How to Earn the Hornaday Awards 

How to Start

This section pertains only to Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Units seeking to earn a Hornaday Award. Recall that Scouters, organizations, and individuals do not need to complete projects, nor do they apply for the award; rather, they are nominated. 


Awards 

For Scouts, there are three different levels of Hornaday awards. The badge is awarded to Scouts who plan and lead one conservation project and earn five conservation Merit Badges. A bronze medal requires completion of six Merit Badges and three projects, while the Silver Medal dictates earning nine conservation related Merit Badges and completing four Eagle sized projects. A Hornaday badge may be combined with an Eagle project. Venturers replace the Merit Badges with components of the Ranger Award. There is also a Unit Award, two adult awards given by nomination, and an individual or organizational award.


Projects

A Hornaday project must be a significant and lasting effort in natural resource conservation or environmental improvements. Each Hornaday project must be chosen from a list of different disciplines of conservation. Only one project may be completed on Boy Scout property and another may be an Eagle project if it fits the criteria, but may other organizations have worthy potential projects. 


Starting 

Any Scouts interested in earning a Hornaday Award must first contact the Council William T. Hornaday Awards Coordinator to receive additional information and get a Conservation Advisor. The Conservation Advisor will help Scouts decide on appropriate projects and make sure that they are meeting Hornaday application requirements.


Time

 Time Hornaday awards must be completed before Scouts turn eighteen or Venturers turn twenty-one. A Badge or Unit Award typically takes six months to complete; a Silver Medal may take up to three years. Adult awards require three or twenty years of service to conservation.

Scouts are required to be First Class or higher before applying for a Hornaday Award. This is a requirement simply so that Scouts have some Merit Badge and project leadership experience before undertaking one of these significant awards.