The Hornaday Awards are the premier conservation awards in Scouting. The Hornaday Silver Medal is the rarest award in Scouting, with only a half a dozen awarded nationally each year compared to 50,000 Eagle ranks. Scouts who wish to earn a Hornaday award earn Merit Badges or Venturing Ranger award requirements and complete several large conservation projects. These projects are meant for the Scout to become an expert in conservation and are held to the standard of a conservation professional. Projects are typically three times longer and much more complicated than Eagle projects and generally take six months to a year to complete. The results are rewarding; Scouts become true conservation professionals and have earned an achievement that is truly distinguished.

The Blue Ridge Mountains Council Conservation Committee is proud to support the development of the BRMC William T. Hornaday Awards Guide. Started in 2011, this document provides the most comprehensive Hornaday guidance available for Scouts and Scouters. The Conservation Committee provides this Guide as a resource for Scouts and Scouters in the BRMC and the more than 150 other Councils that have adopted portions of this Guide for use in their Hornaday education materials.

Scouts in the BRMC thinking about starting a Hornaday Award should contact the BRMC William T. Hornaday Awards Coordinator for more information. Scouts, Scouters, Scouting Professionals, and parents in other Councils wishing to learn more about the Hornaday Awards should also contact us. We are more than happy to help start Hornaday programs in your Council and to support Scouts and Scouters seeking to learn more about or work on the Hornaday awards.

BRMC William T. Hornaday Awards Guide: Click here