BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award
for Scouts-BSA


Requirements were ISSUED effective November 9, 2020 .

This is a new award which replaces the former Hornaday Awards Program. which was discontinued on October 12, 2020


  1. Be a First Class Scout.
  2. Earn the following five Merit Badges:
    • Environmental Science
    • Fish and Wildlife Management
    • Forestry
    • Soil and Water Conservation, and
    • Sustainability
  3. Earn any two of the following Merit Badges:
    Bird Study Energy Fishing Fly-Fishing Gardening Geology
    Insect Study Landscape Architecture Mammal Study Nature Nuclear Science
    Oceanography Plant Science Pulp and Paper Reptile and Amphibian Study or Weather
  4. Plan, lead and carry out two conservation projects, from two different categories (Categories include Air and Water Pollution Control, Energy Conservation, Fish & Wildlife Management, Forestry & Range Management, Hazardous Materials Disposal and Management, Invasive Species Control, Pollinator Management, Resource Recovery, or Soil & Water Conservation). The projects must be developed under the guidance and pre-approval of the Scout's Unit Leader, a BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Adviser and the Council Conservation Committee. One of the projects may include the Scout's Eagle Scout project, if applicable. All projects must contribute to environment improvement on a longterm scale. Applicants must use the BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Workbook to document each of the service projects.
  5. Successfully pass a board of review conducted by the local Council's Conservation Committee.

Source: https://www.scouting.org/outdoor-programs/conservation-and-environment/conservation-awards-and-recognitions/bsa-distinguished-conservation-service-award/


Page updated on: November 15, 2020



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