Occasionally, members of Westchester-Putnam Council are called upon to perform
outstanding acts of heroism. Any one is permitted to recommend a Cub, Scout,
Venturer or adult Scouter for any of these national lifesaving awards by
contacting the Council Advancement Chairman who will coordinate the necessary paperwork.
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:
- Honor Medal with Crossed Palms. Has demonstrated unusual heroism
and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a
life at extreme risk to self.
- Honor Medal. Has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill or
resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a life at considerable
risk to self.
- Medal of Merit. 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.
- National Certificate of Merit. 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.
- Local Council Certificate of Merit. 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.
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.
for Lifesaving or Meritorious Award