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New 2018 HOST Hike Honoring The William T. Hornaday Award

February 20, 2018

A special 2018 William T. Hornaday – Colin Livingstone Hike will be available on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. The Hornaday Wildlife Conservation based award honors the man who was the head taxidermist at the Smithsonian, helped establish the National Zoo and was the first Director of what is now called the Bronx Zoo. He is widely credited with saving the American bison from extinction.

This is the newest entry to the Council’s History & Archives Committee’s H.O.S.T program and will be available only THIS ONE TIME. This is in coordination with the Livingstone Hike, with unique challenges and more Hornaday related aspects – it will be a different hike for those that have earned the Livingstone Hike medal previously. For $10, you will receive the special Hornday Hike shoulder patch and rectangular patch. Upon completion of the challenge questions and hike, a special Hornaday Hike metal pin and other patches will be available for purchase. The shoulder patch, rectangular patch, and pin are limited to the first 750. The History Of Scouting Trail program has 3 other hikes currently available, which you may sign up for on that day as well. All other hikes will have the same $10 registration fee and also receive 2 patches.

The grand-daughters of William Hornaday and his friend Ernest Thompson Seton have been invited to the opening, plus Scouts & Scouters who have earned BSA’s national Hornaday Award. There will be information and historical displays about the Hornaday Award, plus other information about Scouting’s environmental and conservation programs. There will be a limit of 750 hike spaces and only 750 special awards will be available. There will be no limit to the number of Livingstone medals available.

The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 9:00 AM. You can sign up for the 10:00a, 10:30a, 11:00a, 11:30a or 12:00p Saturday departures, limited to 150 spaces per slot.

The cost is $10 plus a suggested donation to the Uniform and Equipment bank. One donated Scout uniform or equipment item per hiker if possible. Donated items may include: Scout shirt (any era, any size, Boy Scout or Girl Scout), Scout pants, sashes, hats, backpacks, sleeping bags, etc. Each paid hiker will receive 2 patches – one hike patch and one Council HOST shoulder patch, plus the materials, answer cards and information included in their packet. The hike challenges will not be given out until the day of the hike! It will start at the Omni Shoreham Hotel and end near the Smithsonian Castle. You do NOT have to be a registered Scout to go – parents, siblings and friends are all welcome. The hike is about 6.5 miles and will take from 4 to 7 hours. Sign up is on-line only! REGISTER NOW.