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Becoming an Advisor

Before a Scout can begin his Hornaday project, he must first seek the advice of knowledgeable adults in his unit and conservation field. These advisors play 2 distinct roles in coaching the Scout through his projects.

First, the Scout should find a Hornaday Advisor.

 The Hornaday Advisor must understand the requirements and process of the Hornaday Badge and will guide the Candidate through the process as well as point out any potential problems. The Hornaday Advisor is not expected to have the technical or professional knowledge needed for the project or to be part of the sponsoring organization. The Hornaday Advisor assists the Candidate in finding a Conservation Advisor, evaluating project ideas, finding a Land Owner/Managing Agency, and provides periodic feedback on the project plan. The Hornaday Advisor may be an adult in a Scout's troop, and must register with the Council Hornaday Committee, be a registered leader with Youth Protection Training and attend training.

Secondly, the Scout chooses a Conservation Advisor.

 The Conservation Advisor must be a conservation or environmental professional or qualified layperson in conservation, usually with a degree or advanced degree in one of the natural sciences, and will guide the Candidate through the selection, research, planning, and accomplishment of the project(s). The Conservation Advisor does not need to be familiar with Dr. Hornaday's work, these awards, or the programs of the Boy Scouts of America, this guide should provide the necessary background information and expectations for effective guidance. Conservation Advisors must fill out a Hornaday Conservation Advisor Application, be approved by the Council Hornaday Committee and have taken Youth Protection.

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