BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award - Silver Honor
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


*The BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Silver award and certificate replaces the William T Hornaday Silver Medal which was retired on October 12, 2020. This option is made available for those that had already started work on the third or fourth project for the William T. Hornaday Silver Medal by October 13, 2020 and must be completed by June 30, 2021.


  1. Scout must earn First Class Rank.
  2. Earn the following Merit Badges:
    • Energy
    • Environmental Science
    • Fish and Wildlife Management
    • Forestry
    • Public Health, and
    • Soil & Water Conservation
  3. Plus earn three of the following Merit Badges:
    Bird Study 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 four conservation projects, each from 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, Resource Recovery, or Soil & Water Conservation). One of the projects may include the Scout's Eagle Scout project, if applicable. All projects must contribute to environment improvement on a long-term scale

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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