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John Selstrom earns Hornaday Gold badge

June 20, 2018

Congratulations to Scouter John Selstrom of Old Dominion district for earning the prestigious Hornaday Gold badge.

This is an award to recognize adult volunteers by a council for influence the nominee has had on youth and educational programs, with an emphasis on sound stewardship of natural resources and environmental improvement during a period of at least three years.

Will Rodger, Chairman of the NCAC Conservation Committee (left) presenting the Hornaday Gold badge to John Selstrom

Here are some excerpts from John’s nomination application:

“John has performed exemplary work, spurring me and others on to greater achievements than we would have managed on our own. I can say without exaggeration that we simply would not have had the marked success we have achieved without John’s hard work, deep experience and wise counsel.”

“John has also proved himself as a counselor to three Hornaday badge recipients, as well as another Scout who is working on four, separate projects that bear an excellent chance of yielding a Silver Medal.”

“John has presented on the Hornaday program at three consecutive University of Scouting sessions. He has helped produce and present a one-day NCAC Adviser training course and was instrumental in persuading the Hornaday National Committee to present its course at Camp Snyder in early May.

“John conceived of and produced the first (and, we hope, annual) Hornaday HOST hike. Completed just yesterday, the trek attracted approximately 400 Scouts and Scouters who learned about Dr. Hornaday and his invaluable work by visiting landmarks associated with him.

“John Selstrom has given strong impetus to what we want to be the finest Hornaday program in the nation. The Hornaday Awards are – after 103 years – very much on the map at National Council and NCAC, alike. We owe a significant amount of that attention to John Selstrom.”

Kudos to John Selstrom!!

Our NCAC site has more information about the NCAC Conservation Committee and Hornaday awards, along with a list of NCAC Hornaday advisors.

Here is a scout’s Hornaday badge project that John advised.