William T. Hornaday Awards 

HornadayHornaday Information - from BSA

Think of It as an Olympic Medal Bestowed by the Earth

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 from Tenderfoot through Eagle Scout rank 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.

BSA - Blue Ridge Mountains Council - Hornaday Awards Guide: http://bsa-brmc.org/Hornaday - This link contains a useful GUIDE. The Guide provides detailed, step-by-step procedures for Scouts and Scouters who are interested in pursuing one of the Hornaday awards, building on the National overview of the awards. Those who earn a Hornaday award form a unique cadre of conservation-minded Scouts and Scouters who provide enhanced value to their Scout Council and communities. Hornaday awards require significant time commitment, completing up to five Eagle Scout sized conservation projects, and offer unparalleled rarity, with only one or two Scouts in the country earning the Hornaday Silver Medal, the highest conservation award, each year.

There are several different Hornaday awards. (The gold badge and gold medal are for adults.) Think of them as an "olympics of conservation," with an ever-increasing scale of challenge.  HORNADAY AWARDS DESCRIPTIONS AND CRITERIA

Hornaday Gold BadgeThe award is given in one of seven forms.

The local council may present the William T. Hornaday unit certificate for a conservation project by a pack, troop, team, or crew.
The council may award the Hornaday badge to individual Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and Venturers for outstanding service in conservation.
The council may award the Hornaday gold badge to adult Scouters who have given significant leadership to conservation at a council or district level.

All other Hornaday Awards are conferred by the National Council:

Scouts and Venturers may apply for the bronze and silver medals.
Adult Scouters may be nominated for the gold medal.
Organizations unaffiliated with Scouting may be nominated for the gold certificate.

 Awards given in the Three Fires Council include:

Troop Certificate: (Pictured below) Rick Hintz accepts the prestigious William T. Hornaday Unit Award for service to conservation for Troop 140 from Ed Hedborn, Three Fires Council Conservation Committee Chairperson. Troop 140 is chartered by St. Pius X Church, Lombard, Illinois.

Adult Hornaday Gold Badge Recipients: (Pictured below) for their numerous years of service in the field of teaching conservation to youth.

Ed Hedborn - Three Fires Council Conservation Chair

Deborah Brown - TFC Conservation Committee

Jeff Mengler - TFC Conservation Committee

Hornaday PresentationRick Hintz

  Ed Hedborn Deb Brown

William T Hornaday Unit Award - Interactive Application Form

A Hornaday unit certificate, No. 21-110, is awarded to a pack, troop, team, or crew of five or more Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, or Venturers for a unique, substantial conservation project. At least 60 percent of registered unit members must participate. At least 60 percent of the registered unit members must participate. Complete the application for the unit award and submit it to Three Fires Council, attention Ed Hedborn, Conservation Committee Chair. The project description form should indicate the category of the project—soil and water conservation, fish and wildlife management, forestry and range management, energy conservation, air and water pollution control, resource recovery, or hazardous material disposal and management; the specific title of the project; and a detailed description of what was done, who did it, when it was done, and how it was done. Be sure to include any other pertinent information.

The Hornaday awards program was created to recognize those that have made significant contributions to conservation. The Hornaday Awards are highly prized by those who have received them: Approximately 1,100 medals have been awarded over the past 80 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. The awards often take months to complete, so activities should be planned well in advance.

The fundamental purpose of the Hornaday Awards program is to encourage learning by the participants and to increase public awareness about natural resource conservation. Understanding and practicing sound stewardship of natural resources and environmental protection strengthens Scouting's emphasis on respecting the outdoors. The goal of this awards program is to encourage and recognize truly outstanding efforts undertaken by Scouting units, Scouts and Venturers, adult Scouters, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions that have contributed significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection.