This is the fourth in a series about the BSA Hornaday Award Program. In this segment, examples are given for project categories which were not discussed in the previous articles.
Previous articles in this series:
- BSA Hornaday Award Program – Introduction (includes the authors’ biographies)
- BSA Hornaday Award Program – William O’Brochta tells his story
- BSA Hornaday Award Program – Ken Zabel talks about Troop 319’s Hornaday Awards
BSA Hornaday Award Program -Other Hornaday Project Categories
Fish and Wildlife Management: Sean of Troop 2193 of the Flint River Council worked to build bat houses to house bats in the County Fair Grounds area. He received $1800 in donations and ordered bat houses and fifteen foot poles. He and his helpers assembled, varnished, and installed the bat houses to be around and useful give many years of service to house 250 bats to reduce mosquitoes in the fairground area and the possibility of people contracting the West Nile virus carried by the mosquitoes (this was also Sean’s Eagle Scout Project).
Hazardous Material Disposal and Management: Robert, Eagle Scout, and Member of Venturing Crew 306 of the Laurel Highlands Council (Troop 358, Sea Scout Ship 1942) was concerned about old personal computers containing materials (such as lead) that are potentially harmful to the environment piling up in landfills creating a large burden on the environment and widespread environmental pollution. Instead of ending up in a landfill, this equipment was shipped to a company that dismantled and recycled it.
Energy Conservation: Robert also organized “Green Energy Week” at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Events included the green movies “FUEL” (dependence on foreign oil) and “The Age of Stupid” (depicting devastated world of 2055). Green Job Panel discussions and guest speakers, meetings to discuss biomass fuels and hybrid cars, a Green Energy Fair, and an e-Cycling drive were also included in the weeks’ educational activities.
Forestry and Range Management: Sam of Troop 29 of the Blue Ridge Mountains Council built a fire pit to prevent soil erosion, and reduce the number of blackened rocks caused by digging and using multiple fire pits. By using one fire pit with a concrete floor, soil sterility from the heat is reduced. Sam was also concerned about reducing habitat disturbance and minimizing the ecological footprint left by campers.
Some projects can be in more than once category; choose the one that is most applicable. Josh and Troop 216 of the Des Plaines Valley Council removed several invasive plant species from Bemis Woods South, a forest preserve of Cook County, IL. They cut and removed black raspberry (Rubus Occidentalis), Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), and European Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) – Invasive Plant Species Removal. . In order to restore the woodlands, they planted seeds from native species that were collected during the previous fall season: Tall Anenome (Thimbleweed), Anenome Virginiana Woodland brome, Bromus pubescens Tall Bellflower, Campanula Americana, Riverbank wild rye, Elymus riparus Bottlebrush Grass, Hystrix patula, Marsch balzing star (gayfeather), Liatris spicata Mullein foxglove, and Seymaria macrophylla – Forestry and Range Management.