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<center><big>The first [[Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards]] [[Boy Scouts of America Historical Highlights|were presented in 1919]]. Here are the requirements and award information.</big></center><br>
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{{Otheruses|''These are the [[{{PAGENAME}}]] 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.''|auto}}
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{{Otheruses|''These are the '''Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards''' that may be awarded at any level.<br>Boy Scouts can earn the [[Lifesaving|Lifesaving Merit Badge]].<br>Venturers can work on the [[Lifesaver (Ranger Award elective)|Lifesaver]] Ranger Award elective.''}}
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The [[{{PAGENAME}}]] recognize registered youth and adults who have performed an attempt to save a life or to recognize notable acts of service that need not involve attempts of rescue or risk to self, but put into practice Scouting skills and/or ideals.
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==Lifesaving Awards==
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The first lifesaving awards [[Boy Scouts of America Historical Highlights#1910s|were presented in 1919]].
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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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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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== Lifesaving awards ==
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==Meritorious Action Awards==
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{{Infobox_Award
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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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|name= Lifesaving awards
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|image = Lifesaving-Awards-BSA.jpg
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|caption = [[Image:Lifesaving-Awards-Square-Knots.jpg|200px]]<br />Medals (upper) and Square Knots (lower)<br />From left: '''Heroism Award''', '''Honor Medal''',<br />'''Honor Medal With Crossed Palms'''.
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|created = '''Heroism Award:''' 1977 (retired late 2012;<br />reinstated February 2018)<br />'''Honor Medal:''' 1919 (as the Gold Honor Medal)<br />'''Honor Medal With Crossed Palms:''' 1919
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|level = All BSA-registered youth and adults
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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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Recognition may be given to a youth member or Scouter where the evidence presented to the local council, in accordance with the applicable guidelines, shows that he or she saved or attempted to save life under circumstances that indicate heroism and risk to self. The reviewing committee will give consideration to resourcefulness and to demonstrated skill in rescue methods. In no case may 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 persons whose lives were saved. The awards are:
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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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<li>'''Honor Medal With Crossed Palms''' &mdash; Square Knot: <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=Honor+Medal+5010 No. 5010]</span></li>
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<li>'''Honor Medal''' &mdash; Square Knot: <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=Honor+Medal+5010 No. 5010]</span></li>
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<li>'''Heroism Award''' &mdash; Square Knot: <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=Heroism+Award+5020 No. 5020]</span></li>
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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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== Meritorious Action awards ==
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{{Infobox_Award
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|name= Meritorious Action awards
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|image = National Certificate of Merit.jpg
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|caption = [[Image:Medal-of-Merit.jpg|100px]][[Image:Medal of Merit.jpg|100px]]<br />'''National Certificate of Merit'''<br /> and '''Medal of Merit''' certificates (upper)<br />'''Medal of Merit''' medal and square knot (lower)
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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 an 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 awards are:
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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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<li>'''Medal of Merit''' &mdash; Medal: No. 620561; Certificate: No. 646431; Square Knot: <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=medal+of+merit+award+knot+5025 No. 5025]</span></li>
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<li>'''National Certificate of Merit''' &mdash; Certificate: <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=National+Certificate+of+Merit+636471 No. 636471]</span></li>
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== Notes ==
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The Heroism Award was retired in late 2012, but restored in February 2018.
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{{quote-source|After a review of the history of the lifesaving awards, including the application and actual processing of these three awards since 1977, it is the opinion of the National Court of Honor that the Heroism Award, should be retired, and the language of the Honor Medal and the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms be amended for the following reasons: (1) the current language of the three awards is confusing and unnecessarily overlapping; (2) the desire to recognize appropriate acts of heroism can be accomplished effectively using only the Honor Medal and the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms; (3) The Medal of Merit has been traditionally awarded where there is no risk to self.|[http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/01/23/holding-out-for-a-hero-how-the-bsa-honors-lifesavers/ ''Bryan on Scouting'' blog post (January 23, 2013)]}}
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{{quote-source|Consider the list of awards above without the Heroism Award. You might notice a gap exists between the Medal of Merit and the Honor Medal. How can the BSA recognize someone who saves a life without risking his or her own? Perhaps the person performed lifesaving CPR. Maybe he or she stood on a riverbank and skillfully executed a throw bag rescue in Class III rapids.
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“We found we were getting almost two out of three nominations where there was some risk to the person, but not, quote, ‘significant risk,'” the National Court of Honor member told me. “There’s a gap here, and that’s the reason there was a Heroism Award.”
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The discontinuation of the Heroism Award was meant to simplify the process and eliminate “unnecessarily overlapping.” But in doing so it left that gap.|[http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/08/29/bsa-reinstates-heroism-award-one-of-three-national-level-lifesaving-awards/ ''Bryan on Scouting'' blog post (August 29, 2018)]}}
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== Nominating procedures ==
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Each Council shall establish a ''Council Meritorious Action Awards Committee'' for the purpose of considering applications for award for the ''National Certificate of Merit'' or ''Medal of Merit'' for individuals registered with the Boy Scouts of America and residing within the council. Such committee shall consist of at least three and not more than five members to consider such applications and prepare recommendation for such applications by the ''Council Executive Board''. The ''Council Executive Board'' shall consider and have authority for the final approval and/or denial of applications for ''National Certificate of Merit'' or ''Medal of Merit''. No committee member shall consider an application for a family member of the same unit as the committee member.
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If the local ''Council Meritorious Action Awards Committee'' and ''Council Executive Board'' are of the opinion that an application for the ''National Certificate of Merit'' or ''Medal of Merit'' should be upgraded to an application for the ''Heroism'', ''Honor Medal'', or the ''Honor Medal with Crossed Palms'', it may refer the application, with a written letter of recommendation, to the ''National Court of Honor'' for consideration. Upon consideration, the ''National Court of Honor'' may grant the recommended upgrade of the application or return it to the ''Council Executive Board'' for consideration of a ''National Certificate of Merit'' or ''Medal of Merit''.
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Nomination forms will not be considered after a lapse of 36 months of the incident.
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This application form must be used: <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/8.23.18_Lifesaving-Award-applicationdFINAL.pdf Recommendation for Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award]</span> {{PDF}} (August 2018)
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No case should be forwarded to the council without a signed statement from the nominee and eyewitness.
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Lifesaving or meritorious actions performed as part of the line of duty of a trained lifesaver-i.e., doctor, nurse, lifeguard, first responder-will not be considered.
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Boy Scouts of America employees are not eligible.
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Separate nomination forms are required if more than one member is being recognized for recognition.
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Note: If the action being considered is deserving of merit but does not qualify for a national award, the Local Council Certificate of Merit, No. 606760, is suitable for this purpose.
== 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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* <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.scouting.org/awards/awards-central/lifesaving-meritorious-action/ Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Award]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class="plainlinks">[https://www.scouting.org/programs/boy-scouts/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/honor/ National Court of Honor Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.scouting.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/8.23.18_Lifesaving-Award-applicationdFINAL.pdf Recommendation for Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award]</span> {{PDF}} (August 2018) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class="plainlinks">[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/02-521.pdf Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Awards Fact Sheet, No. 02-521C]</span> {{PDF}} (June 2006) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class="plainlinks">[https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2018/08/29/bsa-reinstates-heroism-award-one-of-three-national-level-lifesaving-awards/ BSA reinstates Heroism Award, one of three national-level lifesaving awards]</span> ''Bryan on Scouting'' blog post (August 29, 2018) &mdash; ScoutingMagazine.org
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* <span class="plainlinks">[https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2013/01/23/holding-out-for-a-hero-how-the-bsa-honors-lifesavers/ Holding out for a hero: How the BSA honors lifesavers]</span> ''Bryan on Scouting'' blog post (January 23, 2013) &mdash; ScoutingMagazine.org
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* <span class="plainlinks">[https://scoutingmagazine.org/2012/10/recognize-a-scouts-heroic-actions-with-one-of-three-awards/ Recognize a Scout’s heroic actions with one of three awards]</span> November-December 2012 issue of ''Scouting'' magazine &mdash; ScoutingMagazine.org
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* <span class="plainlinks">[https://scoutingmagazine.org/2012/12/recognize-a-scouts-meritorious-actions-with-one-of-two-awards/ Recognize a Scout’s meritorious actions with one of two awards]</span> January-February 2013 issue of ''Scouting'' magazine (Published December 2012) &mdash; ScoutingMagazine.org
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Submit any questions or request for more information regarding the Lifesaving and Meritorious Action awards to [email protected]
These are the Lifesaving and Meritorious Action 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 Lifesaving and Meritorious Action awards recognize registered youth and adults who have performed an attempt to save a life or to recognize notable acts of service that need not involve attempts of rescue or risk to self, but put into practice Scouting skills and/or ideals.

The first lifesaving awards were presented in 1919.

Lifesaving awards

Lifesaving awards


Medals (upper) and Square Knots (lower)
From left: Heroism Award, Honor Medal,
Honor Medal With Crossed Palms.
Created:Heroism Award: 1977 (retired late 2012;
reinstated February 2018)
Honor Medal: 1919 (as the Gold Honor Medal)
Honor Medal With Crossed Palms: 1919
Level:All BSA-registered youth and adults


Recognition may be given to a youth member or Scouter where the evidence presented to the local council, in accordance with the applicable guidelines, shows that he or she saved or attempted to save life under circumstances that indicate heroism and risk to self. The reviewing committee will give consideration to resourcefulness and to demonstrated skill in rescue methods. In no case may 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 persons whose lives were saved. The awards are:

  1. Honor Medal With Crossed Palms — Square Knot: No. 5010
  2. Honor Medal — Square Knot: No. 5010
  3. Heroism Award — Square Knot: No. 5020

Meritorious Action awards

Meritorious Action awards


National Certificate of Merit
and Medal of Merit certificates (upper)
Medal of Merit medal and square knot (lower)
Created:
Level:All BSA-registered youth and adults

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 an 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 awards are:


  1. Medal of Merit — Medal: No. 620561; Certificate: No. 646431; Square Knot: No. 5025
  2. National Certificate of Merit — Certificate: No. 636471


Lifesaving and Meritorious Action awards requirements

Lifesaving awards

  1. The Honor Medal With Crossed Palms may be awarded in exceptional cases to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life at extreme risk to self.
  2. The Honor Medal may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at considerable risk to self.
  3. The Heroism Award may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save life at minimal personal risk.[1]

Meritorious Action awards

  1. The Medal of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who 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.
  2. The National Certificate of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed a significant act of service that is deserving of special national recognition.

Footnotes

  1. The Heroism Award was retired in late 2012, but was reinstated by the National Court of Honor in February 2018; BSA reinstates Heroism Award, one of three national-level lifesaving awards; Bryan on Scouting blog post; August 29, 2018


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Notes

The Heroism Award was retired in late 2012, but restored in February 2018.

After a review of the history of the lifesaving awards, including the application and actual processing of these three awards since 1977, it is the opinion of the National Court of Honor that the Heroism Award, should be retired, and the language of the Honor Medal and the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms be amended for the following reasons: (1) the current language of the three awards is confusing and unnecessarily overlapping; (2) the desire to recognize appropriate acts of heroism can be accomplished effectively using only the Honor Medal and the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms; (3) The Medal of Merit has been traditionally awarded where there is no risk to self.
Bryan on Scouting blog post (January 23, 2013)
Consider the list of awards above without the Heroism Award. You might notice a gap exists between the Medal of Merit and the Honor Medal. How can the BSA recognize someone who saves a life without risking his or her own? Perhaps the person performed lifesaving CPR. Maybe he or she stood on a riverbank and skillfully executed a throw bag rescue in Class III rapids.

“We found we were getting almost two out of three nominations where there was some risk to the person, but not, quote, ‘significant risk,'” the National Court of Honor member told me. “There’s a gap here, and that’s the reason there was a Heroism Award.”

The discontinuation of the Heroism Award was meant to simplify the process and eliminate “unnecessarily overlapping.” But in doing so it left that gap.

Bryan on Scouting blog post (August 29, 2018)

Nominating procedures

Each Council shall establish a Council Meritorious Action Awards Committee for the purpose of considering applications for award for the National Certificate of Merit or Medal of Merit for individuals registered with the Boy Scouts of America and residing within the council. Such committee shall consist of at least three and not more than five members to consider such applications and prepare recommendation for such applications by the Council Executive Board. The Council Executive Board shall consider and have authority for the final approval and/or denial of applications for National Certificate of Merit or Medal of Merit. No committee member shall consider an application for a family member of the same unit as the committee member.

If the local Council Meritorious Action Awards Committee and Council Executive Board are of the opinion that an application for the National Certificate of Merit or Medal of Merit should be upgraded to an application for the Heroism, Honor Medal, or the Honor Medal with Crossed Palms, it may refer the application, with a written letter of recommendation, to the National Court of Honor for consideration. Upon consideration, the National Court of Honor may grant the recommended upgrade of the application or return it to the Council Executive Board for consideration of a National Certificate of Merit or Medal of Merit.

Nomination forms will not be considered after a lapse of 36 months of the incident.

This application form must be used: Recommendation for Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award Adobe Acrobat PDF (August 2018)

No case should be forwarded to the council without a signed statement from the nominee and eyewitness.

Lifesaving or meritorious actions performed as part of the line of duty of a trained lifesaver-i.e., doctor, nurse, lifeguard, first responder-will not be considered.

Boy Scouts of America employees are not eligible.

Separate nomination forms are required if more than one member is being recognized for recognition.

Note: If the action being considered is deserving of merit but does not qualify for a national award, the Local Council Certificate of Merit, No. 606760, is suitable for this purpose.

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