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).