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For Boy Scouts earn all the merit badges listed above in boldface, plus any three others. Then plan, lead, and carry out four significant projects in natural resource conservation or environmental improvements, one each from four of the eight project categories listed.


For Venturers:

1. Complete the Ecology and the Plants and Wildlife Ranger Award electives.

2. Plan, lead, and carry out four projects from four separate categories listed below.

3. In addition to the required project documentation the Venturer should provide specific information on:

  • The research performed in connection with the conservation projects undertaken. The relevant research must be cited at the appropriate location in the conservation project documentation. A bibliography must be provided that lists sources cited. The bibliography must be formatted according to established standards.
  • The applicant’s entire Hornaday effort. This evaluation, included in the application packet in a separate section, should contain information on alternatives considered for each project and an explanation of why each specific conservation project was selected, procedures used, processes used, staffing levels used, funding requirements, and so on.
  • The lessons learned. Included in the report in a separate section, this details what the applicant, in hindsight, would do differently on each project. The section should include recommended changes in project selection; procedures, processes, and staffing levels used; funding requirements; and evaluations of project effectiveness over time.

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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