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Help a Scout Earn the Silver Hornaday Award

Hi all!
The following is from my son. It has already been approved by our council risk management team, and has been promoted by National on their Commissioner Facebook Page.

You can report results at:

Be aware that in the next update he is going to recommend wearing a mask as well, in accordance with new CDC guidelines.

1,000,000 Pieces of Trash
A Hornaday Award/Summit Award Project
Coordinated by John-Aaron Bozanic
Crew 774, Orange County Council, California

As a nation, we are experiencing what I perceive to be the most widespread and debilitating event to impact our country during my lifetime… the COVID-19 pandemic, and associated quarantine in place recommendations. This virus has impacted all of us, just not here in the United States, but globally. Schools and non-essential businesses closed down, concern and uncertainty in the face of economic slowdowns, looming fears of all enveloping disease felling broad swaths of our community.

Boy Scouts of America and other youth organization activities have essentially been frozen. Various national, state, and local health and governmental bodies have recommended or mandated limiting group meeting sizes to a few as ten persons. While many councils are encouraging virtual meetings to promote fellowship and advancement, my opinion is that this is merely a placeholder, an excuse to keep Scouts treading water until the situation changes.

Scouting should be bigger than this. Scouting IS bigger than this!

In times of emergencies, Scouts have the training and knowledge to step in and help. Sometimes we help directly, by providing first aid and other care. Other times we support local services and communities with tasks like directing traffic or distributing water. This is a time when we should be helping.

We cannot directly do anything about the virus, or its spread. Apart from handwashing recommendations and limiting contact with others, our options are limited. But we can still promote mental health in this stressful time, by providing a purpose to the youth (and adults) in our country.

Pollution and ecological health is a continuing challenge facing mankind. We have a unique opportunity to improve this. While large meetings are eschewed, while many people are idle because of school or business closures, we all have the ability to make a difference. Let’s get out and clean our neighborhoods, our parks, and our wilderness areas!

It has been shown time and again that stress levels can be reduced by providing individuals with a sense of purpose. Being outdoors has also been shown to help. Too many people are feeling despondent and shut in, staying in their homes, wondering what the future will bring. Let’s solve that NOW! We HAVE a purpose, and we CAN be outdoors!


Hi all!
We would appreciate it if you would all spread news of this project to your units, districts, and councils.
The more support, the better!
Thank you!

Can we get an update?

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Hi Gina!
John-Aaron has been posting updates weekly on his Facebook page, “1,000,000 Pieces of Trash”.

That said, here are the latest numbers:
135,440 Pieces
18,119 Pounds
1,077 Volunteers
2,387 Hours

Thank you for your interest!!


I posted an update for you. I hope you have been able to have youth in your unit help with the project. Thank you!

100000 Pieces of Trash v10 Missing States.pdf (280.9 KB)

This is great! I’m going to send this out to my pack to see if anyone else wants to help. I plan on taking my 2 cubs out.

Also, I made this short url to send to my pack incase anyone sees the info as an image where they can’t click the link to the Google Form: https://tinyurl.com/1000000Trash. It just redirects to the Google Form.

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That is great, Terry! Thank you!
Also, John-Aaron has had the project approved for the Messengers of Peace Award as well. If Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts, or adult Scouters spend at least two hours on the project, and report on the Google form above, they can earn the award. There is more information here: https://www.facebook.com/1000000PiecesOfTrash/photos/a.115819380084030/142355664097068/?type=3&theater
Thanks again!!

Sounds like it would definitely fit in the environmental dimension of the Messengers of Peace award.

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Hi all! I thought I would supply an update on my son’s Hornaday Award project, “1,000,000 Pieces of Trash.” So far, 6,036 volunteers have spent 15,705 hours picking up 729, 879 pieces of trash. Your Scouts, Cubs, Venturers, Sea Scouts and Explorers may participate in the project through August 30, the scheduled project close date. Anyone who spends at least 2 hours on the project and has their collection reported on his Google Form is eligible for the Messengers of Peace Award. You can find more information on his project Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/1000000PiecesOfTrash/

To report your efforts, go to:

This also looks like it might fulfill a few or all of the requirements for the conservation segment of the National Outdoor Award.

Yes, I think it would as well. I will check with my son and confirm that.

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I would think it would count as part of the conservation service hours requirement #4, at least.

Also look at the World Conservation Award.

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Yes, John-Aaron says it would qualify for both the National Outdoor Badge for Conservation, and for the World Conservation awards. It also would help meet some requirements for some of the High adventure conservation awards, but only a few of those.

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Hi all! Latest update:
“We have passed the 80% mark, with 800,207 pieces of trash collected!
We only have two weeks to collect another 200,000 pieces of trash. I appreciate everyone who has contributed, and hope that together we can encourage more people to get involved. Please take the time to collect again, and encourage your friends to do so as well.”

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Thank you for this project and providing an opportunity for so many to earn their Messenger of Peace Award and to fulfill other conservation requirements.


Hi all!
Just an update from John-Aaron’s project. He achieved his goal of picking up 1,000,000 Pieces of Trash on August 30, 2020. Here are his current statistics:

Today’s Update
Pieces: 1,202,982
Pounds: 228,317
Participants: 10,049
Hours: 24,750
Countries: 29

Thank you for your support!


FYI, he still has his trash collection survey open, if you would lke to help. He will record all efforts up until the time he submits his final report. It may be found at:

John-Aaron is an amazing young man! So glad he and Peter are friends!!! In addition he faced adversity (COVID-19) and made a project work in these crazy times! He also had a LOT of people take a look at their communities and take care of them. Congrats JA!!!

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