Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards

Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Award Application - as of January 2013.

Complete and submit to the Jefferson Scout Store.  Note:   On page 2, do not complete the “summary of action” section at the bottom as this will be completed after follow up interviews have been completed by a Council representative.   Be sure to use the electronic form.   Any additional documentation should be submitted separately.  The Council will add these into the application at a later date and time.   Please note that the National Court of Honor meets four times a year so it may take up to 3 months to get an award decision.   Note:   As of December 31, 2012, the Heroism Award was discontinued.

For more information, please email the Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards Committee.

Lifesaving Awards – Facts

Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Award Fact Sheet - as of June, 2012.

The Boy Scouts of America launched its medals recognition program in 1911 to recognize Scouts and commissioned leaders who had saved a life. The first Honor Medal recipient was Charles Scruggs of Cuero, Texas, who received a bronze medal in 1911.

From 1911 to 1923, 23 Gold Medals, 140 Silver Medals, and 431 Bronze Medals were awarded. In 1923, the awards were redesigned and renamed.

Honor Medal With Crossed Palms

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.

  • Awarded in 2012: 14
  • Cumulative awards since 1924: 277

Stats as of February 2013

Honor Medal

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.

  • Awarded in 2012: 52
  • Cumulative awards since 1923: 2,354

Stats as of February 2013

Heroism Award (Discontinued on December 31, 2012)

The Heroism Award, formerly the Certificate of Heroism, may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life at minimum risk to self. The action taken need not involve attempts of rescue or risk to self, but must put into practice Scouting skills and/or ideals.

  • Awarded in 2012: 155
  • Cumulative awards since 1923: 6,077

Stats as of February 2013

 

Meritorious Action Awards – Facts

Medal of Merit

The Medal of Merit may be awarded to a youth member or adult leader who has performed some outstanding act of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others.

  • Awarded in 2012: 126
  • Cumulative awards since 1945: 6,229

Stats as of February 2013

National Certificate of Merit

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.

  • Awarded in 2012: 53
  • Cumulative awards since 1989: 1,698