An “Olympics of Conservation”
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.
The 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.
|Hornaday Award||Administered by||Awarded to||Type of Award||How to Qualify||Maximum
|Unit award||Council||Pack, troop, team, crew||Certificate||Be nominated or apply||Unlimited||Complete one project; 60% of unit contributes|
|Badge||Council||Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer||Badge and certificate||Apply||Unlimited||Complete advancement requirements; complete one substantial project|
|Bronze medal||National||Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer||Medal, certificate, and square knot||Apply||Unlimited||Complete advancement requirements; complete at least three bronze substantial projects, each from a different project category|
|Silver medal||National||Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer||Medal, certificate, and square knot||Apply||Unlimited||Complete advancement requirements; complete at least four silver substantial projects, each from a different project category|
|Gold badge||Council||Adult Scouter||Badge||Be nominated||Unlimited||Adult Scouter; leadership to conservation at council or area level for at least three years|
|Gold medal||National||Adult Scouter||Medal, certificate, and square knot||Be nominated||Six||Adult Scouter; leadership to conservation at national or regional level over a lifetime (at least 20 years)|
|Gold certificate||National||Organization or individual||Certificate||Be nominated||Six||Outstanding contribution to youth conservation education for at least three years|
William T. Hornaday Unit Award
A Hornaday unit certificate, No. 21-110, is awarded to a pack, troop, team, or crew when that unit plans and carries out at least one local environmental/conservation project. At least 60 percent of the registered unit members must participate. These units may be nominated, or they may apply to their BSA local council for recognition.
William T. Hornaday Badge
The Hornaday badge is awarded, upon approval of the local council, to a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer for outstanding service to conservation and environmental improvement. Applicants meeting all requirements receive a certificate, No. 21-111, and the William T. Hornaday badge.
William T. Hornaday Bronze or Silver Medal
These individual awards are granted by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America to a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer for exceptional and distinguished service to conservation and environmental improvement.
The silver medal, the most distinguished in Scouting for exceptional conservation service, will be awarded for clearly outstanding efforts in planning, leadership, execution of plans, involvement of others, and opportunities taken to help others learn about natural resource conservation and environmental improvement. The distinction between the bronze and silver medals is based primarily on the number and quality of the projects and their impact on the local community. The William T. Hornaday Awards Committee may award a bronze medal if the application does not meet the standard of exceptional service required for the silver medal. There is no limit on the number of bronze or silver medals that may be awarded each year. Both awards include the medal (bronze or silver), a certificate, and an embroidered square knot.
The gold badge is by nomination only and is awarded by the local council to an adult Scouter. The nominee should have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to the education of youth on a council or area level for significant conservation efforts for a period of at least three years. Nominations are made to the local council. The award includes the gold badge.
The gold medal is by nomination only and is awarded to an adult Scouter. It recognizes unusual and distinguished service in natural resource conservation and environmental improvement at the regional, national, or international level. Nominations must be approved by the Hornaday Awards Committee and by the Conservation Committee of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America. Any recognized conservation/environmental organization may submit a nomination. The award includes the gold medal, a certificate, and an embroidered square knot. Six gold medals may be awarded annually.
William T. Hornaday Gold Certificate
This award is by nomination only and is granted to an individual or organization. The nominee should have made an outstanding contribution to youth conservation education and demonstrated commitment to the education of youth on a national or international level, reflecting the natural resource conservation and environmental awareness mission of the Boy Scouts of America. Candidates may be nominated by any recognized conservation/environmental organization. Up to six awards may be granted annually. Each nomination must be approved by the Hornaday Awards Committee and by the Conservation Committee of the National Council, Boy Scouts of America, in consultation with the Chief Scout Executive.
The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America supplies certificates, medals, and badges at no charge to local councils. Certificates are printed with the recipient’s name.