Since 1910, conservation and environmental studies have been an integral part of the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts have rendered distinguished public service by helping to conserve wildlife, energy, forests, soil, and water. Past generations of Scouts have been widely recognized for undertaking conservation Good Turn action projects in their local communities. Through environmental explorations, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Sea Scouts visit the outdoors and discover the natural world around them. Many natural resource careers are born in Scouting.
Since its first appearance in the 1948 edition of the Boy Scout Handbook, the Outdoor Code has reminded Scouts to be conservation-minded.
The Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to—
Be clean in my outdoor manners.
Be careful with fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors.
Be conservation minded.
In the Old North State Council, our camps have been recognized by the Audubon Society, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Forest Stewards Guild for excellent forestry management and status as wildlife sanctuaries. Cherokee Scout Reservation was recognized just last year as a Model Forest, a designation only awarded to 25 forests in the country and the only Boy Scout camp in the country to have received the honor.
The Wiliam T. Hornaday Awards program recognizes truly outstanding efforts undertaken by Scouting units, Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, adult Scouters, and other individuals, corporations, and institutions contributing significantly to natural resource conservation and environmental protection.
Dr. William T. Hornaday, director of the New York Zoological Park and founder of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., was a champion of natural resource conservation and a leader in saving the American bison from extinction. In 1914, he announced an award he called the Wildlife Protection Medal to challenge Americans to work constructively for wildlife conservation and habitat protection. The award was renamed in Dr. Hornaday’s honor after his death in 1937, and came under the custodianship of the Boy Scouts of America.
The Hornaday Awards continue to inspire learning and increase public awareness about natural resource conservation. The highest conservation award in Scouting, the William T. Hornaday Gold Medal, is by nomination only and is for an adult Scouter who has rendered distinguished and unusual service to natural resource conservation and environmental improvement over a sustained period of at least 20 years. Nominations are accepted from any recognized conservation/environmental protection organization. The nominee’s accomplishments must be at a regional, national, or international level.
Larry Warlick has been registered in Scouting for nearly 70 years. Larry earned his Eagle Scout award in 1955 and as a Scout, he became interested in conservation by earning various conservation-related merit badges. Larry earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and a Master of Science in Wildlife Biology and had a career with the US Forest Service and NC Wildlife Resources Commission that spanned over 30 years.
His conservation service to Scouting has included:
- Staff for the Ecology and Conservation course at National Camping School for 30 years
- Contributed to two new editions of National Camping School guide
- On faculty Philmont Training Center for the Conservation Course nine times, leading six of those courses
- Taught conservation-related merit badges and served as a Hornaday Award Advisor to Scouts for over 40 years
- Served as Conservation Committee Chair for the Old North State Council and Area Conservation Chair
In addition to his conservation service to Scouting, Larry has also assisted youth in other ways:
- Provided conservation programs for school children for such groups as 4-H, FFA, and other school groups. Planned and led programs for Conservation Field days in conjunction with USDA Agencies and teachers
- Has assisted with the development of nature trails for several camps, schools and parks over the years.
- Worked with high school seniors completing their senior project relating to wildlife science. Continue to encourage Scouts to consider careers in conservation field.
Larry is the living example of Scouting’s dedication and enthusiasm for conservation and protection of the natural world. To date, only 46 people have received the Gold Medal including Aldo Leopold, the father of wildlife ecology and environmental ethics. Only two medals have been awarded in North Carolina.
On Thursday, March 16 at the council’s annual Eagle Scout and Adult Leader Recognition Banquet, the Old North State Council was proud to award Larry Warlick with the William T. Hornaday Gold Medal. We owe Larry a huge congratulations on this recognition of his lifetime of service and dedication to Scouting and conservation.