BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award - Silver Honor
for Venturing and Sea Scouts


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 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. 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 Scou's Eagle Scout project, if applicable. All projects must contribute to environment improvement on a long‐term scale.
  2. Do both 2 (a) and (b)
    1. Make a tabletop display or presentation on one of your conservation projects for a crew, ship, post, a Cub Scout or Scouts BSA group, or another group.
    2. Submit an article about your project to a local newspaper, radio station, your school newspaper, internet publication, or TV station.
  3. Lead a Cub Scout or Scouts BSA group in carrying out an age appropriate conservation project. (this may be part of one of the projects in requirement if appropriate)
  4. Write a paper or make a presentation on a plant or wildlife species. Include its value as seen from various perspectives, some of the problems various species face, and how we might be able to help.
  5. Do both 5(a) and (b).
    1. Select an area approved by your BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Adviser that contains several species of wildlife or plants. Observe this area thoroughly in various conditions and seasons of the year. Study the history of this area, paying attention to how it has changed over time, ownership, land use patterns, and landform and climate changes.
    2. Make a presentation on interaction between species; the reaction of various species to changes in conditions or outside influences; the degree to which this area provides food, shelter, materials, and protection for each species; population trends; your predictions on the future of these species; suggested actions to protect or enhance the populations; and the investigation methods that you used.
  6. Do both 6(a) and (b)
    1. Study a specific plant or wildlife species approved by your Adviser that can be found in several different areas. Observe this species thoroughly in various areas and seasons of the year. Study the history of this species paying attention to how it has adapted over time.
    2. Make a presentation on this species; any reactions to changes in conditions or outside influences; this species’ needs for food, soil, shelter, materials, protection, assistance with propagation, etc.; population trends; your prediction for the future of this species; suggested actions to protect or enhance the population; and the investigation methods you used.
  7. Explain the basic natural systems, cycles, and changes over time and how they are evidenced in a watershed near to where you live. Include the four basic elements, land use patterns, and at least six different species in your analysis and how they have changed over time. Discuss both biological and physical components.
  8. Describe at least four environmental study areas near where you live. Include the reasons for selecting these areas, their boundaries, user groups, past inventories, any outside forces that interact with them, and a list of what things could be studied at each of them.
  9. Plan a field trip to each of the above areas, including detailed plans for consolidating various investigations. Follow all the requirements such as landowner permissions and/or needed permits, safety plans, transportation plans, equipment needs, etc.
  10. Do both 10(a) and (b).
    1. Under the guidance of a natural resource professional, carry out an investigation of an ecological subject approved by your BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Adviser in one of the areas selected above.. Inventory and map the area.
    2. Conduct a detailed investigation providing specific data for a specific topic. Document and present your findings to a crew, ship, post, pack, troop, or another group.
  11. Teach others in a crew, ship, post, pack, troop, or another group how to carry out an ecological investigation. Use steps 9 and 10 above with the group so that they may also learn by doing.
  12. Successfully pass a board of review with the National BSA Distinguished Conservation Service Award Committee.

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


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