National awards for lifesaving and meritorious action are made only for outstanding and unusual acts that demonstrate unusual heroism, skill, or bravery and reflect Scouting ideals, based on the following criteria:

  • Heroism is defined as conduct exhibiting courage, daring, skill, and self-sacrifice.
  • Skill is defined as the ability to use one's knowledge effectively in execution or performance. Special attention is given to skills learned in Scouting.

Lifesaving and meritorious action awards may be awarded to any registered youth member or adult leader. Send the application and requested documentation to the Sam Houston Area Council (2225 N Loop W., Houston, Texas 77008-1311, attention: Support Services Department).

Lifesaving Awards Application


     Honor Medal With Crossed Palms



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

Honor Medal


Has demonstrated unusual heroism and skill or resourcefulness in saving or attempting to save life at considerable risk to self.

Heroism Award


Has demonstrated heroism and skill in averting serious injury or saving or attempting to save life at minimum 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 special national recognition. 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, No. 33732.


For additional information, contact the Lifesaving and Meritorious Action committee.

Matt Maranto
Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Recognition Committee Chair

Brendan Cronin
Program Director
 (713) 756-3308