Connecticut Yankee Council, BSA
Program

Heroism 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.

Honor Medal with Crossed Palms

 

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. These awards are as follows:

 

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 both unusual heroism and extraordinary skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at extreme risk to self.

 

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 life at considerable risk to self.

 

Heroism Award. 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 minimum risk to self.

 

Meritorious Action Awards

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 awards are as follows:


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.

 

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.

 

All applications should be submitted to the National Court of Honor through the local council upon duly prescribed forms, and it shall be within the discretion of the National Court of Honor to determine which type of recognition shall be given. Recipients of these awards must have been registered members of the Boy Scouts of America at the time the action was performed. Awards are made in the name of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Nominating Procedures

Full and complete information on the nominating procedures are available on the National Boy Scouts of America website at http://www.scouting.org. Please contact your unit commissioner or district Advancement Chairman for additional information.

 

Past Recipients of Heroism Awards in the Connecticut Yankee Council include:

 

1998

Medal of Merit

Michael DiNapoli

1998

Heroism Award

Sean Arthur Myers

1998

National Certificate of Merit

Keith Raine

1998

National Certificate of Merit

Daniel White

1998

National Certificate of Merit

Jonathan J. White

1999

Heroism Award

Francis Hult

2000

Heroism Award

Eric Schoeller

2001

Medal of Merit

Santiaho Malave

2001

Heroism Award

Brandon Oelgoetz

2001

Heroism Award

Edward F. Wolf Jr.

2002

Heroism Award

Joshua Cichon

2003

Medal of Merit

Bob Sapienza

2005

Medal of Merit

Michael L. Camarco IV

2006

Heroism Award

Andre Zakoworotny

2006

National Certificate of Merit

Edward F. Wolf Jr.

2011 

Medal of Merit

Ian McKnight