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Bay Area CouncilHORNADAY WEEKEND 2018

Hornaday Weekend 2018

Camp Karankawa Nature Center Hornaday"Reptile presentation at Nature Lodge"

Protecting and managing natural resources

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.

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

The Hornaday Weekend provides a path toward earning Scouting's highest conservation award, offering some of the 21 merit badges which, in part, are among the requirements for the youth Hornaday badge or medals. The idea is to allow Boy Scout units to camp for the weekend at Camp Karankawa, and participate in merit badge classes on Saturday.  The merit badge classes would also be open to scouts attending just for the day, to attend a class.  In addition, awareness seesions will be offered to acquaint adults and scout with the Hornaday awards and the process for application, and other related awards such as the "Take Care Of Texas" award. 




Merit Badges

  • Bird Study                                                                                       "Flowering Dogwood in bloom at Camp K in March"
  • Camp Karankawa March flowersFish and Wildlife Management
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Insect Study
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Nature
  • Nuclear Science
  • Weather

Find the Merit Badges and requirements for Hornaday awards listed HERE

FOR THE HORNADAY BADGE, Scouts earn three of the merit badges listed above in boldface, plus any two others. Then plan, lead, and carry out a significant project in natural resource conservation, from one of the project categories listed.

FOR THE HORNADAY BRONZE MEDAL, Scouts earn the Environmental Science merit badge and at least three additional merit badges listed above in boldface, plus any two others. Then plan, lead, and carry out three significant projects from three separate categories listed.

FOR THE HORNADAY SILVER MEDAL, Scouts earn all the merit badges listed above in boldface, plus any three others. Then plan, lead, and carry out four significant projects in natural resource conservation or environmental improvements, one each from four of the eight project categories listed.

  • 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

To learn more about getting approval for Hornaday projects, finding a Council advisor or filling out the application, please click here



PLEASE NOTE: Scouts who register for this event will be required to fully complete the necessary prerequisites for certain Merit Badges. This event aims to help you COMPLETE the Merit Badge while at Camp so you must complete all prerequisites.

ADULTS: Adult attendees are requested to act as class assistants or in other staff roles such as First Aid contact, lunch servers, etc. Please let us know if you can help out during the day on Saturday, including Merit Badge class or other assignments.

TIME: Check-in: 7:30 a.m. Saturday for day-trippers or 4 p.m. Friday for Campers; Check-out: 8 p.m. Saturday after Awareness session for Hornaday Award, or 11:30 a.m. Sunday for campers.


PLACE: Camp Karankawa, 3249 FM 1459 Rd., Sweeny, TX 77480

COST: $10 per youth participant in Hornaday classes

Free for adults who are in residence

$2 Camping fee per person; For Troops with more than 17 people there will be a $35 flat fee. Please bring own food if camping, Saturday lunch option open to everyone. (fees added inside registration.)

$6.50 lunch option (Saturday only, available to everyone)

*Some Merit Badge classes cost extra (See Merit Badge section. Pay when you register.)

STAFF & VOLUNTEERS: If you are interested in being a Merit Badge Counselor, please contact the Bay Area Council at the number below. Youth volunteers are needed as staff (class assistants), and this duty will qualify as service hours needed to complete the 50-Miler Award.

CONTACT: Bay Area Council at 409-744-5206