William T. HORNADAY Award
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Tue, 2 May 1995 21:31:03 CDT
Lisa Varner <lvarner@FREENET.COLUMBUS.OH.US> writes:
>"Would you check to see if anyone on the information super highway
>knows anything about the Hornaday Conversation Award ?
Hi Lisa! Here's the information you've requested. But first, here's
some general information since there's many here that are not familiar
with the CURRENT version of the award.
The William T. HORNADAY (please note the spelling) Award is a
national award, presented by the BSA's Conservation and Outdoor
Activities Committee, to Cub Scouts, Scouts, Explorers and volunteer
Scouters for "exceptional service to conservation, environmental
education, energy and resource awareness and education".
The award was named for Dr. William T. Hornaday, a member of the BSA's
National Executive Board for many years and the Chair of the New York
Zoological Society. It was through his efforts that a national award
to honor Boy Scouts whom have done work in the field of conservation
was funded, that the award was developed and that the BSA approved the
award starting in 1938.
The first awards were made in 1942, and as of 1 Jan 1994, there has
been close to 2000 TOTAL awards presented since.
The original medal (the one that I earned and the one that most Scouts
and Scouters here associate the award with) is a gold medal, with a
dark green ribbon and a gold bar with several outdoor scenes
representing the land, water and air conservation aspects of the
award. The medal was presented by the National Committee on behalf of
the BSA; there was a certificate which was presented to units or
groups of five or more Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts or Explorers; and the
ribbon bar was awarded by local Councils to Scouts that met the
requirements but in the opinion of the National Committee, did not
meet the high standards required for the medal to be presented.
In 1984, the National Conservation and Engineering Committees split
and it was recommended that the Hornaday Award be reforumulated to
allow more boys to earn the award as well as it to be presented to
volunteer adults as well. The gold medals were made into medallions
and since 1985 presented to a volunteer per Region that have shown
exceptional service and influnce into conservation and ecology areas.
Only three of the old six Regions presented the awards consistantly.
There was also a new set of awards.
First, Cub Scouts were removed from consideration for the medals,
although local Councils still have the option of presenting the ribbon
bars to them. Next, two medals, a Bronze medal and a Silver medal
were created, with the same design as the old gold medal with one
exception: the bar also contains the words "William T. Hornaday
The Bronze medal is presented to Scouts and Explorers that meet the
MINIMUM requirements of completing merit badges and participating or
planning conservation or environmental education projects during a 18
month period. The Silver medal is presented by the National committee,
one per Region, to Scouts or Explorers that have done "exceptional
work" in the areas.
In 1990, after several (including this person) Scouts and Scouters
complained again to National that this award deserves a square knot if
for nothing else to keep those holders from losing the ribbon bars,
and finally National listened! The square knot is identical to the
Eagle square knot, except that the red parts is green. (note to
patch traders: the knot is a restricted item, with National only
giving out FIVE knots per person PER LIFE).
> He would like to know
>what types of conversation projects scouts could do. This
>award requires extensive work in the area of conservation,
>and he must earn several merit badges listed in the
The first thing he needs to do is to find a conservation advisor.
This person could be the local extension agent, it could be a state
or federal fish and wildlife agency, or a soil and water conservation
agent. It could also be someone whom is familiar with conservation or
environmental education programs, like a school teacher or even a
private agency like Ducks Unlimited or TreeFarm USA.
This is a requirement, and this person needs to be working with the
Scout from start to finish on the award (like a merit badge counsellor
What kinds of projects can you do? There's a large listing of
possible projects found in the BSA Conservation Handbook, which is
available from your local Council. It's hard to answer what specific
kinds of projects can be done, because I'm here in Kentucky and he's
there (wherever there is).
Here's a short list of what I did as a 14 year-old Scout to earn the
award (minus the merit badge work):
*went to classrooms in elementary schools to explain the water and
life cycles and to show how kids can demostrate those concepts
*created two recyclying projects, one for "bar code paper" and the
other for cans, in my community
*assisted local conservation officals (game wardens) with counting
deer and feeding deer during rough winter
*helped local conservation committee to plan new park and outdoor
*mapped areas of large deer population and areas where deer could be
isolated (Fort Knox is a large military reservation!)
*planted trees and flowerbeds in several areas of the reservation
*assisted fish and wildlife conservation officials
Mind you, the Fort Knox military installation is a large area, and one
of the state's largest deer and rabbit hunting areas. One of the
things that I had to learn was that some deer must be killed in order
to allow the rest to continue to live and eat.
Anyway, I do not know of a scout in our area
>who has ever been awarded this medal, and I am trying to
>research it for him. I have sent a letter to the BSA Hqs.
>in Irving, TX, but have not heard from them yet.
The lone guy at BSA National, Tony (I want to say his last name is
Morton, but don't hold me to it!), is trying as hard as he can to
respond to as many inquiries as possible, but give him some time.
I hope that this information is of some help to you and others that
are searching for some information about this special award! If I
didn't answer it completely for you, or if you have additional
questions, I'll try my best to answer it for you this week.
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