Re: Meritorious Action in Canada
Patrick Lam (ROYAL03@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Fri, 15 Jul 1994 02:52:07 EDT
>A few months ago I had the pleasure of helping a Scoutmaster recommend a
>Star Scout for recognition with the Medal of Merit. The Scout was helping
>didn't think it worth mentioning, so it only came out several weeks later
>when the father complimented Scout training to the Scoutmaster. Needless
>to say we thought it was pretty impressive. The Scout's application made
>it through Council and is being reviewed by National.
Good story.. Scouting does help in life, eh? (I think I mentioned
here the Sea Scout who rescued two kids in a boating accident 40
years ago? Too bad I don't have many details.. :-()
I don't think it was a case of 'not worth mentioning', it's just that
you don't usually go and just tell people what you did with no reason
to in cases like this.. it can make you sound like you're bragging.
Though saving a life is something to be proud of, after all..
>I am also curious about how such acts of heroism or meritorious actions
>are recognized in other Scouting organizations and interested in hearing
Scouts Canada offers Gold, Silver and Bronze Crosses:
Gold for gallantry with special heroism and extraordinary risk
(Alistair Ingram (17) and Iain Ingram (14) from Calgary, Alta.,
rescued two women thrown into icy sea water after their canoe capsized.
Using Sea Scout knowledge, Alistair relayed instructions to the women,
lifted them into his boat, and, once on shore, treated them for
shock and hypothermia. Iain participated in the rescue as
well. Both brothers acted with great courage in a situation of
extreme risk)- Leader, Feb 1994
Silver for gallantry with considerable risk
(I don't think I'll quote, that was long enough.. slightly less
Bronze for gallantry with moderate risk
Medal for Meritorious Conduct for especially meritorious conduct
not involving heroism or risk of life
Also, in the same article is the Jack Cornwell Decoration, for
having undergone great suffering in a heroic manner.
Certificates are given for Gallantry and Meritorious Conduct:
gallantry with slight risk and worthy of recorded commendation
and for meritorious conduct worthy of recorded commendation.
The Medal of Merit is awarded differently than in the BSA- it goes
to Scouters for especially good service to Scouting.
There's also a Bar to the Medal of Merit for further especially good
service to Scouting (which would in itself justify another medal), a
Silver Acorn for especially distinguished service to Scouting, and
a bar to the Silver Acorn which works the same way as the bar to the
medal of merit.
Now.. what I always wondered is if we're not just promoting stupidity
with the Gold Cross award systems? You could look at the deeds as
acts of courage, or acts of stupidity. Meritorious Conduct involves
no risk, but the others do.. and I'm not so sure that rewarding people
for putting themselves in extraordinary risk is smart. What do you
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City