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 upon these criteria:
Has demonstrated both unusual heroism and
extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save a
life at extreme risk to self.
Has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill in saving or
attempting to save a life at considerable risk to self.
Has demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting
to save a life at minimum or no risk to self. (Heroism defined as: exhibiting
courage and daring, self-sacrifice.)
Has performed some outstanding act of service of an
exceptional character putting into practice learned skills and/or demonstrating Scouting
ideals. Such action need not necessarily be a rescue or involve risk to self.
None of the above awards will be considered for what
would be normally expected acts of behavior. The ordinary use of first aid or other skills
that would be normally expected of a person who has had training in those skills would not
qualify a person for recognition. However, the people use of such skills under
extraordinary circumstances could meet the criteria for recognition.
The situation does not meet the criteria for a National
Court of Honor award but the act is deserving of recognition. A case may not be
extraordinary, did not call for unusual skill and was not exceptional in nature but was an
example of outstanding service and did reflect the high ideals of Scouting.
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