William T. Hornaday Awards

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Merit badge requirements

The successful attainment of the youth awards will normally take at least 18 months to accomplish. For the adult awards, the Gold Badge and Gold Certificate require 3 years of service, and the Gold Medal, at least 20 years. The following are highlights of the requirements for the Youth awards (Badge, Bronze Medal, and Silver Medal).

1. RANK: Earn First Class rank (Boy Scouts/Varsity Scouts only).
2. MERIT BADGES (Boy Scouts/Varsity Scouts only):
Primary Group

Energy Atomic
Environmental Science
Fish and Wildlife Management
Forestry
Public Health
Soil and Water Conservation

Elective Group

Energy
Bird Study
Fishing
Gardening
Geology
Insect Study
Landscape Architecture

Elective Group

Mammal Study
Nature
Oceanography
Plant Science
Pulp and Paper
Reptile and Amphibian Study
Weather

a. For the BADGE:
Earn any THREE merit badges from the primary group above, plus any TWO other merit badges from either group.
b. For the BRONZE MEDAL:
Earn the Environmental Science merit badge and THREE others from the primary group plus any TWO other merit badges from either group.
c. For the SILVER MEDAL:
Earn ALL of the merit badges from the primary group above, plus any THREE merit badges from the Elective group above.
3. In place of merit badges, Venturers must
a. Complete the ecology and plant and wildlife requirements for the Venturing Ranger Award.
b. In addition to the required project documentation, provide specific information on:
  • The research performed in connection with the conservation projects undertaken. The relevant research must be cited at the appropriate location in the conservation project documentation. A bibliography must be provided that lists sources cited. The bibliography must be formatted according to established standards.
  • The applicant's entire Hornaday effort. This evaluation, included in the application in a separate section, should contain information on alternatives considered for each project and an explanation of why each specific conservation project was selected, procedures used, processes used, staffing levels used, funding requirements, and so on.
  • The lessons learned. Included in the report in a separate section, this details what the applicant, in hindsight, would do differently on each project. The section should include recommended changes in project selection; procedures, processes, and staffing levels used; funding requirements; and evaluations of project effectiveness over time.
4. PROJECTS:
  • For the BADGE:
Plan, lead, and carry out ONE significant project in natural resource conservation from one of the following categories:
  • Energy Conservation
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Forestry and Range Management
  • Air and Water Pollution Control
  • Resource Recovery (Recycling)
  • Hazardous Material Disposal and Management
  • Invasive species control
  • For the BRONZE MEDAL:
Plan, lead, and carry out THREE significant projects in natural resource conservation or environmental improvement, one each from three of the eight project categories.
  • For the SILVER MEDAL:
Plan, lead, and carry out FOUR significant projects in natural resource conservation or environmental improvement, one each from four of the eight project categories.

The complete program of the applicant, as planned and carried out, will be reviewed and approved by the council for the award of the certificate or badge or both and, further, if deemed qualified, will be recommended to the William T. Hornaday Awards Committee for consideration for the Silver or Bronze medals.

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