Our spring session for the Occoneechee Council Orange District Merit Badge Pow Wow will be sponsored by the Jordan Lake Environment Education Center at the Jordan Lake Business Center, 1434 Farrington Road, Apex, NC, 27523, (919) 360-6418, http://www.jordanlake.co and will be held Saturday, April 27th, 2012 from 9am till 3pm.
The Pow Wow will offer Scouts six (6) different Hornaday Conservation Award Merit Badges to choose from: Bird Study, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Oceanography, Soil and Water or Weather. Any Scout that attends the Pow Wow, brings the required pre-reqs to the Merit Badge Session and successfully completes all the requirements with the Merit Badge Counselor the day of Pow Wow, will earn their selected Merit Badge.
A Scout may select only one (1) Merit Badge session, each session will last the entire 6 hours starting at 9am and ending at 3pm with a 30 minute lunch break from 12pm – 12:30pm for $20 per Scout. Lunch will be supplied by the Pow Wow. Any registered Boy Scout may attend the Orange District Merit Badge Pow Wow, sessions will be limited to the number of Scouts noted in session detail and will be filled on a first come first serve basis with session priority given to registered Orange District Boy Scouts. All proceeds from this Pow Wow will go to benefit the Jordan Lake Environment Education Center operations.
Registration begins at 8:30am and the Pow Wow will start promptly at 9am, please try your best to be on time.
Conservation and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for a long time. Camping, hiking, and respect for the outdoors are a part of the Scouting heritage. Many of the requirements for advancement from Tenderfoot through Eagle Scout rank call for an increasing awareness and understanding of the natural sciences. Many former Scouts have become leaders in conserving our environment and protecting it from abuse. Right now Scouts are involved in learning about environmental problems and actively working to make a difference.
This awards program was created to recognize those that have made significant contributions to conservation. It was begun in 1914 by Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hornaday was an active and outspoken champion of natural resource conservation and a leader in saving the American bison from extinction. He named the award the Wildlife Protection Medal. Its purpose was to challenge Americans to work constructively for wildlife conservation and habitat protection. After his death in 1937, the award was renamed in Dr. Hornaday’s honor and became a Boy Scouts of America award.
In the early 1970s, the present awards program was established with funding from the DuPont Company. At that time, the late Dr. Hornaday’s idea of conservation was broadened to include environmental awareness.
The Hornaday Awards are highly prized by those who have received them: Approximately 1,100 medals have been awarded over the past 80 years. These awards represent a substantial commitment of time and energy by individuals who have learned the meaning of a conservation/environmental ethic. Any Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer willing to devote the time and energy to work on a project based on sound scientific principles and guided by a conservation professional or a well-versed layperson can qualify for one of the Hornaday Awards. The awards often take months to complete, so activities should be planned well in advance.
The fundamental purpose of the Hornaday Awards program is to encourage learning by the participants and to increase public awareness about natural resource conservation. Understanding and practicing sound stewardship of natural resources and environmental protection strengthens Scouting’s emphasis on respecting the outdoors. The goal of this awards program is to encourage and recognize truly outstanding efforts undertaken by Scouting units, Scouts and Venturers, adult Scouters, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions that have contributed significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection.
During this Pow Wow the attending Scout will have the opportunity to complete 1 of the 5 Merit Badge requirements for earning the Bronze Hornaday Conservation Award. A Scout can earn the Hornaday Conservation Award by completing the following requirements:
William T. Hornaday Awards
William T. Hornaday awards are presented for distinguished service in natural resource conservation for units, Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters. Boy Scouts may earn the Hornaday Badge or the Hornaday Bronze or Silver Medal.
William T. Hornaday Badge
1. Earn First Class rank.
2. Plan, lead, and carry out at least one project from one of the categories listed below.
3. Complete the requirements for any three of the primary merit badges listed. In addition, complete any two of the others listed.
William T. Hornaday Bronze Medal
1. Earn First Class rank.
2. For the bronze medal: Plan, lead, and carry out three projects from three separate categories listed.
3. Earn the Environmental Science merit badge. Earn at least three more primary merit badges listed, plus any two others listed.
William T. Hornaday Silver Medal
1. Earn First Class rank.
2. Plan, lead, and carry out four projects from four separate categories listed.
3. Earn the Environmental Science merit badge. Earn all six primary merit badges and any other three.
- Energy conservation
- Soil and water conservation
- Fish and wildlife management
- Forestry and range management
- Air and water pollution control
- Resource recovery (recycling)
- Hazardous material disposal and management
- Invasive species control
Primary Merit Badges
- Environmental Science
- Fish and Wildlife Management
- Public Health
- Soil and Water Conservation
Elective Merit Badges
- Bird Study
- Insect Study
- Landscape Architecture
- Mammal Study
- Nuclear Science
- Plant Science
- Pulp and Paper
- Reptile and Amphibian Study