BSA Distinguished Conservationist
(Adult Award)

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

This award is by nomination only and is for an adult Scouter who has rendered distinguished and exemplary service to natural resource conservation and environmental improvement over a sustained period (at least 20 years). The focus of the award nomination should be on the nominee’s involvement with youth, especially in the areas of education and volunteerism and inspiring them to excel in conservation, natural resources management and environmental improvement. Nominations are accepted from any recognized conservation or environmental protection organization.

The nominee’s accomplishments must be at a regional, national, or international level. In an attached letter of nomination, indicate the contributions made by the nominee and whether the accomplishments cited were part of the nominee’s paid professional responsibilities and/or voluntary activities. Central to the selection process is the influence the nominee has had on educational programs emphasizing sound stewardship of natural resources and inspiring youth to excel in conservation, natural resources management and environmental improvement. The nominee should have no part in writing the nomination and should not be aware of the nomination until the time of presentation, if possible.

This application to be submitted to the National BSA Director of Conservation and reviewed by the National Conservation Awards Committee.


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