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The Hornaday Badge 

For Boy Scouts- earn three of the merit badges listed in boldface, plus any two others. Then plan, lead, and carry out a significant project in natural resource conservation, from one of the project categories listed.

For Venturers-

Any Venturer completing requirements before his or her 21st birthday may earn the William T. Hornaday award for Venturers OR a male Venturer 17 years old or younger, holding First Class rank or higher, and having earned all the required merit badges may complete this award under the Boy Scout requirements for the Hornaday Award.

  1. Complete the Ecology and the Plants and Wildlife Ranger Award electives.
  2. Plan, lead, and carry out at least one project from one of the categories listed below.
  3. After completing your conservation service project, complete the following requirements, document them on a separate sheet of paper, and attach them to the application.
  • Make a tabletop display or presentation on your conservation project for your crew, a Cub Scout pack or Boy Scout troop, or another group.
  • Lead a Cub Scout pack or another youth group in carrying out an age-appropriate conservation project from the list of Hornaday award categories.

Scouts should use the Hornaday Award Project Workbook for guidance with their project and submission of project along with the award application.



  • Energy
  • Environmental Science or Sustainability
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Forestry
  • Public Health
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Bird Study
  • Fishing
  • Fly-Fishing
  • Gardening
  • Geology
  • Insect Study
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Nuclear Science
  • Oceanography
  • Plant Science
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study
  • Weather


  1. Energy conservation
  2. Soil and water conservation
  3. Fish and wildlife management
  4. Forestry and range management
  5. Air and water pollution control
  6. Resource recovery (recycling)
  7. Hazardous material disposal and management
  8. Invasive species control

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