Hornaday Project 2010-2011

One of the goals that I have set for the pack this year is to earn the Hornaday Award.  The pack can earn the Certificate version of this due to the BSA rules.  My main goal in going toward for the Hornaday Certificate is that it will encorporate many items the boys need to attain their rank.

  1. Let’s Go Outdoors
    • 5G – Take a hike with your den.
    Conservation (
    a project like this will suffice greatly)
    With your adult partner, think of a way to conserve water or electricity and do it for one week.
This achievement is also part of the Cub Scout World Conservation Award and Cub Scouting’s Leave No Trace Award.
  1. Complete the Character Connection for Respect.
    • Know. Discuss these questions with your family: What things have people done to show a lack of respect to our world? Why is it important to respect our environment and natural resources? How can you show respect for your environment?
    • Commit. Discuss with your family how you feel when you see places in your neighborhood that have lots of litter. Name one thing you can do to help the environment.
    • Practice. Practice being respectful while doing the requirements for “Your Living World.”
  2. Land, air and water can get dirty.  Discuss with your family ways this can happen.
  3. It takes a lot of energy to make glass, cans, and paper products.  You can help save energy by collecting these items for use again.  Find out how recycling is done where you live.  Find out what items you can recycle.
  4. With an adult, pick up litter in your neighborhood.  Wear gloves to protect your hands against germs and cuts from sharp objects.
  5. With an adult, find three stories that tell how people are protecting our world. Read and discuss them together.
  6. Besides recycling, there are other ways to save energy.  List three ways you can save energy, and do them.
Do three requirements.
  1. Save 5 pounds of glass or aluminum, or 1 month of daily newspapers. Turn them in at a recycling center or use your community’s recycling service.
  2. Plant a tree in your yard, or on the grounds of the group that operates your Cub Scout pack, or in a park or other public place. Be sure to get permission first.
  3. Call city or county officials or your trash hauling company and find out what happens to your trash after it is hauled away.
  4. List all the ways water is used in your home. Search for dripping faucets or other ways water might be wasted. With an adult, repair or correct those problems.
  5. Discuss with an adult in your family the kinds of energy your family uses.
  6. Find out more about your family’s use of electricity.
  7. Take part in a den or pack neighborhood clean-up project.
Naturalist Activity Badge:
Do these:
  1. With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Respect Character Connection.
    1. Know: Tell what interested you most when completing the requirements for this activity badge. Tell what you learned about how you can show appreciation and respect for wildlife.
    2. Commit: Tell things that some people have done that show a lack of respect for wildlife. Name ways that you will show respect for and protect wildlife.
    3. Practice: Explain how completing the requirements for this activity badge gives you the opportunity to show respect.
And do five of these:
  1. Keep an “insect zoo” that you have collected. You might have crickets, ants, or grasshoppers. Study them for a while then release them. Share your experience with your Webelos den.
  2. Set up an aquarium or terrarium. Keep it for at least a month. Share your experience with your Webelos den by showing them photos or drawings of your project, or having them visit to see your project.
  3. Visit a museum of natural history, nature center, or zoo with your family, Webelos den, or pack. Tell what you saw.
  4. Watch for birds in your yard, neighborhood, or town for one week. Identify the birds you see and write down where and when you saw them.
  5. Learn about the bird flyways closest to your home. Find out which birds use these flyways.
  6. Learn to identify poisonous plants and venomous reptiles found in your area.
  7. Watch six wild animals (snakes, turtles, fish, birds, or mammals) in the wild. Describe the kind of place (forest, field, marsh, yard, or park) where you saw them. Tell what they were doing.
  8. Give examples of
    • A producer, a consumer, and a decomposer in the food chain of an ecosystem
    • One way humans have changed the balance of nature
    • How you can help protect the balance of nature
  9. Identify a plant, bird, or wild animal that is found only in your area of the country. Tell why it survives only in your area.
  10. Learn about aquatic ecosystems and wetlands in your area. Discuss with your Webelos den leader or activity badge counselor the important role aquatic ecosystems and wetlands play in supporting lifecycles of wildlife and humans.
  11. Look around your neighborhood and identify how litter might be dangerous to the birds and other animals. Clean up the litter. Identify what else you might do to make your neighborhood safer for animals.
  12. While you are a Webelos Scout, earn the Cub Scout Academics belt loop for Wildlife Conservation.
As listed above many of the ranks need Leave No Trace, but also this activity goes towards the Cubscout Outdoor Activity Award, Cubscout World Conservation Award and several Cubscout Academics Beltloops & Pins.  The chance to use this one activity for multiple awards is almost endless.
Each year our Pack participates in the Guy Miller Tree Planting.  Which is great. It’s early in the spring and gets us out.  The 2010 Wolves worked on and got the Leave No Trace Award.  It was long and hard, but it worked out.  As Bears they have to earn it again. The requirements are a tad harder.

But, why do the same hikes, the same everything.  It was recently pointed out to be in an Facebook exchange that it’s my job to keep it interesting and different.  I so agree.  A similar conversation took place between myself and a Bear Den Leader at Scout Camp.   Just because your pack does it year after year, the older boys get tired of it since the ceremony is the same. blah blah blah.  Hence, the Hornaday Award.

So, I contacted the Eagle Project Coordinator at SOLV in Portland, OR to see what we can do after contacting our council’s Hornaday focal point.  There are many factor’s to take into consideration when selecting a project for the Hornaday Certificate.

Because of this, I am meeting with the Solv coordinator about it at the project site.  I need to do my due dilgence before I meet with the Council Hornaday people. Because of all of this, I wanted to go see the area.

Above is a video of the area and my comments
There is already plants ready to be used……
The entrance to the Carter Creek area is to the left of the mulch pile at the bottom.
Carter Creek is in a urban walk area with houses in the back and office buildings on three other sides.
Beyond the curb is Carter Creek.
So, my hope is that over a long weekend maybe in the spring we can get something going.  Maybe even do a day of clearing all weeds and do some maintence for the fall.  That way, the boys can take some ownership in the project and we can see the change in the spring.

About Adam R. Cox

Current Skyloo District Commissioner Current Skyloo District & Council Trainer Current Council Member at Large (Cascade Pacific Council) Former Tiger DL & CM of P221 in Pioneer District Former Skyloo District CS Roundtable Commissioner. Former Ast Council Commissioner for Commissioner Tools and Communication Former Pioneer District Training Chair WE1-492-09 Beaver W1-492-11 Bobwhite TG ASM Logistic W1-492-17-2
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