Checklists for Completing and Submitting Applications

William T. Hornaday Awards
For Distinguished Service to Natural Resource Conservation

William T. Hornaday Unit Award

To apply or to nominate a unit, complete the application for the unit award and submit it to your local council service center for review and approval by the council conservation committee and Scout executive. The local council forwards the approved application to the national office of the Boy Scouts of America.

Note these important points:

  • Indicate the category of the project—energy conservation, soil and water conservation, fish and wildlife management, forestry and range management, air and water pollution control, resource recovery, hazardous material disposal and management, or invasive species control.
  • Give the specific title of the project and a detailed description of what was done, who did it, when it was done, and how it was done.
  • Include any other pertinent information.
  • Applicants must be currently registered in the program in which they are applying for the award (i.e., Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer) when the application is signed.

William T. Hornaday Badge

Complete the application for the badge. The unit leader approves and forwards the application to the local council service center for review and approval by the council conservation committee and Scout executive. The council forwards the approved application to the director of Conservation, Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.

Note these important points:

  • Give a detailed description of the project, as outlined for the unit award above.
  • Be sure the applicant, conservation adviser, and unit leader sign the application before it is sent to the council office.
  • Check and date all merit badges completed.
  • Boy Scout and Varsity Scout applicants must complete these requirements before their 18th birthday. Venturer applicants must complete requirements before their 21st birthday.
Hornaday Bronze Medal

William T. Hornaday Bronze or Silver Medal

Complete the application for the bronze or silver medal. Upon approval by the unit leader, the complete application and supporting materials are forwarded to the local council service center for review and endorsement by the council conservation committee and Scout executive. Following council approval, the local council forwards the application to the director of Conservation, Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079. If appropriate, it is submitted to the Hornaday Awards Committee for action.

Note these important points:

  • Be sure the applicant, conservation adviser, and unit leader sign the application.
  • Check and date all merit badges completed.
  • Prepare a separate "Project Description" for each project (each from a different project category). Describe each project in detail, including illustrations and/or photographs of the work done. Indicate how you provided leadership for the project and how you used the project to involve and influence others. (See "How Applications Are Judged" for details of expected documentation.)
  • Include any newspaper articles, letters of thanks or commendation, and other supporting materials in a well-organized binder.
  • Ensure that the application and supporting materials are neat in appearance and reflect the high quality of the applicant's work.
  • The conservation adviser and Scout executive should ensure that all parts of the application are filled out thoroughly, accurately, and in detail. Determination by the Hornaday Awards Committee of the applicant's qualification is made solely from the information included in the application and supporting materials.
  • Applicants must be currently registered in the program in which they are applying for the award (i.e., Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer) when the application is signed.
  • Venturer applicants must fulfill additional requirements as specified. (See "How Applications Are Judged")

William T. Hornaday Gold Badge

Complete the nomination form and submit it, together with supporting materials including letter(s) of endorsement, to the local council for review and approval by the council conservation committee and the Scout executive. If approved, the council forwards the application to: Director of Conservation, Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079.

William T. Hornaday Gold Medal or William T. Hornaday Gold Certificate

Complete the appropriate nomination form and forward it, together with supporting materials including letters of endorsement, to the Director of Conservation, Boy Scouts of America, 1325 West Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, Texas 75015-2079.

The national Hornaday Awards committee will consider the nomination at its next meeting. The committee meets three or four times a year.

Note this important point:

  • Include the names and phone numbers of others the Hornaday Awards Committee can contact if additional information is needed.