Lifesaving and Meritorious Action awards

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National awards for lifesaving and meritorious acts are made only for outstanding and unusual acts that demonstrate unusual heroism, skill or bravery and reflect Scouting ideals, based on the following criteria:
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{{Otheruses|''These are the '''Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards''' that may be awarded at any level in Scouting..<br>Boy Scouts can also earn the [[Lifesaving]] merit badge.<br>Venturers can also work on the [[Lifesaver (Ranger Award elective)|Lifesaver]] Ranger Award elective.''}}
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* '''Honor Medal with Crossed Palms'''
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The first [[Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards]] [[Boy Scouts of America Historical Highlights|were presented in 1919]]. Here are the requirements and award information.
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:Has demonstrated unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life at ''extreme risk to self''.
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[[Image:Honor Medal.jpg|thumb|Honor Medal]]
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[[Image:Heroism Award.jpg|thumb|Heroism Award]]
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[[Image:Medal of Merit.jpg|thumb|Medal of Merit]]
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* '''Honor Medal'''
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==Lifesaving Awards==
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Recognition may be given to a member of the Boy Scouts of America—Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or [[adult leader]]—where the evidence presented to the National Court of Honor, in accordance with prescribed regulations, shows that he or she saved or attempted to save life under circumstances that indicate heroism and risk of his or her own life. The court will give consideration to resourcefulness and to demonstrated skill in rescue methods.
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:Has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life at ''considerable risk to self''.
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In no case shall recognition be given where it appears that the risk involved was merely in the performance of duty or the meeting of an obligation because of responsibility to supervise and give leadership to the person or people whose lives were saved.
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* '''Heroism Award'''
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==Meritorious Action Awards==
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It shall be wholly within the discretion of the National Court of Honor to determine from evidence presented which lifesaving award, if any, shall be made. Awards are issued in the name of the Boy Scouts of America.
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:Has demonstrated heroism and skill in averting serious injury or saving or attempting to save a life at ''minimum risk to self''.
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Recognition may be given to a youth member or [[adult leader]] where the evidence presented to the National Court of Honor, in accordance with prescribed regulations, shows that a significant or outstanding act of service of exceptional character was performed. The action taken need not involve attempts of rescue or risk to self but must put into practice Scouting skills and/or ideals. Recognition shall not be given where it appears that the action involved was merely in the performance of duty or the meeting of an obligation.
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* '''Medal of Merit'''
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:Has performed an act of service ''of a rare or exceptional character'' that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.
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==Nominating Procedures==
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A council advancement committee, volunteer recognition committee, or subcommittee must investigate the case, interview the principals and witnesses, secure necessary signed statements, and make recommendations based upon a full knowledge of the facts within 30 days of the receipt of the recommendation. Unless there are unusual circumstances that account for the time lapse, no application may be considered after a lapse of six months from the deed without a written explanation from the Scout executive or adviser to the council committee.
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* '''National Certificate of Merit'''
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Separate applications are required if more than one member is being recommended for recognition. It is recommended that no case be forwarded to the National Court of Honor without the endorsement or statement of an eyewitness. All recognitions are reserved for registered members, and no such member should be encouraged to submit an application on his or her own behalf. Caution is urged not to submit weak cases (in terms of meaningful action or documentation) to the National Court of Honor. Deliberations are conducted by the court, not only to recognize deserving individuals but also to preserve the historical integrity of the awards.
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:Has performed a significant act of service that is deserving of national recognition. ''Note:'' If the action is deserving of merit but does not qualify for a national award, the Scout may be eligible for the Local Council Certificate of Merit, No. 33732.
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Note: If the situation is deserving of merit but does not qualify for a national award, the local council writes a letter conveying the recommendation of the committee. The Local Council Certificate of Merit, No. 33732, is used for this purpose.
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* '''Local Council Certificate of Merit'''
 
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:The situation does not meet the criteria for a National Court of Honor award but the act is deserving of recognition. The case is not extraordinary, did not call for unusual skill and was not exceptional in nature but was of outstanding service and did reflect the high ideals of Scouting.
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Heroism is defined as conduct exhibiting courage and daring, skill, and self-sacrifice.
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== External links ==
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*[http://www.scouting.org/factsheets/02-521.html Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Awards] - A BSA Fact Sheet
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Skill is defined as the ability to use one's knowledge effectively in execution or performance. Special attention is given to skills earned in Scouting.
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These are the Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards that may be awarded at any level in Scouting..
Boy Scouts can also earn the Lifesaving merit badge.
Venturers can also work on the Lifesaver Ranger Award elective.

The first Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards were presented in 1919. Here are the requirements and award information.

Honor Medal
Honor Medal
Heroism Award
Heroism Award
Medal of Merit
Medal of Merit

Lifesaving Awards

Recognition may be given to a member of the Boy Scouts of America—Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult leader—where the evidence presented to the National Court of Honor, in accordance with prescribed regulations, shows that he or she saved or attempted to save life under circumstances that indicate heroism and risk of his or her own life. The court will give consideration to resourcefulness and to demonstrated skill in rescue methods.

In no case shall recognition be given where it appears that the risk involved was merely in the performance of duty or the meeting of an obligation because of responsibility to supervise and give leadership to the person or people whose lives were saved.

Meritorious Action Awards

It shall be wholly within the discretion of the National Court of Honor to determine from evidence presented which lifesaving award, if any, shall be made. Awards are issued in the name of the Boy Scouts of America.

Recognition may be given to a youth member or adult leader where the evidence presented to the National Court of Honor, in accordance with prescribed regulations, shows that a significant or outstanding act of service of exceptional character was performed. The action taken need not involve attempts of rescue or risk to self but must put into practice Scouting skills and/or ideals. Recognition shall not be given where it appears that the action involved was merely in the performance of duty or the meeting of an obligation.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Guide To Advancement, 2011 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33088)

Nominating Procedures

A council advancement committee, volunteer recognition committee, or subcommittee must investigate the case, interview the principals and witnesses, secure necessary signed statements, and make recommendations based upon a full knowledge of the facts within 30 days of the receipt of the recommendation. Unless there are unusual circumstances that account for the time lapse, no application may be considered after a lapse of six months from the deed without a written explanation from the Scout executive or adviser to the council committee.

Separate applications are required if more than one member is being recommended for recognition. It is recommended that no case be forwarded to the National Court of Honor without the endorsement or statement of an eyewitness. All recognitions are reserved for registered members, and no such member should be encouraged to submit an application on his or her own behalf. Caution is urged not to submit weak cases (in terms of meaningful action or documentation) to the National Court of Honor. Deliberations are conducted by the court, not only to recognize deserving individuals but also to preserve the historical integrity of the awards.

Note: If the situation is deserving of merit but does not qualify for a national award, the local council writes a letter conveying the recommendation of the committee. The Local Council Certificate of Merit, No. 33732, is used for this purpose.



Lifesaving and Meritorious Action awards requirements

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