Hornaday Award Program

The Boy Scouts of American has had a long history of our involvement in the area of conservation.  Since, 1917, about 1,100 Hornaday medals have been awarded.  The Hornaday Awards program were begun by Dr. William T. Hornaday, an ardent conservationist and director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., who wanted to recognize Scouts who undertook and completed truly exceptional conservation projects.

The fundamental purpose of the Hornaday Awards program is to encourage learning by the participants and to increase public awareness about natural resource conservation. Understanding and practicing sound stewardship of natural resources and environmental protection strengthens Scouting's emphasis on respecting the outdoors.

The goal of this awards program is to encourage and recognize truly outstanding efforts undertaken by Scouting units, Scouts and Venturers, adult Scouters, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions that have contributed significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection.  For specific information on this program go to this website: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Awards/HornadayAwards.aspx

There are three levels of recognition for youth; these include the Hornaday Badge, the Hornaday Bronze Medal and the Hornaday Silver Medal.  There are also awards for adults and units. For specific information about all the awards go to this website: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Awards/HornadayAwards/Checklist.aspx

There is another conservation recognition a youth, adult, or unit may earn, the Conservation Good Turn Certificate. The Conservation Good Turn is an opportunity for Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Varsity Scout teams, and Venturing crews to join with conservation or environmental organizations (federal, state, local, or private) to carry out a conservation Good Turn in their home communities. You may obtain more information on this recognition at https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/youth/conservation-good-turn/
Click here for the application.

If you would like additional information or if you have questions, first check out the FAQ at: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Awards/HornadayAwards/FAQ.aspx The local GLAAC contact is Ross Arnold, Chair of the Hornaday Committee and he may be reached at rossarnold1213@gmail.com or 323 605-2740.

In the100 years these awards have been available only about 1,100 youth and adults have earned these awards.  If you are looking for a unique program to keep your experienced scouts involved in your unit, this is the program for you.