Any one desiring to make a recommendation for one of these awards should fill out the Recommendation for Lifesaving or Meritorious Action Award and submit it to the Council advancement Committee. The Council Advancement Committee will investigate the case, obtain additional information as necessary and make recommendations to the National Council based upon a full knowledge of the facts. Unless there are unusual circumstances that account for the time lapse, no application may be considered after a lapse of six months from the deed without a written explanation from the Scout executive or adviser to the council committee.
Separate applications are required if more than one member is being recommended for recognition. It is recommended that no case be forwarded to the National Court of Honor without the endorsement or statement of an eyewitness. All recognition’s are reserved for registered members, and no such member should be encouraged to submit an application on his or her own behalf.
Caution is urged not to submit weak cases (in terms of meaningful action or documentation) to the National Court of Honor. Deliberations are conducted by the court, not only to recognize deserving individuals but also to preserve the historical integrity of the awards.
Note: If the situation is deserving of merit but does not qualify for a national award, the local council writes a letter conveying the recommendation of the committee. The Local Council Certificate of Merit is used for this purpose.