William T. Hornaday Awards

William T. Hornaday awards are presented for distinguished service in natural resource conservation for units, Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters. Boy Scouts may earn the Hornaday Badge or the Hornaday Bronze or Silver Medal.

William T. Hornaday Badge

To be eligible for the Hornaday Badge, presented by the local council, a Boy Scout must do the following:

  1. Earn First Class rank.
  2. Plan, lead, and carry out at least one project from one of the categories listed below.
  3. Complete the requirements for any three of the merit badges listed in bold. In addition, complete any two of the others listed.

William T. Hornaday Bronze or Silver Medal

To be eligible for these awards, granted by the National Council, a Boy Scout must do the following:

  1. Earn First Class rank.
  2. For the bronze medal: Plan, lead, and carry out three projects from three separate categories listed. For the silver medal: Plan, lead, and carry out four projects from four separate categories listed (see the next page).
  3. Earn the Environmental Science merit badge. For the bronze medal: Earn at least three more merit badges listed in bold, plus any two others listed. For the silver medal: Earn all six merit badges in bold and any other three.

Project Categories

  • Energy conservation
  • Soil and water conservation
  • Fish and wildlife management
  • Forestry and range management
  • Air and water pollution control
  • Resource recovery (recycling)
  • Hazardous material disposal and management
  • Invasive species control

Merit Badges

  • Energy
  • Environmental Science
  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Forestry
  • Public Health
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Bird Study
  • Fishing
  • Gardening
  • Geology
  • Insect Study
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mammal Study
  • Nature
  • Nuclear Science
  • Oceanography
  • Plant Science
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Reptile and Amphibian Study
  • Weather


Detailed information about the William T. Hornaday Awards, including application forms, are available online here.