The Hornaday Award


Scouting literature calls it an “Olympic Medal Bestowed by Earth,” but I called it fun. I found earning the Hornaday to be an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. The award is important to me personally because I have chosen to dedicate my life working to save our planet’s ecosystem.

The Hornaday Award is important in general because it draws interest and awareness to the needs of the planet we all share. It gives those who achieve the award the experiences and tools necessary to persistently pursue positive action toward conserving and protecting the environment.

I am very proud to be one of the few who have earned the Silver Medal and  excited to be chosen to represent the Boy Scouts of America as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Hornaday Awards.

William Temple Hornaday was an American zoologist, conservationist, taxidermist, and author. He was a pioneer in wildlife conservation and is generally credited with saving the American Bison along with several other species.  Dr. Hornaday, a big supporter of the Boy Scouts, created an award in 1915 called the Wildlife Protection Medal. Its purpose was to challenge Americans to work constructively for wildlife conservation and habitat protection. After his death in 1938, the award was renamed in Dr. Hornaday’s honor and became a BSA award.

William Temple Hornaday