William T. Hornaday award (unit)
- For a list of all William T. Hornaday Awards, see William T. Hornaday Awards (awards table).
The William T. Hornaday Unit Award may be earned by a Cub Scouting pack, Boy Scouting troop, Varsity Scouting team, Venturing crew or Sea Scout ship that plans and carries out at least one conservation project.
William T. Hornaday Awards are presented for distinguished service in natural resource conversation. These awards are unusual prizes with demanding expectations. Award judging is performed by the national Hornaday Awards Committee who follow Dr. Hornaday's injunction, "Unusual prizes are to be won only by unusual services."
Registered Cub Scouting packs, Boy Scouting troops, Varsity Scouting 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 participat. Units to be recognized must complete the Hornaday Unit Award forms and submit them to the local council. The forms are available at the BSA Web site: http://www.scouting.org/awards/hornaday/pdf/award.pdf
Unit award recipients receive the William T. Hornaday unit certificate, No. 21-110.
Source: BSA's Scouting.org Web site, retrieved 11/9/2007
Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. Many of the requirements for advancement in Scouting call for an increasing awareness and understanding of the natural sciences. Many former Scouts have become leaders in conserving our environment and protecting it from abuse. Right now Scouts are involved in learning about environmental problems and actively working to make a difference.
This awards program was created to recognize those that have made significant contributions to conservation. It was begun in 1917 by Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hornaday was an active and outspoken champion of natural resource conservation and a leader in saving the American bison from extinction.
Help with these requirements
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 Submitting Applications' page on the BSA site.
- 2. Print the specific forms for the desired award found on the Applications and Nomination Forms located on the BSA Web site.
- 5. Select a qualified adviser for the award. Contact your area council for assistance with adviser selection. Make sure your adviser knows and understands the BSA adviser recommendations on the Guidelines for the Conservation Adviser page on the BSA site; see also the Guidelines for the William T. Hornaday Award Conservation Advisor (102K PDF) found on the SageVenture.com site.
- William T. Hornaday Awards — (official BSA link), which also provides links to the following sub-pages:
- Who Was William T. Hornaday
- How Do I Earn a Hornaday Medal
- The Awards
- Hornaday Projects
- How Applications Are Judged
- Checklists for Submitting Applications
- Guidelines for the Conservation Adviser
- Application Forms
- BSA Factsheet 02-568 — William T. Hornaday Award for Distinguished Service in Conservation
- Hornaday Project Categories Suggestions and examples of Hornaday projects, broken down by categories
- Guidelines for the William T. Hornaday Award Conservation Advisor PDF located on the SageVenture.com Web site.