Application and Nomination Forms

Hornaday Award Conservation Project Workbook

In the past, the Hornaday awards application requirements suggested using the Eagle Scout Service Project Workbook to help you organize the documentation for each of your projects. Now, a new tool exists for the Hornaday awards.

This workbook is designed to help you organize your thoughts and document a William T. Hornaday award conservation project. Although the verbiage in this workbook is aimed at youth working on their bronze or silver medals, the sections and formats remain applicable for youth earning the William T. Hornaday Badge. Each copy of this workbook will document only one of your conservation projects. This workbook is not to be used for a William T. Hornaday adult award because specific projects are not required; adult awards are by nomination only, not by application. Download the workbook.


William T Hornaday Unit Award

Complete the application for the unit award and submit it to your local council service center. The local council will then forward the application to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. 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.

William T. Hornaday Badge

Complete the application for the badge and submit it to your local council service center. The local council will then forward the application to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. Be certain the applicant and the conservation adviser sign the application before it is sent to the council office. Be sure to check and date all merit badges completed. The project description form should give a detailed description of the project as indicated under the unit award above. Boy Scout and Varsity Scout applicants must complete these requirements before their 18th birthday. Venturer applicants must complete requirements before their 21st birthday. Following council approval, the application is forwarded to director of Ourdoor Programs, Boy Scouts of America.

William T. Hornaday Gold Medal

This awardis by nomination only and is for an adult Scouter or Venturing leaderwho has rendered distinguished and unusual service to natural resource conservation and environmental improvement over a sustained period (at least 20 years). Nominations are accepted from any recognized conservation/environmental protection organization. The nominee’s accomplishments must be at a regional, national, or international level.

William T. Hornaday Medal (Silver or Bronze)

Applicants for the William T. Hornaday bronze or silver medal must complete the forms.The completed application is sent to the council office. Be certain the applicant and the conservation adviser sign theapplication. Determination by the Hornaday Awards Committee of the applicant's qualification is made solely from the information included in the application and supporting materials. Boy Scout and Varsity Scout applicants must complete these before their 18th birthday. Venturer applicants must complete requirements before their 21st birthday. Following council approval, the application is f orwarded to director of Outdoor Programs, Boy Scouts of America.

William T. Hornaday Gold Badge

Complete the nomination form for the gold badge and submit it to your local council service center. The local council will then forward the application to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America. Be certain to include the necessary letters of nomination and endorsement. Following council approval, the application is forwarded to director of Outdoor Programs, BoyScouts of America.

William T. Hornaday Gold Certificate

The nomination form should be completed and forwarded, together with supporting materials, to director of Outdoor Programs, Boy Scouts of America. Include the names and phone numbers of others the Hornaday Awards Committee can contact if additional information is needed.

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