014 - Jules Hannah
My son just earned the Hornaday Silver Medal.  I have been trying to find out the actual amount of silver medals earned but it seems no one can tell me. Yukon Jack stated a number of 94 as of 2011. Where can I verify that information?
Jan 18, 2015 - Ken Zabel
114 Silver Hornaday Medals between 1975 (year begun) and 7/15/2013

(from BSA National) Number of Hornaday Awards (year introduced) presented nationally as of July 15, 2013:

Hornaday Badge (1914): 2,177
Hornaday Medal (1914-1974): 897
Hornaday Bronze Medal (1975): 127
Hornaday Silver Medal (1975): 114

Hornaday Unit Award (1940): 726

Hornaday Gold Badge (2000): 357
Hornaday Gold Medal (1975): 39

Hornaday Gold Certificate (1990): 15

Feb 05, 2015 - Ed Kelly
BSA National Hornaday Awards 5 year
Year           10    11      12      13      14
Badge      111  122   116    100   115
Bronze         1       5       4         5       1
Silver            9       5       4         8       7

Feb 23, 2015 - Ricky Luckett
Couple of Questions:
Can a Troop work together to earn the Hornaday Badge (per however many Scouts work on the project), provided the Scouts still earn their individual, respective merit badges? Or is this an individual project per individual - like an Eagle Scout project?

When a Hornaday Badge is awarded, where on their uniform is it worn?
Feb 23, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@Ricky - The projects are similar in scope to Eagle Scout Service Projects.  Each project needs to be counted by one, single scout - a single project can't be counted by multiple scouts.
The Hornaday Badge is worn in the same location as square knots - above the left pocket.

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