Hornaday Award (1/2)
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Wed, 16 Dec 1992 12:57:24 CST
From: WKUVX1::WALTOML "Settummanque, the blackeagle (502)782-7992" 12-DEC
Subj: RE: Hornaday Award procedures
Fred Rogers <fredrogers@VNET.IBM.COM> writes:
>The Baden-Powell Council advancement committtee is currently looking at
>setting up procedures to be followed by Scouts who want to earn the
>Hornaday Award for conservation work. I am interested in hearing from
>people who have earned this award, Scoutmasters or parents of Scouts
>who have earned this award, and Scouters from councils which already
>have defined procedures for pursuing the award. I would like to hear
>about experiences (both good and bad) and about procedures which you
I am going to post this to the list as well as to respond to you
personally, because the comments are about both the World
Conservation Award as well as the William T. Hornaday award for
First off, the responsibilities for approval of these awards rest with
your Council's Camping and Conservation Committee, and not normally
your Council's advancement committee (since the Hornaday is NOT a
advancement award nor could be used as advancement). Many Councils
have established ad-hoc or Special Awards committee to review and
approve awards for youth members (this includes the Exploring
Leadership Awards, the Hornaday Awards, the heroism awards and other
such non-advancement awards).
This may cause problems when applications are sent to the National
Camping/Outdoor Division BSA, for approval, in the case of the
William T. Hornaday award.
[William T. Hornaday Award. Named in honor of the director of the New
York Zoological Society and strong supporter of conservation programs
for Scouting, Dr. William T. Hornaday. The award was orginally only
available to youth members and consisted of a gold medal with green
ribbon and gold bar ( which I was one of the last youth members to
earn the old Gold Medal in 1974); the gold bar (which was presented to
local Council receipents of the award); and certificates to units.
Later, the BSA remade the awards and the structure of the awards to
allow for more local Council receipents of the medal, and established
a Bronze medal and Bar to be presented to individual Scouts and
Explorers, a Silver medal to be presented to one reciepent per Region
per year, and gold medallions (without ribbon or bar) for adults to be
presented one per year. You only earn ONE of the awards.
Last year, the BSA made special square knots available to Scouts and
Scouters that have earned the award. This was long in coming, since
many holders of the award had to wear the bar (and if the experience
with the WEBELOS bar was any indication) (and from personal
experience), had lost the bars several times over during outing
events. The knots, by the way, are identical to the Eagle knot in
design except it is green, white and blue colored strands (the colors
of the U.S. EPA flag).
A Scout or Explorer should plan his or her activities early in his or
her career as the successful attainment of all awards will take at
least 18 months to complete (it took me two and one half years!) to
accomphish. The following actions are essential:
1) Earn Environmental Science merit badge and one other merit badge
of the primary conservation group (Forestry, Fish and Wildlife
Conservation, Soil and Water Conservation, Energy) for the badge.
Enviornmental Science and two merit badges from this group are
required for the Bronze Medal; and ALL badges in this group are
required for the Silver Medal.
(if local circumstances make it impossible to complete any one of
these merit badges, the Council's Camping and Outdoor activities or
other suitable committee may grant a waiver. An explaination of this
waiver should be included with other materials submitted.)
2) Earn at least three merit badges from the nature and conservation group
(Bird Study, Botany, Geology, Insect Life, Reptile Study, Oceanography,
Mammals, Nature and Weather).
3) Identify, plan and carry out, under the guidance of the
conservation advisor, a local project in FOUR of the following project
areas: energy conservation, soil and water conservation, fish and
wildlife management, foresty and range management, air and water
pollution control, resource recovery (recycling).
**LARGE NOTE!! Projects accomphished for the Hornaday awards may NOT
be the same as accomphished for earned merit badges or for other
4) Carry out projects to influnce other people to understand and
undertake conservation work and/or objectives. These might include the
following: letters to editors, news stories, exhibits and displays,
leadership in the accomphishment of Troop/Team/Post/Ship projects,
talks at public meetings, service projects with a state fish and game
department or local conservation and public interest groups.
5) Sumbit a resume covering a summary of the local or regional project
in the conservation and quality-of-life/environment fields together
with a summary of the efforts to influence other people to practice
+++++++++here is where you need to place emphasis on: +++++++++++++++
6) The complete program of the applicant. as planned and carried out,
will be reviewed and approved by the Council for the award of the
Certificate and/or Badge and, further, if deemed qualified, will be
recommended to the William T. Hornaday Awards Committee for
consideration for the Bronze and Silver Medals.
The Gold medallion is just presented to someone doing a lot of work in
Conservation while a member of the BSA.
The unit certificate (with NO INDIVIDUAL Bar badges!!) are presented
to a Den, Pack, Patrol, Troop, Squad, Team, Post, Ship or group of
five more individuals. This does NOT entitle them to wear the bar or
the knot emblems.
The procedure for working and approval of the award is outlined on the
1991 version of the application (21-107)
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