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National Awards

In addition to the program-specific advancements and recognitions, there are a number of national awards available for both youth members and adult leaders.

There are numerous awards that can be earned by Scouts, Venturers, and adult Scouters.  Information on many of these awards can be found here.  Please note that some of these awards, such as Lifesaving and Meritorious Awards, Silver Beaver Award, and Venturing Leadership Awards, are selected by or require action by the Council Advancement Committee; additional information on these awards is provided elsewhere on this site.

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. Recognition may be given to any member of the Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Venturer, or adult leader. There are two levels of awards - Lifesaving Awards and Meritorious Action Awards.

All applications should be submitted to the National Court of Honor through the local council using Recommendation for Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award.  The National Court of Honor will 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.

"A Scout is reverent." All Scouts show this by being faithful in their duty to God. Some go further and give special service. This can qualify them for a religious emblem. Such an emblem is not a Scouting award. It is conferred on a Scout by his religious leader. Each faith has its own requirements for earning its emblem.

A complete listing of religious emblems, including contact information for the organizations that offer them, is available here.

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