Norcal Hornaday Award


The Norcal Hornaday Conservation Award Weekend provides a path toward earning Scouting’s highest rare conservation award. It is also the most rare award in Scouting. We want to change that by  challenging everyone attending to lead a Hornaday conservation service project in their community. It is also the only award in BSA that allows double dipping… earn your Eagle and Hornaday at the same time.


EXCITING NEWS!!!! William T. Hornaday Silver Award $10,000 Scholarship. (Linked) is the best scholarship program in BSA. It is beyond exciting that the Camp Fire Conservation Fund has made the commitment toward Scouting and conservation.



2016 Hornaday Weekend Welcomes

Julie Seton, Granddaughter of Ernest Thompson Seton, first Chief of Scouting





Pick two MERIT BADGES – – The merit badges are lead by naturalists, scientists, and professionals in the field of the merit badge.

  • Energy –  
  • Environmental Science 
  • Fish and Wildlife Management 
  • Geology  
  • Insect Study
  • Landscape Architecture 
  • Mammal 
  • Nuclear Science
  • Oceanography
  • Public Health
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Reptile & Amphibian 
  • Weather 

Bonus Sunday Merit Badge 

Soil & Water Conservation – Scouter  includes a camp conservation project.


  • Hornaday Advisor Training and program overview. Chris Klaus (Woodbadge project linked) will provide ideas for Woodbadge tickets.  Cub and Boy Scout unit conservation projects and Eagle Scout projects will also be discussed.
  • Conversations with a Julie Seton and Doc Hale
  • Troop Outdoor Ethics – Father Nayture, Redwood Council


Norcal Hornaday Weekend featured in Boy Life Magazine (Linked)

Photographer Rachid Dahnoun



Julie Seton, Granddaughter of Ernest Thomas Seton, first Chief of Scouting for Boy Scout of America

Philmont’s Seton Memorial Library comes alive through Julie Seton. If you met Julie at Philmont Scout Ranch this summer then you will know what an opportunity it is for her to join us at our Norcal Hornaday Weekend.

See Norcal Hornaday Weekend for full details about this very special guest.

NEW – If you are interested in attending only the evening dinner chat with Julie Seton we have included that option on the registration page. Dinner will be included. (All other registered guests for the weekend, the evening chat is included with your registration.)


doc haleExpert Wildlife Biologist, Naturalist, and Ethnobiologist

 “Doc” Hale (Linked) an inspiring and fascinating speaker.
  • National ecological consultant
  • Expert on the natural and cultural history of the San Francisco Bay Area and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta
  • Rescues orphaned and injured wildlife.
  • Leads interpretive natural and cultural history walks, and lectures throughout the East Bay.
  • Expert on wild, edible plants and the medicinal and cultural use of herbs and plants.
  • Vice Chair of the Contra Costa County Fish & Wildlife Committee
  • Researches involves the fisheries of the Walnut Creek watershed.
  • Mountain lion ecology in Contra Costa County and the Sierras.


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Master Outdoor Ethics Trainer and Environmental Educator
Father NAYture an amazing storyteller and educator.
Father NAYture is the reason we will have a TIPI AND A COUGAR at camp!  
  •    Scouter working for decades across the nation with Scouts in ecology and conservation.
  •    BSA Western Region Outdoor School Trainer
  •    Master trainer for Tread Lightly!, and Leave No Trace. 
  •    Keynote Speaker, BSA National Jamborees.


Full details on the schedule, what to bring, and merit badge prerequisites can be found at

For questions please email us at:


Western Turtle Floating Dock Hornaday Project
(This Summer a few families of turtles moved in.)


Fishing Line Recycling

Hornaday Project at Wente Scout Reservation

(Troop 1, St. Helena)

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