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Hornaday Award Weekends

Our Hornaday Award Weekends provide Scouts BSA youth a path toward earning Scouting’s highest conservation award, the William T. Hornaday Award. Our weekend program offers all 21 Hornaday-qualifying merit badges, Leave No Trace classes, and conservation project opportunities.

The event happens in the spring and the fall at our Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop. These are both terrific times to be at Lost Pines, as you will likely see plant and wildlife activity you normally wouldn’t during summer camp.

All Scouts must register as individuals, even if their entire troop is attending. You must pre-register (there is no “walk up” registration).

For much more on our Hornaday Weekend programs, please visit this site maintained by our council’s Hornaday Committee.

What is the Hornaday Award?

The Boy Scouts of America created its Hornaday Awards program in 1937 to honor Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hornaday was an active and outspoken champion of natural resource conservation and a leader in saving the American bison from extinction.

The award includes a few tiers:

Badge

(may be earned by Venturers and Scouts who have reached First Class rank)

Scouts must earn five merit badges from the list below — including three listed in bold — plus plan and carry out one significant project.

Bronze Medal

(may be earned by Venturers and Scouts who have reached First Class rank)

Scouts must earn six merit badges from the list below including Environmental Science and three in bold, plus plan and carry out three significant projects. Reviewed by a national committee.

Silver Medal

(may be earned by Venturers and Scouts who have reached First Class rank)

Scouts must earn nine merit badges from the list below, including all of those listed in bold, plus plan and carry out four significant projects. Reviewed by a national committee.

Unit Certificate

At least 60 percent of registered members in a pack, troop, team or crew must carry out a substantial conservation project.

Gold Badge

Scouters or Venturing leaders can be nominated for leading and educating youth on conservation efforts on a council or district level for at least three years.

Gold Medal

Scouters or Venturing leaders can be nominated for leading and educating youth on conservation efforts on a regional, national or international level. Reviewed by a national committee.

Gold Certificate

Corporations or organizations can be nominated for leading and educating youth on conservation efforts in an outstanding way. Reviewed by a national committee.


Hornaday merit badges (required list in bold)

  • Energy
  • Environmental Science
  • 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

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