National/Council 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:
- 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.
- National Capital Area Council Certificate of Merit. Has performed an exceptional act of service that is deserving of recognition by the National Capital Area Council.
"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 earned in Scouting.
To nominate a Scout or Scouter please fill out and send in the NCAC Nomination Form - CLICK HERE
Council Chair: Dick Kafka firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Advisor: Kevin Bradley email@example.com