National Council Criteria in Judging
For Hornaday Awards conferred by the National Council, Boy Scouts of
America, these are the major criteria used in judging. Also see
"How Applications Are Judged." (BSA local
councils hold applicants for the Hornaday unit award, badge, and adult
Scouter gold badge to similarly high standards.)
Youth Applications—Bronze and Silver Medals
Merit Badge/Venturing Requirements
- If a Boy Scout/Varsity Scout, has the applicant earned the merit
badges required for a
- bronze medal?
- silver medal?
- If a Venturer, has the applicant completed the ecology and plant
and wildlife requirements for the Venturing Ranger Award?
- Has the applicant completed substantial conservation
projects in different categories? (At least four projects are
required of silver medal applicants; at least three are required of
bronze medal applicants.)
- Was the time spent on each project indicated?
- Were the projects innovative?
- Does the applicant indicate the origin of project ideas?
- Was each project described in detail, including illustrations and/or
photographs of the work done?
- Did the applicant meet the expectations for project documentation?
Include reasons for choosing each project, preparation, research,
consulting others, design, planning, and approvals from land
managers for each project.
- Were newspaper articles, letters of thanks or commendation, and
other supporting materials included in one well-organized binder?
- Do the plans demonstrate excellence?
- Did these projects result in a positive impact on the local community?
Leadership and Involvement of Others
- Did the applicant give leadership and involve others in carrying
out the projects?
- Did the applicant receive guidance from other organizations and
- Did the applicant help others learn about natural resource conservation?
Adult Scouter Nominations—Gold Medal
- Was the candidate nominated by a recognized conservation or
- Did the letter of nomination include an explanation of accomplishments?
- Were the accomplishments cited part of the nominee's paid professional
- Has the nominee influenced youth and educational programs emphasizing
sound stewardship of our nation's natural resources and environmental
- Has the nominee rendered distinguished and unusual service to natural
resource conservation and environmental improvement over a sustained
period (at least 20 years)?
- Were the cited accomplishments at the regional, national, or
Organization Nominations—Gold Certificate
- Is the organization unaffiliated with Scouting?
- Was the organization nominated by a recognized conservation or
- Has a letter of nomination been received by the Chief Scout
- Were letters of endorsement received by the Chief Scout Executive?
- Has a supporting letter indicating the organization's contribution
to youth conservation/environmental education been received by the
Chief Scout Executive?
- Has the nominee demonstrated leadership and a commitment to youth
on a national or international level, reflecting the mission of the
Hornaday Awards program to encourage learning about natural resource
conservation and the environment?