Conservation and Service

Council Conservation Committee Guidebook

The purpose of this online guide is to identify parameters for a local council to organize or strengthen its conservation committee. The mission, organization, membership, operations, and functions of the conservation committee will be dependent upon the needs and desires of the local council—the guide identifies several alternatives in this regard. In addition, the guide identifies the committee’s responsibilities and includes a sample of a local council conservation plan and a discussion of potential sources of revenue for the council to fund conservation programs and activities.

Cub Scout World Conservation Award

The World Conservation Award provides an opportunity for individual Wolf Scouts, Bear Scouts, and Webelos Scouts to "think globally" and "act locally" to preserve and improve our environment. This program is designed to make youth members aware that all nations are closely related through natural resources, and that we and our world environment are interdependent.

The award is worn as a temporary patch, centered on the right pocket of the uniform shirt.

Download the requirements (second page of the PDF).

Download the World Conservation Award application.


  • Cub Scout Leader Book, No. 33221


Hornaday Awards

There are seven different William T. Hornaday Awards that may be earned by Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and adult Scouters. The Silver and Bronze medals are the highest, most distinguished youth conservation awards. Each medal requires earning a number of merit badges and performing three (Bronze) or four (Silver) conservation projects that demonstrate research, planning, leadership, involvement of others, and a positive impact on the local community. Click here for brochure.

Click here for more information about the Hornaday Awards and project workbook.

Hornaday Award Overview Video

Scout William O’Brochta, a silver Hornaday Award recipient, has put together a great video on the Hornaday Award. Two of his projects involve fishery management. Please take a moment to watch and enjoy!


Keep America Beautiful Award

A Scout who earns three merit badges from a list of 12 choices, completes a minimum of eight hours of community service, and completes the Keep America Beautiful Award application, No. 21-377, is eligible to wear the Hometown USA award patch, No. 00356.


Heinz Refuge Youth Conservation Award

The Heinz Refuge Youth Conservation Award was created to recognize efforts of all youth who seek to learn more about the importance of wildlife habitats and environmental stewardship during their refuge visits and then use what they learn every day. Click here for more information and award requirements.


Conservation Idea Sheets

Conservation Good Turn
Since 1910, conservation has been an integral part of the program of the Boy Scouts of America. The BSA has been a positive force in conservation and...

American Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America Training Agreement
Is your unit, district, or council taking full advantage of the national agreement that Boy Scouts of America has with the American Red Cross?