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Planning Your Hornaday Project

Once your project has been approved, it is time to begin planning. The same steps used in planning an Eagle project may be used.

Technical Design: Create a design diagram, architectural drawing, landscaping plan,or some sort of depiction of the project. This will not only help on the Hornaday application, but it will also make it easier for Scouts and participants in the project to understand exactly what you are doing.

Changes: Plan for changes. In writing, state parts of the plan that are subject to change and how these changes will affect the project result.

Materials: Make a detailed materials list including all the required items, prices of those items to be purchased, and the location of items that are donated. Overestimate he amount of a given material needed to ensure that the project does not stop simply because the correct amount of materials was not provided.

Equipment: Do not assume that the benefiting organization has or has the means to obtain the machinery or specific equipment for the project. Frequently, the organization will have some basic equipment, but not specific items like augers, tillers,or fertilizer spreaders. Arrange to get this equipment to the site and make sure to over allocate these resources so that workers are kept busy.

Budget: Use the materials list to create a budget for the project. Keep in mind that money will be needed for lunch or food for the workers. Also, include a ten or fifteen percent contingency fund for unplanned materials. In the budget, you can indicate fundraised or donated money or supplies. You need not budget for pieces of equipment like shovels, gloves, and saws if participants will bring these items.However, anything that is rented should be included in the budget and donated items should be verified far in advance.

Workers: Hornaday projects have no specifics pertaining to who must complete the actual labor in the project but does require leadership. The group effort will correlate with Eagle project requirements and also show the education component of a Hornaday project. Scouts, Scouters,adults, and others may participate in the project. Base the timeline for work on the number of individuals expected to help on the project. Recruit early and remember that only adults should operate most power tools (See BSA Guide to Safe Scouting).Sources of workers can be your Unit, the Order of the Arrow, Venturing crews, school service groups, and other clubs. Choose several members to serve as crew leaders as you split up the work that will be completed.

Funding: You need not fundraise. Raising money will not help your Hornaday application, nor is it a requirement of the application. It is up to the Candidate to see that the project has the money required to succeed, but he does not need to go and raise the money. First, speak with the benefiting organization about funding the project. Frequently, they will be able to donate some or most of the money for the project. Check with members of your Unit to see if they can provide materials or know companies that can help. 

Publicity: Plan to document the project well so that you can send pictures and information to local newspapers or media. They will be most responsive if you combined a Hornaday project with an Eagle project, but it does not hurt to send material from each project. Briefly describe the purpose and results of the project as well as the importance of the Hornaday award. This will raise awareness about the awards and give you publicity for your hard work.

Continuation: This is one factor that differentiates Hornaday from other projects. Put simply, it is not a Hornaday project if everything stops at the end of the last work day. Planting one hundred trees simply is not sufficient, for there is no follow-up or continuation. This continuation is difficult to plan out and sometimes is abstract. A habitat reconstruction project could, for example, be continued through an agreement with a landscaper to keep the area maintained and periodic photographic updates. What about a publicity project? These are much more difficult to continue. You could choose to educate an employee of Habitat for Humanity about your Energy Conservation program so that they can continue to teach the material after your project is complete.

Venturers must also plan for their display and education seminar for a unit or group. Those should be planned as above.

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