Re: Hornaday Award
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Tue, 2 Jul 1996 09:14:44 -0500
(I'm taking your questions out of order so that I can answer all of them
Bob Tascher asked about the William T. Hornaday Award:
> Who administers the program, MB Counselor, Troop or Council?
The local Council adminsters the program on behalf of the BSA's
National Conservation and Outdoor Programs Committee. This
committee, a merger between two smaller subcommittees, approves
all of the Hornaday Awards after recommendation from local Council
The local Council has three primary responsibilities in regard to this
special series of awards: to promote it among their local Council
youth and adult membership; to appoint a committee (usually this
is either the Council's Conservation and Outdoor Programs
Committee or the Council's Advancement Committee; in some local
Councils, an ad-hoc Conservation Committee is established using
members from the community and Executive Board members, with a
staff person, usually the Council Scout Executive, as professional
advisor/secretary) to review and recommend approval of those
applications; and to present the Certificates, Pins, and all three
(Bronze and Silver medals and Gold Medallion) awards to Scouts,
Explorers and Scouters upon approval by the National Committee.
The Troop has little or no responsibility, except to certify that the
Scout is a registered member of the BSA and of the unit currently
Merit Badge Counsellors have the responsibilily only of approving
merit badges which are required or recommended for Hornaday
It is REQUIRED that a person whose job it is to deal with
conservation, environmental education, ecology, or forestry be
appointed to work with each candidate as a "Conservation
Advisor". This person will insure that the projects and work
selected by the candidate is suitable for the youth involved, are
indeed conservation, enviornmental, or reclaimation-recycling
related, and benefits the organization(s) or community(ies)
> Has anyone had a scout earn the Hornaday Award recently?
Write to Paul Rogers <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Paul has recently
earned the Silver Hornaday Medal (eight are presented yearly,
two per Region) and is in the process of preparing for the
His father Fred Rogers is a contributor here at Scouts-L and on
several other forums. Paul started out by making a list of
suitable projects and have even asked for our help here on
Scouts-L as to which ones "are the best".
He has a wealth of knowledge, Bob...ask him!! I'm very proud
of this Scouts' accomphishments over a two-year period!!
> One of our scouts will soon have earned all of the MB's necessary
> for the Hornaday award and is looking for project ideas.
Have him to first get a copy of the BSA's Conservation Handbook.
This is a new booklet which explains many conservation terms,
gives background and much information, and can serve as a
springboard for several projects. The Conservation Handbook,
BSA #33570, was written by the former Director of Conservation
at Philmont Scout Ranch, Robert Birkby.
Second, have him to contact as many conservation-related
professionals in his community as possible. Start with the local
CFSA (Consolidated Farm Services Agency, which is a combination
of several farm, water and land conservation programs) office.
Every county has one. Every county also has a office of the Soil
Conservation Service (SCS). Also every county has a
Cooperative Extension Service, which is where you will find the
4-H folks as well as youth leadership development people. These
programs are run by state university agricultural schools.
All of these people have a wealth of project ideas and information.
Finally, ask around your local Council camp and other outdoor
facilities, public and private. There's a lot to be done.
Hope that all of this information is of help to you and the Scout,
Bob...but have the Scout to post to Paul...that "Scout-to-Scout"
conversation can go a longer way than our "translation and
transfer" of information from adult to Scout!!
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