William T. Hornaday Unit Award

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This is the William T. Hornaday Unit Award.
For the Scouts BSA-specific requirements for this award, see William T. Hornaday awards (Scouts BSA).
For the Venturer and Sea Scout-specific requirements for this award, see William T. Hornaday awards (Venturers and Sea Scouts).
For a list of all William T. Hornaday Awards, see William T. Hornaday awards.

William T. Hornaday Unit Award

William T. Hornaday Unit Award certificate.
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Level:Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops,
Varsity Scout teams,[Note 1] Venturing crews,
and Sea Scout ships

The William T. Hornaday Unit Award may be earned by a Cub Scout pack, Scouts BSA troop, Varsity Scout team,[Note 1] Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship 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 Awards are presented for distinguished service in natural resource conversation. These awards are unusual prizes with demanding expectations. Unit award judging is performed by the local area BSA council.


William T. Hornaday Unit Award requirements

Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout* troops, Varsity Scout teams**, Venturing crews and Sea Scout ships are eligible for the award. A unit may either be nominated or apply to their local BSA council for recognition.

  • The unit must plan and carry out at least one environmental / conservation project.
  • At least 60 percent of the registered members in the unit must participate.
  • The scope of the project should be appropriate for the type of unit applying.
  • For a Boy Scout* unit, the project is to be equivalent in scope to an Eagle Scout leadership service project.
  • The project must benefit a school, community, religious organization, or BSA property, or fulfill some other public service purpose.
  • The project must be from an approved conservation category:
    • 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
  • The project must contribute to sound conservation and environmental improvement in the local community, the region, or the nation.

Units to be recognized must complete the Hornaday Unit Award form Adobe Acrobat PDF and submit it to the local council.

Unit award recipients receive the William T. Hornaday Unit Award certificate, No. 21-110.

Source: BSA's Hornaday Awards web page, retrieved 08/21/2018

* Editor's note: Effective February 1, 2019, the name of the older youth program will change from Boy Scouting and Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA
** Editor's note: Effective December 31, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America ended the Varsity Scouting program.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Editor's note: effective December 31, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America ended the Varsity Scouting program.

Prior to beginning

  1. Review all information and forms at the BSA Web site regarding the William T. Hornaday Award (see External links below). Carefully review the Checklists for Applications page on the BSA website.
  2. Print and review the unit award application Adobe Acrobat PDF.
  3. Select a qualified advisor for the award. Contact your local council for assistance with advisor selection. Make sure your advisor knows and understands the BSA advisor recommendations on the Becoming an Advisor page on the BSA website; see also the Guidelines for the William T. Hornaday Award Conservation Advisor Adobe Acrobat PDF found on the SageVenture.com site.

Applying for the award

To apply or to nominate a unit, complete the application Adobe Acrobat PDF for the unit award and submit it to your local council service center for review and approval by the council conservation committee and Scout executive. The local council forwards the approved application to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America.

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